Painting Wildlife with Acrylics

Painting Wildlife with Acrylics 

with Zoe Fitchet

Tuesday 7th & Wednesday 8th July

(Two Day Workshop)

10.00am – 4.30pm

Course fee including a homemade lunch – £240

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“Panthera Pardus | Leopard” Zoe Fitchet

Painting Wildlife with Acrylic
Create a lifelike cheetah portrait with Zoe Fitchet
Join Zoe, a wildlife artist based in Hampshire who’s work focuses on painting and drawing wildlife in a hyper-realist style, to learn techniques and tips to create a realistic painting using acrylic.
Realism can be a very intimidating style to create, but there are many ways to simplify the process and build up layers to give a realistic result. 
We will be using this beautiful photograph taken by Tazi (Natasja) Brown of the worlds fastest land mammal, the cheetah. The stunning gaze and distinct markings make for a challenging yet interesting reference, with lots of variety in texture, tone and focus. 
In this two day workshop, we will be focusing on how to apply the acrylic using several techniques, building layers, adding tonal glazes and creating a realistic finish. Acrylic is a very versatile medium and with the drying time considerably faster than oil, we will be able to layer quickly and develop depth and texture. 

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Reference for workshop Tazi (Natasja) Brown
You will need to supply your own materials for this workshop.
Even with two days painting, it is very unlikely that you will complete your painting as the style is so time consuming. For this reason it is important for you to have all you need to continue working on your piece after the workshop. 
– Fine cotton or linen universally primed canvas – the fine surface it important to allow for the level of detail. You can work on a square or rectangle. 
Size: 40x40cm(16×16”) or 40x50cm (16×20”)
– Acrylic paint: Titanium white, Raw Umber, Payne’s Grey, Naples Yellow, Yellow Ochre, Buff Titanium, Burnt Sienna, Cadmium Yellow Hue, Cadmium Red Hue and Ultramarine Blue.
– Brushes: Synthetic acrylic brushes. You will need a variety of brushes, including a couple of square head 10 or 12, 3 or 4 and round head 0 and 00. Fine watercolour brushes are also very useful for painting detail.
– Pallet: any pallet is fine, but a stay wet pallet is ideal for acrylic when mixing colours and working for a long period of time.
– Flow improver: A medium to improve the consistency of the acrylic to achieve finer detail.
– Easel recommended but not essential if you prefer to work flat. Table top or freestanding.
-Apron if required
Jars for water and medium, paper towel and tables will all be available at the gallery for you to use during the workshop.

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