Creativebug Bootcamp!

02/14/17

Some of you may know that this past January I launched a brand new class on Creativebug called Creative Bootcamp. It’s six weeks long, and the first round of students has just finished the course! I wanted to show you some of the INCREDIBLE work students (adults and kids alike) have created in the course in this little video I made this morning (this is mostly work from the final weeks).

The course continues to run on Creativebug, and it’s never too late to join in the fun! You can learn more and start a free trial of Creativebug here.

I learned last week that the class has been viewed over 50,000 times! Thank you to everyone who has participated in the course so far. Your work has blown my mind! I hope everyone continues their creative journeys — inside their sketchbooks and beyond!

Have a great week.

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We’re Halfway There!

01/24/17

Guess what? We’re already halfway through Creative Bootcamp! Congratulations to everyone who has shown up to the “gym” again this week for more exercises. This week in my Creative Bootcamp we’re going to play with color again, but this time we’re going to use some restraint and work in monochrome. I love working in monochrome because it forces me to play with values, pattern and intensity in a way I might not otherwise.

I’ve been so excited to watch what some of you are creating in the class. I’ve been following along with the #cbugbootcamp hashtag daily on Instagram. Here are a few of my favorite spreads from the last couple of weeks (I couldn’t possibly post them all!).

Luscious colors and layering by @juliehamiltoncreative:

Beautiful palette & another fantastic example of layering by @angiehiltzdesign

Love the pastels here and use of background imagery by @quietlyfiery

I’ve been ogling over this one from @klikadesign since she posted it:

@paulineijle has mastered the Matisse effect here, but totally with her own flair!

I love this spread by @hannekesupplyillustration because of her use of  both bright neon and muted colors and her fantastic composition

This page by @megan_whisner_quinlan would make the most gorgeous fabric pattern!

I am so drawn to the orange and purple combination — and the gorgeous attention to detail and composition of this one by @happychinchilla!

And how about these sunshines by @sara__ponce?? I love the combination of pinks and yellows in the background!

I can’t wait to see what you all create this week in monochrome! I’ll be visiting the #cbugbootcamp hashtag regularly. Show me what you’ve made over at #cbugbootcamp on Instagram! It’s also never too late to join the class. Join us!

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Creative Bootcamp Launches January 3!

12/20/16

Friends, I am so very excited to announce my next class series with Creativebug, the first in almost a year! It’s called Creative Bootcamp: Six Exercises  to Spark Artistic Discovery, and it launches January 3rd just in time for the new year. You can take the class at your own pace in at any time of the day or night, anywhere the world! We have launched the class page today so that you can prepare to begin the class by gathering all the materials you’ll need (just click on “materials” below each class description). That said, there is no time limit to this class! Once the each week goes live, it will live on Creativebug forever. Aren’t a subscriber to Creativebug? You can get a free trial membership starting today, and after that, it’s only $4.95 a month.

More about the series: using a variety of my favorite art supplies and tried-and-true processes, learn how to use Microns, oil sticks, paints and collage to take a fresh look at shape, line and color. These exercises allow you to “get loose” and enjoy the process without overthinking the outcome. You’ll also learn how to work with color, use collage to respond to your in-progress artwork, and go outside to gather inspiration from your surroundings. Unlike my other classes, this series focuses less on specific projects and dives deeply into the artistic process to help you develop your own creative voice.

Watch the trailer for more!

Here is a little bit about each week:

Part 1: Reinventing the Basics with Lines and Circles – Jan 3rd

Starting with the basics, you’ll learn how to look at lines, circles and simple shapes with new eyes. I guide you through drawing and image-making exercises that utilize three mediums: pen, collage and paint. Working in a large sketchbook, you’ll begin this journey by learning how to keep your approach loose and fresh.


Part 2: Color Conversation – Jan 10th

Everyone has a color palette they tend to lean toward. In this class, I show how to build upon your favorite palettes, investigating color relationships and proportions in order to achieve optimal composition and flow. To put this lesson into practice, you’ll create a collage in your sketchbook with these principles in mind.

Part 3: Get Messy Sketchbook – Jan 17th

Leave the white pages of your sketchbook behind and dive into the printed pages of a vintage book. Working in a variety of mediums, I share my favorite “Messy Sketchbook” technique, transforming a printed page into a vibrant sketchbook spread. Plus you’ll learn how to respond to the content on the printed pages in order to create truly original artwork.

