Mastering Composition painting workshop

Sept 23 – Dec 9, 2022
Fridays, 11 AM – 1 PM Central Time
Live Online Workshop (lessons will be recorded)
Designed for artists with some experience, but artists of any level are welcome.


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This workshop has started. If you enroll late, you’ll get a private zoom with me to catch you up on the material, as well as having access to all of the recordings for 3 months after your enrollment date.

What You’ll Get

  • A 12-week workshop
  • Including 12 – 2-hour live zooms, so you have plenty of time to develop stronger composition skills
    • 3 of the live zooms will include a formal lesson with a live presentation and time to make composition pencil sketches, ask questions, and share work (if you’d like)
    • The other 9 live zooms will be paint-togethers / demos, with time for sharing work (if you’d like) and asking questions
    • Come to as many live zooms as fit in your schedule! Or watch the recordings any time until 2 weeks after the end of the workshop
  • Enrolled artists can email me with questions about the lessons or to request formal painting critiques
Each Friday we’ll get together on zoom for 2 hours, and everyone will get to interact as much during the zooms as they’re comfortable with.


How will you arrange the most important things in your next painting?

The journey to find out will be a fun learning experience!

We’ll look at several different compositional schools of thought, and find the compositional ideas that resonate with you.

You will come away from the workshop with more understanding of how to choose a composition for your next painting.


Reviews of Jessie’s online workshops

“I’ve enjoyed [the workshop] immensely, and feel more confident in my use of oils and landscapes…” Lynda D W

“Your Zoom classes have been making an online painting class feel very much like a live classroom experience. I have enjoyed painting with you and I feel like I’m learning more all the time! Thank you!” K. Clark


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Find your own style

Find your own favorite ways to compose a painting in this 12-week painting workshop, and learn some sure-fire ways to create a strong composition.


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About the Instructor

Hi, I’m Jessie. ​​I love to help artists become more confident painters in my online workshops.​

​I am a professional artist based in South Dakota, an exhibiting member of Oil Painters of America​,​ an award-winning member of the American Impressionist Society​, a Signature Member of Artists of the Black Hills, and a Southwest Art Magazine “Artist to Watch”.​

My work focus​es​ on capturing the invisible connection between animals in a group, between animals and the land, and between people – in an unsentimental, painterly style filled with visible brush strokes and palette knife marks.​ The result is artwork which is often described as ​both ​“painterly” and “comforting.”

I am passionate about color, composition, brush and palette knife marks, and making beautiful art.


For demos I will use the following oil paint colors. Since this workshop focuses on composition, the type of paint you use is less important. I encourage substitutions, and you are welcome to contact me with any questions or to request a lesson on setting up to paint. This is not a required supply list.

  • Titanium White
  • Cad Yellow Medium (hue or cadmium free are great)
  • Cad Red Medium (hue or cadmium free are great)
  • Rose Matter Hue (another magenta will work)
  • Ultramarine Blue
  • Manganese Blue or Cerulean Blue
  • Chromatic Black
  • Yellow Ochre
  • Thalo blue

For personalized supply suggestions, contact me.


Reviews of Jessie’s online workshops

“I really love the classes. You’re a great teacher and you make it fun!” Hattie

“I can’t tell you how excited I am to find you and finally make a decision to paint again. I have been in my oil paint four days in a row.  Saturday was so fun. I loved painting with a limited palette. That was an eye opener. […]  I do believe with some guidance I can achieve what my mind envisions. Sincerely,  Anne Marie”

“I have enjoyed your online lessons….. You are a very talented artist and I’ve enjoyed  ‘meeting’ you!” Shelley P


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Still not sure whether this workshop is right for you? You’re welcome to ask questions.

You’ll love it. Guaranteed. If you do not love the class, just let me know within 2 days of the first zoom for a no-hassle refund.


Q: What if I have questions or want feedback on my work? Will I get individual attention?

A: Yes, you’ll get lots of individual attention. You can ask questions during the weekly zooms, or email me.
Q: Can I enroll my kid in the workshop? 
A: This is designed for adult artists. Teens with adult-level maturity would be welcome. For younger kids, sorry, this isn’t the right workshop.
Q: Will it be recorded?  A: Yes. Enrolled students will have access to recordings until two weeks after the end of the workshop.
You’ll love it. Guaranteed. If you do not love the class, just let me know within 2 days of the first zoom for a no-hassle refund.