• Activating The Canvas Mini Course

    This is a 5 module self paced course that will guide you step by step on how to experiment, loosen up, and activate your canvas. You'll create painting 'starts' that are raw, immediate, alive and personally expressive. You'll build a foundation for creating powerful & potent abstract paintings. You'll learn to trust yourself as you explore new ways to activate the canvas. You'll start to see a new boldness and authentic gestural expression in your art. Prepare for transformation!

  • What's In The Course

    5 Modules to inspire & encourage you on your artist's journey. This course guides you step by step through deep reflection, written lessons, video painting demos, painting challenges & implementation. This is an organized program to strengthen your belief in yourself as an artist as well as to foster exploration, play, experimentation, wonder & delight!

  • Learn To Explore & Experiment In Your Studio

    You'll quickly learn the power of cultivating your studio practice by creating many painting 'starts'. The big idea of this course is to trust yourself so that you can truly experiment & explore & ultimately express YOU. By stepping into the unknown...into the mystery...you'll begin to create works that will astonish you. These are the works that are unplanned...paintings that are created beyond thought and strategic mind. This is where the magic is.

  • This is what you'll do

    This is a self paced course. In each module I'll walk you through an organized method of reflecting on your inner landscape and mindset. There'll be a written lesson and 3-7 video demonstrations that will walk you through ways of activating the canvas. At the end of each module you'll have a painting challenge to complete. This will get you out of theory and into the paint and activating your canvas in every module!

Start creating raw, immediate and alive paintings NOW!

Start experimenting & exploring in your studio today! Cultivate a powerful studio practice and take your paintings to the next level.

  • Betty Franks Krause
    "Nancy's course allowed me to experience for the first time an acceptance and love for my art through my mark making and my own style. Not only did I learn about the fundamentals of creating abstract art, but I learned them in a way that was deeper and easy to understand. The weekly lessons, videos, and assignments helped me hone in on techniques through practice." Betty Franks Krause, San Jose, California
    Betty Franks Krause
  • "As for Nancy: I don't know where to start my praise. I think I will start by saying that you are a marvelous person: it shows through in your teaching. You are full of life, full of love of life, and have a deep understanding of the "other." You are a fantastic teacher, and your lessons are so intelligently put together! You not only provided invaluable information, with which you opened doors to a new level in painting, but also you led us through with your encouragement & your belief that we can do it. You made it possible for us to venture in new territory & helped us through it! Thank you! " Vera V. Tchikovani, San Francisco, California
    Vera V. Tchikovani

Frequently Asked Questions

Have a question? Here are some frequently asked questions. If yours isn't answered here please email me.

What will I learn from this course? You'll learn about mindset -the critical shift that has to happen to create the art and life you imagine. You'll learn how your inner landscape affects everything in your art. Threaded throughout the entire course is the concept of trusting yourself as you create. You'll learn exciting ways to create bold, raw, immediate and alive paintings by activating the canvas intuitively.

How is this course different from 3 Secrets Of The Masters? This is a self guided course with a year of access whereas 3 Secrets Of The Masters is my flagship foundational 4 week guided course exploring the inner landscape as well as 2 technical game changers. 3 Secrets comes  with one year of access to the course as well as a secret Facebook community of artists.  

How long will I have access to the course? One year.

Do you give feedback or critique my work? I don't give feedback or critique your work. This is an independent, self guided course.

How is this course different from your free 7 day email course? This is a full course. It's much more extensive than my free 7 day email course. There are a few lessons from the free course in here...but most of the lessons here are brand new material. There are many more video demonstrations in this course.


How will I get results from this course?

What's the difference between the 3 offerings of Activating The Canvas?

What if I decide this course isn't right for me?

Will this course work for me if I'm a beginner? Absolutely! You don't need any experience whatsoever to start activating the canvas! This course is really about creativity...and there are no prerequisites for that. We're all creative...we often just need encouragement and inspiration to get activated!

How will this course help me if I'm an established artist? I think this course will help you in many ways. First of all, every artist I know grapples with self doubt from time to time. A big part of this course is cultivating self trust...as well as supporting a deeper and more consistent studio practice full of exploration & experimentation.

  • Tammy Pittenger
    Dr. Nancy Hillis combines a deep professional experience in psychiatry with an intuitive, creative, childlike approach to painting. Magical insights come out of this wonderful mix. Through her own personal art journey, she has thought and lived deeply the process of moving beyond fear. She teaches playful intuitive painting workshops with such heart and enthusiasm that even people who think they can’t paint begin to remember that they can! Tammy Pittenger, founder of Lighted Life coaching, Santa Cruz, California
    Tammy Pittenger

Register NOW To Get Started

Give yourself the gift of creating your deepest, most alive and wondrous work. Start experimenting now with Activating The Canvas. Fall in love with painting again! Your investment is only $297 to get started now!