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 own image, either from an image on an I-pad 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 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 synthetic brushes to include some ‘short flat’ synthetic acrylic brushes. I like to use: Daler Rowney System 3: short flat ¼”, ½”, ¾”. Daler Rowney System 3 filbert size 2 Small round size 1 synthetic brush. A Palette knife - Winsor and newton size 22 or similar Oil colours as follows - Titanium White, Lemon Yellow, Cadmium Yellow, Cadmium red, Alizarine Crimson, Burnt Umber, Burnt Sienna, French Utramarine, Phthalo Blue. (If you have any others already bring them with you) ‘Liquin’ painting medium A flat mixing palette - tear off paper palettes are fine. (£2 in ‘The Works’) A box to take your work home in (to fit a thin 8” x 8” board) A jar and some low odour thinners/white spirit substitute for cleaning your brushes, some rags or plenty of tissues to wipe brushes clean. If you’re trying oils for the first time- starter boxes of oil paint 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. Feel free to bring milk substitutes if required. And of course, you take your wonderful creations from the day. If you would like to share any photographs of your day here and/or your finished work, we’d love to see them, so you can share this on social media and tag us. 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 using the contact page on the Micklems Farm website. 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 (10:00am to 4:00pm)

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.


Micklems Farmhouse, Knowl Hill, Reading, Berkshire, RG10 9YD

Suitable for

  • Adults
  • Parking provided
  • Intermediate level
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