IF YOU DESIRE TO BE A GREAT PAINTER
YOU'RE IN THE RIGHT PLACE!

Even if you’re a total beginner or have been painting for sometime you can always improve and learn even more than you thought possible.

Perhaps you’ve heard that voice inside that keeps whispering, “It doesn’t have to be this way. You’re capable of painting better and want to learn more...


That inner voice is correct. Your feelings are on point.


You’ve barely scratched the surface of what you can personally achieve, and you know it.

And now, you’re ready to change all that!

✔ Paint values that add depth so your design is not flat.

✔ Fix your colors so they are not muddy & dull

✔ Make your focal point pop and engage the viewer

✔ Add light effects that make your paintings shine.


COME STUDY WITH
KENN BACKHAUS
AND BE MENTORED FOR A FULL YEAR

FROM THE COMFORT OF YOUR STUDIO

Here’s What You’ll Get When You Enroll

  • Get feedback on your work and regular communication from Kenn Backhaus for 365 days. Yes … you have access to Kenn's course with mentoring for an entire year!
  • Absorb the video lessons when it’s convenient for you. It’s true … recorded lessons means no schedule and no set times. Work at your own pace.
  • With each video you can - rewind, pause, freeze the frame and savor each lesson. Full-length painting videos that share hands-on information every step of the way? That’s right … you can watch and paint for deeper learning. And we’re betting each time you watch, you’ll experience new revelations!
  • Kenn will help you integrate learning with DOING, and ensure that your time at the easel is spent painting something you're excited to finish. Knowing what to focus on can eliminate years of unnecessary creative struggle.
  • You'll learn how to follow the steps that bring you results, so you can fear less and create more.

 

And Then You’ll Feel:

  • Proud to display your art and offer your paintings as gifts to friends & families.
  • Excited to enter that juried show or approach a gallery.
  • Elated because you sold a piece of art.
  • Thrilled because you achieved (in just weeks or months) what would have taken YEARS to figure out on your own.
  • Inspired and motivated because you know what to do, and Kenn is there to help you work through any challenges. He holds nothing back from his students.

ENROLL HERE TODAY - $695 USD

YES, YOU CAN LEARN TO PAINT LIKE THE MASTERS!

If your paintings aren’t where you want them to be
… chances are at least one of these is holding you back:

→ You aren’t working effectively with value keys and colors.

→ You haven’t created a focal point - your “lead actor” - is hiding.

→ You aren’t getting the right balance and rhythm in your design.

→ You haven’t learned how to successfully create the illusion of light & shadow.

→ You haven’t made your edges lead the eye. They're too sharp or too soft.


Hear's the good news!
With the help of Kenn Backhaus you'll learn how to paint more than you ever thought possible.


ENROLL TODAY IN
STUDY TO STUDIO!
365 DAYS OF COURSE
ACCESS & MENTORING

WITH KENN BACKHAUS

It's regular communication with Kenn.
Get your questions answered with ongoing support in Kenn’s private Facebook community, specifically for his students. Imagine - if you can’t quite seem to grasp a concept he’s teaching or your painting is falling short, you can post your painting & get feedback from Kenn so you can see what a renowned artist does to bring your painting to a more sophisticated, refined work of art. For a whole YEAR!

 

Bi-monthly critiques of student work (directly from Kenn) that he video records and adds into the course.
You not only hear but see him digitally color correct students submissions right before your eyes. Everyone benefits from each other this way. You can stop and rewind the critique videos as much as you need to really absorb all his feedback. Plus you’ll have instant access to all of Kenn’s previous bi-monthly critiques of student work since the course first opened. There’s many eye-opening tips you can use in your work right away.

 

Kenn has 30+ video painting lessons in four core modules, beautifully recorded in high-definition with crisp sound, available to you online 24/7 for one full year.
Dive into each one when your schedule allows. Paint alongside the videos and rewatch as often as you want. You have a full year to paint and have fun with the concepts.

 

NEW content added to the course EVERY month - the course keeps growing!
In addition to the four core modules, Kenn records a NEW video lesson addressing a topic with tips & techniques that you can try in your paintings. Students mention all the time how much they enjoy these. They keep you inspired to try new things! And ... you’ll also gain instant access to the 12+ previous lessons loaded up since the course first opened.

