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How to capture the beauty of your pet at this Kamloops paint party

Carly Schmidt is the owner of Kamloops Art Party. She will be teaching her first 'Paint your own pet portrait' workshop this weekend on June 1 and 2, 2019.
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May 31, 2019 - 2:34 PM

KAMLOOPS — There’s a good chance when you scroll through the photos on your phone, you have more than a few pictures of your pet.

Whether it’s a dog, cat or even a rat, this Kamloops woman wants to help you capture the beauty of your favourite animal through this ‘Paint Your Own Pet Portrait’ workshop, and all you need is a photograph of your beloved pet.

Carly Schmidt is an acrylic portrait artist by trade and she is also the owner of the Kamloops Art Party. She’s been teaching beginner and entry level art classes for the last little while and now she wants to offer her artists a chance to learn some advanced painting skills.

“So many of the artists who come to my class are ready for something more,” Schmidt says. “With these classes we’ll be teaching techniques about how to actually put together portraits, how to lay your colours, how different fur textures work.”

This weekend will be the first time Schmidt is offering the workshop. During a two-day course, people will paint their pet from a photograph.

“Using a photo will be the easiest way of course, especially when we have one person who wants to paint their rat and another one who wants to paint their cat so having all those animals in a room might be a little too crazy,” she says.

When you register, people receive a canvas in order to draw out the original face.

“If you’re not able to draw out the original face then come into the studio and we can help draw it,” she says. “Or even if you don’t have time and you just want to paint, we can actually draw out the first sketch for you.”

Schmidt says the idea of painting pets before going to human faces is an easier transition for artists learning how to paint.

“It’s really just a natural progression.”

Although the registration for this weekend's workshop has been closed off. Schmidt is hoping to turn the workshop into a monthly thing.

Schmidt also wants the public to know you don't need experience to attend this workshop.

"You don't need tonnes of experience to pull off something extremely impressive," she says. "The biggest thing I would say is just not to be scared."

For anyone interested in attending one of her classes in the future, they can check out the events section of her website.


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