Pet Portraits with Personality (Oils or Acrylic)



Together we will work through a stage by stage process to create a Pet Portrait in oils or acrylics - using an ‘islands to oceans’ method of working. We are aiming to make the eyes come alive and give the animal and your painting lots of personality! I hope to inspire you with some new ideas and techniques to take away with you and apply to your own work. You will be working from your chosen image, either from an iPad or you can use a photograph at least 5” x 5”. The animal’s eyes must be clear and in focus. Crop your image so that it is square. The head of the animal should take up most of the frame. For good (free to use) reference images see The better the reference image – the better the painting! What to bring: A packed lunch A colour photograph of your animal or an image on an ipad / tablet A black and white print out of your square cropped image as large as you can make it on an A4 piece of paper A selection of brushes eg. ‘System 3 Brush wallet 402’ A selection of artist quality paints oils or acrylics eg. Daler Rowney starter set. Palette knife – eg. Winsor and Newton size 22 Paper Palette and a box to take your work home in For oils: A jar and some low odour thinners/ white spirit substitute for cleaning your brushes, some rags or plenty of tissues to wipe brushes clean. Optional extra items: ‘Liquin’ painting medium if working in oils A ‘Stay-wet’ palette if working in acrylics If you’re trying oils for the first time- starter boxes of oil paint and sets of brushes can be bought from Micklems Farm for use on the day at additional cost of £6.

What's included in the price?

Included on the day: 8” x 8” gessoboard and any other materials not specified for students to bring Expert tuition 1 to 1 guidance Detailed demonstrations A selection of tea, freshly brewed coffee, biscuits and delicious cakes. If you have any specific dietary requirements or allergies, please feel free to bring along your own provisions/milk alternatives etc. And of course you take your wonderful creations from the day. Terms - Fee is payable on booking. If, having booked, you can no longer attend, we are unable to offer a refund or transfer you to another workshop. However, you may nominate someone else to attend the workshop or class in your place by notifying us. We reserve the right to cancel a workshop up to 48 hours prior to the workshop date. We will only cancel due to insufficient places sold and you will be refunded the full amount paid. Level: Intermediate Number of students: 10


1 day

Cancellation policy

Non-refundable - Refunds are not available


A unique venue in the Berkshire countryside offering a range of creative workshops and flowers from our very own cutting garden.

Suitable for

  • Adults
  • Parking provided
  • Intermediate level
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Micklems Farmhouse, Knowl Hill, Reading, Berkshire, RG10 9YD