The students in my classes work hard and I’m always impressed with the beautiful artwork they create. It is my honor to share with you their creations. Be sure to checkout their websites and blogs to see more of their amazing talents.
Organized by workshop:
All images shared with permission from the artist.
Interested in taking a workshop? Available classes are listed in the online course catalog.
Mustard 15, Mustard 16
Mustard 13, Mustard 12
Mustard 17, Mustard 9
Mustard 19, Dusk 4
Mustard Spring 2013
©2013 Gregory Vasgerdsian
Oil on Canvas
“In 2013 I took the Master Class from Lisa Call with the idea of gaining extra momentum, focus and purpose with my painting. Stretching out over a number of months, Lisa has set up a real-world course for makers that keeps you moving towards your goals and beyond. The topics covered are relevant, from productivity and business, to a life of making and more. She puts forth plenty of examples, methods and systems that are inspiring and practical.
With this course, I came away with a number of caveats that truly allowed me to brake new ground. For myself the course gave me a frame work to examine personal questions in regards to making, and helped me wrap my head around a life of making. And, of course all tied in to the continual push to make strong, remarkable work — I am definitely putting together stronger work today due to having taken this class from Lisa.”
“I’m not sure I have ever been as sad to see a class end as when I finished the Master Class with Lisa Call.
The monthly one-on-one calls with Lisa never disappointed. She is skilled at getting to the crux of what I most need to discuss and hear. I really appreciate having someone so dedicated and knowledgeable to bounce ideas off. Everyone should have someone like Lisa in their corner!
The weekly topics were always something to look forward to, discussing many relevant aspects of being productive and remarkable.
Lisa’s approach to goal setting and productivity is spot on. All of the class participants, myself included, had a very productive 6 months, and have learned and reinforced skills to keep us working effectively.
All of the structure and support led to some pretty amazing artwork. It was great to see what everyone accomplished.”
~Dahlia Clark, Textile Artist
Working in a Series
Lou Ann Smith
Flying from Santa Barbara to Denver
©2013 Lou Ann Smith
Lou Ann’s website
“Lisa’s class was truly extraordinary. I have been taking art classes all my life, and have never had an experience quite like this.
Lisa provided a varied list of artists whose work we considered through the course, along with material to think about regarding design and process every week through email on Monday, Wednesday and Friday. This, along with her one-hour lecture on Sundays, provided a rich coursework with plenty to think about without it becoming overwhelming.
Lisa’s assignments were clear and her critiques every week of everyone’s work was extremely valuable, thorough and insightful. I think I got the most out of her critiques of my work and her assistance helping me critique my own work. She helped me see my work objectively and continue to improve things that didn’t work in the original composition.
For me, working on a piece a week created a nice flow of design. Her class offered me a new way to work in a series by offering new ways to pursue the concept I had originally envisioned. I feel that I have a better perspective of my work and my process after completing this course.”
~Lou Ann Smith
©2013 Anne Smyers
“Taking Lisa’s “Working in a Series” online class was a giant jump forward for me as an artist. What it really gave me was momentum, and confidence. Turning out seven assignments in ten weeks was exhilarating. Receiving feedback and encouragement on the assignments was confidence building.
I took away from this class an attitude and approach to making fiber art that is more fearless, less inhibited, more decisive and positive than where I started from. I am excited to continue on the path of making fiber art, trusting in the authenticity of my vision and voice.
Lisa’s organization and productivity are impressive. The course is content-rich, with more information than one can assimilate in ten weeks. I plan to revisit many of the resources, articles, artist bios and works during the months to come.
And Lisa is accessible and responsive. She’s pretty no-nonsense and direct, but in a friendly and supportive way.
I’m very glad I took this class, it was just what I needed at this point in my art-making process.”
“I signed up for Lisa’s Working in a Series workshop because someone had told me that they had heard that Lisa was a wonderful teacher. Boy, they were NOT wrong!!!
Lisa’s on-line workshops are very well organized and designed to help you to keep moving forward. You have constant reminders and deadlines. The conference call lectures are very informative. You never have the feeling that you are doing an on-line workshop vs. an in class workshop.
For me, the most motivating part about the class was the e-mails that we received 3 times a week. The information, prompts, encouragement that I received in each of these e-mails was well worth the price of admission. Every time I sit and work, things I read in those e-mails come to mind & they help me to move forward.
I highly recommend taking a class with Lisa & I look forward to signing up for further classes. ”
“The Working in a Series class was far more in depth and thought provoking than I imagined before starting the workshop. Lisa expanded and refined my own understanding of a series. She introduced us to some new artists and used them to illustrate design principles.
This workshop was a major step forward in disciplining myself to have a consistent studio practice, and prioritize my art as central to my future goals. I would highly recommend the class to anyone who wants to move their art practice forward.”
Plants: utility & beauty
©2013 Helen Parrott
Print, collage, paint, drawing on paper
Helen Parrott’s website
“I signed up for Lisa’s online course to support me to make a step change in my art practice. The course certainly supported me to make a major change in my work as I intended. However, I gained so much more from my participation than just a new creative direction, important though that is. I was reminded of the joys and challenges of being an artist, my need to make work that is authentic and the importance of having and maintaining a clear creative focus. As I worked through the email and exercises over the ten weeks of the course I learnt some new skills, dusted off some old ones and did some experimenting.
The course is intensive and fast moving with weekly assignments. The emails, links and other resources Lisa provided were up to date, considered, interesting and extensive, going well beyond my expectations in their thoughtfulness, range and depth. As well as using the work of well known and less well known artists as examples, there was also lots of material on the ‘nuts and bolts’ of being an artist including practical strategies for making art in the busy and complex world we now live in. The sections on goals, focus and decluttering were especially helpful to me. I will work through the materials again over the coming months to learn more.
