Friday, June 19, 2015

Mixed Media Workshop at The Art Students League of New York

Limited to only 12 students, so don't wait to register, as the class fills quickly!

Sunday, June 14, 2015

New Online Class!

NEW! 
This highly informative online workshop will explore experimental approaches to painting dreamy vistas in mixed media, using both two-dimensional and three-dimensional techniques. The workshop will cover the creation of mystical landscapes, waterscapes and cityscapes in imaginative, abstract settings that are inspired from mythology, fairy tales, folklore, classical literature and poetry.

With visually inspiring imagery, insightful readings, thought-provoking videos, creative exercises and step-by-step demonstrations, artists will discover a plethora of exciting two-dimensional and three-dimensional techniques to employ in their own fantastical dreamy vistas. For intermediate and advanced artists who are looking to create magical, dream-like environments, this workshop will be a valuable resource and an ongoing source for creative inspiration! 
Start Date: January 4 to February 12, 2016 
Course Length: 6 weeks
Tuition: $300.00
http://www.cyrstudio.com/dreamscapes.html


The mythical figure has inspired artists for centuries. Let it inspire you too! This highly informative online workshop will explore experimental approaches to painting the mythical figure in thematic fantastical settings, using both two-dimensional and three-dimensional mixed-media techniques. Topics will include drawing and painting the fantastical figure, altering and restructure facial features and body proportions to create believable characters as well as painting magical landscapes and environments using mixed-media techniques.

All assignments will encourage in-depth research and exploration into a multitude of mythological, cultural and historical sources. Egyptian, Greek and Roman, Celtic, Norse, East Asian, African and Native American mythology, legends, fairy tales and folklore are just some of the areas of prospective interest. Artists are also encouraged to develop their own mythological stories to illustrate. We will focus on the creation of message-driven art through the use of symbolism, metaphor and allegory as well as anagrams, visual puzzles and hidden messages. The use of storyboarding for narrative works in series whether for a gallery wall, book layout, video presentation or online experience will also be discussed. Other topics will include the use of costuming, decorative motifs and ornamentation, cultural iconography and architectural detail in works of the mythical realm.

With visually inspiring imagery, insightful readings, thought-provoking videos, creative exercises and step-by-step demonstrations, artists will discover a plethora of exciting two-dimensional and three-dimensional techniques to employ in their own fantastical works. This online workshop is for intermediate and advanced figurative artists who are interested in using mixed-media techniques to add that magical, transforming element to their work!

The workshop will be run as a six-week online class. I have set-up a private resource blog to serve as the interactive platform for the class. It will have articles, videos, downloads and links that will act as valuable supplementation to the class critiques. I will be in the classroom Monday through Friday reviewing in-process and finished works.

Start Date: January 4 to February 12, 2016
Course Length: 6 weeks
Tuition: $300.00



This online workshop is for intermediate and advanced artists that are looking to refine their skills to produce professional works for the fine or commercial art marketplace. Artists will work on their own self-generated projects at a pace they feel comfortable with. In addition to weekly assistance with portfolio development, the class will cover a variety of topics from professional business practices, promotional strategies, merchandising, social media and public relations to studio practices, experimental and traditional painting techniques and an exciting multitude of artistic inspirational resources. Artists can choose to work on works of art, start a website, develop an identity package, set up a social media presence, create a video of their work, develop a merchandise line, or a combination of art and business etc. It is up to each artist how they want to use their class time. Discussions regarding personal outlook, growth and development will also help each artist to explore and expand upon their own creative process as well as establish successful business goals for the long term.

The workshop will be run as an eight-week online workshop. I have set-up a private resource blog to serve as the interactive platform for the class. It will have articles, videos, downloads and links that will act as valuable supplementation to the class critiques. I will be in the classroom Monday through Friday reviewing in-process and finished works. Take this as an opportunity to do something really extraordinary, making an impact on your career for years to come!

Start Date: January 4 to February 26, 2016
Course Length: 8 weeks
Tuition: $400.00
http://www.cyrstudio.com/masterclass.html

Thursday, April 30, 2015

Got Texture?

Lots of great stuff going on in the studio! Texture, texture and more texture! If you are interested in working with me online, sign up is available now and classes will start  Monday May 4th!  The Spring May 4th online session will be the last one I do until November. Check out these online workshops:

Mixed Media Masterclass is an online month-to-month workshop is for intermediate and advanced artists that are looking to refine their skills to produce professional works for the fine or commercial art marketplace. 

Artists will work on their own self-generated projects at a pace they feel comfortable with. In addition to weekly assistance with portfolio development, the class will cover a variety of topics from professional business practices, promotional strategies, merchandising, social media and public relations to studio practices, experimental and traditional painting techniques and an exciting multitude of artistic inspirational resources. 

Artists can choose to work on works of art, start a website, develop an identity package, set up a social media presence, create a video of their work, develop a merchandise line, or a combination of art and business etc. It is up to each artist how they want to use their class time. Discussions regarding personal outlook, growth and development will also help each artist to explore and expand upon their own creative process as well as establish successful business goals for the long term.

