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Artists

Welcome to Your
Master-Led Community!

Artist Mastermind+

What You Get!

Chose Your Master!

Work with a Master Artist of your choice, face-to-face, for 2 hrs, every month. ALWAYS LIVE & INTERACTIVE

There’s MORE! …

“Sometimes taking a chance turns out to be one of the BEST things that happens to you. Levelling Up was that “chance” for me; and I couldn’t be happier.”
~ Pam (Emerging Artist)

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private chat group

CONNECT with your small, trusted group, throughout the month

  • Discuss the homework together
  • Share your progress
  • Get feedback & encouragement
  • Make friends along the way!

“Teaming up with a Master Artist and new art friends was the push I needed to move into the art world. I’ve learned SO MUCH, not only from my mentor but from my group.”

GROW YOUR SKILLS & CONFIDENCE

Business Advice -> Learn how to make a viable living, doing what you LOVE.

Technique Training -> live demos, art critiques, advice on tools & materials, studio set-up … and more

Artist Network of Support -> FEEDBACK, ENCOURAGEMENT, ADVICE, SUPPORT, COMMUNITY!

“I feel like networking has been difficult and this has given me a venue to network and ask the many pressing questions that I have had. I’m finally meeting other artists like me and getting encouragement, support, & feedback that’s really making a difference.”
~ Niki (emerging artist)

CHOOSE YOUR MASTER

Memberships starting at $80/month CAD

Aggie Armstrong

Aggie Armstrong

By LevellingUp World, meet multidisciplinary #LUartist AGGIE ARMSTRONG!
Agnès Guillon

Agnès Guillon

By LevellingUp This #LUartist is an expert at pulling back the curtain to share intimate moments of connection and introspection. Meet the incredible professional oil painter AGNÈS GUILLON!
ALEX GARANT
OPEN

ALEX GARANT

OIL
Alex Garant Master Artist

Alex Garant Master Artist

By Mastrius Pioneer of contemporary figurative op art, leader in analogue glitch art, Canada’s pop surrealist, and internationally-crowned Queen of Double Eyes, #mastriusmaster ALEX GARANT is charting her own original and authentic course.
ALEXANDRA MANUKYAN
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ALEXANDRA MANUKYAN

OIL, GRAPHITE, CHARCOAL
ALINE ORDMAN
OPEN

ALINE ORDMAN

OIL, PASTEL
Aline Ordman Master Artist

Aline Ordman Master Artist

By Mastrius Looking beyond the surface of a scene to uncover its abstract elements, Mastrius Master ALINE ORDMAN manipulates shape, value, and colour to create the most compelling compositions.
Alison Laing

Alison Laing

By LevellingUp We work with artists from all over the world in varying stages of their art careers. Aspiring artists often are uncovering their style, honing their technique, and really coming into their own as unique and powerful painters. We’d love to introduce you to one aspiring artist with endless potential. She is investing time and thought into her talent for painting and producing some amazing works of art. Everyone, meet #LUartist ALISON LAING!
Amaka Eneh

Amaka Eneh

By LevellingUp Surgeon by day; artist by night. World, meet #LUartist AMAKA ENEH!
Amanda Immurs

Amanda Immurs

By LevellingUp Representational oil painter AMANDA IMMURS’ work has graced group shows and galleries throughout Ontario—including an installation for the 2015 PanAm Games (the largest sporting event ever in Canada!) and banners in her hometown of Hamilton for Canada’s 150th birthday.
Amber Summers

Amber Summers

By Mastrius It’s STORY MORNING with Mastrius Navigator and aspiring artist AMBER SUMMERS! Grab your coffee and let the steps she’s taken in her creative journey encourage your own!
Amy Steinberg

Amy Steinberg

By LevellingUp If you’re into beauty (and really, who isn’t?), then check out the work of this California-based abstract impressionist—#LUartist AMY STEINBERG!
Ana Zanella

Ana Zanella

By LevellingUp Everyone please meet the fabulous #LUartist ANA ZANELLA!
ANDREW MCDERMOTT
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ANDREW MCDERMOTT

ACRYLIC, GRAPHITE, PASTEL, MIXED MEDIA
ANDREW ORR
OPEN

ANDREW ORR

OIL
Andrew Orr Master Artist

Andrew Orr Master Artist

By Mastrius Look closer! It’s easy to mistake these beauties for photographs, but they are the incredible works of Mastrius Master and renowned oil painter ANDREW ORR.
ANDREW SOOKRAH
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ANDREW SOOKRAH

