Thursday, November 7, 2019

LECTURES

FIGURE OF THE IMAGINATION: An Artist's Journey

Speaker: Lisa L. Cyr www.cyrstudio.com

This highly-visual lecture explores the development of imaginative, fantasy-inspired works using a content-driven, mixed-media, multidisciplinary mindset. Within the artist’s personal narration, poetic visual tales of quests to worlds unknown evoke transcendental experiences for those who are willing to enter into the pictorial drama.

From fantastical dreamscapes and realms to supernatural beings, winged guardians and underworld deities, Cyr's visually-compelling, mixed-media works use symbolism, metaphor and allegory to create a new reality with a more expressive, symbolic arrangement. A poetic, rhythmic synthesis of drawing, painting, collage and assemblage, the artist's multi-layered, visually tactile work transforms the ordinary to the extraordinary. Through Cyr's multilayered visual narrative, you will journey to a world beyond, where the awakened subconscious leaves one spellbound and wanting more. 

Lecture: 2.5 hours with Q+A
AV Req: Digital projector, screen and electronic pointer


Demonstration: a custom step-by-step demonstration can be added to the programming. (1 hour)

Bonus Materials: attendees will receive access to downloadable wallpapers, online demos, interviews and much more!

Contact: Lisa@cyrstudio.com for available dates.



EXPERIMENTAL PAINTING: Using Exploratory Processes to Create Imaginative Works

Speaker: Lisa L. Cyr www.cyrstudio.com

This highly-visual lecture will investigate exploratory methodologies, techniques and approaches in mixed-media art. Throughout the presentation, many exciting in-depth examples and demonstrations will be shown, providing an extensive array of visually-stimulating possibilities for artists to explore. Both two-dimensional and three-dimensional mixed-media techniques will be covered, including employing alternative working grounds, creating custom tools, toning the painting surface in imaginative ways, creating a tactile ground, building the visual architecture and utilizing innovative mixed-media techniques to create intriguing effects. To assist artists in their own creative path, topics on nurturing the creative spirit, developing personal content through journalism, embracing a multidisciplinary mindset and creating message-driven art will also be discussed.

Lecture: 2.5 hours with Q+A
AV Req: Digital projector, screen and electronic pointer

Book Signing: Experimental Painting: Inspirational Approaches in Mixed will be available for purchase and signing.


Demonstration: a custom step-by-step demonstration can be added to the programming. (1 hour)

Bonus Materials: attendees will receive access to downloadable wallpapers, online demos, interviews and much more!

Contact: Lisa@cyrstudio.com for available dates.


ART REVOLUTION: Reinterpret, Reinvent & Redefine

Speaker: Lisa L. Cyr www.cyrstudio.com

We are currently in the midst of an artistic revolution. No other time has seen such innovation in the way art can be intellectualized, produced and presented into the culture. Artists are breaking from conventional approaches, reexamining the fundamental methodology in which they work. They are becoming much more forward-thinking, almost entrepreneurial, venturing out with a content-driven approach to discover new pathways for their work to flourish and prosper. The traditionally accepted roles of art and the artist are being reinterpreted, reinvented and redefined to embrace a new paradigm, opening the door to a more progressive social consciousness. Throughout the highly visual lecture, stellar, multi-media work by groundbreaking talent will to shed light on signature processes and techniques. There is a rich amalgam of media available to creatives today, offering a wide range of possibilities for exploration and experimentation.

Lecture: 2.5 hours with Q+A
AV Req: Digital projector, screen and electronic pointer

Book Signing: Art Revolution: Alternative Approaches for Fine Artists and Illustrators will be available for purchase and signing.


Demonstration: a custom step-by-step demonstration can be added to the programming. (1 hour)

Bonus Materials: attendees will receive access to downloadable wallpapers, online demos, interviews and much more!

Contact: Lisa@cyrstudio.com for available dates.


