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Jumpstart Your Studio Practice

Feeling like you've lost your studio groove in Corona Time? Or wish you could start a solid studio practice at this time? Maybe you can't get to your studio or you've fashioned one within your home but it's not quite working? Join with other artists who feel similarly and support one another in getting back on track and vibrant again. In this class, well look at what it takes to build a solid, ongoing studio practice and devise ways that address concerns in Corona Time. You'll gather with other artists and go through a series of steps that will have you designing an ideal space within your home and/or working out best practices for your outside studio. You'll revive your drawing practice. Even though you can't get to museums and galleries right now, you'll learn new strategies for researching artists and getting inspired by their work. You'll learn some practical tips for keeping your studio work in a flow rather than being stalled. Finally, you'll get ideas for how to get your work out into the world. Your instructor has maintained a consistent studio practice for 25 years and is ready to share her successful strategies with you! Make this time one of rich and generative studio progress! Note: This online course will combine live sessions weekly on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. CDT with 24-7 access to suggested readings and discussion prompts. The Canvas learning management system and Zoom video conferencing platform will be used to access course content and communicate with the instructor and peers.

"I would take any course offered by this professor. She was the perfect mix of artist and coach."

– Student of Jumpstart Your Studio Practice Online with Nancy Murphy Spicer, Fall 2020


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Class meeting time 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM
Class meeting days Tuesday, Thursday
Building and room Online
Course number 1082
Course instructor Nancy Murphy Spicer