OIL, ACRYLIC, WATERCOLOR, GRAPHITE, SCULPTOR
Andrew Sookrah Master Artist

Andrew Sookrah Master Artist

By Mastrius Likened to the “Group of Seven meets Vincent Van Gogh,” renowned contemporary Canadian painter and Mastrius Master ANDREW CHEDDIE SOOKRAH uses a wide range of media to interpret land and life.
ANGUS MCEWAN
OPEN

ANGUS MCEWAN

OIL | ACRYLIC | MIXED MEDIA | WATERCOLOUR
Angus McEwan Master Artist

Angus McEwan Master Artist

By Mastrius Spots are OPEN to mentor with international award-winning watercolour and mixed media artist Mastrius Master ANGUS McEWAN!
ANITA MCCOMAS
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ANITA MCCOMAS

ACRYLIC
Annae Jones

Annae Jones

By LevellingUp Meet this outstanding #LUartist who is diving into the learning process with both feet—ANNAE JONES!
Anne DeJong

Anne DeJong

By LevellingUp Happy Friday, friends! A lot of us around here like to get out to the mountains on the weekend. No worries if you can’t—today we’re BRINGING the mountains TO YOU! #LUartist ANNE DEJONG uses a palette knife and oil to capture beautiful places that are dear to her heart so we can bring that beauty into our favourite spaces!
ARDITH GOODWIN
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ARDITH GOODWIN

ACRYLIC, WATERCOLOUR, MIXED MEDIA

Find Your group

Learn From The Masters

TAKING YOUR TALENT TO THE NEXT LEVEL IS TOUGH TO DO ON YOUR OWN.

Whether you’re honing your unique style or approaching galleries with your work, you don’t have to go it alone. I had the good fortune to get the leg-up I needed to launch my art career early on. And now I’m determined to give every artist that same opportunity, through affordable access to Master Artists who are eager to mentor, train, and share their expertise with growing artists.

And since community & support are vital, we do it all in trusted small, supportive groups.

Join a high-trust Mastermind+ Group for artists to experience for yourself the game-changing power of peer-to-peer learning AND the motivating, POSITIVE PRESSURE of mentoring, from an established, successful, career artist, who has walked the road before you.

I look forward to joining you and curating your experience so that you can overcome the obstacles that keep you from reaching your goals.

Julie deBoer
Professional Artist | LevellingUp Co-Founder & CMO

For ASPIRING and Emerging Artists

WHAT IS AN ASPIRING ARTIST?

As an aspiring artist, you have been creating on the side, as a hobby, and now you’re ready to take it to the next level!

YOU’RE INTERESTED IN:

  • technique - color and composition
  • art critiques - get feedback on your artwork to help you narrow and hone your style
  • supplies and tools - where to save and where to spend
  • marketing - learn to write your artist statement and CV, build your brand, launch a website, maximize your social media
  • price artwork – because your time and talent have value
What Is An Emerging Artist?

As an emerging artist, you have been painting regularly and feel fairly confident in your one unique style. 

You’ve taken workshops/courses and have already been selling your work to friends, family, and in community shows, markets, and beyond.

Now you’re ready to take it to the next level!

YOU’RE INTERESTED IN:

  • art critiques - getting expert feedback on your artwork
  • selling - learn how to sell your artwork
    • pricing
    • building your brand and marketing, leveraging social media well
    • earning a steady income in an unsteady economy
    • how to approach galleries and/or go solo successfully
  • business skills - learn the mechanics of creating and sustaining a business as an artist
  • production - studio set-up and time management to maximize production
  • art licensing - what products to create, how to find a reputable producer

Frequently Asked Questions

Where do I start?
Pick your level, then pick your Master.

Choose the group level – aspiring or emerging – that best matches where you are at in your artist journey. Aspiring artists are generally focused on developing their signature style, and want to focus on technique, materials, colour and composition. Emerging artists are generally focused on making their passion a profitable career, and want to focus on sales and marketing, achieving technical excellence, and making their studio time efficient.

After picking your level, choose the Master Artist who aligns with your medium, your subject matter, and who personally resonates with you. You’ll be spending a lot of time with your Master, so make sure you choose a Master who you believe will truly help you.

Why am I being charged for my Mastermind Session before we meet?
Your membership is always “forward looking”.

 

Your registration today gives you access to your Mastermind Group for a one-month period, and payment is required before your session just like a typical workshop or course. Your membership will renew each month on the same date as your initial registration, and you can cancel anytime through the My Account portal.
Membership guarantees you one of the 8 seats in your Group. It includes:
  • a 2-hr live & interactive group mentoring session with your Master
  • access to your private discussion board on LUchat, so you can:
    • get to know the Navigator and the other artists in your group
    • suggest topics for your Master to address in an upcoming monthly session
    • support each other’s work on the assigned homework
If the Group has met previously, you can access the last session’s recording to review what the Master taught, and discover the homework that was assigned.
What is the curriculum?
The curriculum is not pre-decided, and your individual needs will determine what your Master teaches you.
After you register for your Mastermind group, we’ll email a Member Profile form for you to fill out. In this form you’ll tell us about your goals, your challenges, your current skills – all the stuff your Master needs to know to be able to help you out.