SIGN UP FOR THE MAILING LIST HERE 

WORKSHOPS

MIXED MEDIA, COLLAGE + ASSEMBLAGE 
Instructor: Lisa L. Cyr 

This hands-on workshop will investigate exploratory methodologies, techniques and approaches in mixed-media art. Throughout the workshop, many exciting in-depth demonstrations will be shown, providing an extensive array of visually-stimulating possibilities for artists to explore. Both two-dimensional and three-dimensional mixed-media, collage and assemblage techniques will be covered, including texturing the working surface with collage, employing additive and subtractive processes to establish an interesting topography, using transparent and opaque painting techniques to create richly painted passages, utilizing alternative and custom tools to produce signature mark-making and so much more.

Bonus Materials: attendees will receive access to downloadable wallpapers, online demos, interviews and much more!

REGISTER HERE:
Avenue of the Arts
465 Huntington Avenue
Boston, Massachusetts 02115

617-369-3295
artclasses@mfa.org

April 3 to May 15, 2020 (5 weeks) Friday sessions
10:15am to 3:15 pm

(no classes on April 24 and May 1)


EXPRESSIVE PAINTING IN WATERMEDIA
Instructor: Lisa L. Cyr 

Transform the working surface with expressive painting techniques! Throughout the workshop, lushly painted passages and rich transitions using waterbased media (acrylic paint in various viscosities, interactive acrylic, acrylic-ink and acrylic-gouache) will be employed onto the  painting surface in creative combinations. Fluid techniques such as staining, pouring, dripping, marbling, dissolving and resist treatments as well as creative manipulation of heavily-applied paint and mediums with a painting knife, comb and other non-traditional tools will be employed in this exciting, hands-on workshop.

Bonus Materials: attendees will receive access to downloadable wallpapers, online demos, interviews and much more!

REGISTER HERE:
Avenue of the Arts
465 Huntington Avenue
Boston, Massachusetts 02115
617-369-3295
artclasses@mfa.org

May 22 to June 19, 2020 (5 weeks) Friday sessions
10:15am to 3:15 pm

The Institute of Art & Design at New England College
CERegistration@nhia.edu
(603) 836- 2564
April 2020 Saturday sessions 
9:00am to 4:00 pm

COLLAGE & MIXED MEDIA
Instructor: Lisa L. Cyr 

This hands-on class will investigate exploratory approaches in collage and mixed-media art. In-depth demonstrations will provide an extensive array of visually-stimulating possibilities for artists to explore. Both two-dimensional and three-dimensional techniques will be covered, including creating custom tools for signature mark-making, building a tactile working environment, employing collage and custom treatments to paper surfaces as well as a plethora of other mixed-media painting techniques!

Bonus Materials: attendees will receive access to downloadable wallpapers, online demos, interviews and much more!

REGISTER HERE:
The Institute of Art & Design at New England College
CERegistration@nhia.edu
(603) 836- 2564
April 18, 25 and May 2, 2020 (3 weeks) Saturday sessions
9 am – 4:00pm  (lunch break)
OR
Oct 26 to Dec 7, 2019 (6 weeks) Saturday sessions
10:00am to 1:00 pm (IN PROGRESS)


THE ART OF WORKING ON AN EPIC SCALE
Instructor: Lisa L. Cyr 

This exciting workshop will focus on creating large works of art in water-based media on canvas, utilizing a freeform and fluid process that connects the mind, body and hand. For expressive signature mark-making onto the grand-scaled painted surface, altered, repurposed and custom tools will be employed.

Working in a painterly freeform approach, the class will explore automatism techniques and approaches to ignite spontaneous visceral responses. Through creative sound and essential oil stimuli, unique experiences, rhythms and movement create a stream-of-consciousness approach to painting. The interpretive experience transforms the artmaking process into a performance, where the pictorial surface becomes a theatrical stage and the paint, mediums and instruments are the dramatic actors dancing across the surface. Zen-based mindfulness, studio meditation and rituals, yoga ideology and so much more will be included in this unique workshop.

Bonus Materials: attendees will receive access to downloadable wallpapers, online demos, interviews and much more!

