The Creative Visionary Program offers a transformation of your art.
This 12-week, highly interactive online program will give you the essential ingredients you need to make art that is stronger and more like you — realistic, abstract or anywhere in between.
It is for artists of all levels, whether you’re an absolute beginner, returning to your art after an extended break, or an established career artist.
Tom Miller, CVP Alumni
Tom now sees himself as a true artist
"I hadn’t put paint on a brush for 35 years. I just didn’t know the first step or how to begin that transition.
This program dismantled the mystery of art making into such simple, easy, understandable and practical bite-size pieces.
I went from thinking, “Wouldn’t it be fun to practice painting once in a while?” to actually seeing myself as an artist.
This journey would have felt impossible before I started CVP. The transformation that has occurred for me is extraordinary."
Today, Kate earns a full-time income from her art “I began as someone who practiced art periodically as a hobby to being full-time artist, bringing in 6 figures in only 2 years. I am so happy and fulfilled with this change. I’m creating more than ever before. CVP gave me permission and the guidance I needed to be the artist I always knew I was. My life has been transformed.”
Kate Soady, CVP Alumni
Alice Sheridan, CVP Alumni
Alice’s art and career have never been better
“I knew what I was making wasn’t what I was capable of. And it didn’t feel right. It didn’t feel like me. I was looking around for the answers.
CVP gave me boundaries and structure to go back and check my work against. Having these benchmarks have revolutionized my work.
My practice is much more fluid and I am stuck much less often.
This November was my best art sales ever and last year in total quadrupled on the previous year."
The Creative Visionary Program provides the information, community and support you need to:
The Art2Life Framework transcends any specific technique or medium, giving you the keys to making truly arresting art.
Learn to read between the lines and identify what’s really happening when you’re stuck, and how to get back on track with a difficult piece.
Make art that is truly, uniquely your own: an honest and compelling expression of who you are, where you’ve been, and where you’re going next.
What might you achieve if you could settle into a sustainable creative rhythm filled with exploration, joy… and a whole lot more fun? The Creative Visionary Program gives you the information, insight and support you need to make bold, exciting moves in your art — and in your life as well.
My name is Nicholas Wilton.
I am a fine artist, and the founder of Art2Life & The Creative Visionary Program.
I have been making art pretty much my entire life, and have taught it for over 25 years. (I held my first workshop in 1993!)
Early on I created art for book covers, including Brene Brown’s The Gifts of Imperfection and The Four Agreements by Don Miguel Ruiz… as well as US postage stamps and major publications.
I then moved on to making art just for myself, selling and exhibiting my art through gallery shows and international art fairs both here and abroad.
Making art has not always come easily to me.
For years, no matter how much time I spent, I would rarely end up with something I liked.
I can’t tell you how many times I would just get stuck right in the middle of making my art and did not know what to do next. I would get nervous halfway through, worrying that I would ruin it!
The irony is that my best art, and the art that I personally liked the most, was also the art that felt the most easy to make.
It was often the art that sold. But most of my art took forever to make and it left me feeling discouraged and unmotivated. My unsold art just kept piling up. It got so bad that I would avoid going into the studio altogether.
It was so frustrating not knowing how to consistently make strong art that felt like me.
However, I discovered much later that I was not alone. Many artists, just like me, had many of the same issues.
At one time or another I struggled with practically every one of these.
It’s essential to have ALL the information. Understanding fundamental principles of art making such as design, value color, mindset, materials and technique (and how they all fit together) is key. If you don't have all of it, it's super, super hard to make art consistently… and even harder to correct course when you’re stuck.
Having a sustainable art practice and a way of working that produces results for you is essential. Joy, efficiency and sustainability are the hallmarks of a solid art practice — one that will keep you going even when life gets busy or tough, and one that you will look forward to no matter what.
A community of like-minded people who support and inspire you is invaluable. Making art is often solitary, but it doesn’t have to be so lonely! With access to constructive feedback and a vibrant community of like-minded people, not only will your art dramatically improve… your quality of life will, too.
