Advanced Digital Art: Photoshop for Illustrators and Designers

This course is designed for students who are interested in further developing their digital art skills with Adobe Photoshop. Although Photoshop was developed for photo editing, in this course we will be focusing on illustration and graphic arts, not photography. If you like to draw and want to learn more about digital painting, sketching, and creating digital illustrations from start to finish, this class is for you. In addition to exploring Photoshop from an illustrator’s perspective, we will also spend time learning about and preparing digital student portfolios.

Photoshop is a powerful application, but the illustrator tools can be hard to navigate. We will discuss and use various brushes, color palettes and design tools. Each week, students will need to complete some sort of artwork based on a tool and/or subject that has been introduced. Topics include, but are not limited to, character design, book covers, spot illustrations, vignettes, hue, saturation, storytelling, creating for Instagram or Etsy, and concept art.

We will also spend time discussing and creating online portfolios for both traditional and digital work. The first four weeks of class will be devoted to exploring the student’s art style with an emphasis on cohesive design. The second four weeks of class will be devoted to creating and cultivating portfolio-worthy art pieces, and the last four weeks will focus on creating a free online portfolio website using Google Sites.

For high school credit equivalency, this course includes 60 hours in instruction and workload, allowing parents to assign a half-year of high school credit.

  • Offered this year in Spring '22 Only!


  • Prerequisites: Intro to Digital Art or permission from the instructor. Students who have previous Photoshop or Photopea experience should contact the instructor for permission.
    Instructor: Liz Greaser, M.L.I.S. 
    Age Level: 14 years and older
    Grade Level: 9 - 12
    Minimum Enrollment: 6
    Maximum Enrollment: 12
    Tuition per Semester: $250

    Class Meets: Tuesdays, 10:00  - 11:30 AM Pacific 
    PLEASE NOTE: This is a 12-week course. Class begins January 18
    Click Here to see the 2021-22 Class Schedule

Fall enrollment is closed. Students may be able to enroll with the instructor’s permission. Please contact Spring registration opens Oct 18th.

Fall 2020 Registration for this Course Opens on February 27.

“REGISTER” buttons for 2018-2019 will become active on 7 February 2018.

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Liz Greaser, M.L.I.S.

Liz Greaser has been teaching homeschool art classes for the last few years and recently received her Florida teacher’s certification in art education. She holds a master’s degree in library and information science and an AMS-accredited Montessori credential. She has worked as a librarian, adjunct professor, homeschool parent, and Montessori teacher. She spent five years making computer science more accessible for children through the use of Lego robotics and the programming language, Scratch. She has a passion for creative activities and you will often find her drawing, writing, knitting or following her children’s latest interests. She and her husband enjoy discovering new things, making stuff and helping their children to craft their own learning adventure. She and her family live in north Florida, where they are still two hours from the beach.


A graphics tablet and a subscription to Adobe Photography (for Photoshop) are required.

Since this class is for illustrators and graphic designers, a graphics tablet is essential. Students may use any graphics tablet they prefer, as long as it is compatible with the desktop version of Adobe Photoshop. A connected tablet, such as the Wacom Intuos, 7.9 x 6.3” ($80) is the bare minimum for size, though serious students will probably appreciate a larger work area, such as the medium Intuos, 10.4 x 7.8” ($199). If you own a newer ipad and a mac computer, you can use the ipad as a tablet using the Sidecar application in the OS. We will be using the desktop version of Photoshop, not the app. Please email the instructor if you have any questions regarding the tablet requirement.

An Adobe Photoshop subscription is also required.

Students can subscribe to Adobe’s Photography (not Photoshop only) plan for $10/month, but you will have to sign up for, and pay for, the entire year ($120). Adobe has a strict policy regarding their subscriptions, and you will not be able to cancel after three months without paying a premium. A 3-month subscription to just Adobe Photoshop (with no discount or annual commitment) is $93.