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
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.
I’ll be speaking this Saturday along with 3 amazing artists about identifying yourself as an artist. Come learn about the business side of art!
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…
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!