Painting Animals in Acrylics in the Impressionist MannerCourse Cancelled
Tutor: Richard BoxCourse Code: 1019-03


We shall be inspired by Georges Seurat, who used every colour in the spectrum to create the illusion of a brown dog in his 1883-84 painting 'Bathers at Asnieres'. We shall follow his example diligently and be similarly amazed, just like the seven year old girl on a school trip to the National Gallery in the late 1970's, who examined this part of the painting and exclaimed to her classmates: "It's a punk dog!".


We shall paint a picture of an animal selected by Richard, your tutor, on the first day.  He will dispel the myth that acrylics are supposed to be difficult and he will teach you, step by step, how to paint a picture, achieving marvellous effects.  Starting with numerous layers of translucent colours, we will progress to using the paint more opaquely using techniques as "scumbling" and "impasto" in certain areas that require exciting emphasis.  You will then develop this painting or even start another on the second day.  Richard will supply suitable images.

Paintings used to illustrate this course: the painting of the hare is by Richard Box.  The second painting is a section from 'Bathers at Asnieres' by Georges Seurat.

Please bring with you

Protective clothing that you don't mind getting splashed with paint.

The following items can be purchased from your tutor

Richard will supply all equipment at a cost of no more than £5, payable in cash to Richard during the course.


Suitable for all levels

Course Location

Missenden Abbey
Great Missenden, Buckinghamshire HP16 0BD


Richard Box

Richard Box

Richard is an artist and art historian. He has painted in oils and watercolours for many years and is now exploring acrylics. He continues to develop his textile work which involves fabric collage with both machine and hand stitching ('painting' with fabric and thread). Richard has written seven books on drawing, design and embroidery.  He gives lectures to branches of the Embroiderers' Guild; Women's Institutes; Probus, and the National Association of the Decorative and Fine Arts Society.  Richard has been teaching for 55 years and has a missionary zeal to help people to overcome their terrors of drawing.

Website: Richard Box

9th to 10th Mar 2019
Saturday to Sunday


9.30amCoffee on arrival
9.45amWelcome and tutor introductions for all
10am-1pmTeaching session
1pmLunch for all - residents may check in
2-5.30pmTeaching session
6.45 for 7pmDinner for residents
From 7-9.15amBreakfast for residents
9.30am-1pmTeaching session
1pmLunch for all
2-5pmLast teaching session