Monday, September 28, 2015

Art Students League Mixed Media Workshop & More!


Creating Color Field Paintings & Using Drip Technique
utilizing mixed-media approaches demonstrated in the workshop
I had an amazing time teaching this past weekend at The Art Students League of New York. The artists that attended came from all over the world...even as far away as Egypt and Japan! The last workshop I did at the league in New York the farthest artist attending came from Trinidad. I absolutely love the outreach that an art institution such as the league has to offer. 

We had a full class and lots of fun making art! The work that was created by the artists attending was incredible! So, I thought  I'd share some of the work in-progress with you.  Check out the work posted and all the different visions that were inspired by mixed-media!

My hands-on workshop called Experimental Painting: Inspirational Approaches in Mixed-Media is created as a continuation of my book Experimental Painting.  Both the workshop and the book investigate exploratory methodologies, techniques and approaches in mixed-media art. 


Creating Mixed-Media Painted Backgrounds 
utilizing many of the techniques demonstrated 
in the two-day workshop

Throughout the workshop in New York City at The Art Students League, many exciting  demonstrations were shown, providing an extensive array of visually-stimulating possibilities for artists to explore. Most artists walked away with lots and lots of ideas spinning in their heads as to what is possible with mixed media.

Both two-dimensional and three-dimensional mixed-media techniques were covered, including employing alternative working grounds, using custom tools, toning the painting surface in imaginative ways, creating a tactile ground, building the visual architecture, utilizing innovative mixed-media techniques to create intriguing effects and much much more. It was a productive workshop and fun was had by all!

My NEXT WORKSHOP at the Art Students League is scheduled for: 

Sat/Sun Sept 10-11th, 2016 from 10am-4:30pm
If you were not able to come to New York City to attend, no worries. I  have several workshops coming up online. They start in January 2017 so mark your calendars.





 Mixed-Media Painted Backgrounds using techniques learned in the workshop
If you love mixed-media, mythology and painting the figure, you  will enjoy my six week workshop FIGURE PAINTING IN MIXED MEDIA: The Mythical Realm

Mixed-Media Painted Backgrounds using techniques
 learned in the workshop
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 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.
Wonderful Exploration of Painting &
Mixed-Media Techniques learned in the workshop
Playing with many of the Mixed-Media
Painting Techniques demonstrated in the workshop


Lots of great mixed-media works in-progress!
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 is 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.

Mixed-Media Painted Backgrounds using techniques
 learned in the workshop
Start Date: January 9 to February 17, 2017
Course Length: 6 weeks
Tuition: $300.00











Wonderful Mixed-Media Background created with many
of the techniques demonstrated in the workshop





























Working in bas-relief techniques learned in workshop
In January, I am continuing my MIXED MEDIA MASTERCLASSThis 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 9 to March 3, 2017
Course Length: 8 weeks - $400.00
Adding mixed-media techniques learned in the workshop
to the figure



FANTASTICAL DREAMSCAPES: Creating Magical Environments in Mixed Media is a NEW online class! 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.

Playing with collage techniques learned in the workshop



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 9 to February 17, 2017 
Course Length: 6 weeks
Tuition: $300.00

Foil Embossing detail created from technique
 learned in the workshop
Foil Embossing detail created from technique
 learned in the workshop
Playing with collage techniques
learned in the workshop


Foil collage created from techniques
 learned in the workshop

Adding painted details using a controlled drip technique
Tissue texture collage created from techniques
 learned in the workshop
Using exploratory painting techniques demonstrated in the workshop



Smiling faces having fun with Mixed-Media!

















Friday, September 18, 2015

EXPERIMENTAL PAINTING: Workshop Panel Preparation & Supplies!

SUPPLY LIST

Experimental Painting: Inspirational Approaches in Mixed Media
with Lisa L. Cyr 

lisa@cyrstudio.com


PAINT & MEDIUMS:

Acrylic Paints 
 (at least basic colors: Red, Yellow, Blue, White, Black, one metallic - bring more if you have them)
Black Waterproof Ink
Acrylic Matte Medium - Liquitex preferred
Acrylic Gel Matte Medium - Liquitex preferred
Molding Paste - Golden Brand preferred
Bookbinder’s glue: PH neutral preferred (PVA/Elmers Glue or similar will do but not archival)
Gesso: white - prefer Dick Blick Professional gesso (thick)

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
Plastic Palette (or several cleaned Styrofoam meat and egg containers)
Natural and Synthetic sponges
Brayer
Sponge Roller (approx 4” long) with handle
Craft Knife: with new blades
Metal Ruler
Wooden Stick: sharpened at tip
Old Toothbrush
Hair Dryer

SURFACES: 

Illustration Board or Masonite (gesso primed panels of TWO 16" x 20" panels OR EIGHT 8“ x 10”
Preparation instructions: http://lisalcyr.blogspot.com/2015/09/experimental-painting-workshop-panel.html
White Tissue Paper
Cotton Cloth or Gauze Cloth, Burlap, Heavy Lace, Cheesecloth, etc. (white) 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 (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
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)
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
Anything with a low relief embossed surface (wood or metal accents, etc.)

