This is workshop is for those who are already experienced in using Acrylic paints and who wish to experience the joy of producing Animal Portraits. We will use an example of a Red Setter as a common subject and explore the various methods of creating the features of most animals. After the workshop artists should gain the skills and knowledge that they can take forth and produce similar animal portraits in the future. 

The Artist Dave White is a local commissioning artist with an international reputation for producing exceptional animal portraits. He is the author of the best selling book Painting Dog Portraits in Acrylics, was the artist in residence for the Rhinefield Hotel and has fourteen years experience of exhibiting his work at Crufts International Dog Show. This is a rare local opportunity to experience Dave's techniques and processes for developing animal portraits, whether you are professional or amateur.

Session: Friday 1 March & 8 March 2024 10am-4pm, price includes both days. 

Tickets: £120/£108 (it is advised that artists bring their own materials)

Tutor: Dave White

Dave White is a local artist and is the author of the book ‘Sea and Sky in Acrylics‘, which analyses the characteristics of seascapes, how they can inspire and what techniques you can use to describe them in acrylic paint. Dave is also a well-known pet portraitist and landscape painter and is exhibiting in January at Forest Arts Centre from the 7 Jan - 15 Feb 2023.



Please can you prime the support with a coat of Burnt Umber before you arrive. Please also see below two pictures which we ask you to bring, preferably on an iPad or iPhone to the course but NOT to do any drawing prep work with them. If you need to print them that’s fine – we can also provide a printed version if needed. 

  •  a 24 x 18” stretched canvas or similar size canvas board
  • Practice (watercolour) Paper A4
  • Acrylic paint; Cadmium Red Deep, Cadmium Scarlet, Ultramarine, Mars Black and Titanium White. Burnt Umber and Burnt Sienna, Yellow Orche
  • Calculator
  • Tape measure
  • Paper kitchen towels
  • 2 containers for water  (not glass)
  • 2 Plastic palettes (empty yoghurt pot for mixing paint)
  • a 1 inch wide flat synthetic hair (watercolour) brush
  • a half inch round synthetic hair brush
  • a half inch long rigger
  • A painting apron and wear your painting clothes!


  • Any other paint brushes you might care to bring especially a 1” Rake
  • an open and willing heart with a smile!


  • Red setter and Dave white painting

Dates and times

  1. Fri 1 Mar 2024
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