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Animal Portraits And More for Beginners


Start date: 15th Sep 2022

Time: 13:15 - 15:45

Cost: £83

Day: Thursday

Duration: 6 weeks

Tutor: Richard Squire

Course code: 22AU018

Please note that the time of this class has changed to 13.15 - 15.45

This course aims to introduce pupils to Animal Drawing and/or Painting in a supportive and informative way.

Skills will be demonstrated and time will be given to explore and develop these skills while building one's confidence.

This hands on course aims to teach the skills involved in using a range of materials at beginner level.

  • learn how to observe animals effectively
    ● learn how to plan and compose your work
  • learn how to layer ones' work
    ● explore a range of mark making and drawing/painting techniques
    ●  explore manipulating colours and textures
    ●  explore different materials in combination with each other
    ●  learn how to control colours and tones

All materials will be provided but you may wish to bring along some of your own favourite materials to try out.


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Richard Squire

Richard Squire

A wartime baby born in Halifax, failed my 11 plus but passed every subsequent exam. Had to prove my abilities. I still trying to.
I’m a retired Art College graduate. An ex High School Art teacher who’s lived in Harrogate for some many years.

My training covered many areas from; academic, classical style drawing and painting across a range of mediums; to casting, pottery, print-making including lino, etching & lithography plus lots more things for eight brilliant years.

I’ve taught Art to people of all ages and experience for 56 years.
I love to work with anyone wishing to develop their Artistic selves whatever their age, experience or ability.
We’ve all got Artistic potential. Art is in me and makes my life complete.

In a mid-life career change I trained to teach the Deaf; another visual world. For many years I fought with Deaf and Hearing people for the rights of Deaf children to access their education via Sign Language and Interpreters. A fight that is still going on.

In retirement I was a volunteer worker at Henshaws Arts and Crafts, Knaresborough for 15 years until I had to care for my handicapped wife. I’ve also run local Art Clubs and Groups for around 20 years.

That’s about it so far, I think.
I’d love to see you and to help your Artistic self forward

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