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LAST DAY! Get your work in front of top agent, Lilla Rogers! Hurry, sale ends today!


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We’re incredibly excited to announce that students who have purchased Make Art That Sells (MATS) Part A and/or Part B will now have the opportunity to be included in a SPECIAL ANNUAL REVIEW by top agent, Lilla Rogers!

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Here’s how to participate:

  1. Sign up for MATS Part A and/or Part B if you haven’t already. (Today is the very last day of our 30% off sale!)
  2. Lilla will reveal which assignment you’ll be asked to complete in the private classroom sometime this month. There will be one assignment chosen for students in Part A and one for students in Part B.
  3. You’ll have about a month to complete the assignment, which should give you more than enough time.
  4. You’ll upload your finished piece to a gallery.
  5. Lilla will study each and every image in the gallery.
  6. Lilla will then select a handful of images which she’ll review in a private Facebook Live session in May—for registered students only.
  7. Lilla will comment on the selected images, plus there will be time for Q&A for everyone watching the live Facebook video. Lilla will likely have some wonderful wise words to inspire and motivate, and it will surely be an incredible opportunity to learn from a master teacher.

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What Is Make Art That Sells (MATS) Part A and B?
MATS Part A and Part B are two jam-packed, instant-access, self-paced online courses written by top agent Lilla Rogers for artists of all levels. You’ll enjoy working on the courses at your own schedule. Each course is designed to be done over 5 weeks at an intensive pace, or up to 5 months at a slower pace. Both courses are equally excellent and can be done in any order.

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What markets will I learn about in MATS Part A?

  • Bolt fabric
  • Home décor
  • Children’s books
  • Wall art
  • Gift

What markets will I learn about in Part B?

  • Paper (Stationery)
  • Baby/children’s apparel & décor
  • Scrapbooking
  • Editorial (magazine illustration)
  • Party paper

What’s Lilla’s teaching philosophy?
You’ll love how Lilla has designed all MATS courses to get you to make art for specific markets, evolve your style, learn tons of techniques, get market- and trend-savvy, and basically delight in making art. If you’ve lost your mojo, these are the courses for you, even if you are an experienced artist. If you are a newbie wanting to learn everything you can from a top art agent (who is a teacher and artist herself) with decades of experience in the business, then this is the course for you.

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Because we want you to achieve your goals, and there is so much information packed into the courses,  we’ve provided a super-helpful pdf with guidance, structure and checklists. You can access the prep pdfs here: MATS A and MATS B

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You’ll find all this goodness in a private online ‘classroom’ loaded with videos, downloadable pdf’s, written posts, tons of inspiring imagery, interviews, structured assignments, and your own cadre of fellow students who will share the experience with you on a private Facebook group. See the industry expert contributors here. Let’s just say you totally get your money’s worth! Read more about all the goodness you’ll get, here.

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Why take MATS Part A or B?
If you want to learn exactly what to put in your artwork to make killer portfolio pieces while staying true to your style and taste, these online courses are for you.

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Above, Nicci Nathanson completed this assignment for MATS A, Home Décor Week.

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What will I create?
You’ll be given several exciting assignments (creative briefs) for each of the five lucrative art markets to help you build a professional portfolio. Pick and choose your favorite assignments—or do them all—to make art that is thematically geared toward the markets.

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Above, Nathalie Taylor created a piece for MATS A/Wall Art. In this assignment, the students were asked to create a piece using only two colors they were given based on their astrological sign, and items from a scavenger hunt they had completed earlier.

Join us!

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How to be your own trend detective—Free download


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I’ve been an art agent for over twenty-two years, and I’ve overseen the commissioning of thousands of assignments that my artists have gotten over the years. I’ve seen trends come and go, but what I know for sure is that artists thrive by staying fresh. Those who stay stuck in their style drastically reduce their career longevity.

Staying up on trends is really just about being aware of the visual cultural conversation. As we make art and design, we see, we create, we show. It’s an evolution of style we share with one another. Like molecules, we bounce off each other, ever affected by our environment. The true creative leaders vibe off of the aesthetic conversation, but then they bring it to the next level to lead the way. There are tools you can learn to develop this awareness.

