Looking for creative inspiration?
Painting Photos explores various “recipes” for applying painterly effects to your photographs. Painting Photos responds to the hands-off process of digital photography with hands-on recipes. While our digital hand selects, masks, and guides the pen or mouse, the painting photos process enhances tactile qualities and leaves your handprint. In painting photos, you’ll shape, sculpt, and transform images into artistic works.
- Why Paint?
- Art and Photo History
- Color Theory
- Artistic Borders
- Creating Border Templates
- Pseudo Polaroid Transfers
- Artists Papers
- Inkjet Papers
- Blending Modes
- Test Prints
HOW THE ONLINE CLASS WORKS
Painterly Photos includes four lessons in pdf format rich with information and insights, along with video tutorials. Each lesson is followed by a relevant and challenging assignment corresponding to the lesson. Students are encouraged to submit three digital files (jpegs or PSDs (with layers) per assignment and a summary sheet (word docx) detailing the strategy involved. Cheryl Machat Dorskind will provide video critiques addressing the work and provide video instruction illustrating how to enrich the methods and/or provide alternative methods to create a painterly photo that matches the student’s vision and strategy.
The critiques will be rendered as private Vimeo videos (a total of four videos which each average 15 minutes per assignment – that is over 60 minutes of personalized photo critiques!) in the platform of choice (Adobe Lightroom, Adobe Photoshop or Adobe Photoshop Elements).
View a sample tutorial
This class can be approached in several manners. One can work strictly digital (Adobe Photoshop and or Adobe Photoshop Elements) using the digital brush or experiment with artist materials as well. There is a wealth of information on artists papers, inkjet papers, and opportunities to apply color (oils, pastels, and watercolors) onto fine art prints. If you work strictly digital, you will explore the artists materials as filters, textures, blending modes, and fill layers.
An understanding of layers in either Adobe Photoshop or Adobe Photoshop Elements and a willingness to experiment. There are many step-by-step lessons that will steer you through the assignments. Please feel free to contact me if you want to try the class but are concerned about your level of digital imaging proficiency (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Students accomplish new photo editing skills and learn a new way of seeing and interpreting their vision. Many students win awards with images created in my class, as well as find new ways to present their photography and create works of art.