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Karen Sperling's Artistry Retreat:


The Artistry Retreat scores perfect 10's from students across the board.

Karen Sperling is an Amazing Teacher
Dear Karen,
You are an amazing teacher. You are the best I have ever learned from.
You do such a wonderful job giving instructions in your video classes.
You make it easy to follow and you do such a good job to encourage and inspire me. You make me feel like my goals are possible to obtain.
When I sent you a very frustrated email because I wasn't able to move forward in my painting, you were so kind to lay out a plan to help me move forward and continue to meet my goals. You are very responsive and kind in all of your emails when most instructors don't want to take the time to talk with you and answer questions, much less help you lay out a plan to move forward.
I would encourage anyone to take a class from you with all that I have experienced from you with not only teaching, but also communicating with me.
I am so excited to meet you and learn first hand from you with the up and coming Artistry Retreat.
I feel the investment that I am making to attend your retreat will completely help me to continue to advance forward in my photography painting career.
I look forward to meeting you.
Thank you, Debbie

Has Enjoyed Artistry Online Classes
I have taken several online courses from Karen Sperling that I have enjoyed. I decided I needed a hands-on Corel Painter workshop and maybe get me away from trying to make things look perfect. Karen--looking forward to the class and meeting you.
Donna Kay Waggoner
Dimensions by DK Photography,Inc.

Here's what people are saying about the Artistry Retreat.

Karen Sperling is a Great Teacher--She Makes Corel Painter Quick to Learn
Karen Sperling made techniques easy to grasp. The notes were thorough and I loved learning little touches to enhance photos. I liked the tips for facial techniques. Overall, it was an awesome class and I learned a ton! Thanks!

Artistry Retreat Well-Organized and Orderly
The class was well-organized and orderly. The detailed instructions were fantastic because I can use them later and I did not have to struggle to take detailed notes in real time. Karen does not just talk from the front of the room. She is available to come over to each student for help with individual time.
I learned a lot. The Artistry Retreat cleared up some confusion and I got to try new things that I probably would not have tried on my own.
Jim Finley

Karen Sperling's Knowledge of Art and Corel Painter Is Amazing
The Artistry Retreat was extremely informative encompassing digital and traditional art. It was very inspiring. Karen's knowledge of art and Corel Painter is amazing. Prior to participating in this retreat, I found Corel Painter to be difficult to learn. Karen's knowledge has been invaluable to me.
Sue Coffey

Artistry Retreat Very Valuable and Thorough
Expert painter offers a great, comprehensive and explainable approach to teaching Corel Painter. Karen's videos, instruction, teaching and hands-on training workshop have been very valuable and thorough experiences. Would I take the class again for additional knowledge? Absolutely! Thank you for sharing your expertise and patience in teaching...oh and your passion!
Ardena Brooks

Highly Recommends Karen Sperling's Clear Explanations
Several years ago, I discovered Corel Painter 9. Although I love teaching myself new programs, I was a little intimidated. Frustrated by my inability to grasp the magnitude of this program, I found Karen's website and subscribed to Artistry Magazine (even purchasing back issues!). That was a good beginning, but I decided the best way for me to learn was to sign up for one of her workshops; so I flew to California for a week of hands on training in an Artistry Retreat.
That class opened my eyes to all the possibilities for creating art without intimidation, and it was really fun, too! After setting it aside for a couple of years (life gets so busy sometimes), I decided to start back up again and purchased Karen's Impressionist Landscapes video class and went back to work. She has such a clear way of explaining concepts and techniques, and she made relearning so much easier for me. I recently discovered she is offering a 3-month Master Class, so I just had to sign up for that and continue my education and enhance my skills with Painter.
I've bought books and videos from other Painter experts, but their materials are more about how the program functions than how to actually use it to create art. So I always come back to Karen to learn the principles and how to put them into action. I can't recommend her highly enough.
Thanks, Karen, for sharing your knowledge and talents with the rest of us!


Karen Sperling's Teaching Style: Relaxed but Structured
I recently attended my second Artistry Retreat! It was a great refresher course in what I learned the first time around, plus I appreciated all the one-on-one feedback on my progress and additional pointers. Karen Sperling's teaching style is relaxed but structured in a way to get anyone on their way to painting beautiful portraits.
If you are thinking about taking on Corel Painter, I highly recommend taking one of Karen Sperling's classes to get you started down the right path!
Thank you Karen!
Kat Meezan
Focal Instincts Photography


Artistry Retreat Helps with Painting and Clients
I was thinking about your class that I had taken.
It truly has helped me to move on in painting.
I came to your class with a little knowledge and left with so much more.
Thank you for sharing your wonderful techniques and knowledge.
You showed things that I have not seen in any other books.
I can remember thinking more than once, when you gave a certain tip, that "this is worth the price of admission!"
I left with more confidence, more know how and the desire to paint my way to the top!
I have sold several paintings and enjoyed the look of satisfaction on my clients' faces.
Thanks for helping me get there.
Happy painting,
Austin, Texas


