In this workshop,  you'll learn a repeatable step-by-step process to create a realistic, expressive 8" x 10" portrait of your chosen pet in ink and watercolor. We'll cover how to analyze your reference photo, identify values, get a strong likeness with the graphite transfer technique, what to emphasize with ink and what to emphasize with paint, draw natural-looking fur textures and features, use color boldly, paint simple backgrounds, and put the finishing touches on a portrait. Some drawing and watercolor experience helpful, but not necessary. Loaner watercolor kits and all other materials provided...all you need to bring is a reference photo of your pet and a creative spirit! All other supplies are provided. Instructor: Carole Pivarnik
Reference photo requirements: A face shot of your pet in a head-and-shoulders-only pose that takes up most of an 8.5 x 11 sheet. Your photo should be taken at the pet's eye level from the front or slightly to the side, outside or near a bright window, and in focus so that features are easily visible. Bring TWO copies printed on 8.5 x 11 COPY paper (NOT photo paper) in color.  Full body shots and images that are too dark to see details are not suitable for this workshop. If you bring a reference photo that doesn't meet requirements, the instructor will provide you with one. See the examples for good vs. poor reference photos. If you need help with or have questions about preparing your reference photo, get in touch with us.

Sunday, September 29, 2019, Noon to 6:00 PM. Class will be held in our upstairs studio at 205 E. Main St., Front Royal, Virginia.

About the instructor: Carole Pivarnik is pet portrait artist, plein air painter, and enthusiastic urban sketcher working out of her studio in Rappahannock County, VA. Watercolor, and gouache, and ink are her favorite mediums. See more of her work at

Class policies: We understand that scheduling conflicts do happen. You may cancel your class for a full refund up to 48 hours before the first class, by phone or in person. No refunds will be issued after this time. 

In case of inclement weather, we will reschedule the class. Please check our Facebook page for updates on class cancellations due to weather.


  • Occurred Sunday, September 29th, 2019 @ 12:00 pm – 6:00 pm


Art in the Valley

205-A E. Main St.
Front Royal, VA 22630


Art in the Valley

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