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karen sperling’s

artistry academy of painting for photographers

Learn to turn photos into paintings in Corel Painter and Adobe Photoshop from the author of the original Painter manuals, Karen Sperling.

Video lessons show you art and color theories and software steps, then you apply what you’ve learned in hands-on paint along and feedback webinars. And you trade inspiration with fellow Artistry Academy members in a private VIP online forum.

Painting by Karen Sperling in Corel Painter based on a photo by Christy Peterson


Examples of Paintings

based on photographs

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Your Membership in

karen sperling’s

artistry academy of painting for photographers includes:

Step-by-Step Videos to Turn Photos into Paintings in
Corel Painter

Monthly Zoom Paint Along Webinar

Private Member Forum

How to Paint Still Lifes and Flowers

Ongoing Personal Help From and Access to Karen Sperling by E-Mail, Videos and Webinars

Step-by-Step Videos to Turn Photos into Paintings in Adobe Photoshop

Monthly Zoom Feedback Webinar

Master Artist Video Lessons, including Rembrandt

Instruction for Developing Your Own Painting Style for Turning Photos into Paintings

Coming Soon: Landscape and Seascape Painting, including Trees, Skies, Mountains, Boats and Water

Art lessons, Art History, Color Theory, Use of Tone and Composition

Painter and Photoshop Custom Brushes

Portrait Painting: How to Paint Faces, Eyes, Lips, Hair, Clothes and Backgrounds

Karen Sperling's Software Tips, Techniques and Secrets for Getting the Most out of Photoshop and Painter

Coming Soon: How to Paint Pets, Horses and Wildlife


karen sperling’s artistry academy of painting for photographers is named after her books!

The Painting for Photographers book series has art lessons and step-by-step instructions for turning photos into paintings in Corel Painter. The first volume also includes steps for painting based on photos in Adobe Photoshop. The first volume also includes

information for painting with traditional oils and acrylics on printed canvas.

The Artistry Academy of Painting for Photographers takes your painting to the next level with the addition of Zoom webinars and personal feedback.

  • What will I learn in the Artistry Academy of Painting for Photographers?
    How to turn photos into paintings in Corel Painter and/or Adobe Photoshop by studying traditional art and color theories and by learning step-by-step how to paint in the styles of celebrated artists through the centuries, including Rembrandt, Sargent, Monet and many others. By studying the great masters, you will learn the ingredients of the art that you love as a springboard to painting in your own style, not the teacher’s.
  • I want to learn to paint, but I don’t have time.
    I think we all have time if we just make it a point to do something. Even if you devote a 1/2 hour to painting per week, you will see results over time. Of course if you spend more than 1/2 hour a week you’ll see results sooner, but slow and steady wins the race.
  • I don’t have any painting talent. Is that OK?
    Talent is an overrated word, in my opinion, and one that I don’t like to use. It’s too limiting. People think they either have talent or they don’t. However, I believe talent can be cultivated with classes and also with simply observing and analyzing art through the centuries. And practice. Painting is a skill that you can learn by studying art theories, learning techniques and by practicing, and you’ll get all three in the Academy of Painting for Photographers.
  • I get frustrated following tutorials because I can’t ask questions.
    That’s one of the most exciting parts of the Academy of Painting for Photographers. I offer individual feedback and answer questions for all who enroll. If you have a simple question, I can just answer it in email. If it's something I think everyone can benefit from, I create a video or webinar to go over it.
  • I would like to learn everything I can from you so that I can teach it to others. Is that OK?
    No, I’m afraid it isn’t OK. My classes and information are only for those who would like to use what I teach to paint their own paintings based on photos. All of my materials and information are copyright protected and not to be passed along to others.
  • I don’t relish the thought of sitting alone in front of the computer painting. I get more out of interacting with other people.
    That’s another exciting aspect of the Academy of Painting for Photographers. It’s a virtual school, where you can be in touch with others like you as you all learn to paint, see each others’ progress together as a group and cheer each other on in both webinars and online private forums. Members have the opportunity to rub elbows with like-minded photographer/artists/hobbyists, enhancing and grounding the learning-to-paint experience way beyond where it can go just sitting alone at your computer and going through tutorials in isolation.
  • I don’t have Corel Painter, just Photoshop. Will the classes be useful to me?
    Yes. I’ve been painting with Photoshop for almost as long as I’ve been painting with Corel Painter and I have offered several kindles and videos covering painting in Photoshop over the years. Now, with the Artistry Academy of Painting for Photographers, I will add more step-by-step information for turning photos into paintings in Photoshop, while still offering Corel Painter instruction. In other words, in the Artistry Academy, you can learn to paint with either Painter or Photoshop, or both—it’s up to you!
  • Do I receive anything when I join?
    Yes. You will receive all the videos and custom brushes for the Artistry class for turning photos into paintings in the style of Rembrandt. The art and color theories provided in these videos have guided artists through the centuries and give you a foundation for turning any photo into a painting in either Photoshop or Painter. The videos also have step-by-step instructions for painting based on photos in Adobe Photoshop and Corel Painter. You will also receive videos on the basics of Corel Painter and Adobe Photoshop and also all the zoom webinars so far with feedback and answers to member questions and the paint along webinar for painting a flower in Corel Painter and Adobe Photoshop. You will also receive your own personal color wheel and all the images covered in the videos so that you can follow along. And you will also be able to view the 2+ hour recording of the first Zoom webinar where members were given feedback on their own photos and whether they will be good candidates to turn into paintings and how to tell. You’ll also be invited to submit your photos for a future overview webinar. You will also receive new videos as I create them and new webinars as I hold them. You will also be invited to a members-only VIP private forum on Facebook. And you will receive all the custom brushes for Painter and Photoshop that have been created so far for the Artistry Academy.
  • Do you have a formal schedule of classes you’re offering?
    You go through the video lessons at your own pace. There is a Zoom paint along once a month and a Zoom feedback webinar once a month.
  • I took a class with a teacher and though he was really talented, I felt we only learned to paint like him, but I’d like to find my own style. Is that possible?
    Yes! That is my main teaching philosophy—that you learn to paint like you, not like me. That’s the reason for learning art and color theories. We go over how to find your own style by choosing among all the different possibilities. Along those lines, we also talk about the ingredients of different art eras, like Impressionism, and art history, and artists, so that you aren’t locked into one look, but free to explore and incorporate ideas passed down through the ages.

