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Join us for five weeks of exciting and fresh art instruction by top agent Lilla Rogers and Art Director Margo Tantau.

Registration will be closing TODAY at 11.59pm PT, so hurry! Join us here.

 

The quality of a course can be measured by the quality of the work that comes out of it.

“The Home Décor class helped me grow as an artist because it opened my eyes to all the possible applications of art on products. I felt free to explore my painterly style without fear. I discovered that people respond to the looseness of paint, which was a bit of a relief, to be honest!” – SHARON MONTGOMERY

 

“The course is so valuable even just for the amazing and supportive facebook community – it is such a lovely, safe and supportive place to ask each other questions, share knowledge, and just be generally supportive and uplifting. The ability to ask Lilla and Margo questions during the course was fantastic as well, to get a more in-depth idea of how the industry works, what to do, how to pitch. I left the course so much more confident, and with a direction and a plan.” KATE BILLINGSLEY

 

I would definitely recommend the course to a friend who would like to create a new body of work for the home décor market. The course is intense, but you see your work improve quickly and at the end you have a complete body of work for your portfolio. The fellow artists are also incredibly supportive. Just watching everyone’s growth and unique style is an inspiration itself.” ASPA GIKA

Make your best work ever. Join us!

See you in class!

Lilla and the Make Art That Sells team!

If you’re secretly (or not-so-secretly) wanting to get your own home décor collection, I truly hope you’ll join us in this wonderful course. You’ll be surrounded by like-minded artists of all levels that are there to support one another, and Margo and I will be there to guide you every step of the way.

Sign up and start making your very best art to get the very best jobs. See you in class!

Xo
Lilla

Lilla’s 6 top tips for artists for the Home Decor industry. Still time to join us!


We loved following along in the Make Art That Sells #myMATSprep mini assignments across Instagram last week. These mini assignments by Lilla were to prepare you for the Home Décor class that started YESTERDAY!

If you haven’t signed up for the Home Décor class, there’s still time. But hurry before it’s too late. Lilla co-teaches this class with the lovely and savvy Margo Tantau, top creative director who delivers a ton of inside information to help students make outstanding pitches.

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Lilla says, “I love nothing more than seeing an artist take one of my courses and watching their work bust out all over in fabulousness. You may think I’m just saying that to be braggy, but the proof is in the pudding. I expect the very best of my students and push them because I want them to make a living with their art.”

Check out the range of styles on these pitches for home décor collections done in class. We love that everyone can be themselves.

TIP 1: Show a product range in various substrates such as wood, glass, fabric, metal and ceramic, as Portia has done here:

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Portia Monberg

TIP 2: The purpose of a home décor pitch is to communicate to the art director in a way they understand. Here, Carolyn shows how her gorgeous art would look on products. That’s why she gets fantastic work in this market.

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Carolyn Gavin (One of the artists that I represent)

TIP 3: You want to deliver a gorgeous and on-trend color palette that holds together among your entire product range.

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Casey Krimmel

TIP 4: Be sure your subject matter matches the market. Here, Anette is pitching to the children’s market using age-appropriate imagery.

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Anette Heiberg

 

TIP 5: Vary the scale of your art. Corinna has blown up the butterflies on the cups for impact.

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Corinna Buchholz

 

TIP 6: Katie doesn’t underestimate the client. That’s why she gets work from companies like Anthropologie.

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Katie Vernon (One of the artists that I represent)

If you’re secretly (or not-so-secretly) wanting to get your own home décor collection, we truly hope you’ll join us in this wonderful course. You’ll be surrounded by like-minded artists of all levels that are there to support one another, and Margo and Lilla will be there to guide you every step of the way.

Sign up and start making your very best art to get the very best jobs. See you in class!

Xo
The Make Art That Sells team

 

 

 

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Hurry! Class starts today! Get your first mini assignment today. Don’t miss out!


 

Yippie! Class starts today! Join us here and begin making your best art ever. Get your first mini assignment. Don’t miss out!

Here is a little peek into the online classroom where all the magic happens!

 

Here’s what you get with MATS: Creating Collections for Home Décor:

// Core contents

  • Five intense weeks of class, with daily posts to push you and your creative career forward
  • Five in-depth videos featuring Margo Tantau and Lilla Rogers, providing insight into how to take your art from 2D to 3D products made from the five most popular materials for home décor – metal, fabric, glass, ceramics and wood/MDF.
  • Advice on pitching full collections of product concepts to top art directors. This includes tips on opportunities, constraints, what sells and who buys.
  • Three trend boards provided by a working art director
  • A Trend Board Analysis worksheet to help you better understand and utilize the trend boards

// Exercises & reviews

  • Five mini exercises and five professional-level assignments, for creating portfolio pieces featuring products made from metal, fabric, glass, ceramics and wood/MDF. By the end of the course you will have a full templated commercial collection of home decor products across five different materials, ready to send to clients.
  • Weekly reviews every week of class, where you have the chance to get your work in front of a top art agent and top art director. This is an unprecedented opportunity to get feedback in a supportive and constructive way from working professionals at the top of their game*.
    (*Please note that only a handful of pieces will be selected for review each week and there is no guarantee that your individual work will be selected for review, but review videos will be shared with all of class and you can learn a huge amount from seeing other people’s work reviewed)

