Dive into the techniques and aesthetics of digital collage using combined imagery and painting.

Sep 15, 2021 - Oct 13, 2021

Levels: Intermediate, Advanced,
Workshop Fee: $795
Class Size: 8 (Max)

NOTE: This Course will be held in an Online Format using the Zoom Platform.
Class meets Wednesdays (5 sessions), 10:30am-12:00pm, 3:30-5:00pm ET

Dive into the techniques and aesthetics of digital collage using combinations of imagery sources, from photos to textures and scans. Participants explore Photoshop’s capabilities for image layering. The class also learns techniques for creating digital versions of traditional painting mediums: watercolor, pastel, oil, charcoal, etc.

Students delve into the technical aspects and aesthetic concerns of the new digital media as grounds for creative, imaginative work. Alternative printing mediums and materials are also explored. Students will work with Photoshop’s painting, layering, masking, and blending tools. Sue teaches new techniques and technical shortcuts as well as artistic and esthetic concerns with with content, mood, and nuisance. Advanced scanning methods are covered along with file size and resolution.

The atmosphere is one of experimentation and discovery with high creative energy. Work is critiqued at each session. You do not need to be an artist – just willing and eager to push your work in new creative directions.

Students should be comfortable working within Photoshop.



“Intense, informative, creative, and rewarding!”
– Charles Klieman, Newport Beach, CA

Daily Schedule

Day 1:

10:30-12:00 EST
-Student work presentation

3:30-5:00 pm EST
-Digital Collage Keynote
-First Assignment and some basic tools (Selection tools, layers, layer masks)

Date 2:

10:30-12:00 EST
-Let’s Begin: Powerpoint
-Intentional approach – think it through
-How to use blending modes to integrate/combine images

3:30-5:00 pm EST
-Scanning know-how, Size, Resolution
-Data Rot

Day 3:

10:30-12:00 EST
-Resources for imagery
-Group Critique of first assignment
-2nd Collage assignment

3:30-5:00 pm EST-
Individual appointments

Day 4:

10:30-12:00 EST
-Composition Keynote
-Tutorials on Photo restoration, lighten, darken, Clone, liquify, edge effects

3:30-5:00 pm EST
-Unique way to dodge & burn
-Intro to Digital Painting
-Art History Brush, History Brush, Pattern Stamp Brush

Day 5:

10:30-12:00 EST
-Class Critique of 2nd Collage assignment
-Making your own brush

3:30-5:00 pm EST
-Digital Painting technique demo
-Digital painting assignment
-Class Critique/Closing Thoughts; Materials & Supply ideas/sources

Plus one afternoon of private critiques.

All Image Credit © Susan Bloom


Past student work (left to right): Cindy Beams, Jim Auerbach, Evelyn Bell


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Instructor: Susan Bloom

Susan Ruddick Bloom is known for her fine art photography. She uses alternative photographic processes, digital manipulation and multi-media approaches. Sue is considered a pioneer in digital fine art photography and has been involved in making art on the computer since 1984. She holds a BFA and a MFA from the Maryland Institute College of Art. She was Professor and Chair of the Department of Art and Art History at McDaniel College, in Westminster, Maryland. She is now retired and is Professor Emerita. Sue’s book, Digital Collage and Painting, by Focal Press, has been translated into Chinese and Russian. This 608 page book is seen as the Bible for digital collage and painting manipulation and is used as a text in colleges with a digital fine art curriculum. It has gone into a revised and updated second edition. Sue is also the author of  Digital Painting in Photoshop.