As the course progressed Lisa’s open, generous and straightforward style became clearer. I much enjoyed the sense she shares with students that an artistic life is important and that we are all exploring and seeking to make better art. This peer to peer style suited me. This openness was also present through the website where we could see the work of the other participants as it developed during the course.
On a practical note I found that being based in the UK worked well. We used Skype for our calls which was fine. For me a bonus of taking a course from a US based tutor was experiencing a different view of the world and accessing a wider range of information and resources.
I thoroughly recommend Lisa’s Working in a Series course as a rich and rewarding learning experience.”
Cityscape and Gradation (initial work with domes)
©2013 Allegra Brelsford
Fabric, Fiber and Paper
Aerial views of the Delta
©2012 Antzee Magruder
Fabric, Fiber and Paper
“Have you ever looked at your artwork and a nagging voice asks “what is missing?” Well that was me. I would hang my artwork in my co-op gallery and look at it wonder why I did not feel like it was complete. I had a great collection of well matched pieces much like a well coordinated outfit but they did not that cohesiveness that I needed.
I found Lisa Call’s workshop through a Twitter post and immediately knew this was the next step for me. Lisa is a professional and every aspect of her course is planned, informational and motivating. I am very busy and my time is limited and the schedule of the course allowed me flexibility to complete the work.
I have completed this course and now I feel like I have the information to take my artwork to a new level. Take the course, do the assignments and enjoy the results. It is so worth it.”
©2012 Peggy Black
“One of my distractions yesterday was going to a lecture by a well known quilt artist. She grew through series work without even pointing that out to the audience.
But after your workshop, I saw it with the progression of work. She is a trained artist so I think this Working in Series has a lot of merit to it and the art community has kept it a secret, at least from me. Or maybe I was just too oblivious to realize that an artist’s work follows a timeline.
Thank You for a worthwhile workshop. It was worth every penny and every minute spent!
I really like your teaching approach and your feedback. I felt I was supported in my style of work.
You did not try to rework my designs into your style. You put your style on the back burner and let my voice be heard! Thank you.”
Sherri Woodard Coffey
“Have you ever needed a kick to get started on something? That’s where I was. I couldn’t decide what to weave next, so I was weaving nothing.
The Working in a Series classes were just right for me. Each assignment included a studio practice, mindset ideas to think about, and design principles. During the week, we received messages exposing us other artists and their series work. Several of these messages really “hit home” for me and gave me the kick I needed.
Since I am a weaver, I don’t have any real work to show, but I do have several designs that I’m excited about. In fact, I just jumped in and started weaving! The weaving is one of the earlier designs I made—and I’m not crazy about it—but I’m in the studio working.
The turning point for me came when I listened to an interview of Joan Mitchell (link provided by Lisa). She mentioned going into the studio and working, even if it’s only one line. Even if that line ends up being wrong. Of course, Lisa also covered that idea later in one of the studio practice assignments.
But above all else, the design principle assignments were the real impetus for getting to designs that I like. By taking one element of a design and expanding on that and thinking about it new ways, designs are born. And then I completely jumped ship and decided that lines were to be my focus for a while. And that’s exciting!”
~Sherri Woodard Coffey
Fort Worth, Texas
©2012 Wendy Tribulski
Acrylic on canvas
“This course was all I was hoping it would be and much more. I am so appreciative of the time and thought you put into your responses to our thoughts and our work. The structure of the course and the topics you researched and presented to us were exactly what I needed at this point in my development as an artist.
The class work ethic was truly inspiring – it pushed me to do so much more than I thought possible!
Thank you for everything Lisa. I’m really looking forward to working with you in the future!”
Wil Opio Oguta
Exploration of Color and Texture
©2012 Sharon Robinson
Art Quilts – In Progress
“This was a fantastic workshop for me. I feel so energized about moving forward.
I have learned an amazing amount about art, about myself, and about other artists over the last 8 months. Until now I’d always seen art as a mysterious world that I had no idea how to enter.
Over the course of this class, reading about other artists, reading, studying, talking (or listening) about artistic principles made art so much more approachable for me.
My situation is sort of odd, I think, because of my background in architecture. Some aspects of art and composition come easily to me, while others are like learning a foreign language.
I’m writing a lot of words to try to say something relatively simple. I feel like a little kid in the coolest playground imaginable, and I’m free to run around exploring whatever I want, and around every corner is something else new and amazing.
I’m one of those people that has to experience things first hand to really absorb them, so even though I understood intellectually what “working in a series” is, and why it’s good, I had to actually go through the process of doing it to really internalize why and how I would want to do it.
Now I understand it, and I can’t wait to get back to the studio and do it!
Lisa thanks for your very well designed and presented class. It’s clear you have put a huge amount of time and energy into organizing and presenting the material in an understandable format for us.”
©2012 Michelle Goldsmith
Katie Stein Sather
Color Fields – Aerial Views of our World
©2012 Katie Stein Sather
“For a year my main studio was my sketchbook as I had no space to paint. Now that I have an art studio space I craved painting. Yet I faced fear. Unrelenting fear.
The voice in my head was saying “Did I forget how to paint? How do I use paint? I hate what I created. I used to know how to do that but I’ve forgotten!”
The desire to return to my studio is stronger that my fear so I jumped online to take Working in a Series with Lisa Call.
Those voices in my head? Altered: “What design element will be the focus of this piece? It is OK to work small, especially with limited studio time. What will be the composition of this piece? What colors should I choose? Should I add texture? Oh, wait, I enjoyed adding lines which is unusual for me, so where can I push lines in this piece, if I so choose? Ok, my encaustics are gathering dust – for now they ok gathering dust. Here is the cadium red, and my brushes. This worked last time, how about this time. Red goes here….. “
Now when I get into my studio, I have a plan. Jotted into my sketchbook is a quick draw of a composition, color notes & choices, ideas of direction if something changes. The Fear is gone.
