Film & TV

Introduction: The Art Life

David Lynch

Lesson time 3:34 min

Meet your new instructor: Oscar-nominated filmmaker and artist David Lynch. In his first lesson, David talks about the importance of exploring deeply and encourages you to seek out thrilling ideas in the pursuit of creativity.

David Lynch
Teaches Creativity and Film
David Lynch teaches his unconventional process for translating visionary ideas into film and other art forms.
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An avant-garde figure in filmmaking, David Lynch introduced mainstream audiences to art-house films. Now the Oscar-nominated director of Mulholland Drive teaches his cross-disciplinary creative process. Learn how he catches ideas, translates them into a narrative, and moves beyond formulaic storytelling. Embrace the art life in David’s MasterClass and learn to test the boundaries of your own artistic expression in any medium.


Students give MasterClass an average rating of 4.7 out of 5 stars.

this class was so inspirational. i enjoyed listening david lynch talking about his story, thanks a lot!

I've been meditating since I was a child. I enjoyed the class. Thank you.

David Lynch has a very unique style. His thoughts on ideas and how to harness the power of our own consciousness is curious and compelling.

Amazing. Truly inspiring. Great advice on unlocking creativity and unleashing your ideas.


Ben W.

Liked it a lot. So much in 3 minutes.... the whole thing about doing the work of art not to satisfy compliance with that which is outside of ourselves, bur from what is inside of our selves... the only way to true satisfaction and self expression and how that builds on itself and propels itself forward. Lynch asks us to be self-defining and to be bold about it. Unafraid.

A fellow student

A bizarre filmmaker with an omniscient style, it is so refreshing to see this man be upfront about his form.

A fellow student

I like how David establishes the difference between art and entertainment up front. It let me know that I was in the right place.

Vincent M.

As David said, we all like money, but to live "The Art Life" is to be true to your own art. Create your ideas and never ever give up full control of your ideas for extra cash. To hear him say this gives me a massive amount of elation.

Aaron J.

Being weird is not enough. Weird is interesting. It can be creative. Certainly imaginative. We don't need an art life. We need art. And the art we need has to have something to say. What it says needs to be the truth. Otherwise you're just weird and cool and celebrated and living an art life - not making useful art.


1,000, million percent YES, YES, YES!!! I concur with every word he said!!!! How did he crawl inside my head like that?

Zdenka K.

Wow it seems to be too short and simple to be true... i will have to watch some quality movies!

Mia S.

"The art life is a life lived around working. It could be working in any of the art forms, it could be working in cinema, painting, lithography, music. Every medium is infinitely deep. And when you get to know them, they'll let you go deeper. This is the art life. In cinema, there's many filmmakers that make films primarily to make money, and that's more called 'entertainment.' I love money like everybody else, but probably, I would do the things that I like to do for free. The most valuable thing I could impart to new filmmakers is, when I always say, 'Find your own voice. Be true to that voice, never give up final cut and total creative freedom. Never take a bad idea, but never turn down a good idea.' I just like this process of catching ideas that I fall in love with and then realizing those ideas. I like all these different steps of creating something. I love being in it, and I feel that when you're really in it, more ideas flow. You get into it deeper and deeper, and it's a thrilling ride. All these different art forms are thrilling, thrilling to the soul. So if you love the ideas that come along, a deep love - you will find a way to realize those."

Shalini P.

Is there a workbook/ assignment for this course? And where to submit them? Kindly let me know. Thanks.

Product D.

THREE HOURS LATER ! 3 Hours ! Your "Masterclass" Still does not want to play videos. Tell me dear Masterclass, why would I or anyone recommend Masterclass to anyone, knowing that your videos don't play ? Clean up your act, man. This is embarrassing, for you.