January 12 - March 16, 2022


2:00 - 4:00 CST

What are the building blocks of composition?

How do you master these concepts and start consistently creating compelling artwork? 

In Conquering Composition you will master these concepts and have powerful tools to draw upon in the production of your work.

This 10 week intensive course will cover many of the elements of art within the framework of the principles. When talking about line, we will also touch on variety, value, scale, etc. Beyond the concepts and skills essential to good design practice, this course will open a window towards self-expression and awareness.

Course Features:

  • 10 live 2-hour online instructional Zoom meetings

  • Replays of live classes

  • 6 months of access, after the course ends, to the recordings of the live sessions and course content

  • Limited to 20 participants with an option to add personal coaching

  • In class prompts and exercises

  • Assignments to apply concepts to your own work during the week

  • Contemporary and historical examples to illustrate the concepts

Susan and Lisa weave their diverse expertise into art historical presentations illustrating how artists from various cultural and artistic traditions incorporate these elements and concepts in their work.
Exercises challenge you to explore the concepts and how they relate to each other. You will be able to apply these elements in a deeper more meaningful way in your own compositions for the class. Achieve a deeper understanding by exploring these concepts in your sketchbook that becomes your studio reference guide.

Learn the language of critique

These design fundamentals are the foundation of the language of critique. They provide the structure to analyze a composition which is critical in learning how to evaluate your own work so that you can correct and make your own compositions more dynamic. Ample amount of class time is devoted to developing your vocabulary in discussing and analyzing compositions. Most class work will be done in a limited palette of black and white, but work out of class may be done in color. That will give us an opportunity to address color concepts throughout the 10 weeks and color will be a focus in one of the sessions. During class critiques you get feedback on your work while practicing your new visual vocabulary.

Compelling compositions are the intersection of design fundamentals, art history and the language of critique.

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Enjoy a dynamic learning environment that includes…

  • An opportunity to use this language in discussing other artists’ work
  • Diagnosing your own compositions.
  • Learn how to incorporate the fundamentals of design in abstract works that have impact and connect with your viewer. 
  • Small group feedback and brainstorming sessions 
  • Exploring the concepts and applying them confidently in your work.

Conquering Composition

One time payment of $1397 or 3 monthly payments of $467. Contact us if desiring monthly payment option.

For students who would like a private feedback session with both of us....

  • $175.00

    $175.0045 Minute Consultation with Lisa Pressman and Sue Stover

    Get feedback on assignments from class, any other work, or questions you have about galleries, websites, etc.
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  • Q: Do I need to work in a specific medium?

    A: No. In class we will focus on 2D materials, but the concepts apply to any medium and 2D or 3D work.

  • Q: How do I access the live sessions?

    A: All live sessions are held on Zoom. Once you purchase the class, you will have access to the welcome section of the course content. There you will find the supply list, description of how the class will flow, and the link to the first class meeting. The live sessions will be recorded and uploaded to the course for replay. The best part is you don’t have to worry about frantically taking notes but can focus on the live sessions and watch the replay to capture the key points you want to take notes on.

  • Q: Who is this class for?

    A: This course is beneficial for artists at any stage in their creative journeys. Whether you explored 2D design fundamentals previously or our new to them, you will find ways to deepen, expand, and explore these concepts in ways that will transform your art practice.

  • Q: What if I don’t normally do abstract or non-representational work? Is this class still for me?

    A: Yes! The concepts we cover apply to all types of compositions. We are focusing on abstract and non-representational artwork because it is the easiest way to explore these ideas. You are freed from the mental and technical constraints of representational work and can really focus on the specific design elements.

  • Q: What will we do during the live sessions?

    A: Presentations on elements, principles, historical and contemporary artists; prompts and exercises; small group discussions; critique.

  • Q: Will we be making artwork during this class or just doing exercises?

    A: Each week you will have exercises that help you explore the week’s concepts and terms. You will be creating a design elements journal with specific exercises that will be your studio reference guide. You will also be working on small individual pieces that we will discuss during our live sessions. In these pieces we will encourage you to incorporate the design elements we have discussed but how you execute your compositions is up to you.

  • Q: I have more questions. How do I reach you?

    Email Sue and Lisa at info@c2c-art.com


Sue Stover and Lisa Pressman

Susan Stover

Excavating the ideas that inform your work is an important element of Susan’s teaching. She helps you focus on the “why” of your work while you master technical skills. Take advantage of her extensive background in a variety of media including textiles, painting and sculpture. Susan’s insightful suggestions will help you open up new ways of seeing things. She is interested in connecting histories, personal and cultural, to each student's intentions and concepts. As a teacher, she delights in these moments of awakening in her students. She is eager to help you discover and use the best materials to express your ideas. You will marvel at how easily Susan moves between mediums integrating 2D and 3D elements in her work and you will find inspiration in how you can also incorporate that agility into your own practice. Susan Stover is a R&F Paints Core Instructor and a Silver Brush Educator.

Lisa Pressman

Lisa’s teaching style is process-oriented. Get ready to get messy as you have fun exploring her intuitive and improvisational approach. Combining and flowing between various mediums, she layers and excavates the rich surfaces of her pieces revealing the history of ideas, images, and mediums contained within. You will gain a deeper understanding and appreciation of the various mediums in her classes as you explore each one’s potential while developing your own visual language. Lisa nurtures you as an artist, honoring your artistic vision while also giving you detailed formal assessments of your work that are critical to your growth as an artist. Lisa is a Silver Brush Educator and R&F Core Instructor.

"Lisa creates an environment that replicates being with her in person. That is - a place to gather to not only learn amazing techniques but a place where we all feel connected in a time where there is such disconnect. Her teaching style exudes not only passion for her own work but a deep desire to share her vast knowledge with her students. In essence she has the uncanny ability to create contagious effervescence in every class regardless of the setting. I have taken many classes with Lisa and always come away with excited to continue my work and looking forward to her next class. If you want to feel connected to other like minded artist along with an exceptional teacher, I highly recommend studying with Lisa Pressman. - Paula"