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Bold, Beautiful Wildlife Paintings with Cass Collins

Students will work from reference photos of animals/wildlife to create a bold, graphic-style acrylic painting. Starting with a loose pencil sketch, students will learn how to identify the main shapes of an animals form. They will then learn about colour mixing and acrylic painting techniques, as they translate these simple shapes into beautifully designed animal paintings. Contact Cass to see examples of her paintings in this style. Teachers can choose a theme for the animals, such as: Yukon Wildlife; Arctic Animals; Animals of Africa… or whatever theme suits you!

Grade Suitability:


Maximum Class Size:

Class size

Time Required:

2.5 to 3 hours (depending on age group)

Material Required:

Acrylic paint, acrylic liquid medium, heavy watercolour paper, masking tape, paintbrushes, palettes, pencils, erasers, paper towels, water containers. Artist will bring in all of the supplies and invoice the school at cost.

Material Cost:

Supplies will be $1.50/student. Painting on canvas boards is $2.50/student

Language of Instruction:



All communities (depending on scheduling)


September to June

Cass Collins

Cathleen (aka Cass) is an artist and graphic designer from northern Canada. She grew up in Whitehorse, Yukon and then moved down to B.C. for several years where she studied illustration and design at Capilano University (North Vancouver). Since receiving her diploma she’s moved back to her hometown, happily creating artwork and doing freelance design work. Cass's paintings have a graphic look and strong design sense. Her preferred medium is acrylics, and she will sometimes incorporate mixed media and collage into her works. Cass’s most recent paintings are a series of night skies and constellations, created with watercolour and ink. You can see more of Cass's work by visiting her website, Etsy shop or Facebook page.

Contact: 867-334-9376


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