I teach Digital Art in a High School. I usually teach Photoshop and Illustrator. We know have Painter X and several wacom tablets.
I have no idea where to start with Painter. I just want to give the students a brief introduction to the program. They can take the upper level class if they want to do more. Some of the students have never taken an art class. But they will have already been introduced to Photoshop & Illustrator.
Any suggestions on books or (better yet) a tutorial that will intoduce the students to the program's basics. I can't spend more than a couple of weeks with the program.
Thanks SO much.
Painter is such a deep program, I'm not sure there is such a thing as a brief introduction to it. I have no idea how much of the program you would be able to cover in only a couple of weeks. I teach two Painter beginner classes online (each consists of 6 long lessons), I'm about to write a level 3 class, and I still haven't explored everything in the program. However, you can try reading one of Jeremy Sutton's Painter Creativity books. They are very well written and Jeremy covers most of the program basics. He has written a book for Painter IX, Painter X and Painter 11, but the Painter 11 book will not be published until September. It's on my wish list. :)
Painter IX Creativity
Painter X Creativity
Painter 11 Creativity
There are very few online Painter tutorials, and those that are available deal with doing specific things in the program.
Welcome to The PainterFactory!
A good resource for you is Painter X Essential Training with John Derry.
John was one of the original authors of Fractal Design Painter, first released in 1991. He's worked with Painter all this time and knows the program better than anyone. In addition, his teaching style is clear, easy to understand, relaxed, and pleasant.
The first few sections/videos are free so you can get an idea of how John teaches and as I understand it, the rest can be accessed via a very reasonably priced subscription or, if you prefer, by purchasing the DVD.
The number of minutes for each section/video is posted to the right of the section name and the entire DVD running time is 6 hours, 32 minutes.
I think this would be your best bet since it's not only reasonably priced, again, the videos are very easy to watch and learn from... and the time involved is minimal considering it will cover the basics and then some. John knows how to do this as he not only prepares these videos/DVDs for Corel Painter, he teaches onsite workshops and has, to make an understatement, loads of experience not to mention a love of Painter and expressive mark-making as he describes using Corel Painter's brushes.
John's latest, Painter 11 Essential Training has just been released and I'm probably going to take my own advice and subsribe. I've always enjoyed John's style of sharing his vast knowledge and don't want to miss this experience... not this time.
It's been ages since I took a Painter class... over a decade, with the exception of one class I sat in on recently as the instructor was brand new at teaching Painter and I wanted to be there to give him my support and encouragement. Turned out he did a terrific job and the students loved the class, but it was fun for me to be in the student position for a change.
Best wishes for a great time learning and teaching the basics of Corel Painter X. It's a wonderful program.
Thank you both so much. I am going to pick up the book for those who want to learn more and I am going to do the tutorials. What a find! Those seem like the way to go. Thanks again!
You're most welcome!
Please come back when you can and let us know how you liked the book and tutorials, and how your Corel Painter teaching experience went.
We've all been there so it's easy to understand you're feeling a bit pressured, but I'm sure you'll do just fine and the subject is fun which helps make it even nicer both for instructor and students.
As Jinny said, you've very welcome. I'm sure you'll find both the book and John's tutorials very helpful. I hope your students like Corel Painter. :)