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Finding Your Creative Voice

{A MASTER CLASS}

RE-AWAKEN YOUR CREATIVITY, FALL IN LOVE WITH THE CREATIVE PROCESS ALL OVER AGAIN, COME HOME TO YOURSELF. THIS ONLINE CLASS IS OPEN TO ALL SKILL LEVELS, ALL ARTISTS & CREATIVE SPIRITS LOOKING TO DIVE MORE DEEPLY INTO FINDING AND DEVELOPING THEIR PERSONAL CREATIVE VOICE IN THEIR ART.

When: Class Starts January 7, 2019! / Yours to keep forever
Where: Online, Self Paced
Cost: $195 after December 17- EARLY BIRD SPECIAL only $149

Finding your creative voice is perhaps the most valuable gift you can give yourself.

KICK OFF THE NEW YEAR with artists, teachers & collaborators Faith Evans-Sills and Mati Rose McDonough in this Master Class as they deeply explore a topic that can feel overwhelming to new and seasoned artists alike: HOW TO FIND, DEVELOP AND SUSTAIN YOUR PERSONAL CREATIVE VOICE IN YOUR ART! Through video discussions and written lessons they’ll break down this complex subject into digestible workshops that will help you understand & clarify your personal vision.

Over the years we’ve seen many of our students struggle with who they are as artists. Many take our classes and learn lots of new techniques, but they struggle with editing what they have learned into a cohesive style that is only theirs! Your artistic voice is how you are recognized by others. Its the tone your collective body of work takes. AS AN ARTIST THERE ARE FEW THINGS MORE IMPORTANT THAN DEVELOPING A PERSONAL VOICE THAT SETS YOUR WORK APART AND GETS YOU NOTICED. Finding your voice requires you to pull from deep inside of yourself to find what truly moves you, and then express that in what you create. In order for your work to have lasting meaningful value you must eventually develop your own artistic voice. In this class we’ll shed light on the struggle artists go through to find their creative voice, with clear explanations & exercises, together we’ll explore the why, the what and how of developing your personal voice in your work.

Finding and developing your artistic voice is a lifetime journey, its a continual process even for artists who have been working for a really long time, and it can feel especially overwhelming in this age of social media. THIS MASTER CLASS TAKES THIS COMPLICATED TOPIC AND BREAKS IT DOWN FOR YOU, SIMPLIFYING THE PROCESS  to lead you further on your path towards creating work that shines full of your authentic voice. You’ll come away with more confidence in your creative voice, and how to make it stronger!

THIS CLASS IS NOT ABOUT TEACHING YOU HOW TO HUSTLE HARDER, frankly we think that often today everyone is hustling a bit too hard already and all of us need a much welcomed rest, a safe space in which to relax! Let’s kick our shoes of together in this space, there is no judgement, its your’s to explore, there are Moroccan poufs in the corner and the kettle is on for tea, come on in!

Ultimately, our goal with this class is to help you FEEL MORE CONNECTED TO THE STILL SMALL VOICE INSIDE OF YOU, it will guide your way towards your personal, one and only, creative voice! With each lesson we want to give you guide posts for your journey, so that things feel easier, so that you feel like there is MORE FLOW AND MORE JOY in creating your work, and a true honesty about HONORING THE NATURAL EBB AND FLOW of the creative process. There is no formula for creative success, its going to look different for each of us. What we’re really after is helping you figure out your own personal formula for growing your personal creative voice, and then running towards it like-all-get-out! We want you to understand what it looks like for you to set yourself up with structures to help you thrive, AND ALSO TAKE A LONG HARD LOOK AT WHAT CURRENT STRUCTURES YOU MAY NEED TO LEAVE BEHIND AS YOU MOVE FORWARD.

Are you looking to outside sources to give you inspiration? The better solution is not to look outside of ourselves for direction, but rather to explore the depths of our own selves, all that we need is already within us! We want to help you figure out what works for you. GETTING TO THE ROOT OF YOUR OWN INTUITION AND HOW TO FOLLOW IT.

