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Animal Art Workshops 

The Gifted Hound workshops aim to offer something unique, so for 2022 I have created a programme of live animal workshops! I am working in collaboration with Merrion Farm, a working dairy farm based in the glorious West Sussex countryside, on the edge of the South Downs National Park. Between us we have devised a special art experience; workshops will be held predominantly outdoors, though there is a poly tunnel should the weather be unkind, and we will have exclusive 'up close and personal' access to the dairy herd.


As Merrion Farm is a working farm the ground is uneven and there are short walks between venues so you must be steady on your feet and dressed appropriately. We will be at the mercy of the weather but we will do our best to provide alternative arrangements should the weather be a problem, (in the event of a complete wash out the course will be postponed).


11.30am Meet at Merrion Farm car park and walk to field for initial guided sketching.

Meet everyone with an introduction from tutor Emma Gillo and safety pointers from Janice

11.45 - 1pm Guided sketching and drawing technique of the dairy herd with artist Emma Gillo. Drawing materials will be provided and a board to rest on, some basic seating will be available, however, should you wish to bring a blanket to sit on, or your own fold up chair that would be great. 

1 - 2pm Picnic lunch. 

You will need to bring your own packed lunch but light refreshments will be provided tea, coffee and soft drinks. Short walk to the lovely picnic area where there are tables and seating, tea and coffee making facilities and toilets. 

2pm - 3pm Short walk to poly tunnel for afternoon of focussed drawing.

There will be a few cows from the herd available in the poly tunnel for us to draw in close proximity, (if it is too hot an alternative option will be arranged).

3pm - 3.30pm Milking Time.

There will be an opportunity for everyone to see the gorgeous herd that they have been drawing being milked, Janice will be on hand to answer any questions. This is a lovely way to finish our day, however, if you need to get home that is absolutely fine!



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