Percheron and Me


Levels beginner through advanced

Grafton, Wisconsin

August 4 - 8, 2015, $650.00 (includes dog handler fees). A deposit of 1/2 of the fee ($325.00) is due by June 1, 2015, with balance due on August 4th.  I accept checks, money orders or cash.  (Once deposit is received you will be mailed a supply list & directions to Ms Payne's studio, along with a list of hotels within a 10 mile radius to our working area. You will need to get a reservation ASAP as this area is extremely popular during the summer months. The hotel prices range from 48.00 a night and up.)  This is a four day workshop running from Tuesday night to 4:00 p.m. Saturday afternoon.

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Workshop Includes:

  • Working from live models.
  • The history of dogs in art from hunting scenes to the 19th century pet portrait (finding your mentor).
  • The anatomy of the dog working from an articulated dog skeleton in order to learn the different structures of the many breeds (learning measurements and proportions).
  • Learning the methods of the Masters of the past and how they used palettes, paints and brushes.
  • Advice on how to avoid the destructive influence of photographic sources in order to take photographs you can work from.
  • How to avoid frustration in working from life, and continue your progress on your own after the workshop. 

Optional: For those interested on Sunday August 9th I will be offering private Portfolio Evaluation and Career Suggestions: How and which galleries to approach and how to work with clients : 2 hour individual session cost is $125.00.  Please contact me to make an appointment for the time you would like.  If you decide after the workshop to have an appointment and have to wait for your time there are many things to do in neighboring historic areas and also visit the Milwaukee Art Museum.  For Sunday appointment or additional information on the workshop please feel free to call the studio at: 262-377-7717 Mon-Sat 10am-8pm Central Time.

*If you are interested, during our painting breaks at the Sporting Dog kennel, you can watch hunting dogs being trained in the field by one of the best professionals in the U.S.!

To make certain that each person receives individual attention, this workshop is limited to 12 participants.

Three day workshop begins with a presentation demo and instruction. The presentation covers the history of animal drawing and painting, as well as the techniques used by the Masters.

The workshop is designed to accommodate artists of all levels, and will teach the basics of dog anatomy.  Live animal models will be provided, plus drawing and painting demonstrations will take place each day of the class.  Information on the techniques of taking and working from photographs will also be included.  Participants will work mostly with drawing media on days one and two, with painting taking place on the third day.  Critiques will be provided at the end of each day.

Total cost for the workshop is $650.00 (plus any doggy treats you can bring for the models).  Classes are limited to 12, so sign up early.  1/2 deposit will be required in advance.  Once deposit is received you will get a supply list and directions to Ms. Payne's studio.

Wisconsin is an agricultural state with a 5.2 sales tax.  It is pastoral with many open fields and wonderful landscape vistas to use as backdrops for animal portraits.  We are located 1.5 miles from the shores of Lake Michigan.  Hotels within a 1 and 1/2 mile distance to the studio range from 50.00 dollars a night to 110.00. please make reservations early as possible as the surrounding towns have many festivals, cafes and boutiques open during the summer months.  The population is gregarious, friendly and helpful.  Restaurants are very reasonable as are groceries and other food outlets.  I have traveled this country for many years and have yet to find a more easy place to drive.  We have the most polite drivers in the country and NO TOLLS!.

For a brochure or more information call the Studio at : 262-505-0805 Central Time, Tuesday - Sunday 10am-7pm.  Please leave a voice message with a phone contact and time to call.



Knitting Needle (not croquet or rug hooking).  Nothing larger gauge than a 3.25(marked on the head of needle)

11 x 14 or 12 x 16 or 16 x 20 Newsprint Pad (Smooth)

Sketch Book at least 11 x 12.  (Strathmore has nice sketching paper but use what you like.)

Graphite Pencils 2B, HB, 2H (I use Dewert brand, but your choice of Brand will do).  Bring plenty.

Large handle Utility Knife

Sandpaper sheet, Grit 150

2 Sheets 11 x 14 light grey, light brown or light grey blue colored Mi-Cansons Pastel paper

Masking Tape

Pink Pearl Eraser and Kneaded Eraser

Charcoal pencils In Hard, Med Soft (Cabethello or Faber Castel are good.)

White Pastel Pencil (Do not mistake these pencils for Colored Pencils...these are different.)

Conte in Sienna, white & black (also brown if you like)

1 Large Charcoal rectanglur chunk

1 Masonite board  to place paper on...16 x 20

4 Elephant clips (to clip paper to board)

Please remember to bring a NOTEBOOK and bag or pack where you can keep handouts to take home.  Also bring a CAMERA for when you start a pose of a dog you like, you can take a picture of that pose and finish it at home on your own.


I recommend SourceTek located in Scottsdale, AZ at 800-587-5462 or  They supply many famous Western and Eastern Painters with supplies for painting, such as painting surfaces, brushes and other supplies. You will love these materials!

12" x 16" or 11" x 14" Baltic Birch Panels (1/8" thick with Claessens #13 oil-primed linen)

Grand Prix filberts in sizes 2,4,6,8, and rounds in sizes 2, 4, 6, and a bright in size 2. Don't forget two quality brush washers or glass jars for mediums.

A paint and palette materials list will be updated soon.

OTHER NECESSARY EQUIPMENT: Tube Wringer, wooden palette, pochade box or easel, rags or paper towels, and Fels Naptha bar soap, or D-Lead soap or towelettes (available from, wooden handheld palette at least 16 x 20, Chinese bristle brush for spreading media, 2" (available at Home Depot or a paint store.), and a Plein Air Paint Box or Easel you can set on a table in front of model.


"Peaches" "Peaches" - Standard Poodle, 9" x 12", Oil on Canvas