And to pull all this off, artists need to understand one last but very important thing…
When you learn how to feel more alive, your art does too.
When you begin paying attention to what fills you, what lights you up and the elements you need to nurture your unique creative self — that is when your art will truly come to life.
In all of my attempts to improve what was happening on the 12x12 square in front of me, I had forgotten to pay attention to the most important thing of all: me!
When I learned how to optimize my life to keep my creative fires burning, everyday, in small but meaningful ways, my art took on an entirely new quality. It became bigger and bolder, yet more subtle and nuanced... simply more alive than ever before.
Artists who are successful, who know most of this information, are often not willing to share for fear of competition.
Art taught in institutions is often done piecemeal with little regard for giving artists an overview and hierarchy of ALL the information needed in making art. There is a sequence of learning the information that if not used, results in overwhelm and confusion. This is why most students who graduate from art schools and even graduate programs often abandon art for another career choice. Art and the process of making it must be taught in a clear, doable way, over time — otherwise you will struggle to make sense of all the information you’ve learned and apply it in a meaningful way.
Many of us were discouraged to make our art because we were taught limiting beliefs. You are not talented enough, there is no money in art, you will starve as an artist, and making art is not practical are just a few.
These ideas and beliefs are at the root of why many postpone and often never heed the call of their desire to make art.
All of them are false, but many artists do not have the tools they need to shed these limiting beliefs… and their creative lives suffer greatly as a result.
This is why I created The Creative Visionary Program
CVP offers you a clear, sequential method for creating your best and most personal art yet.
You will learn how to:
This 12-week, intensive online program provides you crucial art making information, a sustainable process of making your art as well as a supportive artistic community. I created this program after 25 years of making my own art, as well as helping other artists develop their own.
There is nothing even remotely close to this program online, or even offline. If you are willing to pay attention, show up and learn, this program can drastically transform your art.
Artwork: Patty Ripley
"This program is unlike anything else. Never have I had a team of coaches or instructor who has been as generous and authentic. The amount of information in this program is profound, with nothing left unturned."
— Anne G., CVP Alumni
This module is about discovering and clarifying your own artistic path — and developing an efficient, joyful process that supports it. Your path and process will form the bedrock for the evolution of your art. Get excited!
In this stage, you’ll discover:
In Stage 1, you’ll work towards creating a solid process that inspires you, and a sustainable approach to making art that is uniquely yours.
There are no two more powerful art making principles than Value and Design. Although many artists know the importance of Value & Design, very few can truly harness these principles for stronger, more sophisticated art. Stage 2 solves this problem.
In this stage, you’ll discover:
In Stage 2, you will learn to see all the ways Value and Design show up in your art. Once learned, this will give you total ease and freedom in your art making.
Finally, once and for all, learn to create amazing color in your art! Learn strategies for making sophisticated, harmonious colors that are simply not shared in art school.
In this stage, you’ll discover:
So many artists simply were not given all the information about color, and if they were, it was not given in an understandable way. Stage 3 will fill in the gaps and help you see and utilize color in your work in an entirely new way.
Understanding the importance of surface in our art making is crucial. In this stage, we take a deep dive into the myriad of ways that paint, collage and mark-making can be applied to your art.
In this stage, you’ll discover:
If you have ever felt "stuck" in a certain style of art-making, but don’t know how to shake things up, Stage 4 will open up many exciting new possibilities and avenues for your art and how you make it.
Trusting your intuition and the innate wisdom within you is a game changer for your art. In this stage we integrate the idea of experimentation, curiosity and play.
I will guide you through…
Looking within instead of outside of ourselves, clarifies our unique creative directions. Concerns about style and originality will drop away in this stage. This stage explores the essential, but often overlooked areas of intuition, risk and soul.
It’s one thing to develop and create art in the relative privacy of your studio. It’s another, to allow your art to be seen by the world. For most of us, we have played way, way, too small.
I will show you...
