Watercolour Wildlife Portraits

Instructor: Alison Montgomery
Tuesdays 5:30-8:30pm 
5 weeks: April 13 to May 11
Location: Online
$200 supplies extra
Prerequisite: Watercolour I or equivalent experience

In this unique approach to subject matter, students with some experience in painting or drawing will be working from a variety of stunning wildlife images captured by a local photographer. Students may also provide their own images. In the process of learning about working from reference photos, students will explore the challenges of rendering textures such as fur, feathers, water, etc. While creating several paintings, students will review materials and techniques in watercolour*, explore colour mixing, and practice elements of composition including cropping, creating a focal point, and working with natural light. Each class will feature critique, discussion, and demonstrations.

*Students who wish to use other painting or drawing media throughout the class are welcome to do so.


  • Learn how to work from reference photographs
  • Explore the fundamentals of composition
  • Practice drawing wildlife and landscape elements
  • Practice color mixing and techniques suitable for rendering textures
  • Complete several paintings


Palette: Watercolour six space mixing palette (plastic hinged) *Use as big a palette as you can find.


  • 1 or 2 #16 WC brush (Princeton round)
  • 1 or 2 #20 WC brush (Princeton round)

Paint: (Daniel Smith or any professional brand)

  • Ultramarine Blue
  • Cerulean Blue
  • Hansa Yellow Light
  • Hansa Yellow Med
  • Permanent Alizarin Crimson
  • Quinacridone Rose


  • 2 sheets of: 22 x 30 300lb Arches Cold Press watercolour paper (paper to be carefully torn to ½ and ¼ sheet size)
  • And or/ Fabriano 140lb cold press watercolour pad

Other supplies:

  • 2B pencil(s) & small pencil sharpener
  • small art gum eraser
  • 2 large binder clamps
  • 2 -500 ml plastic water containers
  • I large water jug
  • 1-2 old tea towels; roll of paper towel.
  • One large painting/drawing board