When you join Mastrius, you’ll be welcomed into a
Supportive | Goals Focused | Non-competitive | Community
of artists, just like you!
WHAT TO EXPECT
When you join Mastrius you’ll be welcomed into a
of artists just like you.
Mentorship is activated through registering in a Mentorship Group.
Join a Mentorship Group that fits you and gain access to all Mastrius perks!
ASPIRING & EMERGING
Frequently Asked Questions
Where do I start?
Pick your stage, then pick your Master.
Choose the group stage – Aspiring, Emerging or Accomplished – that best matches where you are at in your artist journey.
Aspiring artists are generally focused on developing their signature style, and want to focus on technique, materials, colour and composition.
Emerging artists are generally focused on making their passion a profitable career, and want to focus on sales and marketing, achieving technical excellence, and making their studio time efficient.
Accomplished artists have become established and successful with their art career – so now what? Mastery!
After picking your stage, choose the Master Artist who aligns with your medium, your subject matter, and who personally resonates with you. You’ll be spending a lot of time with your Master, so make sure you choose a Master who you believe will truly help you!
Why am I being charged for my Mastermind Session before we meet?
- a 2-hr live & interactive group mentoring session with your Master
- access to your private discussion board on LUchat, so you can:
- get to know the Navigator and the other artists in your group
- suggest topics for your Master to address in an upcoming monthly session
- support each other’s work on the assigned homework
What is the curriculum?
The curriculum is not pre-decided, and your individual needs will determine what your Master teaches you.
After you register for your Mentorship group, we’ll email a Member Profile form for you to fill out. In this form you’ll tell us about your goals, your challenges, your current skills – all the stuff your Master needs to know to be able to help you out.
Before meeting you, your Master will review your form to understand how to best help you. The curriculum is not pre-decided. The mentoring and training your Master Artist will provide depends on what YOU need to learn. It will be tailored specifically in response to what you’ve told us about YOUR goals and challenges.
What happens in a Mentorship Group?
Mastrius' Mentorship groups are high-impact apprenticeship communities.
There are a maximum of 8 Member artists in each Mentorship group, plus a Navigator facilitator, plus the Master.
Your group meets with your Master Artist once monthly for a 2 hour live mentoring session using Zoom. Between monthly sessions, you get support and encouragement from your artist peers on Mastrius' private discussion board, Mastrius Chat.
During the first hour of each monthly session the Master provides feedback on the homework you completed since your last session. The second hour of each session is spent in new teaching, with the teaching focused on what your Master feels you need to know next to progress on your artist journey. Every session ends with a homework assignment related to the teaching.
Since there is no homework to review in the first session, the first hour of the first Mastermind session typically has the Master ensuring they fully understand the needs of each Member. This time is also a great opportunity for you to get to know the other artists in the group.
Our Members tell us the safe community their group provides gives them the encouragement and support essential to venture out into new territory.
What happens between my monthly mentoring sessions?
Between monthly sessions you share your progress, get help from your peers, and celebrate & encourage each other on Mastrius Chat.
Mastrius Chat is a discussion board that we’ve built specifically for our artists. There’s an area on Mastrius Chat that’s completely private to your group, and your Navigator will also be there to connect with you. Recordings of every monthly session are also posted on Mastrius Chat just in case you miss a session or want to review the discussion.
Your group’s Master will not generally connect on Mastrius Chat. The availability of a world-class Master Artist is extremely limited, so take full advantage of the face-to-face monthly live videoconference sessions. Your Navigator will bring questions raised by the group on Mastrius Chat to your Master, ensuring your needs are addressed in the monthly sessions.
How long do I stay with a Master?
After 4-6 months, your group is welcome to invite a different Master Artist to come and mentor you.
By bringing in a new Master, your learning journey never needs to grow stale, and you can access the wealth of experience our many different Masters have to offer.
Changing out your group’s Master is optional, and your Navigator will help you through this process.
What is Mentoring?
Mentoring is not a course, a recipe, or a one-size-fits-all answer.
- A learning-centric relationship between apprentice and expert
- A conversation that draws from the deep well of a Master Artist’s experience and shares “what worked for me”
- Objective feedback on your performance and your product from someone who is further along on their journey
If you’ve hit your head on the Do-It-Yourself ceiling and your career or skills growth has stalled, the best way to inspire new progress is with mentoring!
What Mentorship session recordings are available?
The recording of your last group session with your Master is available for one month until the next group mentoring session.
Existing members in a group will have shared openly, and sometimes quite vulnerably, with their group, and providing a library of session recordings violates confidentiality and trust. These previously-joined members also paid to participate in these earlier sessions, and it is just not fair to later give them away for free.
In case you’re worried, joining a group after it has already met several times does not diminish or compromise the value you will receive. You’re starting a relationship with a Master Artist, and not joining a course in progress.
Why am I being charged after my group ended?
Your monthly subscription is automatic and is tied to a specific Mentorship group. If a group elects to disband (as opposed to inviting a new Master to mentor them), some members may choose to transfer into a different group, while others may choose to end their subscription.
Sometimes those Members who wish to end their subscription do not notify us in a timely fashion, which can result in them being charged for an extra month.
In the event you are charged for an extra month, after which you inform us that you had intended to cancel, we will refund the extra month’s charge less a $10 administration fee.
In case you’re worried, all members have direct/online access to their account, and you’re able to update payment methods, cancel your subscription, etc. at any time.
What do I get for my money?
Our Members tell us they discover 4 key benefits at Mastrius:
- You get to know (and to be known by) and become part of the community of a successful & skilled Master Artist
- You’ll develop skills – both technical and business – in just a few months that otherwise would have taken years, if not decades
- With face-to-face conversation and feedback on homework assignments, you’ll learn quickly how to take your artwork from good to excellent
- You get to connect daily with a safe and trusted community of your fellow artists, giving and receiving encouragement, helpful ideas, and opportunities to network
What is a Navigator?
Your Navigator is a growing artist just like you, and is provided by Mastrius to ensure your group operates well, and to ensure your learning needs are met.
Every group includes a Navigator. Navigators are not Master Artists, and are also benefiting from the Master’s mentorship. As fellow artists, they understand your challenges and successes. As experienced facilitators, they’re well equipped to ensure your group runs well and you get full value from your time at Mastrius.
Some of the things your Navigator does are:
- Ensure the monthly sessions run on schedule, and everyone gets a chance to speak and share
- Support the Master with preparation
- Help everyone with the technology
- Help your group select a new Master (your Navigator will stay with your group after your Master changes)
Can I join a group that has already started?
If a group has space available, you can join anytime.That means the group you’re joining may have already been meeting for a while. Don’t worry that you’ll feel left out or left behind! Your Navigator will be sure to bring you up to speed – and because mentoring is all about responding to your personal needs, the Master will work very hard to ensure your questions are addressed.
How does the billing work? What am I committing to?
Your Mentorship group membership is billed monthly, and there is no minimum commitment.
We do encourage Members to plan to spend at least 6 months at Mastrius, as it takes time for your skills to grow and for meaningful community to develop.
The monthly billing is automatic, and you have access to your account so you can cancel anytime.
What happens if I’m not happy?
We truly want Mastrius to give you the support you need, so if you find your first choice of level or of Master isn’t a great fit, we’re happy to help you move into a different group.
In case it’s ever needed, we also offer a 90-day full money-back guarantee. If – after you gave us feedback on your situation and you provided us the opportunity to make things right – you feel you have not received fair value, we will refund your first 3 months of Mentorship subscription payments.
No refunds will be given after your 4th month of Mastermind+ session attendance.