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HOW TO TRULY GET SUPER GOOD AT COMPOSITION
 
 
Even if you've already read all the art books, attended all the painting workshops, and gone to the finest drawing schools.
When it comes to composition, why do so many artists feel that ...
 
 
 
  • they lack confidence and clarity.
  • they can't put their finger on what's missing.
  • ​they fear never knowing what Master's knew.
What if you could compose better? Would you?
Do you know where to start?
I can help point you to where the Master's Composition Secrets are and show you how to see them as clear as day.
Hi, I'm Don Victor.
 
I teach composition so artists can communicate their visions better and more beautifully. I've been dedicated to the science and art of composition for nearly 30 years. In that time I have ...
 
  • Analyzed the compositions of 1000's of paintings.
  • Authored books on composition.
  • Lectured on composition internationally.
  • Taught composition to artists from ages 11 to 80.
  • Interviewed artists about composition.
  • Founded the Academy of Composition.
  •  Produced how-to videos on composition.
  • Invented tools that make composition easier.
How do I know what the Master's Composition Secrets are?
My greatest strength is in the art of storytelling through composition. Being singularly focused on one thing for 25 years has enabled me to master it and to teach it to others.
 
Here's where I found the Master's Composition Secrets.
I discovered many secrets hiding in the work of the great American Illustrators like Norman Rockwell, Howard Pyle, and N.C. Wyeth. 

If you know how to see it and what to look for, these strategies and techniques saturated the work of Master painters like John Singer Sargent, Joaquin Sorolla, and Joseph DeCamp.

Even in the paintings of the French impressionists like Pierre Auguste Renoir, Edgar Degas, and Claude Monet, we find the proof that they deliberately crafted their compositions in order to infused beauty into their paintings.

What's so mind-blowing is finding these secrets used in the ancient mosaics, architecture, and sculptures of the Romans, Greeks, Egyptians, and Samarians. This tradition has been passed down from master to apprentice for over 5000 years.
This long tradition of composition is what we affectionately call the artist's heritage.
Why did artists stop learning composition and design?
Around the turn of the 20th century and during the 1960s, artists stopped being deliberately trained in aesthetic composition and intelligent design.
Ideas of evolution and abstract expressionism along with the industrial revolution deterred artists from old traditions and practices.
Later generations were told to simply "express their feelings" and "just let the art happen".

But how are artists to compose if they aren't seriously taught how to compose and design sophisticated and meaningful art?

Design is the pictorial language artists use to express what they feel and think in an intelligent, honest, and true way.

When you design your paintings intelligently and compose them beautifully, you connect with your viewers much more.

And, isn't that what artists want? To connect.
Where should you start when studying the Secret Composition of Masters?
 
In my experience, I've found the very best place to start is first learning to see.
  See the composition strategies and techniques behind your favorite master paintings.
  See the sequence of marks that quickly decodes a Master's composition.
  See the design so you can see the story within the painting.
Watch video
Watch how master artists use lines, spaces, and values to tell amazing stories.
 
Would you like to learn to compose better?

What should you focus on?
If we worked together we would focus only on composition!  Period. 
 
Artists Coached in Composition
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Donna Ayers.  usa
Onin Cruzado. philippines
JULIE CANE. AUSTRALIA
debra jenkins.  usa
Bill Jordan. USA
Bill Jordan. USA
kathleen kalinowski. USA
Barbara Schilling. USA
Michele Byrne. USA
Artist Composing Flowers in Large Squared Golden Section and Root Rectangle Grids
Don't feel bad if none of that makes sense ... yet.
charlene jobe. USA
Teaching Young Students ( 11-14 years old )
When you learn to see you are able to discover more about composition by decoding master artwork.
But what's even better than that, is that you get to see over and over again the few strategies and techniques used routinely by the masters to compose their paintings so beautifully. And by doing that ...
You get super good at composition yourself.
Very much like in the Karate Kid movies. When Mr. Miyagi had Daniel Son, wax the cars or paint the fence, he actually was developing Daniel's muscle memory to block a punch or deflect a kick.
In this case, as I have you decode the composition of masters you develop the muscle memory to use the repetitive strategies, techniques, and movements to compose your own paintings.
Would you like to improve your composition skills and ability to see the composition in master paintings?
Join us for the 30 Day Master's Secret Composition Challenge.
To get super good at the Master's Composition Secrets you first have to know where & how to see the secrets. 
 
