This is a course and community exploring the elements and principles of art through the study of the visual language.
We bring together artists of all levels from around the world so that we can find our unique voice and bring our vision to life.
Are you ready to embark on a transformative journey as an artist? We invite you to join our ongoing year-long course in the elements and principles of design. The course is a comprehensive series of lessons and prompts that focus on being able to organize and explain your artist's vision. This understanding of how the elements and principles of art function in a composition lays the foundation for your artistic expression.
Unleash your potential! Whether you are a seasoned artist or just starting out, this course is tailored to all skill levels. Discover a new way to see the world and your art as you grasp the elements and principles of composition, the visual language of art.
Weekly In-Depth Course Material
Each month focuses on one Element or Principle of art. Learn to better understand visual design and composition. Learn the vocabulary that will help you to better verbalize what you are seeing as you analyze and make design decisions about your art. Each lesson will remain open for 8 weeks to give you plenty of time to work at your own pace.
Jump Start Your Art Exercises
Start each week with a fun and short exercises to help you loosen up, get unstuck, and prime your artist's brain for creativity. Each exercise will also help you learn to use an Element or Principle in your own art.
Art History Prompts
Midweek you will be introduced to a new historical or contemporary artist and encouraged to think about how they use the element or principle of art that we are focusing on that month.
Each weekend you will be prompted to look for an element or principle of art in the world around you. This will help you learn to see and understand that Element or Principle as used by other artists and find inspiration for your own work.
There is a vibrant and ongoing discussion feed where students post their lesson exercises and prompt results and chat about about art with each other. This is a lovely, supportive, and safe space to explore the visual language of art with the people who "get you."
During the launch of this course and community, members are helping to build the content that makes this space so valuable. Prices will go up at the beginning of 2024.
This same set of on-demand courses (The Artist's Toolbox parts 1 and 2) costs over $1200 as it has been offered in the past.
Learn to speak the visual language of art in your own unique style. In this supportive, vibrant, and safe community, artists grow and deepen their own vision through active participation in group discussions.
Live Critique and Q&A Sessions
Lyric leads these live Zoom sessions to teach you a more objective, useful, and emotionally safe way to analyze the art you see, and the art you make. Get feedback from Lyric on your work and ask any questions you have.
Monthly Artist's Chats
In these live Zoom interviews, Lyric discusses the creative process with other guest artists. All workshops will be recorded and be available for community members to access at any time.
Bi-Monthly Workshops, The Business of Being an Artist
Every other month have a live zoom workshop helping you to strengthen the business side of your artistic endeavor. All workshops will be recorded and kept available for members to access at any time.
Optional Bi-Yearly Challenges
These challenges involve directed work for an intense and limited period of time. These are not "use this specific fabric or make something in this theme" group prompts. The challenges are designed so that each artist works on their own art in their own style, with the added motivation of deadlines, and the stimulation of sharing the journey with your community.
Small Working Artist Groups
You will be matched with a small group of artists and given a private space where you can discuss your work, ask for honest feedback (according to our critique guidelines), and motivate each other to reach your individual goals. You will be asked to attend a live zoom meeting once each month so that you can get to know each other and provide support and accountability to each other.
I transform cloth into art in my studio and timid spirits into confident creatives in the classroom. I'm on a mission to help YOU find your own unique vision and voice. It doesn't matter if you've never had an art class, or even if someone, somewhere, told you that you aren't creative. With the right teacher and a determination to do the work, you can become the artist you always secretly wished to be.
Lyric Montgomery Kinard is an award winning quilt artist with a passion for sparking the creativity that she knows each of her students possesses. With playful support and gentle encouragement she creates a classroom environment where discovery and joy are the products of a willingness to freely play and fearlessly learn.
One of Lyric’s greatest joys is sharing that moment when a student realizes that they do, indeed, have a spark of creativity inside them. She then gives them the tools to fan that spark into a steady flame.
As a recognition of her skill in the classroom she has been named the IAPQ Teacher of the Year for 2011. She is the author of the book Art + Quilt: design principles and creativity exercises. She has written extensively for Quilting Arts and a number of other magazines, appeared on Quilting Arts TV, and The Quilt Show, and is co-founder of the Global Quilt Connection.
In her past life she was a musician, earned a BA in English Literature from the University of Utah and has also formally studied architecture. She currently lives in Cary, North Carolina with her husband and some of their five children.