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 beginning a painting or other 2 dimensional artworks we often don’t know how to begin. Asking what should an artist think about, what should I consider, before I start to paint?  How should I prepare?

Besides subject matter and ideas, there are design principles that we can use to prepare and guide us as we begin working on that “white “ empty rectangle, these design principles provide answers and options then choices as we progress in the artwork. We use painting to express our ideas and feelings,  but the language of design is how we organize it. Artists often say that a painting is a journey, it is a record of our decisions and discoveries.

The well known artist Georges Braque wrote in his notebook “one must not think up a picturein other words a composition is found”.

There are a number of basic principles in design. We will explain them, observe them and experience them. This experiential learning will help us when creating and finding painting . During his two day workshop participants will compile a studio reference collection of examples using paper collage. Other exercises including the “use of colour” can use the paper collage method  but water colour or acrylic paint is encouraged.

Design is the opposite of chance – the artist or designer plans and finds the arrangement of elements to form a visual pattern (rather than leaving things to chance).


  • 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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Workshops will not run until sufficient enrollment has been met. Please register BEFORE MAY 31 to avoid cancellations.

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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.