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In-Person Corel Painter/Adobe Photoshop Workshops
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Professional photographers learn to create artwork from your photos to sell to clients, through galleries and museums and in other, less conventional, ways.
Hobbyists learn to create nice paintings of your kids, grandkids and travels.
No prior art experience is necessary. You will learn the art concepts and software painting techniques from Karen Sperling, who has been writing about and teaching Painter longer than anyone and who has been using Photoshop since CS3.
Students say that the biggest benefits of attending the Artistry Retreats live and in person are learning the art lessons, watching Karen Sperling's painting techniques, being able to ask questions real-time and receiving constructive feedback, guidance and techniques during the hands-on step-by-step painting lessons.
If you think you can paint your photos, you probably can. Come to the Artistry Retreats and find out how!
Topics covered during the Artistry Retreats include:
The Right Stuff
Find out what makes a photo a good candidate for the basis of a painting and how to fix it if it's not.
Learn which Painter or Photoshop brushes or presets are star performers as you turn your photos into paintings.
A little art knowledge goes a long way
See how art concepts such as values, composition and colors, and the related Painter or Photoshop tools can vastly improve your paintings.
Painter or Photoshop Secrets
Learn Karen Sperling's secrets, developed over 20 years of painting with, writing about and teaching how to use digital tools.
The Artistry Retreats cover painting in Painter or Photoshop brushstroke by brushstroke and also Karen Sperling's methods for streamlining the process.
Nuts and Bolts Painter or Photoshop steps
Learn hands-on step-by-step procedures for turning photos into paintings.
Brush editing and customizing
Painter and Photoshop offer tools to fine-tune your brushes, and in the Artistry Retreats, you learn to master these handy features.
Photo compositing and painting
Painter and Photoshop offer layers and blend modes and a popular use for these tools is photo compositing. Receive hands-on step-by-step instruction in addition to the art concepts and thought processes that go into creative photo composites.
Painting with Oils and Acrylics on the Printed Canvas
Get an introduction to materials and techniques. This part of the class isn't hands on, but it will give you a jump start for painting your own canvases.
Tips for selling painted portraits to clients.
The Artistry Retreats are held from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. with 1 hour for lunch.
The following is a general course outline and can vary depending on the class attendees.
The Artistry Retreats begin with general art lessons covering art theories for photographers for turning photos into paintings. Topics include how to tell if a photo is a good candidate to be turned into a painting and how to choose colors.
Next is an introduction to the brushes Karen Sperling uses most frequently.
Then for the rest of the three days, attendees receive step-by-step hands-on Painter or Photoshop instruction, depending on the class, for painting portraits and landscapes based on photos, covering various painting methods and Painter tools.
By the end of the first day, the class will have painted simple paintings.
On day two are more step-by-step lessons for various kinds of paintings. You will learn Karen Sperling's insider techniques for creating exquisite portraits and landscapes based on photos in addition to more Painter or Photoshop brushes and tools.
On day three you get more Painter or Photoshop tools and techniques.
You will also get an introduction to painting with oils and acrylics on the painted canvas, in addition to some marketing tips for offering painted portraits based on photos to clients.
Gallery and Reviews
Here are some examples of the kinds of things you will learn to paint at the Artistry Retreats and what people are saying about them.
Learn the art theories, ideas and steps for producing creative photo composites. This is mainly a Photoshop technique, but can be done in Painter and can be addressed in both classes, depending on the class members' interests.
Artistry Retreat: Thoughtful and Challenging
Enjoyed Artistry Retreat
Because Karen wrote the early manuals for Corel Painter, she is an expert in this program.
Karen Sperling: Articulate, Creative, Knowledgable and Patient
Karen Sperling is an expert who shares her knowledge in a
fresh and creative fashion.
Artistry Retreat Takes Photography Business to Next Level
Karen's Artistry Retreat has helped me
take my photography business to the next level.
