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Composition & Design

Create dynamic and successful compositions, non-interactive, all levels

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Learn how to make stronger painting compositions that demand attention, it's all about the relationships of shapes proportion, and design. This is a self-paced, non-interactive design course in composition with lifetime access. The information provided can be applied to still life paintings, landscapes and florals.

  • Lifetime access
  • No time limit
  • Non-interactive
  • Go at your own pace
  • Downloadable
  • App friendly

As you may know, I am passionate about teaching and sharing my knowledge with others. Being an instructor, my goal is to help you to be a better artist and reach your full potential as an artist. Many of the students that have taken this course have gone on to be very successful showing and selling their work using these easy to follow step-by-step lessons that are designed just for you.


Your Instructor


Birgit O
Birgit O'Connor

Birgit O’Connor, award winning artist, judge, juror and author of the top-selling North Light books “ Watercolor in Motion” and “Watercolor Essentials” and has been included in with three other book titles. She has been included in over 40 national and international publications, the New York Times, SF Gate,Artist Magazine and Watercolor Artist Magazine INK in New Mexico, in the United States, Dobry Zank, (publication in Poland) "L'Art de l'Aquarelle in France,. Memberships include Cambridge Who’s Who, Who's who in America and Who's who in American woman and is a signature member of LWS & CWA.

Known for her original art and inspirational teaching style, Birgit has developed numerous successful online courses and DVD programs to help students find their own creativity and build confidence within the difficult medium of watercolor.

Workshop schedule visit www.birgitoconnor.com


Frequently Asked Questions


When does the course start and finish?
The course starts now and never ends! It is a completely self-paced online course - you decide when you start and when you finish.
How long do I have access to the course?
How does lifetime access sound? After enrolling, you have unlimited access to this course for as long as you like - across any and all devices you own.
What if I am unhappy with the course?
We would never want you to be unhappy! If you are unsatisfied with your purchase, contact us in the first 30 days and we will give you a full refund.

Testimonials, what people say

Thanks so much for your teaching these incredible online workshops...they are magic! :) Debra Laurie

This has been a most valuable class! Bonnie G.

Thank you, Birgit. YOU make learning fun, accessible, a DREAM come true! Your fine instruction makes it possible, Frances Gill-Turano

WOW!!! You are such a real professional!!! I love how you are instructing...quiet, confident voice, SAYING exactly what you are doing and why, SHOWING exactly what you are doing and why, USING the reference photo as a guide and REFERRING to the practice sample as a reminder that "you can do it"!! And then GIVING the students time to put into practice what you've just taught with your comments and suggestions ready to help! WOW! Not only a first class instructor, but an excellent and beautiful artist. I LOVE YOUR WORK! Cheryl Feragen

I can't tell you how much I enjoy your courses, Birgit, you are a very generous and skilled teacher. LInda Read

Birgit! You are amazing master of painting enriching our minds, hearts and imagination with your art. Thank you, Zlatica Stauder

Birgit is an excellent instructor who is organized, informative and thorough in her presentations. Also she is very supportive and helpful in her comments on the painting submissions. I felt strongly that she really wanted me to learn and improve and produce a painting that would make me feel that I had achieved a result that would be worthwhile. I would take another class from her in a heartbeat. Sincerely, Trish Kuncewicz

Having recently semi-retired from a long career working with law firms as a knowledge management and technology consultant and as a Chief Information Officer, I decided to treat myself to time to get back to the painting I studied as an art history and theater major 40 years ago in college. I always loved watercolors and although people keep telling me it's the hardest place to start, I have persevered, taking a few workshops with local art teachers and playing on my own. I have done a number of Birgit's courses and love this on-line, virtual format that allows me to move at my own pace. I really value the personal critiques, which are so insightful and supportive of growth, and find I learn a great deal from those given to others as well as to myself. I'm looking forward to finding time over the holidays to continue my explorations through this course! Sally Gonzalez.

Dear Birgit, I've watched a lot of videos over the last year and yours are by far the BEST!!!! Your presentation is clear, very informative, and beautiful. Carol Jakubow

Hi Birgit, I so enjoyed your workshop I learned so much. I am still absorbing it all. I had painting dreams all night. I feel hopeful that I can work on my painting and improve its appearance! (Smile). Jan DeLano

Dear Birgit, Thank you so much for creating such a wonderful resource. I know it is going to be invaluable to me. Karen Morgan-Stahley

I wanted you to know that I really appreciate your calm teaching voice. It was one of the main reasons I chose your class. You speak very thoughtfully, slowly, and clearly. While watching the videos, I picked up a lot of helpful instruction, before of working on the actual painting. Using the sweeping upstroke to avoid spreading at the end of the stroke, and softening the edges of lines with a larger brush both worked beautifully, much improving my first attempts! I'll be starting to paint the poppy tomorrow – so excited! Thanks in advance, Laurie

Hi Birgit. Wow!!!Looks great!!!You are tireless!!!! I love the video courses. Thank you for sharing your expertise with the rest of us. Mary Louise

Dear Birgit you are my all time favorite artist and I have purchased your some of your courses as well as a copy of the watercolor magic magazine you are featured in. H. Merchant AUSTRALIA

Hi Birgit I am a retired art, elementary, and Montessori teacher with over 30 years experience. I tried other classes but I think I've learned the most from Birgit's online courses. I love the feedback she gives, it's way more than I have received before. I find it so valuable. I look forward to doing more. Jann Clare

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