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Animal Painting Course – Sept 24

28 September @ 10:30 - 29 September @ 15:30

£85.00 – £170.00

Animal Painting Course – Event Details


On this animal painting course, you will learn how to paint realistic and charming animal portraits in a range of watercolour techniques. Furthermore, you may even wish to paint your own pet portraits.

Due to the guided practice and practical demonstrations offered throughout the course, it is suitable for all ability levels. Please note that attendees are limited to 8 people to ensure that everyone can receive the help and support that they require.

The course will be led by Sharon Brookes who is a practising artist and fully qualified art teacher with nearly 30 years’ experience of teaching art.

The Course Options:

  • The Saturday Introductory Experience runs from 10:30-3:30pm and covers the basics of drawing animals plus experimenting with watercolour techniques.
  • The full weekend course runs from Saturday-Sunday, 10:30am to 3:30pm on each day and offers a more comprehensive programme.

During the animal painting course, we will explore:

  • Firstly, you will learn how to draw accurate animal imagery using simple methods.
  • You will then receive step-by-step practical demonstrations on lots of different watercolour technique with full guidance at every stage. This will include how to fully experiment with watercolour in order to achieve creative and realistic effects.
  • Afterwards, you will learn how to achieve finer details and increasing control of the medium. By the end of the animal painting course, you will aim to achieve a more accomplished watercolour painting of an animal which you can then proudly take home.

What’s included:

  • Expert guidance by a fully qualified art teacher.
  • Practical demonstrations and exercises on drawing and watercolour painting.
  • Course notes to take home.
  • All watercolour materials to use on the day.
  • A simple lunch plus tea and coffee on each day.

What you will need to bring:

  • Just yourself! We include all materials and refreshments for your convenience.

Further Details:


We can arrange large-print scripts, if required. Please let us know on booking if you would like to access them. Please note that our bathroom facilities are located on the first floor. For further details on access, please consult our studio facilities page.

If you would like to discuss any access arrangements, please contact Sharon. You will find the contact details at the bottom of the page.


Please see our full address and Google Map link at the bottom of this page. For your convenience, we will also send you detailed directions after you have completed your booking. In the meantime, you may also wish to refer to our Contact Us & Directions page for further details.


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Animal Painting - Saturday Experience
Valid for Saturday 28/09/24 Time: 10:30-15:30 Venue: Backbury House Studio, Hereford HR1 4NA.
£ 85.00
Animal Painting - Weekend Course
Valid for Sat 28/09/24 - Sun 29/09/24 Times: 10:30-15:30 both days. Venue: Backbury House Studio. Hereford HR1 4NA.
£ 170.00


28 September @ 10:30
29 September @ 15:30
£85.00 – £170.00
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Sharon Brookes
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Backbury House Studio
Backbury House, Checkley
Hereford, Herefordshire HR1 4NA United Kingdom
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