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.

David Lynch is a creative genius! Loved the class. Would love a PDF of the TM drawing he did in the bonus class...?

So grateful for the emphasis re: focus on the 'idea.' Also, David Lynch's generosity and poetic vision of life and art. I learned so much even though my focus is short fiction, not film. Thank you!

Inspiring how David Lynch talks about "ideas" in such a fond way, as though they are beings that take him by the hand to show him their story.

I need to engage in further research. Suspicious.


A fellow student

One of the things that I love about David's world is that everything is allowed and one can be crazy without being judged. During the film a set of completely new rules emerge one by one that we have to adopt to understand the story. Missing the point can also be a part of the experience, but that's fun too.

Bruce S.

Yay, I watched the intro, saw the films he has worked. They are all weird. I love them. I did not realize hey had him in common. I love the construct Art Life as he uses. This looks like it could be fun.

Jaime P.

David Lynch is very much in touch with life itself. As an entertainer, he makes me think about everything. I love to pose questions that might never have answers, and that is OK. I loved this class.

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!