 

In Kenn's private Facebook student-only community: 
You will be able to connect with Kenn about questions related to areas of difficulties for whatever you may be working on and want to discuss. This one-on-one time is where he can really fine tune areas of interest for you.

**A note about the Facebook community** Participation in the private FB group isn’t required, but it will accelerate your learning as you connect with Kenn and other students. If you post a painting or comment, no one, but the students and Kenn in the group will see what you have posted. The general public never sees inside.

Here are some reasons to get super excited about this added feature:
It's a supportive GLOBAL community of artists, all working alongside each other. If you post you'll receive guidance, feedback, and ideas, plus you'll see what other students are asking, so you can learn from their journeys as well!

This kind of support makes a HUGE difference. And we’re betting you just might make some lifelong connections inside the group. The general public never sees your posted paintings or questions, only Kenn and the other students in the course. Be part of each others journey throughout the year!


HERE'S WHAT YOU'LL LEARN INSIDE
STUDY TO STUDIO
4 CORE MODULES

 

Watch as Kenn paints pieces from start to finish while he explains exactly what he’s doing and why to help you accelerate your skills...

Through the modules, you’ll see how Kenn starts with a reference - such as a photo - and paints a quick study from it… “translating the image into the language of paint” as Kenn calls it. From that first study he then chooses a few other directions to take with that same reference - maybe by choosing a different format, changing the light and shadows, or a variation in the composition. Watch and listen as he develops a number of studies and then selects the most compelling one to paint on a larger canvas.

You’ll be invited to complete studies on references of your choosing (and he supplies a package of photos for you to use if you like).

Developing different ideas into your studies is a hugely helpful process - feel your skills improve & your confidence grow.


MODULE 1 | DEVELOPING THE STUDY

Kenn sets the foundation by introducing you to the palette and brushes he uses. He’ll review some terminology so you’re both on the same page. From there, he begins his journey with you as he paints a study from start to finish with the play-by-play so you can understand the how and the why.

KENN TEACHES YOU HOW TO:

  • Develop an idea into a painted study.
  • Prevent overworking areas of your painting.
  • Select your subject matter to compose - strong design elements, shadows, lights, groupings, rhythm, line, and movement help you create dynamics & interest for your viewers.
  • Choose your focal point and paint other elements as the “supporting actors”.
  • Develop good color harmony.

 


MODULE 2 | CONSIDER YOUR OPTIONS

Now is the time for alternative examination, analysis, and taking chances. Kenn will tell you, “We will try to leave no rocks unturned. I very much enjoy this part of the painting process and I’m sure you will too. At this point, we still are not held down to any one approach. The chance to investigate all the options can be a very valuable experience. You will learn and benefit from exploring options you may have not thought of otherwise.”

KENN TEACHES YOU HOW TO:

  • Think outside that box and play with dynamics, color, formatting & techinques so you develop a better conversation that lets you understand what you want to try next. Maybe you’ll try adding or taking away things. Maybe you’ll try a vertical composition instead of horizontal. Get ready to think in new ways about your design and options!
  • Use your value key options (high, middle, low, normal) to create different moods.
  • Diversify your ideas to get the most out of your studies.
  • Continue to develop the conversation with your study - and those ideas will continue to serve you throughout your years of painting.
  • Embrace the power of comparison in your studies to build confidence and choose the study that you want to bring to the larger canvas.

MODULE 3 | IDEAS, KNOWLEDGE & SKILL

It’s SHOW TIME BABY! By now you’ve done quite a bit of experimentation - and loved some of your results. With the hard work done, you can now concentrate on good draftsmanship, good use of values, good color harmonies, & competent brushwork.

You don’t have to rethink or redesign as you paint the larger piece - and that makes for a more positive painting experience!

