READY TO TAKE YOUR PAINTING SKILLS
TO A HIGHER LEVEL?

Let’s accelerate your skills in design, value, color, brushwork, and all things painterly...

Develop ideas, movement, color, composition… in your own style… and watch your growth as an artist unfold...

You’re an artist. Artists are always striving to perfect their craft and technique. You want to get better, you try to get better...

And it’s frustrating. You wonder if you should throw in the paintbrush…

  • Why aren’t my colors harmonizing?
  • Why is my focal point lost?
  • Why does the mood look ethereal when I was going for joyful?
  • Why is my design just not compelling?
  • Why doesn’t my painting look natural?

And the WHY's always lead to the big how … HOW do I make it better?


You know instruction from a master artist is the BEST way to get better, but accessing that resource is challenging:

→  Getting to the in-person workshops is a huge investment of time, energy, and money:
Plane tickets, hotel reservations, meals out, packing up all your supplies. {And then, you just have to hope you can see & hear the instructor… and oh yes, remember what he did and how!}

 

→  Scheduling is problematic:
You have family members to care for, vacations scheduled, and work commitments. {And if you become ill during that time, you lose out!}

 

→  Finding local classes with skilled instruction from accomplished artists is impossible:
Just because someone is teaching doesn’t mean he or she is qualified. {There’s a good chance you may be more skilled than the instructor!}

 

→  Discovering a live workshop you want to attend is already full.
With credit card in hand, “SOLD OUT” flashes across your screen. {Better luck next year!}

Or maybe you do go to in-person workshops with instruction from a master artist, and you feel full of motivation.

But when you get back to your studio ... you can’t replicate what you saw, your notes aren’t sufficient, and you have no one to ask for help. Argh. You realize you need continuous feedback & practical help to truly improve.


So you have two choices:

One, you can:

Keep on doing what you’re doing, trying to figure it out on your own. {And get cozy with the tedious process of trial and error.}

Maybe you’ll paint the kind of paintings you want to… one day.

Or ...  

Two, you can:


STUDY WITH A MENTOR ARTIST FOR A FULL YEAR
FROM THE COMFORT OF YOUR OWN STUDIO.

WAIT, WHAT? Is that even possible??

Why yes, yes it is.

Picture this (yes, pun intended):

  • Get feedback on your work and regular communication from a master artist (and experienced instructor) who’s by your figurative side for 365 days. Yes … you have access to your mentor for an entire year!
  • Soak in the lessons when it’s convenient for you. It’s true … recorded lessons means no schedule and no set times you need to be in the studio!
  • Zero travel stress - no planes to catch, supplies to pack, or reservations to make. Yay ... none of that hassle to get to a world-famous artist!
  • Learn at your own pace - rewind, pause, zoom in and freeze the frame and savor each lesson. That’s right … you can watch as many times as you want and experience new revelations each time!

 

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 your mentor is available to help you work through challenges.
  • More confident in your skills as an artist.

You want to work more skillfully and professionally with your design elements, value keys, color harmonies & brushwork.
And to accomplish that...


YOU NEED TO:

DEVELOP A COMPELLING COMPOSITION AND USE COLORS, VALUES & BRUSHWORK LIKE THE MASTERS

If your paintings aren’t as high-level as 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” - or your supporting cast think they’re the stars of the show.

→ 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 mastered which edges to leave or take away - and which ones to make sharper or softer.


But here’s the fine art fabulous news.
We can change that. Together.

INTRODUCING ...
STUDY TO STUDIO
WITH
KENN BACKHAUS

A 365-day online course with instruction & mentoring from
celebrated artist Kenn Backhaus.


→ Whether you’ve been painting for 1 year, 7 years, or 19 years ...
→ Whether you paint still lifes, landscapes, or figures ...
→ Whether you paint with oils, acrylics, or watercolors …

 

Kenn’s phenomenal instruction and talent will get you to the next level and beyond.

Packed with over 10 HOURS of instruction in the four core modules WITH new content added monthly AND recorded critiques from Kenn added bi-monthly.

Kenn shows you how to:

Paint several quick studies and experiment
Your experimentation with design, colors & values will quickly accelerate your ability to make decisions about how to improve your painting.

And painting a scene in different ways helps you develop a better conversation that gives you insight about what to add or take away.}

 

Use value key options
With a deep understanding of value key options, you can skillfully portray the mood you want for your painting, as well as the weather, the time of day, the season & more.

 

Develop a good working process
Once you understand the value and importance of contrast - in shape, value, color - you can shift your viewers’ attention to where you want it. You’ll develop confidence and have new ideas and aha’s to carry with you into your future paintings.

 

ALL OF THIS WITH KENN BACKHAUS...
A BRILLIANT AMERICAN PAINTER AND BELOVED INSTRUCTOR

Unlike workshops that end quickly and abandon you,
Kenn provides his expertise and support to you for a FULL YEAR.

AND

Unlike other online art instruction sold as is,
you actually get to interact regularly with Kenn.