Whether you are planning on making your art into a career, or you just want to create art that has a potency and vibrancy that is not easily overlooked online or offline, this stage will help take your art to a much higher level.
The Creative Visionary Program is so much more than the sum of its parts!
Rich with examples, demonstrations and multiple opportunities to get your questions answered every week, CVP gives you everything you need to begin making art in an entirely new way.
Whether you are an experienced student or totally new to the principles of art, this program demonstrates critical concepts in a way that will immediately make sense in the context of your art and life.
Artwork: Janet Smedley
"I am so positively blown away by this course. It's unexpectedly informative, juicy, concise, easy to understand, hopeful and encouraging. It pushes without being pushy, hands out information when it's most impactful. I'm eager to learn and this is feeding my needs!" — Pamela R
"Many other online courses cater only to beginners and are not as comprehensive. It’s technique oriented as well as philosophically oriented about the art life — what it is to be an artist, how to think about your work and how to approach it." — Shirley W
Within the CVP Portal I have meticulously created chronological lessons that clearly define, diagnose, and solve the common challenges that arise in art making. Under each video in the Portal you may ask questions. Each week a new class is available.
The FAQ Bank We utilize an extensive FAQ Bank which is a vault of information, giving you access to written answers along with diagrams, and even video demonstrations, for solutions to specific art making challenges. This is available 24/7.
Live Group Calls Every week, I will be hosting a live Group Call to deepen the learning of the week’s lessons and answer your questions live.
Live Coaching Sessions Every week there will be live a coaching session. These will be conducted by the Art2Life Coaches and surprise Guest Presenters. These are all recorded so if you miss one, you can watch the session later when it’s more convenient.
Image Adjustment Videos Image Adjustment Videos are used to show artwork being modified and improved utilizing the principles. Seeing multiple examples of the principles at work make it that much easier to understand and apply them to your own art.
The Private Facebook Group This is where we harness the power of our community. Not only are we teaching our members to problem solve their own art, but to help improve other’s art as well. The extraordinary results achieved in the Creative Visionary Program are in a large part due to the amazing community that forms during the program.
Most of them are professional working artists, so we understand.
This year we have an outstanding line up of Art2life coaches, guest presenters and technical support involved in the creative unfolding of the CVP 2021 experience, I can promise you that you will not find a more caring, supportive crew than the Art2life CVP Team. During the program you will get to know all of us!
"I have never in my life been in such a well-organized program with such eloquent and articulate artists and staff who carry themselves in the most professional, heart-centered way — with a level of integrity that goes beyond what most people exude in their everyday work worlds. I sense that most of this was not work for all of you!" — Michelle B., CVP Alumni
The Creative Visionary Program can be accessed on your computer from anywhere in the world, and has been optimized for iPad as well as for your mobile device.
All the training modules and live coaching sessions are recorded for you to watch at a time that suits you, at your own pace, as many times as you like.
Downloads of video transcriptions, as well as MP3 audio files are available for each lesson. This makes learning the weekly content super convenient.
Even though this program is only 12 weeks long, the knowledge, community, and progression of your art will continue for years into the future.
In fact, the Art2life Process, once learned, can simply become your roadmap, your guide to your life’s creative path. It doesn’t matter what kind of art you make. It doesn’t matter if you are a beginner or a professional. Over 1/3 of those who have taken CVP in the past have re-enrolled this year. As you deepen your practice, the Art2life Process will continue to inform and reveal the necessary learning to move to the next level for years to come. The Art2life Process meets you where you are. This is why we are seeing so many CVP Alumni re-enrolling, reinvesting in the program. This process works, not just once, but over and over again.
Spending $98,000 on a Masters program or an additional few hundred thousand dollars for an undergraduate art program might remedy some of the challenges an artist faces in making and building a life around their art... But that isn’t what I am seeing out there. The number of undergraduate and graduate degrees held by those who enroll in the Creative Visionary Program is surprisingly high. They simply were not given all the information. And of all those who earn graduate degrees from art schools, a scant 10% become full-time artists. I know we can do better.