Start Date: May 4 to May 29, 2015
Course Length: month to month
Tuition: $180.00 - 4 weeks


The mythical figure has inspired artists for centuries. Let it inspire you too! This highly informative online workshop will explore experimental approaches to painting the mythical figure in thematic fantastical settings, using both two-dimensional and three-dimensional mixed-media techniques. Topics will include drawing and painting the fantastical figure, altering and restructure facial features and body proportions to create believable characters as well as painting magical landscapes and environments using mixed-media techniques.



All projects encourage research and exploration into a multitude of mythological, cultural and historical sources. Egyptian, Greek and Roman, Celtic, Norse, Slavic and East Asian mythology, legends, fairy tales and folklore are just some of the areas of prospective interest. Artists are also encouraged to develop their own mythological stories to illustrate. We will focus on the creation of message-driven art through the use of symbolism, metaphor and allegory as well as anagrams, visual puzzles and hidden messages. The use of story boarding for narrative works in series whether for a gallery wall, book layout, video presentation or online experience will also be discussed. Other topics will include the use of costuming, decorative motifs and ornamentation, cultural iconography and architectural detail in works of the mythical realm.

With visually inspiring imagery, insightful readings, thought-provoking videos, creative exercises and step-by-step demonstrations, artists will discover a plethora of exciting two-dimensional and three-dimensional techniques to employ in their own fantastical works. This online workshop is for intermediate and advanced figurative artists who are interested in using mixed-media techniques to add that magical, transforming element to their work!

Start Date: May 4 to June 12, 2015

Course Length: 6 weeks
Tuition: $300.00

Sunday, April 12, 2015

EXPERIMENTAL FIGURE PAINTING IN MIXED MEDIA: The Mythical Realm

The mythical figure has inspired artists for centuries. Let it inspire you too! This highly informative online workshop entitled EXPERIMENTAL FIGURE PAINTING IN MIXED MEDIA: The Mythical Realm will explore experimental approaches to painting the mythical figure in thematic fantastical settings, using both two-dimensional and three-dimensional mixed-media techniques. Topics will include drawing and painting the fantastical figure, altering and restructure facial features and body proportions to create believable characters as well as painting magical landscapes and environments using mixed-media techniques.

All assignments will encourage in-depth research and exploration into a multitude of mythological, cultural and historical sources. Egyptian, Greek and Roman, Celtic, Norse, East Asian, African and Native American mythology, legends, fairy tales and folklore are just some of the areas of prospective interest. Artists are also encouraged to develop their own mythological stories to illustrate. We will focus on the creation of message-driven art through the use of symbolism, metaphor and allegory as well as anagrams, visual puzzles and hidden messages. The use of storyboarding for narrative works in series whether for a gallery wall, book layout, video presentation or online experience will also be discussed. Other topics will include the use of costuming, decorative motifs and ornamentation, cultural iconography and architectural detail in works of the mythical realm.

With visually inspiring imagery, insightful readings, thought-provoking videos, creative exercises and step-by-step demonstrations, artists will discover a plethora of exciting two-dimensional and three-dimensional techniques to employ in their own fantastical works. This online workshop is for intermediate and advanced figurative artists who are interested in using mixed-media techniques to add that magical, transforming element to their work!

The workshop will be run as a six-week online class. I have set-up a private resource blog to serve as the interactive platform for the class. It will have articles, videos, downloads and links that will act as valuable supplementation to the class critiques. I will be in the classroom Monday through Friday reviewing in-process and finished works.


Start Date: May 4 to June 12, 2015

Course Length: 6 weeks
Tuition: $300.00




Check out art created by artists attending my online workshops:
Bas-relief & Assemblage Work

Collage & Mixed-Media Work


Friday, March 27, 2015

This Week: Experimental Figure Painting the Mythical Realm!

 It was a great week with my online workshop EXPERIMENTAL FIGURE PAINTING IN MIXED MEDIA: The Mythical Realm!

For week one, we explored Ancient Egyptian Mythology. We also studied the role and influence that history, mythology, literature and the like have had on fantastical world building and imaginative visual storytelling. 

In addition, we studied the creation of message-driven art through the use of symbolism, metaphor and allegory as well as utilizing anagrams, visual puzzles and hidden messages in mixed-media art.  Pluralism and non-linear storytelling were also covered. 


Experimental techniques using graphite and various tools and treatments helped to create unique textural effects onto fantastical characters, as each artist begins to explore compositional strategies and value studies. 

More techniques to come next week, as we employ both two-dimensional and three-dimensional approaches, innovative tools and unconventional materials! Norse Mythology is the focus for next week. Sound like fun? Join us for the next 6-week session!


