Mastering Composition

(2 customer reviews)

Techniques and Principles to Dramatically Improve Your Paintings.

With Ian Roberts

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As you watch the video and do the exercises, I hope what you want to say and what you want to become as an artist becomes clearer. And easier to express. A good solid foundation of strong composition will serve you well, no matter what your aspirations are.

Since creating this video workshop I wrote a book also called Mastering Composition, published by North Light Books, which has sold over 50,000 copies. So there seems to be a desire among artists to understand composition better.

I started a Youtube channel — Ian Roberts Mastering Composition. The first Tuesday of each month I post a free 8-10 minute video on composition. You can sign up to receive that video by going to

I am currently teaching online courses on composition and drawing. The foundation of painting is drawing. You can therefore explore and master fundamental skills without the constant overwhelm of juggling everything at once as we must with a painting.

I wish you courage and insight and fun on your creative path.

With best wishes,
Ian Roberts.

2 reviews for Mastering Composition

  1. Sidney Gibson (verified owner)

    This class is amazing. I learned so much practical useable techniques to use to improve how I look at a landscape, how to sketch a painting first and how to draw the viewer’s attention through the painting. I have painted for years and have had many instructors but none have taught me the wonderfully usable and valuable techniques that Ian shows you. The way the workbook is laid out also takes you step by step through what he has taught through the course so you can practice what he has been teaching.

  2. Ramona Bagley (verified owner)

    Ian’s video is a profound education in painting which is also fun and entertaining to watch. It takes place in Taos…(an inspiration for any landscape artist!) and makes you feel like you are attending a workshop there. The teaching content is awesome. It is focused on everything an artist needs in the way of skills to really work their craft , to polish and develop a stronger understanding of composition. A step by step method is also included here in the form of a very nice workbook, which guides you through some pertinent exercises. There is a lot of great information on how to work through the whole painting process …really very meaty…. and It feels like the real hands-on involvement that you get in a plein air workshop. Ian is a wonderful artist and teacher…. incredible at assessing the layout of a painting,….whats working and what isnt….his passion is contagious.

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