This online course helps you explore the wonderful variety of animal and birdlife. This course is based on Liz's successful in person watercolour workshop, and explores the painting of subjects from pets to farm animals, from British wildlife to more exotic creatures. We will spend time looking at eyes, tone and texture to create convincing animal portraits brimming with life and energy. Aimed at both those with little experience of painting animals, to the intermediate with more, this course will help you capture your muse in a new way. Some understanding of how watercolour works is helpful, so if you have never painted with watercolour, Liz suggests you take a beginners course first.

What's included in the price?

17 videos take you through a warm up of techniques, exercises to help you understand shapes and tone, a detailed look at eyes, strategies for painting features and a final full length project.

What you will need

For this course you will need: Sheets of watercolour paper – at least 140lb Not/Cold pressed surface. Please use good quality paper, as it will repay you thrice over. Watercolour paint - a good basic selection of a warm and cool primaries (yellow, red, blue), plus Burnt Sienna or Burnt Umber. I prefer and use tube colour, but if you have pans, that is not a problem. I encourage you to swap colours around, so if you do not have the colours I am using that is no problem and will make the painting more individual A large round brush 16 and a medium round size 8/10, a rigger size 2, a small flat brush is good for lifting colour and correcting mistakes Salt, cling film/Sarin wrap if required scrap paper for planning, old paintings to use the backs of.... Hairdryer (to aid drying) Two pots of water Pencil and eraser Water spray bottle, kitchen towel print outs of reference material supplied Enthusiasm and the desire to learn!




Liz Chaderton Artist

with Craft Courses since 2019

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Liz lives and works in a small village in Berkshire. She has been showing her work through exhibitions and galleries since 2009. A selection of her paintings are published by Artko, Artwall and Wraptious. Her first book, 'Painting watercolours on canvas' was published by the Crowood Press in June 2019 and her fifth is due to be published in late 2023. She writes for The Leisure Painter and other art magazines and teaches extensively on YouTube. She aims to help you see the animals and flora we so often overlook and by so doing to nurture a more caring attitude to the environment.

Suitable for

  • Adults
  • Seniors
  • Teenagers
  • Wheelchair users
  • Limited mobility
  • School holiday workshops & activities
  • Suitable for beginners
  • Intermediate level
  • Engagement, birthdays & anniversaries
  • Hen dos
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Regretfully under 18s cannot be accommodated. I do not hold a DRB and therefore a parent or guardian would need to be present at all times by law. Many of my students are teachers or parents of teenagers and come to escape! The way I teach is very student led and I have found this does not suit those in education as it is very different from the classroom style. In my experience it changes the dynamic of the day and therefore I only teach adults on my workshops.

Unfortunately while Knowl Hill is level access, it is not wheel chair accessible. There are uneven paths and steps on the property due to its age. There is a single step between the studio and the toilet. The toilet is not adapted. If you have any access issues or need extra support, please discuss before booking and Liz will do whatever she can to accommodate you.

These will be sent out with course information, once you have confirmed. But if you want to look at the venue in Knowl Hill, please go to their website www.micklemsfarm.com. There is lots of parking. If the weather is nice we should be able to paint outside too. If numbers fall below five, I may move the course to my conservatory, which can accommodate four painters easily. I will give you as much notice as possible.

The course starts at 10.00, but please try and arrive 15-20 minutes before hand. We should be finished by 4.00/4.30. Timings are flexible to accommodate the speed at which people work.

Tea and coffee are available all day. If you need a special milk, please bring your own. Please bring your own lunch.

All materials are provided so that everyone has the right things to work with and get the most out of the course. While you are welcome to bring your favourite supplies if you want, no reduction can be offered.

If people are beginning, then they don’t want to have to buy everything before they know if they are going to enjoy it. If more experienced, all art materials are not created equal. Should someone bring lower quality materials, they may struggle to achieve the results they are after. If someone forgets things, there are no art shops nearby to buy stock. It is safer and less frustrating to have everything supplied.

Your enthusiasm! All art materials will be supplied unless otherwise stated. Wear old clothes and bring an apron if you like. You might be asked to bring an image you want to work from, depending on your course. If you have favourite brushes or colours, of course feel free to bring them.

Everything – paper, brushes, paint, water…. Tea, coffee, biscuits. Bring yourself and a willingness to have a go.

It’s normal to be nervous, but as everyone is in the same boat, the nerves will disappear in a flash. If you come on your own, you immediately have something in common with everyone else so it is easy to relax. Your tutor will do everything possible to make sure you have a great time and learn a lot. You might be exhausted at the end of the day, but no longer nervous!

The groups are kept small so that you get lots of attention. All materials are supplied, so that you can work with artist quality supplies. Your tutor is a professional working artist, with experience in teaching everyone from beginners through to professionals. The workshops are held in a beautiful location, so there is peace and quiet to concentrate on yourself. They are relaxed and fun, tailored to your needs and experience.

This course is taught online