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Karen Sperling's Artistry Online Classes Reviews

Opportunity to Learn from a Corel Painter Guru

I Love Painter...and Karen you've been a guru for as long as I've been a fan, I have all of your books.
There are so many diverse paths to follow when you study Painter and I especially like your Impressionist
style with landscapes. I saw a few of your landscapes on Facebook and saw you were offering the class.
This is a good time of year for me to study since the busy Christmas season is behind us.
Steve Helmbrecht
PP of A Master Photog, Cr

Learning to Turn Photos into Art: Dream Come True!

I enrolled in Karen Sperling's online classes because learning to create works of art from my photos has always
been a dream of mine. To make that dream a reality, I sought out the best teachers and discovered Karen!
I'm very much looking forward to making magic happen with my photographs.

Time to Be Creative!

Hi Karen,
My interest in taking this class is purely for fun and education. I have been a long time user of Photoshop
because I love photography and that I can paint with plug-ins. However, now that I am retired and have had an
unused Painter that I keep updating, it is high time to learn to paint and learn to paint with Painter in particular.
I simply want to amuse myself and be creative.
Looking forward to the class. If this class goes well, then I might sign up for Painting with Photoshop. I'd like to use
Painter and Photoshop as tools for the creation of images.

Learns Something New with Each Viewing

Yes I have received the links and have watched the Artistry Intro to Painter videos many times.
I am surprised that I pick up something each time I watch them.
I have also downloaded the resource items, brushes, pdf files etc.
I like this online class very much.
Thanks for your help and the lessons.
I now feel that there is hope even for an idiot.

Can Finally Paint Thanks to Artistry Online Class!

Painting by Mack Gray based on a photo by Scott Stulberg.
I can not believe that after having Corel Painter for 2-3 years I am finally beginning to actually paint.
I have enjoyed the Artistry Online class Intro to Corel Painter.
I have been through it twice and on lesson 6 for the third time.
As I have stated before I am a very slow learner. So I hope that I can do this lesson for another month or more.
I have been so amazed at being able to paint that I have emailed and probably bored many friends as to the work on
the painting as I have progressed.
I still cannot believe that I have actually done this painting.
Some people have even said wow to my painting.
This painting is still a work in progress.
Mack Gray

Great, Detailed Instructions!

Painting by Lynne Alexander, member of the Impressionist class.
My second impressionist portrait - thanks Karen Sperling for the great
detailed instructions.-Lynne Alexander

Karen Sperling's Techniques Very Effective

Painting by Sherrie Rieger
The reference photo for the forest painting was taken by my sweetie, Bill. He owns
a beautiful piece of property with a forest, pond and 3 meadows. We go there often,
and he took the photo with his iPhone. Usually I use our Nikon for my photography,
and was surprised at how well the photo turned out. My goal is to license my digital
art as prints.
Karen Sperling's Artistry online classes have been really great for inspiration and
her very effective techniques for turning photos into paintings.

Karen Sperling's Instruction Simple and Fun

Painting by Lynne Alexander
My background is photography and portraits so I found it very difficult
to start with Corel Painter and do anything but soft clone.
Karen Sperling's Artistry online class in impressionist landscapes was exactly
what i was needing to go beyond the pixels.
I especially appreciate the lessons on colors and a few simple rules about art
that make my art pieces more professional.
The course material is easy to follow and gave me the confidence to tackle landscapes.
The provided brushes produce wonderful strokes that make painting fun.
Thanks Karen for giving me the confidence to take on landscapes.
Lynne Alexander

Artistry Online Classes: Excellent Tutorials

Painting by Steve Helmbrecht
I've really enjoyed your "Impressionist Landscapes" tutorials that I
purchased from you.
I've got a long way to's difficult for me judging how Impressionist I
want to be vs. realistic. It's kind of a leap of faith.
Thanks for the excellent tutorials. Well worth the money.
Steve Helmbrecht
PP of A Master Photog, Cr