What will I gain from taking this course?

  • Re-awaken your creativity.

  • You will gain renewed clarity in your creative voice and learn how to continually return to it when you are feeling aimless and stuck! We'll share our knowledge, about how to listen to and nurture your authentic voice in your work.

  • You’ll fall in love all over again with the creative process.

  • Build the foundation of your studio practice, the energy & intention behind your art. Your personal vision and everything that you are drawn to all come together to form the very essence of what you convey through your art.

  • Explore and develop that element that makes people know that your art is yours and your alone.

  • Ultimately you’ll come home to yourself!

We've gained all of this knowledge over 20 years of personal painting experience and through our time in Art School, we want to share what we've gained with you. This is not a studio class, we won't be sharing any painting instruction with you since we offer lots of other classes about how to create your work.

We've got lots of juicy themes of discovery for you as we dive deeply exploring what Finding Your Creative Voice looks like, from lots of angles.

Video Discussion and written Lessons include:

  • Welcome & How This Works

  • Where this Began :: Manifesto On Giving Credit

  • "Finding Your Creative Voice" :: Discussion Video with Faith & Mati

  • The How & Why of Finding Your Artistic Voice

  • Taking Risks

  • Making Art Can Be Hard!

  • Inspiration :: Fear & Creativity

  • What sparks you? What do people thank you for?

  • "Manifestos & Mindfulness": Video Chat with Mati & Faith

  • Unplug from your Library of Visual Inspiration

  • Thriving on Limitation

  • A Word About Time

  • Making Creativity the Highest Priority

  • Guest Article :: The 4 Phases of Developing Your Creative Voice

  • "Asking THE Questions": Video Chat with Mati & Faith

  • Practical Application & Helpful Exercises

  • Continue Learning :: Downloadable PDF

  • Diving Deeper: Resources & Bibliography

your investment:

Cost: $195 after December 17, 2018

Early bird special: Only $145 before December 17, 2018

with code: CREATIVEBLISS


a bit more about your creative guides ::

Friends, co-teachers, art collaborators and painters Faith and Mati each have over 20 years of personal painting experience, along with years of working in the art worlds of New York City and San Francisco. They draw from these experiences as they create their popular online classes and retreats. Together they offer learning opportunities for women in some of the most beautiful & inspiring places in the world. They share a love of inspiring women to explore their creative dreams through making art. Their co-authored book Painting the Sacred Within has become a beloved resource of inspiration for woman world wide as they explore their creative and art making dreams.

 

How it Works...

Our Online Master Class will follow a Classroom rhythm to help you stay focused on your goals, stay creatively engaged and deeply explore all of the topics.

This online intensive will be divided into 14 daily units!

We'll come together in our online classroom for an introduction and talk about the "why" behind the development of this class. On the first day of class you'll receive access to an in depth discussion video featuring Faith and Mati as they offer a deep dive exploration of all the topics that we'll cover. Over the course of the next 12 days you'll receive a new lesson each day, taking you deeper into all of the topics and culminating in 3 days of prompts offering further exploration and personal development. We've designed the lessons to be bite sized chunks that will build on each other, so that as the class progresses you'll go slowly and surely towards your goals. Remember, all of this content is your to keep forever, so there is never any pressure to keep up with the class. You can revisit each lesson as much as you want for ultimate integration. At the end of the class you'll receive a downloadable PDF containing all of the course journal prompts, to have at your finger tips in the studio & take your explorations deeper over time.

Testimonials...

What is it like to take an E-Course with Mati & Faith? Here's what some of our former students have to say....

