Elevate your art
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Learn from globally iconic artists as they reveal their secrets to success.
Starting at $200/month for 1 year program
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Build a career
Transform your passion for art 
into a full-time profession
4 years of art school condensed into this incredible 1-year online program
From beginner to advanced
Drawing & Oil Painting
PART 1
Mixed media, personal aesthetic and voice
Master your artistic style
PART 2
Portfolio
creation and
branding
Build a cohesive portfolio of art
PART 3
Marketing, galleries and launching your career
Promote and Sell Your Art
PART 4
We will teach you STEP-BY-STEP how to elevate your skills, find your artistic voice, build your personal brand, contact galleries and market your artwork online.
Add your own mentor
Add a mentor and get 24/7 access to coaching over chat,
plus a monthly 30-minute 1-on-1 video mentor call.
Learn anywhere, at your own pace.
$200/mo
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1 Year Syllabus
This one year online program is designed to help you transform your passion for art into a full-time profession from anywhere in the world. We will teach you STEP-BY-STEP how to elevate your skills, find your artistic voice, build your personal brand, contact galleries and market your artwork online. Take the next step in your art career.
Part 1
Part 2
Part 3
Part 4
Part 1 - Drawing and oil painting
Part 1 of the Mastery Program is designed to help you master realism to ensure that you have a variety of techniques at your disposal for self expression in Part 2. In order to have complete freedom for experimentation and to find your voice, you must first develop your skills in drawing and oil painting.
1. Contour Drawing & Subtractive Glaze Painting

2. Value, Scale & Indirect Painting

3. Proportion, Planes & 8 Brush Stroke Portrait

4. Still Life Drawing in Graphite & Alla Prima Still Life

5. Break

6. Gesture Drawing & Fat Over Lean

7. Perspective & Subtractive City - Learn the Secrets of the Renaissance

8. Portrait Proportions & Alla Prima Life Painting

9. Small Scale Realism - Learn to See like an Artist

10. Break

11. Mark Making & Directional Marks - Experience the Freedom of Expression

12. Foreshortening & Alla Prima from Source

13. Self Portrait - Learn the Psychology of Seeing Your True Self

14. Expressive Drawing & Summary Final Assignment

15. Break

16. Break
Part 2 - Mixed media, personal aesthetic and voice
Part 2 is the most exciting time of the course! You will find your voice, develop your personal aesthetic and have fun experimenting with a wide variety of mixed media techniques that are exclusively taught in this program. Discovering your voice is essential for creating a portfolio of sellable artwork and branding, marketing, and promoting yourself.
17. Acrylic Painting & Art History - Discover Your Place Among the Greats

18. Ink & Identifying Your Personal Aesthetic

19. Mark Making & Archetypes - Create Themes and Motifs in Your Work

20. Spray Paint & Your Process - Learn the Process Authentic to You

21. Collage & How to Synthesize - Learn the 4 Phases of the Creative Cycle

22. Break

23. Break

24. Painting an Abstract & Critique - Discover Dimensions Previously Unknown

25. Rollers & Source Material

26. Gold Leaf & Choosing a Source

27. Elli's Mixed Media Process & Creating Sources

28. Dimitra's Mixed Media Process & Integrating Source Material into Your Voice

29. Break

30. Break
Part 3 - Portfolio creation and branding
Part 3 is where you see all of your hard work pay off. Now that you’ve found your own unique style and process for painting, you will learn how to develop your social media, create a website, establish professional habits, brand yourself, build marketing collateral, develop products (prints, clothing, collaborations with big brands, etc.), create a business strategy and promote your brand.
31. Studio Habits & How to Build a Portfolio

32. Artist Habits - How to be Productive in Your Workspace

33. Setting Goals & Assessing Your Portfolio - How to Build a Business Strategy

34. Emotional Intelligence & Final Touches - Become More Self-Aware and Succeed

35. Motivation & Prepare for Your Production Period - Become a Prolific Painter

36. Break

37. Through to week 42 - Independent Production & Developing Your Portfolio

38. Break

39. Through to week 42 - Independent Production & Developing Your Portfolio

40. Break
Part 4 - Marketing, galleries and launching your career
Part 4 of the Mastery Program is stuffed with modern marketing techniques, while simultaneously teaching how to apply them to your career as a professional artist. Learn the ins and outs of social media marketing, how to grow the audience you want, and so much more. Get ready to launch!
44. Start Selling Your Art