Artistry Online Classes: Informative Yet Easy to Understand

Painting by Roxanne Sahlin
I recently upgraded Corel Painter and decided that it was time to learn
to use it properly to created paintings with my photographs as reference images.
That was when I found Karen Sperling's Artistry online class, Painting
Impressionist Landscapes Based on Photos in Corel Painter.
Painter is a wonderful program, but it has so many bells and whistles that it can
be quite intimidating when you look at the big picture. Karen did something that no
one else has done...instead of telling me how complex the program is, she simplified
the steps and suddenly I could see the possibilities instead of the problems.
This is my second painting that I have created since the class began on Saturday
(and today is Wednesday!). Karen gave me the tools to begin painting and suddenly
the program is a welcome creative environment.
Many thanks, Karen, for creating classes that are informative, yet easy to understand
so that the only requirement is a commitment to practicing your painting!
Roxanne Sahlin
Doug Plus Rox Photography, LLC

Karen Sperling's Brushes and Techniques Work Excellently

I've been using Painter since version 12 - at first I cloned. Painting became a process and attempts
to combine cloning with "painting" didn't work.
About a year ago I abandoned cloning - with mixed results. My paintings improved - especially
detail-oriented paintings of botanicals, structures, etc., but not landscapes.
Tried different methods for painting landscapes ... best success was with the Artistry online class
for painting Impressionist-style landscapes. Finally found a method and brushes that produced the
desired results. Not that success came easy...took awhile to produce results - i.e., too much or
not enough detail, or the results just didn't look right.
Tried other classes (and various brushes) elsewhere--that helped ... but I kept coming back to
Karen Sperling's brushes and techniques.
The best part of Karen's class and brushes is that they work excellently with other painting as well
as landscapes - whether for backgrounds or portions of paintings.
Dean Woolstencroft

Karen Sperling Is an Excellent Teacher

Karen Sperling is an excellent teacher. She presents the topics in
logical and in step-by-step order with full explanations where needed,
but yet she moves along at a reasonable pace in the other areas.
Hers were the first formal online classes I purchased and followed
after purchasing Painter and doing some of the Youtube vids I found
links to on the Corel pages.
I did her Intro to Painter course and Impressionist Landscapes course,
learned a lot and became familiar with the Painter interface with a better
understanding of the importance of the brushes to effective use of the program.
By the time I got through my second class (Landscapes) I felt I was competent
enough to strike out on painting my own photographs.
Still learning, but she got me started in the right direction.

Amazed at Ability to Paint in the Bouguereau Style

Paintings by Ginger Sizemore using the brushes and techniques in the Artistry online class for
painting in the style of William-Adolphe Bouguereau.

I enjoy learning so many art concepts and history from Karen Sperling in the Artistry online classes.
I can take it slow on each step if needed. The brushes that come with the classes are a bonus.
I use them all the time. I'm amazed that I can paint in this beautiful style thanks to Karen Sperling's
professional direction.
Ginger Sizemore

Karen Sperling Is an Awesome Teacher!

When I found Karen Sperling's classes I was ecstatic to learn from The Corel Painter Master!
Karen will give the tools and inspiration to begin painting. Karen demystifies the painting
process and explains it so that it makes perfect sense. I love that they are online classes
so I can study at my own pace. You can always go back to the videos and watch them as many
times as you want. Karen explains everything thoroughly and gives you all the brushes to
accomplish the task.
The classes are very informative and so easy to understand so that all you have to do is paint.
Oh, and Karen Sperling is an awesome teacher!
I just signed up for two more classes!!!
Sandy Oman

Enjoys Studying Corel Painter at Own Pace

Painting by Ginger Sizemore
I was always afraid to to anything this wild, but with the new brushes and Artistry online classes I'm taking with
Karen Sperling, it's fun and easier than I thought. I like that the online classes are at my own speed and time.
You can always go back to the videos and watch them as many times as needed. Thank you.

