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

Dive into the techniques and aesthetics of digital collage using combinations of imagery sources, from photos to 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 work with Photoshop's painting and layering tools, as Sue teaches new techniques and technical shortcuts. 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 printed and critiqued daily. 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 on the Macintosh platform and should have some Photoshop experience. This class is held in one of our digital classrooms, Macintosh computers will be provided.


"Intense, informative, creative, and rewarding!"
- Charles Klieman, Newport Beach, CA


Susan Bloom

Sue Bloom Photo By: Sara Bruce

Susan Ruddick Bloom is known for her fine art photography. She uses alternative photographic processes and digital manipulation. Sue has been involved in making art on the computer for over twenty-nine years. She holds a BFA and a MFA from the Maryland Institute College of Art. She is Professor and former Chair of the Department of Art and Art History at McDaniel College, in Westminster, Maryland.

In addition to her college and workshop teaching and exhibitions Sue leads photo tours throughout the world.

Sue's book, Digital Collage and Painting, by Focal Press, was released in 2006, and 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 college’s with a digital fine art curriculum. A second, revised version of that book, was released in October 2010. Sue’s is also the author of  Digital Painting in Photoshop ( 2009).

She is part of a four person show that traveled throughout the US for over two years. The show was all infrared photography and contained over 100 images.

Sue writes articles for leading photography magazines including Shutterbug and After Capture. She is a regular contributor to Australia’s Better Photoshop Techniques. She conducts live webinars. Her work may be viewed at www.suebloom.com.





© Susan Bloom

Course Dates

Jul 9 to Jul 15



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