Pet Portrait: drawing and painting

The Mansion, Totnes

Who is this course for?

This course is for all abilities. If you are new to drawing and painting this is a great opportunity to start developing these skills. You will get the chance to work in a relaxed, supportive setting that is designed to support you.

Come and creatively express how much your pet means to you by creating a drawing or painting.

Course content

You will have the opportunity to learn some important principles when drawing your pet from photographs.

Explore a variety of drawing media, such as pencil, charcoal, pastel, pen and watercolour paint. Experiment with different techniques to represent your pet’s individual shape, form, colour and texture.

You will be able to practise the skills to build your confidence and then express your pet’s unique appearance and character in a drawing or painting.

Support and feedback

You will receive lots of encouragement and skills guidance to support you during the course. You will receive feedback to help you to progress with your work.

Additional costs and requirements

Please bring a sketchbook or sheets of paper and a pencil. Please also bring a few different pictures of your pet e.g. photographs, print outs. If you already have drawing and painting materials, please bring them along. However, drawing and painting materials will be provided. You do not need to have any prior experience or knowledge, just an interest in drawing or painting your pet.

Will I have to do anything outside of the session?

This is not necessary.

About the tutor

With Deborah as your tutor, expect enthusiasm and passion for the subjects’ taught, in a calming, inclusive, fun and inspiring environment. You will have time to enjoy the creative process, learn new skills, improve your mental and physical wellbeing and gain motivation to progress and achieve your personal best.

Deborah graduated from Saint Martin’s School of Art with a BA (Hons) Degree in Graphic Design and also achieved an MA Degree in Graphic Design, at Central Saint Martin’s. She has gained many unique experiences, collaborating with other artists and designers.

Deborah is from the West Country, where she runs her own Art, Craft, Design and Horticulture business. She is a practising artist, designer and gallery owner. She has exhibited and sold art work in the South West of England, Scotland and London.

She has recently won a Gold Award for Garden Design and has created Art and Design work for the BBC and MTV. She has also worked at the Tate Gallery and the Victoria and Albert Museum. Deborah has been interviewed on BBC Radio about her creative approach to teaching courses, where she passionately promotes the creative use and benefits of sustainable materials, especially plants. Her Sketch, Sculpt and Plant Walks are multi-sensory and interactive in the natural environment. Her work transcends the boundaries of genre and media: it’s thought-provoking work about the pressing concerns of the day and is often refreshingly humorous.

Deborah has a Post Graduate Certificate in Education, from the University of London, Institute of Education, specialising in Art and Design. She is a qualified teacher of Art, Craft, Design and Horticulture. She has taught learners of all ages and abilities, for many years. She has been a Head of Art and Design. She teaches across Primary, Secondary, Alternative Provision, and Adult and Community education.

Start date06 April 2019
End date06 April 2019
Start time10:00
End time15:30
Concessions not available