I thought you might enjoy reading the FREE 10-page piece I wrote called How to be Your Own Trend Detective. This is one of many downloadables that I give out in my e-course called Make Art That Sells: Part B because I want artists to learn how to dig deep to find gorgeous color palettes, fresh subject matter, and interesting patterns and motifs. I get great pleasure from seeing the work of my students evolve and flourish, so that’s why I write these things.

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You can download it here. 

We’d love to see what you discover and uncover for trends! Use #LillasTrends #makearthatsells on your Instagram posts!

You know what? I thoroughly enjoy writing instructional pieces for students, so I’ve packed a ton of downloadables just like this one in my courses. Some of our students actually print out all the materials from the Make Art That Sells courses and pop them into a binder!  I hope you’ll join me in class, and together we can grow your work.

You can sign up for Make Art That Sells Part A and/or Part B right now and get instant access to all the goodness.

 

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MATS B Student Work in UPPERCASE Magazine


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Student images: Sharon Montgomery, Elizabeth Doyle and Amy Walters

We are thrilled to see a selection of MATS B student artwork in issue 31 of UPPERCASE Magazine. Uppercase publisher Janine Vangool joined Lilla for a special LIVE REVIEW in April for both Self-Paced classes (MATS A and MATS B) and this six page spread showcases a handful of work that was selected for the review in the MATS B class.

The specific MATS B assignment was to “Illustrate your ideal wardrobe or an outfit that best exemplifies who you are as a creative. How does what you make reflect who you are? Is it a floral dress? Are you a striped t-shirt kind of person? Is it a paint-splattered smock? Illustrate an idealized portrait or still life of the clothes you wear as an creative individual. “

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Jess Racklyeft, Jenna Freimuth (top right), Bianca Pozzi (bottom left), Nicola Delamain (bottom right) and Heather Rogers (right page)

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Student images: Shoshannah Hausmann and Jennifer Kiamzon

We had over 100 submissions for each of the assignments. You can view the public galleries here: MATS A Gallery | MATS B Gallery

We also shared all the student artwork that was reviewed in class here: part 1, part 2, part 3 and part 4

Well done to all who are featured!

A look through the latest issue….

Uppercase is one of our favorite magazines, and Janine regularly commissions original illustration to grace its pages and call outs for regular submissions here.

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Graduates of our courses have gone on to win work from clients such as Hallmark, Robert Kaufman Fabrics, Oopsy Daisy, Uppercase Magazine, West Elm, Midwest CBK, and more. It is industry learning that works in the real world. Find out more HERE and start today!

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MATS Live Review Showcase (MATS A and B) part 4


We are thrilled to be showcasing a 4 part series of the ‘picks’ that Lilla and Janine chose as part of the live review.

Here is part 4 from the MATS B ASSIGNMENT: Illustrate your ideal wardrobe or an outfit that best exemplifies who you are as a creative. Imagine this is to illustrate a magazine article.

Last month, Uppercase publisher Janine Vangool joined Lilla for a special LIVE REVIEW in our MATS Part A and Part B self-paced courses

We shared one brand new assignment in each class and had over 100 submissions in each one. You can view the public galleries here: MATS A Gallery | MATS B Gallery

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KATHERINE QUINN

Lilla and Janine’s thoughts: Very dreamy and beautiful and love the limited palette. It tells a story, what is the story, you want to know more about the story.

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JENNA FREIMUTH

Lilla and Janine’s thoughts: This is along of lines of something one would include in the magazine. Really like the green outline and the words about things she likes. The motifs of the pencil in the bow and the constellations in the background. It all really fits together and you can see what her style is.

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LYNN GAINES

Lilla and Janine’s thoughts: A great way to structure content. Placing things around, you get a real sense of who she is. Easy on the eye with light products on dark background.

