Introduction to Design and Composition

Selecting and arranging objects for a painting is not an easy task, even for experienced artists. This course will introduce you to all the elements that are at work in a composition and guide you through the process of getting professional results. It is intended for artists who are familiar with basic materials and have an understanding of their preferred medium. You can work in watercolor, oil, acrylic, pastel, pencil or pen and ink. Each assignment will ask for thumbnails or rough pencil studies as well as a finished piece … View


Color Harmony Explained

Are your paintings dull and lacking life? Do you have trouble understanding what colors to use to make interesting combinations? Are you unsure how to create excitement with color? Are your paintings in need of a color infusion? Here are the tools you need to add color harmony to your work and make your paintings sing. Color, with its infinite combinations, is what makes your art exciting and unique. Start understanding and using colors that work. Start Date: September 23, 2014 Course Length: 4 weeks Tuition: $159.99 Instructor: Sharon Weaver … View

The Courageous

Mixed Media Mentorship

This online workshop is for artists that are looking to create a professional portfolio of work. The instructor will work one-on-one with artists, refining their skills to create professional works for the fine and commercial art marketplace. In addition, discussions regarding personal outlook, growth and development will help each attendee to explore and expand upon their own creative process as well as establish successful business goals for the long term. Start Date: July 29, 2014 Course Length: 4 weeks Tuition: $169.99 $149.99 Instructor: Lisa Cyr (bio) View Course Schedule Course … View


World Within Worlds: Finding the Art Around You

Check back soon to see when this course will be offered again. Click here to see a list of currently available courses. Have you ever wondered where other artists get their ideas from? Have you ever had an artistic block? In this class we will explore different techniques and options on how to gather inspiration for art projects. Once the idea is established, we will be creating organic or creature/figure type compositions. The class will start out by exploring your surroundings, whether indoors or out, at home, work, a park, … View


Developing a Viable, Active, and Successful Art Career

Check back soon to see when this course will be offered again. Click here to see a list of currently available courses. Paul Dorrell founded Leopold Gallery in 1991, and has been helping to advance the careers of emerging artists ever since.  His clients include Warner Brothers, H&R Block, the Kansas City Chiefs, the Mayo Clinic, and over 1000 private collectors. He is also the author of Living the Artist’s Life, the acclaimed career guidebook for artists.  It has been endorsed by the Associated Press, The Artist’s Magazine, Sculpture Magazine, … View

Morning Hits the Rocks

Bring Atmosphere and Drama to Your Art

Take your understanding of light to the next level and bring atmosphere into your work. Learn how to enhance your composition with value, hue and intensity. See the affect of light on color and how to paint the different times of the day, use value to add movement to your painting and create a focal point with color. This course will help you understand the interaction of color and light on your composition to enhance your art.  Start Date: October 21, 2014 Course Length: 4 weeks Tuition: $159.99 Course Materials: … View

Voyage to Michaelania

Creative Explorations in Mixed Media: 2D, 3D and Beyond!

This online workshop will explore alternative, innovative ways of conceptualizing and creating content-driven mixed-media art that is on the cutting-edge. Throughout the workshop, insightful and thought-provoking profiles of leading artists and illustrators accompany exciting in-depth, step-by-step demonstrations, shed light on signature processes and techniques. The workshop also provides insight into the historical influences behind contemporary thinking and approaches, investigating the origins of alternative, unconventional picture making throughout the decades. Offering a wide range of possibilities for exploration and experimentation, this workshop will reveal how alternative, mixed media aesthetics is uniting … View


Unlock the Door to Your Creativity: Fearless Creating in Watercolor, Acrylic and Mixed Media

Check back soon to see when this course will be offered again. Click here to see a list of currently available courses. From her book The Artist’s Muse, Betsy Dillard Stroud offers this course to help you jump start your creativity with four creative challenges. Betsy says, “To be creative you simply open the door of the subconscious mind, allowing thoughts and images to emerge unedited.” Challenges always lead you to the next step, the next brushstroke, the next great painting. In this course, there are four innovative creative challenges … View


Composition: The Foundation of Your Art

How often have you struggled with a painting for hours and hours only to be disappointed with the outcome? Often this problem can be traced back to the most basic mistake, a poorly designed composition.The hours you work on a painting trying to dress up a weak composition are wasted, so why not use that time to learn how to design a strong composition and make a foundation that will take your work to a new level? Learn how to compose a painting from start to finish with this online … View

Maya Brym

Collage, Painting, and Two-Dimensional Design: A Mixed-Media Approach

Are you looking for new possibilities to revitalize the way you create images? Do you sometimes find materials that you’d like to incorporate into an artwork? Find new possibilities and techniques that turn your visions and sketches into finished mixed media pieces. This online mixed media course will build your skills and give you insight into creating pieces using found materials and other mixed media techniques. Jenifer Stern leads this session, open to artists of all levels, especially beginners. Start Date: October 21, 2014 Tuition: $159.99 Course Materials: New Creative … View

Lisa Cyr Image

Online Course: Inspirational Mixed Media Art Techniques

This online mixed media workshop will investigate exploratory methodologies, techniques, and approaches in mixed-media art. Throughout this mixed-media workshop, exciting in-depth demonstrations will be shown, providing an extensive array of visually-stimulating mixed-media art project possibilities for artists to explore. Both two-dimensional and three-dimensional mixed media techniques will be covered. For artists who are looking to push their mixed-media ideas and work to a new level, this workshop will be a valuable resource and an ongoing source for creative inspiration. Comments about this class from the instructor: I structure my online … View


Art Critique Seminar

Check back soon to see when this course will be offered again. Click here to see a list of currently available courses.   As you know, producing art is primarily a solitary activity. In many cases, any evaluation is limited to self-critique or the feedback of family & friends. Although there’s certainly a place for the encouragement of family and friends, an unbiased art critique is essential to artistic growth. Have you ever asked yourself the question, “What would it be like if a professional artist were to critique my … View