New Online Workshop: Experimental Figure Painting in Mixed Media!

Instructor: Lisa L. Cyr

Mythical Figure in Mixed Media

This highly informative online workshop will explore experimental approaches to figure painting in thematic settings using a mixed media approach. Both two-dimensional and three-dimensional techniques will be covered, including employing alternative working surfaces, transparent and opaque painting techniques, texturing the surface with additive and subtractive processes, building the visual architecture, working in bas-relief and utilizing innovative mixed-media techniques to create intriguing effects.

In addition, ideation and conceptual development strategies will be covered, including developing personal content through journalism, research and reference gathering techniques, utilizing an inspiration wall and producing value and color studies. To assist artists in their own creative path, topics on nurturing the creative spirit within, embracing a multidisciplinary mindset and creating message-driven art will also be covered.

For figurative artists who are looking to push their work to the next level, this exciting online workshop will reveal valuable insights and techniques that will remain an ongoing source of creative inspiration!

Click here to find out more or register for this workshop.


Course registration comes with digital downloads of :

Experimental Painting by artist and author Lisa L. Cyr

The Artist’s Magazine: Portrait Painting in Oil

The Artist’s Magazine: Daniel E. Greene Essential Lessons in Oil Painting

American Artist: Portrait and Figure Painting Highlights                       

Start Date: January 6, 2015

Course Length: 6 weeks

Tuition: $299.99


What You’ll Learn:

  • How to create signature, content-driven figurative work, utilizing experimental, mixed-media approaches

Who should take this course:

  • Intermediate and advanced artists that are interested in taking their figurative work to the next level
  • Artists who are interested in knowing how mixed-media techniques can add that magical, transforming element to their work

Course Syllabus:

Week One: Ideation & Concept Development

Taking a Journalistic Approach

Storytelling with Pictures: Narrative vs. Poetic

Building a Picture Reference File

Creating an Inspiration Wall

Week Two: Compositional Development

Thumbnails & Sketches

Pictorial Point of View

Character Development & Point of View

Week Three: Value & Color Studies

Temperature: Using Warm & Cool

Theatrical Color Effects

Creating a Mood

Week Four: Preparing the Working Ground

Exploring Alternative Working Surfaces

Texturing the Surface with Additive & Subtractive Processes

Altering the Topography of the Visual Landscape

Unique Constructs and Assemblage Accents

Working in Bas-relief

Week Five: Figure in an Environment

Working in Grisaille vs. Alla Prima

Automatism & Freeform Painting

Transparent & Opaque Painting Techniques

Week Six: Work in Process

Final Review


Artist Network Videos & Online Courses by Lisa L. Cyr:


Painting the Mythical Figure in Mixed Media

Recorded Webinar and Bonus Video and Materials will soon be available for download in the North Light Shop!


Read more about the webinar here.


Within the Layers: Inspirational Mixed Media Art Techniques

This online workshop will investigate exploratory methodologies, techniques and approaches in mixed-media art. Throughout the workshop, exciting in-depth demonstrations will be shown, providing an extensive array of visually-stimulating possibilities for artists to explore. Both two-dimensional and three-dimensional techniques will be covered. For artists that are looking to push their work to a new level, this workshop will be a valuable resource and an ongoing source for creative inspiration. Course registration comes with a digital download of Experimental Painting by artist and author Lisa L. Cyr.


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Creative Explorations in Mixed Media: 2D, 3D and Beyond!

This online workshop will explore alternative, innovative ways of conceptualizing and creating content-driven mixed-media art that is on the cutting-edge. Throughout the workshop, insightful and thought-provoking profiles of leading artists and illustrators accompany exciting in-depth, step-by-step demonstrations, shedding light on signature processes and techniques. The workshop also provides insight into the historical influences behind contemporary thinking and approaches, investigating the origins of alternative, unconventional picture making throughout the decades. Offering a wide range of possibilities for exploration and experimentation, this workshop will reveal how alternative, mixed media aesthetics is uniting the disciplines of two-dimensional, three-dimensional, digital and new media art in inventive combinations. For those wanting to venture outside the norm, this workshop will be a valuable resource and an ongoing source for creative inspiration. Course registration comes with a digital download of Art Revolution by artist and author Lisa L. Cyr.










Mixed Media Mentorship

This online workshop is for artists that are looking to create a professional portfolio of work. The instructor will work one-on-one with artists, refining their skills to create professional works for the fine and commercial art marketplace. In addition, discussions regarding personal outlook, growth and development will help each attendee to explore and expand upon their own creative process as well as establish successful business goals for the long term. Course registration comes with a digital download of Incite: Dreams Realized The Best in Mixed Media.


Artist 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. An artist member of the Society of Illustrators NYC and the International Society of Experimental Artists, Cyr’s work has been featured in numerous magazines, books and online. She has authored seven books on art and design and writes for many of the creative industry’s leading art publications. In addition, Cyr gives workshops across the country and teaches in several of the top MFA graduate programs.

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