YOU'RE STEPS CLOSER
TO COLORFUL
STILL LIFES WITH
LOOSE BRUSHWORK


It's time to explore the power of hue, value, chroma and all things painterly...


As an artist, you want to get better, you try to get better... and it’s frustrating.

You wonder what your paintbrush is doing …

  • Why are my colors muddy and dull?
  • Why do my objects look so flat and have no depth?
  • Why is my light source not creating good cast shadows?
  • Why are my reflections so white and not believable?
  • Why can't I establish a strong center of interest?

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 LAURA ROBB (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
LAURA ROBB
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 Laura Robb, who’s by your figurative side for 365 days. Yes … you have access to Laura'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!
  • Laura 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 Laura is there to help you work through any challenges. She holds nothing back from her students.

ENROLL HERE TODAY - $595 USD

YES, YOU CAN LEARN TO PAINT 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 haven’t mastered the limiting palette artists have to work with (not nearly as rich and varied as Mother Nature’s palette).

→ You aren’t working effectively with light and shadow.

→ You haven’t created a focal point and path to lead your viewer’s eye around your painting successfully.

→ You haven’t mastered which edges to leave or take away - and which ones to make sharper or softer.

→ The arranging process is intimidating and eludes you.


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

ENROLL TODAY IN THE PUZZLE OF PAINTING!
365 DAYS OF COURSE
ACCESS & MENTORING

WITH LAURA ROBB


It's regular communication with Laura.
Get your questions answered with ongoing support. Imagine - if you can’t quite seem to grasp a concept she’s teaching or your painting is falling short, you can get feedback from Laura 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!

 

Monthly critiques of student work (directly from Laura) that she video records and adds into the course.
You not only hear but see her 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 her feedback. Plus you’ll have instant access to all of Laura’s previous monthly critiques of student work since the course first opened. There’s many eye-opening tips you can use in your work right away.

 

Laura 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, Laura 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.

 

WHAT’S INSIDE ...
THE PUZZLE OF PAINTING WITH LAURA ROBB

 

MODULE 1 | VALUES AND SHAPES

This module advances your ability to use hues, values, and chroma to create realistic images. Correct use of light and dark with shape are essential to achieve a convincing illusion of light and depth.


LAURA TEACHES YOU HOW TO:

  • Set up your still life to get the background you want with the shadows you need.
  • Push your shades darker and your values lighter (while avoiding the anemic look).
  • Avoid diluting your light and shade to keep your painting looking believable, like you could reach out and pick up that flower.
  • Use the power of your palette to get what you want as an end result in your painting.
  • Use shadow to connect your elements.
  • SEE differently, with tricks to counteract what our minds THINK we see and how an object SHOULD look.

Plus you’ll learn the first three moves Laura makes in every painting she does to make sure she gets the end result she wants. And, you’ll understand how to develop planes, one of the hardest, yet most important, skills to learn.

 


MODULE 2 | MAKING THE MOST OF CHROMA

This module heightens your understanding of the power and limitations of your palette. Chroma is the most difficult aspect of color for people to grasp yet essential to realistically represent objects like clear glass, colored glass, and metals.


LAURA TEACHES YOU HOW TO:

  • Handle chroma problems when working with flowers.
  • How to get shiny highlights to pop.
  • How to make glass read like glass.
  • Preserve the chroma.
  • Apply the rules of light, shade, and form so your painting will read better.

Plus, Laura will teach you to identify highlights that don’t help the viewer so you can avoid them in your painting. And, you’ll come away fully understanding the difference between value and chroma, a critical takeaway for any artist.

 


MODULE 3 | USING COLOR TO CREATE FORM

This module strengthens your ability to SEE like an ARTIST. Our minds want us to draw how we THINK something should look. These preconceptions don’t reflect what is actually before us and we must see shapes and forms for what they truly are.


LAURA TEACHES YOU HOW TO:

  • Make statements with the negative shapes.
  • Use a triad instead of complements to get the effects of light and color she achieves in her work.
  • Start by getting the lights and shades right first, instead of focusing on the drawing when you start.
  • Fix problems and solve on the run … like when you’ve got a background color too close to the flower’s color or two notes of color are coming up against each other.
  • Light flowers - sometimes tricky because of their transparency.

Plus, Laura will teach you how to paint an irresistible focal point with values, edges, chroma, and size. And, you’ll learn what to do first in your composition to avoid beginner mistakes.

 


MODULE 4 | PUTTING THE PUZZLE TOGETHER

This module helps you combine hue, value, composition, edges, and details to create a compelling and harmonious work of art. One that makes you smile and say, “Yes! I get it now.”


