Edward (Ned) Aldrich

July Workshop

Drawing & Painting Animals

Artist/Teacher: Edward (Ned) Aldrich

Workshop Title: Drawing & Painting Animals

Date/Times: July 7-9, 2016; 10am-5pm daily

Location: Evergreen Fine Art, 3042 Evergreen Pkwy., Evergreen, CO 80439

Cost: $425 for 3 days

Class size: Min/Max 6/10



Workshop Description:


In this three-day workshop Ned will work on both drawing and painting the varieties and subtleties of animals and their habitats. This is a specialized three-day event with a high emphasis on demos, discussions and critiques. Students will be able to paint during the class. We will start with the foundation of any successful representational work, drawing, then proceed to working with oil paint and learn effective techniques for depicting fur and feathers while creating an illusion of form and solidity. Drawing, composition, color, rendering light, materials and painting techniques such as glazing will be covered. Working in the studio with mounted animal specimens as well as the benefits and setbacks of photography in animal art will be discussed. Also discussed will be animal habitats and how to incorporate them into painting with a full day devoted to outdoor painting and creating effective landscapes. Students will benefit from lectures, critiques and plenty of demonstrations.


This workshop is intended for all levels of wildlife art students.


Supply List:


Drawing Supplies:

Small sketchbook for portable use, small quick sketches/compositional studies. The type depends on personal preference. It could be smooth or rough.

Graphite pencils-2H to 6B. Try out different kinds (full graphite pencils, graphite sticks, etc.)

Kneaded eraser and sharpener

Paint (basic palette):

Titanium White, Cerulean Blue, Cobalt Blue, Ultramarine Blue (deep), Viridian, Cadmium Yellow Lemon, Cadmium Yellow Pale, Cadmium Yellow, Yellow Ochre, Raw Sienna, Cadmium Orange, Burnt Sienna (Transparent Oxide Red), Cadmium Red, Alizarin Crimson.

Solvents and container:  Odorless turpentine in a container with a closing lid


Hog bristle flats and filberts of various sizes – 2, 4, 6, 8. Both new and older beat up ones.

A sable or soft hair brush (like Langnickel Royal Sable) in flats of various sizes – 2, 4, 6, 8, 10. On these, the newer and sharper the edge the better.

Canvas/ Panels:

Bring 3-4 panels/canvas of different sizes. Keep them small for portability.  8x10-12x16 recommended. Gessoed masonite panels. - A piece of untempered masonite board which has been covered with 3 coats of acrylic gesso sanded between coats. Can be purchased pre made.

Stretched Linen or linen adhered to wood panels/Gator board (AKA Gator foam). For the latter- a piece of linen adhered to Gator board with 2 coats of bookbinder glue (Miracle Muck) is my preferred choice.


A sturdy French Easel for large and small works or a small painting box mounted to a tripod for smaller works.


Most French easels come with a palette but a wooden palette is sufficient.


Paper Towels or rags

Small trash bags

Dark – non reflecting clothing

Small Mirror