Learn to Paint Animals

Ref: C3533557

This course will enable you to create convincing animals portraits in a range of painting media. Gain thrilling new skills to capture a likeness in colour.

Course aim

This course will enable students to gain painting skills in order to develop convincing animal portraits, using a range of painting media.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • This course is for beginners and improvers

By the end of the course I should be able to:

  • Develop skills of measuring proportion for animal portraiture.
  • Demonstrate colour mixing skills to communicate light and shadow for animal skin and fur.
  • Show skills with chalk pastels, watercolour and acrylic for animal portraiture

How will I be taught?

What kind of feedback can I expect?

What else do I need to know?

Please bring some pencils (HB, 2B,) eraser, and chalk pastels which will include white plus fixative which can be hairspray. Please also bring a small set of watercolours and acrylic paint, plus soft and bristle brushes. You will be using A3 size heavy cartridge drawing paper, coloured pastel paper.

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

What can I do next?

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Learn to Paint Animals

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This course is not available for online enrolment.


As a registered charity, and to meet our funders’ requirements, we need to check a few things with you before you enrol. Please check the details below to ensure you meet the basic eligibility critiera:

  • You are paying the standard fee (with a credit or debit card) or you are on any of the qualifying benefits
  • You have a valid email address so that you can receive confirmation of your booking
  • You have been resident in the UK, EU or EEA for the last 3 years
  • You are aged 19 years or older on 1st September 2021
  • You declare that the address you provide is correct and that you will provide evidence of this and your eligibility to live and work in the UK
  • You have read and accept our standard terms and conditions

Not sure or have further questions? Contact courseenquiries@wea.org.uk

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