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"John Singer Sargent: Secrets of Composition and Design" is a new video art teachers can use to teach composition. After a lecture the author gave for The New Britain Museum of American Art about artist John Singer Sargent, he set out on a quest to understand Sargant’s composition techniques. This video shares what he has discovered.

John Singer Sargent is one of America's and Europe’s great portrait artists. He was friends with other giants of his time like Monet and authors as Henry James. Isabella Gardner was an avid patron. However, while admired, he had critics. Paintings like The Daughters of Edward Darley Boit and Miss Cara Burch remain a mystery as to why he painted them the way he did. This educational video will look at the design concepts Sargent used and attempt to uncover secrets behind his style. A hint to the composition secrets behind everyone’s favorite - Carnation, Lily, Lily, Rose is also inside.

The video is produced by Jason Mark Alster M.Sc , the grandson of Polish/German artist Josef Alster. He is a learning strategy specialist and has been teaching art creativity for 25 years. Other publications by Jason include Creative Painting for the Young Artist; Anyone Can Improve Their Own Handwriting; Being In Control: Natural Techniques for Increasing Your Potential in School; Zen for ADD, ADHD; Leaving Home, Going Home , Returning Home : A Hebrew American’s Sojourn in the Land of Israel; and Natural Sights and Sounds of Israel.

For more information, or to order the video, see the author’s web site at



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