Karen Sperling Is Awesome

I have taken several Artistry online classes. Karen explains everything very well even includes the brushes. Answers
questions, covers things you are interested in learning.
I plan on taking more. Karen is awesome.
Donna Kay Waggoner

Corel Painter Information Presented in a Clear, Easy-to-Digest Manner

There are “people who teach” and then there are “teachers.” Karen Sperling is a natural
born teacher.
She presents her Corel Painter information in a clear, easy-to-digest manner. She provides
the information that you need to be successful with Painter, without burying you in a ton of
unnecessary techno talk.
Her lessons are very well planned, and are recorded and presented with a professionalism seldom
seen in online lessons.
Karen is wonderfully generous in sharing her knowledge, experience and talents. She holds nothing
back--and her many years of experience are presented in a way that allows the viewer to experience
success from the very beginning.
After watching nearly 100 different videos on Painter by a vast number of different instructors/
masters/teachers, I chose to invest in Karen’s courses. While each instructor brings something
unique to the table, I felt that Karen’s approach was the one that I wanted to use to learn.
She does not dictate rules and methods, or intimidate by over complicating the software.
Instead, she empowers the user with knowledge, confidence and the personal freedom to make
their own artistic statement.
Cynthia Howe

Guest Blog: Reactions to Artistry Online Classes

My usual way of doing a course or series like this is to go through from beginning to end, quickly,
but taking notes on the main points and organization (so later when I have forgotten something I can
go right to it). Then I go back to the beginning and actually do it.
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Karen Sperling's Impressionist Flowers Class Delightful

Karen Sperling's Impressionist flowers class has been a delightful Corel Painter learning experience.
I really like how she progresses through the steps, and at a slower pace, which I find really helpful.
When I paint the way she suggests, it really does work out and I see results that encourage me to keep going.
I got rave reviews on my painting when I posted it to my own Facebook page. One friend asked how she can take
Karen's class, and I’ll give her the information.
Thanks, Karen!
Sherrie Rieger

Great Brushes and Videos

Great set of brushes and videos....I don't think I will ever look at Impressionist Paintings
in the same way....
Thank you.
Lynne Hoover

Great Class

I have really enjoyed Karen’s class on Impressionist flowers. It has allowed me to paint with
some abstract painting and yet have a definite focus point.
Thanks for a great class.

Happy with Brushes

I was very happy with the brushes that Karen Sperling created. They worked very well on
a variety of images. Here are three pictures of flowers using the brushes.
Thank you,
Lynne Hoover

Loves Artistry Online Classes Videos

Hello Karen,
I've been watching your Artistry online class videos and love them so much that I have watched them several times.
I thought I would send you an email to say, "Thanks for the very informative, educational Painter videos.
Many people know the software but you know how to teach it well."
Keep up the great work. I also plan to attend your upcoming webinar.
See you online,
Will Massenburg

Guest Blog: Karen Sperling's Corel Painter Class on Turning Photographs into Classic Paintings Was My "AHA!" Moment!

Painting by "Papa George" Hoffman
Having been a traditional artist for 30+ years, an illustrator for six Atlanta area magazines, and
15 years as a manager of a web/video/photo/Photoshop production department, I had tried many times
to transition from wet media and traditional art to digital media. Photoshop was a mainstay but
didn't offer the free flow studio art tools I was used to. I always tried but failed to make Painter
a consistent tool in my art box because I became frustrated at the learning curve it took to produce credible,
interesting oil, watercolor and colored pencil looks digitally. So usually I would try the newest version of Painter,
work for a few months, get frustrated and go back to the drawing board.
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Artistry Intro to Painter Videos Just Right for Beginners

I really like the videos in the Intro to Painter Artistry online class. I particularly like that
you are focusing on just what we need to know to get started. I went through the Painter course with
someone else last year and it was too much for someone just starting out. Your pace is good and we
are accomplishing enough to stay engaged. I must say I marvel at how easy you make it look!
I am eager to move forward and I was thinking of taking the Corel Painter Impressionist landscapes
course next. Would you recommend that next? I don't often take portraits and am particularly
interested in painting landscapes and animals.
I'm attaching one of my photographs that I have recently been playing with. I want to be able to
personalize the paintings more.
Thanks for any suggestions regarding my next steps!
Susan Gauthier

