Archive for ‘February, 2015’

upcoming classes winter-spring 2015

Lisa Kurt's class at the Nevada Museum of Art

I’ve been plugging along teaching pretty regularly since the start of the new year. Thank you to those who have come out to take a class with me! I’ve really enjoyed meeting so many new people and seeing familiar faces as well.

A number of people have asked me to post my teaching schedule so here it is as it stands right now. I’m sure I’ll be adding more classes and as I do I will post the updates here on my new teaching schedule page. The classes usually run based on attendance so if you really want to take one of my classes- sign up to make sure you don’t miss out! Thank you!

February through June 2015:

[sold out] Animal Illustration (kid’s class) Wednesdays, February 25 – March 18 / 3:30 – 5:30 pm [NMA*]

Creating Image Transfers Tuesday, March 10 / 6 – 9pm sign up here [NMA*]

Children’s Book Illustration March 27 through March 29th 10am- 4pm each day sign up here [SMAC*]

Creating Image Transfers Thursday, May 14 / 6 – 9pm  sign up here [NMA*]

Creating a Personal Sketchbook, June 25 / 5:30 – 8:30pm sign up here [Atelier*]


*NMA: Nevada Museum of Art, Reno, NV

*SMAC: Saint Mary’s Art Center, Virginia City, NV

*Atelier in Truckee, CA


Identifying yourself as an artist

This last Saturday, I gave a presentation along with two incredible artists, at the Nevada Museum of Art. The audience was a wonderful group of artists- some just beginning, some looking for new ideas, and others looking to reinvent themselves as working artists. The two artists I presented with were Sarah Stevenson of Redline Design and Frances Melhop a freelance photographer and director at Saint Mary’s Art Center. Casey Sibley of Casey D. Sibley Design, organized and facilitated a fantastic event and I think everyone learned some new things.

I believe the NMA will be holding more of these working artist events in the future. It was such a valuable experience for me and everyone had a really good time. My slides are below to get an idea of what I discussed.

lisadraws2015: month one January 2015

As I mentioned earlier this year, I’m undertaking a daily drawing challenge where I make a commitment to drawing everyday and then sharing it online on my Instagram feed. Not only do I find it hard to believe January is long gone but I am shocked we’re already so far through February. I’ve been drawing and sharing one #lisadraws2015 post on Instagram every day. Below is a little review of what I drew in January 2015 and at the end some takeaways I got out of the project for this month…lisadraws1.1.1





I’ve been thinking again about why I wanted to do this project and make this commitment to drawing everyday and the biggest reason was to push myself creatively in a new way. In making art, I realized that I tend to be very strategic and thoughtful but maybe too much so. This was a way for me to loosen up, have more fun, and worry less that everything I produce is as perfect as I always want it to be. As you can see- there are many less than perfect sketches above. Some made me cringe in sharing because they are so goofy or rough or drawn poorly but I did it anyway.

Another goal was to give people access to some of my process and maybe a bit of my brain. I view my sketchbook as a sort of secret world I carry around with me. I rarely don’t have it in my bag- and if I ever leave it behind, I immediately become anxious and worried and can’t stop thinking about not having it with me. Now I do have some sketches in there that I don’t share- this process has actually gotten me to sketch even more than I imagined. Some nights I’m exhausted and can barely get anything out and other nights I’ll spend a good chunk of time making something special.

I think the thing I hoped for but has been one of my favorite parts of the project has been the interaction between the work I post and the reactions and comments I receive. I love that people care and have been so supportive and sweet. I feel like I’ve gotten to know more people and gotten to know some people better because of it. It has increased my confidence in a good and much needed way as well as allowed me to feel more like I’m a part of a community. Being an artist can be solitary and though I don’t feel lonely- I do adore the exchange that seems to be growing because of this project.

Until next time- xo!