A Haven for Creative Renewal, Nature Connection and Unlimited Potential
Pollinate, where art and nature intertwine to inspire your creative journey. Whether you're reigniting a dormant passion, exploring new artistic avenues, or taking initial steps in turning your creativity into a business, Pollinate is your nurturing ground.
In this membership, you'll rediscover the joy of creating, immerse yourself in the beauty of nature, and explore the exciting potential of your artistic pursuits.
About Your Guide, Ria Mishaal
I'm a scientist, photographer and artist. With a unique blend of a PhD in science, 15 years of professional photography, and a successful art business, I am here to guide you through your artistic evolution.
My experience in teaching over 100 individuals, ranging from beginners to budding entrepreneurs, ensures a rich and supportive learning environment for all.
Pollinate is infused with the inspiration of nature, and guided from that balance of the analytical and artistic spirits, that’s so much of who I am.
A careful structure will enable your growth, with information delivered in a language that inspires you, alongside a community of gentle and like-minded creatives.
What Pollinate Offers
Artistic Revival: Reignite your passion under the guidance of an experienced artist.
Nature Connection: Deepen your understanding of species as they inspire our art.
Creative Exploration: Discover and experiment with various art techniques.
Supportive Community: Join a network of creatives, sharing experiences and growth.
Confidence in Art & Business: Build confidence in your artistic abilities and business potential with our bi-weekly Mini Mindset Missions.
Aspirational Growth: Be equipped to transform your artistic passion into a profitable venture when you're ready. Gain valuable insights into turning art into a sustainable business, no matter where you are in your journey.
"The attention to detail is brilliant. I feel very inspired to get started."
"Ria manages to convey every aspect in a relatable way and in bite size chunks so as not to overwhelm. Ria is a wonderful teacher who really knows her stuff. " Kate
"I can’t believe the progress I’ve made following your advice."
What's Inside Pollinate?
Pollinate is a place of calm and nurturing support, where everything becomes possible.
Inside this membership, you'll experience a transformation. You'll become a more confident artist, feel a deeper connection with nature, and have the tools to turn your passion into a profitable business. You'll also be part of a supportive community that shares your passion and can help you grow.
Creative endeavours are often solo activities, and sometimes being an artist can feel lonely, but here we are creating a community of support and caring where we can discuss everything from design ideas to feelings of overwhelm.
Every Monday, you'll receive pre-recorded lessons that are concise yet powerful, lasting between 5 to 10 minutes. Expect about four of these insightful videos each week, accompanied by helpful PDFs and practical activities. These resources are created to help you apply what you learn, fostering a deeper understanding and enhancing your creative skills.
Each month will follow the same structure:
Week 1: Cultivating creativity: colour
Week 2: principles & practice - creative practice
Week 3: Cultivating creativity: nature
Week 4: principles & practice - marketing and business
Read on to the following sections for more details on these themes.
WEEKLY LIVE SESSIONS
Join our weekly community sessions, including co-creation calls and community calls, where you can interact, learn, and grow with fellow artists. Participate in Mini Mindset Missions, live Q&As, and peer reviews to build confidence and receive valuable feedback.
There are two sessions a week to account for different time zones but you only need to come to one.
They alternate between:
Our Community Calls start with our Mini Mindset Missions, which aim to build confidence in creativity, and follow with live Q&As and peer review where you can present your ongoing projects and receive constructive feedback
Our Co-creation Calls involve corking together in silence, a powerful way to do focused work, using the group for accountability.
Haven is our private community space. It is only for Pollinate members which is hosted within the course platform and is not attached to social media in any way.
Here you can come to ask questions, get feedback, share wins and share struggles. We have the following ‘circles’ for community content:
- Q&A: Feed for asking questions on the lessons that are released each week
- Peer review: present your ongoing projects and receive constructive feedback
- Cafe: General chat for getting to know each other
There will be a non-compulsory challenge every month. Should you wish to take part, you have the opportunity to earn points which you will be able to exchange for prizes.
Cultivating Creativity: Colour
Released on the first week of each month, 4 pre-recorded lessons that are concise yet powerful, lasting between 5 to 10 minutes, with by helpful PDFs and practical activities.
A series of lessons on colour and colour theory, structured to build upon each other, will provide a comprehensive understanding for your artists.
Every month we will delve into our Chronicles of Colour, where we learn the story of a specific hue from 5 different perspectives.
