Introduction to Digital Painting

CE 194-02 : 

non-credit – in person

  • Dates: March 1 – 22
  • Times: 6 – 9 PM
  • Meetings: 4
  • Days: Wednesdays
  • Instructor: Sheri Hansen


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This introductory level course will ask the student to explore two questions: how to paint? and how to paint digitally in Photoshop? We will begin studying the simple effects of light on form to learn to think like an observational painter, while exploring the digital tools that Adobe Photoshop has to offer. For any artist that is interested in digital painting we will focus on building understanding in rendering 3-dimensional form, light and its effect on local color, mark-making and using brushes in the digital space, Photoshop adjustment layers and their ability to create various lighting scenarios for your paintings, and getting comfortable in using Photoshop as an art-making tool. NOTE: Prior beginning-level knowledge of Photoshop is necessary to take this course. 

This course must meet minimum enrollment by February 22 in order to run. Register today! 


  • Pen and Sketchbook to take notes: please do not plan on taking notes digitally on a personal laptop, phone, tablet, or in a separate program on the same screen you are painting on.
  • Current Adobe ID and password logon credential: this is required to use Photoshop. You can bring along credentials to your existing Adobe account, or you can make an account for free on the first day of class.
  • Access to a Gmail account with Google Drive. You will need to save your project in Google Drive. This will also allow you to connect with the Google Classroom where I will share files with you. IMPORTANT: *If your account is set to require 2 factor authentication when logging on in a new place such as at PCA&D please be sure to bring the linked phone that can complete that process with you on the first day. * The two factor authorization seems to get more tricky all the time, so also maybe bring the passwords to your recovery email account linked to your Gmail (if you set that up).
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