Pet Projects (Animal Inspired Art)

Pets can be a favorite subject for artists. Have you ever wanted to create a portrait of your pet or favorite animal? In this class students will learn to create portraits of different animals using a variety of materials including charcoal, pen and ink, conte crayon, watercolor, acrylic paint, and color pencil. Students will be encouraged to bring in a photograph of their pet or other favorite animal to use as inspiration and subject matter. Discover that creating a portrait of a pet is not just about how the animal looks, but also learning to convey each pet’s quirky and unique personality. Throughout the week students will explore and discuss artists who share a fascination with animals and take a tour of the Minneapolis Institute of Art to search for artworks that include animals and pets. The week will end with a fun exhibition for families and friends to celebrate the artists and view all the funky and special pet portraits created! / Open to students ages 9-12. MCAD strictly adheres to these age guidelines and is unable to allow exceptions. / View complete policies.

Need extended care for your child during the day? The Children's Theatre Company next door offers morning and afternoon care for MCAD camp participants.

What to bring: Please bring a packed lunch each day.

What to wear: Clothes appropriate for messy creativity.

Please Register Before: July 3

If the minimum enrollment is not met by the deadline above, the class will be canceled on this date. Registration will remain open after this date if the minimum enrollment has been met.

Class Savings Register for more than one class at a time and receive $25 off each additional class (same-day registrations only). Questions? Contact MCAD Continuing Education at or call 612.874.3765.

Course Details

CSK 0213 04 SU19
Date Start: 
Monday, July 8, 2019
Date End: 
Friday, July 12, 2019
9:00 a.m.–3:00 p.m.
Main Building, Room 231
Age Group: 
Age Requirement: 
Open to students ages 9-12
Days of Week: 
Summer Studio Kids Camps Ages 9-12