Academy

Welcome to an exciting way to study painting online.   Explore topics in-depth.  Work at your own pace on your own schedule Get feedback from Dianne when you ask for it.   Once you have completed the course, you will receive a Certificate of Achievement.

50% off during June!

On Sale During June!

Varying & Repeating Colors

In this MASTER COURSE, you will learn...
• How repeating and varying can enrich your paintings
• How to use variations of hue, with saturation, and/or with value in your paintings
• How to vary with a progression of tertiaries
• Ways to repeat color for color harmony and unity
• How to repeat and vary color at the same time

 

Our Master Courses evolved from Dianne’s workshops.  They explore in-depth a single composing principle. 

Our Concept Lessons are just that–an indepth probing of a single concept.

 

 

 
 

 

Our Mini Courses are created from Dianne’s Series of lesson downloads.  Each one guides your through up to four ways to work with a single composing concept. 

Our Master Courses

$130

Conveying the Light Source

In this MASTER COURSE you will learn...
• How to locate the primary light source
• How to determine whether primary light source is direct or diffused.
• How to determine the direction and strength of the light rays
• How planes are being hit by light rays or thrown into shadow

$95

Working with Notan

In this MASTER COURSE you will learn...
•How to make a notan of shadows and not-in-shadow
• How to translate the notan into a large range of values
• How to determine which portions of the notan belong in the middle value range
• How to shift value ranges and keep values balanced

$130

Translating Shadows

In this MASTER COURSE you will learn...
• The kinds of shadows and how behave
• How to set your palette for creating shadows
• How to set a notan as foundation for the painting
• How to mix colors and values for realistic shadows.

$130

Mastering Foreshortening

In this MASTER COURSE you will learn...
•How the angle of edges changes when planes of images are turned away from us
•How the length of planes get shorter the further they are turned away from us
•How sometimes shapes in front will overlap those that are receding •How as shapes recede, they get smaller

$130

Controlling Value Contrasts

In this MASTER COURSE, you will learn...
• How to recognize the intervals between values
• How to determine the degrees of any value contrast
• How to control the degree of contrast
• How to use value contrast to guide the eye

$130

Cracking the Color Code

In this MASTER COURSE You will learn...
• How to think about color to mix any color you see
• A color-relationship method for setting up your palette
• How to use the color wheel as your guide
• How recognize hue, value and intensity while painting.

$130

Creating Luminosity

In this MASTER COURSE you will learn...
• What causes us to see luminescence
• The skill of gradation in creating luminosity
• The role of using color chords in creating luminosity
• How to set up your palette for creating luminosity in your paintings

$130

Working with Warm and Cool Colors

In this MASTER COURSE, you will learn...
• Why we call colors warm or cool
• How to discern whether a color is warm or cool
• Ways to make colors warmer or cooler
• How to use warm and cool colors in our paintings

$130

Determining Placement of Images

In this MASTER COURSE, you will learn...
• How to decide where to place your images
• How visual movement is created by placement
• How to align images for dynamic and static movement
• How to crop for the strongest placement

$130

Controlling DEGREES of Emphasis

In this MASTER COURSE you will learn...
●The roles saturation (intensity, chroma) play in our paintings
●What happens to hues when saturated or desaturated
●How to control degrees of saturation in every value
● How and when to use strong saturation in our paintings

$130

Composing with Visual Paths

In this MASTER COURSE you will learn..
● The major ways visual paths are created
● How visual paths work
● How to control visual movement
● How to decide which visual paths to use

$130

Controlling the Saturation of Colors

In this MASTER COURSE you will learn...
● The roles saturation (intensity, chroma) play in our paintings
● What happens to hues when saturated or desaturated
● How to control degrees of saturation in every value
● How and when to use strong saturation in our paintings

On Sale During June!

Varying & Repeating Colors

In this MASTER COURSE, you will learn...
• How repeating and varying can enrich your paintings
• How to use variations of hue, with saturation, and/or with value in your paintings
• How to vary with a progression of tertiaries
• Ways to repeat color for color harmony and unity
• How to repeat and vary color at the same time

$95

Working with Negative Space

In this MASTER COURSE you will learn...
● How to determine whether a space is negative or positive
● What causes a space to read negative or positive
● How to keep negative and positive space relating in your painting
● How to balance negative and positive space

$130

Balancing Color

In this MASTER COURSE, you will learn...
● What it means for colors to be out of balance
● How to develop an eye for identifying colors out of balance.
● The kinds of color relationships and how they can be used to create color balance.
● How to keep your colors balanced from start to finish.

$130

Harnessing Warm & Cool Colors

In this MASTER COURSE, you will learn...
● The two ways colors can be warm or cool
● How to balance warm and cool in your painting
● How to enhance neutrals by alternating warm and cool
● How to enrich a single area of color by inserting an opposite temperature

$130

Mastering Hues in Your Paintings

In this MASTER COURSE, you will learn...
● How to identify hues regardless of their value or saturation, and the difference between hue and color
● The ways hues can change independent of value or saturation and how they behave with value and saturation.
● The role hues play in giving the painting harmony and discord
● Ways hues can determine how the viewer looks at a painting

Our Mini Courses

$60

Mastering Gesture Drawing

In this MINI COURSE you will learn...
• How to capture the movement (life) in your subjects
• How to retrain your thoughts so that you draw what you are seeing
• How to make your drawings flow
• How to build confidence in your ability to draw

$60

Guiding the Eye

In this MINI COURSE you will learn...
• How to look beyond the image and into its value structure
• How to set the stage in your painting for guiding the eye
• How to recognize value contrasts and value gradations
• A sequence allowing the painting to emerge general to specific

$60

Creating Distance

In this MINI COURSE you will learn...
• How to create distance by gradating with color
• How to create distance by gradating textures
• How to create distance by controlling the range of value contrasts
• How to create distance by decreasing sizes

Our Concept Lessons

Our Concept Lessons feature the first video lesson of a course. If after watching the lesson and taking its quiz, you decide to take the course, the price of the concept lesson will be deducted from the price of the course.

$25

Concept Lesson: Warm and Cool Colors Explained

This concept lesson introduces you to the concepts taught in Working with Warm & Cool Colors course.

$29

Abstracting from a Realistic Image

A crash course on how to create an abstract painting based on any realistic reference.

Free

What Is Visual Balance?

This is a short video Dianne created for one of her YouTube chats. It explains the concept of Visual Balance.

Free

Getting To Know Your Tube Colors

This FREE Concept Lesson guides you through how to get to know your tube color so that you can work with them with total confidence and flexibility.

Quick Tips

More than 430 Quick Tips on YouTube. Thise focus on painting techniques and concepts.

Individual Video Series and Lessons Website

Individual lessons you can download and own. These are lessons from which the MINI COURSES are created. If you prefer individual lessons rather than a course, this is a good choice for you.

Monthly Livestream Workshops

Study with a group and have an individual coaching session with Dianne.

Learn how composing is the life and spirit of your paintings.

Dianne Mize , Artist and Teacher

Painting skills go far beyond learning how to manage a brush and paint.  At their heart is learning how to see and how to interpret your vision with your own voice.

An artist is not merely copying a scene, but is using the information in that scene to express an inner voice unique to each of us.

Your artistic voice is an expression of your authentic uniqueness.  We give you guidance that helps you build sound tools and allows you the freedom to fully express that voice.

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