Become a Self-Employed Professional Artist in Just One Year

Online Mastery Program

Enrollment Window Opens August 26th at 12:00 am EST

Learn from professional artists

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Classical oil and drawing skills and contemporary mixed media techniques

How to build a cohesive, sellable portfolio of work

How to find your unique voice and style

Modern marketing and branding tools to promote your art

This one year online program is designed to help you transform your passion for art into a full-time profession from anywhere in the worldWe 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.

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You have a strong passion for art

You register for this one year program with 12 affordable monthly payments

You receive 1-3 hours of empowering videos a week that guide you towards your dream

You paint 20 hours a week and elevate your skills as an artist by following step-by-step instructions

You discover your true voice and learn how to promote your own unique brand that we help you establish.

You graduate as a professional artist and make your dream come true. You put in the work and make a living from selling your artwork.

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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.

Week 1 - Contour Drawing & Subtractive Glaze Painting
Week 2 - Value, Scale & Indirect Painting
Week 3 - Proportion, Planes & 8 Brush Stroke Portrait
Week 4 - Still Life Drawing in Graphite & Alla Prima Still Life
Week 5 - Break
Week 6 - Gesture Drawing & Fat Over Lean
Week 7 - Perspective & Subtractive City - Learn the Secrets of the Renaissance
Week 8 - Portrait Proportions & Alla Prima Life Painting
Week 9 - Small Scale Realism - Learn to See like an Artist
Week 10 - Break
Week 11 - Mark Making & Directional Marks - Experience the Freedom of Expression
Week 12 - Foreshortening & Alla Prima from Source
Week 13 - Self Portrait - Learn the Psychology of Seeing Your True Self
Week 14 - Expressive Drawing & Summary Final Assignment
Week 15 - Break
Week 16 - Break

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.

Week 17 - Acrylic Painting & Art History - Discover Your Place Among the Greats
Week 18 - Ink & Identifying Your Personal Aesthetic
Week 19 - Mark Making & Archetypes - Create Themes and Motifs in Your Work
Week 20 - Spray Paint & Your Process - Learn the Process Authentic to You
Week 21 - Collage & How to Synthesize - Learn the 4 Phases of the Creative Cycle
Week 22 - Break
Week 23 - Break
Week 24 - Painting an Abstract & Critique - Discover Dimensions Previously Unknown
Week 25 - Rollers & Source Material
Week 26 - Gold Leaf & Choosing a Source
Week 27 - Elli's Mixed Media Process & Creating Sources
Week 28 - Dimitra's Mixed Media Process & Integrating Source Material into Your Voice
Week 29 - Break
Week 30 - Break

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.

Week 31 - Studio Habits & How to Build a Portfolio 
Week 32 - Artist Habits - How to be Productive in Your Workspace
Week 33 - Setting Goals & Assessing Your Portfolio - How to Build a Business Strategy
Week 34 - Emotional Intelligence & Final Touches - Become More Self-Aware and Succeed
Week 35 - Motivation & Prepare for Your Production Period - Become a Prolific Painter
Week 36-41 - Independent Production & Developing Your Portfolio 
Week 42 - Break
Week 43 - 

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!

Week 44 - Start Selling Your Art

Week 45 - Getting Your Product Ready

Week 46 - Building Your Brand

Week 47 - Creating Marketing Collateral

Week 48 - Creating Your Website

Week 49 - Social Media Marketing

Week 50 - Promoting Your Product

Week 51 - Sales and Promotion


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More About Our Online Painting and Drawing Program:

The Milan Art Institute is the culmination of 25 years of experience John and Elli Milan have had with their successful careers of being professional artists. Throughout these years, the couple has sold over 10,000 pieces of their own art.  John and Elli desperately wanted mentors throughout their entire careers to help guide them in the art world, but found that few successful artists were willing to help. That’s why the couple opened Milan Art Institute in 2010 with the dream of helping passionate artists build successful careers. Elli Milan has always held the belief that a rewarding and lucrative art career can be obtained by anyone with the passion and drive to work hard. She designed the Mastery Program curriculum specifically to launch an artist into a professional career in just one year. Every aspect of the program has been strategically crafted to carry artists through a year of skill building, self discovery and transformation