KENN TEACHES YOU HOW TO:

  • Prepare to bring your small study to the larger canvas with wash, a grid, & pencil sketching.
  • Select your starting point and think about value & paint consistency.
  • Develop a good working process
  • Use contrast to shift your viewers’ attention to where you want it. You’ll be surprised how many ways you can achieve contrast!
  • Add the crucial “decorations” without adding so much that you lose the design & shapes.

MODULE 4 | BUILDING YOUR CONFIDENCE

“A true artist never arrives with one’s abilities, it is a lifelong journey… you can stumble around for years and occasionally strike gold or make it your goal to become a more competent artist by seeking the path to success. In this 4th core module the tools & ideas are reinforced so you can continue to develop your skills." ~ Kenn

KENN TEACHES YOU HOW TO:

  • Build shapes and values - how to draw with paint.
  • Command attention by sharpening some edges and softening others.
  • Build texture with thick and thin paint.
  • Decide where you need to spend your time rendering & where details aren’t needed.
  • Be the “director of your set”... you choose the lighting, the mood, who speaks loudly, who whispers, who your star is and who ends up in supporting roles.

 


 

Please note* Kenn's Study to Studio Online course is designed with video demonstrations & lessons on landscape paintings in oils. However, Kenn's focus is to teach you the basic fundamentals; drawing, composition, values and use of color. Kenn is a diverse artist and believes if you understand these elements you can apply them to any subject (figures, portraits, animals, etc.) and easily to your choice of medium (acrylics, gouache & pastels)

 

STUDY TO STUDIO INCLUDES:

OVER-THE-SHOULDER VIDEO INSTRUCTION

When you enroll, you get immediate access to every module -- there are 4 core modules with over 12+ hours of pre-recorded HD video demonstrations and lessons to put it into practice

There's no falling behind, no deadlines, and no set times to be at your computer.

You can practice or watch different segments again and again. And we’re betting each time you watch, you’ll get another ‘aha’!

There’s plenty of time to slow down and have fun with the process.

You can learn from your studio or from across the world because it's available to you 24 hours a day, 7 days a week -- for one full year on desktop, laptop, tablet, or smartphone. All you need is an internet connection.

NEW VIDEO LESSON ADDED
EVERY MONTH FROM KENN

The course keeps expanding throughout the year(s), providing YOU with further tips & techniques you can try in your paintings.

Here's a sneak peek inside this growing library since the course first opened. Gain access to these and many more while your actively enrolled:

- Exploring Direction
- Rhythm & Movement
- Cloning of Shapes
- Color Temperature

All students love the middle of the month when the NEW video is added!

BI-MONTHLY OFFICE HOURS WITH KENN

You’re invited to submit work to Kenn for critique or questions. He chooses from among those submitted to support student progress.

He’ll record the critiques where you not only hear but see him digitally color correct students submissions right before your eyes. Everyone benefits from each other this way. Each critique is added into the course and there for you to watch while your enrolled.

Plus you’ll have instant access to all of Kenn’s previous bi-monthly critiques of student work since the course first opened. There’s many eye-opening tips you can use in your work right away.

Regular feedback from Kenn means you'll have the attention and expertise you need to keep advancing your work forward.

PHOTOS TO USE IN THE STUDIO

Inside you will find photo reference packages of Kenn’s own hand-selected images - ready for you to work from. You can easily practice what you've been learning.

Use them as you wish throughout the year. They’re always nice to have on hand when the mood strikes and you just want to get painting.

You are not required, of course, to use the photos - you’re always welcome to develop your own composition.

ABOUT KENN BACKHAUS

KENN BACKHAUS
Born in Beaver Dam, Wisconsin (not in a beaver dam, mind you), he spent much time on the family farm and his fondness for nature became the catalyst for his art.

With his developing interest in the historic traditions of plein air painting, Kenn decided in 1984, to devote more time to his passion for painting and the love of the outdoors. His works have been juried into many shows across the country and his paintings have been honored with numerous Best of Show awards and distinctions. Kenn's had the honor to serve as both Acceptance Juror and Awards Judge for several art shows across the country. He enjoys giving back and has been an instructor for over ten years.

Kenn is a well-loved, humble, and MAJOR talent in the American art scene. Kenn is honored to help you along so you see quicker results in your own work.

