365 Day Access with Mentoring course
$595 USD

JULY 24, 2018
We look forward to you joining us inside!

Course Description


The study has many important factors and plays a major role in exploring the path to the final studio painting. The study can take form either painting from direct observation or photo reference gathered from your on-location experiences. You can think of it in comparison to the importance of a screenplay, where a writer has written an “idea” to which eventual a full featured movie will be produced. The “idea” for the eventual studio painting will be better derived from well thought out and explored studies. Just as a movie has a main character and supporting characters, you too will need to develop what would be considered, a main element and supporting elements within the pictorial. Through demonstration I will show you how all these elements can work in harmony to carry out your “idea". I will enlist good habits for you to follow in exploring the “idea”. These habits directed toward developing your studies will result in more successful studio paintings.


Running with your first idea will work, but those who explore various options will sometimes discover some great possibilities. I will help you understand the role of options and show you some of mine that I consider while developing my studies. Your primary goal will be to develop the strongest studio painting that is possible all resulting from the efforts you put into the various stages of your studies. You will grasp and understand the idea and leave no rocks unturned!


This is it. Time to put it all together. It’s show time baby! You have been inspired from life’s experiences which will result in your ideas. Developed knowledge of your subject, light affects, your use of the medium and tools translate to skills. Harnessing your ideas with your knowledge and skills will result in success.  I will explain the importance and empower you as the director. Everything will be in your control! You will achieve harmony in your studio paintings through your better understanding and use of the historic principles of good draftsmanship, proper use of value, color mixing and competent brushwork.


The term, happenstance can occur to any artist which could result in a great painting at anytime. Although the ability to produce a great painting on a consistent basis will be our goal. I will demonstrate how you too can replace the occasional happenstance with development, use of good habits and artistic skills. Developing your abilities through exercises that will reveal your weaknesses and make you aware of your strengths. Together we will build on those strengths and overcome your weaknesses.  The results will be increased confidence so you can produce a quality studio painting every time. 

On top of the 4 core modules with 10+ hours of instructional videos, Kenn adds additional monthly video content throughout the 365 days — it’s an ever-growing library of tutorials to provide you with fresh material for added inspiration and motivation. 

Whether you paint still lifes, landscapes, figures, or portraits … whether you use oils, acrylics, pastels, or watercolors, Kenn's course will teach you techniques and skills EVERY artist needs.

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I can’t say enough about Kenn Backhaus’s course. I learned to see like an artist and not like a camera. Kenn was so helpful, positive and honest that I now see a huge improvement in my paintings. The critiques were such a huge bonus to the whole course. Thank you TAAO for making these online courses. They are limitless, just like you say!
— Cyndy

Study and Mentoring Description

Kenn Backhaus is an exceptional painter and teacher and now we have the opportunity to bring his knowledge to your studio.

Physical workshops are great, but they end way too fast. Wouldn’t it be great to have ongoing access to instructional content 24/7 to help you get the results you deserve? 

We know it can be so frustrating and disheartening to work hard at perfecting your art to only be hit with more stumbling blocks. This zaps our confidence and makes us wonder if we really know what we’re doing… 

 …well, this is why we created our "NEW 365 Day Access with Mentoring", all with you in mind.

What to Expect

  1. You will have access to Kenn's knowledge for a FULL YEAR. This is not a class or a workshop; it’s ongoing study and mentoring with Kenn Backhaus.
  2. There are 12 hours of stunning High Definition pre-recorded video oil demonstrations to watch with suggested assignments to put what you learn into practice once you enroll. 
  3. This Online course is designed to fit around your schedule: no deadlines or set times to be at your computer. Learn at "your" pace, slow down, and take all the time you need to become the artist you've always wanted to be. Kenn's course is always open, waiting for you to login.
  4. Kenn will also have "bi-monthly" group sessions with feedback & critiques throughout the year to keep you focused, inspired, and moving forward. 
  5. There will be "new" video content added each month. This way, the course is always expanding and providing you even further opportunities to see growth in your work.
  6. And—most importantly—you can join Kenn's "private" Facebook community. This community will give you full support for your growth as a painter. Only YOU and your fellow students. Get guidance and feedback, and share your progress with each other all-year-long.

    *Note~ Your participation in the private FB group is not mandatory, but we sure hope you’ll take advantage of this valuable resource.

  7. And, the best thing about this course: it’s knowledge that keeps on working and working, whether you’re just starting out or a well-established artist. Kenn's Online course works for EVERYbody who puts in the effort.


JULY 24, 2018
We look forward to you joining us inside!