The greatest value of CVP is the time saved — years or decades — by being provided this essential information, instead of having to figure it out on your own.
It is possible. I did it this way. But I had way too many decades of struggle. There is also no guarantee that going it alone will actually work out.
The Creative Visionary Program not only has a track record of stunning accomplishments by its alumni, but it also comes with a zero-risk guarantee:
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We almost called this bonus “Nick in a Box”... because it’s just like having an experienced artist by your side when you’re feeling stuck or unsure with your art.
All new for 2021, you’ll get access to a series of helpful shifts and reframes to help you keep going and stay on track, through the 3 most challenging parts of any artist's practice:
When the voices of uncertainty and self-doubt creep in, press play to hear Nick’s best advice to loosen up and get started. You’ll learn how to approach your art with curiosity instead of fear.
What happens when you hit a roadblock part-way through your art? Here’s how to keep momentum when you’re worried about making a mistake or things just aren’t turning out the way you want.
How do you finish your art on a high and say with confidence that a piece is complete? Get 3 quick ideas to make room for possibility, enhance what feels good, and get a sense of wonder in your art — even at the end.
You’ll receive this special mini-training via email when CVP begins on February 25, 2021. No matter what comes up, you’ll turn to these videos for the essential nuggets you need to stay in motion and keep going, through the next 12 weeks and beyond.
If you feel you are not the right fit for this program, I will issue you a full refund!
No matter what the reason. Period. We are looking for home runs, and it has to be the right fit for you.
It’s an investment of time, energy and resources. As an artist, as well as the founder of this program, I take your financial investment seriously. I could not, would not, be able to offer this program to my community, if I was not 100% certain that there would be a significant return on your investment, and that is why I stand behind CVP with a 30-day Guarantee. The transformation of your art is no small feat. I am aware of this. However, the kind of changes I am pursuing for you are marked by changes in your life, as well as your art. Your art and your life are connected, and a transformation of your art often overflows with positive changes in your life.
"This course is simply the very best thing I have ever done for myself, for my creativity, for my life, for my personal pleasure and joy, and for my confidence as an artist (as I am now learning to call myself!) — Liz W., CVP Alumni
The reason we close the promotional phase of the program is so my whole team and I can start working with the new community of artists in the program.
The enrollment period ends February 24, at 11:59pm PST. You must enroll before this time. There will be no exceptions.
The BEST time to enroll in the Creative Visionary Program is right now!
I urge you to listen, and ask your creative self if this is finally the time to invest in the artist within you.
Lots of people have wondered about the price, but not after experiencing the program. The one consistent piece of feedback when we poll our alumni is that CVP is a great value. And this year is going to be even better.
"The cost of the program was a big jump for me. It also came at a time when I thought I could work out my art for myself, but I wasn’t sure how long it would take me to get there. To have a program focused on making your art as strong as it can be appealed to me. I knew I just had to do this. The work I’m doing now is much, much stronger as a result." — Alice S., CVP Alumni
The Creative Visionary Program can be done many different ways. Because you have access for a full year, you can go at a pace that is comfortable. All lessons and calls are recorded, so you may listen and learn wherever it is convenient.
Artwork: Jenny Fermor
"It appealed to me because I am a mother of a teenager and I’m busy. I wanted something I could do from home and it fit my needs perfectly. I could do it at my pace. Now I'm engaged with my art and entering shows—something I never considering doing it before. It really changed my life. My family is so happy for me because I found my passion." — Glenda G., CVP Alumni
Dreams are often postponed. Most are never realized, especially those involved in getting around to making one's art. Through the successes of our alumni, CVP demonstrates what is possible when an artist sets an intention, learns essential information and is given support.
"Now my art is a practice. I show up and do it. I now have the confidence to put myself out there more. I’m getting press and solo shows. I have validation and confidence. I no longer have the pressure to make a perfect painting." — Julie S., CVP Alumni
The price of your art, the number of sales, and the caliber of your galleries, are all connected to the strength, originality and vibrancy of your art. Over time, your art should be steadily improving, and therefore increasing in sales and value. CVP will help ensure this process continues.
