Karen Sperling's Artistry Retreat

Three-Day Corel Painter Workshop

Los Angeles: TBA

At a Glance

Who: Professional photographers, hobbyists and artists.
What: Live, in-person workshops for learning the art lessons, Corel Painter steps and traditional acrylics- and oil-painting canvas techniques for turning photos into paintings taught by Original Corel Painter Expert (she wrote the first several manuals!) and Elite Corel Painter Master Karen Sperling.
Where Los Angeles (Embassy Suites, Valencia, CA)
Why: The Artistry Retreat is for you if you are a professional photographer who would like to sell paintings based on your photos to your clients or if you are a hobbyist who is interested in turning your photos of your children, grandchildren and travels into paintings. The Artistry Retreat is not for teachers.
How: Hands-on art lessons and Corel Painter instruction on your laptop. Hands-on acrylics- and oil-painting instruction on canvas.

Artistry Retreat Description

Join Elite Corel Painter Master and author of the original Corel Painter manuals Karen Sperling in a Corel Painter workshop for turning your photographs into paintings. Professional photographers and hobbyists will learn the art lessons, hands-on, step-by-step software instructions and hands-on painting-on-canvas instruction for turning portrait, pet and landscape photos into paintings in Corel Painter 2022.
Professional photographers who have attended Artistry Retreats report being able to paint client paintings as soon as they get back to their studios!
The Artistry Retreat is also for hobbyists who would like to learn to turn photos of their children, grandchildren, pets and travels into paintings.
The Artistry Retreat is for all levels of Corel Painter users, from beginners to experienced. Karen Sperling has been writing about and teaching Painter longer than anyone (she wrote the first several Painter manuals!) and whether you have never opened Painter or have studied it before, you're sure to find new and useful information at the Artistry Retreat.
The focus of the Artistry Retreat is portraits, but landscapes are also covered and the information helps you to paint either landscapes by themselves or as part of portrait backgrounds.
Very important Prerequisite for the Artistry Retreat: The Artistry Retreat is a hands-on Corel Painter workshop and you will bring a laptop loaded with Corel Painter 2022. You need complete knowledge of how to use your laptop, including how to access and save files. Be sure if you borrow a laptop that you know how to use it!
You'll learn techniques for painting in a traditional, classic style...

Classic-style portrait painting by Karen Sperling based on a photo by Karah Sambuco.


...and tips for painting in a more painterly style.

Painterly painting by Karen Sperling based on a photograph by Signature Beauty Gallery.

You'll also learn landscape-painting techniques...

Painting by Karen Sperling based on her photograph.

that come in handy when painting outdoor portrait backgrounds.

Painting by Karen Sperling based on a photo by Shannon Marie Phillips-Long.

Pet-painting techniques will also be covered.

Painting by Karen Sperling based on a photo by Dogpatch Pet Portraits.

You'll also learn how to paint with acrylics and oils on canvas.

Painting in Corel Painter by Karen Sperling based on a photograph by Sterling Hoffman (top) and printed canvas embellished with oils by Karen Sperling (above).

This video shows you the process from Corel Painter painting to oil painting that you will learn at the Artistry Retreat.
Painting by Karen Sperling based on a photograph by Teresa Porter, My Friend Teresa Studio.

Instructor: Elite Corel Painter Master
Karen Sperling

Teaching the Artistry Retreat is Elite Corel Painter Master Karen Sperling, the original Painter expert, who wrote the original Painter manuals and whose preface and art are featured in Painter Showcase. She is the author of the bestselling Painting for Photographers book, which covers painting people, pets and landscapes in both Painter and Photoshop, the highly acclaimed Painting for Photographers book Volume 2, which shows how to paint children's portraits in Corel Painter and the brand-new Painting for Photographers book Volume 3, which has state-of-the-art Corel Painter steps and art lessons for turning portrait and landscape photographs into paintings. She also is the producer of the popular Painting for Photographers video tutorials for painting portraits, landscapes and children's portraits in Corel Painter and the highly regarded Artistry self-paced online classes and Corel Painter Master Class. Karen also paints commissioned portraits directly for clients and for photographers for their clients.
Click here to write to Karen Sperling or call her at 818-941-9739 with questions.


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."

Karen's popular Painting for Photographers books are available at Amazon around the world.
Paintings and cover designs by Karen Sperling based on photographs by (l. to r.) Felicia Tausig, Scott Stulberg and Kevin Kubota.

Artistry Retreat Venues

Karen Sperling's Artistry Retreat takes place at the Embassy Suites in Valencia, CA.

Embassy Suites, Valencia, CA

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Artistry Retreat Tuition


Your tuition includes:
• Hands-on Corel Painter instruction
• Art lessons
• Hands-on painting instruction on printed canvas using traditional acrylics and oils
• Brushes, paint and printed canvas
• Lunch
Write to Karen Sperling or call her at 818-941-9739 with questions and to enroll.
Please note: The Artistry Retreats are limited to a small number of students to provide hands-on instruction and individual attention during the course of the three-day workshop. Seats are going quickly-enroll now and reserve yours! Due to the small class size, there are no refunds.


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