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Expressive Animal Painting with Tannya Harricks

Course overview

Dogs are a regular subject in Tannya Harricks' work and she was commissioned by Walker Books to paint the illustrations for picture books Dingo (2018) and Kookaburra (2020). In this workshop explore your favourite animal subject in a loose and expressive way. Bring your own dog/animal/pet reference and sketches to paint from and have fun exploring different approaches and techniques to help loosen up and develop your individual approach to painting.

Is this course right for me?

The class caters from beginners to advanced students, at least some prior painting or drawing experience is preferred.


Prepare a few composition options or poses/angles of the animal. These could be photographs of your dog, cat or other animal in different poses, printed out to A4 size.

Students are welcome to work with their preference of oil, acrylic or gouache paints.

  • Please bring your usual paints, and brushes.
  • Paper (for gouache), canvas paper (for oil or acrylic), stretched canvas or board (for oil or acrylic) - any size is fine, A3 or larger
  • Pencils and paper for sketching
  • Soft pastel or chalk
  • Rags/paper towel
  • Palette. (palette paper, old plates, plastic ice cream lids, board, perspex etc.
  • Plastic containers for water (for gouache or acrylics)
  • Bring an apron or wear clothes you don’t mind getting paint on

If using oils paints

  • You will need ODOURLESS solvent – at least 500 ml.
  • Oil painting solvents and mediums must not be tipped down the sinks.
  • You will need to bring jars with lids to take away spent solvents/mediums.
  • Gloves (optional, but recommended particularly if you are sensitive to oil paints and/or solvents)

Our workshops are all delivered in studio at Art Est.

We have extra measures in place for your health and well-being.

Please read about our Covid-19 safe measures here.

Maximum of 8-12 students in all our classes depending which studio is used Our class sizes are small, ensuring you receive the individual tuition you need.

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$180 $171 Limited inc GST
Expressive Animal Painting with Tannya Harricks

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Course testimonials:

  • The workshop was brilliantly balanced with the right amount of theory, demonstration and time for actual painting by students. I would highly recommend Tannya as a teacher and this workshop.
  • Loved this course. Fellow group members were all pretty accomplished. Tanya put on music , and was very giving of herself. She shared some of her work, The day flashed past.Would love to do another one with her.