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SUSAN EVENSON

Lilla and Janine’s thoughts: Beautiful piece, maybe make it more about birds as the girl with the bird is the winning portion. Maybe include more birds, more bird houses and focus on more about the outfit based on the brief.

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SHARON MONTGOMERY

Lilla and Janine’s thoughts: Lovely portrait and we can see it is about the pattern on her shirt and incorporating that into her environment. A beautiful piece.

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Would you like to Make Art That Sells?
We have the following courses currently open for registration HERE!
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If you want to learn exactly what to put in your artwork to make killer portfolio pieces while staying true to your style and taste, MATS A and B is for you. Graduates of these courses have gone on to win work from clients such as Hallmark, Robert Kaufman Fabrics, Oopsy Daisy, Uppercase Magazine, West Elm, Midwest CBK, and more. It is industry learning that works in the real world. These comprehensive courses includes access to videos of Lilla Rogers reviewing over 500 pieces of art.
Both MATS A and MATS B are open for registration, you can join anytime as they are self-paced.

 

 

MATS Live Review Showcase (MATS A and B) part 3


We are thrilled to be showcasing a 4 part series of the ‘picks’ that Lilla and Janine chose as part of the live review.

Here is part 3 from the MATS A ASSIGNMENT: Illustrate the title page of a new version of the UPPERCASE Surface Pattern Guide, demonstrating your exuberant love of surface pattern.

Last month, Uppercase publisher Janine Vangool joined Lilla for a special LIVE REVIEW in our MATS Part A and Part B self-paced courses

We shared one brand new assignment in each class and had over 100 submissions in each one. You can view the public galleries here: MATS A Gallery | MATS B Gallery

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LINDSAY LOWERY

Lilla and Janine’s thoughts: Very radical and different! Very beautiful and paintily. Has a nice surface quality to the work, very cohesive with a nice flow. Bold with mark making, very punchy.

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MARJOLEIN ODINK

Lilla and Janine’s thoughts: Liked all of these motifs, mark making. Lots of trendy stuff and showing the trends in the design. A personal sensitive quality of line which is cared for. Love the pencil with mountain top.

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JENNA ALLDREAD

Lilla and Janine’s thoughts: We love the repeat pattern which is eccentric, with cats in different poses.

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HEATHER MANNING

Lilla and Janine’s thoughts: Works really well, like a lot of the motifs. The sun has been seen many times before with a retro quality. The smiley sun is more targeted to a children’s book or cute brief.

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MEL SMITH

Lilla and Janine’s thoughts: Beautiful piece. A nice interpretation of a city in a surface pattern way. Liked the treatments of textures over the blocks. Very vintage and great color palette.

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Would you like to Make Art That Sells?
We have the following courses currently open for registration HERE!
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If you want to learn exactly what to put in your artwork to make killer portfolio pieces while staying true to your style and taste, MATS A and B is for you. Graduates of these courses have gone on to win work from clients such as Hallmark, Robert Kaufman Fabrics, Oopsy Daisy, Uppercase Magazine, West Elm, Midwest CBK, and more. It is industry learning that works in the real world. These comprehensive courses includes access to videos of Lilla Rogers reviewing over 500 pieces of art.
Both MATS A and MATS B are open for registration, you can join anytime as they are self-paced.

 

MATS Live Review Showcase (MATS A and B) part 2


We are thrilled to be showcasing a 4 part series of the ‘picks’ that Lilla and Janine chose as part of the live review.

Here is part 2 from the MATS B ASSIGNMENT: Illustrate your ideal wardrobe or an outfit that best exemplifies who you are as a creative. Imagine this is to illustrate a magazine article.

Last month, Uppercase publisher Janine Vangool joined Lilla for a special LIVE REVIEW in our MATS Part A and Part B self-paced courses

We shared one brand new assignment in each class and had over 100 submissions in each one. You can view the public galleries here: MATS A Gallery | MATS B Gallery

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JESS RACKLYEFT

Lilla and Janine’s thoughts: Love the delicacy with pencil and watercolor. Graphically would read really well on a page. Love the Mexican scarf. Really beautiful.

