MASTERCLASS: Build A Body of Work

6 Months, All Media, Application Required



6 Months: Build A Body of Work

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As Featured in the NewYork Review of Books

The difference between 99% of artists who stay students forever and artists who exhibit their work is their approach, commitment as evidenced by their ability to build a body of work.

This six month master class is designed to help you hone your vision in creating cohesive body of work and also help you articulate that vision, with writing, artist presentations, a catalogue and film. The curriculum features recorded lectures on creativity, time, intention, flow as well as live sessions each month in a group setting. The Masterclass students also get access to Fireside Chats and Q&As with artists, curators, publishers and other art professional all in the service of helping them nurture their work and how they present it forward.

This group includes artist from many different media. During live sessions, artists share their works in progress, artist statements, websites and media articulating their work.

This class requires an application in the form below. If you have already been invited, you can enroll at the provided link.

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Your Instructor

Kimberly Brooks
Kimberly Brooks

Kimberly Brooks is a contemporary artist who exhibits internationally. Brooks founded the Arts Section of the Huffington Post and worked with hundreds of artists to bring their work and voices online. She is the author of the upcoming book The New Oil Painting (Chronicle Books). Her work has been featured in numerous publications ranging from The LA Times, Vanity Fair, Modern Painters, The National Endowment for the Arts, and New American Paintings and many more. An award-winning educator, Brooks teaches at prestigious institutions around the country including Otis College of Art and Design and The Anderson Ranch Art Center, Kipaipai and others. You can learn more about her work and view her bibliography here on her website.

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Frequently Asked Questions

When does the course start and finish?
The program is over spread over six months and you will have the option to continue at a discount afterwards.
How do you define a body of work?
A body of work is a series of works of art in any media that engages the audience with a unifying theme or idea.
What if I am unhappy with the course?
We would never want you to be unhappy! If you are unsatisfied with your purchase, contact us within 30 days of signing up and we will give you a full refund right away.
What kind of students participate?
The class has students from around the world, all serious artists who are either starting their first body of work or seasoned artists who want access to the disciplined methodology as well as feedback from professionals about how to develop their visions, artist statements around their work and how to keep their work from deviating from a central theme or visual narrative.

I have an MFA in film and have painted throughout my adult life. I joined this Masterclass, hoping to focus my art making, which is broad and exploratory, into a more concise and distinctive body of work that reflects me as an artist. These six months, have enabled me to embrace that process along with a HUGE swath of interwoven and relevant information, all tied to not only creating the work, but learning how to talk about it, write about it, using new computer skills I never expected to explore. I loved this class and am excited to continue as a founding member.
- Kathleen B., Los Angeles

It started with the Oil Painting Fluency & Flow course I took in the fall of 2019 and by the time it was over I became the wretch I am now: an unhinged woman vehemently obsessed with oil painting who wrestles with it like a feral person for hours every day. I had earth-moving revelations as I graduated from using makeup brushes to real sable, and switched from canvas to linen panels. My formerly adorable kitchen now looks as though Francis Bacon had assaulted a pope in it...Deep into the wee small hours, I devour paintings online, discovering things like Russian Realism and tweeting out pictures of my two favorite subjects: birch trees and cuts of meat. I don’t know why I love them, I just do. Boxes from Jerry’s Art-O-Rama pile up on my doorstep.

I begged to be enrolled in Kimberly’s six-month bootcamp—a class in which you undergo all of the preparations necessary for an actual art show. In short, a relentless bender of what has become my drug of choice. I’m in the middle of it now. I don’t even remember when the shelter in place order actually started. I can’t recommend it highly enough.

- Cintra Wilson, Culture Critic, from her article about the program in The New York Review of Books

It's very difficult to be an emerging artist gaining some traction without a support network of artists that are in the same position. I've spent so much money on marketers, etc. just to find out from actual artists the way things really work. Wish I would have known sooner, it would have saved me so much money. The social group is amazing, and the feedback is HONEST and HELPFUL. It's not always easy to hear some things, but the tough love is so well thought out and geared toward improvement. The opportunities that arise by being a part of the Masterclass have also been motivating and inclusive. This program is incredible and helps you succeed. I have a BA in Visual art, and a professional artist. I can't recommend this program enough.

Dina C., Hawaii

As a professional artist, it is so hard to find a seminar that is both informative and challenging. The Masterclass is this that and so much more. The information, tools, and live sessions are a game-changer. I highly recommend the Masterclass for any artist that wants to improve their communication, presentation, and thinking skills. Your artwork will be forever grateful.

- Randi M., Los Angeles

Kimberly’s unique online course has been more impactful to me than any class I’ve taken in person. She makes you feel like you are right at the heart of the art world, in dialogue with both contemporary painters and the ever present old masters. It was easy to forget that Kimberly was practically on the opposite side of the world from me. I started in her original oil painting class and became completely hooked. Now, within a year, I'm preparing for my first show. I can't recommend the Masterclass enough.

- Alison B., Sydney, Australia

Dear Artist,

This course is offered once a year to the public. In a group setting, artists birth, develop and present an idea to the world. In addition to showing works in progress, making and refining your artist presentation, artists also develop all the materials so that when they do present their work, the vision shines through in all supporting media.

If you would like to know more you can set up a call here.

I look forward to hearing from you, about your work and finding out if this program would be the right fit for you.