Exploring Composition & Design

July 13 - July 14


This is a 2-day workshop. All classes run 9 – 4 pm each day with lunch included from 12 – 1 pm.

Exploring Composition & Design

Exploring Composition & Design

When starting an artwork, we often don’t know how to begin. In this workshop you will discover tools that will help you approach a blank canvas/sheet of paper with confidence.

The instructor will guide you through a series of design principles that will help you prepare for, and create successful compositions. Over the weekend, students will create a collection of examples using paper collage to illustrate various design principles. These will be complied to create a personalized studio reference binder.

Why is design and composition so important? Because even a good idea or subject matter, when not organized in an effective way, will lack impact. Understanding these basic principles will allow you to create artworks that are visually organized in a way that is impactful, active, interesting and engaging. Understanding the language of design (how we organize space, colour and shapes) will allow you to fully express your feelings and ideas through painting, drawing, etc.

Creating art is always a journey—it is a record of decisions and discoveries made by the artist. The well-known artist Georges Braque wrote in his notebook that “one must not think up a picture.” In other words, a composition must be explored to be found. Collage is the perfect medium for learning about composition and design as it will allow you to explore, try different arrangements and see a variety of outcomes.

Everyone is welcome to take this workshop. No matter your experience, this class will give you a solid comprehension of design and composition principles as well as an understanding of how to use them. You will also bring home a beautiful studio reference book that will be a helpful tool that you can use and add to for the rest of your life.

  • Student Supply List: (Click HERE): Students are responsible for bringing the supplies listed.
  • Materials Fee: $10
  • Course Level: All Skill Levels
  • Course Prerequisites: None required

Price: $382

This price includes: tuition, daily lunch, material fees (if required), any applicable taxes and is listed in Canadian Dollars.


Xane St Phillip is a practicing visual artist based in Victoria, BC. He has instructed classes in visual art for 25 years, most recently at the Vancouver Island School of Art. Subjects include Design, Colour Theory and Application, and Painting.


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MISSA Course Withdrawal & Refund Policy

All requests for course withdrawals and/or accommodation cancellations must be made through MISSA’s online form. Requests made in person or by phone, text or email will not be accepted.

Refunds and credits are subject to the course withdrawal and accommodation cancellation deadlines and fees outlined below. Please note, no refunds will be processed during the MISSA Summer Arts Program.

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Course Withdrawal Deadlines

Forms received on or before May 3, 2024 – Pre-paid tuition and material fees will be refunded. A $50 administrative fee applies for each course withdrawal. Material fees will be refunded in full.

Forms received on or before June 14, 2024 – A credit will be issued for pre-paid tuition, less a $50 administration fee per course withdrawal. Pre-paid material fees are not eligible for refund.

Forms received after June 14, 2024 – Course withdrawals made after this date are not eligible for refund or credit of tuition and material fees.

Tuition credits are issued in the form of a code to be used for registration in future MISSA workshops and/or for on-campus accommodations. Credit codes may be transferred to another person. MISSA credit codes have no cash value and cannot be refunded.

If MISSA must cancel a workshop, students will be offered an alternative workshop. If the 2024 program is completely cancelled (due to COVID restrictions or any other force majeure), a full refund will be given (tuition, material fee and accommodation) or a MISSA credit will be offered.

Accommodation Cancellation Deadlines
On-campus accommodations may be cancelled up to 14 days prior to the first day of MISSA and pre-paid accommodation fees will be refunded, less a $50 deposit fee. Accommodation cancellations made after the deadline are not eligible for refund.

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If you must withdraw from a course and/or cancel your accommodations due to exceptional circumstances, you may request a refund on the basis of hardship and/or compassionate grounds. All requests must be made in writing using the online form. Approval of such requests may only be made by the MISSA Board of Directors and will be considered on a case-by-case basis.


This price includes: tuition, daily lunch, material fees (if required), any applicable taxes and is listed in Canadian Dollars.