Other colour lessons will focus on topics like colour theory, colour harmony and colour psychology.
Principles & Practice: Creative Process
Released on the second week of each month, 4 pre-recorded lessons that are concise yet powerful, lasting between 5 to 10 minutes, with by helpful PDFs and practical activities.
These lessons will focus on building skills in photography, digital editing, art and design.
& Photography made easy for both phone and camera - from taking beautiful inspiration images, to stunning product photography, to documenting the artist behind the art
& Adobe Lightroom lessons for photo editing and printing
& Adobe Photoshop lessons for retouching photos of your products or art
Cultivating Creativity: Nature
Monthly lessons that blend art with science, focusing on specific species, natural phenomena, and scientific concepts to inspire creativity. Each unit comes with an art prompt.
- The Science of Colour in Nature - bird plumage and butterfly iridescence
- Geological Formations
- The Physics of Rainbows
- Animal Camouflage and Mimicry
Principles & Practice: Marketing & Business
For those who want to explore the realm of creative entrepreneurship, dip into a library of bite sized tutorials and cheat sheets that cover all the things you need to run your art-based business. Released on the forth week of each month.
No more googling, no more wading through details that feel irrelevant to your goals. Take a peek at just some of the resource topics that will be available below:
& Producing beautiful prints of your original art pieces from photography to printing
& Simple tutorials in the iPad app Procreate and Adobe Illustrator for creating patterns
& Canva for designing marketing materials for socials, newsletters and opt-ins
& Instagram and pinterest planning and marketing strategy
& Email marketing strategies so you can build a buying audience before you have anything to sell
What makes Pollinate special?
A Personal Note from Ria Mishaal
My Vision for Pollinate: Pollinate is born from my deep-seated desire to merge art, photography, and science into a supportive space that caters to your creative aspirations. It's designed to be a nurturing environment where your creativity is rekindled, your connection with nature deepened, and your journey towards a profitable business supported.
My Unique Blend of Expertise: As a postdoctoral scientist in natural history and behavioural neuroscience, combined with over 15 years as a professional photographer and a successful artist, I offer a rare balance of analytical and creative perspectives. This unique blend empowers me to guide you through both the artistic and entrepreneurial aspects of your journey.
Building a Community: My goal is to foster a community where my experiences and insights are shared to help you grow. I envision Pollinate as a place where your artistic and business aspirations are not just understood but actively nurtured.
Ready to transform?
Click 'Join Now' for immediate access to the Pollinate community and all our exciting resources. This is where your creative journey takes flight.
Join us as a pioneer and help shape Pollinate into a haven for artistic growth and business development. Act now to secure your spot and start your transformative journey into creativity, nature, and business.
Flexible Membership Policy: Life is unpredictable, and we get that. Our flexible membership allows you to pause for up to three months while retaining your rate, and you have the freedom to cancel anytime. We are here to support your journey, every step of the way.
How much time will I need for Pollinate each week?
When are the weekly sessions?
I haven't done art in years. Will I be able to keep up?
Do I need any specific software or kit?
How much does it cost and what options are there if I need to pause or cancel?
I'm not sure I'm creative enough for this. What if I can't come up with any ideas? What if I don’t have many art supplies?
I'm interested in nature and art but unsure about turning my art into a business. Is Pollinate right for me, especially if I'm not ready to sell my art?
Can I focus only on business tutorials? Will pollinate support me if I have already started my business journey?
Can I get one-on-one help or feedback on my artwork or photography?
Don't Miss Your Chance to Transform with Pollinate
Embrace Your Artistic Journey: Pollinate uniquely addresses your longing for creative fulfillment. Reignite your passion for art and connect deeply with nature, all while balancing your personal commitments.
Tailored to Your Pace: Whether you're rediscovering art or starting your business journey, Pollinate offers flexible, bite-sized learning tailored to your schedule. You can grow at your own pace, without the pressure of time constraints.
Expert Guidance and Supportive Community: Under the mentorship of Ria Mishaal, and surrounded by a community of like-minded creatives, you'll never feel alone. Here, your artistic and entrepreneurial dreams are nurtured and encouraged.
Turn Passion into Profit: With resources for both artistic development and business insights, Pollinate is your stepping stone to potentially turning your passion into a profitable venture – when you're ready.
Limited Opportunity: Remember, spaces in Pollinate are limited to ensure personalized attention and support. This is your moment to step into a journey of creativity, nature, and personal growth.