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Painting Pet Portraits

Instructor: Patrick Kirwin
Patrick Kirwin

Pets are people who look a little different.  This painting workshop will be focused on capturing the personality and look of pets.  Any animal is game for this workshop, but it we will be focused on mammals.  The structure of the animal’s head will be examined in order to create a good likeness.  Techniques to capture the texture of fur  (and feathers and scales) are demonstrated. We will work from photographs to create 3-4 paintings in 2 days.

Any media may be used. Acrylics are encouraged for their fast drying time and versatility. Bring your painting kit, brushes, palette, paper towels, canvasses and any photo references for a big painting adventure!

Covid Policy for Students in this Class

Our current safety protocol requires Proof-of-Vaccination <link to FAQs> to attend this class. The classroom is equipped with HEPA/UV-C air cleaners. Masks are required until the current situation changes.

We follow all Covid Safety protocols on the national, state, and local levels for onsite activities and monitor Alexandria’s conditions.

In-person classes are held when Alexandria sustains thresholds of:

—the Daily New Case Rate at or below 25.0 per 100k; with

—the Covid-19 Infection Rate at or below 1.10; and

—the Positive Test Rate is at or below 10% or below


For more information, contact The Art League School at 703-683-2323.

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