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From Paper to Canvas
An online class with Joseph Todorovitch

Instructor Joseph Todorovitch
Dates 10 weeks
Location Online Only
Difficulty All Levels
Materials Click to download the materials list
Syllabus Click to download the syllabus


In this 10-week online pre-recorded class, you will learn how to go from a drawing to a finished painting with professional figurative artist and portrait painter, Joseph Todorovitch.

In the first half of the class you will a tonal approach to drawing that focuses on value massing and the importance of design in shape and edge in relation to the form. You will train with a procedural approach, which forces you to work simple, then gradually progress to more complexity.

The second half of the class will be devoted to applying this approach to painting and analyzing the connection between the two mediums. You will start by working monochromatically with black and white and over time color and color theory will be introduced. This will help students paint with more freedom and understanding

This Recorded Class Features:

  • 22 hours of instructional video
  • 190+ reference images to download
  • Access to the student chatroom
  • Online access to this class for 12 months

NOTE: Students will have access to all the class recordings for 12 months and may download all reference images to keep. But since this class is recorded, students will not be able to submit work for critique from the instructor.

Product Description

As an online participant, you will work from high-resolution photos that will be provided on the class page each week. Unlike in traditional classes, the online format allows you to work at your own pace. You can pause and rewind as much as you want, giving you the ability to absorb information at a speed that you set for yourself.

All participants will receive access to the class recordings and reference images for 12 months!

About The Instructor

Joseph Todorovitch

Joseph Todorovitch is a contemporary painter immersed in figurative subject matter exploring painting through the lens of a naturalist perspective. A product of Los Angeles Ateliers and research abroad, he has become nationally recognized as a fine artist exhibiting across the country and accumulating accolades including the Draper Grand Prize at the Portrait Society of America’s annual competition.

His work is internationally collected and has been exhibited in various museums in the U.S. as well as the Beijing World Art Museum in China, an historic exhibition of American art, the first of it’s kind in China.

Todorovitch has taught drawing and painting for over a decade in notable institutions such as California Art Institute, Los Angeles Academy of Figurative Art, Laguna College of Art and Design, Scottsdale Artist’s School, Dreamworks Studios, among others and now including Art Mentors at New Masters Academy.

He continues to teach and exhibit with vitality.

“Joseph Todorovitch is one of the bright figures of the new representational expression in contemporary Art. Exploring the new expressive possibilities in presenting the human figure and expanding its visual language is part of a wider movement of taking the tradition-based approach to the next step. The technically fluid, expressive tools merging tonality, color and shape - reflecting the perceptional and cognitive developments of our generation - is an inherently contemporary expression of contemporary visual cognition.” —Classical Underground.

Class Policies


Unless otherwise specified in the product descrtipion, students are responsible for obtaining all required materials.


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