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Explore 100 Paintings in 30 Days

Discover how to see the beauty behind a painting.

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"When I did this composition course, I felt I was in the artist's head! It was amazing, it was exciting. I connected to masters in a way I never have before."

- Lori C. PA, USA Painter

 

"The art of controlling the observer –
that is composition."
- Robert Henri


Composition is the #1 factor for getting your viewers to feel and see what you want them to.
Composition is important because it’s the most direct factor that resonates with your viewers. If you are planning to make a work of genius, the composition will most often be the primary power of your artwork.

You've probably heard it said before:
"If you fail to plan, you plan to fail."

It’s true! Your composition is special because it's the part of your artwork we feel. You can always be a great painter, but if your composition is not working, the painting feels off. Have you ever felt something was off in your painting but could not put your finger on it? How probable is it that your frustration stems from a weakness in the composition? Probably over 90%, Right?

Even if your artwork is super abstract or hyper-photo-realistic, a weak composition makes it feel frantic, frozen, or frail? Without a well-crafted composition, even works of deep sincerity and meaning, quickly become mediocre and flimsy.

Think about it: if your composition is the foundation in which your artwork is rooted in. How alive would it become in a composition not properly cultivated? Not very much. The cosmetic look may be nice. But as the parable says, a house built on sand will not stand. But if you compose your art well, it’s like building your house on a solid foundation.

A great composition makes all the difference! Artists want to share their feelings, tell their stories, convey their ideas through their artwork.

Artists who don’t understand composition are always producing work at a level lower than they desire. This crucial knowledge is keeping artists from winning awards, securing commissions, and feeling the level of achievement they seek and see in the great artists of the past.

So what are you waiting for? It's time to start composing art like a genius! Enroll in "100 Paintings in 30 Days" to explore how master artists composed so you too can compose YOUR own works of genius.

In five packed modules, you'll learn everything you need to know to explore the inner-workings of genius works of Art. Skim over the Course Curriculum to see what are the questions this experience answers and clarifies.

The time to start composing
genius works of Art is NOW!


Sign up for 100 Paintings in 30 Days
to compose your own works of genius!

Course Curriculum


  MODULE 1 | Lines and Edges
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    Lesson 1 How do you find and manage the three most dominant line directions in a composition?
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    Assignment - Explore 7 master paintings to find the three most dominant line directions.
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    Lesson 2 How do you visually emphasize those three most important line directions?
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    Assignment - Explore 7 master paintings to see how the masters emphasize those line directions.
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    Lesson 3 Why would you make the viewer experience more than one emotion in a composition?
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    Assignment - Explore 7 master paintings so you can determine the array of distinct feels.
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    Lesson 4 How would a master exaggerate their composition so that it triggers those feelings in us?
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    Assignment - Explore 7 master paintings to discover how the artists make it super clear what he wants us to feel when we are looking at a specific area in the composition.
  MODULE 2 | Curves
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    Lesson 5 How would a master artist quickly zoom our eye to or out from a single spot in the composition?
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    Assignment - Explore 7 master paintings so you can see how the artists are moving the eye quickly to or from a single point.
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    Lesson 6 How would you gracefully connect visually separated elements in a composition?
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    Assignment - Explore 7 master paintings for unity and connection.
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    Lesson 7 How would you skillfully move the eye so that it helped convey a feeling or communicate the story you want to tell?
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    Assignment - Explore 7 master paintings for elegant or violent movements that help us feel and understand the purpose of the painting.
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    Lesson 8 How do you find and manage the five most significant eye movements in a composition?
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    Assignment - Explore 7 master paintings to find the five most significant eye movements.
  MODULE 3 | Layout
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    Lesson 9 How do you divide your canvas so that it gives your composition a stable layout?
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    Assignment - Explore 7 master paintings to see how much of the image is rooted in a set of static and stable divisions.
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    Lesson 10 How do you discover a composition’s unique ratios and dynamic proportions?
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    Assignment - Explore 7 master paintings to find the secret ratios and proportions hidden within a composition.
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    Lesson 11 How do you reveal the hidden geometry that sets the tone and pace of a composition?
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    Assignment - Explore 7 master paintings to expose its secret geometry.
  MODULE 4 | Harmony
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    Lesson 12 How do you harmonize every aspect of a composition so that it visually vibrates to the same frequency set by its special geometry?
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    Assignment - Explore 7 master paintings to see how masters harmonize their compositions.
  MODULE 5 | Values
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    Lesson 13 How do you determine the foreground to the background relationship?
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    Assignment - Explore 7 master paintings to see strategic ways to separate significant areas in a composition.
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    Lesson 14 How do you block out the important masses in a composition so that’s clearly seen from across the room?
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    Assignment - Explore 7 master paintings to see ways the eye moves into and out of the light and dark areas of a composition.
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    Lesson 15 How do you find and manage the most significant dark & light relationship in a composition?
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    Assignment - Explore 7 master paintings for where the highest point of contrast occurs.
  MODULE 6 | Library
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    Workbook The Art-Design Workbook helps you practice seeing the design strategies Master artists use to engineer their genius works of Art.
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    Book Drawn to Win: 7 Keys to Win Your Next Art Contest
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    Video Collection of videos on design, composition, and storytelling.
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    Podcast Collection of interviews with artists where we discuss life, art, and food.
 

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"For me, this course was a life changing experience. It's like visiting the mind of the masters when they were at the job."

- Ivy R. Indian Painter

Your Instructor


Don Victor
Don Victor
Don Victor is the world’s leading authority on applied-composition and art-design. He is the founder of the Academy of Composition, author, lecturer, teacher and host of the Drawn to Win podcast.

Don Victor has been consulting professional artists in composition and art-design since 2002. Each artist he has coached has composed beautiful, unique, and smart works of Art, no matter their medium, subject, or style.

After analyzing the secret geometry behind hundreds of master paintings, sculptures, and architecture, Don Victor has discovered what really WORKS to consistently develop works of Art that are authentic, profound and connect with their audience.

Don Victor’s extensive experience with fine art composition has taught him many valuable skills that he enjoys sharing with other serious artists. As a life-long student of applied composition, he finds great joy in sharing his discoveries with others at www.academyofcomposition.com.

He is the father of two children and lives in Erie, Pa. Some of his hobbies include trips to Portugal, yoga, and cooking for those he loves.


FAQ's


When does the course start and finish?
The course starts now and never ends! It is a completely self-paced online course - you decide when you start and when you finish.
How long do I have access to the course?
How does lifetime access sound? After enrolling, you have unlimited access to this course for as long as you like - across any and all devices you own.
What if I am unhappy with the course?
We would never want you to be unhappy! If you are unsatisfied with your purchase, contact us in the first 30 days and we will give you a full refund.
 

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