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Master Professional Practices

Learn how to present yourself and your work professionally to the world.

Instructor: Lisa Solomon
Fine Art Painters, Photographers, Digital Artists, Fiber Artists
For Stage(s): Beginner, Aspiring, Emerging
Medium: Does not focus on a specific medium

Not sure what stage you are? Visit our How It Works page for details.

Thursday, February 22, 2024
Feb 22 | Feb 29 | Mar 7 | Mar 14
4 sessions, weekly
6pm – 8pm MST


Note: Price in $USD

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High School, University, and College students get 30% off!
See FAQs at the bottom of this page for details.

Course Description

Join author, artist, and educator Lisa Solomon in this comprehensive four-week course that unravels the
complexities of establishing a successful artist career.

Known as a ‘Professional Practices’ course at the college level, Lisa draws on her decades of practical expertise to guide you through crucial aspects such as:

  • Creating a strong, relevant portfolio to showcase your artistic journey.
  • Professional Documentation: Develop a comprehensive CV, bio, and artist statement, gaining essential tools for presenting yourself professionally.
  • Navigating Exhibitions: Explore the intricacies of navigating exhibition spaces, from non-profits to galleries. Gain understanding of expectations and best practices and how to built and use your networks to get your work where you want it shown and collected. 
  • Presence Building: Delve into the creation of and connect with a wider audience, including touching on how to develop your online presence to help reach your goals. 
  • Interactive Learning: Benefit from ample Q&A time, making this course an invaluable starting point for aspiring artists and a structured guide for those looking to enhance their artistic practice.

By the end of this course, you will acquire essential skills and confidence to professionally present yourself and your work to the creative world!

Whether you are just starting your artistic journey or seeking to refine your practice, Lisa Solomon’s expertise will equip you with the knowledge and tools needed to navigate the challenges and opportunities of a successful career in the arts.

Supply List
  • Images you are considering putting into a portfolio
  • A notepad
  • Your questions
Instructor Bio

Lisa Solomon was born in Tucson Arizona, but has lived most of her life in California. She currently resides in Oakland with her husband, kiddo, a 3 legged pit bull, a small scruffy dachshund/terrier mutt, a 3 legged cat, a fluffy gray kitty, a bearded dragon and many, many spools of thread [Gutterman is her favorite brand]. She received her BA in Art Practice from UC Berkeley in 1995 and her MFA from Mills College in 2003. Her work is shown internationally and is in numerous public and private collections.

Profoundly interested in the idea of hybridization [sparked from her Hapa heritage – she is ½ Japanese and ½ Caucasian], Solomon’s mixed media works revolve thematically around discovering her heritage, the notion of domesticity, craft, feminism, and the pursuit of art as science/research. She is frankly obsessed with color/color theory and is drawn to found objects, tending to alter them conceptually so that their meanings and original uses or intents are re-purposed. She often fuses “wrong” things together – recontextualizing their original purposes, and incorporating materials that inherently question and skirt the line between ART and CRAFT.

Ms. Solomon’s work was featured in a monograph entitled Hand/Made published by MIEL press in 2013. In August 2019 her book A Field Guide to Color – a watercolor workbook all about color and color theory was published by Roost Books. It quickly became the #1 watercolor book on Amazon and was followed up by A Color Meditation Deck. In 2021 her pandemic writing project Crayola: A Visual History of the World’s Most Famous Crayon was released by Black Dog and Leventhal. In 2012 she authored a book on embroidery published by Quarry press entitled Knot Thread Stitch. Her illustrations were used for a book entitled Draw 500 Everyday Things [Fall 2016] which was a pocket follow up to her book 20 Ways to Draw a Chair and 44 other Magnificent Every Day Objects released in the Fall of 2015. Please see her CV for an extensive list of where her drawings, mixed media works and installations have been featured.

Lisa has also been an educator for 20+ years teaching extensively in college classrooms, online with CreativeBug, and all over the world in all kinds of workshops. Please see the teaching page for more info or click on the say hello button below to inquire about having her teach or lecture.


How many registrations are required for a course to start?

A minimum of 6 registrations are required.  If 6 registrations are not received by the time the course is 24 hours from starting, the course will be cancelled and all registrants will receive complete refunds.

What is the maximum number of people in a course?

This varies for each course.  The maximum number of registrations is decided by the instructor.

Can I get a refund?

Up until 72 hours before a course’s first session you can receive a complete refund. You can cancel your registration via the My Account portal, or by contacting

After this time no refunds will be given (if you have extenuating circumstances you believe justify a refund, contact us at

Can I register for a course already in progress?

No. Once a course has started, no new registrations are accepted.

Where will my course be held?

All courses meet online over Zoom. You will need a device equipped with a camera and a microphone to fully participate. 

If you have not used Zoom before, learn about how to use it here.

If you don’t regularly use Zoom, we recommend you join your first session 10-15 minutes early in case your computer needs to install or update Zoom.

How do I join my course?

You will receive a welcome email from when you register.  This email includes the Zoom link to join your course session.  You will also receive 24 hour and 2 hour reminder emails before each session, and each of these emails includes the Zoom link.  You can also access the Zoom link to join your course in your MastriusChat group.

Are the sessions recorded?

Yes, every session is recorded and are typically available 24 hours after a session ends.  All session recordings will remain available for the duration of the course, and for one month following the last session.  The recordings are viewable within the MastriusChat platform, and cannot be downloaded.

What if I miss a session?

You’ll be able to watch the session’s recording.  If you have questions the recording doesn’t address, you can ask them in the chat feed of your course’s private MastriusChat group.

What is MastriusChat?

MastriusChat is an online discussion platform.  You and your fellow course registrants will be assigned to a private MastriusChat group where you can connect and support eachother via the chat “feed”. Your group is also where you’ll access the session recordings. Other resources in your MastriusChat group include a link to join your course sessions, and a library your instructor can use to share resources.

What is a Navigator?

A Navigator is an artist who joins your course to ensure both instructor and registrants have an enjoyable experience. They support (as required) with technology, timekeeping, moderating questions, and between-session discussions on MastriusChat. The Navigator has also joined the course as participant, and just like you, they’re wanting to grow their skills and learn the material.

I’m not ready to register because I still have questions. Who do I contact?

We’d be happy to help! 

Reach out to us at and we’ll do our best to support you.


High School, University, and College students get 30% off ANY course (non-member price).

To claim this discount:

  1. Use coupon code in checkout: student_30_off
  2. Complete your checkout
  3. 🚩Before your course starts, Mastrius Registrations will contact you and WILL REQUIRE info to verify your student status