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karen sperling’s

artistry academy of

painting for photographers

Don't You Wish You Could Turn Your Photos into
Paintings in Adobe Photoshop or Corel Painter?


If you've wanted to turn your photos into paintings, you have come to the right place!

Whether you have thought you might like to paint based on your photos, but have never taken the steps to do so…

Or you have tried to paint, either on your own, or with the help of instructors, but have found yourself getting stuck…

Either way, you know that if you could turn your photos into paintings, you would find it rewarding and challenging and perhaps even lucrative.

Painting by Karen Sperling in Corel Painter based on a royalty free photo.


Instead of Wishing You Could Turn Your Photos Into Paintings, Start Painting! Join 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. Karen Sperling’s Painter and Photoshop brushes, free with your membership, help simplify and enhance the painting process. And you trade inspiration with fellow Artistry Academy members in a private VIP online forum.

Click here to see more examples of Karen Sperling’s paintings based on photos.

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


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.



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

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


Examples of what you will learn as a member of Karen Sperling’s artistry Academy of

Painting for Photographers

Painting in the Style of Rembrandt

The style of Dutch Golden Age painter, Rembrandt, is much-revered by both photographers and artists alike. And now Karen Sperling covers both the art fundamentals and color theories behind this beloved artist's style in this series of video lessons in addition to how to emulate it in either Corel Painter or Adobe Photoshop or both . The time-honored approach of learning to paint in the style of the great master artists is a way to understand art theories and techniques, not to copy them, but to use them as a springboard for your own art. All of the video lessons in the class and all custom brushes that Karen Sperling created for this class for both Corel Painter and Adobe Photoshop are included in your Artistry Academy of Painting for Photographers membership. Please note: This class is for artists, photographers and hobbyists who are interested in learning how to turn photos into paintings in Corel Painter or Adobe Photoshop, or both. This class is not for teachers. What you'll learn: ✔ The art lessons and color theories that go into painting in the style of Rembrandt, including a look at many of his paintings. ✔ How to set up a photo in Corel Painter and Adobe Photoshop to turn it into a painting. ✔ How to use Photoshop's Mixer Brush Tool and Painter's Tracing Paper and cloner and non-cloner brushes. ✔ How to paint faces, hair, clothing and backgrounds.


Every month, Karen holds a webinar where attendees not only paint along with Karen as she covers art lessons and Corel Painter and Adobe Photoshop steps, but also receive feedback on their submitted artwork. Members are welcome to attend live or to view the recording afterwards. All the past and future webinar recordings are available to you when you join the Artistry Academy of Painting for Photographers.

The Eyes Have It! Paint Along and Feedback Webinars: Paintings of eyes by Karen Sperling based on photos by Richie Schwartz, Dogpatch Pet Portraits, Scott Stulberg, Kathy Beach and Karah Sambuco.

Flora, Feathers and Fur: Oh My! Paint Along and Feedback Webinars

  • 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!

enjoys video style

I’ve enrolled in the Artistry Academy of Painting for Photographers based on the fact that I really enjoy your teaching style in videos I’ve purchased or seen on You tube. You keep it simple but informative. I’ve always felt very encouraged by you and always am impressed at the personal touch with your email responses. I look forward to committing more time to painting by enrolling as well as playing and experimenting more with painting and art concepts.

- Monty Wiseman

benefited greatly

As a relatively recent user of Corel Painter I’ve benefited greatly from working through several of Karen Sperling’s quick fix videos and her online class on turning floral photos into impressionist style paintings. When she announced the creation of her Artistry Academy of Painting for Photographers I knew I couldn’t pass up this opportunity to learn even more with personal instruction and one-on-one feedback.

- Terry Mills

Karen Sperling is the Best Corel Painter Instructor in the World

I use Photoshop, Lightroom and Corel Painter as a combination in many of my images.Karen Sperling is the best Corel Painter instructor in the world and she made me a master in the Painter software.

- C. Willie Winslow II

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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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