In 12 months, you will learn how to draw and oil paint with classical mastery, how to draw in proportional and how to paint representationally in many old Masters’ techniques. You will learn mixed media painting in acrylics, building textures, spray paint, inks, and more. Elli and her daughter, Dimitra, will teach you valuable studio habits to keep your work space functional and professional. You will identify your voice and style in art and how it fits perfectly with your temperament. They will share from their personal experience what really drives artists to stay motivated. You will learn modern marketing tools to promote your art online, how to contact galleries, how to close a sale, how to work with art reps, how to brand yourself and self represent. Above all, you will learn how to make a living as an artist. This program will transform you into the artist you’ve always dreamed of becoming. 


This program is 12 months long. Every week you will get 1-3 hours of step-by-step video content and we recommend you spend at least 20 hours a week painting. The online oil painting lessons, drawing lessons, acrylic lessons, mixed media lessons and more are designed to train you how to paint as a full-time artist, painting at least 40 hours a week by the end of the year. From our experience, the only way to become a successful artist is if you devote yourself fully to your art career.


Elli Milan

Elli is the founding owner of Milan Art Institute and has sold her work professionally for the last 24 years. She has sold over 10,000 pieces throughout her career. She has transformed the lives of over a thousand artists from all over the world, helping them find their voice, and turn their passion for art into a profession. With her online drawing classes and online painting classes, Elli is a leading voice of the current Art Renaissance.

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Dimitra Milan

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 now a mentor and co-owner at Milan Art Institute and passionate about equipping artists to change the world with their art.

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About Milan Art Institute

Providing world-class art education available anywhere in the world

Taught over 1,000 students world-wide and helped these artists step into their true potential

Ran by artists with over 50 years of combined experience as professional artists

Institute that combines the essential and classical knowledge of old masters with contemporary techniques to provide cutting-edge art education

Our story

Milan Art Institute is a place where passionate hearts and creative minds come together to bring visions to life. The founders, John and Elli Milan, have been successful artists for over twenty years each and have made a living during that entire period solely through art. Their daughter, Dimitra Milan, became a professional artist, and at the age of fifteen, had generated over a million dollars through the sales of her own artwork. The Milans’ works have been featured in galleries across the world. And now, they are sharing their insights about the art industry with everyone. They have rallied a dedicated and incredibly talented group of individuals to fulfill the dream of inspiring artists all over the world. The Milan Art Institute team is completely devoted and fully committed to helping artists live out their true purpose.

Milan Art Institute has turned a passion into a profession for hundreds of students. Both beginners and professionals come here to master skills, learn new techniques, and join an ever-expanding community of artists. Milan Art Institute is here to enlighten and educate a worldwide audience about the transformational power of the visual arts.

VLOG of Student’s Mastery Program Journey

What is it like to take the Mastery Program? Watch this inspiring story of our student who transformed into a professional artist with no prior experience in this new VLOG: "My Mastery Program Journey.”
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HAVE MORE QUESTIONS? Get answers with our comprehensive FAQ

You will need drawing, oil painting, and mixed media supplies to learn and start your new career. When you register, we will send you a detailed list of the basic supplies that are required and some recommended supplies that are optional. The minimum cost for the whole year will be around $75 for drawing supplies, $400 for oil supplies, and $300 for mixed media supplies. You can also buy supplies as you need them throughout the program. You will only need drawing and oil supplies for the first 4 months and mixed media supplies after for the remainder of the year. These supplies will last you throughout the whole program and into the start of your career. 

If you are looking for a kit that has everything you need, we offer one in our store

All 12 payments get you access to the library of comprehensive and straightforward lessons for 2 years total. 

If you stop paying, you will lose access to the program.

