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Grow as an Artist: 7 Layouts for Dynamic Compositions

Donna Jean Engstrom, Mixed Media Artist and Creative Explorer

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8 Videos (23m)
    • Introduction

    • What it's all About

    • Horizon Line

    • Rule of Thirds

    • Composition Options

    • Composition Conclusion

    • Bonus 1

    • Bonus 2


About This Class

Photography, painting, drawing - all rely on strong composition. 

Learn seven different layouts that help you develop compelling compositions. I will lead you through each format with examples from old masters, modern artists, as well as my own work. As you work through the projects, you will gain confidence in your decisions for subject matter and color choices.

Join this class and you will:

  • Become familiar with the Elements of Art and the Principles of Design.
  • Be able to define and use tried and true formats to configure a successful piece.
  • Learn how to speak with authority on how to build successful artwork.
  • Be able to edit your work with a practiced eye for what the next step should be.


17 of 17 students recommendSee All

Good presentation of elements of composition.
Wonderful class! The information is very clear and easy to understand, with a lot of examples. I enjoyed it very much, thank you!
Discusses a difficult topic (for me) in an easy to understand way with lots of examples.





Donna Jean Engstrom

Mixed Media Artist and Creative Explorer

I've been an artist and teacher for over 30 years. Yikes! That's a long time, eh? Well worth every single minute. I love teaching and bringing the joy of creating to those who think they can't. You know who you are, 'can't draw a stick figure' come to mind?

My classes are easy to follow, full of encouragement with a dose of challenge, and based on my many years of teaching drawing, painting, collage, and bookmaking classes.

I'm a signature member of the National Collage Society...

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