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Beginning Photoshop as an Art Tool

Imaginative painting
Water Elemental by Christine Mitzuk

Traditional meets digital in this mini course. We will focus on teaching essential skills to use Photoshop as a digital tool that you can use in creating both digital, and traditional art. It can be used in conjunction with your knowledge of drawing and other art fundamentals to work out ideas and create art in many different ways.

The classes will be a combination of presentation, demonstration, and work time. Topics will include working in different color modes for print or on screen, “Frankensteining” your reference, drawing and painting digitally, using a pencil drawing as a base for a digital painting, and more. You will also be given suggestions to continue to practice on your own. About a week before the class, access will be given to registrants to get the files for class.

Some technical assistance will be available. The class does not include any software or hardware.

Requirements: You must:

  • be familiar with navigating and using your device
  • download and open the supplied files in Photoshop before the workshop
  • have your own laptop or other device that can handle Photoshop (if using a laptop, a pressure sensitive pen tablet is recommended)
  • have a subscription to Photoshop, or must own a previous version of Photoshop (Subscriptions can be as low as $9.99/month)
  • be able to connect to the internet using The Atelier's Wi-Fi

Strongly recommended: If using Photoshop on a laptop or similar device, a Wacom drawing tablet or similar is strongly recommended. Christine uses a Wacom Intuos (small size, price starts around $70.00). Some local resources include: Best Buy, Micro Center, Device Pitstop.

Christine Mitzuk has been using Photoshop since the mid 90s, first as a student at the U of MN, then through her graphic design career. She continues to use it as a professional artist and illustrator as part of her traditional painting process and for digital paintings.

Summer session: 6 weeks, $300

Session Start Dates

Summer 2023

Day Starting Time Instructor
Wed. 7:00pm–9:30pm Christine Mitzuk