LAURA TEACHES YOU HOW TO:

  • Pull in the viewer’s eye and travel the path you intentionally set in your painting.
  • Lead the eye around in a not-too-obvious way.
  • Preserve the depth (and foregoing color if necessary).
  • Know when to give up some of the color or put the color elsewhere to keep the focal point.
  • Determine when you don’t need to be anatomically correct.

Plus, Laura will teach you how to achieve a sense of depth and notes of color before you attend to shape. And, you’ll learn why starting with your focal point drives the other notes in your painting, and that will save you a lot of time and frustration.

 


 

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

 

"Laura - Always love your work not only for the beautiful edges, brush/knife work, and strong composition, but also for the way you lead the eye around and the way you intentionally engage the viewer, and magnify what the paint has to say. "

- LINDA

THE PUZZLE OF PAINTING 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 LAURA

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:

- How to Lossen Up
- Working with a Painting Knife
- Translating Images Into Paint
- Color Mixing

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

MONTHLY OFFICE HOURS WITH LAURA

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

She’ll record the critiques where you not only hear but see her 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 Laura’s previous 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 Laura 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 a photo reference package of Laura’s own hand-selected images - a variety of staged-for-you compositions 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.

ABOUT LAURA

LAURA ROBB entered Art Student's Academy in Tulsa, Oklahoma when she was just 16. Eventually she moved to New York City to study with Michael Aviano. After returning to the southwest, she studied drawing with Ned Jacob and received critiques from Richard Schmid. Since moving to New Mexico in 1986, Laura’s art travels have taken her to France, Spain, Guatemala, and all over the United States. She has exhibited in numerous group and solo shows and received many awards for her painting. Her work has appeared in dozens of publications over the years.

As Laura will tell you, we all have days when the fruit turns brown, the cat knocks over the teacup, or it turns out the central flower in your arrangement wasn’t in water after all …

... she’s excited to connect with you and help you grow as an artist, whether you’re just beginning or quite advanced.

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 Laura Robb available to you. You'll get her guidance, support, teaching, and mentorship for a full year.

You won’t find Laura Robb’s course, The Puzzle of Painting, 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 Laura Robb!)

 

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

 

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

ENROLL HERE TODAY - $595 USD

QUESTIONS YOU MIGHT BE WONDERING

Will this course help me even if I don’t do still lifes?

YES. Whether you paint still lifes, landscapes, or figures … whether you use oils, acrylics, pastels, or watercolors, Laura’s course will teach you fundamentals, techniques, and skills that 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?

Laura’s class 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 Laura 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.

How often will Laura critique my work? Does she have weekly office hours or how do I communicate with Laura?

Every month you have the opportunity to submit examples of your paintings and/or questions to be considered for inclusion in the group critiques. These are not live sessions. Each month Laura dives deep into the Office Hour group critiques. She chooses from among those submitted and prepares several critiques. Students LOVE these the most because you not only hear but see the suggested changes right before your eyes in a recorded video, you can login, watch, stop and rewind as often as you wish. Every student benefits from each other which makes for a very strong learning tool. Plus students use these as a spring board to prepare themselves for the next critique or to ask questions in between.

I understand this is a course with access & mentoring for a full year, but how much time should I allow in my schedule so I can make progress?

Most students average about 2 to 4 hours a week. Laura suggests progressing through the core modules in sequence to see the best results in your work. It's understood some weeks you may have 6 hours to paint and some weeks none at all. That's why Laura has carefully curated all of the videos inside to give you what you need, when you need it. This way you can cut out distractions and keep focused when you do get time at your easel. This great perk to Online learning is what makes students turn into alumni.

ENROLL HERE TODAY - $595 USD

AND WHEN YOU ENROLL,
LAURA HAS AN EXCLUSIVE BONUS
WAITING FOR YOU!

HOW TO SIMPLIFY FLOWER ARRANGEMENTS
(VALUE $70)


Only students in The Puzzle of Painting will get this special bonus
- it is NOT available for purchase anywhere.

Picking and choosing flowers can be difficult - so many colors, shapes, details, and textures!

In this 50-minute never-before-seen video, Laura shares the guidelines she uses and reveals her thought process as she chooses flowers and arranges them to make a compelling composition.

It's yours to download & keep in your library forever.

ONCE ENROLLED YOU'LL RECEIVE:

  • Laura Robb’s course The Puzzle of Painting with mentorship and guidance from Laura for 365 days.
  • Plus: BONUS - How to Simplify Flower Arrangements Video
  • Plus: Laura's photo reference package of her own hand-selected images - ready and staged for you
  • Plus: A new video lesson EVERY month
  • Plus: In-Depth monthly group critiques on paintings
  • Plus: Instant access to ALL past monthly video lessons and monthly Office Hour critiques posted inside the course since the course first opened back in 2017.

WHAT ARE YOU WAITING FOR?!

One FULL year of Mentoring and Instruction with Laura Robb
is waiting for you inside.

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