Digital Painting with Photoshop or PaintTool SAI - Part 2 | Grade 9-12

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What You Will Learn

Learn how to digitally paint using Photoshop or PaintToolSAI. Expand your toolkit with beginner and advanced techniques to help step up your game. Students will learn how to navigate digital painting software even if they’ve had no prior experience. Advanced techniques will be introduced as classes progress.

Keywords: digital art, digital painting, photoshop, 2D Art, Beginner, Advanced



Design For 

Grade 9 - Grade 12



Course Overview

6 - 10



hours per class

Eastern Time


4:00 - 6:00 p.m. EST 

Pacific Time


1:00 - 3:00 p.m. PST

6 - 12 classes / meet once a week
Part 1:
1/7/2021, 1/14/2021, 1/21/2021,
1/28/2021, 2/4/2021, 2/11/2021
Part 2:
2/18/2021, 2/25/2021, 3/4/2021,
3/11/2021, 3/18/2021, 3/25/2021


This course page is for Part 2 (the latter 6 lessons) registration.

If you are interested in Part 1 (the first 6 lessons), please click here

We highly recommend taking both Part 1 and Part 2 courses for the best learning outcome!




Unit 1. Going Over All the Tools As a Precursor Before Actually Knowing How to Paint
Unit 2. Learning How to Use Adjustments (Photoshop - Originally a Photo-Editing Software)
Unit 3. Drawing in Black and White
Unit 4. Knowing What Layer Styles to Use When Blocking in Lights and Shadows
Unit 5. Where, How, and When to Add Details
Unit 6. Drawing from Life (without Online Reference)
Unit 7. How to Select Colors and “Alter Reality”
Unit 8. Adding Details and Your Own Flair/Style to your Digital Artwork
Unit 9. Come Up with a Project of Your Choice! (Fun Activity)
Unit 10. Continuing to Expand upon and Apply What You’ve Learned Thus Far
Unit 11. Finishing Your Final Project
Unit 12. Present All Your Work from the Semester

Course Projects


*Prepare your own materials



  • Digital Drawing Tablet *students without access to the tablet can draw with a mouse

Art Materials:

  • Sketch Pencils set

  • Charcoal

  • Sketch Pad


Billy Lu

RISD, BFA in Illustration | Concept Artist, Illustrator

Raised in the Bay Area, Billy is a freelance concept artist who graduated from Rhode Island School of Design with a BFA in Illustration class of 2018. He also has experience teaching animation, digital art, and traditional art to young adults and high school students. Starting from university Billy focused largely on digital art and has had experience working in the entertainment industry. This includes being involved in the artistic direction for multiple video games and movies through mobile, AR, and PC platforms. His passion comes from fantasy character and environment designs inspired by the natural world.

Billy's Artworks