"This class really got my painting practice moving. I love where the inspiration has met me and I feel like I'm actually finding my own voice. Having done other online classes I feel the rhythm of this class has been so beneficial.. Having a lesson every day so I'm consistently showing up to my own imagination but with room to breathe through it. Thank you thank you thank you. I am excited to see what I create next and how my own style will merge and develop." ~Belinda Chappell

"Mati and Faith are beautiful, vibrant, fierce female goddesses. They have inspired my painting practice and my life tremendously. I have done a few e-courses and they are fantastic because you get to meet artists from all over the world and you build this little community of support for each other. I developed the courage to share my art in this space privately and that helped me to feel confident to share it on a public platform like Instagram, which for me was hard because I've been social media-resistant for years because I am passionate about boundaries. ;) Anyway, I am learning to live with boundaries AND share my art and soul. Mati and Faith have similar aesthetics but have a very distinct personal style. They encourage you to also develop your own vocabulary of mark-making and your voice. I really felt seen, valued, and encouraged here and I would recommend this class for any human being. Art-making is therapeutic and magical and fun and I love seeing everyone's particular style. With love and gratitude! Thank you Mati and Faith for your presence and love. <3" ~Laura Marsolais

"I feel like this class has been a sanctuary, a painting sisterhood, a place for growth and inspiration! My favorite painting class ever. Faith and Mati's passion and gentle guidance and instruction have been a breath of fresh air into my artistic endeavors. I can't wait to continue the journey!" ~Kathy Anne

"I just want to say thank you from the depth of my heart and soul for this amazing class. You both have a beautiful purpose in this world and I am so honored to be a witness and student of your gifts and teachings. I have learned so much about abstract, myself and my art. I have painted more than I did in art school!" ~Jennifer Perry

"I really love love love this course very much! Not only teaching me painting technique, both of you also shared spirit, courage, fear...these true feeling of you! That make me gradually to accept my imperfection, and become less fear! I enjoyed every moment of painting! Also love the group here! I love to see,and read every response! It's very important that show me the variety way to see every painting! Learn so much!" ~Joy Lui

"This class was so helpful. It really helped me move forward and out of my comfort zone. I actually feel like I can now see a path forward with abstract work that I wasn't able to see before (!!) And I really enjoyed seeing other people's work too, it was so inspiring." ~Lisa Sousa

"Hugest unending thanks and gratitude to you both, Mati and Faith - the structure and love and compassion which you send out and share in these classes is so gentle, nurturing and supportive - it's really the perfect loving recipe for me - and I thank you so very much. Your guidance is cracking open and helping me to welcome adore and accept the creative side within me which has yearned to be expressed for a lifetime - thank you for helping me connect further with myself and all of you wonderful souls." ~Quigley

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More Details and FAQ'S:

Who is this class for?

  • This online class is open to all skill levels, all artists & creative spirits looking to dive more deeply into finding and developing their personal creative voice in their art. If you are longing to reinvigorate and deepen your painting practice, more clearly define what makes your art “yours”, and expand your personal voice in their paintings, then this class is for you!

Is this a studio class, will there be art lessons?

  • There will not be any painting instructional lessons in this class. Rather, this will be a master class focused on the foundation of your studio practice, the energy & intention behind your art. This class will focus on leading you though the exciting topic of finding your creative voice in your art, through written lessons and essays, inspiration prompts, and assignments in which you will be asked to go deeply within, exploring your heart & soul through writing prompts.

What will I gain from taking this course?

  • You will gain renewed clarity in your creative voice and learn how to continually return to it when you are feeling aimless and stuck! We'll share our knowledge, about how to listen to and nurture your authentic voice in your work. This is not a studio class, we won't be sharing any painting instruction with you since we offer lots of other classes about how to create your work. This class will be a master class focused on the foundation of your studio practice, the energy & intention behind your art. Your personal vision and everything that you are drawn to all come together to form the very essence of what you convey through through your art, we'll be exploring that element that makes people know that it is yours and your alone. We've gained all of this knowledge over 20 years of personal painting experience and through our time in Art School, we want to share what we've gained with you.

Will I have access to Faith & Mati?