Will I take another course with Lisa? Oh, yeah.
Working in a series has renewed my interest in being in my art studio. WIS has returned my confidence as an artist. My studio time is used more efficiently and creatively and with more techniques now than ever. I am having fun using skills and techniques learned over the years and still have a real body of cohesive art work to exhibit.
It has been invaluable to me to learn the design elements and create each assignment. I will continue to work on my palm tree series. I will also begin and end smaller series during my art creation times just because of outside influences such as vacations, life/world events, etc.
Thank you, Ms. Lisa Call. Thank you for the new voices in my head.”
Angeline sent me this update 6 months after her class was over:
“A quick email while daydreaming and anticipating my self given art retreat this weekend:
THANK YOU thank you THANK YOU thank you THANK YOU.
Your class is a GIFT that keeps on giving. I’m STILL on a roll with my palm trees series. I’m still Be-Do-Have[ing] on many of the lessons you gave. My sketchbooks are full of fancy clips marking projects…and I’ve been averaging 4-6 hours a week in my studio.
I truly believe I would be lost without having taken your class.”
©2012 Georgeann Schellenger
©2012 Jo Drueke
Surface Design, Thread
“I’ve learned a great deal in your class and I have much to think about going forward. You gave us so much information that each of us, in our own way, would find a way for it to resonate personally.
I also appreciated the variety of artists you selected to illustrate your points. I may not have liked each one of the works represented, but I sure did think about them…. and that’s the point.
Being introspective — figuring out what we like and don’t like, what really makes us tick, what we have to say — will help us be better artists.
Thanks again for an excellent class!”
Thornwood, New York
©2012 Donna Deaver
“Lisa’s Working in a Series workshop was just what I needed to help me to move forward with my art and finding my personal artistic voice.
With a consistent studio practice, as well as all of the knowledge and skills I acquired during the workshop –especially learning how to view and critique my own work — I believe that I have a solid foundation and the tools to discover who I am as an artist. I will continue my series work that I began in this workshop for quite some time.
Lisa is a natural teacher and coach, and her love of art is obvious in her lectures, course content and individual feedback. The classes are intentionally small, so there is a lot of individual attention to the students and their work, as well as quality interaction between the students. This is truly a worthwhile investment in one’s personal artistic growth!”
Coeur d’Alene, Idaho
©2012 Petra Kooij
“I’ve come a step further in my development as a textile artist with aid of the many tips, advice, information and the good feedback provided in the online course Working in a Series with Lisa Call.
In the past I started a few times to work in a series but that ran out on nothing. After the course I am able to start a new series with confidence and joy! And I still have a lot of ideas to continue work on for the series that I am started during the workshop.
It was hard work but the course gives a lot of development and satisfaction. I really enjoyed it.”
Leaves – details and abstractions
©2012 Lynne Croswell
“Thank you again for a wonderful class. You have convinced me that working in a series is definitely a good way to work. Instead of having to “reinvent the wheel” with each new piece, I have a storehouse of ideas just waiting to be executed.
While I think I will still be working through some of my “fear” issues, I have looked forward to studio time and have actually missed it while I have been ill. The wealth of knowledge and resources you share in the workshop is amazing, not to mention the personal student-teacher time you make available.
Your well thought out reviews, your encouragement, your work ethic and example have all made this experience very enjoyable.
“I am just wrapping up the on-line workshop with Lisa on “Working in a Series”. In just 8 short weeks, we have covered so much ground, it is hard to fathom. Lisa covers three main topics each week; the Working in a Series assignment, a Working in the Studio discussion, and a study of successful artists who have worked in a series.
If there is any hesitancy at all with taking an on-line workshop, please don’t let that stop you. There is a structure for the students to view each others work as well as support each other. There was just as much student participation and camaraderie with this on-line workshop as I have experienced in traditional workshops.
Lisa provides critiques in a manner that that is encouraging but constructive. Her critiques help forward your development as an artist. Her weekly topics are both practical as well as enlightening.
Lisa, I cannot thank you enough for your knowledge, your encouragement, and your experience!”
A series exploring the beauty of Florida
©2012 Pam Morris
“Lisa’s workshop has opened up a new concept to me: working from a single first piece of art to series of many related works.
I was able to use this idea to create several works of art that convey my ideas of the natural beauty of Florida through its continuing destruction process by man. I learned to simplify, and to build on my ideas.
In addition I have learned to close many doors and to focus on my passion. As a result of this workshop I have given away all but my own hand dyed fabrics, stopped wasting time on my computer, stopped dabbling in little practice surface design processes I do not care for and never use, keep a fairly tidy studio, and just go in there and do my art.
I usually enjoy in person 5 day workshops and was skeptical about an online class. But, Lisa is always available to her students, only a quick email away. The email is like waving one’s hand in the air and waiting for the teacher to come over.
I find I concentrate at home better than in class. In a class one usually has many fabric sketches to show for the week but with an online class the way Lisa structured it, one has quiltable works of art waiting to be finished.
I have never been so productive. I have made a few 12″ pieces as donor quilts for organizations, guilds and an exhibit, made and even discarded a top that did not work out, and have several tops to quilt as soon as I am able to do so.
My only problem is now need a 36 hour day to use all I have learned!
I really enjoyed this class and I will take online workshops with Lisa again.”
Gunhild Agnér Sigbo
Keys and a Study of Contrast
©2012 Gunhild Agnér Sigbo
Paint/Collage on Canvas
“This course gave me much more of confidence with my abilities, more of concentration in art working, a cleaner studio, and a lot of patience, and for these worthy experiences.
I thank you very much, Lisa!”
