Painting Your Pet's Portrait

Our painting classes offer many choices in different mediums, including watercolor, acrylic, pastels, and sponge painting. Whether you are a beginner or an experienced artist, you'll receive plenty of one-on-one attention to help you bring your skills forward by learning a new technique or approach.

painting of collie dog face


  • Please check back for next course dates.
  • $55 / One Class
  • Plus supplies, see website for details.
  • Instructor: Marlene Steele

In-person at VPC CampusCreate a lovely portrait of your pet from a photograph to be enjoyed forever. You will learn two methods to sketch the portrait onto your canvas and then choose the one you are most comfortable with: the transfer method or freehand drawing. Then, to bring your pet’s personality to life, you will receive guided instruction on mixing acrylic paint colors and using brush strokes to achieve the look you want. No previous painting experience necessary!

Supply List (Please purchase and bring to class):

  • A color photograph of your pet
  • A black and white photocopy of the photograph (if using transfer method)
  • 1 4x4, 5x7, or 6x9 gallery wrap canvas or panel
  • Assorted acrylic colors
  • Brushes and mixing palette or gray sheet paper palette
  • Individual water container
  • Graphite pencil

About Your Instructor

Headshot of Marlene Steele

Marlene Steele

Marlene is a professional studio artist with 30 years of experience in studio production. She lives and works in Cincinnati, where she creates beautifully rendered portraits and landscapes in pastel, watercolor, and oil.

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