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HEATHER ROGERS

Lilla and Janine’s thoughts: Love this piece. Looks like a beautiful fantasy to sit on the porch swing. Could really get a sense of the aesthetics. There is an old fashioned feel about it with limited palette with great colors. The piece makes me want to know more about the story, so charming.

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AMY WALTERS

Lilla and Janine’s thoughts: “Irresistible. Created in a humorous way in her style.”

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JENNIFER KIAMZON

Lilla and Janine’s thoughts: Amazing, like a fashion drawing of the 1920s or even 1970’s Loved how the square has been used. Immersed in pattern, beautifully done. Really fits the brief to create an idealized portrait of oneself.

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ELIZABETH DOYLE

Lilla and Janine’s thoughts: Very different to all the others, very graphic, very interesting take. Tells us a lot about her style and what she would like to wear.

 

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Would you like to Make Art That Sells?
We have the following courses currently open for registration HERE!
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If you want to learn exactly what to put in your artwork to make killer portfolio pieces while staying true to your style and taste, MATS A and B is for you. Graduates of these courses have gone on to win work from clients such as Hallmark, Robert Kaufman Fabrics, Oopsy Daisy, Uppercase Magazine, West Elm, Midwest CBK, and more. It is industry learning that works in the real world. These comprehensive courses includes access to videos of Lilla Rogers reviewing over 500 pieces of art.
Both MATS A and MATS B are open for registration, you can join anytime as they are self-paced.

 

MATS Live Review Showcase (MATS A and B) part 1


Last month, Uppercase publisher Janine Vangool joined Lilla for a special LIVE REVIEW in our MATS Part A and Part B self-paced courses

We shared one brand new assignment in each class and had over 100 submissions in each one. You can view the public galleries here. We are thrilled to be showcasing a 4 part series of the ‘picks’ that Lilla and Janine chose as part of the live review.

Part 1 below is from the MATS A ASSIGNMENT: Illustrate the title page of a new version of the UPPERCASE Surface Pattern Guide, demonstrating your exuberant love of surface pattern.

We shared one brand new assignment in each class and had over 100 submissions in each one. You can view the public galleries here: MATS A Gallery | MATS B Gallery

 

SARAH GOLDEN

Lilla and Janine’s thoughts: Really like the overall pattern with text. Incorporated hand- lettering is a good style that suits the background style and pattern. Color palette is striking, and delivered with care and quality. Beautiful. Speaks to the brief that was presented in class.

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SANDRINE MONNIER

Lilla and Janine’s thoughts: Beautifully designed. Composition is interesting. Love the style, the wood-grain cutout and the woman and very modern. Typography well done. Would recommend moving the central cat to one side or add pattern to the cat.

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KRISTIN ROSKIFTE

Lilla and Janine’s thoughts: Overall pattern and typography really nicely done. Cute and whimsical with a winter theme. Characters are cool, would like to see them pop a little more against the background and the main typography to appear a little clearer.

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MARENTHE OTTEN

Lilla and Janine’s thoughts: Quirky original style, great color palette and sets apart from other pieces. Very different and speaks to the theme. Cool organic details. This really stood out showing lots of personality.

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Would you like to Make Art That Sells?
We have the following courses currently open for registration HERE!
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If you want to learn exactly what to put in your artwork to make killer portfolio pieces while staying true to your style and taste, MATS A and B is for you. Graduates of these courses have gone on to win work from clients such as Hallmark, Robert Kaufman Fabrics, Oopsy Daisy, Uppercase Magazine, West Elm, Midwest CBK, and more. It is industry learning that works in the real world. These comprehensive courses includes access to videos of Lilla Rogers reviewing over 500 pieces of art.
Both MATS A and MATS B are open for registration, you can join anytime as they are self-paced.

MATS Student Showcase for Self-Paced A and B {part 9}


We are so proud of our wonderful Make Art That Sells alumni and are pleased to showcase a  series of gorgeous work that is being produced in the Self-Paced MATS A and B classes.

