9 Hour Video Course (broken up into 4 classes plus 1 bonus painting technique class – Watercolor: Composition

If you’ve ever wanted to learn how to make better choices in composing your painting, drawing, or even photograph – here’s a comprehensive set of videos to help you understand the elements and principles of art that go into making those decisions. You can go at your own pace and use each video to follow what I’m painting or use the concepts to create your own compositions with your own objects. Hope you enjoy my first ever larger video series!

You will receive the links to the videos via email once you register and give a donation for this video class.

Available for purchase.



This was a month long course with four 2 hour videos plus a 45 minute bonus video on watercolor techniques for the painting we worked on in class. You can take it at your own pace as I go over everything I know to make a good solid composition in painting, drawing, and even photography! You will be lead through 4 different paintings that encompass the concepts I speak about during each class regarding to the different aspects of composition. Below are the notes from each class so you have an idea of what is covered in this series of videos. It’s by donation, so feel free to pay what you can. Thank you for taking a look!


NOTES for Watercolor composition Course:

Recommended Reading: “Picture This” https://www.mollybang.com/Pages/picture.html


Composition: The way the Principles of Art are used to organize the Elements of Art.

Elements of Art: The ingredients of art

Line, Shape, Color, Texture, Value, Form, Space

Principles of Art/Design: The way we use the ingredients of art

Balance, Emphasis, Variety, Movement, Proportion, Harmony, Unity, (and Pattern which is one that I like too add)

1st Class: Balance/Proportion:


Different size of objects/Proportion

Rule of thirds: 

  1. Divide the canvas/paper evenly into thirds with a grid of 9 rectangles
  2. There are 4 points of interest where the lines intersect.
  3. Place the subject on one of those points

Proportion: the size of shapes in relation to other shapes/objects

2nd Class: Emphasis/Contrast

Emphasis: Developing points of visual interest to direct the viewer’s eyes to the most important parts of the composition.

Contrast: Values, Lights + Darks, gradients, shades and tints 

Positive/Negative Space = the shapes and the space around those shapes that is left empty or the background of an object

3rd Class: Variety/Movement/Rhythm

Variety: Differences that can provide complexity, variety of values, shapes textures, etc. Makes it more exciting or unique

Pattern: shapes or objects that are either random, or have a repeating shape

Movement: Implied or Real, adds excitement to an image. It’s a way of recording and showing action. Giving direction to move the viewer’s eye through the work.

Rhythm: A type of movement, repetition, or pattern of shapes, colors, values, lines… Similar to what Rhythm is to music

4th Class: Harmony/Unity

Harmony: Similar elements, uncomplicated

Unity: Oneness – all parts of the composition relate to each other. Creates strength in a picture