I’m a huge believer in continuing education and am always learning. CVP gave me the theory to combine with my own knowledge to push my work to the next level. I didn’t have to put my art career on hold in order to do this. I was able to do the program and still be able to produce art, show and sell it. Through the program I saw my work get stronger and the reaction to my work also got stronger. It was certainly worth every penny. — Karina B., CVP Alumni
The Creative Visionary Program is perfectly suited for the beginner with little or no prior experience. All that is required is the interest, and the passion to improve and learn. The community of artists, as well as the CVP Team, is incredibly supportive within the program. The CVP program gets amazing results no matter your stage of art making.
"I always wanted to paint, but I was on my own and floundering. I didn’t know anything about materials or technical aspects. I didn’t know where to start and had no one to talk to. I was a beginner and I knew my work was not what I wanted it to be. Revealing that to people I didn’t know online was very intimidating. After CVP, I feel I am in the swing of it. I’ve changed my social media profiles and I’m getting into it. I have enough tools now to keep it going, keep it expanding, growing and learning." — Janet J., CVP Alumni
“The only art experience I had was my own experimenting with art and a couple of classes at a community college. That’s where my art path stopped. Going into CVP, I could have been intimidated by the artists who were more experienced. But the way the material was presented… it very quickly got us all on the same playing field. The process builds on itself in such a way that we were all still learning, even the artists who were much further along than me… as well as the artists who were even more of a beginner than I was. The #1 thing I got from the support that CVP offered was the confidence to just go for it and move forward. I still feel that support 2 years later. I talk to a CVP-er every day now.”
– Arron Buttram
The material has complexity and nuances, and meets the student where they are in their art. Beginners will learn different things, compared to someone who has many years of experience. Last year, we had many beginners who are returning this year to deepen their learning. The mixed levels of participants is intentional, and adds to the richness of the program. Every artist, even the advanced, can learn from the questions asked by a beginner.
"CVP is a broad base of artists at all levels, from super experienced to beginners who are just putting their toe in the water. That opened me up to a whole new way of thinking. I didn’t have to be in the box of “professional fine artist,” I could just be out there, in the Community. I loved the Community aspect of it, which I never had before. Being in a studio all day can be isolating. There is no social connection or peer group interaction. It’s so important for an artist to have that Community." — Shirley W., CVP Alumni
Many professional and working artists join CVP each year. Even if you have been exposed to principles like Design, Value, and Color through formal education like art school — or have taken several art classes before — many artists do not have all the information they need to translate their “head” knowledge into their practice in an intuitive, personal way. Many working artists struggle to continue evolving their work, and CVP offers a clearer, more efficient path to making your best art yet.
For this exact reason, CVP explores a range of art making principles with fresh perspectives that are simply not taught in even the best art schools. Our curriculum will fill in the gaps, enhance your practice, and help you tackle the mental and emotional hurdles to making stronger art and sharing it with the world.
“I can look at a painting and create that effect. I know my materials and techniques already. So why did my art get better, more complex? CVP shows you the techniques, everything is covered… but it is so much more than a painting workshop (even though I did learn a lot about painting in the course!).
The way CVP opened my mind to all the limiting beliefs I had helped me loosen up in my work and enjoy it more — and this translates directly into how people experience my art. This is a roadmap for how to integrate life and art. If you’ve struggled for a few years with your art, trying to figure it out on your own, you will get so much from CVP.”
~ Roohi Saleem
A big part of the Creative Visionary Program is identifying what brings you alive. What inspires you? If you have lost track of this thread in your career, staying in it for too long can be challenging. Changing careers is not easy, however doing something that brings you joy is a great motivator.
