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Creating Small: Mini Masterpieces with Big Impact

Jen Dixon, Abstract and figurative artist, tutor.

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10 Videos (1h 32m)
    • Introduction

    • Suggested Materials

    • Exercise: Warm Up & Control

    • Exercise: Intentional Mark-Making

    • Testing Mixed Media Material Compatibilities

    • Subject & Compositional Choices

    • Colour Considerations

    • Putting it All Together - Making Mini Masterpieces

    • Mini Masterpiece Preservation Advice

    • Final Thoughts

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About This Class



This class is for everyone, whether you're a beginner or experienced artist.

The same rules of mark making, composition, and colour apply to art small or large. I've designed this class to build your technical skills and also a thought process for creating a work of art. Like most of my classes, I'm in this with you for the long-haul, not a quick project. I want you to approach everything you do with greater skills and confidence, mini or maxi.

Some of the things we will cover in this class:

  • Brush practice & intentional visual marks for effect
  • Subject & Composition
  • Mixed media compatibilities
  • How these principles and skills are used in real mini masterpiece examples
  • Preservation of your mini masterpieces


By the end of this class you'll be making countless, gorgeous, little works of art.

Why create small? Perhaps you want to work through ideas, test and get to know compatible mixed media materials, colour combinations, or compositions. Maybe you're in a creative rut and need a project to free your mind and break habits. Whatever your reason, making mini paintings is fun and quick to provide results.

You're also going to see me make a real mess of a self-portrait, learn from it, and then get it right. I show these things because we all keep learning with every artwork we create, and getting it wrong is important for our progress.

I can't wait to see what you create, so upload your exercises, experiments, and mini masterpieces! Let's do this!


114 of 115 students recommendSee All

Excellent variety of subject matter! Wholly enjoyable!
Thank you Jen for a very informative class. I will be making lots of mini-master pieces now! I even have tiny cello bags to go with my tiny pieces of hot press watercolor paper already! I couldn't believe I found them in my stash! I just followed you on Instagram! Kandi
It was fun trying to paint in a mini scale and it certainly helped me to relax more in my details and colouring. Great way to express oneself in abstract an try new colour mixtures, In all this was well taught and enjoyable to learn and follow along. Oh I learned a new way to tape small paper down, although not this small. Thanks for the enjoyable afternoon.





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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