Would you like to learn how to paint animal portraits in acrylics? Painting animals in acrylics can be a little tricky when it comes to blending, but artist, Anna Hileman makes it easy! Here's what you will learn in this fun and informative workshop.

  • Students will learn which paints and paint brushes to use.

  • Students will learn how to create a template and transfer it to their canvas.

  • Students will learn how to create shading, work with values and add interest and dimension to their animal portraits.

  • Students will learn basic techniques for working with acrylics in creating animal portraits so they can move on to more detailed pieces.

This workshop is great for beginners who want to learn the basics of painting animals with acrylics or experienced artists who want to expand their skills in animal portrait painting.

Painting animal portraits can be a fun and exciting skill for students on so many levels.  Whether you want to paint your own pets, someone else's or paint wild animals, Anna introduces you to the process in step by step detail and easy to learn techniques.

Meet Your Instructor

  • Anna Hileman

    Animal Portraiture and Painting

    Anna Hileman

    As a Colorado native, I grew up mostly outdoors tending to numerous animals ranging from horses, cats and dogs to a rescued pheasant named Speedy. Outside of the time I spent with animals, I could be found drawing and painting everything around me. After attending Kansas City Art Institute for Fine Art and receiving my BFA from Rocky Mountain College of Art & Design, I have expanded my skills beyond oil with the use of acrylic, iron, wood, gold leaf and steel. My passion for animals and art has led me to using the combination of various mediums to create a collection of charismatic animals, specializing in pet portraiture. My work aims to memorialize an animal as tribute to the joy we receive from them. I currently live in Arvada Colorado with my husband and daughter.