My oldest daughter has been begging to get a puppy for a few years now. She just loves playing with dogs and petting them. She’s fallen even deeper in love with dogs since having a visit with her Nana while she was dog-sitting. And she was ecstatic when we puppy-sat for Daddy’s co-worker this winter. Having a dog to snuggle while reading is about as good as it gets!

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Its no surprise then that when I showed her the projects included in Alisha Gratehouse’s Playful Pet Portraits Mixed Media Workshop she instantly gravitated to the dog-themed projects! A cute little Yorkie and a Doberman!

Mixed-Media Art Lessons for Pet Lovers: Alisha Gratehouse's Playful Pet Portraits Workshop

Playful Pet Portraits: Well-Laid-Out Online Art Lessons

I love how easy it is to implement and navigate this e-course! Although we are new to Alisha’s workshops, we aren’t new to online art resources. This one is great because it is laid out so simply. I don’t need to navigate from screen to screen to locate the supplies required, printable templates, etc. The supply list for the whole course is supplied right away, and it pretty much uses supplies we already have. All the lessons are accessible from the same page, including the required templates.

The course uses video instruction, not pictures, which both I and my children prefer. It’s great to be able to watch the teacher’s project coming along as you do your own, and you can pause and rewind as necessary.

Mixed Media Art Lessons - Playful Pet Portraits Review

As an extra bonus, Alisha also provides instructions on how to personalize your art projects — if you want to change up a particular lesson using your own favourite pet for inspiration, you totally can!

Playful Pet Portraits Mixed Media Workshop Details

This mini-workshop is for kids ages 8+ (fun for teens and moms too!). You can purchase it a la carte from Masterpiece Society or get access through their all-inclusive membership program, Masterpiece Society Studio.

In  this course, students will have fun creating pictures of all their fuzzy (and not so fuzzy!) animal friends, and also have the opportunity to explore:

  • Acrylic painting
  • Watercolour painting
  • Palette knife painting
  • Oil Pastels
  • Charcoal & gesso
  • Collage art
  • Negative space

Playful Pets Mixed Media Art Course

I just love using online resources to teach those subjects I don’t quite feel qualified to pull off on my own. Online courses give my kids access to qualified teachers on our own schedule, in our own home, AND at a fraction of the cost of outside lessons.



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