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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

      1:43
    • What is Composition?

      0:49
    • Designing Visual Experiences

      2:01
    • Foundation: The Rule of Thirds

      4:37
    • Next Level: Division of Space & Creating Journey

      5:03
    • Taking it Further: Golden Ratio & Spiral

      11:10
    • Project: Plan Like a Designer

      19:20
    • Bonus Project: Learn to Draw the Golden Ratio & Spiral

      21:51
    • Final Thoughts & Thank You

      1:08

About This Class

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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!

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

107 of 112 students recommendSee All

I'm not doing this class because I want to do fine art. My aim is to become a better photographer. Still I found this class very interesting and helpful. Jen is a good instructor.
Composition is something I've been avoiding for a LONG time, and so I've been drawing and painting mostly composition-less doodles and patterns. After taking Jen's class I don't know what I was afraid of really. Jen breaks it down and clarifies what to do to work towards a good composition. I enjoyed Jen's explanations of the compositions of example paintings. So now I know what tools to use to try to improve my composition skills. It wasn't so scary after all! Thanks Jen for teaching this class! Recommended!
Keren Duchan

Doodler, Teacher

I've learnt a lots from this class! Thank you so much!

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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 privately both groups and individuals. Originally from Indiana, she now lives in a windy 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 Industr...

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