The Reviews Are In, And They're Raves!


I joined Karen Sperling’s Artistry Academy in late August 2023.

Her new Rembrandt class was my first painting video lesson.

Learning art theory and color theory helped with the new video lessons that were sent to me on YouTube to watch by email.

Karen explains how to paint the next step and also how to set up in Corel Painter and Photoshop.

She sends you her brushes with each lesson and demonstrates how to use them on that class video. The videos are clear and the brushes are easy to paint with in Photoshop or Corel Painter.

Questions I needed answering I just simply sent off an email, and Karen promptly replied back to me.

I’m very interested in learning how to paint portraits, landscapes, flowers, pets and more.

Since finishing the Rembrandt class I now have purchased the 2023 Corel Painter Software.

Karen’s webinars are fun, we all laugh together and Karen suggests what she would do with our paintings and how to correct them by demonstrating how to do it.

Having so much fun learning, and wanting to learn more from Karen,  I’m glad I took her 12-month subscription.

Thank you Karen!


Karen Sperling is An Einstein

You are exciting!
One more: you are an Einstein! 
Asleep and awake at all times.
Smartest, and an Einstein. 
Compliment given, and deserved!

Highly Recommended

I found Karen Sperling’s class on “How to Paint in the Style of Rembrandt,” and decided to purchase the class.
It was an absolute pleasure.
She beautifully explained how Rembrandt painted and intermingled art theory and history in her YouTube videos, which were just the perfect length.

Everything was so well-organized and so easy to access. I feel it was a perfect class for the beginner as well as intermediate person in Corel Painter.
I highly recommend this class for anyone with a love of Rembrandt and his style of painting.
Diana Carey


Yes! I’d Like to enroll in

karen Sperling’s

Artistry Academy of

Painting for Photographers!

Monthly Subscription $29.99

Yearly Subscription $299.90 (12 months for the price of 10)


Please note: After you enroll, you will receive access to videos and webinars within 24 hours of payment, during regular business hours, U.S. Pacific time, Monday through Friday.

You will have access to the videos as long as you are a member.
You may cancel your membership at any time, but memberships aren’t pro-rated. That is, if you subscribe monthly,
if you cancel, your subscription will run till the end of the month and if you subscribe for a year, it will run till the end of the year.

There are no refunds.

If you decide to come back, you will be offered membership at the going rate, not at this current low rate.


Thank you for enrolling in 

karen sperling’s

Artistry Academy of

Painting for Photographers!

Client-submitted source photos.

Painting by Karen Sperling

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