Animals in watercolour

Our final project - a wonky donkey


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 at Liz Chaderton Artist

This course is taught online

Suitable for

  • Adults
  • Engagement, birthdays & anniversaries
  • Hen dos
  • Intermediate level
  • Limited mobility
  • School holiday workshops & activities
  • Seniors
  • Suitable for beginners
  • Teenagers
  • Wheelchair users


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linda tiernan - - #32824

Really love the way Liz teaches, she is great at getting the concepts and ideas across. The course is very well set out and makes great sense in putting together an animal portrait. I have since purchased further courses from Liz and look forward to learning more from her. I don't know what to say except i am a beginner yet have found the confidence in my skills to take part in all the lessons. thanks Liz

Response from Liz Chaderton Artist:

Thank you Linda. That is so good to hear. I’m delighted the course has given you confidence and skills. That’s just what I hold for! Lizx

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