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Today, we have student work from MATS A which helps students build a professional portfolio to sell art in 5 of the most lucrative markets: bolt fabric, home décor, children’s books, wall art, gift.

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I am taking both Mats A and B, excited to take Boot Camp, I just finished Home Decor

I am submitting work for the Bolt Fabric market

What have you enjoyed most so far about the course?

I have enjoyed every single thing about the class, it is impossible to choose just one.

How is the MATS class helping you grow?

This class is helping me grow by giving me direction. I now know where to put my energy, painting and using Photoshop. My submission was done in illustrator.

What are you discovering about yourself?

Something I am discovering about myself is that I would rather work as an artist than in my current career.

How would you describe the class to a friend?

I would describe this class to a friend as magnificent!! I would be gushing for an hour or more  and would completely dominate the conversation with all the fantastic details about what this class has to offer.

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Heather Powers

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HeatherWhich self-paced MATS class are you taking (A, B or both?)

MATS A

Which market is your submitted work for?

Fabric

What have you enjoyed most so far about the course?

I’ve enjoyed the in-depth information for each market, the interviews and information on how to sell each type of work to buyers. I love the watching the reviews from each assignment, taking notes on how to improve my own artwork and I’m super excited about having access to the assignment bank for more inspiration.

How is the MATS class helping you grow?

I feel like I’ve been growing by leaps and bounds over the last few weeks of taking MATS. Pushing myself to create art everyday has brought the greatest amount of growth since I started MATS. Learning to let go of perfectionism has also been a big plus for me!

What are you discovering about yourself?

I’m discovering through MATS that I love challenging myself with the new markets and that I really have a hunger and drive to learn everything I can to improve my illustration and work in each of these exciting markets – I love them all!

How would you describe the class to a friend?

This class covers everything you need to know to work in these 5 popular markets. From what to include in your portfolio and how to reach out to the buyers, Lilla covers it all. You’ll also learn how to deal with the common obstacles in a creative life. You’ll have a stronger portfolio and a new mission. I can’t even put into words everything I’ve learned in MATS and how each assignment has made me a better artist!

See more work here: Website | Blog | Instagram

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Leah Malmos

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Which market is your submitted work for?

Bolt fabric. “Pasta Night”.

What have you enjoyed most so far about the course?  

The minis and assignments.

How is the MATS class helping you grow?  

The class is really pushing my work in new directions.  I have had to learn more about technique, styles, and process in creating art.

What are you discovering about yourself?

That I need to keep making art and refining my style.

How would you describe the class to a friend?  

An intensive creative workout that will help you create many portfolio pieces.

See more work here: Website

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Jan Tetsutani

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What have you enjoyed most so far about the course?

The videos & Lilla’s feedback on the reviews

How is the MATS class helping you grow?

This class has helped me to be to be more focused (love the structure of the class), learn about the different markets, see what makes a strong work that art directors are looking for and to get out of my comfort zone. I normally paint watercolor or acrylic, but with this project tried digital drawing. Also, seeing the community of artists has been encouraging and inspiring. I appreciate how Lilla is so encouraging and focuses on the positive.

I have taken some art classes in high school and college. In college I was discouraged from doing art as a career.  4 years ago at age 40 when my passion for art was rekindled and hope to be an artist full-time. I am so happy for this opportunity to take this class and learn! I’ve always wanted to write & illustrate a children’s book so I’m looking forward to learning about this!

What are you discovering about yourself?

I like to use different medias like watercolor, pen & ink and acrylics. I have ‘heard’ its best to stick to one medium so people recognize your style so I’ve always felt ‘different’ because I like to use different mediums. I never heard of licensing until recently which is how I stumbled across Lilla’s Periscope.

After hearing Lilla share about people who license their artwork, I’m wondering if this is more up my alley than selling paintings. I’m still trying to get up to 10,000 hours and am looking forward to what I discover along the way.

I’m only on the first week, but so far it has been worth every penny! I’ve learned so much!