Experimental Figure Painting in Mixed Media: The Mythical Realm
March 23 to May 1, 2015  IN SESSION
Next Session: May 4 to June 12, 2015


Course Length: 6 weeks
Tuition: $300.00


Coming Up in April:
April 6 to May 1, 2015
This online month-to-month workshop is for intermediate and advanced artists that are looking to refine their skills to produce professional works for the fine or commercial art marketplace. Artists will work on their own self-generated projects at a pace they feel comfortable with. In addition to weekly assistance with portfolio development, the class will cover a variety of topics from professional business practices, promotional strategies, merchandising, social media and public relations to studio practices, experimental and traditional painting techniques and an exciting multitude of artistic inspirational resources. Artists can choose to work on works of art, start a website, develop an identity package, set up a social media presence, create a video of their work, develop a merchandise line, or a combination of art and business etc. It is up to each artist how they want to use their class time. Discussions regarding personal outlook, growth and development will also help each artist to explore and expand upon their own creative process as well as establish successful business goals for the long term.
http://www.cyrstudio.com/masterclass.html

Check out art created by artists attending my online workshops: 


Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Thursday, March 12, 2015

Printmaking with Ordinary Objects & Materials!


If you look around, there is a new textural imprint just waiting to be explored!

In my book Experimental Painting, I've used burlap, romaine lettuce leaves, sprigs, paper towels, plastic grocery bags, aluminum foil, bubble wrap, textured wallpaper, string and sponges just to name a few items. 

Almost any material can be used for a signature imprint! You can employ them flat, crinkled, wadded-up or in combination to make interesting marks onto the surface of your work.


Look around your surroundings to see what you can find! Here is a link to take a look inside my book Experimental Painting. 

My recorded webinar, TRANSFORMING THE SURFACE WITH MIXED MEDIA PAINTING TECHNIQUES also
covers a diverse array of creative and painterly approaches using both transparent and opaque applications. Shown on various surfaces, altered, repurposed and custom tools are used in inventive ways to create signature works of art. Automatism and freeform painting techniques are also discussed, creating wonder-filled, imaginative environments that enrich the working surface with color, pattern and texture.


Throughout the webinar, lushly painted passages and rich transitions boast mixed-media techniques such as dissolve treatments using acrylic, gouache and ink, lift-off applications using oil paint and gouache and resist treatments with rock salt and candle wax. Dripping, spattering, ghosting and dry-brushing with paint and water-soluble crayons as well as custom blotting, masking, stamping and monoprinting are each explored in this exciting 90 minute video.

For more decorative applications and faux finishes, marbling using self-leveling clear gel, acrylic matte medium and PVA glue, sponging techniques with natural and manmade sponges, combing and pouring techniques using acrylic gels and paint with varying viscosities, ink embossing, crackle applications as well as other aging and distressing techniques are shown.

Creating custom collage papers with techniques such as veining and creasing along with mixed-media painting and surface treatments demonstrate exciting ways in which to infuse custom collage elements into a multimedia painting. The creation of custom acrylic skin surfaces, clear tape transfers and textured image transfers are also covered.
Techniques that creatively manipulate heavily-applied paint with a painting knife, comb and other non-traditional tools are also discussed. Utilizing alternative and unconventional tools and techniques, this webinar will certainly provide engaging and creative inspiration for artists who want to experiment and explore, igniting the creative juices!


Other Artist Network Videos by Lisa L. Cyr:
Creative Explorations in Mixed-Media: Collage Techniques for the Mixed-Media Artist
In the recorded webinar, I go into detail about the intrinsic characteristics of various papers and the aesthetic possibilities and technical issues that go along with them. In collage works, weight, surface, texture, color permanence and opacity each play a part in the selection and use of paper and paper-based ephemera. Throughout the recording, I also discuss the use of handmade paper as well as the making of custom- treated papers. Paper treatments such as sponging, dripping, drybrushing and custom stamping add a signature look to any paper surface. When it comes to adhering various collage and paper elements to a surface, I discuss which adhesive is the best to use for specific papers and applications. Sealing procedures are also covered, including when to apply isolation coats between various mixed-media techniques.

Paper manipulation such as the use of tearing, scoring, punching and die-cutting are also explored with detailed examples of various applications. In addition, I discuss a variety of techniques such as folding, wrinkling, creasing, burning, aging and distressing. Unique processes are shown throughout, using both paper and metallic surfaces.

For a more densely collaged substrate, I present techniques such as peeling-back, sanding, scratching and scraping. I also discuss the use of multi-layered and raised surfaces with custom inlays that employ carving, scoring, embossing and debossing of paper and foils. The addition of embellishments and accents as well as the employment of stitching, weaving and knotting are also covered.


Assemblage Accents: Employing Faux Finishes & Patinas
This recorded webinar covers creatively customizing found objects, assemblage accents and sculptural creations with unique finishes and patinas. To enliven the mixed-media landscape, a diverse array of techniques and materials from repurposed and custom treated natural and man-made elements will be explored. With the addition of faux finishes and decorative techniques, the everyday object can be transformed into a one-of-a-kind accent, communicating a concept or illuminating a subject in a unique way.