“Until one has loved an animal,
a part of one’s soul remains unawakened.”
~ Anatole France
Pets. You gotta’ love em! We keep them for companionship, for comfort, for protection, and definitely for entertainment! Pets fill our lives with love, joy, fun, and mischief too!
Do you have quirky canines, capricious kitties, or fanciful feathered friends? Let’s capture our loyal and adorable critters in playful and whimsical ways with multiple art mediums!
In my latest art course, Playful Pet Portraits, I will teach you, your kids and teens simple techniques for painting your family pet(s) while exploring various artistic styles.
“My little dog – a heartbeat at my feet.”
~ Edith Wharton
Art is a vitally important learning tool in any classroom, whether public or home school. Children who create art – sketches, paintings, sculptures, photographs, and crafts – not only experience the satisfaction of self-expression, but also learn to think in new ways.
This is a 2-week e-Course which means classes will be taught via videos in a private, password-protected site. You can watch them on your own time and adjust them to fit your family’s schedule.
“Cats are connoisseurs of comfort.”
~ James Herriot
Classes are now available. Sign up today and receive immediate access!
In this mini workshop for kids ages 8 and up (tweens, teens, & moms too), we will be exploring and experimenting with various art forms including:
- Acrylic painting
- Watercolor painting
- Palette knife painting
- Oil Pastels
- Charcoal & gesso
- Collage art
- Negative space
“Some people talk to animals.
Not many listen though. That’s the problem.”
~ A.A. Milne
This e-Course will be taught over two weeks, with detailed videos and supply lists of each project. We will explore simple techniques for capturing your pet in the artistic style and medium of your choice. Whether you have dogs, cats, bunnies, rodents, birds, fish, or reptiles, or several of each, we will explore them all. But I must draw the line at tarantulas, hissing cockroaches, or any other arthropod. (Dude! I don’t want to give myself nightmares!!!) 😮
“You think those dogs will not be in heaven!
I tell you they will be there long before any of us.”
~ Robert Louis Stevenson
10 different art projects altogether!
Upon purchase, you will receive a welcome PDF with further information about the classes, as well as the private links to the “classroom” and your personal password.
Your kids can work on their art projects whenever they want and at their own pace. You will receive LIFETIME access to this course.*
“Animals are such agreeable friends―
they ask no questions, they pass no criticisms.”
~ George Eliot
What Others Are Saying About My Mixed Media Courses:
“Alisha Gratehouse is a wonderful instructor! [My son] has loved her lessons, not only for the actual instruction, but because she makes these projects so fun. I found him laughing out loud in his lessons so many times I lost count! He’s enjoying the art, but he’s also enjoying her as a teacher. That’s an added bonus!” ~ Emily C.
“[My daughter] spends almost her entire day, night and weekend creating. She has thoroughly enjoyed the Spring mixed media course and can’t wait to begin You Are A Masterpiece. Alisha you rock!! [She] LOVES all her art classes but yours is by far her favourite!” ~ Claire S.
“My kids have never gotten such good art instruction, not only in technique, but in the classical artists. We are LOVING this class!” ~ Susan E.
“This has been a great project for us to do together. I have been wanting to bring more art into my homeschool (I LOVE art history!) but have not felt confident in art instruction. We have all enjoyed your videos and creating art together… Your style is gentle, encouraging, and fun! Your accent makes me feel all cozy, like a nice cup of tea…” ~ Amy F.
“Thank you for sharing your gift of art! Your class has brought so much joy and beauty to our lives!” ~ Patty S.
“This class is so much more than I thought I was buying. I thought I would get some ebooks with pictures and written instructions, but the videos are so much better! It’s great to see exactly how to do it and get new ideas for using the media. I’ve done a lot of acrylic painting on wood, but your ideas on canvas – using a wash over the papers, using fingers to apply an edge, and dabbing with bubble wrap……wow! And for my 7-year old art buddy, this is exactly what she needs, to see the different possibilities demonstrated, complete with the ‘oops’ moments. (Please don’t ever edit those out!)” ~ Pam C.