~Gunhild Agnér Sigbo
“Lisa Call states the following with respect to her workshop Working in a Series: “As with all my workshops, my biggest intention is to provide my students the confidence and tools so they can move their art forward by leaps and bounds.”
Amazingly, she accomplishes this, and in the course of doing so, provides concrete information, practical advice, clear critique, and encouragement (and provides a wealth of information on a wide range of artists).
If you have difficulty launching, Lisa is adept at nudging you into action. If you get off-course, she’s there with suggestions on what adjustments you might try. If you are already confident in your work, she shows you ways to expand and improve.
Our workshop had students with a range of experience, and each of us showed substantial growth over the course of these few weeks. It was really exciting to see.
Equally important, for anyone who has struggled with developing a regular art practice, Lisa provides real-world advice on how to get into the studio, find and maintain focus, and make decisions that lead to success. (And, as an added bonus, much of this advice spills over into non-art related daily life as well.)
I invested in this workshop with some hesitation, but the value received was worth many times the investment.
Lisa, this workshop is one of the best values on the internet.
The information was mind-broadening. This may not sound like a compliment, but it is: The workshop made me really uncomfortable. It shook me into a different perception, which is something that needs to happen with great regularity if we’re to continue growing.
©2012 Kathy Savage
“I have always wanted to create art quilts of my own design, but I really did not know where to start.
The information and instruction that you provided in this workshop have helped me to start down an entirely different path of creativity — which is so significant for me as a beginner in this field.
I so appreciated your comments and suggests regarding the artwork I submitted — they helped me to move forward and develop a more artistic thought process. I appreciated the fact that even though most of the time I did not know where to start, you provided me with enough guidance, support and encouragement that I was able to create my own artwork — and each piece was just a little more exciting than the previous one.
This is huge for me as I had always created work based on patterns and instructions by others. Thank you for providing an experience that has opened a new door and direction for creating my own unique artwork.
Thank you so much for this great workshop!”
Park City, Utah
Curved Lines on Pots
©2012 Ruth Harmelink
©2012 Colleen Kole
“I didn’t know how to move forward.
After various classes with amazingly talented teachers, I was frustrated. I knew what the phrase “working in a series “ meant except, I didn’t know how to apply my knowledge to my work. Workshop after workshop came and went and I knew that I wasn’t developing my skills as an artist.
With fear, I jumped into Lisa Call’s class Working in a Series. Lisa used a variety of educational tools (lectures, e-mails and assignments) to present just the information I needed to develop time management skills for my studio practice and to study other artists who had worked in a series.
As different aspects of composition were explored through weekly assignments, I learned how to do the invaluable self-critique. The online format of a private blog proved easy to navigate and inspiring to watch as my classmates series grew as well. Lisa’s lectures were concise and full of information.
Lisa Call’s online class “Working in a Series” has given my work a newfound focus and the skills to maintain a vibrant, exciting studio practice so I may grow and develop as an artist. I am a very satisfied student and I highly recommend this class. ”
Grand Rapids, Michigan
©2012 Christine Watters
“As a self-taught craft person I knew I was missing something in my bag o’ tricks. I had enough technique, and even some good ideas, but I still couldn’t develop my own work into a cohesive style – my style. Lisa’s “Working in a Series” workshop gave me this missing piece.
Through Lisa’s thoughtful guidance I learned to recognize what a series is (apparently I already have a couple of series in the works!), I learned how to start and grow my own work… and so much more.
I will continue to pursue the series I began in class as I have several ideas still to explore. I’m planning to work on larger format pieces to take my series further.
An unexpected result was developing a studio practice. I don’t have many hours to spend in my craft space, but now the little time I do have I am excited about. All day long at work I am itching to get back into the studio.”
©2012 Dianna VanderDoes
The Women of India
©2012 Bobbie Edelson
Collage, Surface Design, Textiles
©2011 Maria Shell
“Lisa Call’s online class Working in a Series was just what I needed to help me explore a new series idea. Lisa breaks down the components to good art and helps you apply them to your own work. Each week, we explored a different aspect of composition via Lisa’s lectures, web posts, and by studying other artists’ work.
By isolating just one aspect of what makes art art–whether it be line, shape, color, or figure ground composition– and then studying that aspect and applying it to my own work really created dramatic results in both what the work looked like and what I learned. I will continue to use this new knowledge and way of creating compositions as I move forward with this series and other work.
In addition to great, well thought out assignments, the class is structured for all different artists and media. It was an added bonus to get to see how other artists work. My class included students who weave, create ink drawings, and work with encaustics, as well as several fiber artists. This was a new experience for me–one that benefited all involved.
Throughout the eight week course, we received emails from Lisa that worked to help us hone our art and our studio practice. We explored ways to think about our art and how that can improve our work. Having a functioning studio, establishing hours of studio practice, as well as thinking about our attitudes towards our own art all worked together to help me improve my ability to make art.
After we completed each assignment, we were asked to do a guided self critique. This practice increased my ability to articulate how I felt about my work and were it was going. Learning how to critique one’s own work is a tool I will continue to use as I move forward.
Without hesitation, I would say this class is worth every penny. This workshop truly gives the students involved new tools that they can continue to use long after the workshop is over.”
– Maria Shell
©2011 Polly Phillips
Paper and Photo Collage
Squares in a Line
©2011 Elizabeth Munro
Paper and Fabric Collage
Elizabeth Munro’s website and blog
A Study of Light through the Trees
©2011 Lena Ohlén
Ink on Canvas
Lena Ohlén’s website
©2011 Dahlia Clark
Collage, Fabric, Digital
Brenda Gael Smith
Carole Lyles Shaw
Square within a Square
©2011 Sandy Ellison
Pieced Art Quilts
“Lisa Call’s Abstraction workshop has been the best online class that I have ever taken. Not only is the class professionally presented but the content and feedback provided by Lisa have been excellent.