"I was an illustrator and I watched the market go down. I thought it was really about the business decline aspect of it, but now that I’m where I am now, I realized I was just tired of that work—of all the things I was being asked to do. I saw that every time I was painting I knew that this was what I wanted to do. Moving into being an artist is somewhat daunting. With CVP I could feel the learning curve and the acceleration of learning more than any other educational thing I’ve ever done. The program took me back to my roots when I was young as a kid. I identify myself as a fine artist now. " — Gordon S., CVP Alumni
Yes! Paying attention to the way we make art and how we feel when we do, are two key components needed to revive a stale art practice. And if our art practice becomes joyful, then it will become sustainable.
"I’m having the time of my life, really. It’s taken pressure off of me in that I don’t have to do something that really looks like something. It’s more about a feeling and reacting to shapes. My art is now a big party for myself. I’m happy there. I put music on. I really paint from my heart now. I'm not trying to reproduce or just do techniques. It’s the best thing I’ve done in years, honest to God." — Louise S., CVP Alumni
This program can be done at your own pace. Even though the program is 12 weeks, each member has access to the portal for one full year. You can do the program at a pace that is comfortable. Artist Stacy Phillips was busy preparing for a solo show when she enrolled. Stacy continued to work towards her show, and did not do any of the assignments, but only listened to the weekly class and found tremendous value.
"I had a solo show approaching. I chose to participate only in the Portal and on the Facebook page where it was comfortable for me. At night I would come home after a day in the studio and sit and watch the videos on my time, at my own pace. I could stop them, rewind them, watch them again. I could pick and choose what worked for me. For me the program was like going back to home base. It’s helping my sculpture and my painting. It doesn’t matter what the medium is. I’m still referencing what I learned today and will be referencing it for years to come." — Stacy P., CVP Alumni
You are thinking that success in art comes from mimicking someone else’s art.
I am not teaching a particular style of art that looks like mine, or anyone else’s. I am only interested in helping you discover your own, unique art...the kind of art that makes you feel alive.
You are not willing to help someone who is not as far along as you.
The growing Art2life Community is centered upon sharing information and inspiration, and helping each other. We are all on the same creative path. There are some ahead of us, and always some behind. Helping each other is how those in the Art2life Community have been able to make such incredible progress. This rising tide we create together, lifts all ships.
You're not ready to let go of the belief that some people are talented, others are not.
Many believe art is only available for the select few who possess some kind of rare talent. Holding on to this limiting belief about creative capacity will undermine your progress. It limits you, and those around you. It is simply not true. Everyone has the capacity to make authentic, amazing art if they are interested.
And this might not be the year for you...
I realize this opportunity just appeared this week! And I know for many artists, this opportunity has presented itself at an inconvenient time.
Here is the issue. Change is never convenient. It is also rarely easy. It takes effort to create a change.
However, there are also costs associated with doing nothing.
Will your art continue to go the way it has been all these years?
For those just beginning, where and how will you get all the information, the support, and the community needed to really get your art going?
Going it alone can take decades of struggle...it did for me.
Are the holes in your knowledge holding you back? Again it is very difficult to make powerful, authentic art without all the essential information.
Procrastinating, and losing confidence and motivation, creates huge blank spaces in your art progress, and for many, can lead to giving up all together.
Getting stuck in the middle of making your art again, and again, adds endless hours of struggle to your art process.
Will your art continue to sell only occasionally, or maybe not at all? The relationship between sales, and strength and originality, is real. Lackluster sales will only continue until your art becomes exceptional.
This is the path towards significantly improving not just your art, but also the way you make it. My goal for every member of the Creative Visionary Program is to leave with a sustainable art practice that allows you to problem solve your own art, regain your confidence and inspiration, and if desired, increase the sales of your art. However, transformation is not easy. I need to be honest with you here, and say this will take some degree of effort. I will be with you every step of the way, but I also need to work with artists that are ready to show up.
When are the dates of the program? The program begins on February 25, 2021 and ends on May 30, 2021. It is a 12-week program, but we include a Rest Week from April 26 2021 - May 2, 2021.
How much experience do I need to do the program? This program is designed for the absolute beginner as well as those who are much further along. Making powerful, authentic art is available to anyone with the interest. All you need is a passion - a strong desire to discover and clarify your own creative voice.