REGISTER HERE:
The Institute of Art & Design at New England College
CERegistration@nhia.edu
(603) 836- 2564

Fall 2020 Saturday sessions 
9:00am to 4:00 pm


EXPRESSIVE MIXED-MEDIA DRAWING TECHNIQUES: 
Instructor: Lisa L. Cyr 

This workshop will explore alternative, signature mark-making techniques and approaches using altered, repurposed and custom tools in graphite and charcoal. Topics will include turning graphite powder into acrylic paint and applying it to the surface in intriguing ways, employing handmade eraser templates and stencils to create unique textures, using water-soluble graphite to create unexpected results, applying resists and solvents to activate the drawing surface, uilizing collage techniques and working on a textured ground. Both additive and subtractive processes will be investigated, providing an extensive array of visually-stimulating possibilities for artists to explore. 

Bonus Materials: attendees will receive access to downloadable wallpapers, online demos, interviews and much more!

COMING SOON!

2020 Saturday sessions 
9:00am to 12:00 pm

Wednesday, October 23, 2019

Collage & Mixed Media Workshop!


Fall 2019 
Instructor: Lisa Cyr 

Oct 26 – Dec 7, 2019
Saturdays, 10am – 1pm 

This hands-on class will investigate exploratory approaches in collage and mixed-media art. In-depth demonstrations will provide an extensive array of visually-stimulating possibilities for artists to explore. Both two-dimensional and three-dimensional techniques will be covered, including creating custom tools for signature mark-making, building a tactile working environment, employing collage and custom treatments to paper surfaces as well as a plethora of other mixed-media painting techniques!


SUPPLY LIST
Note: Many supplies are optional and not required but will be demonstrated by the instructor. For the first class, bring collage supplies: gesso primed surface(s), acrylic paint, matte medium, glue, brushes, paper, wax paper, brayer, tape, metal ruler, craft knife, spray bottle, hair dryer, palette, water container, tissue and collage ephemera as well as clean-up supplies. If you have more, bring them! Feel free to email lisa@cyrstudio.com, if you have any questions.

Looking forward to a great workshop!

PAINT & MEDIUMS:
Heavy Body Acrylic Paints

Black Waterproof Ink

Acrylic Matte Medium - Liquitex preferred

Acrylic Gel Matte Medium - Liquitex preferred (optional)

Molding Paste - Golden Brand preferred (optional)

Bookbinder’s glue: PH neutral preferred (or regular PVA/Elmers Glue or similar will do for practice studies but not archival)

Gesso: white - prefer Dick Blick Professional gesso (thick) but any gesso will do

TOOLS:
Synthetic Brushes: (at least a small round, flat (large and medium size) and a fan brush - bring more brushes if you have them)

Painting knife: wide flat tip

Embossing Stylus (optional)

Plastic Palette (or several cleaned meat and egg containers)

Natural and Synthetic sponges (optional)

Brayer

Sponge Roller (approx 4” long) with handle

Craft Knife: with new blades

Metal Ruler

Wooden Stick or back of paint brush: sharpened at tip

Old Toothbrush

Hair Dryer (there will be one available in class but you would be sharing it/wait times)


SURFACES:
Illustration Board or Masonite (gesso primed) cut into panels of TWO 16" x 20" panels OR EIGHT 8“ x 10”

You can also use cardboard or any hard surface if you just want to experiment (not archival)

Printmaking paper - one sheet (optional)

White Tissue Paper

Cotton Cloth or Gauze Cloth, Burlap, Heavy Lace, Cheesecloth, Interfacing, etc. white prefered (optional)


MISC:
Notebook

Graphite Pencil (HB or regular #2 pencil is fine) and Kneaded Eraser

Two Containers for Water: large yogurt containers or coffee cans work well (nothing too small or shallow)

Printed Ephemera (newspapers, magazines, ticket stubs, wallpaper scraps, old letters, sewing pattern tissue, doily paper, etc.

Bring as much as you can!)

Plastic Grocery Bags

Paper Towels and Soap (sometimes the classroom runs out)

Cotton Swabs (cheap brand works better)

Sandpaper

Painter’s tape: 1”

Wax Paper

Plastic wrap

Sand or Saw Dust (optional)

Aluminum Foil: heavy-duty (Do not get non-stick)

String

Spray Bottle

Plastic Comb: wide-tooth or Plastic Fork

Inkjet Prints (2 - 3) of your color work or sketches (printed in reverse) to use as ink transfers (optional)

Anything with a low relief embossed surface (wood or metal accents, etc.)


