Working in a Series


“Working in a Series has by far exceeded my expectations of an online class. It has helped me to become more organized not only with my art but also in my daily life.

Besides building confidence I have learned to trust my instincts and develop a better creative understanding. I also ended up with several pieces of work that I am truly proud of.

Thank you Lisa Call for helping me get on track.”

~Donna Sheppard, Elkford B.C. Canada

Now Enrolling for January 2017 Interactive Session.

Course Description

Do you want to clarify your artistic voice and deepen your studio practice?

The goal of this workshop is to inspire, educate and motivate you to explore working in a series. If you already work in a series, this workshop will deepen that practice.

Starting with an existing artwork or image, you will create several compositions in your series. You will settle on the topic/theme of your series during class and through a series of assignments, your idea will grow in new and exciting directions during the 10 week workshop.

At the end of each composition you’ll evaluate your own artwork via written exercises.

I will provide feedback on your artwork throughout the class via a weekly interactive group critique session.

For those looking for additional individual attention there is also an option to include 2 co-active coaching calls* for a more personal experience.

Mindsets are an important part of the workshop and we’ll dive into our thoughts and beliefs around our art making and studio practices to strengthen both. We’ll be looking at topics such as clutter, fear, perfectionism, motivation, interruptions, priorities and much more.

Note that this class does NOT include technique instruction. Students are expected to have the art making skills necessary to create their assignments.

This class is appropriate to be taken by all visual artists as the concepts we cover apply to all medium, not just textile art. Any media is acceptable: painting, drawing, encaustic, weaving, quilt making (piecing, applique, fusing, embellishment), surface design, etc.

My Intention and Qualifications.

As with all of my workshops, my biggest intention is to provide my students the confidence and tools so they can move their art forward by leaps and bounds.

Experience Level: Advanced Beginner to Advanced

“Lisa’s Working in a Series workshop was just what I needed to help me to move forward with my art and finding my personal artistic voice.

With a consistent studio practice, as well as all of the knowledge and skills I acquired during the workshop – especially learning how to view and critique my own work — I believe that I have a solid foundation and the tools to discover who I am as an artist.

I will continue my series work that I began in this workshop for quite some time.Lisa is a natural teacher and coach, and her love of art is obvious in her lectures, course content and individual feedback.

The classes are intentionally small, so there is a lot of individual attention to the students and their work, as well as quality interaction between the students.

This is truly a worthwhile investment in one’s personal artistic growth!”

~Donna Deaver, Coeur d’Alene, Idaho

Prerequisites – Artwork

You must…

  • …have all materials, supplies and tools you will need to create the artwork in your chosen style and technique.
  • …have the knowledge and skill to create artwork in your chosen technique.
  • …be willing to work hard and focus.
  • …leave all self deprecating thoughts at the door and be ready to think big about your art
  • …be ready to reflect upon their experience so you can grow
  • …and, of course, have fun. Laughter is encouraged.

Some of those things might make you uncomfortable and they might scare you. But if you have an open mind and are willing to give it a try, you qualify.

It is recommended you document your work in this class in a journal or sketchbook.

Prerequisites – Computer Skills

  • Ability to take clear, in focus photos of your artwork with a digital camera.
  • Ability to re-size and prepare your images for the internet.
  • Ability to edit a word document.
  • You must have a facebook profile to participate in this workshop.

What are Students Saying about Working in a Series?

Visit my alumni directory for images of former students’ artwork and read more of their thoughts about the workshop.


“I have to say, this class stretched me more than any other I’ve ever taken. The wealth of helpful information and reading material made me ask myself questions I would never have otherwise thought to ask.

I now have much more knowledge, not only of design elements but also, of why and where I am going with my art. Our self critiques were very thorough and well guided so we had a clear picture of where to go next.

I am so glad I signed up and will treasure these assignments as a wonderful learning tool for the future.

Thanks from the bottom of my heart!”