  • Faith and Mati will be present in the online class via the comments throughout the 2 weeks that the class runs. We welcome questions so please ask away! Faith and Mati will celebrate the end of our time together with a video chat during which we will make every answer to answer all of your specific questions, you are welcome to ask us any questions that have come up for you during this class session, ask away!

How long will I have access to the course material?  

  • You'll have lifetime access to all course material & workshop content, to enjoy, explore and dive into as many times as you like. You simply need to be logged into your account on Ruzuku, the site that hosts my online classes, to access the workshop!

Do I have to complete all the projects?

  • You will have lifetime access to the course material in our online classroom, so you can go at your own pace! No need to worry if you miss a class or a week or a lesson! We want this class to feed your inspiration, and be a receptive place where you can relax, develop ideas and gain energy for your art practice. You will never get any guilt or pressure from us to complete projects. Participants can share their projects on Instagram as they feel led using our tag #paintingthesacredwithin, gaining feedback and inspiration from each other!

How does the online class work?

  • We'll have our own easy to access password protected online classroom where you'll have access to the first lesson starting the first day of class, every day after that for 14 days you will have access to a new lesson. You will receive an email when each new lesson is available. After the class ends, the complete online class will be yours to review and enjoy forever. You can access all of the lessons as your own schedule permits, and in your own time zone.

How does sign up work?

  • After you click the Register Now button below, you'll be directed to my online e-course host Ruzuku to sign up and pay. You'll create your own personal account with Ruzuku which you'll use to sign in and access our online classroom. When a new lesson is available in our online classroom you will receive an email letting you know.

Do you offer refunds?

  • No refunds will be offered. Online access to the course material is given at the time of purchase so it is not possible to offer refunds. Thanks for your understanding.

Reserve your Master Class seat today

This will be a small intimate group of artists journeying together so space is limited, spots are already filling:

Your investment: $195

Early Bird Special:Only $145

Register before December 17, 2018 with code: CREATIVEBLISS

We're so thrilled to share this class with you and explore this exciting topic that is so close to our hearts,

xo Faith & Mati

 

A bit more about our teachers...

Faith is a painter, wife, mother, world traveler and creative guide making her home in sunny Charleston, South Carolina. After 15+ years in New York City Faith craved a closer daily connection to nature, so she took the leap moving her family to the South Carolina coast in 2011. In her work, Faith draws inspiration from nature’s wild and small moments; from love, textiles and most importantly, the relationships that shape her. Classically trained in painting with a BFA from Skidmore College and an MFA from Parsons School of Design, along with over twenty years of personal painting experience, Faith enjoys inspiring others to manifest their most heartfelt ideas through creating art. Her first book, Painting the Sacred Within, a guide to art techniques for expressing your authentic inner voice, was published in 2017 with Northlight Press. She is a well-loved teacher both online, across the United States and internationally at her annual art retreats in Morocco, Costa Rica and Mexico. Faith’s paintings have been exhibited widely and included in numerous books and publications including Painted Blossoms, Paint Lab, Color Lab, Seventeen, Calm, Happinez and Mabel Magazine. Her art has also been featured on designs for Anne Taylor Company Lou & Grey. Follow along on Instagram where she posts daily beauty and inspiration.

 
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Mati is an artist and daring adventurer whose name is pronounced Matey, like Ahoy! She is an Oakland, California based artist, illustrator, painting teacher and author of Daring Adventures in Paint.  After wanting to be an artist for many years, but feeling like it was “impractical”, at 29 years Mati took the leap and went back to art school at the California College of the Arts. Almost 10 years later, she is still excited and terrified every time she sees a blank canvas. She has had dozens of art shows, taught painting classes internationally and had her art used by clients Patagonia, University Games, Pier 1, as well as greeting cards, and her very own home decor line. She also has illustrated several children’s books including “i carry your heart” written by ee cummings. Through her workshopsbook, and popular online course, she spreads a warm message of creative courage: it’s never too late to show the world your magic.