Painting pets in various media

Subject – Painting pets in various media

Location – Gosforth Parish Church Hall

Mediums – Watercolour, gouache, acrylics and water soluble oils

Level  – This course would suit those with a little previous experience of painting in any of the following mediums – watercolour, gouache, acrylics and water soluble oils.

You will be shown how to draw dogs and cats to help you understand a little of the anatomy of the animals. Jason will then demonstrate how to paint a cat or dog using the  painting mediums listed , illustrating some varied approaches which you may wish to explore. Special attention will be paid to painting fur effectively. you can choose to explore using a variety of media, if you have them, or concentrate on your prefered medium throughout the course.

This course provides time and expert tuition to help you make a subtle pet portrait that you are proud of.

Length of the course10 weeks

Starts 11th of January 2018

Cost  £120

Time –  Thursdays from 10:00 am – 12:00 noon

Free tea and coffee

Location – Gosforth Parish Church Hall

Dates to attend:

11th, 18th, 25th january 2018

1st, 8th, 16th, 22nd february 2018

Please note:  no class at half term,  the 15th of February

1st, 9th, 16th March

Why does Jason think this course would be of value to you ?

” Most people who paint will be asked by a friend or famly member to paint a pet portait as a momento of a loved animal. They can be surprisingly fun to paint and bring real joy to those who receive them. So, why not arm yourself with the skills you need to undertake this kind of commission with confidence ?

Pet portraits don’t have to be predictable, traditional looking artworks. You can play with strong flat coloured backgrounds and make them appear modern and fun. So whatever your stylistic leanings, I will be pleased to offer help and guidance to enable you to produce pet portaits you are proud of. ”


What will you do on the course ?

Be shown a number of methods to quickly copy your photographic image onto paper or canvas.

Be shown how to pre-mix your colours to make a tonally graded palette, to help take some of the strain out of painting your pet

Explore varied ways of painting fur

Create a finished portrait of your pet

What will you need to bring to the first class ?

A notebook and a pen

Your chosen medium  – watercolour, gouache, acrylics or water soluble oils

Oil / acrylic or watercolour painting paper

Your brushes

Water pot

Drawing board

Masking tape

Pencil, eraser and pencil sharpener

Photographs of the animal you would like to paint

Jason will provide some images of cats and dogs.

If you have any questions please feel free to email

The location


Venue: Gosforth Parish Church Hall, Wardle Street, South Gosforth, Newcastle-upon-Tyne, NE13 1RX




The studio is situated on the gound floor in the modern extension to the original building.  The room has large windows down one side of the room providing good natural light.

How would you get there ?

By Metro & Bus – There is a Metro entrance directly opposite the hall on the opposite side of the the road. – see map link below

By Car – There is parking provided within the Gosforth Parish Church Halls grounds.


How can you book a place on the course ?

By clicking on the BUY NOW  button below and following the payment procedures you will book your place on the course.

If you are unable to purchase the course online then please send a cheque for £120,

made payable to: Painting with Skill LTD

to…Jason Skill, Sikehead, Woodside Lane, Ryton, Tyne and Wear NE403ND

Places will be allocated on a first come first served basis. To avoid disappointment –  book early.

Why not buy this course as a gift for friends and family ?

Course cost – £120


Painting With Skill Limited, Company No. 5763767, a company registered in England and Wales.

Registered address: Sikehead, Woodside Lane, Ryton, Tyne and Wear, NE40 3ND