Artistry Online Class Chock Full of Information

Karen Sperling is an amazing artist and teacher. I have wanted to learn Corel Painter for a long time and
I finally did it by enrolling in Karen Sperling 's Artistry Online Class. I am still so new, and have so much
more to learn, but I learned so much during the course of the online class that I am able to create my own
paintings and dazzle my family and friends.
Karen Sperling's beautiful artwork is what drew me to Corel Painter in the first place. I then found her
webinars, books, videos, and retreats on her website and I immediately signed up for an Artistry Online
Class and an Artistry Retreat.
The online class was chock full of information--technical and artistic. I am learning so much because of
Karen's methods of teaching.
Dr. Lindia Friedman

Artistry Online Class Wonderful and Very Informative

I enjoyed the Artistry Online Class and learned so much, thank you.
It was wonderful and very informative, with videos to refer back to. Worth a lot more than the cost.
I've learned so much about some of the panels and sliders. The color harmony was very interesting
and I liked it a lot. You have whetted my appetite to check out the fine art backgrounds in color
and texture brushstrokes.
I especially liked when you went over the secrets and your favorite brushes that you like to use and why.
The Artistry Online Class provided a lot of good information that is explained well and worth the cost of the
class, and you even get a secret room to show your work for feedback.
Ginger Sizemore

Happy with Artistry Online Class

Great for Beginners Like Me!

Karen Sperling Is a Wonderful Instructor

A lot of information offered. Presenter well-informed and very helpful.
Karen Sperling is a wonderful instructor and has a lot to offer to people
who want to learn to turn photos into paintings.
Elizabeth Floyd

Karen Sperling Is a Corel Painter Icon

Karen has been an icon in the Corel Painter world since the beginning. She uses
it as an active artist and teaches as well.
Who better to learn from?
I quickly realized that my biggest lack of knowledge and what I needed most was
NOT specific to Corel Painter, but more so to art in general. There are some
fundamental concepts in the art world that are good to know and understand and
Karen helped explain those to me so that I could apply them in my digital painting.
James Finch

Karen Sperling Is an Awesome Teacher!

When I found Karen Sperling's classes I was ecstatic to learn from The Corel Painter Master!
Karen will give the tools and inspiration to begin painting. Karen demystifies the painting
process and explains it so that it makes perfect sense. I love that they are online classes
so I can study at my own pace. You can always go back to the videos and watch them as many
times as you want. Karen explains everything thoroughly and gives you all the brushes to
accomplish the task.
The classes are very informative and so easy to understand so that all you have to do is paint.
Oh, and Karen Sperling is an awesome teacher!
I just signed up for two more classes!!!
Sandy Oman

Karen Sperling Is a Great Teacher

I am doing my first run through the lessons and Karen Sperling is a great teacher. I have never had so many
"ah ha" moments in such a short space of time. Painter works as smooth as silk-
which is a pleasure.
But the best part is that Karen demystifies the painting process and explains it so that you end up wondering
why other people make it so darn complex.
I have signed up for three Artistry online classes and I still have to see what my creative ability is like
these days but I do believe I am solidly hooked!
Jean Smith

Artist of the Month Learned from Karen Sperling

Painting by Peter Smolens
Ed. note: Peter Smolens was named Artist of the Month by the Manassas Art Guild.
He has his work displayed in six different venues around Manassas, VA. This is part
of a writeup accompanying the six pieces, plus some additional feedback in email.
Congratulations, Peter!

While attending art school in Boston I wanted to be a photographer. Through my company
P.B.S. Studios, I've published over a hundred articles. While learning Adobe Photoshop,
I discovered digital photo-painting.
I attended a seminar presented by a Painter teacher and took online classes from
Karen Sperling and another teacher and read Karen Sperling's books.
Using a computer, a Wacom graphics tablet and computer software, I start with a
reference photo then used a stylus to paint on layers, emulating a watercolor, oil,
pastel or charcoal painting. Results are printed on watercolor paper or canvas.
Although I recently joined the Manassas Art Guild (MAGS), I hope to promote this
emerging art form.
Thank you, Karen, for putting on your Artistry online classes and producing your
Painting for Photographers books.
I enjoyed the classes and re-read the color, selection and landscape chapters of your books
on a regular basis. My biggest challenge is finding the right photo(s) to paint.
Although I have painted portraits, mostly personal paintings for family and friends,
landscapes are one of the areas in which I'm trying to develop my painting skills.
This includes golf course subjects (hence my mountain golf course painting attached).
Peter Smolens

