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Pet Portrait Workshop

Kathleen W O'Connell

Learn how to create a portrait of your favorite animal friend. Students will begin by learning what to look for in selecting a good reference photo. They then will be assisted in doing a first sketch with the emphasis on getting a likeness. Guidance will be given to understanding the underlying anatomy of the animal and measuring accurately to create a believable likeness. Instruction will be customized to the needs and experience level of each student. Students will be guided in planning a composition for the final portrait, which will be completed in day two. This will include laying out the composition, color mixing, and assistance with use of the students’ chosen media. The goal of this workshop is to assist and encourage students to create and complete an animal portrait. Students should have some experience in the medium he/she will use for the final portrait. Beyond that, all levels are welcome.

Michigan native Kathleen W. O’Connell developed a passion for drawing horses at a very young age. She graduated from Rhode Island School of Design and also studied at California College of Arts and Crafts. She has been painting horse and pet portraits for more than 25 years. Kathy has a desire to also help and encourage others to develop their creativity.

Two day workshop: July 28 & 29 | 9 am – 1 pm
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Pre-workshop student questionnaire: click here


July 28, 2014
July 29, 2014
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Thoreson Farm
3694 S Thoreson Rd
Maple City, MI 49664 United States


Kathleen W. O’Connell

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