Open Studios Club

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Open Studios Club is a casual virtual studio session where you can hang out with other artists, work on your own projects, and get feedback from our staff in real time on voice.

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This is an opportunity to learn and be inspired by a small group of artists in a safe, inclusive virtual space.

You’ll learn as much from seeing each other’s works in progress and ideas as you will from our staff!

“Anyone, of any ability level is welcome and treated the same as someone who’s been doing art for a long time, or even professionally.”

How to Join

what if I’m in the Patreon Group?

If you are in the Patreon groups and want to join Open Studios Club, see instructions here.


When you sign up, you’ll get an email from Prof Lieu with instructions for accessing the Open Studio Club channels in our Discord.

Burnt Sienna

$75 monthly

6 sessions per month

Select the Burnt Sienna
tier on Patreon

1 session is 2 hours
Rate is $6.25/hour

Cadmium Red

$60 monthly

4 sessions per month

Select the Cadmium Red
tier on Patreon

1 session is 2 hours
Rate is $7.50/hour

Cerulean Blue

$40 monthly

2 sessions per month

Select the Cerulean Blue
tier on Patreon

1 session is 2 hours
Rate is $10/hour

Naples Yellow

$30 one time

1 time session
via Paypal*

1 session is 2 hours
Rate is $17.50/hour

to join

Registration form

*One time session purchases must be made at least 2 business days in advance.

Sforza & de Medici Groups

Look for the Patreon tiers that combine the group names.

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de-Medici + Cadmium Red

If you need assistance, email Prof Lieu

Watch a sample session

How it Works


  • We require people to join our Discord to participate.
  • If you have no experience with Discord, know that we have staff and moderators available assist you.
  • Watch this 53 second tour of our Discord for a preview.
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  • We highly recommend joining the Discord at least a few days before your first session to prevent any headaches for you.
  • You’ll need to troubleshoot any problems, and get any tech support you need from staff to ensure that the sessions run as smoothly as possible for you.
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During the live session

  • You’ll work on your projects and take occasional breaks to post your works in progress into the Discord text channel.
  • Prof Lieu speaks to you on voice to critique your projects and/or discuss any topics that are on your mind.
  • There is no requirement to speak on voice! We are happy to answer questions you type into the text channel.
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Live session Days

  • There are 2 sessions every week you can attend:
  • Mondays, 12 – 2pm EST
  • Thursdays, 6 – 8pm EST
  • We record attendance at every session to track everyone’s membership.

Current Schedule

  • Subscribe to our Google Calendar here.
  • This schedule is subject to change.
  • Check #open-studios-news for updates.
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February 2024

  • Thurs Feb 29, 6 – 8pm EST / Prof Lieu
  • Mon March 4, 12-2pm EST / Prof Lieu
  • Thurs March 7, 12-2pm EST / Lauryn
  • Mon March 11, 12-2pm EST / Jordan
  • Thurs March 14, 12-2pm EST / Prof Lieu
  • Mon March 18, 12-2pm EST / Prof Lieu
  • Thurs March 21, 12-2pm EST / Prof Lieu
  • Mon March 25, 12-2pm EST / Prof Lieu
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In between sessions

  • You’ll have continued access to the Open Studio Club channel.
  • Everyone is welcome to have conversations, share artwork here.
  • Note that staff will be available for tech support questions, but will not be active giving feedback in between sessions. (you can do this in the Patreon group)
  • Staff will moderate the channel to be sure everyone stays safe.
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The real-time feedback and sense of community made this the closest I have come since the pandemic started of feeling like I am in a class led by master surrounded by dedicated students.

How is this different from a workshop?

  • A workshop is a focused learning environment on a specific subject and/or technique everyone can learn together, and which provides a concrete direction for people.
  • Many people know they want to improve on something, but don’t know where to start. The workshops takes that out of your hands and provides concrete starting points.
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  • After a workshop, you receive written feedback in an email from Prof Lieu about your work in the workshop, and recommendations for moving forward.
  • Workshops have many weeks of advance notice, making scheduling easier for many people.
  • Open Studios Club does not provide long written critiques and support in the Discord channels outside of the live session. In a workshop, you receive this the week before, and the week after the workshop.
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  • Workshops each have a comprehensive workshop guide, which gives supply recommendations, prompts, and resources to target the subject of the workshop.
  • The last hour of a workshop is a critique where we are focused on giving constructive critique.
  • While you an ask for this in Open Studios Club, the conversations will be very loose and critiques won’t happen consistently.
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How is this different from the Patreon Group?

  • The Patreon group voice sessions schedule does not have set days and times.
  • Open Studios Club meets on Mondays and Thursdays which provides consistency and predictability for your schedule.
  • Voice sessions are focused on discussing various subjects and critiquing your artwork.
  • Some people prefer concentrating listening and participating in a discussion, and find working at the same time to be distracting.
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  • Patreon group voice sessions are 60-75 min., whereas Open Studios Club sessions are 2 hours.
  • It’s much easier to make art friends and invest in long term relationships, many of you have been with us for several years now!
  • There is continuity in watching each other grow within this small group.
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  • The Patreon group has a critique channel where you get substantial written critiques from our staff in between voice sessions.
  • Open Studios Club does not have a critique channel.
  • There is an #open-studios-chat channel where you can interact casually with other members. in between voice sessions.
  • Staff are not active in the channels in between voice sessions, except to moderate and answer tech questions.
Discord Stage Session
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How is this different from a stage session after live streams?

  • Stage sessions are free to the public, and therefore has a larger audience.
  • Some people prefer a smaller group learning environment, because with a larger audience it can be more intimidating to share your artwork.
  • Sessions are about 30 min. whereas Open Studios Club is 2 hours.
  • We do not critique personal artwork in a stage session, unless the live stream was a draw along, and you created work that followed the draw along.
  • A stage session is great for speaking to staff on voice, but it’s not as easy to make art friends because attendance isn’t consistent.
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Do I have to reserve a spot to attend a live session in advance?

  • If you choose one of the monthly options, you can just show up!
  • If you choose the one time option, you need to book with Prof Lieu at least 2 business days in advance to attend.


  • There are no refunds if you are late to a session.
  • If you join 1 of the monthly options, and do not use use your number of voice sessions for the month, there are no refunds.
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  • For example, if you are in the Cadmium Red Group here (4 sessions per month) and only attend 2 sessions for a month, there is are no refunds.
  • We only issue refunds if a live session is cancelled or rescheduled.


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About Prof Lieu

Prof Lieu has 15 years of teaching studio art at the college level, and was an Adjunct Professor at the Rhode Island School of Design from 2007-2020.

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