I knew very little about abstract art before taking this class but the way that Lisa took us through the history of abstraction has opened my eyes to new ways of working and has given me the impetus to start creating the art that I feel I can now develop with far more confidence.
I discovered that pure abstraction is not for me but that objective abstraction is and I am looking forward to developing many of the ideas that were formulated through the class assignments.
If anyone is thinking about how to move on with their work, or indeed how to begin making art, in whatever medium I can recommend this class without hesitation.”
Belper, Derbyshire, UK
©2012 Dahlia Clark
“Lisa Call’s Abstraction course has improved both my approach to art making, and my art itself. Lisa’s courses are very thorough, paying attention to the processes of making and evaluating art, the habits involved in being successful, and presenting a wide range of fantastic art to consider.
The weekly assignments covered a good variety of approaches. Some came naturally to me, and others were definitely a challenge. My confidence improved immensely through these assignments, and I am now prepared to tackle the artistic path that is right for me.
The explorations of art movements and individual artists opened my eyes to many sources of inspiration.
The weekly topics were well thought out, and covered mindsets that are crucial to being a successful artist.
Lisa’s feedback is always very helpful, and something to look forward to.
After participating in both the Abstraction course and the Working in a Series course, I no longer feel the need to take more courses – just the desire to make more art!”
©2012 Monica Gonzalez
Acrylic/Textures on Paper, Digital
“Lisa’s online course about Abstraction is a gem that goes beyond art. She has the gift to bring out a content of art in a whole-way.
An extended knowledge is organized pristinely in an container that can suit everyone. Her course is a helpful tool to self improvement of mind, body and spirit.
I am in the second half of my century, following my heart as an intuitive abstract painter in the field of expressive arts and I totally recommend the course to everyone.
I feel Lisa’s course has profound intrinsic value. An amazing experience in art through art and above art.”
©2012 Leah Sullivan
“Lisa Call’s Abstraction Workshop gave me just what I was looking for; it elevated my art-making to a new level.
I wanted to learn how to bring useful planning steps into my process as I have created pieces impulsively in the past. I am thrilled that I have acquired means to plan work deliberately yet retain improvisation in my process.
I will be learning from the artists we studied for years to come and have learned that Abstraction is definitely a path I want to pursue.
Lisa’s insights into facets of the artistic process and the resources she shared were all very useful. The discussions of habits, vulnerability, confidence and trusting the process were helpful to me. Lisa’s critiques of my work and her encouragement were especially valuable.
I now have the firm conviction that only study and practice separate me from creating art that will amaze me, my ultimate artistic goal.”
Coal Creek Canyon, Colorado
©2012 Trisha Findlay
“I completed an 8 week online workshop entitled “Abstraction” with Lisa in October 2012. The format of the workshop and Lisa’s commitment were inspiring. There were 4 parts to the workshop and I found each part really valuable for myself as a person and as a quilt artist.
Firstly each week was devoted to some aspect of life as an artist ie belief, trust, vulnerability and so on. For me it was really valuable to be able to think about myself and my self-beliefs in an organised and safe way. Thank you Lisa. I felt I grew in confidence and belief as a person over the 8 weeks of the workshop.
Secondly, the subject “Abstraction” was supported with a thorough chronological review of the development of abstract art. This review, with examples and commentary, moved from the expressionists to the minimalists and pop art.
Lisa presented this information, combined with a preview of the week and aspects of life as an artist in weekly lectures and emails.
Over the 8 weeks we had 6 assignments, each one looked at a different aspect of abstraction. And each assignment was commented on and discussed by Lisa in a very competent and non-threatening manner. I enjoyed each assignment, some I found more challenging than others. I was able to complete work; normally a lot of what I do ends up in the corner or just stays in my head.
Finally Lisa contacted all the participants personally twice during the 8 weeks to discuss any aspects of the workshops or my own practice I wanted to talk about. This discussion was organised with a series of questions sent before the discussion which helped me to focus and think about what I wanted. This was really valuable because I could ask about little things like organising sketchbooks or how to hang my work.
I thoroughly recommend this workshop and on that basis any of Lisa’s online workshops. She is very organised, very committed and kind.”
Masterton, New Zealand
©2013 Liz Fortino
“I cleared my calendar in order to focus on Lisa’s Abstractions class for 10 weeks and I’m very glad I did! I have always been drawn to abstract art but had no concept of its fascinating 130-year history or how it related to and developed from what came before. We studied a large number of artists and movements, and I know I will have a much better appreciation the next time I go to a gallery.
Each of the seven studio projects gave me an opportunity to try something different. For each assignment we were to focus on a particular aspect of design and/or process, which I found very helpful for narrowing down the choices. I had two artists whose work I admire greatly, Sol LeWitt and Sheila Hicks. I knew I wanted to experiment with their styles “someday”, and this workshop gave me the perfect excuse. Before I took this class I wasn’t sure I would be able to find a topic or method that would hold my interest for working in a series as Lisa advocates, but now I have at least three solid ideas that I am excited about exploring more.
This class was part Art History, part Studio Art, and part Self Improvement, and I enjoyed all three aspects. Each of the 3-4 emails we received every week felt like a little gift. I also very much enjoyed seeing the work the other students were doing, interacting with them online, and learning from Lisa’s critiques of their work as well as my own. In summary, the class was worth both the time and the money that I put into it.”
North Andover, Massachusetts
“The Abstraction course exceeded my expectations in every way. Not only do I now feel I have a grasp of the history and the basic tenets of abstraction, I feel as though I have new tools that I can use to create my own abstract pieces.
Lisa’s organization is nothing short of phenomenal, and I really appreciated her sense of structure as the class unfolded. Every aspect of the course has been well thought out and is beautifully presented. The website is terrific, the emails we received three times a week were rich in both information and thought-provoking issues, and the lectures were yet another way Lisa encouraged us to think about the subject.