Put liquid mediums in 4 oz. bottle and pastes in
small containers. Water bottles also come in 4 oz.


NOTE: If you are traveling, you can put liquid mediums in small 4 oz travel bottles and pastes in small plastic containers that you can get at the dollar store or drug store. Take the wax paper and foil out of the roll and fold up some sheets flat. 





For attendees of my workshops, here are some tips on how to prepare your panels for class:









OPTION ONE:
For the preparation of TWO 16" x 20" panels, acrylic gesso prime the boards at least twice to seal the surface.
Acrylic gesso primed panel

Divide and section off the panels using a graphite pencil. Measure 1" all around and then 1" in the middle horizontally and two 1" sections every 4 inches on the vertical, leaving six 4" wide  by 8.5" tall panels.


Mask off the panels using your 1" painter's tape. Apply the tape around all the edges as well as in the marked sections. Adhere it down well, using your fingers. One panel will be used for two-dimensional techniques and the other for three-dimensional, bas-relief techniques. Your TWO 16" x 20" panels are now prepared to experiment with twelve different techniques that I will demonstrate in class!


Panel masked off with painter's tape

OPTION TWO:
For the preparation of EIGHT 8" x 10" panels. Prime each panel with acrylic gesso.


Eight 8" x 10" gesso primed panels


Take three of your 8" x 10" panels and mask them off with 1" painter's tape all around the edges and in the middle. Leave the other five panels unmasked. Your 8" x 10" panels will be used to explore a multitude of expressive, mixed-media painting techniques that I will demonstrate in class. I am looking forward to working together!
Three 8" x 10" masked off gesso primed panels

Thursday, September 17, 2015

Magical Dreamscapes & Imaginative Figures!

To learn more about Magical Dreamscapes, Imaginative Figures and tactile landscapes of abstraction, attend my mixed-media painting, weekend workshop in NYC at The Art Students League. It starts next Saturday Sept 26! Hope to see you there!


EXPERIMENTAL PAINTING: Inspirational Approaches in Mixed Media

September 26 to 27, 2015
Weekend Intensive Workshop, Limited to 12 Students

In-Process Mixed-Media Dreamscape on Printmaking Paper
I am working on several dreamscape scenes on BFK Rives printmaking paper. The in-process image above features a water scene. A river bank is on the left and the scene brings our eye around the corner of sparkling golden shrubbery to something fantastical happening in the background! (Can't reveal the back story...you will have to wait for the visual novel to come out for that.)

To create a working surface, I gesso the full sheet of paper on both sides with a sponge roller. I make sure to fully cover the sheet, including the decaled edges. The gesso application makes the paper nice and heavy to work on. 

In the above detail shot, I am starting to block in the scene using large brushes, sponges and a painting knife. I am also scratching into the wet paint surface with a wood stick to make drawn-like details.
In-Process Mixed-Media Dreamscape on Illustration Board
This very tactile dreamscape is on illustration board and is just in the very beginnings of a block-in stage. In the ocean scene above, the viewer in coming out of a dark cave and into the light of a magical land. You can see the sea crashing up onto the rocks on the right-hand side and an architectural structure just being started in the mid-ground of the left-hand side. There are steps going up to the structure, which I have to begin to draw in the building and surrounding details. Much to do here! 

Just started pulling details of the wood sprite out of the background which has lots of dripping, cracking and layering of collage and  mixed-media painting techniques being employed on the surface of the custom-made dimensional panel. The same tactile look and feel is carried onto the sides of the cradled panel to unite the surface. 

To create the unique topography, I used handmade papers that I created for the piece. The papers had elements from nature embedded into the surface which added a nice touch to the forest-driven concept. Acrylic gesso, molding paste and crackle paste were applied on top, revealing the layers beneath in an organic way.  

I just love how the dripping paint that runs down the surface starts to bring out the details in the forest in a very interesting, visual provocative way. Lots more details to add and painting to do on this!  




For more information on making as well as sculpting handmade paper, check out my book Art Revolution

For intriguing mixed-media techniques, check out my book Experimental Painting

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

ACRYLIC ARTIST MAGAZINE DEMO!



Detail of in-process work on Mademoiselle du Carnaval
The Fall 2015 issue of Acrylic Artist Magazine features an in-depth, step-by-step demonstration of my acrylic and mixed-media fantasy painting Mademoiselle du Carnaval! 

An article about my work and process entitled Artful Arabesque: The Dance of the Drawn, Dripped and Painted Line shares some of my sources of inspiration as well as my unique approach to both two-dimensional and three-dimensional mixed-media techniques! Be sure to check it out! 

Spread from Fall 2015 issue of Acrylic Artist Magazine
featuring my mixed-media painting Voyage to Michaelania

In addition, watch the three-part demo below for the process of creating my mixed-media work Voyage to Michaelania that I did with The Artist Network!




Also featured in the article is my mixed media painting entitled The Messenger! This painting is fully demonstrated in my webinar entitled PAINTING THE MYTHICAL FIGURE IN MIXED MEDIA available for download at NorthLightshop.com.