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!
I completely used everything that I learned from the Artistry Retreat and could never have done this without having been shown all of the basics (and much, much more) from Karen.
Grey Darrah


Photographer Painting Ever Since She Left Artistry Retreat
Dear Karen,
I am writing to thank you for the amazing Artistry Retreat this past week.
It is always difficult for professionals to take time out and learn something that they have been wanting to learn for a while, so I appreciate that it was time well spent.
In the past 4 years I have only taken 2 classes on Painter and after the first class I was unable to remember everything that I had been taught.
I am so excited to share with you that you not only taught me the most important techniques that I could incorporate into my photography, but you also did it with patience and professionalism.
The way you teach is fantastic.
You made sure we understood everything before we went on to something else and you shared your many talents with us.
It was a blessing to be a student in your classroom.
I have been painting ever since I left the Retreat and I have been commissioned by two families to do portraits.
I am forever grateful for your teachings and your talents that you shared with us.
Kim Lemaire


Artistry Retreat Educational and Motivating
After attending your Artistry Retreat,
I just had to write and tell you what a wonderful experience it was.
Meeting and being taught by you was so educational and motivating.
I have been home a week and have already started implementing many theories I learned.
I have taken other classes in painting that were taught by people well known in the world of professional photography and although I did gain knowledge from every class I have taken, I feel your method of teaching and deep understanding of the nuts and bolts of the program mixed with your true artistic talent gave me more than I have gotten from any other class.
There is much to be gained by spending 3 days in a class with you for invested photographers and artists of all levels.
Last but in no way least, I am so excited to have been there to see you and your work represented for the first time in a New York gallery.
Congratulations, Karen Sperling!
Thanks so much...and watch me grow!
Marsha Cairo, photographer and artist, Chicago

Karen Sperling Marvelous and Patient Teacher
Dear Karen,
It was a pleasure for me to meet you and be a participant in your Corel Painter workshop. I thank you for allowing me to attend and for the foundation that I have acquired in Painter. You were a marvelous and patient teacher who I thought presented a complex program in a way that made getting started that much easier.
As I alluded to in the beginning, I have had Painter for awhile, but have not really ever gotten into it in a meaningful way.
Now, I think, I can move on and actually put it to use. When I get there, hopefully soon, I will forward you one of my 'masterpieces'.
I wish you the best of wishes for a successful showing at your gallery show in April. From what you showed, I think, you have some unusual and creative pieces that should show well. If you have the time and remember, let me know how it all turns out.
Again, thank you for getting me started in Painter. Your Painter class was well worth the time and effort in all respects, as you have an incredible knowledge of a complex program that you present in a very understandable way.
Gary McLaughlin


Karen Sperling is an Amazing Teacher
I attended an Artistry Retreat taught by Karen Sperling and she is an amazing teacher. Her class was organized, relaxed and thorough. I went from a total novice to being able to create wonderful paintings from my photographs.
However, when my granddaughters were to be flower girls at my son's wedding, I knew I had to go to the Master to get stunning results. Karen Sperling has surpassed all expectations! She sorted through all of the wedding photos and chose two. We discussed (via email) which to use and the basic look I was hoping for. The result is a treasured portrait that will make me smile for the rest of my life.
i have a picture of the portrait on my cell phone and share it with everybody I see! I highly recommend Karen's work--you will not be disappointed. In addition to being a very talented painter, she is also a very nice lady.
Carolyn Johnson


Artistry Retreat: Thoughtful and Challenging
Thank you for a thoughtful and challenging workshop.
As a non-artist in the sense I don't draw or paint, but as a photographer and lover of art, I have longed to be able to make a stab at doing painting with photography as the background and inspiration.
I feel at last I am "getting it," thanks to your patience, encouragement, and step-by-step approach.
Indeed, I have taken a painting class from another instructor, but this time the approach was, I think, more simplified to get me jump-started.
Your concept of starting the first day's session to be the most difficult, and later on in the afternoon, when the mind is brain dead, to do something fun and easy was really helpful when my blood sugar ran low.
For example, your Karen's Fireworks idea was fun to play with.
And each day the lessons were progressively easier and also we continued to review the way to accomplish our tasks in Painter so it would become more and more familiar.
The concept of light and dark may be second nature to a painter or illustrator, but for me it made it a great guide for beginning the process.
And it was so much fun making "image hoses" and custom brushes.
Of course, nothing will progress without practice, but I have the tools now so no excuses.
Your notes and book will help keep me on track!
Beverly Hanson


Enjoyed Artistry Retreat
Because Karen wrote the early manuals for Corel Painter, she is an expert in this program.
I enjoyed the Artistry Retreat immensely. Karen's comprehensive class covered many of the fundamentals of art in addition to the skills needed for digital painting using Corel Painter.
I look forward to more of her patiently taught lessons in the future.
Candy Groat