Best of all, for me, were the assignments, each of which challenged us in different ways. Associated with each assignment was a series of provocative and thoughtful questions which led us to analyze and criticize our own pieces. As a result, I feel far more trusting of myself, and in charge of my own work. My confidence has grown enormously.
I hesitated to sign up for the course as the cost seemed rather steep, but it proved to be a terrific bargain. Lisa put so much effort into the course that it was hard not to at least try to live up to the level she set. As a result, I worked hard too. With only ten students in the class, there was a sense that we were all individuals. We approached the assignments in remarkably different ways, and thus were able to learn a lot from one another as well.
I am feeling incredibly energized by the class, and can’t wait to get at all the projects and ideas that have been generated. Thank you, Lisa!”
Victoria, British Columbia
©2011 Lena Ohlén
Ink on Canvas
Lena Ohlén’s website
©2012 Roberta Nelson
©2013 Sue Walen
©2012 Pam Morris
I received a lot more out of these classes than I can explain.
I received a concise and comprehensive education into 20th century art movements and can apply this when visiting art centers and museums. I saw art in her classes I just loved and pieces I did not enjoy so much, but I now have an idea of where I might be moving on this continuum of modern/abstract art. I see choices of abstract styles I can move my work towards, now that I have a bit of knowledge of the past.
Through objective and non objective abstraction exercises I have moved my art from my safe sailboat images to abstract horizontal and vertical line compositions but with content implied in my work. I had been searching for this and was kind of stuck on sailboat images of Florida.
I am learning about balance and to create a composition from simple shapes through Lisa’s exercises. I enjoyed the structure of Lisa’s exercises as they followed guidelines but resulted in my own compositions.
The online workshop format worked out well for me. The structure of the class website allowed me to see everyone class work and Lisa’s reviews when I wished to do so. I appreciated that Lisa was always available-just like in an in person workshop. I also appreciated I had all my supplies, not just a kit I packed, but everything around me while working on the assignments.
I really thank my husband for giving me this excellent class and Lisa for offering it to us. Her inbox must certainly be full.
©2012 Peggie Thomas
Katie Stein Sather
“Towards the end of Lisa Call’s Abstraction course, I reflected on just what we had covered, and was amazed at both the breadth and depth of the material. It was a combination of art history, focused completely on abstract art, and how to make abstract art.
Exercises pulled me into the process of abstraction without me quite knowing what was happening. We then critiqued our own pieces, and were able to see and see the critiques of other students’ work.
Most weeks had an assignment—using a particular style, focusing on only a couple of design elements, make a piece of art. It kept me busy!
The aspect of making art that I had not expected to be included were the ways we either trap, or encourage, our journey into being artist. How do we think of ourselves—as an artist, or just trying it out? How does my personality type help me, and how does it present challenges to my process of becoming an artist?
It was an online course, so spread out over eight weeks, which was good, but I did miss the personal interaction of a good in-person course. I very much appreciated the thrice-weekly emails of further material.”
~Katie Stein Sather
Vancouver, British Columbia
“Lisa you offer the best online courses. Your attention to detail, efficiency, advise and resources are over the top. You deliver everything you promise and then some.
Your spot on critiques are informative and yet kind. After taking Working in A Series and then Abstraction, I feel completely prepared to create new art. I am motivated by the validations you gave me.
I will recommend your courses to anyone who is serious about improving their art. You take your art and your teaching very seriously. I am totally delighted with what I learned.
Thank You so much!”
“Having just completed the Abstraction class, I have a much clearer understanding of the various types of abstract art and better yet, how to produce my own. In addition, I gained both knowledge and understanding of the historical progression of abstract movements and learned about some artists that were completely unknown to me.
I have found it very helpful to view what other artists have done in order to sort out what appeals to me in terms of my own art. Lisa presents the historical material in a logical series of emails and online lectures that are complete, easy to follow and fun.
The class studio exercises were challenging and flowed in a reasonable continuum that matched well with what was being learned with the artistic movements. I learned how to do abstraction by completing the exercises and gained a sense of accomplishment by learning how to critique my own work.
It was a lot of hard work this past summer and I know I made many more pieces than I would have otherwise. It was well worth it because by producing I was developing my own artistic voice.
The fact that I am planning on taking another class with Lisa in the near future addresses the value I place on the experience.”
An Exploration of Formal Design Problems – Design Elements
“After one especially memorable art class experience in undergraduate days, I’ve steadfastly refused to sign up for any art classes. Despite the passage of time, I was quite reluctant to take Lisa’s Design Elements class, but thank goodness I talked myself into signing on the dotted line.
Lisa’s openness, her willingness to let me pick and choose which homework questions I answered and put adapt the assignments to my own perspectives and needs. Always positive and encouraging in her feedback, always offering suggestions for improvement in my work when I asked, Lisa is the teacher I wish I’d had as an undergraduate student. Had I taken classes from Lisa earlier, there’s no doubt in my mind that I’d be much further along in my career of creating Hymns of Cloth.
Her vast array of knowledge applies not just to cloth (my chosen media), but to any art media. She taught me not just how to polish my creations, making them more visually resonant to viewers, she also taught me how to look at art, how to give voice to why I find certain pieces soothing, resonating, or satisfying and other pieces jarring, incomplete, or unsettling.
And perhaps most of all, Lisa and the way she organized and conducted this class showed me that it is possible to be knowledgeable about design elements and still do your own individual work.
The price was initially a little daunting, but oh my goodness, it was worth every penny and then some. I’ve had graduate school classes that cost much more and delivered SO much less. Now that I’ve started, I’m very much looking forward to my next class with Lisa.
