Animals in Acrylics

Animals in Acrylics


Tutor: Tom Shepherd

Date Available: 

  • 19 - 20 August 2019

2 day course: 10am - 4pm

Not many things stir the travellers imagination more than images of animals and birds from far flung lands. Learn to paint these animals so they are full of life, movement and intrigue.

By looking at a few fundamentals we can learn how to tackle any animal or bird, however unusual their shape and colour and capture that all important feeling of 'life'. This course will involve a mixture of structured exercises, demonstrations and plenty of guided tuition for students encouraging you to get a big brush out and look at finding the balance between accuracy and letting loose. You will look at some basic comparative anatomy across all animals & birds - very useful in understanding the basics of how animals are put together as well as understanding how animals move, behave, sit, lie down etc... You will look at a painterly and impressionistic approach to representing fur and feathers as well as the essential fundamentals of shape, tone and colour.

You will be looking specifically at:

  • Breaking any animal, or individual parts of animals, into simple shapes

  • Creating form

  • Proportions

  • Lines of motion and creating movement

  • Giving an impression of fur, feathers

  • Creating exciting texture on the above

  • ...and of course eyes, feet & wet noses!!!

Participants can expect to leave with at least one finished painting, with potential for many more. Students will develop a deeper understanding of how animals are put together and how they move and how they can represent this with a feeling of movement and motion.

What to bring;

Acrylic paints in a range of colours.

Brushes in a range of sizes suitable for acrylic painting.

2 x canvas or similar painting surfaces in a size of your choice. 

Materials such as charcoal, pencils, paper sheets and tracing paper will be provided for some art exercises.

There will be a large selection of photographic references for you to choose from but participants are also encouraged to bring along their own preferred reference images. Images could include a selection of different animals and birds in lots of poses. For those who have are trying acrylics for the first time I will have paints, brushes and canvas paper to use - see below.

Material fee:

For those who are trying acrylics for the first time paints, brushes and canvas paper will be available for an additional £10. This fee is payable in cash to the tutor at the start of the course.

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