“Thank you for your great classes online! [They are] so much fun! Thirty years ago I remember wanting to make creative things but there were not any resources available to me then for such luxuries as art. But now I can enjoy your class with my children. So wonderful!” ~ Kim H.
“Both of us had a great time with the Art of Fall Mixed Media class working together and trying new art ideas. My daughter adored the time I spent with her and I found it to be very therapeutic! The projects are explained well and the videos make them easy to try on your own… It was just plain fun! The results were excellent and made lovely display pieces.” ~ Heather W.
“Parents, if you are crazy enough to want some high quality mixed media art lessons for your child(ren) you probably want to check out Alisha Gratehouse’s lessons. She makes everyone in our house feel like an artist by the time a project is finished. We’re even (willingly and joyfully) hanging the art up in the house! Where it can be seen. The price is right, too. So whether you have a couple, several, few, or gaggle of children it’s affordable.” ~ Christine C.
“We have been loving the art projects…Thanks for making the classes we are learning new each time. I never thought I could draw and paint like we did this week!” ~ Shannon F.
“Great class and SO much fun! We learned so many new techniques and I had as much fun as my daughter did. The videos show you step by step how to do it — even my 7 year old daughter could follow them.” ~ Leigh Ann T.
“My kids have really enjoyed the projects! Thanks for keeping the price reasonable for all us homeschooling.” ~ Julie A.
“No animal has more liberty than the cat…
the cat is the best anarchist.”
~ Ernest Hemingway
Q: How does one participate in this art course?
A: This e-Course is spread out over two weeks and taught via video in a private, password-protected site. Your child may watch and create on his or her own schedule.
Q: How do I purchase this art course?
A: Purchases can be made via PayPal by clicking on the “Add to Cart” button anywhere on this page.
Q: What happens after purchase?
A: Immediately after your secure purchase, you will receive a PDF with the course supply list, private classroom links, and password(s). Please save this PDF.
Q: How long will I have access to this course?
A: You will have lifetime access to this course.
Q: What art supplies will you use for this course?
A: Please click here to see a list of the basic art supplies for each course.
Q: Who is this course for?
A: This course was created and intended for older kids (ages 8 and up), teens, and moms too!
Q: My child is not yet 8 years old. Will he be able to participate?
A: Only you know the abilities of your own child, but most of these projects are basic and could be done by children a bit younger than 8 (with your help and supervision). I will provide templates for many of the projects, but some will require the child to draw/paint/letter on his own and may, therefore, be a little more difficult. With that being said, children as young as 4 years old have participated in this course with their older siblings and loved it!
Q: What if I can’t keep up with the pace of the class?
A: You may participate in this class on your own time and at your own pace. You are never behind.
Q: Can others outside my immediate family participate in this art course?
A: I would love for you and your children to enjoy this course, but please do not share your personal link and password with anyone else outside of your immediate family. I have put a lot of planning and work into creating this course. I trust you will understand and honor this request.
Q: Do you offer Homeschool Co-op Licensing?
A: Yes. You can purchase a co-op license by contacting me at: alishagratehouse [at] gmail [dot] com. The price is $75 (2.5 times the retail price) and it may be used for up to 25 students. If you have 25 students in your class, each student is only paying $3.00 instead of the $30.00 they would if they each bought their own course. If your classroom or large co-op has more than 25 students, you’ll need to purchase a second license, which is good for another 25 students.
Q: I am a blogger; can I join your Affiliate program?
A: Yes, I would love for you to join my Affiliate Program here.
Have a question that isn’t answered above? Please contact me at: alishagratehouse [at] gmail [dot] com.
*For as long as I manage this site.
**Due to the nature of this e-Course product, there is no refund.
Alisha Gratehouse is an artist, art instructor, minister’s wife, and homeschooling mom of three. Her days are filled with creating, painting, writing, drinking lots of tea, laughing with (and at) her family, and spontaneously bursting forth into song. Alisha is the author of several books including, A Life That Flourishes.