My days of education have not ended; today experience is the best teacher for me. I continue to learn every day. The day that the learning stops will be the day I stop.    ~ Kenn Backhaus 

ABOUT TUCSON ART ACADEMY ONLINE
(TAAO)

We are Gábor & Christine Svagrik

Art is our passion and bringing master artist instructors right to you in your own studio is our mission.

We love physical workshops, but they have their limitations.

→They end way too fast.

→ They require travel, extra expenses, and lugging your materials with you.

→ The dates and times often conflict with your availability.

→ If you can’t make sense of your notes or quite remember how the instructor did something, you’re out of luck.

But we know it can be so frustrating and disheartening to work hard at perfecting your art to only be hit with more stumbling blocks.

So we asked ourselves, ”How can we make world-class art instruction available to everyone who wants it?”

And so, our NEW 365 Day Access with Mentoring series was born. Now students around the world can access some of the most celebrated artists (with incredible teaching ability) available today.

We are delighted to bring our favorite artists to your doorstep. 


We couldn’t be more thrilled to make esteemed artist Kenn Backhaus available to you.
You'll get his guidance, support, teaching, and mentorship for a full year.

You won’t find Kenn Backhaus’s course, Study to Studio, anywhere else.

Exclusive content available ONLY inside Tucson Art Academy Online.


And while this 365-day course access with mentorship is worth thousands,
we’re only asking for one payment of $695 USD.

 

(The best value anywhere for MENTORSHIP with Kenn Backhaus!)

 

Kenn's entire course with all the benefits is open to you when you enroll.

 

You’ll be on a path towards continued growth and success for your art.
Come join Kenn today.

ENROLL HERE TODAY - $695 USD

ALUMNI SPEAK OUT

HEAR FROM KENN'S STUDENTS

"This Online course allows me to practice new concepts and get feedback for real growth within a timeframe I can manage. It is very convenient. I can vary my engagement rate to suit my life. I am working full time so this is very important to me. As for the cost, it is well worth it for such a sustained course with personal critiques. Really beats workshops where you are on the receiving end of information, and have very little help from the teacher since he rushed to help everyone. Can't say enough about Kenn's personal feedback on everyone's work. I can generalize Kenn's comments to my own painting. Love that it is an integrated approach. We are painting scenes we choose and Kenn comments on all elements from colour to rhythm. We don't have to do multiple tedious projects that aren't rewarding. And the detail and depth provided in each module videos are fantastic!. Kenn gives such thorough critiques and extra little videos with tips that are generated from what he sees happening with his students' work. It is recursive teaching where the student needs become apparent and then inform the instruction. This is the most useful, productive and successful kind of instruction. Loving Online learning with Kenn and will be taking others! "

Testimonial
Tina

"Studying with Kenn is one of the best investments I've made. I can't say enough about my growth since watching and painting in his Online course. It's inspirational, informative and some of the best knowledge I've gained since learning to paint. Each video lesson and all his full-length demo's address topics with tips & techniques that you can try in your paintings. Kenn gives YOU full support when you're stuck. I love the course FB community. We all learn so much from each other and Kenn's live chats. I'm hooked and have improved so much. I've entered shows, sold paintings and feel proud to share with others!!! Enroll when the doors are open. You're missing out. "

Testimonial
Dave

"I've learned so much from Kenn's teaching. I really like that I can watch all the content over and over to drill the information into my brain. I have taken workshops from a lot of big name artists but the way Kenn explains things is so much more clear than I remember from any worksho or note taking. The attention that Kenn gives to each student is amazing. I can't say enough about his recorded critiques where you not only hear but see him digitally color correct students submissions right before your eyes. Everyone benefits from each other. My paintings and confidence has grown beyond what I thought I was capable of, and in a short period of time. Thank you Kenn!!! "

Testimonial
Anne

"Kenn is an excellent teacher as well as being a great artist. Studying with him online is great since it takes time to both process new information and then practice using that information and you have time to do that now. Kenn's critiques are very helpful and encouraging, whether it's of my paintings or others, it's all great information. I really like being able to work at my own pace, and ask for help when I'm stuck. You're never alone or left frustrated. You can post your painting & get feedback from Kenn. The camaraderie with other participants through the Facebook community is fun and we can all fine tune our one-on-one time with Kenn. It's a supportive GLOBAL community of artists, all working alongside each other. "

Testimonial
Barbara

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS


Will this course help me even if I don't paint the landscape often or use oils?

