Courses & Workshops

*NEW* Drawing and Painting Animals

The Hurst Leisure Centre
5 Week Course
Wednesdays, 7.00 - 9.00pm
Starting: 16th January 2019

The Hurst Leisure Centre
Brimpton Road
RG26 5NL
About the Course
This course will cover the main elements involved in depicting animals, sketching from observation, basic anatomy and shape, creating texture for fur, feathers etc. Suitable for all, whether you are eager to create a portrait of a family pet or favourite wild animal, want to know how to include believable animals in your landscape paintings, are starting a nature journal or are a budding wildlife artist! All abilities are welcome from complete beginners to those looking for tips on how to improve their animal paintings.

The course will start by focusing on drawing and then students with some experience using other media will have the option to move onto using the media of their choice. This will be discussed with the tutor at the first lesson. The course will include demonstrations and individual guidance with lots of practical exercises.

Aims of the Course
Learners will explore how Anatomy and simplified shapes can be used as a starting point in sketching animals and capturing a pose. Learn how to draw/paint fur, feathers and texture. Learners will create a range of sketches, detail studies and one final drawing/painting from photographic references. You will develop one final piece in the media of your choice. Look at methods of drawing animals in motion.

Course Objectives (by the end of the course you will be able to)
• Create sketches of animals from observation (using simplified shape and anatomy).
• Make a detailed study of one - three features of an animal (eye/nose/ears)
• Draw an animal working from a photograph, through observation (optionally using a grid) to be developed into a final artwork.
• Use mark-making and various techniques to create texture (fur, feathers etc.).

Previous knowledge/experience:
Suitable for all including beginners.

For the first session you will need to buy/bring:
Graphite pencils; 2H, HB, 2B, 4B, 6B
A4 Drawing Paper or Sketchbook
Eraser / Putty rubber
Pencil Sharpener
Photo references of animals/pets (optional)
If you have a table easel you may find it more comfortable than working flat.
At the first lesson the Tutor will discuss and advise on materials and tools you may need as the course progresses.

Progression opportunities from this course are:
This Course leads into the following term or more advanced art courses.

If you are interested please call The Hurst on 0118 981 1611 to reserve a place.

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