~Rachel Derstine
Schwenksville, PA

Online Course Logistics

  • Course material will be provided via recorded lectures, which you can listen to at your convenience.
  • Additional written course material will be emailed Monday, Wednesday and Friday mornings.
  • You will complete studio 8 assignments.
  • I will review student assignments once a week during live web-conferences (see below for specific dates and times).
  • Reviews will be recorded for those that can not attend live.
  • A portion of the review will be reserved for questions and answers.
  • Ongoing online discussion with myself and fellow classmates on our private facebook group.


  • A limited number of mini coaching packages are available for students who would like a deeper individual learning experience.
    • Students will also have two private phone conversations with me.
    • As a trained co-active coach, I will guide us through these calls using effective life coaching tools.
    • Unused coaching calls expire 4 weeks after the workshop end date.


  • A Self-Paced option! Do you like working at your own pace? Are you interested in the course material but you are not looking for feedback or any class interaction? This option is for you.
    • Self-paced students will have the lectures, assignments and written course material delivered to them over a 10 week period. You get to select your own start date!
    • There will be no access to assignment reviews, individual feedback or group discussion on facebook with this option.
    • I encourage you to only select this option if you are highly motivated self learner and do not need feedback on your work. I believe most students get more from learning in an interactive environment.


Not Sure If You Should Take this Workshop?

Please Don’t Signup for This Workshop If…

  • …You have an unwillingness to explore the same theme in detail by diving deeper with each exercise. If working in a series is not your thing, this is not your workshop.
  • …You don’t want to learn more about yourself and your art making. I’ll be encouraging introspection and reflection.
  • …You are happy with your status quo. This is a workshop for those that are ready to dig in and move forward in a big way with their art.

Maybe another class is a better fit. See all of my online workshops here.


“Lisa Call’s online class Working in a Series was just what I needed to help me explore a new series idea. Lisa breaks down the components to good art and helps you apply them to your own work.

Each week, we explored a different aspect of composition via Lisa’s lectures, web posts, and by studying other artists’ work. By isolating just one aspect of what makes art art–whether it be line, shape, color, or figure ground composition– and then studying that aspect and applying it to my own work really created dramatic results in both what the work looked like and what I learned. I will continue to use this new knowledge and way of creating compositions as I move forward with this series and other work.

In addition to great, well thought out assignments, the class is structured for all different artists and media. It was an added bonus to get to see how other artists work. My class included students who weave, create ink drawings, and work with encaustics, as well as several fiber artists. This was a new experience for me–one that benefited all involved.

Throughout the course, we received emails from Lisa that worked to help us hone our art and our studio practice. We explored ways to think about our art and how that can improve our work. Having a functioning studio, establishing hours of studio practice, as well as thinking about our attitudes towards our own art all worked together to help me improve my ability to make art.

After we completed each assignment, we were asked to do a guided self critique. This practice increased my ability to articulate how I felt about my work and were it was going. Learning how to critique one’s own work is a tool I will continue to use as I move forward.

Without hesitation, I would say this class is worth every penny. This workshop truly gives the students involved new tools that they can continue to use long after the workshop is over.”

~Maria Shell


Current Schedule

Now enrolling!

Invest in yourself and your art by registering today.

Workshop runs from January 9 to March 18, 2018

Live Assignment Review Group Calls:

Mondays – January 16, 23, 30, February 6, 13, 27, March 6, 13 at 3pm Eastern, 2pm Central, 1pm Mountain, 12 Noon Pacific.

There is a “make up” week scheduled mid class to accommodate travel schedules.

If you are unable to attend the live call, a recording will be available. It is not required you be available at these times to participate in class.
Three levels of interaction available:

Ready to work alone? The self paced option where you can pick your own start date is always available for $350.
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Be part of the group! The investment for 10 weeks of interactive instruction is $600.
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Want to get the most out of class? Add the optional coaching package for a total investment of $900.
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Questions? Please email me!

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