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Drawing - Pet Portraits



In this workshop we will be looking at a what makes a good pet portrait.
Be they feathered, scaled or furry, our non-human companions are well loved, and can be wonderful subjects for drawing.
Lighting and background are so important in a pet portrait, as the contrast in tone and texture can make a huge difference to the finished drawing. Any pet in bright sunshine will have more contrast than one in the shadows, no matter the colour/colours. 
I will supply some printed images to work from as it will not be possible to work from life for the finished piece. 
 We will be working in pencil (I recommend 6B for their softness, ease of use and tone) and/or willow charcoal (available in single sticks, I recommend a few thin/medium sticks), a kneadable eraser and about 10 sheets of bulky newsprint paper. I will supply boards and bulldog clips to be used on the day.
For those confident in working in chalk pastel, you are welcome to bring them and your pastel paper. Remember to bring clothing protection as it can be a bit messy.

Participants have the opportunity to exhibit in our end of year diversARTy exhibition at Eltham Library Gallery to celebrate their achievements with friends and family.


This course workshop is held at our Eltham centre - 739 Main Road

What to bring

6B pencil
Willow charcoal - thin/medium sticks
Kneadable eraser
10 sheets bulky newsprint paper

About the Tutor

A former artist-in-residence at Dunmoochin, Lisa is a past participant of the Nillumbik Artists Open Studios program, and has taken part in exhibitions locally and interstate, as well as being a finalist in several art prizes. She has been teaching at the community level for several years now, and has had much success with her teaching methods. 

Concession fees

A Concession fee of around 10% off is available to holders of Health Care Cards, Pension concession cards or Veterans Gold cards. 



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