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Karen Bonaker

Welcome! I look forward to watching you grow as a digital artist, and I want you to know that as an instructor, I am committed to your artistic growth. You will find I am only an email away, and I strive to respond to all emails within twenty-four hours, I am available for any questions or problems you might encounter in class. You will never be stuck or unable to progress, and I think you will enjoy yourself. See you in class!

Questions? Comments? Email me!

About this course


Painter Club Self Study Course:

You can join anytime and jump in! You can work at your own pace and there is never any rush to finish a lesson. I am there for you to answer your questions. Your enrollment fee is a one time fee which includes six months of lessons.

Skill Level

This class is appropriate for the Intermediate Painter user.

Software Requirements

A working copy of Corel(r) Painterâ„¢ 2018 or greater is required. Remember that you can download a 30-day trial version of the software to use for this class.

A Wacom Pen Tablet & Stylus- Using a Mouse is not the optimal tool for digital painting.


January Lesson

Aboriginal Dot Painting

Students will learn the fundamentals of dot painting with Painter as a starting point for more advanced techniques. This lesson includes a PDF,  two custom brush categories, and video lessons. You will also enjoy a live webinar session.

February Lesson

Mixed Media Portrait Painting

Painter affords us the most amazing variety of brushes! Your lesson will introduce you to creating portraits in Painter using a variety of brushes. Watercolor and Pastels combined help to create harmonious compositions. I will demonstrate to you the steps to create mixed media portraits using several disciplines.

Your lesson will include a PDF,  a custom brush category, and video.  You will also enjoy a live webinar session, which is recorded for you.

March Lesson

Expressive Rose Paintings

Inspired by Artist David Jansen who is known for his unique rose painting techniques this lesson will teach you how to paint beautiful rose compositions. Your lesson will include a custom brush set created especially for painting roses in a loose and expressive approach.

April Lesson
Monet's Garden

Monet was known for his Impressionistic paintings.  Monet was a founder of French Impressionist painting, and the most consistent and prolific practitioner of the movement's philosophy of expressing one's perceptions before nature, especially as applied to plein-air landscape painting.

The emphasis will be on learning more about the new Thick Paint brushes in Painter 2018. You will receive a custom brush category, a PDF and lesson video. You will learn how to vary the color in your brush strokes to emulate the style of Monet.

May Lesson
Blue Delft Painting Techniques

This lesson will introduce you to a style of painting called Blue Delft. Delftware includes pottery objects of all descriptions such as plates, ornaments, and tiles. The most highly-regarded period of production is about 1640–1740. This lesson will show you how to paint traditional blue Delft tiles using Painter. Students may wish to have their tiles printed and this class will offer suggestions on where to print them. Your lesson will include many ideas to get you started including a PDF, and several templates to start with.

June Lesson

Still Life Painting

A still life is a work of art depicting mostly inanimate subject matter, typically commonplace objects which may be either natural (food, flowers, dead animals, plants, rocks, or shells) or man-made (drinking glasses, books, vases, jewelry, coins, pipes, and so on).
With origins in the Middle Ages and Ancient Greco-Roman art, still-life painting emerged as a distinct genre and professional specialization in Western painting by the late 16th century and has remained significant since then. A still-life form gives the artist more freedom in the arrangement of elements within a composition than do paintings of other types of subjects such as landscape or portraiture. 

This lesson will show you how to arrange a pleasing composition and paint a still life painting using Painter. Students will be encouraged to use brushes that they enjoy working with. Karen will be working with a combination of Thick Paint and Oil brush variants. 

What Will I Recieve for Joining This Course?

1. Each session, which begins on the first day of the month, receives custom brush categories that are yours forever.

2. Each session includes high-resolution images, textures, and other surprises that can be downloaded. You are free to use these resources personally or commercially.

3. Each month, you will enjoy a live webinar. Typically, this is set for the first Saturday of each month; however, if you can't attend, it will be recorded. This recording can be downloaded, or viewed online, at your convenience.

4. Digital Art Academy believes being able to communicate directly with your instructor is foundational to your growth; therefore, you will find exceptional, personalized interaction with your instructor each month.
You will enjoy a total of six special classes, which will keep you engaged each month while pushing your artistic skills higher.
You can find more information about payment methods on the FAQ page.