Course Description

This course is designed for the beginner or intermediate painter who would like to develop animal painting skills with acrylics. Course topics include a variety of techniques, such as, the basic shapes of animals, anatomy, skin and fur studies, eye studies, nose and mouth studies, background studies, as well as an exploration of animal movement. Students will explore individual expression while being guided through brushwork techniques, texture creation, compositional and conceptual decision-making, and colour choices. Studio work will also be supported by lectures and discussions about the representation of animals in painting around the world, from historic to contemporary practices, exploring different examples of content, techniques, and styles.

Upon the successful completion of this course, students will have gained:

  • Stronger observation skills and confidence reproducing animals in acrylic paint
  • An ability to paint animals with a variety of techniques
  • An understanding of tonal value, colour choices, brushwork techniques, texture creation, and compositional and conceptual decision-making
  • Skills to create a unique composition
  • A broader understanding and appreciation of animals in painting, both historical and in contemporary practices

Painting by Jennifer Wigmore

Applies Towards the Following Certificates

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