See more work here: Website | Facebook

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Mary Pousner

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Which self-paced MATS class are you taking

I am taking the self-paced MATS A class,as well as Bootcamp.

Which market is your submitted work for?

The artwork is a mini for the Home Decor market.

What have you enjoyed most so far about the course?

I have enjoyed the new projects and communicating with other artists on Facebook.

How is the MATS class helping you grow?

Since it is a self-paced class, my challenge is to make sure the projects get completed
which helps with my planning/procrastination problems. I have to set deadlines for myself
as there is always a distraction or obligation.

What are you discovering about yourself?

I have discovered that I have good ideas and I am better at the technical side of the projects
than I first thought.

How would you describe the class to a friend?

I would tell a friend to take the class with an open mind and to be kind to themselves. I would describe the class as a learning and growing opportunity as well as a chance to find kindred spirits from around the globe.

See more work here: Website

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Would you like to Make Art That Sells? Registration is open here

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Make Art That Sells is a unique combination of professional portfolio builder and ultimate insider’s guide to making art that sells. Graduates of this course have gone on to win work from clients such as Midwest CBK, Demdaco, Paperchase, John Lewis, Galison, Madison Park Greetings, Dot & Bo, Land of Nod, Quarry Books, and more. It is industry learning that works in the real world. This comprehensive course includes access to videos of Lilla Rogers reviewing over 500 pieces of art.

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Uppercase publisher Janine Vangool to join Lilla for a LIVE REVIEW of a brand new MATS A assignment! 

The art of at least one participant will be featured appear in a future Uppercase publication! 

IMPORTANT: This brief has now gone live in the classrooms with a submission deadline of April 25, 2016. If you register for MATS A now you can still participate, but please be aware we are not able to offer any extensions to the submission deadline. Good luck!

 

 

MATS Student Showcase for Self-Paced A and B {part 8}


We are so proud of our wonderful Make Art That Sells alumni and are pleased to showcase a  series of gorgeous work that is being produced in the Self-Paced MATS A and B classes.

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Today, we have student work from MATS B which helps students build a professional portfolio to sell art in 5 of the most lucrative markets: paper, baby/children’s apparel & décor, scrapbooking, editorial, party paper.

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Carrie Chapko

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Carrie_ChapkoI’m taking MATS B and this is my submission for the scrapbook assignment. I love that art for this market could be used for other markets as well.

What have you enjoyed most so far about the course?

The thing that I’ve enjoyed most about my MATS experience is that I am pushing myself to make art that I wouldn’t normally think to create and experimenting with different mediums and styles.

How is the MATS class helping you grow?

I’ve found the online community of artists to be very valuable, everyone is very supportive and the art is inspiring.

What are you discovering about yourself?

I am learning a lot about myself and my process, and feel like I’m beginning to have a style emerge.

How would you describe the class to a friend?

I would tell a friend that the class is really great for building their portfolio and for meeting some really talented and inspiring people along the way. It really is the best thing I’ve done to give my art the boost it needed.

See more work here: Website | Instagram | Facebook

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Amy Eleanor Designs

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Above is my submission for the MATS B Baby Apparel brief on the theme of Lucky Charms.

I did MATS A last year and really enjoyed it so am really excited to get stuck into MATS B now.

What have you enjoyed most so far about the course?

It’s great to have briefs to work to as I struggle quite a bit with making a start on things.  When there are too many options I tend to get a bit overloaded and end up doing nothing as I can’t decide what to actually start with!  Therefore, a little bit of structure works great for me!

How is the MATS class helping you grow?

I have a degree in surface pattern but graduated 12 years ago now and followed a different route. I am loving getting back into drawing and pattern making again and these courses are helping me to rekindle my love of it.

How would you describe the class to a friend?

I describe the course to my friends as an amazing way to find your inner creative being and a great place to meet like minded people to share and be inspired by.

See more work here: Instagram

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Sharon Montgomery

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I am currently taking MATS B. I took the live MATS A course in the fall of 2015.

The piece above is for the Baby Apparel assignment with the theme of “Lucky Baby”.

How is the MATS class helping you grow?