Artistry Retreat Excellent Value
Karen's Artistry Retreat was an excellent value
Cats, Dogs and Horses
Karen Sperling's Teaching Style: Relaxed but Structured
I recently attended my second Artistry Retreat! It was a great refresher course in what
Artistry Retreat Helps with Painting and Clients
Children's and Family Portraits
Photographer Sells First Portrait Following Artistry Retreat
"I made back what I paid to attend an
Artistry Retreat several times over with
my first portrait. That's a great return on my investment!"
says Grey Darrah.
Photographer Painting Ever Since She Left Artistry Retreat
Artistry Retreat Educational and Motivating
After attending your Artistry Retreat,
Karen Sperling Marvelous and Patient Teacher
Karen Sperling is an Amazing Teacher
I attended an Artistry Retreat taught by Karen Sperling and she is an
Testimonials, a FAQ and enrollment
Click here to read testimonials from Artistry Retreat alumni.
Click here to read more testimonials from Artistry Retreat alumni.
Click here to see examples of Artistry Retreat alumni artwork.
Click here to see more examples of Artistry Retreat alumni artwork.
Click here for a FAQ (frequently asked questions).
Due to small class sizes, seating is limited. Enroll now before your desired dates sell out!
Artistry Retreat Enrollment Details
The Artistry Retreats are limited in size to provide individual attention and interest-specific information. They are held at the Marriott Courtyard in Santa Clarita, CA, served by LAX and Burbank airports.
The Marriott is offering a room rate of $112/night to Artistry Retreat attendees, which includes breakfast and parking.
Write to Karen Sperling or call her at 818-941-9739 with questions about the Artistry Retreats. The hotel won't have information about the Artistry Retreats.
Enroll online in an Artistry Retreat with a credit card through Paypal using the Add to Cart button below. Or you may enroll by check or by sending your card information through email or over the phone--see the details below.
The Artistry Retreats are hands-on workshops and you will bring a laptop with Painter 12 or X3 or Photoshop CS6 and CC loaded, depending on the Artistry Retreat you attend. Painter X3 is the latest version of Painter, but the interface is the same for Painter 12 and X3. Painter X3 has great new brush controls and it's advised that you upgrade--click the Painter X3 link at left to order--but you can also use Painter 12 in the class.
Very important! Artistry Retreat Prerequisite: Complete knowledge of how to use your computer, including how to access and save files, is a requirement for attending an Artistry Retreat. You will quickly get lost if you don't know how to use your computer. Be sure if you borrow a laptop that you know how to use it!
You don't need to have an art background or a knowledge or Painter or Photoshop. Art lessons and painting techniques are covered in the Artistry Reteats.
Classes are kept small to ensure a positive, personalized learning experience. Due to the small class sizes, there are no cancellations, refunds, reschedules or credits for missed classes.
Tuition fees are subject to change without notice and seating is limited. Book now to lock in these low rates and to guarantee a seat!
Yes! I'd like to attend an Artistry Retreat!
Wednesday-Friday, November 6-8, 2013
Monday-Wednesday, December 9-11, 2013
Tuition fee includes:
• Artistry Retreat tuition for three days of art lessons and hands-on, step-by-step Corel Painter X3 or Adobe Photoshop CS6 and CC
Click here to email Karen Sperling or call her at 818-941-9739 with questions.
Enroll in an Artistry Retreat by Credit Card through e-mail
To enroll in an Artistry Retreat by credit card through e-mail, send the card info split between 2 e-mails to Karen Sperling.
The credit card info needed is:
Enroll in an Artistry Retreat by Check or Money Order
To enroll in an Artistry Retreat by check or money order made out to Artistry for the above amount that applies to you (International: U.S. funds from a U.S. bank, please), send to:
Be sure to include:
Please write the e-mail address clearly.
Enroll in an Artistry Retreat by phone
To enroll in an Artistry Retreat by phone, call 818-941-9739.
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