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The Artist ThinkUp™

Think up: verb. 1. To use ingenuity in making, developing, or achieving. 2. A self-paced art program with the Acrylic Diva.

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What's a "thinkup?" It's another word for mastermind, conceive, concoct, dream up, cogitate.

Great words if you're looking to build an art practice.

Are you looking to incorporate art making into your busy life? Having trouble finding the time and/or space to make art?

You've come to the right place! It's tough to find time to create art. I know this firsthand. I have a busy teaching and speaking schedule, lots of family stuff and oh yeah, run to the gym once in awhile! Where am I going to find time to actually paint?

The Artist Thinkup™ will introduce you to the concept of creating an art practice in bite sized chunks and incorporate art into your everyday life in a manageable, efficient way. It's the exact way I work; in chunks here and there.

You will get a new project each month, based on a new technique, tons of downloadable videos and worksheets and a live video conference with me every month.

Every project is broken down into pieces that you can fit into 20 or 30 minutes, every day, every other day or once a week.

Wherever you are in your art journey, the tools and techniques in this program will add valuable material to your art toolbox.Here's what you're in for:

Over eight hours of video!

Six projects with downloadable training videos and worksheets available 24/7 from any device.

Once a month live video conference with me and your art tribe where I will answer questions, and show demos, tailored to your input!

A private Facebook group so you can hang out with your peeps, ask me questions (I'm in there daily) and post your work. No one will notice if you're shopping for shoes at the same time. ;-)

Ask me questions in real time on #Slack. Well from 8 am to 10 pm PST most days, a girl needs her beauty sleep!

Imagine getting your art material questions answered before you spend the money!

Can I do that? Get your technical questions answered by a bona fide acrylics expert. Imagine the hours of frustration you will save by being able to ask an expert those tough technical questions. Go on! Try to stump me!

What students say:

"I’m so excited to have yet another big go at learning from you. I so treasure your knowledge, exuberance & fun teaching style." Jeanie - Oakland, CA

"Tesia is a terrific, natural-born teacher. She inspires and guides with both humor and warmth that make her online classes a delight. With her help, I revived my passion for painting." Claudia from Murrieta, CA

"Being able to watch the class offline at my leisure made it easy to fit it into my busy schedule. Thanks Tesia! Looking forward to the next class." Sacha - Napa, CA


Your Instructor


Tesia Blackburn
Tesia Blackburn

I’ve been a working artist in the San Francisco Bay Area for over 25 years. For the past 15 years I’ve been an educational consultant for Golden Artist Colors, my favorite paint. In that capacity I lecture and teach extensively throughout the San Francisco Bay Area and beyond including students from all over the world!

I have a BFA and an MA in painting as well as extensive training in printmaking.

My studio is in the old Naval Shipyard in San Francisco, home to the largest artist colony in the United States.

My book "Acrylic Painting with Passion", published by Northlight Publishers, is widely available. I also write a column for "Acrylic Artist" Magazine.

For the past 25 plus years, I've been teaching art to people just like you. I know how hard it is to carve out time to create. I also know how satisfying it is, once you do it.

Get started in The 20 Minute Artist™ and feel your creativity soar!




Class Curriculum


  Project 1 DRAW Part 2 - Fine Pumice
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  Project 1 DRAW Part 3
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  Project 2 - TAR GEL BATIK Part 2
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  Project 2 - TAR GEL BATIK Part 3
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  Project 3 ACRYLIC ENCAUSTIC Part 2
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Frequently Asked Questions


When does the course start and finish?
The course is always open. You can enroll at any time and take as long as you like to finish. The course is yours forever.
How long do I have access to the course?
After enrolling, you have unlimited access to this course for as long as you like - across any and all devices you own.
What kind of equipment do I need to be on the live video conference?
You need a computer or other device, (iPhone, Android, iPad, etc) with high speed internet access and preferably a headset. Your smartphone headset will work just fine. You'll be able to log onto the conference call from anywhere, just like you log onto any other website. There is no phone line needed. You don't need a camera on your computer.
What if I'm in a different time zone?
The video conference calls will happen on the same day but will be scheduled at different times so that the maximum number of people can join. The video will be recorded so you can watch it later if you miss it. You can send in your questions, even if you can't make the call .
What if I am unhappy with the course?
I would never want you to be unhappy! If you are unsatisfied with your purchase, contact me n the first 30 days and I will give you a full refund. If you are on a payment plan, and you decide to leave the program, you will only pay for the months that you attended.

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