45. Getting Your Product Ready

46. Building Your Brand

47. Creating Marketing Collateral

48. Creating Your Website

49. Social Media Marketing

50. Promoting Your Product

51. Sales and Promotion

52. Launching Your Career
Meet your instructors
Founding Owner, Instructor
Elli Milan
John Milan
Co-owner, Instructor
Dimitra Milan
Co-Owner, Director & Instructor
Jake Dunn
Co-Owner, Director & Instructor
Meet your instructors
Founding Owner, Instructor
Elli Milan
John Milan
Co-owner, Instructor
Dimitra Milan
Co-Owner, Director & Instructor
Jake Dunn
Co-Owner, Director & Instructor
Learn from globaly iconic artist as they revewal their secrets to success
Elli is the founding owner of Milan Art Institute. For the past 25 years, she has sold her artwork professionally and has sold over 10,000 pieces throughout her career. She has also transformed the lives of thousands of artists from all over the world by helping them find their voice and turn their passion for art into a profession. With her online drawing and painting classes, Elli is a leading voice of the current 
Art Renaissance.
Elli Milan
Learn from globaly iconic artist as they revewal their secrets to success
Co-founder of Milan Art Institute, John is possibly one of the most interesting artists alive. He will share the insights he has gleaned from his 25+ years as a professional artist with you in an entertaining, yet inspiring way. He has developed many styles of art and brings them to life with vibrant color and surreal figures in his mixed media oil paintings. DJ Freezy J is an avid teacher and traveler, currently mentoring several local and non-local artists while still traveling to various countries throughout the year.
John Milan
Learn from globaly iconic artist as they revewal their secrets to success
Dimitra generated over a million dollars of artwork sales by the age of 15. Her success is a result of learning at Milan Art Institute and her paintings are collected world-wide. Dimitra is pioneering a new age of artist influencers on social media, spreading beauty across the entire planet. She is co-owner at Milan Art Institute and passionate about equipping artists to change the world with their art.
Dimitra Milan
With expertise in modern marketing and unique artistic skills, Jake is passionate in helping artists reach their true potential. After attending USC, he decided to become an artist and has been a professional since graduating from Milan Art Institute’s Mastery Program. He gathers inspiration from anywhere he can find and shares his insights with precision. He is a Renaissance artist, practicing multiple forms of art, including painting, music and writing.
Jake Dunn
Learn from globaly iconic artist as they revewal their secrets to success
Our mentors
We have trained and highly-qualified professional artist mentors who can work with any personality and skill level. They are dedicated to encouraging you, answering your questions, and throughout the program providing critique to help you elevate your art. Read more...
We have trained and highly-qualified professional artist mentors who can work with any personality and skill level. They are dedicated to encouraging you, answering your questions, and throughout the program providing critique to help you elevate your art.

You will have the opportunity to participate in group zoom calls whether you have a mentor or not. These calls will be focused on different topics so you may choose the call that fits your needs. This will allow you to not only receive advice and critique from a mentor, but you’ll also be able to connect with other students from around the world who are going through the program.

*Additional charges apply to mentors and group zoom calls.
Milan Art Mentor
Melissa Burghardt
Jessi Dahlquist
Milan Art Mentor
Heylie Morris
Milan Art Mentor
Ceci Wehncke
Milan Art Mentor
Rita Vicari
Milan Art Mentor
Paula Farino
Milan Art Mentor
Rachel Doring
Milan Art Mentor
Casey Wakefield
Milan Art Mentor
Nicole Powell
Milan Art Mentor
Dalia Milan
Milan Art Mentor
Ritika Aurora
Milan Art Mentor
Kelsey Gilman
Milan Art Mentor
Esther Franchuk
Milan Art Mentor
Zybrena Porter
Milan Art Mentor
Tanya Aubut
Milan Art Mentor
Brie Bartz
Milan Art Mentor
Nicolette van den Hadelkamp
Milan Art Mentor
Roxanne Bryan
Milan Art Mentor
Asia DeVore
Milan Art Mentor
Briana Hume
Milan Art Mentor
Daree Johnson
Milan Art Mentor
Dafni Lynde
Milan Art Mentor
John Milan
Milan Art Mentor
Heather Bailey
Milan Art Mentor
Abby Bradford
Milan Art Mentor
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