Composition Rules: The Art & Science of Better Visuals

Jen Dixon, Jen Dixon, abstract and figurative artist, tutor.

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9 Videos (1h 8m)
    • Composition Rules: The Art & Science of Better Visuals

    • What is Composition?

    • Designing Visual Experiences

    • Foundation: The Rule of Thirds

    • Next Level: Division of Space & Creating Journey

    • Taking it Further: Golden Ratio & Spiral

    • Project: Plan Like a Designer

    • Bonus Project: Learn to Draw the Golden Ratio & Spiral

    • Final Thoughts & Thank You


About This Class


Welcome to Composition Rules: The Art & Science of Better Visuals.

This class is somewhere between a beginner and intermediate level, aimed primarily at artists, and by the end you’ll be sailing through creating better visuals in all you do. If you’re a designer, illustrator, photographer… you’re still going to be able to apply what you learn with me to your craft.

Join me for a concise, but full investigation of why we learn to design our compositions according to traditional principles such as The Rule of Thirds, Spacial Divisions and Journey, and of course, The Golden Ratio. The projects will have you thinking like a designer so that the crucial beginning of a new painting or drawing expresses exactly the story you want to tell to the viewer.

You’re not going to want to miss this class.

Let me help you understand and apply the Art & Science of Better Visuals through Composition Rules.

For this class, you’re going to need:

  • Cartridge Paper or similar, anything cheap and plentiful.
  • Soft leaded pencils or charcoal
  • A ruler

And for the bonus project:

  • A selection of basic coloured pencils (bright, rainbow colours)
  • A square
  • A compass

I also recommend a notebook or sketchbook for taking notes, because there is a lot of information to absorb, but remember you can always watch again too.

I’m really looking forward to you being a part of this class and showing me your work.
Thank you for being here.
Let’s get started!


Note: All examples in this class are either public domain or the creation of the author/artist, Jen Dixon.


86 of 91 students recommendSee All

I don't draw or painting, but this course is very interesting; I have the basis for see more deeply the sense of a painting or an image and I can apply that for design in a better way a page or a photo. Very interesting.
Ingrid Lebihan

Heart Expression & Creativity Lover

This is a very clear and comprehensive tutorial about composition that really goes for jugular about what people want to know about composition in art.
Thanks for explaining the basics so clearly. A really good review and reminder.
Susana Hernandez

Always Learning





Jen Dixon

Jen Dixon, abstract and figurative artist, tutor.

Jen Dixon works mostly in mixed media abstract and figurative painting. She is also an illustrator, writer, and teaches life-drawing. Originally from Indiana, she now lives in a village on the North Cornwall coast of England.

Having led her first drawing classes at the age of six, she continued with art throughout her school days by selling portraits and sign-painting for local businesses. She taught art to young teens before achieving a degree in Industrial Design from The Art Institute of Pittsburgh.

Jen has worked as a muralist, corporate display artist for former national retail giant Musicland Group (US), and a commissions painter. She tutors regularly from her studio, and her art hangs in private collections around the world.







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