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Introduction: The Art Life

David Lynch

Lesson time 03:46 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 genius. This is about so much more than just creativity and film. Its about an approach to life, and approach to your work, its about a mindset and being doing what you love and how to get the most from it and from yourself. I think anybody interested in feeling better about their life should watch this masterclass.

This was my first Master Class. David teachings are valuable and authentic. I think he puts into words things most people can't explain. He's a genius

Not just for filmmakers -- he has great tips for cultivating creativity in general. Plus he's an absolute legend.

David Lynch seems like a very interesting guy and obviously very talented but interesting. Love that he did an episode on meditation!


Ali Rıza B.

David Lynch explains all his methods with great humility and optimism. The geniality warms the person. This is an invaluable value on my journey. And for those who want to translate into another language, I share what is said word by word. INTRODUCTION: THE ART LIFE ( Music ''BLUE VELVET'') 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, photography, lithography, music. Every medium is infinitely is 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 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 idaea, but never turn down a good idead. And I just like this process of catching ideas that I fall in love with and then realizing those ideas. And I like all these diffrent 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, thriling ride. All these diffrent art form 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. Hello everybody. My name is David Lynch and this is my MasterClass.


Very thrilled to hear this grand master of life and cinema, can't wait to hear more of it! The mise-en-scene is very well done and adapted to the universe of Lynch, great work.

Raphael M.

I'd like to know if the music after the Blue Velvet theme was made specifically for this video, or if it came from somewhere else. It's incredibly beautiful and gave David's words and the images their proper weight.

Wesley A.

It's wonderful to hear Lynch speak about the value of ideation and the distinction between film as entertainment and film as art. I'm taking this class in preparation for launching a student curated drive-in theater, and these are exactly the principals I'd like students to latch onto.

Mariam R.

well I just had to write few words... I am super excited about this masterclass


I know nothing about film making but enjoy David's films. I thought it would be interesting Masterclass to see how his brilliant mind works. I am an art student and I'm into his art life philosophy. Working with the flow of an idea is liberating and exciting you can't get it wrong, there are just nice surprises in the ideas that percolate.

Andrew K.

Great intro. Once you hear his voice you are immediately in his world, and there's no other one quite like it.

A fellow student

Is it just me, or he was CRACKING UP inside when he says "Hello everybody! This is Davi..."

A fellow student

Loved how the atmospheres in the class videos reflect that in David Lynch's movies

A fellow student

This introduction has me more excited than I originally was. I really think this class has the possibility to change the trajectory of the script I'm in the process of writing.