EVENT: Creative Digital Collage: Learn the Most Innovative Photo, Font, and Videos Apps Workshop

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What: A fun and experimental self-paced online course teaching you how to produce unique digital media with some of the easiest applications on the market

Where: In the comfort of your own home through the screens of your devices

When: On your own schedule through the workshop platform. The course is in development so you will be contacted when it opens up

Who: This series is for advanced beginners. You do need to have some understanding of the workflow with your device. Both Apple and Android users welcome

Cost: $199.00-I hope to have it ready by early April, 2017. You may sign up now and be notified when it launches

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Have you wanted to take your digital image and video making to whole new levels? Have you felt uninspired by the current tools you have or are you overwhelmed by the sheer volume of choices when it comes to finding new creative programs? This course is designed to cut through the overwhelm and zero in on some of the most imaginative apps on the market that work with both Apple iOS and Android devices. During the series you will be given very specific tips, shortcuts, steps, and secrets on how to use some of the most revolutionary digital tools on the market.

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You will get:

  • One main collage, font, and video app for both Apple and Android users explored in-depth with specific tips and shortcuts in the areas I use regularly
  • Additional cool apps beyond the main three that will be touched on more lightly but could become your favorites for both Apple and Android devices
  • An insiders view into my own sloppy sophisticated creative processes and how to expand the ways that you find your own inspirations and artistic style
  • The ability to make your own unique marketing materials and digital media for all sorts of applications both personal and professional
  • Access to the wonderful private Facebook group offering creative camaraderie

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The course will start with learning how to make some really unique and sophisticated visual collages with a process that allows a tremendous amount of playful surprises to enter the experience. The next component will explore the use of text in imaginative compositions layering on what we have already learned with the photo collages. The third part of the journey brings together everything we have discovered to leap off into experimental video production. These psychedelic creations can go so many different directions from subtly elegant to wildstyle kaleidoscopes. All of these apps in the workshop are pretty easy once you get the hang of it and I will be sharing the specific features that I have found to be the most productive and interesting.

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You can go to my Instagram page or YouTube channel to see some of the videos I have been making. Instagram has the most current and creative videos.

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Part of the journey will also be an insider’s view into my own creative process and perspectives. I grew up in a family of professional artists and I have spent my entire life apprenticing to creative callings. We inspire each other with our own visions and it expands our own artistic awareness when we are in a dialogue with other dedicated creators. I will share some of the collage materials I work with and unorthodox places to find new and exciting material to work with.

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My personal bottom line as a joyfully obsessively artist is that I want my tools to be easy and fun with the potential for major experimentation. I want something that has elements of chance factored in while drawing me into deeper levels of creative exploration. I want something that has enough options to challenge me but that is not so difficult that I give up frustrated. I want tools that help me make things that I have never seen before; things that shock and inspire and delight me; things that touch our greatest artistic potentials. And I just really want to mess around and play anytime, anyplace with these mighty little machines we are all devoted to.

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The other fun part of this program is the opportunity to join the iPhone Image Adventurers private Facebook group where nearly two-years in we are still posting our latest creations. It is a wonderful group of curious explorers and this class will add some fresh excitement to our sharing. Technology changes so rapidly we each become allies for each other coming across new information. And it is just fun to be inspired by other brave and inquisitive playmates.

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FUNDAMENTALS: Do you want to learn THE BEST creative photography app on the market?

This current course has grown out of the popular iPhone Image Adventures workshops (click on the name to read more about it) that lead you on a quest to find the hidden magic constantly surrounding you while embarking on a series of photo quests. You can take the course with any device, and that said it also is an invaluable guide to the most versatile and compelling iOS photography application on the market – Hipstamatic. Sorry Android folks, beloved Hipsta is only an Apple program but you could buy an inexpensive iPod or an iPad (not inexpensive) and explore it that way. Hipstamatic is truly one of the great loves of my life, so I am totally bias, but it is part of why my work goes to such interesting places. The raw materials you work with do affect your outcomes, and I think Hipsta is an essential piece of the creative digital tool kit.

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I began with Hipsta over five-years ago when it had fewer options and learned the best combinations along the way. Diving into Hipstamatic now with the intention of methodical experimentation would be nearly impossible with the hundreds and hundreds of possible combinations available. In the iPhone Image Adventures course I cut through the overwhelm to teach you the very best combinations and how to mix and match these to come up with some really great images that do not need any post production editing.

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About the Instructor: 

Creativity saved my soul every time 

Mellissae Lucia is a Sunny Surrealist with a profound passion for exploration. Raised in a family of professional artists in the Pacific Northwest, she was exposed to the unorthodox from an early age. As a toddler she can be seen in family photos scaling beached barges, examining graffiti on weathered barn doors, and scavenging with her mother in abandoned buildings. These early journeys into the beauty hidden in the margins saved her soul at a crossroads later in her life.

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In her early thirties her world was turned upside-down when her husband died of cancer. This sent her on a seven-year quest to find the life that was truly hers. During these years a passion for horses surfaced and she began the Earthen Body series on a horse ranch in rural Texas in 2006 exploring the elemental relationship between our bodies and the earth. In 2008 the Painted Body ritualistic photography series emerged in the New Mexico desert. With over 40,000 images in that series created in subterranean graffiti tunnels and in canyons and caves it awakened a level of artistic presence that guides her work to this day.

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Relocating to Southern California she is taking her lifelong love of hip hop, punk rock, and collage to new levels with experimental digital montages that she wheat pastes in abandoned locations. A prolific creator, her artwork and products have won multiple awards and she has taught extensively including presentations at national conferences. She is currently teaching Art as Play-Liberate Your Innocent Eye at the Palm Springs Art Museum and online with her popular iPhone Image Adventures course and the new Creative Digital Collage class just released.

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