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

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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 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

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.