The MATS class is helping me grow by providing a safe space to explore ideas, but with a community for feedback. I can explore ideas on my own all I want, but if I’m unsure of all my work, it’s not helpful. The community of other like-minded individuals is a vital component of the MATS courses, as is the presence of highly talented individuals. It makes me push myself much further than if I was doing this alone.

What are you discovering about yourself?

I have discovered that I am externally motivated, and highly so. I am a punctual and reliable creative if I have deadlines and others counting on me. When left to my own, in the past, I would flounder about. Too many choices. Too many directions in which to wander. I have found the self-paced classes challenging for these reasons. But the funny thing is, since completing MATS Home Decor, I have suddenly found my ability to focus and complete the work on my own time, without a deadline! This is HUGE! Through the live courses, I’ve been able to hone in on what it is I enjoy. So now, the self paced course doesn’t seem so daunting.

How would you describe the class to a friend?

I would describe the MATS courses to a friend as highly motivating for artists who want to make art for a living. They have the  ability to try on lots of different markets to see what suits them best and a safe place to explore and hone their style, even if they don’t know what that is yet!

See more work here: Website | Facebook | Instagram

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Make Art That Sells is a unique combination of professional portfolio builder and ultimate insider’s guide to making art that sells. Graduates of this course have gone on to win work from clients such as Midwest CBK, Demdaco, Paperchase, John Lewis, Galison, Madison Park Greetings, Dot & Bo, Land of Nod, Quarry Books, and more. It is industry learning that works in the real world. This comprehensive course includes access to videos of Lilla Rogers reviewing over 500 pieces of art.

***STOP PRESS***

Uppercase publisher Janine Vangool to join Lilla for a LIVE REVIEW of a brand new MATS B assignment! 

The art of at least one participant will be featured appear in a future Uppercase publication! 

IMPORTANT: This brief has now gone live in the classrooms with a submission deadline of April 25, 2016. If you register for MATS A now you can still participate, but please be aware we are not able to offer any extensions to the submission deadline. Good luck!

 

 

 

 

 

MATS Student Showcase for Self-Paced A and B {part 7}


We are so proud of our wonderful Make Art That Sells alumni and are pleased to showcase a  series of gorgeous work that is being produced in the Self-Paced MATS A and B classes.

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Today, we have student work from MATS A which helps students build a professional portfolio to sell art in 5 of the most lucrative markets: bolt fabric, home décor, children’s books, wall art, gift.

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Solvejg  J Makaretz | Tröskö Design LLC

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solvejg J Makaretz www.troskodesign.com_2I am taking MATS A self=paced and this is my submission for the Bolt fabric assignment “Pasta & Pyrex”

Market: Bolt fabric

What have you enjoyed most so far about the course?

The section about style! I think we all admire a number of fabulous designers out there and wish we could draw as they do – however it’s two totally different things to like a style and to actually feel comfortable producing a style.

How is the MATS class helping you grow?

It’s helping me to push myself in directions that I might not have chosen otherwise and it’s giving me a lot of useful information about the different markets.

What are you discovering about yourself?

I’m discovering that I like having an assignment. Most of the time I draw patterns because I get the inspiration

from somewhere and that’s all good, however it’s also fun to get an assignment and knowing that it’s a relevant one!

How would you describe the class to a friend?

The class is great for anyone who wants to learn about a variety of aspects of making art for a living and follow assignment which will improve one’s art. The class is like a “market place” where you can shop for different things at different times and to different degrees- whatever you feel comfortable with.

The class contains a number of more or less challenging assignments which can be shared or not and there is an opportunity to see how other people solved assignments and also to learn facts from people in the industries.

See more work here: Website | Facebook | Instagram

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Sarah Papworth

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Sarah Papworth at Beetroot Press_lower resWhich self-paced MATS class are you taking?

I’ve just started taking the self-paced Mats A at the moment.

Which market is your submitted work for?

Children books – the mini assignment.

What have you enjoyed most so far about the course?