How good at technology do I have to be to do the program? This is an online course, and basic Facebook and computer skills are needed. We give basic instruction to get you started, but you will need to take some time to watch our instructional videos and if needed, watch some Facebook tutorial videos on your own just so you can navigate and do basic things in Facebook. Understanding how to leave a comment, take a picture of your art, and post an image to your own Facebook album are the primary skills you will need. It is not mandatory that those taking CVP participate in the Facebook Group but it is recommended, as this also is a place to find inspiration and additional learning from the CVP community.
How much time do I need per week to adequately do the program? If you can free up 3-5 hours per week you will learn a great deal and get a tremendous amount from the program. Some will spend more than this because they become increasingly excited about their art as the program continues. It is, however, a choice.
Are realist principles covered in CVP? Whether you paint realistically or abstractly does not matter. The CVP principles apply to all art, creative endeavors, and any style of painting, including landscapes and still lifes. This topic is covered in the weekly video classes, as well as several of the Live Group Calls.
Do I need to be an abstract or representational artist? You can be any kind of artist you want! The principles and ideas in this program relate to all kinds of art. It doesn’t matter whether your art is realistic, landscape painting, collage, sculpture, minimal color-field paintings, abstract, or even photography...it all relates to the overarching principles I teach in CVP.
Is this program right for me if I don’t have a defined “style”? Yes! We spend several weeks on what we call PATH. This is all about finding your own artistic voice. This is how we get your art stronger… we help you re-align with whatever brings you joy and inspiration. Having a style or look to your work is a natural outcome of making art you love... and figuring that out is what making art is all about. It is about you. The process of discovering and sharing your own unique expression with the world is an extremely meaningful, worthwhile pursuit.
I am an artist but not a painter. Is this program suitable for me? The art principles apply to any kind of art making. It takes some time and practice to learn them, but once you do, it will allow you to strengthen any kind of art. In the CVP Program we use acrylic paint, as it is the simplest and fastest medium to learn the principles. We have a detailed materials list and can help you get what you need if wish to work in acrylics. At the end of twelve weeks, you will have proficiency in this medium. Many artists transfer the learning to their own kind of art, during and after the program.
Your work could be photography, collage or even sculpture. For the first three weeks of the program, we are working on clarifying your creative path. We ask what inspires you and what you desire. We need to do this first, so that we can help you to get where you want to go in your art. We have had photographers, collage artists and even sculptors enroll in the Creative Visionary Program.
What are the materials I will need for the program? We use 12” x 12” wood birch ⅛” panels and acrylic paint in the program. You will need about 15 panels during the program. We use small rounds and flats for brushes. Many artists already have a wide assortment of brushes and even acrylic colors. Over the course of the program we will be using different sandpapers, trowels and other kinds of mark-making tools. We provide an extensive materials list for the program, but much of it you may already have.
Can I use oil or another kind of material to do the program? Yes, although it is not recommended. We use acrylic because it is fast drying and makes it possible to build up extensive layering of paint. The learning is accelerated because the actual painting size of 12” x 12” is relatively small, and can be changed quickly. The faster and more frequent the changes to an artist’s art, the faster and more efficient the learning. These two material choices support our learning strategy.
Do you offer any monthly payment plan? Yes! You may choose to pay for the program in 6 monthly payments of $387.
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"This course opens onto the world. Now I see the principles at work all around me. I hear them in music, notice them as I walk through my neighborhood, read them in the plots of good books, and even taste them in favorite foods. Thank you so very much Nicholas & the team, and all my fellow Art2Life adventurers for helping to shred my doubts and remake the world as a brighter, more liquid place where feeling is paramount, and mistakes coveted. Though merely saying Thank You seems too small, sky-writing wouldn't be large enough. I'm anxious to move forward with all that I've gathered here. With the sincere belief that we've only just started down the path, wishing everyone the best luck in their next steps."
— Lisa Muller
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