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Painting animals in watercolour


About the Course

The wonderful variety of animal and birdlife means that you will never be short of inspiration.

Liz runs a number of different days exploring the joys of painting animals with watercolour. You can either cover many animals in one day, or concentrate on farm animals, iconic hare, or pet portraits. The choice is yours.

We will spend time looking at eyes, form and texture to create convincing animal portraits brimming with life and energy.

The course will be held in a rural location near Twyford in Berkshire, to provide you with an inspiring and relaxing environment. All materials are provided, along with refreshments. No experience is needed to fully enjoy the day. If you alreay love painting in watercolours you will be provided with plenty of stimulation! Liz will let everyone go at their own pace to get the most out of the day.

Please check specific dates to see which animal we will be concentrating on. Of course what you learn can be applied across all species, so don't worry.

Our venue is Micklems Farm in Knowl Hill. During lockdown Micklems refurbished the studio putting in new flooring to facilitate cleaning, new desks to help with social distancing and a camera system to enable demonstrations at a greater distance. Lunch is no longer included to prevent cross contamination. During good weather there is wonderful outside space to be enjoyed. Cleanliness and hand washing is actively encouraged. If you are not feeling well or are self isolating, please do not attend. In turn, the tutor promises not to teach if not well or isolating. If I am unable to teach I will of course refund you in full.

If you will be redeeming a CraftCourses gift voucher on this course, the voucher code must be provided at the point of booking.

What's included in the price?

All artist quality materials and refreshments are included.


Liz Chaderton at Liz Chaderton Artist
Micklems Farm House
Knowl Hill Common, Knowl Hill
RG10 9YD
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Suitable for

  • Adults
  • Corporate days out & team building
  • Engagement, birthdays & anniversaries
  • Hearing impaired
  • Intermediate level
  • Limited mobility
  • Parking provided
  • Public transport
  • Seniors
  • Suitable for beginners

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In-person course
- - #27679

I have now attended 5 of Liz Chaderton's courses.
Liz is always so well prepared in the classroom.
A lot of prep' goes into these workshops: materials, time & thought of what we will paint. Fab lunch too.
Providing a comfortable & relaxed environment with everything we may need.
I am very happy with the final painting I produced & the other pieces we practiced in class went well too.
In fact, everyone produced something they should be pleased with due to the individual feedback & support given by Liz throughout the day.
I always find Liz very approachable & when I am stuck, Liz is more than happy to help.
So overall a fab day.

Response from Liz Chaderton Artist:

Hi Jane, that's a lovely review. Thank you. I am so pleased you enjoyed the day. You are always full of energy and add lots to the workshop with your enthusiasm and positive attitude! See you soon! How's your seahorse??

In-person course
- - #27673

Great teacher. Liz provides a well-structured and simple approach to watercolour. All materials are provided. Liz demonstrates different techniques to try and then allows the individual to try out all the techniques before creating a plan then final piece of artwork on whatever size paper the artists is comfortable with. ‘I am always delighted with the results no matter which art class I do with Liz. Highly recommended for any level of experience and for those artists who would like to loosen up their style.

Response from Liz Chaderton Artist:

Thank you so much Karen for the lovely comments. I am glad you enjoyed it. I loved your final hare - did you do any more to it at home? Will see you again soon!

In-person course
- - #27565

Liz is an excellent tutor who shows a great understanding of how to put the art of water colour over to her pupils. She manages the day well and makes the course fun as well as inspirational.
I was particularly interested in the section of the day when we learnt about how to take care when painting eyes.
I always enjoy watching Liz paint and, as a teacher myself, I appreciate how much preparation she does for the classes and how much encouragement she gives to everyone.
Can’t wait for the next one!

Response from Liz Chaderton Artist:

Thank you so much Carole for all your support. That means a lot to me and looking forward to seeing you again soon.

In-person course
- - #27270

As a convert from acrylic painting to watercolours, I learnt so many valuable tips and techniques form Liz, how to make use of the colours, tones and how to put them on your paper, very simple once you know how!! So thanks for that Liz, the demonstrations are easy to follow and understand and offer many 'light bulb' moments. Liz herself was a great mentor for the day, and thanks to her guidance, I've sold a couple of my own paintings recently. onwards and upwards! Highly recommend, whatever level you are at :)

Response from Liz Chaderton Artist:

Thank you for such a lovely review and congratulations about selling your paintings. I think it’s a huge compliment that someone wants to live with your work every day! Really pleased you enjoyed it and hope to see you again soon.

In-person course
- - #26581

I had a wonderful day with Liz. She is very enthusiastic and encouraging, sharing her love of painting with us. The day was extremely well organised, all materials were provided and the lunch was fabulous..a great choice for all.
Liz has a great sense of humour and generous with her time and sharing her techniques.
It was very liberating way to paint and now “eyes” have lit up on my animal paints, all thanks to Liz 😀
If you get a chance to be in one of Liz's workshops you won’t be disappointed!

Response from Liz Chaderton Artist:

Thank you so much Michèle! That’s a lovely review and I’m so glad you enjoyed the day.

In-person course
- - #26568

I thoroughly enjoyed my painting day with Liz, we covered many aspects of watercolour techniques that Liz has made her own and was very generous in sharing them with us.
The animal eyes and tonal values were particularly useful part of the workshop.

Response from Liz Chaderton Artist:

Thanks Chris! So glad you enjoyed it. That’s the first time I’ve used the tonal demonstration in a workshop, so I’m glad it was useful.

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