Aimee Erickson - Digital Skills for Painters: Improving Your Painting Skills with the iPhone and Photoshop (Online); Tuesdays, June 15-July 13, 2021

Date: Tuesdays, June 15-July 13, 2021 (5-week course)
Time: 9:00-11:30AM Pacific Time/12:00-2:30 PM Eastern Time/5:00-7:30 PM London Time
Level: All
Medium: All

YOU NEED THIS CLASS! We all have digital tools—support your visual and artistic skills by putting them to use! Aimee will share the tools and techniques she uses in her own work, including photography techniques and photo-editing tools that can make your photographs head-slappingly more useful as reference for paintings. 

Lessons include: iPhone camera settings, filters, and editing tools; Photoshop basics including layers, selection tools, cutting, pasting, moving and resizing, cropping, and document resizing. PLUS: essential apps and techniques for photographing artwork so it looks professional online and in show submissions. 

materials/EQUIPMENT list
iPhone 6 or later 
iPhone apps (download from the app store): 

  • Genius Scan – PDF Scanner
  • Camera + Legacy OR Camera + 2

A laptop or desktop computer (Mac or windows)
Adobe Photoshop CS4 or by subscription, or use instead

requisite skills
Basic computer and iPhone skills

course schedule outline
Week 1   iPhone camera settings & editing tools
Week 2   Photoshop
Week 3   Photoshop 
Week 4   Photographing artwork
Week 5  Putting it all together

Student Testimonials:
“I can’t believe I’ve had an iPhone this long and just now learned this.”
“Wow. Suddenly my photograph already looks more like a painting!”
“Just the first session of this class was worth the price of admission.”

Aimee Erickson is a representational oil painter. Born in Paris (1967) and raised in Sunnyvale, California, she started oil painting at age eight. After earning a BFA in Visual Communication Design/Illustration, she developed a warm, inviting pictorial voice grounded in traditional realism, informed by the principles of design, and inspired by nature and human experience. She has also studied with a number of prominent painters. Her approach to painting tends to be very direct and experimental, without a set routine, and leans toward the abstract; she uses brushes mostly, palette knives frequently, and sometimes a bigger scraper or straightedge.
Aimee teaches painting, drawing, and color theory at venues nationwide and overseas. She has a particular interest in what enables or inhibits artistic progress. How do we learn to see what we cannot yet see? How does expectation influence our ability to perceive?

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About Our Online Classes:

  • This class is taught live via Zoom. To take this class, you need a microphone and camera enabled computer OR an iPad /smart tablet OR a smart phone (android or IOS) and a strong internet connection.
  • Interact with the instructor and other participants, watch live demos and receive feedback and instruction. You will have access to a class chat forum on our website where you can share work, comment and ask questions.
  • Class will be recorded and recordings expire 30 days after the final day of the course.
  • Participants will receive an email with the Zoom link and class details 5-7 days before the class starts (don’t forget to check your junk folder). Zoom link will also be posted in the class message board. Check your confirmation email for a message board link. Find out how to access the class group message board here.