Painting & Drawing Wildlife, 3 day course, 1 day spent at Wildlife park

Duration: 3 days

Price: £265

Run by: Tom Shepherd
at Tom Shepherd Art


Bearley Road
CV37 0JH

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About the Course

The focus of this course is on capturing that all-important feeling of life, with movement, intrigue and character. We will be spending the middle day drawing and painting animals from life at a local Cotswold Wildlife park.

Suitable for all abilities and skill levels
Suitable for all mediums

Drawing demonstrations with charcoal & pencil, and painting demonstrations in acrylics.

Participants can expect to leave with at least two finished paintings, with potential for many more. Students will develop a deeper understanding of how animals are put together, how they move, and how they can represent this with a feeling of movement and motion.

A course designed to be friendly but also productive, the days will be fairly intensive as there's lots to look at.

1st & 3rd day: Snitterfield Village Hall, Warwickshire. CV37 0JH
10am - 4pm studio days,

2nd day: Cotswold Wildlife Park. OX18 4JJ
10am - 6pm (or until people loose the will to continue:)

Max. 9 students

General Summary:
By looking at a few fundamentals we can learn how to tackle any animal or bird, however unusual their shape and colour, capturing that all-important feeling of 'life'.

This course will involve a mixture of structured exercises, demonstrations, with plenty of guided tuition for students. I will be encouraging you to get a big brush out to look at finding the balance between accuracy and letting loose!

You will look at some basic comparative anatomy across all animals & birds; very useful in understanding the basics of how animals are put together, as well as understanding how animals move, behave, sit, lie down etc... You will look at a painterly and impressionistic approach to representing fur and feathers as well as the essential fundamentals of shape, tone and colour.

You will be looking specifically at:
Breaking any animal, or parts of animals, into simple shapes
Creating form
Lines of motion and creating movement
How to draw and paint from life and what to look for
Giving an impression of fur, feathers...
Creating exciting texture on the above
...and of course eyes, feet & wet noses!!!

Day 1 - Laying the foundations. Various exercises studying comparative anatomy. How to capture gesture and movement, and what to look for when painting and drawing animals from life. In the last session of the day we will look at the initial construction of an accurate animal or bird. Finding the balance between this methodical start to a painting, while keeping things loose and painterly.

Day 2 - Drawing and painting from life at Cotswold Wildlife Park. Don't be intimidated...this will be great fun!! Rather than aiming for a finished painting we will be looking at filling a sketchbook with reference. Initially looking at drawing, leading into working with a brush (whether that be watercolour, ink, gouache, acrylic or oils). With a few demos illustrating how to tackle this with plenty of tips and tricks.

Day 3 - Back in the studio. We will be taking all of the reference and knowledge gathered from the previous couple of days and look at turning this into at least one painting if not a couple. There will be a demo looking at building a painting in a looser more free way than day 1 as well as how to give the impression of fur, feathers and features.

The Tutor:
The course will be led and tutored by myself. I am an experienced tutor of all abilities of artist and am always looking to get the best out of any student, with a focus on their individual needs and personal development.

Whatever your experience level you will find this a satisfying and ultimately informative and useful course.

“Tom's skills lie in encouraging and developing the potential in others. He shows patience, enthusiasm and a natural empathy with aspiring artists that make his workshops a real joy to attend, with excellent results." Paul Torr, Rugby Arts Society

Further details:
Full payment required on booking to secure place.

Wildlife Park postcode OX18 4JJ

Hall Postcode CV37 0JH

We can leave our gear at the hall for the duration.

Students to make their own way to Wildlife Park. Although I will be travelling from Alcester, outside Stratford-On-Avon, if it makes sense to hop in a car with myself then there will be 3 spaces available.

It may beneficial for students coming from similar areas to lift share.

For people coming from further afield there are plenty of fantastic accommodation options in and around Stratford-On-Avon.

If booking with a CraftCourses voucher for part or all of the course fee, please fill in the contact form above or telephone us. Your voucher code must be provided at the point of booking.

What's included in the price?

Price includes entry to Wildlife Park.
Please see description for transport etc

Tea, coffee, biscuits and cake provided on studio days.
Please bring own lunch, local shop has reasonable selection.

For the day at the Wildlife parks students will be responsible for all of the food and drink. There are plenty of options on site as well as brining own lunch.

There are no materials provided in the price. I can certainly provide a small selection of materials for those that may need. Alternatively I can provide a more extensive selection of materials for £15. Requirements to be discussed in advance.

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Course Start Dates

Tuesday 12th June 2018

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