Strengthen Your Paintings with Timeless Composition Techniques

This stand-alone course was created by a fine artist for fine artists to banish the fear of composition.

This is the course I always wished I could find, showing you how to use what is taught about composition in 2-D design class in your paintings, etchings, and drawings. And DON'T WORRY ABOUT THE MATH, I've got you covered.

This module is for anyone who wants a thorough instruction or refresher on how to compose drawings, paintings, and prints with confidence.

I realize it's been a while since I was in art school, but I can’t really recall my studio instructors really teaching lessons specifically on composition. They may have mentioned it in passing, most of my composition education came through my art history minor.

So I decided to make you a course that not only shows you how to compose like the masters throughout art history, it explains the armatures they often incorporated in their work without scary math.

Initially part of the complete Portrait Code masterclass, I’ve had requests to also make this and many of the other modules available as stand-alone spotlight courses. So, here you go.

You’ll learn how to use the rule of thirds, the golden ratio, golden triangle, and the golden spiral in your artwork without doing math.

The video lessons are crammed with examples, so be ready to take notes. With a clear idea of how they are applied, you’ll start seeing them in every piece of art you look at and including them in your own work.

This course comes with a downloadable eBook containing the armatures that you can print out for your sketchbook to draw directly on, or that you can have printed at scale for use designing larger works.

I made this course for you.

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Caroline Italia Carlson
The Heart of a Teacher

Caroline is not only addicted to learning, she's addicted to sharing her knowledge to help others achieve their goals. Join her to learn how you can set yourself up for success.

Caroline Italia Carlson teaching an in-person workshop in Michigan
Comprehensive Instruction

Caroline is passionate about helping her students understand and remember key concepts that build on one another. Her style is clear and logical, mixed with humor and encouragement.

Passionate Painter Podcast Host Caroline Italia Carlson
Pure Joy

If you've listened to her podcast, you know your instructor loves to laugh. She prides herself on her "no fear" teaching approach, and is always supportive and encouraging. Her goal is to always make learning fun.


A Skilled and Supportive Instructor

Caroline is both a skilled and supportive instructor...Audrey and I both credit Caroline's early support and guidance with Audrey's success in the art world ... When asked to write a freshman essay about an artist that inspired her, Audrey chose not Banksy or Picasso, but Caroline. She has helped my daughter accomplish her dreams, and I cannot recommend her highly enough."

Larrynn C., student parent
Idyllwild, CA

Module 1: The Confidence module

If you are an artist of any skill level who fits any of the following descriptions, I made this course for you!

  • Are self-taught
  • Took 2-D design a long time ago and forgotten how to apply it to their art
  • Simply want to feel confident when designing and composing their paintings, drawings, and mixed media.

Course Curriculum


Her Talents Are Remarkable

I have the great fortune to know one of the people whose portrait Caroline painted. The painting captures her skin tones, hair color, and her facial features amazingly.  Even if I didn’t know her I truly feel I would recognize her in the street should I pass her, it is that good. Caroline did an exceptional job. Her talents are remarkable."

Catherine H.
Amherst, WI

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You Get ALL the Details

Every frame of these lessons was designed to give you clarity on how the armatures of composition have been used in the past, and how you can apply them to your own work.

Strengthen your own work today with this efficient yet thorough course!

Lifetime Access

This lifetime purchase, it's yours to keep. Access it any time in your online dashboard.

Satisfaction Guaranteed

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Affordable Instruction

This course is pulled from The Portrait Code masterclass for students who only need these modules.


Knowledgeable and Helpful

I took Caroline's class because I wanted to learn to paint my paintings instead of trying to "draw" my paintings.

She helped me become more confident about shading and mixing colors when I paint. Her class was just what I was looking for.

J. Strom

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