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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Portland AIGA Speaking Event!

11/01/16

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Friends, I’m so excited to invite you to Fake It Till You Make It: Building Your Toolbox for a Successful Freelance Career! It’s an event I’m doing with the Portland Chapter AIGA in their Career Toolbox series.

I’ll be joined on stage with fellow freelance Illustrator and Portland Icon Kate Bingaman Burt. We’ll be talking about  current trends in the creative world and ways you can set yourself apart from the rest and become a successful freelance designer or illustrator. We’ll offer tips and suggestions for establishing yourself, getting paid work, and managing your business with finesse. We hope you will walk away equipped—not only with the right tools—but also with the right mindset and conviction to conquer the freelance domain.

The event will be held on November 18 from 8-9:30! Be there or be square.

Sound interesting? You can register here.

The event will be held at:
52 Limited Creative + Tech Staffing
330 Southeast Martin Luther King Junior Boulevard
Portland, OR

Hope to see you there!!

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Back for More Taping at Creativebug!

09/27/16

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Friends, I’m so excited because this week I’m back in the Creativebug studios in San Francisco taping my next series of classes that will launch in January. I’m super excited about this series — it will be SIX weeks long and cover everything from color to collage to getting messy with oil sticks to creatiing your own small book (and many, many other things in between).

If you’ve taken and enjoyed my Creativebug classes before, you will definitely enjoy this new series of classes too. If you haven’t, you can get started with some of my current classes now and gear up for this class in January. Creativebug is a very inexpensive subscription service. With your monthly payments (which you can cancel at any time) you also have access to hundreds of other classes, from sewing to cooking to other art classes. And don’t forget CBTV, the new series of short films where you can get a deeper look into the processes, studios, and daily lives of your favorite artists.

Your first month at Creativebug is also free!

Whether you are someone who already makes art everyday or you’d like to get more creative, my classes are for everyone, even kids. You can watch trailers for all of my current classes here and sign up for Creativebug by clicking the “Start Free Trial” button in the upper right corner.

Enjoy!

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