2017

DIGITAL ART ACADEMY
Empowerment through Learning, Growth and Creativity
Enthusiasm and the You Can Do it Foundation!
Innovation and Adaptability
Support, Appreciation, and Humility
Openness and Transparency
Partnership and Ownership


  

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DAA Class-Painter Club 2016 Part 2

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ABOUT US
What We Stand For At Digital Art Academy

Empowerment through Learning,
Growth and Creativity
Enthusiasm and the You Can Do it Foundation!
Innovation and Adaptability
Support, Appreciation, and Humility
Openness and Transparency
Partnership and Ownership

2017

DIGITAL ART ACADEMY
Schedule of Events
  1. DAA Moving Day
    DEC 01
    DAA Moving Day
    Today is moving day for all students at DAA!
  2. Last Day To Access Old Site
    DEC 15
    Last Day To Access Old Site
    Students! This is the last day to access the old DAA site!
  3. Winter Open Studio
    NOV 24
    Winter Open Studio
    Winter Open Studio Starts Today! Enroll today!
  4. Painter Club 2017 Part 1
    JAN 02
    Painter Club 2017 Part 1
    Painter Club 2017 Part 1 starts today! Don't miss the fun!
DAA PAINTER CLASSES
Please Follow Link to Enroll or Find Out More About Our Classes!
PAINTER CLUB 2016
PART 1
PAINTER CLUB 2016
PART 2
 
PAINTER CLUB 2017
PART 1
ENROLL
ENROLL
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INTRODUCTION TO PAINTER 2017
Painter 2017 Courses
WHAT'S NEW
IN PAINTER 2017

Painter Master Class
​Skip Allen
INTRODUCTION TO 
PAINTER 2017


Painter Master Class
Skip Allen
ENROLL
COMING SOON
OPEN STUDIO
Painter 2017 Courses
IMPASTO SECRETS
CONTEMPORARY JAPANESE
INK PAINTING
$10.00 Off Coupon Class!
PASTEL SUNSETS
$10.00 Off Coupon Class!
ENROLL
ENROLL
ENROLL
WINTER OPEN STUDIO
ENROLL
PORTRAITS
PAINTER 2017 COURSES
BLENDERS TO BRUSHES
​COMPLETE
ENROLL
STUDENT TESTIMONIALS
  1. DAA Student
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    Kari Nanstad
    I have been taking classes with the "Digital Art Academy," for many years. I am pleased to say that I have been so impressed with Karen Bonaker, Skip Allen, and other instructors over the years. I never want to stop taking their classes!
  2. DAA Student
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    Gilberto de Martino
    I decided to look online for courses and ways to learn how to draw and paint digitally. DAA was my first choice to start this new journey.
  3. DAA Student
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    Terry Sayers
    I am now retired and have been a student at the Digital Art Academy for about two years. My art work has improved exponentially during my time at DAA to the point where I have had a couple of pieces displayed in the campus gallery at my art college.
  4. DAA Student
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    Raquel Bigby
    I love all the classes I have taken over the years its been so much fun!
  5. DAA Student
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    Renee Hill
    Help is always there. I've learned to use Painter 2016 and working on 2017 with Skips classes. I love the DAA and their classes. I love the help videos that they share also. Everything you need is right there for you to grab. Thank you to all that work so hard to help us learn.
  6. DAA Student
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    Debbie Kolesar
    I love computers and wanted to paint with them but where it start? DAA is where! Here you learn how to use Corel Painter and how to use it well. The creativity of the instructors and students is inspirational. I love being a student in this wonderful online school.
  7. DAA Student
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    Colleen Taylor
    DAA has always been my "Go To" place when I've wanted to learn new Painter techniques and seek technical advice. I've always been able to count on support of the talented & creative abilities of Karen & Skip. www.ColleenTaylorArtist.com.
  8. DAA Student
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    Mary Davidson Timman
    I can't begin to tell you how much I have learned and still learning from you and your web site. Thanks for all you do Karen!
  9. DAA Student
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    Judy Lynch Filarecki
    My little chickadee is a combination of techniques I learned from Karen Bonaker at DAA using P2016. The Instructors take me out of my comfort zone, so I can explore new ways to express my creativity.
STUDENT GALLERY