But if you later decide to continue the program, you should contact customer service at [email protected] to reactivate your plan from where you left off and start learning again. You can pause learning one time only.

This program is very manageable, even if you are working a job while taking it. We have scheduled breaks into the program to ensure that you have enough time to learn. You have 2 years to complete the program, which truly gives you the FREEDOM to learn at your own pace.

Immediately following registration, you will receive a welcome email with important information, including the following: a video lesson explaining the art supplies you’ll need for the program, a video lesson explaining how to prepare your studio, a syllabus for the entire year and a written list of all the art supplies you’ll need. 


14 days before lessons start, you will receive access to more orientation videos. Follow the instructions on the videos and enjoy the process. If you signed up with a coach, your coach will also contact you on this day. Mark this day in your calendar, it’s the day you changed your life.

When you register, you will be charged for the first month $200 - basic option or $250 - coach option and then charged every 30 days automatically once the program starts. There are a total of 12 payments.

From the day you receive your first lesson, you have 1 year of content being provided on a weekly basis, and an additional 1 year of access FREE (which is a grace period) to complete the program.

We don’t offer lifetime access because we believe this program is most beneficial if it is completed in 12 months. However, we understand that sometimes life circumstances happen and so that’s why we provide the additional year of access as a grace period to complete the program.

We offer a 1 month money-back guarantee within 30 days of you receiving the orientation videos and you can cancel your subscription at any time.

We do not require a portfolio submission. We only require hard work, commitment and passion. We do not require any previous experience or skill. We know that we can take you from a beginner to creating a sellable portfolio of your own, branding and launching your career within one year.

The Mastery Program is designed to take one year (52 weeks of content and 2 weeks for orientation in the beginning). 2 weeks before the start day, orientation begins to allow you to buy art supplies and prepare your workspace. When the program begins, you will receive 1-3 hours of new content to learn and grow from every week.

You will need to watch 1-3 hours of video content every week. The assignments and exercises will take around 15-20 hours, consisting of drawing and painting. Also, there are periodic breaks strategically built into the program. From our experience, 20 hours is the recommended schedule of learning to become a professional artist in a year.

We understand that sometimes life circumstances can prevent you from consistently painting 20 hours a week, which is why we offer an additional year of access to the content for FREE so that you can truly learn at your own pace. However, a successful art career will only happen through hard work. Once you have launched your business, you will need to paint 40 hours a week on a regular basis. The program requires 20 hours as you are learning and working towards starting your business.

There are no designated class times. This program is designed for the convenience of your schedule during the day. With the group coaching and personal mentorship packages you will have designated Zoom (video chat) meeting times, but you will have multiple options to choose from and your personal mentor will be sure to accommodate your schedule.

Although this program is created for you to follow at your own pace, you cannot skip ahead of the lessons. Each week you will receive 1-3 hours of new content.

When you register for the Mastery Program with the Group Coaching option, you’ll have access to an exclusive Facebook group with a community of artists taking the Mastery Program with you. In this community, professional artists who haven taken the Mastery Program will guide you through the program, answering questions on your posts and offering constructive critiques of your art. They’ll also be posting helpful tips on the page through the entire year. You’ll also get to join group coaching zoom calls once a month and have live feedback from our team of professional artists. 

With the Personal Mentor option, you get everything stated above, plus one-on-one messaging with your own personal mentor who will mentor you throughout the entire year of the Mastery Program. They will answer your questions within 24 hours and give you the personal support you need. In addition, you’ll have your own private zoom call with your personal mentor once a month. To make it even better, Elli and Dimitra themselves will have a quarterly call with you to check in on your process and give you expert advice to advance your career as an artist. 

The journey to becoming a professional artist can sometimes be difficult when you don’t have people to relate to. Most likely, you’ll want to have support and guidance throughout the program. And while your family members may be supportive and encouraging about your artwork, you need constructive criticism to evolve as an artist. You need people to push your boundaries as an artist and our coaches have years of experience as professional artists and know how to guide you towards success. That’s why the group coaching option is such a major benefit to you while you’re growing. Not only that, but you’ll have exclusive access to a community of other students who care about learning and creating just as much as you do, helping you stay accountable and motivated to paint. 

