How to Develop a Strong Narrative in Your Artwork

Successfully complete your projects with a clear idea and roadmap!

Instructor: Crystal Rassi
Fine Art Painters
Medium: Any
Stage: Aspiring

Saturday, Sept 14, 2024
10:00 am – 2:00 pm MDT

Sunday, Sept 15, 2024
2:00 pm – 6:00 pm MDT

Use code: CRYSTAL10 at checkout
Expires: July 31, 2024


Note: Price in $USD

15 in stock

All recordings are available for 1-month after the course finishes.

High School, University, and College students get 20% off!
See FAQs at the bottom of this page for details.

Course Description

Measure twice, cut once!

If you’ve ever heard that before, it’s an age old tip for saving time and materials in construction. What does that have to do with artists?

Well, for artists who are feeling like they’re not standing out in a crowd, have imposter syndrome, or are feeling stuck for inspiration, this course gives you a clear path that keeps the mind from guessing what color, value, stitch, pattern or stroke should go where. It helps to get it right the first time, saving valuable time and materials. Having the idea ready to go also increases your ability to talk about your work more clearly, write about your work, and start developing your brand quickly. It will ultimately allow your voice to shine. In this course, we’ll follow my process into narrative development as a group and complete the story in your own medium and style, followed by a critique of your final piece.

This will give you a solid roadmap into developing your own personal story and the narratives you want to share.

What You’ll Learn:

  • Breaking down an overall idea into manageable, tangible actions.
  • Deciding on a clear final narrative.
  • Development of good composition to support that narrative.
  • The use of photoshop or AI in composition for representational art.
  • Using the elements of art like color, shape, line and value, in ways that create emotional support for the narrative.
  • Writing an artist statement and speak about your work.
Supply List
  • Sketchbook
  • Pencils and pens
  • Your medium and substrate for final piece. Keep it small and manageable to be done in a 2-3 hour period.
Instructor Bio

Crystal Rassi is an award winning, internationally collected artist who’s been painting throughout her lifetime. Her journey began in a small prairie town in Saskatchewan, Canada where she was always either drawing, designing residential architecture, or building forts out of sticks and snow.

After three years of university studies in fine arts in Alberta and Saskatchewan, she decided to switch her degree to design with a concentration in architecture at the University of Manitoba where she received her bachelor’s degree. During her time as a designer and detailer, she raised her family with her husband in Saskatchewan for 13 years while also painting, showing and selling her work and teaching art in her community. Prairie culture and landscape were a major theme in her art during this time.

A life would have it, the pandemic greatly affected their life and a door opened in the West and they moved 14 acres in one small truck to North Vancouver, where she now practices art full time and teaches art part time at her local recreation and culture centre.

Her work has always had a some significant narrative but a few years after graduating from architecture, her work primarily focused on developing concepts of home using representational images of residential architecture to be transformed by different environments. Paying no literal attention to scale, these homes became metaphors for different statements in each series and iconic symbol in her work.

Artwork by Michaela Hoppe
Artwork by Michaela Hoppe
Artwork by Michaela Hoppe
Artwork by Michaela Hoppe
Artwork by Michaela Hoppe
Artwork by Michaela Hoppe
Artwork by Michaela Hoppe


How many registrations are required for a course to start?

A minimum of 6 registrations are required.  If 6 registrations are not received by the time the course is 24 hours from starting, the course will be cancelled and all registrants will receive complete refunds.

What is the maximum number of people in a course?

This varies for each course.  The maximum number of registrations is decided by the instructor.

Can I get a refund?

Up until 72 hours before a course’s first session you can receive a complete refund. You can cancel your registration via the My Account portal, or by contacting [email protected].

After this time no refunds will be given (if you have extenuating circumstances you believe justify a refund, contact us at [email protected]).

Can I register for a course already in progress?

No. Once a course has started, no new registrations are accepted.

Where will my course be held?

All courses meet online over Zoom. You will need a device equipped with a camera and a microphone to fully participate. 

If you have not used Zoom before, learn about how to use it here.

If you don’t regularly use Zoom, we recommend you join your first session 10-15 minutes early in case your computer needs to install or update Zoom.

How do I join my course?

You will receive a welcome email from [email protected] when you register.  This email includes the Zoom link to join your course session.  You will also receive 24 hour and 2 hour reminder emails before each session, and each of these emails includes the Zoom link.  You can also access the Zoom link to join your course in your MastriusChat group.

Are the sessions recorded?

Yes, every session is recorded and are typically available 24 hours after a session ends.  All session recordings will remain available for the duration of the course, and for one month following the last session.  The recordings are viewable within the MastriusChat platform, and cannot be downloaded.

What if I miss a session?

You’ll be able to watch the session’s recording.  If you have questions the recording doesn’t address, you can ask them in the chat feed of your course’s private MastriusChat group.

What is MastriusChat?

MastriusChat is an online discussion platform.  You and your fellow course registrants will be assigned to a private MastriusChat group where you can connect and support eachother via the chat “feed”. Your group is also where you’ll access the session recordings. Other resources in your MastriusChat group include a link to join your course sessions, and a library your instructor can use to share resources.

What is a Navigator?

A Navigator is an artist who joins your course to ensure both instructor and registrants have an enjoyable experience. They support (as required) with technology, timekeeping, moderating questions, and between-session discussions on MastriusChat. The Navigator has also joined the course as participant, and just like you, they’re wanting to grow their skills and learn the material.

I’m not ready to register because I still have questions. Who do I contact?

We’d be happy to help! 

Reach out to us at [email protected] and we’ll do our best to support you.


High School, University, and College students get 20% off ANY course (non-member price).

To claim this discount:

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  2. Complete your checkout
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