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Animal Portraits in Oil (1-day workshop)

  • Yardley Arts, The Old School Hall The Square Northampton, England, NN7 1EU United Kingdom (map)

Come along and enjoy a step-by-step introduction to painting animals in oils with experienced artist Dawn Russell.

This session will be a fun study of a chicken or chickens on a prepared canvas.

The initial drawing will be simple and guided by your tutor. Using a limited palette of bright colours this session will be within everyone’s ability and to get used to the wonderful medium of oils.


Please bring a disposable palette for mixing paint. If you already have oil painting brushes, do bring them along - otherwise they will be provided. We recommend you also wear an old shirt or apron over your clothes (or old clothes).


Tea and coffee breaks at 11.30am and 2.30pm. Bring a packed lunch for a brief lunch break around 1pm.


£65 per person.


Booking is via the tutor: please email or telephone 01788 822853. Places are limited to just 6, so we recommend you book early to avoid disappointment.

About the tutor

As a farmer's daughter, Dawn has always been intrigued with the flora and fauna of this wonderful country. Her interest in domestic animals (from her childhood years on the farm) and wildlife has become obsessive. This obsession of the natural world has been expressed through art both in painting and sculpture.

Dawn trained at Rugby School of Art and at Northampton University gaining a BA (Hons) in Fine Art, specialising in sculpture. Dawn has exhibited widely in this country and abroad. Her favoured mediums are oils and pastels, occasionally acrylics.

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