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Digital Tools for Art Making

Imaginative painting

Imaginative painting
Green Conjurer by Christine Mitzuk

With Christine Mitzuk

If you'd like to learn more about the convenience and possibilities of digital tools like Photoshop, then this workshop is for you. Christine will teach you some of the essential digital skills she uses for her digital and traditional art making. Learn about different color modes for making art for print or on screen, “frankensteining” your reference, using a pencil drawing as a base for a digital painting, altering your sketch digitally to explore composition and value design, and drawing and painting digitally. We will not be using any AI/ML image generation tools. You will also be given suggestions to continue to practice on your own. About a week before the workshop, registrants will receive access to the workshop files.

The majority of our projects will be done using Photoshop. To avoid getting locked into a year-long Photoshop subscription, I recommend using the 7-day free trial of Photoshop for this workshop. We'll also look at alternatives to Photoshop that cost less.

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

Requirements: You must:

  • be familiar with navigating and using your device
  • have your own laptop that can handle Photoshop (a touchscreen laptop or external pressure-sensitive tablet with pen like a Wacom Intuos is strongly recommended)
  • download the supplied files in Photoshop before the workshop
  • be able to connect to the internet using The Atelier's Wi-Fi

Strongly recommended: If using Photoshop on a laptop, 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 has been using Photoshop since the mid 90s, first as a student at the U of MN, then through her graphic design career, and painting digitally for over a decade. She continues to use it as a professional artist and illustrator as part of her traditional painting process and for digital paintings.

Length: 3 days
Tuition: $300
Limit: 10 students


Date Time Instructor
Fri., 1:00pm–4:00pm, Sat. & Sun., 9:00am–4:00pm Christine Mitzuk