YES. Kenn has designed this course to teach you drawing, value, design and color. When you understand these elements you can apply them to ANY subject. You can learn while using oils, acrylics, pastels, or watercolors. The path to mastery is through intentional repetition and Kenn 's course will teach you techniques and skills EVERY artist needs. You’ll find inspiration and in-depth how-to’s along with direct feedback and support to enhance your practice.

I struggle with technology... is this course easy to use?

YES. All you need to do is login with your password and click “play”. You can pause, rewind or fast forward in each lesson. Watch from your desktop, laptop, tablet or smartphone as long as your device is connected to the internet, you’re all set! Our technology is simple and very easy to use!

Is this for beginners or advanced students?

Whether you’re a total beginner or an experienced painter, Kenn ’s course is designed for all skill levels to learn. Each module will help you advance your skills quickly as possible regardless of how long you've been painting. Kenn 's a passionate teacher and if you apply yourself you’ll learn more than you ever thought possible.

Are there deadlines or set times to be Online?

NO. You have full access to the course for 365 days and that means you can slow things down and work on your own schedule, spend more time in the video lessons, and paint when it is right for you. This year long format allows you to uncover your own unique flow as an artist and see changes.

Will I have support if I need help with a painting?

YES. If you join Kenn 's private, student-only Facebook community you’ll be able to ask questions, get feedback and connect with Kenn and fellow students throughout the year. Kenn will help you work through difficulties. This one-on-one time is where he can really fine tune areas of interest for you. You’re also invited to submit work or ask questions during Kenn's Bi-Monthly group video critiques. He chooses from among those submitted to support student progress.

ENROLL HERE TODAY - $695 USD

ENROLL NOW AND GET THESE
TWO EXCLUSIVE BONUSES
FROM KENN


BONUS #1
REFLECTIONS

(VALUE $70)


A start-to-finish video demonstration (160 min.) You’ll learn Kenn's step-by-step technique for painting atmosphere, light, and water reflections. Watch and learn as he shows you how he captures the genuine feel of this calming wilderness scene. A great addition to this course.

Only students in Study to Studio get these special bonuses - they aren’t available for purchase anywhere.

They’re yours to download and KEEP in your library forever.


BONUS #2
GUIDELINES AND WORDS TO PAINT BY E-BOOK

(VALUE $70)


An excellent resource to help guide you when you need it most. Downloadable and ready to read anytime on a computer or mobile device. You can even print it if you wish. (27 pages)

Only students in Study to Studio get these special bonuses - they aren’t available for purchase anywhere.

They’re yours to download and KEEP in your library forever.


HERE'S EVERYTHING INCLUDED ONCE YOU ENROLL:

  • Kenn Backhaus's course "Study to Studio" with mentorship and guidance from Kenn for 365 days.
  • Plus: BONUS - Reflections - Painting Demo
  • Plus: BONUS - E-Book - Guidelines and Words To Paint By
  • Plus: A new video lesson EVERY month
  • Plus: In-depth bi-monthly group critiques on paintings
  • Plus: Instant access to ALL past monthly video lessons and bi-monthly Office Hour critiques posted inside the course since the course first opened back in 2017.
  • Plus:  Kenn's variety of hand-selected photographic images for you to use
  • Plus: Kenn's student-only private Facebook community to connect with him about questions or help with a painting. This way he can really fine tune areas of interest for you.

**A note about the Facebook community** Participation in the private FB group isn’t required, but it will accelerate your learning as you connect with Kenn and other students. If you post a painting or comment, no one, but the students and Kenn in the group will see what you have posted. The general public never sees inside.

GET STARTED NOW

365 DAYS WITH KENN BACKHAUS
All this goodness is waiting for you as soon as you enroll.

This isn’t just a course. It’s a community. And it’s awesome.

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