READY TO TAKE YOUR PAINTING SKILLS
TO A HIGHER LEVEL?

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

DOES THIS SOUND LIKE YOU?

You want to get better, you try to get better... and it’s frustrating.

You wonder what your paintbrush is doing …

  • Why aren’t my colors harmonizing?
  • Why is my focal point lost?
  • Why does my painting look flat when I was going for depth?
  • Why are my values dark & not natural looking? 

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


YOU DON'T HAVE TO GO AT IT ALONE


Receiving instruction from KENN BACKHAUS (a master artist) is the BEST way to get better!

The desire to paint something beautiful is inside you, but doing the whole tedious process of trial & error is not the answer.

If you want your paintings to thrive over the long term ....


STUDY WITH
KENN BACKHAUS
AND BE MENTORED 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 Kenn Backhaus, who’s by your figurative side for 365 days. Yes … you have access to Kenn's 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 as many times as you want and experience new revelations each time!
  • 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 - $595 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.


But here’s the fine art fabulous news.
You can change all of this!


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.

 

A private Facebook community 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 and share techniques.

**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.

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
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 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 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 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 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 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.

ENROLL HERE TODAY - $595 USD

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 $595 USD.

 

(That's less than $50/month for mentorship
with Kenn Backhaus!)

 

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

 

Kick those excuses and hesitations aside and
Come join Kenn today.

ENROLL HERE TODAY - $595 USD

?? 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, or figures … whether you use oils, acrylics, pastels, or watercolors, Kenn’s course will teach you techniques and skills EVERY artist needs at any stage of their creative path. You’ll find inspiration and in-depth how-to’s along with direct feedback and support to enhance your practice.

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. Watch from your desktop, laptop, tablet or smartphone 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. We all lead super busy lives so each module will help you advance your skills quickly as possible regardless of how long you've been painting. Artists are never done learning, and Kenn thrives on helping you bring your paintings up a level or several.

Do I have deadlines to finish modules during the year?

NO. You have full access to the course for 365 days and that means you can go at your own pace, spend more time in the video lessons, and paint when it is right for you. This year long fomat allows you to uncover your own unique flow as an artist and see changes.

Also if you find yourself stuck, you can hop inside the private course Facebook community and receive feedback from Kenn on your painting. It's an amazing community to connect with Kenn and your fellow classmates while getting support and guidance to move you forward. Many students consistently say its their new favorite online retreat.

ENROLL HERE TODAY - $595 USD

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.


ONCE ENROLLED YOU'LL RECEIVE:

  • Kenn Backhaus’s course Study to Studio with mentorship and guidance from Kenn for 365 days.
  • Plus: BONUS - Reflections Video
  • 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 photo reference package of his own hand-selected images - ready and staged for you
  • Plus: Kenn's private Facebook community for posting, feedback, and interaction. Be part of each others journey throughout the year!

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.

Close

50% Complete

Two Step

Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consectetur adipiscing elit, sed do eiusmod tempor incididunt ut labore et dolore magna aliqua.