Part 4: Working in Monochrome – Jan 24th

Sometimes you don’t need every crayon in the box – in this part, I focus on choosing a single color and working in a monochrome color palette. Not only is this exercise good practice for self editing, it also helps you better understand the various shades and hues that are possible within a single color. Using a variety of mediums and sketchbook spreads, you’ll unlock all of the possibilities of working in monochrome.

Part 5: An Artist Outing – Jan 31st

Sometimes leaving the studio to get some fresh air is the best way to spark inspiration. Take a walk with me through downtown San Francisco and see what catches my eye. Sit alongside me on a park bench as I sketch the buildings around me, and then watch how she adds color and further develops my drawings when I head back into the studio.

Part 6:  Accordion Books – Feb 7th

Now that you’ve created oodles of artwork in our Creative Boot Camp, you’ll need a way to put the pieces together to share with the world. Learn how to make an accordion book structure to feature as much or as little of your original artwork as you like. Or you can make a blank accordion book to use as an alternative style sketchbook and start the creative process all over again!

Sign up today! I can’t wait to have you in class!

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Creativebug Sale!!!

11/23/16

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Friends! For those of you who like taking art classes from me, I have a new six week Creative Bootcamp series releasing on Creativebug starting January 3. And I have really good news for you: if you are not already a subscriber, you can get a 3-Month Subscription to Creativebug for $1. No code needed! But you must use THIS LINK to get the offer! Expires Monday, November 28!

While you wait for my new class to launch, why not take my other classes?

Happy holidays (I’ll be back Friday with information on new stuff in my online shop!).

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New Class Series & Class Launches Today!

11/17/16

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Friends! I am so excited to let you know that I am launching a new series of business and creativity video classes straight from my website. The Lisa Congdon Sessions launches today with my first video course — Idea Generation: Expanding Your Creative Repertoire & Finding Your Voice. Here’s the best news of all: the course is only $29 and you have access to all three class videos and a course PDF for an unlimited time.

What are The Lisa Congdon Sessions?
The Lisa Congdon Sessions is a new series of online video classes I am developing and rolling out over the course of 2016-2017. The first class in the series, available now, is called Idea Generation: Expanding Your Creative Repertoire & Finding Your Voice. I am developing additional classes on other topics, which will be coming in early 2017! (Read more FAQ here).

What is the Idea Generation course all about?
This course is designed for aspiring, beginning or established artists who are looking for tools to further develop personal sources of inspiration and their own distinct perspective in their work. It’s for people who would like to draw influence from the world differently in order to advance their own creative style.

Through this video course, I’ll will guide you through practices for generating new ideas, using inspiration, and developing a body of work around subject matter that is meaningful to you—all with the goal of creating work that is interesting, specific to you and stands out in a world filled with prolific artists.

Watch the trailer!

The course includes three parts:

Part One: In the first class video, I cover brainstorming as a way to generate new ideas about what to paint, draw or make. You’ll focus on exploring the stuff you are already passionate about in your regular, everyday life as a basis for generating ideas for subject matter in your work. You can use brainstorming to begin to find your own distinct perspective and set your work apart. I’ll also discuss the role of research to expand your ideas even further.

Part Two: In the second video of the class, I talk about getting inspired by other artists, both tips and cautions. Nearly every artist has influences, and studying and even mimicking the work of other artists is a normal and natural part of becoming an artist. However, it’s really important to take that inspiration and make it your own, in a very concerted and distinct way, before you claim it as your own or attempt to sell it. I will discuss how to put boundaries around inspiration in order to move away from your influences and toward your own voice.

Part Three: In the third and final class video, I focus on developing and following through with a personal creative challenge or set of challenges. The direct route to developing your own distinct voice as an artist is showing up and making/drawing/painting something at regular intervals—for a few days a week at least, even if it’s just a few minutes a day. Creative challenges are the best way to engage in this kind of disciplined practice. I have done many creative challenges in the past seven years, and I credit them with not only helping me to hone my own styles of drawing and painting, but also to generate interest in my work, including paying client work and gallery shows. I will talk you through practical tips for designing and embarking on your own creative challenges.

Still want more info? Check out our course information page!

Ready to purchase now? Go!

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