Lisa shares her knowledge and experience generously, epitomizes the artistic spirit, and teaches form both her brain and her heart. And it makes all the difference in the world.”
“This course Elements in Design with Lisa Call suited me very well since I am living in a small town in Sweden with few possibilities to interact with other persons, interested in art and quilting arts, so this course was just appropriate for me.
The course was focused on different design elements, 1-2 elements/week, with the same structure in all six assignments. One very important part of every assignment was to evaluate your own different works as well as other artists works. In order to help and guide you through this process there were lots of questions to be answered, directed you to see and look at different aspects of the piece of art i.e. one week it was about values another week about colors.
I’ve learned a lot through this very thorough and structured way of looking at art and made me see what I actually see.
The class website allowed me to take part of the other students work and also Lisa´s feedback to everyone which was very instructive.
I cannot say enough in praise of the class website. It was very structured, everything was easy to find and this fact together with Lisa´s weekly emails, with among other things, complementary teaching materials was really super.
When deciding to enroll to this class my biggest fear was that I should not be able to manage the technicalities such as adding pictures, sending in the assignments, giving comments etc. but everything worked excellent and there was never a risk to miss anything.
The teaching material was very rich, interesting and instructive. Even if I earlier had some knowledge of design elements from for example having passed City & Guilds Level 2 & 3 Certificate in Patchwork and Quilting, this course has broaden and deepen this knowledge considerably.
As a teacher Lisa is very organized, committed and kind and her encouragement of the students work and giving honest critique are especially valuable. Lisa deliver everything she promise and even much more.
I really do recommend this course and am waiting impatiently for “Design Elements” part 2.
Thank you so much Lisa.”
Ann-Mari’s website (group site)
Design Elements Exercises
©2013 Erika Keith
“I have just completed Lisa Call’s on-line class on Design Elements and am so excited by how much I have learned! Lisa’s class is the perfect blend of lectures, independent study, coaching, and design exercises.
I have taken Design classes before where the Elements were just gone over in a very cursory way. Lisa takes this knowledge to a whole new level, really studying each Element in depth and encouraging her students to make the Elements their own.
As a result of Lisa’s class, I have become much more deliberate and intentional about what I am trying to achieve with my art and think that the quality of my work has definitely improved. I have also become much more adept at understanding art in general and see it with greater understanding and appreciation.
I would heartily recommend Lisa’s classes for anyone who is serious about making progress in their development as an artist!”
©2012 Lee Sproull
“Each week the workshop focused on a different design element(s) like line, value, proportion. Lecture, readings, and assignments provided many different ways to experience and learn about the particular element. Most exciting, and most helpful to me, was the chance to use one of my own compositions each week as an object of study.
In answering a focused set of questions that Lisa provided, I produced a critique of my own work that yielded a specific plan for making it better. In three cases I actually implemented the plan and produced a new composition that was a great improvement over the older one.
I’ve always been good at knowing “”something’s not right”" with one of my compositions. But now, I have a methodology for analyzing the problem and designing a solution to make it better.
This is the first workshop I’ve taken from Lisa. Her knowledge, enthusiasm, and organization created a terrific learning environment that motivated me to really engage with the topic–really engage as in spending 25-35 hours each week on it!
The foundation I developed in this course will certainly stand me in good stead as I move forward with my art.”
©2013 Sue Walen
“Lisa’s Design Elements class was just what I needed to get me back on track with my art.
The material presented was comprehensive and easily accessed on the web. Combine the class presentations with Lisa’s own artistic abilities and her teaching skills and you have the ingredients for success. The assignments look daunting at first glance, but she generally lets you choose which ones to do. The more you do, the better your results.
Lisa also makes you feel as though you can do anything artistically if you set your mind to it.
She is very encouraging to her students but also gives you constructive critiques to learn and grow from. Also you have the opportunity to view the work of other students and learn from it.
I highly recommend her online course and I will be taking more.”
©2013 Susanne Clawson
©2013 Marian Magee
“My goal for this year was to move out of basic quilt making, and to move toward being an artist, with quilting as my medium. This quest led me to one workshop which was way over my head, but that experience – as life tends to work — led me to Lisa Call. I signed up for her on-line design course with absolutely no understanding/experience in design, let alone using an on-line program like WordPress.
I couldn’t quite believe an on-line course could really work for me. But indeed it has. I now know something about lines, figures, texture, focal point, figure/ground, etc. I have even begun to do some sketching.
And best of all, I have begun to design a few compositions, and can see that indeed, in a few short weeks, I have moved toward my goal and I am hungry for more. Lisa has made this possible with her passion and enthusiasm for teaching and her positive, supportive engagement with each and every student.
If you get a chance to take a course from her, I highly recommend it. She will meet you where you are, I am confident of that, and help you get closer to your goal and dreams.”
Ann Arbor, Michigan
©2013 Colleen Kole
“This workshop helped me to FOCUS rather than spinning aimlessly for another year. With the assignments and Lisa’s encouragement, I now have an intentional plan centered on my long-term goals. I developed a 1-year, 5-year and a 10-year plan in order to achieve these goals during this workshop.
Breaking this down into realistic tasks with measurable time frames, gave me the courage to move forward with my art.
I was worried that this might be another time management class. I am even embarrassed to say how many of those I have attempted. But, this class was more meaningful because it allowed me to dream and then plan for what comes next rather than waiting for it to magically occur.
I have a dream and with planning that dream, it can become a reality.
Thank you, Lisa, for another great class. It was organized, informative and a big encouragement to start the year strong.”
Grand Rapids, Michigan
Bats in the Belfry
©2013 Maryann Gallaher
“Thank you, Lisa! This workshop has been a great help to me in planning the year ahead. After a lot of thought and hard work I am confident that my to do lists match my goals and dreams.
I will definitely be studying with you again!”
