Beginners Animal Portrait



Animal Portrait for Beginners Learn the art of capturing the unique likeness and character of an animal you love at this fantastic beginner’s workshop with the exceptionally talented artist Sarah Watson. The workshop is held in the fabulous Barn with inspiring views of the beautiful countryside and vineyard. You will spend three and half hours relaxing whilst learning a new skill. Sarah will guide you through step by step showing you how to apply soft pastels and expressively identifying marks to capture his or her unique character, by the end of the session; you will have ideally completed your piece of art work! All materials, tools and refreshments are included but you will need to bring a good A4 photo of your animal, further details below. Outline of your time with us: Welcome refreshments and introduction You will start sketching your image in pencil After a short practice with the pastels, you will start on your picture Enjoy a short break with light refreshments & snack Pinpoint key identifying marks and features to capture your animal's uniqueness By the end of your session, you will have completed your art work. Photo selection – Select a good, well detailed, evenly lit colour photograph or magazine cutting no smaller than A5 size, ideally A4 of your favourite animal. Recommended a printout rather than an original photo. About Sarah Watson BA (Hons): Sarah Watson graduated from De Montfort University in 1994 with a First Class Degree in Combined Arts & Humanities, studying Fine Art, History of Art and Media Studies. She continued to paint large scale commissioned abstract paintings and portraits, during a 15 year career in the music industry. In 2009 she returned to her Rutland and Lincolnshire roots to concentrate on her painting which focuses mostly on semi-abstract landscapes in pastels, oils and acrylics, drawing inspiration from the glorious countryside around her. A more commercial leg to her artistic portfolio is Wonky Dogs, her ‘expressive animal portraits for the stylish animal lover.’ Sarah has exhibited her work widely, with solo shows in the Lake District and at the Guildhall Arts Centre in Grantham in 2015. To ensure the quality of your personal experience, group size will be limited to 8.

What's included in the price?

All materials, tools and refreshments are included but you will need to bring a good A4 photo of what you would like to draw, further details below.


4 hours

Cancellation policy

Easy - Cancellation and a full refund can be obtained up to 2 weeks before the course starts


Suitable for

  • Adults
  • Seniors
  • Teenagers
  • Wheelchair users
  • Limited mobility
  • Romantic
  • Corporate days out & team building
  • Public transport
  • Pet lovers
  • Stag dos
  • Parking provided
  • Engagement, birthdays & anniversaries
  • Suitable for all abilities
  • Suitable for beginners
  • Weekends
  • Hen dos
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No prior knowledge is required, this course is designed for beginners.


Rural Antics at Hanwell Wine Estate, Melton Road, Hickling Pastures, , Melton Mowbray, Nottinghamshire, LE14 3QG