A Complete Guide To Design & Composition by Robert Joyner

A Complete Guide To Design & Composition

The Bones Behind The Art

Hi, I'm Robert Joyner

I've created A Complete Guide To Design & Composition for people like you that are tired of ignoring quality fine art fundamentals.
If you've always wanted to...
  • Learn the secrets for painting awesome art consistently and not rely on getting lucky once in a while!
  • Develop rock solid compositions over-and-over.
  • Take any image and masterfully arrange shapes into visually appealing designs.
Then this course is for you!
  • Learn only the necessary skills fine artists need for design and not become overwhelmed with nonessential techniques.
  • Take your artistry to new heights with knowing how to begin your paintings.
  • Make your subjects more cohesive with interlocking shapes.
  • Step-by-step demonstrations where basic elements and principles are applied to create finished art.

What You Need To Know

  • It’s imperative that an artist sees what they’re creating.
  • This may sound odd but it’s not uncommon for artists to be completely blind to their work. 
  • The reason this happens is because they’re only focused on one element of the work that they don’t see the whole.
  • This comprehensive course includes what need to know for seeing and creating high quality artwork.
  • If your art is stagnant it's probably has a lot to do with design and composition.


Invaluable lessons for the craft! Robert covers the basics of design and composition that other art classes I've taken never covered to this depth, yet simply illustrated through his lessons.
Maria C.
Fabulous, fabulous class! As a florist, I apply the elements and principles of design to my floral arrangements. So, it was especially interesting to hear Robert Joyner describe how to apply these same elements and principles to the composition of an artwork. The discussions on symmetry and on applying the rule of thirds were also valuable. A terrific class - well worth the investment of time and highly recommended. Thank you!

Lisa Neely
Just what I needed. Very useful course. I highly recommend this. Thank you, Robert!
Yuliya L.

What's included?

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Lesson Plan

Simplifying Elements & Principles Of Design
Start Here & Material List
Element One: Shape
9 mins
Element Two: Value
3 mins
Element Three: Color
2 mins
Element Four: Texture
3 mins
Principle One: Contrast
3 mins
Principle Two: Dominance
2 mins
Principle Three: Variety
3 mins
Principle: Unity
2 mins
Module Two: In-Depth Look Into Practical Design Theory
Patterns 101
12 mins
Two Value Pattern Sketch
9 mins
Design Within Frame
14 mins
Avoid Equality
13 mins
Design Example
10 mins
Point Of View = POV
12 mins
10 mins
Three Value Pattern Demo
22 mins
Finished Color Painting Demonstration
24 mins
Composition Basics
Composition Design Basics
Composition & Design Overview
Four Most Important Compositional Lines
Eight Common Armatures
Horizontals And Verticals
The Cruciform
Creating Tension Within The Rectangle
Composing Focal Points And Shapes Within The Frame
Discovering Shapes In Your Subject(s)
8 mins
Interlocking With Basic Shapes
8 mins
Interlocking With Shapes & Value
13 mins
Looking For The Big Shapes
6 mins
Develop A Focal Point
8 mins
Connecting Shapes
7 mins
17 mins
Interlocking Shapes - A Closer Look
Lesson One - Defining Shapes And Interlocking Shapes [Review]
6 mins
Lesson Two - How To Rearrange Shapes
7 mins
Lesson Three - Using Value To Interlock Shapes
7 mins
12 mins
Lesson Four - Provincetown
10 mins
Lesson Five - Flower Example
9 mins
Lesson Six - Simplifying Complex Scene
11 mins
Final Painting Part One - Materials & Setup
14 mins
Final Painting Part Two - First Layer
17 mins
Final Painting Part Three - The Big Finish
17 mins
31 mins
Application Demonstrations
Maine Townscape
5 mins
4 mins
5 mins
Seascape With Scallop Boats
7 mins
Richmond- Shadows & Color
7 mins


Can I get a refund if I can't complete course?

No refunds are available. We offer credit to take another course when your time allows. 

Do these courses need to be viewed on desktop computer only?

No. As long as you have high-speed Internet connection our courses can be viewed on a desktop, laptop or mobile device.
We support Mac OS X & iOS plus Windows & Android operating systems.

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What level of computer knowledge will I need for the courses?

A basic level of computer understanding is needed. Our technology is simple and very easy to use! If you can browse the Internet, type in a password, play a video, upload a photo then you can easily attend our courses. 

Why take fine art courses online?

Your instructor, Robert Joyner, is a full time renowned artists and are passionate about teaching. All of the course material from the filming to editing has been put together for those that who want you to excel in their art journey. These courses have been designed for artists at every skill level and for the following mediums: acrylic, watercolor and mixed media. The lessons have a perfect blend of traditional fundamentals with expressive techniques.
There are many advantages:
 • Learn and engage from the privacy & comfort of your studio
 • No travel required
 • Watch course lessons 24/7, whenever it fits into your schedule
 • Fully optimized for your mobile devices so that learning on the go is easy and convenient

Do I need a fast Internet connection?

Yes – it will help alleviate frustration.  All Painthog courses stream in HD. A minimum download speed of 5.0 Mbps is recommended to stream video lessons and attend these courses.

You may check with your Internet provider (ISP) or click here to visit speedtest.net and test your download speed before enrolling in a course.. If your system downloads at less than 5.0 Mbps you will experience streaming video issues and this makes watching unenjoyable. 

For our international and frequent traveling students we recommend checking this handy link for internet speeds across the world to see if you'll have good connection. 

Lastly, if you can watch this video without interruption then your Internet is most likely fast enough for our courses.

Are these courses live?

No. Since we have students from all over the world, it makes it impossible to schedule live courses. These courses have instructor "exclusive" pre-recorded video lessons that you can watch anytime and anywhere as long as you have high-speed Internet connection on a desktop, laptop, tablet or smartphone.

You can watch the videos in parts if you can't watch the entire video all at once. You can forward and rewind the video lessons from your instructor as often as you wish during your enrollment in the course. This is an added bonus, because everyone knows that there is no rewinding instructors information when taking a physical workshop. We made it easy for anyone in the world to learn from the very best.

How do I ask a question?

You can ask a question anytime during your enrollment in a course. Your instructor will be as interactive as he can, so ask away. Remember, the instructor receive a lot of questions so be patient if they don't respond right away especially when it comes to communicating over different time zones.

How do courses work?

Once you enroll you will have access to all available content. Courses are self-study so you can watch at your convenience. Unlike workshops courses do not involve assignments and feedback. But with some courses there may be critique videos included which means the course was once a workshop. We feel adding the critiques makes the course more educational.