Contemporary Pet Portraits in Oils or Acrylics



We all love our pets. How wonderful would it be to immortalise them in paint in a contemporary, lively and dynamic way?

Course suits: Those with experience of oil or acrylic paints with an interest in learning or improving on technique.

Objectives: To gain the skill and perspective to produce a pet portrait with confidence in a new and individual way.

Level: Some experience with paints - advanced beginner onwards.

We will start the day with some sketching, using photographic references. This will involve advice, demonstrations and sharing of skills to enable the student to map out the form of the head and figure of an animal. Students are welcome to bring a good photo of their own pet if they prefer.
We will then go on to build a portrait using oil paint, with advice on how the student can develop their own style to create a contemporary painting.
By the end of the day you should have the confidence to go away and build on what you have achieved during this day.

Cancellation and a full refund can be obtained up to 2 weeks before the course starts. Start dates may be amended on request.

What's included in the price?

All refreshments and lunch with wine included.


Sue Ecclestone at Lilac Cottage Studio


Lilac Cottage
Garden House Lane
Rickinghall, Diss
IP22 1EA

Suitable for

  • Adults
  • Corporate days out & team building
  • Engagement, birthdays & anniversaries
  • Hearing impaired
  • Hen dos
  • Intermediate level
  • Limited mobility
  • Parking provided
  • Pet lovers
  • Seniors
  • Stag dos
  • Wheelchair users


6½ hours (10:00am to 4:30pm)

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