Advancing the Series

Course Description – Next session – August or September 2016

“Over the last year, I have taken Lisa’s Working in a Series class, followed by the Advancing the Series class. These two classes have transformed my approach to my art, taking it from an enjoyable but largely directionless hobby to a new level of competence and confidence.

The influence of these classes has spilled over into my approach to my life goals as well, giving me new tools and ways of thinking about what it is I want to achieve and strategies which keep me moving forward consistently. The work begun in WIS was deepened and broadened in ATS, giving me more leverage and insight into developing my body of work.

After finishing WIS, I felt I had a good foundation, with lots of ideas about how to proceed. What I began to miss though, was the incredible value of the one on one calls with Lisa, her feedback on completed work, and the interaction of the other class participants, all of whom are also high calibre artists.

I have grown, and continue to grow as an artist in ways I would be hard pressed to do on my own. I credit Lisa with helping me to see that I am indeed an artist, and for her ongoing support in helping me move forward with my art career.

~Mardell Rampton
Vancouver, Canada

A continuation of Working in a Series.  You know how to work in a series and why you want to work in a series.  It’s time to go deeper:

  • Exploring additional ways to expand and view your series.
  • Pushing your work further.
  • Adding the “wow” factor into your compositions.
  • Investigating more of the mindsets that impact our artistic process.

Over the course of this 10 week workshop you will create 5 or more artworks in an existing series, or you might start a new series. Be ready to push yourself to create the best work of your career through intensive focus on your studio practice.

You will be writing formal written critiques of their completed artwork.  I will be reviewing your work every 2 weeks during interactive group critique session.

As in the first Working in a Series workshop, we will explore new artists who work in a series each week (both famous and lesser known) to understand more on why and how artists working in series.

In addition we will have a weekly mindset topic that we will use to navigate through the traps and pleasures of being an artist cover topics such as habits, originality, what makes are remarkable, procrastination and more.

Note that this class does NOT include technique instruction. Students are expected to have the art making skills necessary to create their assignments.

This class is appropriate to be taken by all visual artists as the concepts we cover apply to all medium, not just textile art. Any media is acceptable: painting, drawing, encaustic, weaving, quilt making (piecing, applique, fusing, embellishment), surface design, etc.

Working in a Series I is a prerequisite for this workshop.  If you think you are ready for this class but have not taken Working in a Series I, please email me so we can determine what class is best for you.

My Intention and Qualifications.

As with all of 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.

Experience Level: Intermediate to Advanced

“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!”

~Wendy Tribulski
Avalon, NJ

Prerequisites – Artwork

You must…

  • …have taken Working in a Series I or demonstrated equivalent knowledge
  • …have all materials, supplies and tools you will need to create the artwork in your chosen style and technique.
  • …have the knowledge and skill to create artwork in your chosen technique.
  • …be willing to work hard and focus.
  • …leave all self deprecating thoughts at the door and be ready to think big about your art
  • …be ready to reflect upon their experience so you can grow
  • …and, of course, have fun. Laughter is encouraged.

Some of those things might make you uncomfortable and they might scare you. But if you have an open mind and are willing to give it a try, you qualify.

It is recommended you document your work in this class in a journal or sketchbook.



Next Workshop starting August or September 2016

Prerequisites – Computer Skills

  • Ability to take clear, in focus photos of your artwork with a digital camera.
  • Ability to re-size and prepare your images for the internet.
  • You must have a facebook profile to participate in this workshop.


Online Course Logistics

  • Course material will be provided via recorded lectures, which you can listen to at your convenience.
  • Additional written course material will be emailed throughout the workshop.
  • You will complete 5 studio assignments.
  • I will review student assignments once every 2 weeks  during live web-conferences (see below for specific dates and times).
  • Reviews will be recorded for those that can not attend live.
  • A portion of the review will be reserved for questions and answers.
  • Ongoing online discussion with myself and fellow classmates on our private facebook group.


  • New in 2015!!  A limited number of mini coaching packages are available for students would like a deeper individual learning experience.
    • Students that purchase the life coaching package will also have four private phone conversations with me.  Two calls during the workshop and two after to help integrate your learning back into their regular studio practice.
    • As a trained co-active coach, I will guide us through these calls using effective life coaching tools.
    • Note: unused coaching calls expire 6 weeks after the workshop end date.


Not Sure If You Should Take this Workshop?

Please Don’t Signup for This Workshop If…

  • …You have an unwillingness to explore the same theme in detail by diving deeper with each exercise. If working in a series is not your thing, this is not your workshop.
  • …You don’t want to learn more about yourself and your art making. I’ll be encouraging introspection and reflection.
  • …You are happy with your status quo. This is a workshop for those that are ready to dig in and move forward in a big way with their art.

Maybe another class is a better fit. See all of my online workshops here.

“I am just so thankful for this class this time. It is clarifying so much for me. I am in a place both artistically and personally where I can understand and begin to apply the knowledge you are giving. This is so much more than an art workshop. It is a life workshop!

I just listened to today’s recording and again my mind is reeling. It clarifies my path toward making the art I make. I am not sure where that will end up, but it as if you are providing clues along a path to my goal. I look forward to getting and thinking about the assignments. I know that day will be one filled with possibilities, and that is what art is becoming for me.

Thank you for your hard work in preparing these classes. Your thought and care and intelligence show through. Your willingness to share those gifts is humbling.

Thank you.”

~Catherine Beard
Eugene, Oregon


Current Schedule

Next Session will begin August or September 2016.

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