At a Glance

Who: Professional photographers, hobbyists and artists. Not teachers. The Artistry Retreat webinar 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 in the Artistry Retreat webinar.

What: Live, webinar-style workshop for learning the art lessons and Corel Painter steps for turning photos of people, pets and landscapes into paintings taught by Elite Corel Painter Master Karen Sperling, based on the
in-person Artistry Retreat. This webinar is compatible with Painter versions 12 and later, including the brand-new Corel Painter 2022!

Where: Your computer. The Artistry Retreat webinar will be live and will be recorded in progress. Attendees will have access to both the live class, where you can ask questions, and the recording, to review the information in the class. The recording will only be available to those who sign up before the webinar starts. After then, the Artistry Retreat webinar will go away and the recording will only be available to those who enrolled in advance.

When: Tuesday-Friday, September 11-14, 2018, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Pacific time (4 hours each day for the equivalent of 2 full 8-hour days so that the live webinar is convenient for all U.S. time zones. International attendees are welcome, as well).

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. You will follow along with the instructions step-by-step and you will be able to ask questions through the webinar chat window.


Artistry Retreat Webinar Description

Wouldn’t it be nice if you could attend the Artistry Retreat without leaving home?

Well now you can!

For the first time ever, Elite Corel Painter Master Karen Sperling is offering a live, webinar-style Artistry Retreat online!

Like the in-person Artistry Retreat, the webinar will cover the art lessons and Corel Painter steps for turning photos of people, pets and landscapes into paintings in Corel Painter. You will see step-by-step workflow from start to finish, in addition to studying the art theories and Corel Painter tools used in the process. You will have the source photos and written instructions so that you may follow along in real time during the live webinar. And, as in the in-person Artistry Retreat, webinar attendees will have the chance to ask questions that come up as you apply the steps yourself.

The Artistry Retreat webinar won’t be exactly the same as attending in person. You won’t be rubbing elbows with the teacher and fellow class members and you won’t be learning the traditional acrylics and oil-painting techniques on the canvas after the artwork is printed.

But, as with the in-person class, you will get an intensive jumpstart on turning photos into paintings in Corel Painter that you will be able to use as the basis for all your ongoing learning.

Professional photographers who have attended the in-person Artistry Retreats report being able to paint client paintings as soon as they get back to their studios! It isn’t possible to guarantee you will be able to sell paintings right away as everyone is different, but you will have the tools to do so and will have the potential to paint right away. Certainly with practice and continued study, you will continue to improve.

Artistry Retreat webinar attendees will have the bonus advantage over in-person class members of being able to listen to a recording of the webinar! And the Artistry Retreat webinar is more affordable because you pay no travel expenses.

All in all, the Artistry Retreat webinar is the next best thing to being there!

In the Artistry Retreat webinar, you’ll learn techniques for painting in a traditional, classic style...

Classic-style portrait painting by Karen Sperling based on a photo by Linda Gregory.

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

Painterly painting by Karen Sperling.

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.

More examples of Karen Sperling’s Corel Painter Paintings

Artistry Retreat Reviews

The in-person Artistry Retreat gets rave reviews like these:

Meanwhile, students who attended a recent Artistry Retreat Webinar gave it rave reviews like these:

Painting by Bob Harper Photography, LLC

Karen Sperling is a Great Teacher!

This painting is due to you.
Your recent Artistry Retreat webinar “clicked” for me, and I feel that I am finally able to use Painter creatively.
You are a great teacher!
Thank you for offering that webinar. I know you debated about using the online venue for sharing your talents, but I for one found it very, very helpful. I have viewed several of the videos again to refresh my mind as I practiced.
It is fair to say that your approach and instructional abilities simplified the process for me and allowed me to have my “aha moment” with Painter.
I am deeply appreciative of what you did for me.
Bob Harper

Please click here to read more reviews.

Get a Taste of the Artistry Retreat Webinar

Please click here for a recording of the So-So to So Cool Artistry Webinar, a free one-hour live webinar Karen Sperling taught recently.
Thank you to the student who just enrolled in the Artistry Retreat webinar after watching the So-So to So Cool Artistry Webinar recording! Here's what he said when he enrolled:
The recorded webinar is excellent, Karen. I only caught part of it during the actual recording. I just signed up for the 4-day webinar in May.
Thanks for doing that.
The webinar approach will reach tons more folks, I believe, and generate lots more excitement for the great education and information you provide.
I am very grateful for the opportunity to learn from you in this way.
Bob Harper Photography, LLC
Legacy Portraits and Exquisite Restorations
“The Virginia Peninsula’s Premier Portrait Studio!"
Professional Photographers of America
Virginia Professional Photographers Association

Artistry Retreat Webinar Enrollment Information



Your tuition includes:
• 2 days of instruction
• Art lessons
• Corel Painter steps
• Written notes
• Source photographs covered in the class
• Ability to listen to the recorded sessions
• Ability to ask questions during the webinar
• Ability to ask questions in a special VIP Members-only private online forum

Click here to write to Karen Sperling or call her at 818-941-9739 with questions.

Fine print: Space is limited for the webinar and there’s a strong possibility that it will sell out. Due to the small class size, there are no refunds.

Yes! I’d Like to Enroll in the Artistry Retreat Webinar!

Tuesday-Friday, September 11-14, 2018
10 a.m. - 2 p.m., U.S. Pacific Time

Regular Tuition

Please note: Access to the Artistry Retreat Webinar is not automatic. A person sends it to you. You will receive the Artistry Retreat Webinar access instructions within 24 hours of your order during regular business hours, Monday through Friday U.S. Pacific time.

Thank you for enrolling in the Artistry Retreat Webinar!

Instructor: Elite Corel Painter Master Karen Sperling

Teaching the Artistry Retreat Webinar 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.

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.

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 Sperling’s Artistry is a Certified Corel Training Partner.

The Artistry Retreat webinar is sponsored by Wacom and the Cintiq.

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