I love that I can pick and choose what to start with, and that there is so much great information.  Plus the Facebook group is active so it feels like you’re on the course all together like the live courses.

How is the MATS class helping you grow?

I’ve only just started but already I feel I have learnt a lot about the Children’s book market and I’m excited about finishing the project.  It’s also giving me something to work towards in my spare time, I can focus on the projects and have portfolio pieces at the end.

What are you discovering about yourself?

That I can draw a lot more than I gave myself credit for.  And that by experimenting and trying new things I have found new paths to follow.  And how important it is to create even just a little piece of art everyday.

How would you describe the class to a friend?

That Lilla is so inspiring and I love her teaching style and techniques, and that the course is packed with info, well laid out, and you can really grow if you dive right in.

See more work here: Website | Instagram

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Sara Ardeleano | Sea Urchin Studio

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sara 72 smallWhich self-paced MATS class are you taking?

MATS A

Which market is your submitted work for?  

Bolt Fabric

What have you enjoyed most so far about the course?  

I’ve really enjoyed the video interviews with industry pros, it’s a wonderful opportunity to better understand what they are interested in seeing from artists.

How is the MATS class helping you grow?

Being part of such an enthusiastic group of artists has been very inspiring.  I love to see the different approaches everyone is taking, and the many interpretations that are possible.  It is inspiring me to try new techniques and styles.

What are you discovering about yourself?  

I’m discovering that I really have to push myself to get through the assignments – the material is outside my comfort zone and it’s been a bit of a struggle.  That said, I enjoy a challenge and look forward to learning new things!

How would you describe the class to a friend?

It is an intense course that not only covers lots of info on really relevant design markets, but also pushes my boundaries as an artist.

See more work here: Website | Facebook | Instagram

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Nicole Golden | Pea Soup

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Which self-paced MATS class are you taking?

Currently, I am enrolled in MATS A

Which market is your submitted work for? 

Home Decor

What have you enjoyed most so far about the course?

SO many things!  I love all of the information that I am gathering – in both my style evolution and also the information presented for each market – experts, tips, field experience and knowledge.  I love how challenged I am by the assignments.  I feel like I am stretching and growing as an artist.  I work mostly with fiber so this has been a wonderful way to strengthen my love of drawing, painting and design.  I find the artist interviews very insightful, all of the market insights from Lilla and fellow pros and all of the positive feedback from my fellow classmates.  I have enjoyed every part of this process.

How is the MATS class helping you grow?

This course has been a wonderful opportunity to challenge myself and step outside of my comfort zone.  It is causing me to look at and think about design and inspiration in a way that I never have before.  I am trying new mediums.  I am trying new palettes and styles of working.  It is like a whole new world!  And it is helping me learn about these markets that I know very little about.  It is all really exciting.  Also, it is exposing me to different styles of art and new artists and that has been really inspiring as well.

What are you discovering about yourself?

I love a creative challenge.  I love being given a task and allowing myself to play and work it out and be inspired and daydream until what I want to say comes to fruition.  I love drawing, I love pattern, I love all of the things that go into making a great piece of art – from start to finish.

How would you describe the class to a friend?

I have actually had to do this a few times so what I try to convey about the class, personally, is that it’s a really wonderful way of learning how to extend my vision of my work to markets that I have never considered.  Learning how to apply my creativity to home décor, fabric, illustration, wall art and gifts is a dream come true and this course is allowing me to get my feet wet and see how things work.  On a whole, It is a immersion into great art – art for art’s sake – and at the same time, it is lesson on how to apply being a successful artist in real world capacities.

See more work here: Website | Instagram

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STARTS TOMORROW!

Watch this space as we will be launching a BIG SPRING SALE on Wednesday 6 April.

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So does ‘Make Art That Sells’ actually work? Do artists who take the class actually sell more art? Well yes, they do. Students have since secured licensing deals in the gift, editorial, baby apparel, bolt fabric, wall art, greetings, home décor, paper and fashion markets, many have won competitions and a number have been signed for representation.

ALL of our classes will be on SALE.