Wednesday, June 21, 2017

NEW WORKSHOP Figure of the Imagination: Using Exploratory Processes to Create Imaginative Works!

with Lisa L. Cyr

8, 12 and 16 week formats available (3 hour sessions)

This highly-visual, hands-on workshop will explore drawing and painting the figure in imaginative, magical landscapes and environments using mixed-media techniques. From fantastical dreamscapes and realms to supernatural beings, winged guardians and underworld deities, works created in this workshop will transform the ordinary to the extraordinary. 

Topics will include the use of costuming, props, decorative motifs and ornamentation, cultural iconography architectural detail as well as drawing and painting the fantastical figure, altering and restructure facial features and body proportions to create believable fantastical characters. Exploration into mythology, legends, fairy tales and folklore will also be discussed. Throughout the workshop, many exciting in-depth demonstrations will be shown, providing an extensive array of visually-stimulating possibilities. Both two-dimensional and three-dimensional approaches will be shown, including employing alternative working grounds, using 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.

This class is for intermediate and advanced figurative artists who are interested in adding that magical, transforming element to their work! Sign-up to my mailing list for locations, dates and times!



"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. 

Through the multilayered narrative, we journey to a world beyond, where the awakened subconscious leaves the viewer spellbound and wanting more." 





Biography:
Lisa L. Cyr is an accomplished multidisciplinary artist and author with a content-driven approach. Her highly imaginative, fantasy-inspired works use layers of metaphor and allegory to stimulate curiosity, provoke thought and encourage further inspection. A poetic, rhythmic synthesis of drawing, painting, collage and assemblage, Cyr's visually tactile, mixed-media work is composed to collectively create a new reality with a more expressive, symbolic arrangement. The artist's expansive visual vernacular and innovative use of alternative materials and approaches transcends mere technique, creating a dynamic pictorial idiom that is not only multidimensional but also multi-sensual.

A graduate from The Massachusetts College of Art (BFA) and Syracuse University (MA), Cyr's artistic oeuvre has been exhibited both nationally and internationally in museums, galleries, universities and at industry organizations, including traveling shows with the Society of Illustrators of New York and Los Angeles. Her work has been featured in numerous magazines, books and online, including features in Spectrum: The Best in Contemporary Fantastic Art and Incite: the Best of Mixed Media and just to name a few. In addition, Cyr's art is included in the permanent collection of the Museum of American Illustration as well as in private collections.

The artist writes for many of the creative industry's leading art publications and has authored seven books on art and design, including the cutting-edge, mixed media best sellers entitled Experimental Painting and Art Revolution (North Light Books). In addition, Cyr speaks actively about successful promotional strategies, marketing opportunities and entrepreneurial endeavors for the creative industry and gives workshops on creating imaginative figurative art using innovative, mixed media techniques at professional organizations, universities and trade conferences. Her insightful, thought-provoking and highly visual lectures and workshops inform, inspire and motivate. She also teaches in several of the top MFA graduate programs across the country. An artist member of the Society of Illustrators in New York City, Cyr works in partnership with her husband Christopher Short, painter, 3D illustrator and animator.

 



SPEAKING & TEACHING EXPERIENCE:

American Institute of Graphic Arts
The Society of Illustrators, NYC
The Art Students League of NY
The National Illustration Conference
The Norman Rockwell Museum
Columbus Society of Communicating Arts
The Hartford Art School MFA Program
University of the Arts
The Artist Network University
The Art Institute of Pittsburgh Online
NH Creative Club
Pratt Institute
Parsons School of Design
Savannah College of Art and Design
Kendall College of Art and Design
Southern Utah University
Virginia Commonwealth University
Syracuse University
Sage College of Albany
Marywood University MFA Program
Kutztown University
New Jersey City University
The University of New Hampshire
The University of Kansas
Keene State College
Notre Dame College
NH Institute of Art
Rochester Institute of Technology
Delgado Community College
Sharon Arts Center
Northampton Community College
NYC Final Cut Pro
Rivier College
Notre Dame College
Hesser College

East Stroudsburg University 
Ohio Tourism Bureau 
Mohawk Valley Community College 
Shanghai Normal School Cultural Exchange

CONFERENCES:
WOMEN IN ILLUSTRATION
Speaker discussing contemporary issues that face women in illustration.
The Norman Rockwell Museum

CONVERSATIONS: Rochester Institute of Technology
Speaker on a panel entitled “Inventing New Careers”, 2002

NATIONAL ILLUSTRATION EDUCATION SYMPOSIUM
Speaker discussing marketing and promotional strategies for illustrators.
Society of Illustrators, 2000

CONTEMPORARY ILLUSTRATION: 1930 TO PRESENT
Speaker and moderator on a panel discussing illustration over the decades.
Society of Illustrators, 2001

NATIONAL ILLUSTRATION CONFERENCE , 1999, 2001, 2003
Speaker on a panel entitled Teaching the Industry,1999
Acted as the official writer for the conference, generating several feature articles and reviews. (2001 and 2003)

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