The personal mentorship package takes this to a whole new level. With the ability to speak directly to your own personal mentor, not only will you receive tailored guidance throughout the program, but you’ll be able to develop a relationship with your mentor that puts you on the greatest trajectory for success in the Mastery Program.

You will automatically be assigned a personal mentor. All mentors on the team are professional artists who currently sell their work and have all completed the mastery program. They are all very dedicated and experienced. Our team of personal mentors is hand-picked by Elli and Dimitra Milan.

Dimitra and Elli are both a central part of the coaching and mentoring team. They will not be personally coaching students, but with the personal mentorship package, you have the opportunity to meet with Elli and Dimitra on quarterly zoom calls where they will help assess your progress and propel you to new heights with deep insights about your career. 

Elli and Dimitra have hand-picked this team of professionally trained coaches and mentors who are capable of providing excellent mentoring on their own.

From the day you receive your first lesson you have 1 year of content provided on a weekly basis, and an additional 1 year of access FREE (which is a grace period) to complete the program.


We don’t offer lifetime access because we believe this program is most beneficial if it is completed in 12 months. However, we understand that sometimes life circumstances happen and so that’s why we provide the additional year of access as a grace period to complete the program. You get access to the library for 2 years total.

We do not offer only marketing or any other part by itself. We designed the entire program to give every artist exactly what they need to become a professional artist. Our marketing course can only really be understood and implemented if you have gone through our voice section of the program. Our voice section can only be accomplished if you have learned mixed media and have been exposed to a variety of different techniques and you can only learn to truly express yourself with contemporary techniques if you have a foundation in classical training. You will get all of this in our one year program.

If you feel like quitting, you are probably feeling discouraged and should talk with your coach about your feelings and what exactly is troubling you. Many people feel like quitting as they pursue their dreams, but only the people who persevere and refuse to quit actually attain their dreams.

There are no age requirements or restrictions (if you are under the age of 18, you must have parental consent). However, we recommend that a young student be able to focus and stay dedicated to their decision to be a professional artist. The youngest student we have taught with this program was 13 years old. She is now 16 years old and selling her work professionally. We also taught a student who was 82 years old. She sold her work successfully in a 3-month-long art show last year. Passion for art and commitment to a dream knows no age!

You will need a little bit of table space, some space to store art supplies, and an empty wall to lean your easel against, or floor space for your painting easel. Once you start your art business, you may want to designate more space for your production area.

Yes! We offer a certificate. You will have the opportunity to receive a Certificate of Mastery personally signed by both Elli and Dimitra Milan.

You can apply for your certificate by submitting a 30-piece portfolio, specific marketing collateral and website. This certificate is a symbol of your high achievement and perseverance throughout the Mastery Program and signifies you are now a professional artist.

You will have the opportunity to receive a Certificate of Mastery personally signed by both Elli and Dimitra Milan. You can apply for your certificate by submitting your 30 piece portfolio, specific marketing collateral and website.

If you apply all of the knowledge you learn throughout the program and paint consistently 40 hours a week, you can expect a successful career in art and the financial rewards that follow. If you have a passion for what you have experienced in the Mastery Program and have received your Certificate of Mastery, you can apply for a coaching position. You can also be apart of our affiliate program by recommending artist friends to the program and earn a monthly income from this. To learn more about these opportunities, email us at [email protected]

Many of the graduates from this program are experiencing great success and selling their work consistently. We have found that all the graduates who continue to paint consistently (40 hours per week) and are dedicated to promoting their branded, sellable work are having success. The students who graduate and have not applied what they have learned towards a career are not experiencing the success that they have the potential for. This program is incredible and will prepare you for a lucrative career, but only if you work hard and follow through.

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