Fremont, New Hampshire
“This workshop has been a great help, not only in clarifying what I want to do long and short term, but it has also guided me to put in place systems to achieve these goals. I’ve written down goals / aims before but never broken them down like this.
I feel I’ve got the makings of systems to help me focus clearly on what I want to achieve and finally the means to break down these ideas into ‘doable ‘ jobs without being overwhelmed.
Overwhelmed is something that in the past has really stopped me doing things, So Lisa may I simply say thank you, you’ve made me work hard these last few weeks but the results have been well worth the hard work.”
Staithes, North Yorkshire, UK
Yes I Can!
©2013 Maggie Winnall
“Lisa, your ‘Setting Goals’ workshop has been a fantastic, in depth, well supported process – a journey of discovery. I started with a to do list as long as infinity and now I have a plan, purpose and clarity.
I am excited now at the prospect of working through my projects, it doesn’t seem so daunting. I like that my new to do list has traceability and is aligned with my values- it makes much more sense.
Your support and insight has been invaluable. Thank you.”
London, United Kingdom
“I thought I knew how to set goals before taking Lisa’s Setting Goals class. I learned what my values are, my true art goals that align with those values, and how to set priorities for my goals.
My to do lists suddenly became more than busy work: the lists transformed into small steps for how to get to my goals.
Thanks to taking Lisa’s class, my art and life dreams are goals with the how-tos that fit who I am. ”
“I’ve just finished up Lisa’s “Goals” class. She packs a lot into 4 weeks, which is great. Instead of starting out with just a list of goals and how long it will take to achieve them, you start out with an over-all vision, a big picture dream of your artistic life.
From there you develop priorities and projects that support your dream. Each step helped me to redefine my dreams and chunk it down into smaller pieces. And each step keeps referring back to not only what I want to do, but why I want to do it.
Turns out the why is way more important than the how. One of my projects was to start on a new body of work. I had an idea of what the work would be, but adding the why brought up several other thoughts about what the work was really about and how to market it. These are things which will be really important down the road. I might have missed them altogether without that step.
Now I have a relatively simple way of going from my dreams, to a statement of what I want and why I want it, then on to projects and requirements (which is another place to dream without worrying about the how). Until I get right down to the task lists and then the weekly and daily to-do lists, I’m concerned with my dream and why I want to do it, not just how to do it and knock it off my list.
I know that this approach will work so much better for me than other systems that I’ve tried. It will also ensure that I’m working on things that support my dreams, not just things that I think I should do.
The facebook group worked really well for interchanges with class members and with Lisa. It was nice to share tips and questions. I also find Lisa’s setup works well for me – a weekly lecture supplemented by emails during the week and an assignment due the following week.
Lisa, thanks for another great class.”
Hampton, New Hampshire
Tuning Fork #11
©2013 Heather Pregger
©2013 Karen Mundt
“Systems class by Lisa Call will be the most difficult class taken to date. It forced me out of my comfy artistic side into making systems for creating and sharing my art. The entire class is geared towards creating an operations manual for your creative and business practices. Systems will help you focus on what things need done and how to do those things to realize your goals, with the added bonus of hope that you may eventually hand off some of the work to someone else.
Lisa teaches by example. Systems was my third class with Lisa. She uses Systems in her creative, teaching, and marketing practices. She is so organized, with such awesome art, marketing, and class content that she has to use Systems to do all that she accomplishes. She practices what she teaches.
Systems class is the medicine we as artists need to be organized and effective when presenting ourselves to the world. Lisa gives this logical work the sugar to help artists make their own Systems to function better creatively and logically. I now have a slowly building operations manual for my creative and business practices…with many more applications waiting for creation.
Systems has already paid for itself with a simple trade that occurred shortly after the class ended. A couple traded their time for a commissioned painting. They used my system for photographing art. Now I have most of my art backlog ready for me to digitally edit and begin using in other Systems. They think they stole their painting. I know that they did about 20 hours of work that I am relieved is off my back! The scary yet wonderfully thrilling part is that this is only one example of how Systems has paid off for me so soon after completing Lisa’s class!
Between Setting Goals and Systems, I am fully expecting 2014 to exceed the success won in previous years. Just by having a System to follow by me or others and clear Goals to save me from ‘shiny things’ has saved me hours of work and effort. If you can stand a pain from being logical, Systems will help you become organized and stay organized within your artistic practices…which means more time in the art studio doing what you really love.”
“I’ve just finished up Lisa’s System class. It has helped me realize the value of having a simple step by step plan for both the simple and the complicated processes of my art business. And while we have been working on developing specific systems of our own, she has been feeding us lots of excellent general information on some of the major issues we all need to deal with – studio and office organization, our inventory systems, mailing lists and contact lists.
So not only do I have the tiny beginnings of my “operations manual” for my business, but I also have several long range goals and plans for improving almost all of these bigger systems.
She has been generous with her time – answering lots of questions, giving detailed responses to homework and questions, and providing lots of additional information.
The blog format has been easy to work with and weekly assignments have kept me on schedule and on task. I love the structure of a lecture on Sunday and then 3 emails coming during the week with additional information.
Hampton, New Hampshire
Lisa Flowers Ross
hand dyed fabrics, machine pieced, free-motion stitching
©2012 Lisa Flowers Ross
photo credit: Jake Soper
“Lisa Call’s Systems class is a really good class for getting down to the nitty-gritty of what steps it takes to run your art business. Although her emphasis is on an art business, the assignments could be done for any business. Lisa is generous with her examples and information and she will guide you to create the systems that work for you.
Even though I already have some systems in place, this class helped me identify where there are inefficiencies. I can see where setting up more systems can help save me time and make tasks easier so I can spend more time creating artwork.”
Lisa Flowers Ross
Interested in taking a workshop? Available classes are listed in the online course catalog.