// Resources & support

  • Sample product templates for all materials
  • A full set of finishing notes for each material to increase the perceived value of your offering.
  • The opportunity to ask Margo Tantau and Lilla Rogers anything you like during the five weeks of class
  • Business development and marketing advice
  • Access to a private community of fellow artists

 

 

Designed in class by artist Marenthe

Designed in class by artist Bec Williams

Designed in class by artist Zoe Ingram

Hurry! Class starts tomorrow. Imagine designing your own home décor collection! Meet Margo. Success stories.


Our Creating Collections for Home Décor course starts tomorrow! Are you joining us?

I’m pretty much in love with this course and my co-teacher, is the very cool, kind, and savvy Margo Tantau. Margo is a highly respected creative director who has licensed a ton of art for all kinds of home décor products.
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Here’s Margo Tantau, my co-teacher. Wouldn’t you love to learn how to make your own home décor collection from her?

Let me introduce you to one of the artists I represent, Carolyn Gavin, and tell you about one of her (many) success stories. Here she is…

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…and this is one of the assignments she did in the MATS Creating Collections for Home Décor course

…and this is the incredible and beautiful home décor collection she got from her classwork:

Seriously, the course totally works.

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Want to see another class success story? My lovely artist Katie Vernon…

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…did this magical and charming piece for MATS Creating Collections for Home Décor…

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…and she got an entire children’s bedding collection for Anthropologie! Yes, you read that right! Anthro.

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I’m totally serious when I tell you that there is work out there for artists, and Margo and I teach you how to get it. But more importantly we guide you over five (intense) weeks and encourage you to bust your ass to make an amazing collection to pitch to home décor clients. You learn absolutely everything you need to show in a collection. Read more about what you get here.

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If you’re secretly (or not-so-secretly) wanting to get your own home décor collection, I truly hope you’ll join us in this wonderful course. You’ll be surrounded by like-minded artists of all levels that are there to support one another, and Margo and I will be there to guide you every step of the way.

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See you in class!

Xo

Lilla

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Free download and Facebook Live today with Lilla! Join us!


Here’s a free downloadable quiz I made for you to get you thinking in a playful way about what your very own home décor line would look like. You might be surprised to find out how you can connect with this vast and lucrative market.

Hope you enjoy it!

Be sure to post your results on Instagram. Follow us @makeartthatsells and include the hashtag #makeartthatsells and #matshomedecor.

I made the quiz for you to help you ready for our highly-regarded course, Make Art That Sells: Creating Collections for Home Décor  which starts this Monday, August 7 (we just opened the classroom doors today, so if you sign up here, you can get instant access now).

I co-teach the course with brilliant art director, Margo Tantau, and in five weeks, we’ll guide you step by step to create your own fantastic home décor presentation which you can then pitch to art directors.

***Facebook LIVE: Today, August 4 at 12 noon Boston time (EDT)***

Join Lilla on our public Facebook page. Topic is: Manifest Your Dream Home Décor Collection.

SIGN UP NOW! for our ‘Creating Collections for Home Décor‘ class. Get ahead of the game, and stand out from other artists by creating your own professional and winning home décor pitch presentation that Art Directors want to see! Class begins this Monday, August, 7.

#mymatsprep Home Decor DAY 5: YOUR IMAGINARY SHOP


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Complete this sentence. Be weird. Be yourself. Be nutty. Be a child.

Once, a long time ago, I owned a special tiny little shop in the town of _____________________. I sold _________________ which everyone loved because __________.

The name of my shop was _________________. It was only open on Tuesdays because ______________________. My best-selling item was: _______________

(Draw the shop if you like!)

Can’t wait to see you in class. You are now prepared for the course, and hopefully motivated to make your dreamy killer pitch for you own amazing home décor collection with the guidance of expert Margo Tantau and me.

 

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Join the fun and show us your images for MATS Prep!

–Upload your image on Instagram tagging @makeartthatsells and give it the hashtag #mymatsprep
–To see all the fantastic images for MATS prep: Go to the #mymatsprep tag here

What is #MyMATSPrep?

It’s a series of five mini assignments Lilla has created to get you ready to rock our MATS: Creating Collections for Home Décor class. Haven’t signed up yet? Hurry! Sign up here.

This is a playful way to prepare for the course and get a tiny taste of Lilla’s teaching style while you learn. At the end of the week you’ll have a very cool portfolio piece! We hope you’ll join us!

Lilla will also be hosting a special Facebook Live discussion TODAY approx. noon EDT on the Make Art That Sells Facebook page here

#mymatsprep Home Decor DAY 4: YOUR IMAGINARY ROOM


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Lilla Rogers Studio conference table and my big thinking throne on the upper right. I made this space exactly how I wanted it.