NOTE: You can put liquid mediums in small travel bottles and pastes in small plastic containers that you can get at the dollar store or drug store.

Sunday, March 31, 2019

NEW WORKSHOPS for Summer 2019!

Creating Custom Collage Papers

Date: Saturday May 25, 2019
Time: 10:00 am to 4:30 one day workshop

Location: NH Institute of Art, Manchester NH
REGISTER HERE


Throughout the workshop, artists will create a diversified series of custom, hand-painted collage papers and tissues that can be later employed into multimedia works. To infuse color, line, shape and pattern, techniques such as dripping, spattering, sponging, rolling, blowing, rubbing, dry brushing, veining, ghosting, blotting, marbling, crinkling, masking, stamping, printing and resist treatments are just some of the processes demonstrated in this creative workshop.





Creating Altered, Repurposed & Custom Painting Tools 

Date: Saturday June 8, 2019
Time: 10:00am to 4:30 one day workshop

Location: NH Institute of Art, Manchester NH
REGISTER HERE


When it comes to creative distinction in mark-making, altering the traditional painting instruments, repurposing tools from myriad disciplines and inventing completely new devices for custom, signature treatments onto the painted surface is at the cutting-edge. By creating and using unconventional tools, artists are expanding the boundaries of artmaking, infusing alternative ways of working into the practice. 












Transforming the Surface

Date: Saturday June 15 and 22, 2019
Time: 10:00am to 4:30 two day workshop

Location: NH Institute of Art, Manchester NH
REGISTER HERE


Transform the working surface with water media painting techniques! Throughout the workshop, lushly painted passages and rich transitions using acrylic, gouache and ink will be employed onto the abstract painting surface. Fluid techniques such as pouring, dripping, marbling, dissolving and resist treatments as well as creative manipulation of heavily-applied paint and mediums with a painting knife, comb and other non-traditional tools will be employed in this exciting, hands-on workshop.



Wednesday, March 20, 2019

Florida Artists Group Annual Exhibition and Symposium

I am judging and keynote speaking at the Florida Artists Group Annual Exhibition and Symposium. 

I will also have an Artist Talk on my work and process called FIGURE OF THE IMAGINATION: Using Exploratory Processes to Create Imaginative Works on Saturday June 1, 2019 at 2:45pm in the Larry Thompson Academic Center auditorium at Ringling College of Art & Design in Sarasota Florida. Open to the Public. If you are in the area come by!


Friday, March 8, 2019

Collage & Mixed Media Workshop at NH Institute of Art!

This hands-on class will investigate exploratory approaches in collage and mixed-media art. In-depth demonstrations will provide an extensive array of visually-stimulating possibilities for artists to explore. Both two-dimensional and three-dimensional techniques will be covered, including creating custom tools for signature mark-making, building a tactile working environment, employing collage and custom treatments to paper surfaces as well as a plethora of other mixed-media painting techniques!



Prerequisite: None 
Manchester Campus / DEC037-MA 
Instructor: Lisa L. Cyr 

March 23 – April 27, 2019 six weeks
Saturdays 10am – 1pm 


Sign up now! 

Tuesday, February 26, 2019

AUDIO INTERVIEWS

The  audio interview was done in 2009 between illustrator and author Lisa L Cyr and Hall of Fame illustrator Marshall Arisman for an artist profile entitled Content-Driven Approach featured in the book Art Revolution: Alternative Approaches for Fine Artists and Illustrators written by artist and author Lisa L. Cyr and published by North Light Books, an imprint of F+W Media Inc. 

"Over the years, I've had the privilege to speak with Marshall Arisman not only about his creative process and approach but also about the industry at large. His work, words and insights are an inspiration to us all."






This interview between Hall of Fame reportage illustrator Franklin McMahon and illustrator and author Lisa L. Cyr was originally conducted in 2007 for an article on reportage Illustration called Visual Journalism for the Communication Arts magazine Illustration Annual. 



The audio interviews and the content are copyright of Lisa L. Cyr Cyr Studio LLC all rights reserved. For permissions contact lisa@cyrstudio.com www.cyrstudio.com 



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