Mastering Composition

The most efficient and effective way
to dramatically improve your painting.

“The kind of teaching I have been seeking for decades.”

Jodi Shuster, Toronto, Canada

Mastering Composition

The most efficient and effective way to dramatically improve your painting.

“The kind of teaching I have been seeking for decades.”

Jodi Shuster, Toronto, Canada

Composition forms the foundation of every painting you do.
Whether you know it or not.

Before the Course

After the Course

I hear from students constantly that they

  • get half way through a painting and don’t know how to finish
  • feel they make the same mistakes over and over
  • rework and overwork painting after painting

In fact most student paintings are doomed before the brush even touches the canvas. Why? Poor or no compositional structure.

You need a foundation to build your painting on. Just like you need a foundation before you build a house. That foundation forms the structure to build your painting.

In this six-week online course we strip away the complexities of paint, brushes and color and focus on the foundation skills of learning to “see” the structure and design of your painting before you begin to paint.

How? You will learn to draw in the six weeks so it becomes a fluent and enjoyable practice. Look at the before and after drawings on the right, done six weeks apart. Explore your ideas for a painting like this before you start a painting and your success rate and confidence will soar.

Before the Course / After the Course

Before and after few weeks of courses
Before and after few weeks of courses

Build a solid foundation to your paintings and your success rate and confidence will soar

A six week course offered once a year

Here’s what some of those students
had to say about the experience
of learning to draw in this course

John E. Davis
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“Over the past 16 years, I’ve read dozens of books, watched videos and taken workshops from many nationally known artists. All were good, but none have inspired or given more than what I’ve experienced here.
My initial reason for signing up was to try to rekindle my muse. I received that and much, much more. My heartfelt thanks

John E. Davis

Brevard, NC

Vicki Diez-Canseco
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“As a former educator, I fully appreciate the thoughtful, well-constructed, “lesson plans” and homework exercises, the videos to illustrate the main concepts, the responsiveness to student needs and the exquisitely fine balance between challenge and support.

Vicki Diez-Canseco

Tucson, AZ

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“I have to tell you how wonderful your classes have been! I have been doing art my whole life and painting for a long time, and I’ve taken a lot of classes, but yours is truly unique in terms of how much value you pack in in such a short time.

Anne Greenstreet

Boulder, Colorado

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“What a gift it has been. I feel exceedingly confident, for once, in my painting abilities.
I know now what to do, how to do it, and why.”

Katie Fleming

Weston, Florida