Art 4 Cheetahs Workshop

Together with the Cheetah Conservation Fund (CCF) UK, Art Safari is offering this 3-hour workshop studying and drawing cheetahs. Mary-Anne will guide you through exercises to... Read more

£35pp, includes a donation to CCF
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19 Jun - 19 Jun 2021

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Virtual Art Safari workshop

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Drawing, watercolours

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Mary-Anne Bartlett

Join Mary-Anne Bartlett in this fun, short workshop drawing and painting cheetahs. 

Together with the Cheetah Conservation Fund (CCF) UK, Art Safari is offering this 3-hour workshop studying and drawing cheetahs.

Mary-Anne will guide you through exercises to help your wildlife sketching and watercolour technique as we draw from beautiful photos and video footage.  She will show examples of her own sketches and paintings and will share starting techniques that help you find the cheetah’s form such as looking for external and internal shapes, building from the backbone, and focus on fast drawing practice to capture moving animals and develop your visual knowledge and memory of the animal.


  • A Laptop, Macbook, PC, iPad or tablet
  • Watercolour paper, canvas or canvas boards: 1 or 2 large sheets up to A2 size or 16 x 20”, and a couple of smaller sheets
  • Cartridge paper, a couple of large sheets (up to A2 size or 16 x 20”)
  • Sketchbook/notebook and pen (there’s LOTS of ideas and stuff to write down!)
  • An assortment of paint brushes, suitable for your medium in different shapes and sizes
  • Mary-Anne will concentrate on drawing for a good part of the course. For colour Mary-Anne usually works in watercolour but you may use any medium.
  • Drawing materials: Drawing is the best way to warm up, learn new shapes and to think about your environment. Bring monochrome (pencils and charcoal) and supplement it with colour if you like.  Water-soluble pencils work especially well with animals as you can draw in a colour water-soluble pencil and put a colour wash over the top.
    • Pencils / graphite sticks – a selection of e.g. HB 2B, 3B, 4B, 6B (water-soluble & normal).
    • Conté crayons / Charcoal / Pastel – useful for quick drawings (only if you have them)
    • Rubber and putty rubber
  • Colour: Mary-Anne is not too particular about which colours you use, just which to be careful with (e.g. be very careful with box greens, and only use Veridian as a mixer colour!). Mary-Anne’s most used colours in her watercolours are the classic colours which give the warms and colds in each colour (a ‘double primary’ palette) comprised of Cadmium Lemon yellow, Cadmium Yellow Golden, Cadmium Red Light, Alizarin Crimson, Ultramarine Blue, Cerulean Blue with Cobalt Blue.  In watercolour for landscape and for the wildlife which blends into it, then earth colours are useful.  In MA’s box, earth colours are well used, including Burnt Umber, Sepia, Raw and Burnt Sienna.  But please just use colours you are familiar with and those you already have.
  • Palette knife if you’re using oil or acrylic
  • Kitchen towel or rags
  • Easel/table easel or other means of holding your canvas/paper at an angle (watercolour) / vertically (oil)
  • Paint palette: wet palette for acrylics, wipe clean one for oils, deep wells for watercolours
  • Large jars for water or solvent (if you use it)

About the Cheetah Conservation Fund UK

Cheetah Conservation Fund UK is a UK registered charity. It holds events to raise awareness of the plight of the cheetah, and fundraises to support the work of CCF Headquarters in Namibia. Founded in Namibia in 1990, CCF is the global leader in research and conservation of cheetahs, and is dedicated to securing a future for the species.  Read more about the Cheetah Conservation Fund here.


14:00 to 17:00 BST3-hour live Zoom session with Mary-Anne
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This virtual painting workshop costs £35pp


The joining point for your workshop is wherever you have internet and feel ready and comfortable to paint.


All online Zoom tuition, resource material and ideas.


Art materials, internet access, personal expenses.

Enquire now on 01394 382235 or

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