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Fur, Fur, Fur!
  • Beginner
  • Intermediate
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*Acrylic (see note)
Subject / Focus
How to create realistic looking fur in wildlife.
Class Description
Join us for an immersive oil painting workshop where you'll discover the secrets to painting lifelike fur with finesse and flair!

In this class, you'll learn techniques and tips to create stunning fur textures on canvas. From soft, cuddly animals to majestic wildlife, Chantal will show you how to bring fur to life in vivid detail.

You will learn the precise brush strokes and blending methods to replicate fur's intricate patterns, depths, and lustrous sheen. You will also acquire some skills to give your animal subjects a remarkable 3D effect, making them leap off the canvas.

The leader of this workshop will offer guidance and personalized feedback.

Unlock the captivating world of fur in oil painting and create a masterpiece that'll leave your friends and family in awe.

Reserve your spot now and let your creativity run wild!
About the Artist
Chantal Dupuis is a lover of the wilderness, and captures nature’s essence or the charming, soulful character of the subjects and animals she paints.

Viewers are most interested in her art because they can recognize the familiar or be transported into the unknown. Everyone comes out with a journey into a scene with movement, emotions and peace.

As a signature member of the Artists for Conservation Foundation she donates a part of her sales of originals to wildlife rescue shelters.
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Supplies Students Should Bring:

Paint / art media
- Yellow Ochre
- Burnt Umber
- Raw Umber
- Raw Sienna
- Titanium White
- Ivory Black
- Ultramarine Blue
- Alizarin Crimson
- Permanent Yellow

Chantal uses Wallace Seymour paints from Select Fine Art Materials but we will adapt to what you have.

-Solvent (Chantal uses Isozol from Kama paint, non toxic)
-Linseed or Walnut Oil (depending on your paint brand)
Art Surface / Support
- 1 x 16x20" canvas
(**PREPARED IN ADVANCE** with a coloured gesso colour, either burnt umber, yellow ochre or black)

Chantal prefers gallery depth canvas from Apollon but the Michael's Level 3 canvas will do for this exercise.
Supplies and Tools
Palette of your choice. (I use a glass palette, easier to clean.)

- Filberts: 2, 6, 8
- Flats: 2, 4, 6
- Riggers: 2, 4
- Details done with round size 0 or 00 and occasional use of mops 0.5" and 1"

- Palette knife (Chantal mixes a lot of her blacks)

- Basic supplies needed also like easel, rags, garbage bags.
Reference materials
- A colour reference photo will be provided for the class.

- We will all work from the same reference as it will be easier to guide the steps this way.

- You can work from your own reference but feedback will be provided after the class if you need guidance.

Workshop Outline: Complete: All-4 Class Series, 1 only-Single Session, 1 & 2 - Saturday OR Full Day

Session 1
This session will contain a bit more introductory discussions. We will introduce ourselves to each other then I will go through the list of materials and show what I have and we will discuss the surface and it's preparation.

We will do the block in on the painting. Loosely done with a thin layer.
Session 2
In this session there will be a bit of discussions on layering and basic nature of wildlife furred animals.

After the discussion we will jump into doing our first layer using a larger brush and looking at brush strokes.
Session 3
In this session we start the details!

We will first discuss light and sharpness of strokes and then we will proceed with the details using a smaller brush and hatching in different colours to start to give our critter some dimension.
Session 4
In the final session, we will discuss dimension, depth and curvatures.

We will do our final touch ups which are done using our smallest of brushes with our lightest of colours.

We will spend a bit of time doing the final layer for the eyes and nose, sign and hold proud for a photo with your masterpiece!

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