Before meeting you, your Master will review your form to understand how to best help you. The curriculum is not pre-decided. The mentoring and training your Master Artist will provide depends on what YOU need to learn. It will be tailored specifically in response to what you’ve told us about YOUR goals and challenges.

What happens in a Mastermind Group?
LevellingUp’s Mastermind groups are high-impact apprenticeship communities.

There are a maximum of 8 Member artists in each Mastermind group, plus a Navigator facilitator, plus the Master.

Your group meets with your Master Artist once monthly for a 2 hour live mentoring session using Zoom. Between monthly sessions, you get support and encouragement from your artist peers on LevellingUp’s private discussion board, LUchat.

During the first hour of each monthly session the Master provides feedback on the homework you completed since your last session. The second hour of each session is spent in new teaching, with the teaching focused on what your Master feels you need to know next to progress on your artist journey. Every session ends with a homework assignment related to the teaching.

Since there is no homework to review in the first session, the first hour of the first Mastermind session typically has the Master ensuring they fully understand the needs of each Member. This time is also a great opportunity for you to get to know the other artists in the group.

Our Members tell us the safe community their group provides gives them the encouragement and support essential to venture out into new territory.

What happens between my monthly mentoring sessions?
Between monthly sessions you share your progress, get help from your peers, and celebrate & encourage each other on LUchat.

LUchat is a discussion board that we’ve built specifically for our artists. There’s an area on LUchat that’s completely private to your group, and your Navigator will also be there to connect with you. Recordings of every monthly session are also posted on LUchat just in case you miss a session or want to review the discussion.

Your group’s Master will not generally connect on LUchat. The availability of a world-class Master Artist is extremely limited, so take full advantage of the face-to-face monthly live videoconference sessions. Your
Navigator will bring questions raised by the group on LUchat to your Master, ensuring your needs are addressed in the monthly sessions.

How long do I stay with a Master?
After 4-6 months, your group is welcome to invite a different Master Artist to come and mentor you.

By bringing in a new Master, your learning journey never needs to grow stale, and you can access the wealth of experience our many different Masters have to offer.

Changing out your group’s Master is optional, and your Navigator will help you through this process.

What do I get for my money?

Our Members tell us they discover 4 key benefits at LevellingUp:

  1. You get to know (and to be known by) and become part of the community of a successful & skilled Master Artist
  2. You’ll develop skills – both technical and business – in just a few months that otherwise would have taken years, if not decades
  3. With face-to-face conversation and feedback on homework assignments, you’ll learn quickly how to take your artwork from good to excellent
  4. You get to connect daily with a safe and trusted community of your fellow artists, giving and receiving encouragement, helpful ideas, and opportunities to network
What is a LevellingUp Navigator?
Your Navigator is a growing artist just like you, and is provided by LevellingUp to ensure your group operates well, and to ensure your learning needs are met.

Every group includes a Navigator. Navigators are not Master Artists, and are also benefiting from the Master’s mentorship. As fellow artists, they understand your challenges and successes. As experienced facilitators, they’re well equipped to ensure your group runs well and you get full value from your time at LevellingUp.

Some of the things your Navigator does are:

  • Ensure the monthly sessions run on schedule, and everyone gets a chance to speak and share
  • Support the Master with preparation
  • Help everyone with the technology
  • Help your group select a new Master (your Navigator will stay with your group after your Master changes)
Can I join a group that has already started?
If a group has space available, you can join anytime.

That means the group you’re joining may have already been meeting for a while. Don’t worry that you’ll feel left out or left behind! Your Navigator will be sure to bring you up to speed – and because mentoring is all about responding to your personal needs, the Master will work very hard to ensure your questions are addressed.

How does the billing work? What am I committing to?
Your Mastermind group membership is billed monthly, and there is no minimum commitment.
We do encourage Members to plan to spend at least 6 months at LevellingUp, as it takes time for your skills to grow and for meaningful community to develop.

The monthly billing is automatic, and you have access to your account so you can cancel anytime.

What happens if I’m not happy?
We truly want LevellingUp to give you the support you need, so if you find your first choice of level or of Master isn’t a great fit, we’re happy to help you move into a different group.

In case its ever needed, we also offer a 90 day full money back guarantee.

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We are committed to providing value to you so that you see measurable growth in your art journey and become a raving fan! If after 90 days we have not provided that value, please let us know and we’ll provide you with a full refund.

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