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Milan Art Institute

Online Mastery 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. 

Melissa joined this program in 2018 and lived with the Milan family for one year in Arizona. They taught her everything she knows about painting and helped her launch her art career. Now she has become one of the mentors of the Online Mastery Program and guides students from all over the world. She helps students with all of their questions, gives them feedback on their assignments and encourages them when they need that extra push. Together with a team of coaches and mentors from Amerika, The Netherlands and Australia, we will guide you to your next level. 


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.