Karen Sperling: Articulate, Creative, Knowledgable and Patient
Karen Sperling is an expert who shares her knowledge in a fresh and creative fashion.
Not only does Karen know the technical aspects of Corel Painter, but she also teaches creative concepts as well.
I have taken her class at WPPI and also a one-on-one class; she is articulate, creative, knowledgable and patient!
I highly recommend Karen as a teacher if you want to master this multi-faceted program and give your work a creative edge!
Felicia Tausig
WPPI Member
Former President, Santa Clarita Valley Photographers Association (SCVPA)
Creative Photography, Photos by Felicia

Artistry Retreat Takes Photography Business to Next Level
Karen's Artistry Retreat has helped me take my photography business to the next level.
Karen's workshop was interesting, fun and easy to keep up the pace.
I can now offer fine art painterly portraits as a deluxe product, and my customers love it!
Robin Swanson
Treasurer, Professional Photographers of California
Robin Swanson photography

Artistry Retreat Excellent Value
Karen's Artistry Retreat was an excellent value for learning art as well as Corel Painter.
You might ask - who is the class for?
For the beginner, Karen provides an essential foundation for art including understanding essential design concepts, identifying effective focal points, and choosing effective pictures for painting. She guides you step-by-step through the foundation of painting in Corel Painter.
For the intermediate to advanced digital artist, Karen continues to add to our depth of learning by challenging our vision, our understanding of color harmony and our awareness of good contrast. She also teaches advanced Corel Painter concepts such as digital watercolor painting and image nozzle brush creation. I thought I was at least at an intermediate level when I took her class, but I learned many new concepts of effective design and composition, which have inspired me to new levels.
Karen's book, Painting for Photographers, is an excellent resource to use in conjunction with this course as her lessons bring further depth and understanding to the book she has written. I found it useful to bring my book with me as she demonstrated concepts in class that I could review and reference along with her in class materials.
Karen's class opened my vision to what can be and how to make an impact with my art. I am excited about where my art journey will take me...
Dr. Cynde Herman

Video Review

Karen Sperling Vibrant Instructor
Karen Sperling is one of the most vibrant instructors I have had in Painter.
She approaches teaching from a fine arts background which translates into paintings of beautifully balanced color and detail.
In Karen's workshop, I was able to layer her clear and artistic instruction with my background knowledge of photography to produce a very pleasing and salable picture.
I can't wait to take another course from her.
Shirley Miers
Ocala, Florida

Artistry Retreat: Best Place to Learn Corel Painter
The best place for photographers to learn how an artist would approach using Painter is the 3-day Artistry Painting for Photographers Retreat.
Karen Sperling, with care and discipline, guided us 'artists-in-training' through the migration from digital photography to digital painting, to creating delicate and powerful artwork using Painter.
The experience goes beyond words of praise.
It's a gift.
I learned to think artistically before I acted artistically.
And the results showed up on my digital canvas...exactly what I wanted to learn how to create.
The Artistry Painter Retreat is truly a foundation experience for photographers interested in learning Painter.
Gregory R. Ballerino

MARS PPA Affiliate Reviews

Karen Sperling taught at MARS, the PPA affiliate school in Cape May, NJ. Here are some reviews of her MARS Painter class.

Karen Sperling Wonderful Instructor
I attended Karen's class at the PPA affiliate schools (MARS) in Cape May, NJ this year.
Karen is a wonderful instructor.
She knows her work, and conveys her instructions in a manner that is structured but not overwhelming.
My very first "painting" that I created to show at a bridal show received rave reviews from potential brides.
In fact - I told the subjects of that print that I had a surprise for them when they picked up their previews from their wedding.
When they walked in the studio, their first response was WOW - that's cool - WOW that's us!!
They bought a framed 16x20 on the spot!!
I think that Karen Sperling would be a fine addition to the list of PPA instructors, and I would highly recommend her talents.
Theresa Terilli
PPA Certified

Karen Sperling Excellent Artist; Outstanding Communicator
To whom it may concern;
I am writing this letter on behalf of Karen Sperling who was the instructor for the Painter workshop at the recent MARS workshop in Cape May, New Jersey.
I am a photographer of over 30 years who, two years ago switched to a digital workflow with the intention of producing archival giclees of my library of photographs.
At that time I had no computer savvy and knew nothing of Photoshop, Painter, software rips, color management, Raw files or any other aspects of a digital workflow.
I embarked on an extensive 18 month series of studies at various centers around the country.
In my opinion Karen Sperling exhibits the wonderful trait of being more than an excellent artist, but is an outstanding communicator as well. She is both patient and informative to whatever depth required by the individuals in her class. She can see the individual needs and attend to them while keeping the group moving at a pace that is exciting to everyone.
In my opinion, another of her best qualities is an engaging personality and a great sense of humor that is liberally applied through the workshop.
I would highly recommend Karen to any group or individual that is considering taking advantage of her multi faceted talents.
Sincerely yours,
Bruce Keyes

Karen Sperling Well-Organized
I took Karen's class at MARS.
She was very easy to listen to for a week, was well organized, humorous and kept us on track (not an easy thing to do).
I felt everything she reviewed that week was helpful in learning Painter.
Barbara Glaeser
Certified Professional Photographer

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