Cultural Activities Center

3011 N. 3rd St, Temple, TX 76501

Learn to Paint Your Pet Workshop with Susan Sterle

Saturday, September 10, 2022 9AM-5PM
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Date: Saturday, September 10, 2022
Time: 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
Age: 15 years or older – anyone under 18 needs to be accompanied by a parent
Place: Cultural Activities Center in Temple, Texas
Price: $175 – includes lunch
Enrollment Limit: 15

Supplies that will be provided: 11 x 14 stretched canvas for each student
For student use: acrylic paints, water-based brushes, some oil paint

Bring to class:
An 8x10-inch print of your pet.
If you paint, bring any of your preffered art supplies
Medium: Oil paint, acrylic paint, watercolor, gouache.
Surfaces: Canvas boards, stretched canvas, watercolor paper

Suggested Supply list if you will be using oil paints:

Oil paint or acrylic paint

For oil paint I recommend purchasing the Gamblin Introductory set for $45 at:

Introductory Set - This set gives beginning painters a thoughtfully constructed palette of luscious Gamblin 1980 Oil Colors to support any style of painting. It includes 37 ml (1.25 oz) tubes of Cadmium Yellow Light, Yellow Ochre, Cadmium Red Light, Alizarin Crimson, Ultramarine Blue, Phthalo Green, Ivory Black, Titanium White, and Solvent-Free Gel Medium, plus a primed, handcrafted panel made from sustainably forested North American birch.

Oil painting brushes
Low odor mineral spirits
Brush Cleaner
Sketch book and pencils

About the Instructor:Susan Sterle has been painting and drawing for more than 30 years. She loves to paint animals and bring them to life on canvas! In this workshop, the student becomes the photographer and the artist to create an expressive painting! Students will learn the basics of drawing and painting and also have fun using what they learn to paint their own pet! Susan’s main painting medium is oil paint and so that will be the focus but students can paint in oil, acrylic, watercolor, or gouache. After participating in the workshop students will take away important basic skills that will help them draw and paint any subject.

Bring to Class: An 8x10-inch print of your pet.
Creating a pet portrait that is expressive and powerful starts with a great photo. Your first activity is to learn how to take a great digital photo of your pet, and then transfer that digital photo to an 8x10 print that you can bring to class to paint.

Start out taking a photo of your pet with your phone or digital camera. In this workshop we will focus on your pet’s face. Get down at your pet’s eye level and take the photo outside in morning or evening light. You may have to take 30 to 100 photos to get the perfect shot, but don’t give up. Animals have a short attention span and you may have to do two or three short photo sessions at different times of day. After taking a number of photos, go through them and choose the top 10, place the reject photos in a folder and then from the top ten photos, pick the photo that captures the best expression and personality of your pet. The photo should elicit some kind of emotion in you, happiness, sadness, joy. This emotion will help you create an expressive portrait. In addition, your painting will be more powerful if you make sure your photo has a good composition and lighting. Don’t worry if it’s not perfect, just do your best, going through the process is about learning from what we do. We will discuss composition and value in the workshop.

Students can also choose a photo taken of a pet that has passed away. Please make sure you choose a photo that has the same elements as discussed above.

After you get that perfect photo, you will want to make an 8x10 inch print of the digital image. I suggest using Walgreens. You can conveniently upload your photo from your phone at the pharmacy or use their website to process your photo. The turn-around time is very fast. Please bring your 8x10-inch print with you on the day of the workshop. You will be painting from your photograph.