I'm opening online access to the Master's Secret Composition Challenge.
 
That's right, it's online.
So no traveling, no funky hotels, no long car drives! 
 
The 30-Day Composition Challenge for artists ...

  • ​Complete the challenge in 30 days or less.
  • ​Gain the confidence and clarity to compose better.
  • Access all the Core80 videos, drills, and examples to help you see how Master's compose. 
  • In the longer videos, you see students demo the strategies and techniques. You see them struggle, ask questions, and overcome those struggles. This helps you win as you can see how others overcome similar issues.
  • In the shorter videos, you can review the "How To" if you're ever unsure about a strategy or technique. 
  • See 15 different ways to decode a painting.
  •  All 15 ways work together, repeatedly proving the deliberate intent of the Master painter.
  • Do it from the comfort of your home studio.
Inside the Master's Secret Composition Challenge
Over the next 30 days watch the videos. Do the drills in each video. Each drill asks you to draw over top of master paintings so you see the master's secret composition. Complete the challenge in 30 days and you will never see art the same way ever again, guaranteed.
 
THE PLAN
 PART I. FIND THE LINES
 
 14 DAYS TO COMPLETE
 
  • Basic Thrust Map 6:14 minutes
  • Echo Maps - 13:12 mins
  • Change of Charge - 9:19 mins
  • Repeating Lines - 21:20 mins
  • Radiating Lines - 10:31 mins
  • Enclosure - 8:07 mins
  • Arabesque - 12:13 mins
  • Full Thrust Map - 21:18 mins
  • FULL VIDEOS: Line Strategies 8 Lessons - 233:02 mins
  • QUIZ: LINE SECRETS
 PART II. FIND THE SPACES
 
 8 DAYS TO COMPLETE
 
  • Rebated Square - 12:52 mins
  • Armatures - 8:55 mins
  • Reciprocal Rectangle - 45:23 mins
  • Gamut - 17:41 mins
  • FULL VIDEOS: Space Strategies 4 Lessons - 202:02 mins
  • QUIZ: SPACE SECRETS
 PART III. FIND THE VALUES
 
 8 DAYS TO COMPLETE
 
  • Silhouettes - 8:00 mins
  • ​3 Value Notan - 9:48 mins
  • ​Dominant Contrast - 17:38 mins
  • ​FULL CLASSES : Value Strategies 3 Lessons - 106:03 mins 
  • QUIZ: VALUE SECRETS
RESOURCES
 
  • Access to the Directory of Masters
  • ​Free Online Image Editing App
  • ​Art-Design Workbook
  • ​Drawn to Win Book
  • ​BONUS VIDEOS: Decoding Masterworks - 835:11 mins 
  • ​PODCAST: Drawn to Win
EXTRAS
 
  • Earn your CORE80 TRUST - Certificate of Completion.
  • ​Direct Feedback is available *
  • ​Lessons come with videos, student demos, student example and some have student feedback videos.
Don Victor Feedback Sessions are available.
Reviews
Here are a few testimonials from The Master's Secret Composition Challenge, aka Core80.
 
"You really don't learn to see until you understand this ancient, secret, mysterious grid that's behind all great works of art."
"When I was challenged with what it means to interpret, read and analyze the old master; I found myself starting to read their thoughts."
 "Core80, for me, was a life changing experience. It's like visiting the mind of the masters when they were at the job."

 "You got into the artist's head! It was amazing, it was exciting. I connected to masters in a way I never have before."
 "I would recommend the challenge to artists who want to produce their art to the highest compositional standards."
 "Now for the first time I am able to read and understand the work of the old masters."
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