Artistry Online Class Is Excellent

5 stars! Content-rich. Excellent instruction.
Belinda Scheresky

Artistry Online Class Videos Are Well-Organized and Easy to Follow

Hi, Karen,
I love the way you present your videos. They are well organized and easy to follow. I have picked
up a treasure of little tips from your videos that make my working with painter so much fruitful.
Thank you for all the hard work you are putting in preparation for your online classes.
You are totally welcome to post my feedback and use my name if you wish to do so. I am a happy AIPP
member and I will continue to renew it. Besides the treasure trove of little tips I have learned from
your videos, your Bonus Brushes (volume 3) that included Texture Blenders, Texture Cloners and
Texture Color opened up a new dimension in my creativity.
Hilda Olsen

Karen Sperling's Artistry Online Classes Right Choice for Learning Painter

My usual way of doing a course or series like this is to go through from beginning
to end, quickly, but taking notes on the main points and organization (so later when
I have forgotten something I can go right to it). Then I go back to the beginning and
actually do it.
This time it has seemed better to take a lesson at a time, go thru fast, then go back and
actually do that lesson before moving on to the next lesson. I did finish the portrait in
the Intro class but without the final touches you encouraged us to do (I was impatient to get
on to landscapes). And now things have gotten a little muddled in my mind that I know I will
be going back over the Intro lessons again.
I have had two main challenges with this new learning how to do art. The first is learning how
to think and do like an artist. The second is the hard work of overcoming most of my left-brain
ways of doing things creative. Overcoming my 50 years of training, thinking and doing as an
engineer and programmer and now wanting to engage my right brain is a very interesting project
for me. It is definitely a project/challenge I wanted to experience but sometimes when I am in
it‚ I can get frustrated with why isn't this happening faster.
About your courses/lessons: I spent quite awhile exploring the various "Learn Corel Painter"
options out there.
From what I could tell from viewing youtubes and looking in from the outside at trainer websites,
I was pretty sure you would be the right choice for me given your content choices and approach
to explaining things to Painter newbies. And now that I am able to actually see what you do and
some of how you do it, I know I made the right choice for me.
A big thing for me is how you include art theory in your instructions. With my computer background
I figured I could learn how to use a new program (tho it seems slower these days) but I was anxious
to learn the "why I want to do that" in order to create beautifully painted versions of my photographs.
I am able to follow along with your demonstrations well and I think you cover what I need to remember
as I do it myself. I do want to say that your lesson/explanation of how people have trouble understanding
Tracing Paper and here is the way to think about it really turned my brain upside down. Up until then I had
been thinking about Tracing Paper as a layer in the Photoshop sense - different because of cloning - but a
layer in any case. To think about it as you explained, I will need to go back and listen again to completely
understand another way for me to think about it.
Well, enuf for now, I can see that I will be spending many hours in the future doing my own photos rather
than watching you do yours. As I begin to feel more confidence, I am sure I will share one of mine with you.
In the meantime, I will be anxiously waiting to see what you are working on in your upcoming landscapes book.

Corel Corporation has named Karen Sperling a member of the Painter Master Elite program and also a Certified Painter Educator.
According to Corel, "These high profile Painter artists are proven masters of their craft having earned the prestigious Painter Master Elite title from the Painter team for their many years of dedicated service to Corel Painter.
As Painter Master Elite artists, they hold a very special place in our hearts. They continue to inspire new artists and Painter feature innovations while also managing to keep us grounded to our world-renowned realistic natural media roots. We would not be where we are today without them and the world will continue to be inspired by their creations.
Whether you are looking for inspiration to develop your own signature style, wanting to dive into learning the ins and outs of Painter,
or looking for an artist to create work for you, we highly recommend checking out what these very talented artists have to offer."

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