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Art Academy

Muddifords Court Country House, 

Willand, Devonshire. EX15 2QG

Course No: 2009 

Secrets of Drawing Pet Portraits (20th Sept 2017)

Imagine being able to draw your own pet portraits. Attending a one day pet portrait course at the Rosa-Lee Tuffney Art Academy will equip you with many techniques used by professional pet portrait artists. I know you will far exceed your expectations. That is my promise to you!

As you can see from the portraits below, the techniques we use work! All it takes is for someone to show you how to put these skills into practice and you will then have an amazing ability for the rest of your life.



Pet Portrait Drawing Course No 2009

09.30 - 10.00am

Meet at Muddifords Court, Willand, Devon. EX15 2Q

Be greeted by one of our team who will show you to the studio. Choose your space and settle in with your art materials. Meet the other guests and enjoy a tea or coffee as you prepare for the first lesson. Be sure to have your source image with you to work from.

10.00 - 11.15am

(1hr 15 mins)


Rosa will outline the course for the day and introduce the art materials best suited to portrait drawing. Any art materials a guest does not have but would like to try is provided by the Academy. Discover little known techniques using blu tack, cotton buds, paper stumps and tissue paper. By the end of this lesson you will have selected your pencils, pastels, paper and drawing board, have your source image and everything ready to start drawing. 

11.15 - 11.30am

(15 minute break for tea and coffee)

11.30 - 1.00pm

(1hr 30 mins)


Time to start drawing: This lesson tends to whizz by very quickly. During this time Rosa will attend to guests as and when guidance is sought.

1.00 - 1.45pm

(45 minute break for lunch)

1.45 - 3.00pm

(1hr 15 mins)


Time to assess the work in progress: Demonstrations on how to draw eyes, lips, ears, hair and skin tones are given as requested.

3.00 - 3.15pm

(15minute break for tea and coffee)

3.00 - 4.30pm


This is the fun bit when we put in the highlights and the finishing touches to really bring the portrait to life. Demonstrations on how and where to put the finishing touches are given as requested. We can photograph your work and email the image to you so you can show your friends online.

4.30 - 5.00pm

Guests depart happy in heart with a new found skill and with a portrait to prove it.


When you have booked your place on the course we will contact you to confirm your place. Part of the joy of what we do is getting to know our guests. We will chat to you about your art experiences and preference of materials. We like to work with guests through the process of choosing a source image to work from on the day.

Some pitfalls we encourage guests to avoid are images where the camera is looking down at a pet who is looking up. All you get is a big head and a small body and tail rising up between the ears of the pet. The best images are taken at the pet's own eye level. 

Try and select an image taken in soft light. Photos taken in strong light can cause very dark shadows obscuring the detail in that area. Often the obscure area is around the eye. We end up seeing one eye clearly and the other is a complete mystery buried in darkness. Soft light with soft shadows, looking at the camera works well.

When you have considered a few images please email them over so we can be sure they will give great results. we then look forward to seeing you on the day.

To book your place on the course please see below.

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