Pet Portraiture

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Join award-winning artist Jacob Gourley for dot-art’s first-ever online Pet Portraiture course! This course will introduce you to an effective toolkit of painting techniques that will help you breathe life into your artwork, and immortalise your pride and joy in the wonderful medium of paint.

This two-session online course will provide you with the fundamental principles and technical knowledge that you’ll need to capture the character and spirit of your furry friends.

Although your tutor will be working with oil paint, the techniques used are applicable to a wide range of media, no oil paint? Do not fret!

Featuring detailed explanations along with narrated demonstrations at each stage of the process, this course is perfect for anyone wanting to try something new or expand their artistic skills.

From this course, you’ll be able to approach your paintings with confidence, learn about perception; how we should look at our subject matter and simplify painting into basic manageable elements i.e. form, tone, colour, edges and texture.

You can start your course instantly and watch videos in your own time as you will have access to your course for 12 weeks after purchase!

If you have questions about how online courses work, take a look at our FAQ page, or email

Materials List

  • Oil Paints - You do not need a huge number of colours, one or two versions of each main colour listed are fine i.e. white, yellow, red, blue, brown (suggestions below). *Although your tutor will be working with oil paint, the techniques used are applicable to a wide range of media, no oil paint? Do not fret just use what paint you can access. 

.White - titanium white/zinc white

.Yellow - lemon yellow/cadmium yellow/chrome yellow/yellow ochre

.Red - cadmium red/scarlet lake/alizarin crimson/transparent iron oxide

.Blue – ultramarine blue/cobalt blue

.Dark Earth colours – burnt umber/raw umber/vandyke brown

.Other suggestions – burnt sienna/raw sienna/black

  • Brushes – A selection of hog hair and synthetic soft hair brushes of varying sizes and shapes.
  • Canvas/canvas board/canvas paper/board – Ensure the surface is primed with acrylic gesso, most store-bought canvases already are (suitable sizes range from 8x10” to 16x20”).
  • Solvents and Mediums – You will need a brush cleaner and a dilutant, suggestions below:

.Brush cleaner - White spirit/turpentine/ ’Zest-it’ brush cleaner (pleasant citrus smell).

.Medium/Dilutant – Turpentine + linseed oil/poppy oil or ready-made medium.

  • Easel (recommended but non-essential).
  • Palette – Wood, glass, Perspex, plastic (any smooth flat surface).
  • Reference Photo – A decent quality photograph of animal you wish to paint, (more detailed explanation in lesson handout).

Other essential items

  • 2 Jars/Tins – For solvent and dilutant.