Welcome to Artnerd Society. A community of artists exploring and creating amazing things. My name is Jeff Tyack and I am an Artnerd. I’ve been an Artnerd since at least second grade where instead of playing kickball or breakdancing (it was the early 80’s) on the playground, I would be obsessively taping pieces of notebook paper together into a huge scroll that would then be used for drawing epic narrative adventures of various characters that a friend of mine and I had designed. Henry Darger had nothing on us.
Despite being raised by a flock of lawyers (dibs on the band name), and the public-school system doing its best to educate me out of this habit, I somehow managed to maintain a fascination and focus on the creation of visual and tactile stuff. Drawing, painting, model making, gluing paper and cardboard together, spending an inordinate amount of time on book reports where we could make dioramas instead of writing, playing with action figures way past their suggested age range, you name it.
I did all of this because something inside me just said I had to, no matter the lack of external validation, no matter the ostracism that occasionally reared its head. That act of getting lost in the creative, expressive process (what I would later learn can be described as Flow) overwhelmed any potential shame or fear that might have been thrown my way.
Artnerd Society is all about staying connected and empowering that unconscientious creative self. It is a digital learning community designed to cultivate your inner capacity to make and experience things of value. It is designed to help you build your creative practice and technical expertise so that you can more effectively engage and connect with the world around you. It is designed for you to share that connection and expertise with others so that they will share in return, no matter what your experience level.
Here is how we are going to do all of this:
Direct knowledge sharing -This is a pretentious information science way of saying “Teaching”. The initial voice will be mine, but this voice will grow and diversify over time. The online courses I design range from the abstract 50,000-foot-high view meta-analysis to the on the ground, in the dirt, this is how you glue your Boo Radley action figure into a shoebox lesson. The subjects will vary to include but not be limited to:
- Portfolio design including documenting work, curation and editing
- Cognition and creativity
- Foundation skills including drawing, two-dimensional design, color use, composition, and three-dimensional design.
- Design practice and design thinking
- Visual and design literacy
- Professional practices including marketing and economic topics for creatives
- Tools and techniques for production and organization of work
- Anything else the community is interested in exploring and learning about.
Curated Resource Access – We live in a time of incredibly low access hurdles to information and connection. The lack of access to substantive artistic nourishment, what is often called being in a cultural desert, is overcome to a certain degree by having relatively free digital access to the most authoritative and comprehensive cultural institutions in the world. The challenge today is less like a desert and more like an endless, very deep ball pit. Jump right in, but good luck finding anything substantively useful. Google what interests you, but that usually leads to just piling more balls into the pit. Artnerd Society through our Recommends section aims to help you wade through this mess to gain access to meaningful and useful resources that can help you become a stronger artist and more effectively creative individual.
Connection – The act of living a creative life, of following a less traditional path, can often seem disconnected and lonely. Those around you may not share your intense obsession about visually articulating what the world might look like if Koalas were the most intelligent, most dominant species on the planet. “Cool drawing kid, that will be a great hobby for you some day”.
One of my favorite Joseph Campbell Quotes touches on what I hope the Artnerd Network might become
If you do follow your bliss… you begin to meet people who are in the field of your bliss, and they open the doors to you. I say, follow your bliss and don’t be afraid, and doors will open where you didn’t know they were going to be. If you follow your bliss, doors will open for you that wouldn’t have opened for anyone else. – Joseph Campbell and the Power of Myth Ep. 4 .
Meaningful Connection between artists and creatives can be a life-changing force. All it takes is one teacher, one friend, one peer who contradicts all the terribly wrong information out there and says to you “ignore all that rubbish, and come look at this!”. Those creative, intellectual, and professional doors suddenly open and you find yourself traveling in a much more purposeful and confident direction.
By developing these three projects we will empower you to:
- Make stronger more connected creative work
- Understand what you are producing and why at a more substantive level
- Leverage your creativity and work ethic to create a more meaningful and connected professional path for yourself
- Be generous with your work and creative efforts
- Inspire others while being inspired
I hope you will join us in this effort to continue to build this fantastic community.
Let’s get to work.
Cultivate Your Creativity
Build Your Practice
Share your Calling
Jeff Tyack is the founder of Artnerd Society and an artist and educator living in Brooklyn NY. His work is available at jefftyack.com