  1. Barbara Peonio
    Barbara Peonio
    Pet Portraits
  2. Karen Burns
    Karen Burns
    Blenders to Brushes- Flowers
  3. Becky Hermanson
    Becky Hermanson
    From Japanese Brush Painting
  4. Raquel Bigby
    Raquel Bigby
    From DAA Course-Pet Portraits
  5. Sandy Oman
    Sandy Oman
    Blenders to Brushes-Flowers
  6. Terry Sayers
    Terry Sayers
    What's New In Painter 2017
  7. Peggy Kahan
    Peggy Kahan
    White Horse- Painter Club 2016-Part 2
  8. Debbie Kolesar
    Debbie Kolesar
    DAA Student
  9. Judy Lynch Filarecki
    Judy Lynch Filarecki
    My little chickadee is a combination of techniques I learned from Karen Bonaker at DAA using P2016 while the background resulted from techniques I learned from Skip Allen's class using the new exciting tools in P2017. I love DAA and regularly take inexpensive classes which are challenging, informative and fun to do. They take me out of my comfort zone, so I can explore new ways to express my creativity.
  10. Renee Hill
    Renee Hill
    Impasto Secrets Course
  11. Cary Cox
    Cary Cox
    DAA Student
  12. LOIS BRYAN
    LOIS BRYAN
    The classes I've taken have been exciting and challenging and have given me many ideas on new directions to take and new ways to experiment in Corel. Karen Bonaker 's thoughtful critiques have been insightful and encouraging. Can't wait to take more of her fabulous classes. The image I'm including was created using her Blenders to Brushes tutorial. http://lois-bryan.artistwebsites.com/ ... Lois Bryan — with Lois Bryan Photography and Digital Art.
  13. MARIA EDWARDS
    MARIA EDWARDS
    DAA Student
  14. ROB HARTMAN
    ROB HARTMAN
    DAA Student
  15. RAY MARTIN
    RAY MARTIN
    Blenders to Brushes-Birds
  16. JUDY MISQUITTA
    JUDY MISQUITTA
    DAA Student
  17. Painter Master Elite, Karen Bonaker
    Painter Master Elite, Karen Bonaker
    Impasto Secrets Class at Digital Art Academy
  18. Barbara Peonio
    Barbara Peonio
    Painter Club 2016 Part 2
  19. Audrey Recchia
    Audrey Recchia
    Painter Club 2016
  20. Sheila Lile
    Sheila Lile
    Painter Club 2016 Part 2
  21. Debbie Kolesar
    Debbie Kolesar
    Painter Club 2016 Part 2
  22. Bill Johnson
    Bill Johnson
    Painter Club 2016 Part 2
  23. Margaret Scott
    Margaret Scott
    Pet Portraits
  24. Audrey Recchia
    Audrey Recchia
    Painter Club 2016 Part 2
  25. Terry Sayers
    Terry Sayers
    Painter Club 2016 Part 2
  26. Peggy Kahan
    Peggy Kahan
    What's New In Painter 2017
  27. Hal Work
    Hal Work
    What's New In Painter 2017
  28. Doug Schafer
    Doug Schafer
    What's New In Painter 2017
  29. Brigitte Harper
    Brigitte Harper
    What's New In Painter 2017
  30. Heather Adams
    Heather Adams
    What's New In Painter 2017
  31. Kimber Wallwork-Heineman
    Kimber Wallwork-Heineman
    Description

Karen Bonaker

From the time I was very young I enjoyed painting on whatever I could get my hands on and that included the walls of my house! My mother was wonderful as she herself was an artist and supplied a wall in my room where I was free to express myself. 

I received formal training at my local college concentrating on color and design. I discovered the software program "Painter" almost 20 years ago and have since then enjoyed creating images using a Wacom tablet and stylus. The same principles can be applied to painting digitally as in traditional media painting. The technique of “painting with digital light” enables me to have command of skills that are both traditional and state-of-the-art.

My feeling is that everyone has the ability to draw and paint, we just need to learn how to develop our own gifts, and Digital Art Academy is the venue to achieve that goal. I am a veteran of online training and an instructor at Digital Art Academy .

I look forward to helping you explore the world of digital painting; it has been a wonderful journey for me!

Credits:
Corel Elite Painter Master
Corel Painter Beta Team
Corel Painter Advisory Council
Founder Digital Art Academy

Skip Allen

Skip received his Bachelor of Fine Arts in Crafts with an Emphasis in Pottery from the Memphis College of Art. He was a studio potter for almost three decades and taught at Millsaps College in Jackson, Mississippi for 21 years. An Award-winning artist, he is published in Ceramics Monthly and The Crafts Reports, and has been included in articles from House Beautiful, Mississippi Magazine and Studio Potter.

So, what is his connection with digital art? Skip got his first computer in 1984 and began developing skills in graphics and desktop publishing. He started using CorelDRAW in the late eighties, but didn’t discover Corel Painter X until 2008. Since that discovery Skip has immersed himself in digital art. Passionate about Corel Painter, he is a beta tester and member of the Corel Painter Advisory Council. In 2011 he was named a Corel Painter Master.

“I love to teach”, Skip remarks,“ I find that it is a wonderful sharing experience.” Skip is looking forward to sharing his knowledge of Painter with those anxious to learn about the program and the digital creative process.

Besides teaching, Skip enjoys making custom brushes for Painter. While he has made Impasto and Liquid Ink brushes, his favorites are Watercolor. His brushes are available for free at his blog Skip Allen Paints. Articles written by Skip can be found at Digital Paint Magazine.

Credits:
Corel Elite Painter Master
Corel Painter Beta Team
Corel Painter Advisory Council

Debbie Kolesar

No site would be successful without the people that help to make it so! Debbie is no exception. Her hard work supporting not only the instructors but the students is always helpful and professional. 

Debbie is there to help you with site questions, but to also help you to be a successful student at DAA. 

Debbie says: I am a Research Scientist by training, an amateur photographer and wanted to expand my hobbies into digital painting. It made sense to me as I love computers, getting my first one in 1987 and learning database programming in DBase 3+.  I have also designed and managed a few websites.

When I was asked if I wanted to help out at DAA I jumped at the chance. I can bring some of my techie skills into play while being an integral part of this wonderful school.