AND

Unlike local art classes that often give inadequate instruction from
so-so artists, you learn from an renown master of painting.


WHEN YOU ENROLL IN STUDY TO STUDIO,
YOU GET 365 DAYS OF MENTORING
WITH KENN BACKHAUS,
INCLUDING:

Regular communication with Kenn.
Get your questions answered and ongoing support as you push through challenges … right in Kenn’s private Facebook group, 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 ask Kenn for guidance. For a whole YEAR!

 

Bi-monthly critiques of student work (directly from Kenn) that he records and adds into the course.
The course is always expanding and providing you even further opportunities to see growth in your work. Your painting may even be selected (among those submitted) for critique!

 

30+ lessons in four core modules by Kenn Backhaus, beautifully recorded in high-definition with crisp sound, available to you online 24/7 for one full year.
Watch when YOU want to and freeze, zoom in, rewind, or rewatch as often as you want. Gain new revelations each time you watch.

 

NEW video lessons added monthly - the course keeps growing!
In addition to the lessons inside the four core modules, Kenn records a NEW instructional video and adds it into your course EVERY month!

 

A private Facebook group with Kenn for students in this course only.
Kenn “chats” with you inside the group and even surprises you with the occasional live visit or pre-recorded video to address questions, provide encouragement, and share techniques.

**A note about the Facebook group:** Participation in the private FB group isn’t required, but it will accelerate your learning as you connect with Kenn and other students.

Here are some reasons to get super excited about this added feature:
You have a community of fellow students to support you in your growth. You can give and receive guidance, feedback, plus share your struggles and triumphs with each other. You get to see what other students are asking, so you can learn from their journeys as well!

And we’re betting you just might make some lifelong connections inside the group.


WHAT’S INSIDE ...
STUDY TO STUDIO WITH KENN BACKHAUS

 

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 light. 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 while perhaps other results left you shuddering in the corner. With the grunt 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 10+ 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 stop and rewind as often as you wish. 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 EDUCATIONAL CONTENT
ADDED MONTHLY FROM KENN

The course keeps expanding, providing YOU with further opportunities to see growth in your work.

Here's a sneak peek of a few videos Kenn has shared inside the course:
- Exploring Direction, Rhythm & Movement
- Cloning of Shapes & Color Temperature

All students love the 16th of the month when the NEW videos get 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 and add it into the course (another way the course grows throughout the year). And then, it’s yours to watch until the course ends (at your 365-day mark).

And if Kenn selects your work for critique, you can remain anonymous for the recording -- if you wish.

Regular contact with Kenn means you’ll receive continuous support & encouragement to keep you focused, inspired, and moving forward.

PHOTOS TO USE IN THE STUDIO

Inside you will find photo reference packages of Kenn’s own hand-selected images - ready and staged for you, so you can 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.

CLICK HERE TO ENROLL

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.

Only inside Tucson Art Academy Online.


And while this 365-day course with mentorship is worth thousands,
we’re only asking for one payment of $595 USD.

 

(That comes out to less than $50/month for mentorship
and instruction from Kenn Backhaus!)

 

It’ll be quite some time before we open up Kenn’s course again.
So join Kenn and his other students now.

 

Kenn’s entire course is open to you when you enroll. 
Start perfecting your technique today.

CLICK HERE TO ENROLL

?? ~ QUESTIONS YOU MIGHT BE WONDERING ...  

Will this course help me even if I don’t do landscapes or paint with oils?

YES. Whether you paint still lifes, landscapes, figures, or abstract … whether you use oils, acrylics, pastels, or watercolors, Kenn’s course will teach you techniques and skills EVERY artist needs.

I’m not techy … is this course easy to use?

YES. All you need to do is login and click “play”. You can pause, rewind or fast forward in each lesson. As long as your device is connected to the internet, you’re all set!

Is this for beginners or advanced students?

Kenn’s course is designed for all skill levels. The modules are designed to advance your skills and deepen the complexity of how you use tonal values, planes, shapes, brushstrokes, and signs of life to paint a narrative. Artists are never done learning, and Kenn will be sure to bring every student’s paintings up a level or several.

Do I have deadlines to finish modules or turn in assignments during the year?

NO, you have full access for 365 days and that means you can go at your own pace and spend more time in the lessons that are pushing you at the edge of your development.

CLICK HERE TO ENROLL

AND WHEN YOU ENROLL,
KENN HAS TWO EXCLUSIVE BONUSES WAITING FOR YOU!


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.


THAT MEANS YOU GET:

  • Kenn Backhaus’s course Study to Studio with mentorship and guidance from Kenn for 365 days.
  • Plus: Reflections Video
  • Plus: Guidelines and Words To Paint By E-book
  • Plus: New instructional videos are added into the course EACH month
  • Plus: Recorded critiques are added in bi-monthly

WHAT ARE YOU WAITING FOR?

Accelerate your skills with Kenn Backhaus...
Right here.
Right now.
As soon as you enroll, the entire course is open to you.

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