Imagine the coolest room ever. It’s full of gorgeous prints that you love. Abundant colors and patterns fill the space exactly to your liking. There’s a fab chair for you to read in. What does it look like? Give it an ottoman to rest your feet, a special table to hold your coffee, place the perfect lamp on top, a little rug under it all. Now draw it so we can all see what your perfect spot looks like. Use your color palette from day 2. You’ve just created the beginning of a whole product line. We’ll teach you how to present it so that you get the home décor collection of your dreams.

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Join the fun and show us your images for MATS Prep!

–Upload your image on Instagram tagging @makeartthatsells and give it the hashtag #mymatsprep
–To see all the fantastic images for MATS prep: Go to the #mymatsprep tag here

What is #MyMATSPrep?

It’s a series of five mini assignments Lilla has created to get you ready to rock our MATS: Creating Collections for Home Décor class. Haven’t signed up yet? Hurry! Sign up here.

This is a playful way to prepare for the course and get a tiny taste of Lilla’s teaching style while you learn. At the end of the week you’ll have a very cool portfolio piece! We hope you’ll join us!

Lilla will also be hosting a special Facebook Live discussion this Friday approx. noon EDT on the Make Art That Sells Facebook page here

#mymatsprep Home Decor DAY 3: WHERE YOU’RE GOING TO WORK FOR THE 5 WEEK INTENSIVE COURSE


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Photo by Lilla Rogers

Find a spot where you’ll make art for the course. Is it outdoors? At your art table? At a café? On a balcony in Bermuda? (Ok, maybe your space isn’t a vacation spot. That’s ok.) This is where you’ll be making art for 5 weeks. Make it special and inviting. Add flowers. Line up your supplies. Get a new paint palette. Put your pencils in a kooky vase or can. Show us the photo!

 

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Join the fun and show us your images for MATS Prep!

–Upload your image on Instagram tagging @makeartthatsells and give it the hashtag #mymatsprep
–To see all the fantastic images for MATS prep: Go to the #mymatsprep tag here

What is #MyMATSPrep?

It’s a series of five mini assignments Lilla has created to get you ready to rock our MATS: Creating Collections for Home Décor class. Haven’t signed up yet? Hurry! Sign up here.

This is a playful way to prepare for the course and get a tiny taste of Lilla’s teaching style while you learn. At the end of the week you’ll have a very cool portfolio piece! We hope you’ll join us!

Lilla will also be hosting a special Facebook Live discussion this Friday approx. noon EDT on the Make Art That Sells Facebook page here

More reasons to take ‘Creating Collections for Home Décor’ (No. 12): Be part of something


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All the Make Art That Sells experiences are special, not only because of what you learn and how you grow, but because of who you share the experience with. Each course offers you the opportunity to join a private online community of artists just like you – others who want to make it as a professional, who also have growing pains, successes to celebrate, and advice to share. Often class participants form strong bonds with other artists in class, organizing local meetups, becoming friends and even exhibiting together at trade shows.

This class will be just like that, with a community of artists from all over the world. You can be part of something amazing, and that is something to be treasured.

Feel like this is exactly what you need? 

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Want a piece of the $60 Billion Home Decor industry?

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What is home décor? It’s all the gorgeous and/or functional items in your house. It’s a booming market that needs tons of art, with over $60 billion in annual sales. Its massive growth is due in part to the popularity of home design TV shows, Pinterest, and Instagram, and stylish online retailers like One Kings Lane and Dot&Bo.

Art directors NEED your great art!

Our next live e-course, Make Art That Sells: Creating Collections for Home Décor starts will take place 7th August 2017 and teaches you everything you need to know to create killer presentations with your art.

Want to learn more about the Home Décor market? Watch our free video series here.

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#mymatsprep Home Decor DAY 2: COLOR COMBINATION PAGE


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color combos for MATS prep

Using any medium, put together a few fave color combinations you love. Use at least one gorgeous neutral such as cream, taupe, beige, gray, etc. You can cut out little color squares from magazines, use paint, cut bits of solid colored fabric, work digitally, etc.

In class, we’ll provide you with state of the art home decor inspiration boards with gorgeous color palettes in class, but for now, check in on what colors you love. It’ll help you select your board in the course. If you like bright colors, for instance, you’ll know that the bright-colored board is for you to work off of in class.

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Join the fun and show us your images for MATS Prep!

–Upload your image on Instagram tagging @makeartthatsells and give it the hashtag #mymatsprep

What is #MyMATSPrep?

It’s a series of five mini assignments Lilla has created to get you ready to rock our MATS: Creating Collections for Home Décor class. Haven’t signed up yet? Hurry! Sign up here.

This is a playful way to prepare for the course and get a tiny taste of Lilla’s teaching style while you learn. At the end of the week you’ll have a very cool portfolio piece! We hope you’ll join us!

Lilla will also be hosting a special Facebook Live discussion this Friday approx. noon EDT on the Make Art That Sells Facebook page here