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How to Paint Animal Fur - Acrylic Online Class - with Instructor Neadeen Masters, CDA

  • Learn how to paint all types of animal fur.
  • How to paint Zebras?
  • How to paint A Cougar?
  • How to paint A Lion?

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How to Paint Animals?

Make Your Wildlife Paintings

Look More Professional


Discover the secrets to painting animal fur and

make all your animal subjects seem lifelike!


The Technical Basics of Painting Fur

If you wonder about how to paint animals, you must also wonder about painting animal fur. If painting animals, painting lions and realistic wildlife are subjects you’ve always wanted to master, then learning to paint convincing fur details is the key to your success. There are specific painting techniques you can learn that will make painting lions and cougars, and other animal fur much easier than it seems. The secret is in knowing what to look for and knowing how to describe the animals you see.


From time to time we've all struggled with painting animal fur textures and patterns that aren’t quite believable. It can be overwhelming and very frustrating when we don’t understand how to approach the subject. In order to get authentic results we must first learn how to break it down into bite size pieces. As a maturing artist, I too struggled with painting animal fur until I had a major breakthrough about the concepts of visual texture and dimension. This immediately changed the way I approached the subject and since then, I’ve never looked back!

Let me share with you the learning outcomes for this wildlife art class...First, you’ll learn how to see and read fur textures and colors. Then as you paint the four animal studies; the rabbit, cougar, two zebras and a large male lion. Each study will help you focus on the different qualities and characteristics of their fur. For example, we'll explore the type, length, texture, and color patterns for each animal. As you paint along with my in-depth and detailed video demonstrations, you’ll also discover a new level of appreciation for the uniqueness of each animal's fur details. 'Seeing' will become easier and easier as we move forward.






Makes Learning Easy - Course Materials Are Broken Into Bite Size Pieces

  • The first of the course videos starts out by explaining in detail the anatomy of numerous types of animal fur. This is key information to build confidence as you learn how to recognize the different characteristics of fur types. You will also learn to see the variations between textures, colors and patterns of specific animals. Painting exercises get you painting right away.
  • Four painted studies are completed during the course. Starting with a small rabbit study, students work on brush technique and basic stroke control. This helps to explain and teach about the growth patterns and fur direction.
  • Prior to starting the first of three larger painted studies, you’ll have a well-rounded view of the subjects we’re covering. As we move through the course videos and written lessons together, you’ll feel a great sense of accomplishment with each new painting experience.
  • There are many classroom forums where you'll upload photographs  of your work, and questions and answers are shared between students and me the instructor. Feedback is very important. This helps you know that you are on the right track. If there are any issues or challenges, these Q & A’s forums help clarify anything that might not be completely clear to you.
  • You’ll also have access to a friendly online community of fellow students, to trade advice and experience as well as get personalized advice from me. No matter the challenge, the community, the classroom forums and I are all here to get you rolling again.


One of the animal studies in this course is the large male lion. If you have ever tried painting lions, you already know how much detail there is to this animal's face, mane and expression. Painting lions in a realistic manner takes practise and a planned approach. I will show you how to take this comples study and break it down into  step by step layers that are easier to manage.

 "I have learned so much from this class – more than I thought possible." - Linda Etten


Student Testimonial - "I have learned so much from this class – more than I thought possible. It was daunting in the beginning and it definitely took time and patience. Neadeen gives super instructions, both with her videos and step-by-step instructions. I learned so much about working with a limited palette and her tips on painting short fur were invaluable. Before taking this class I attempted painting animals but they always turned out looking flat and childlike. The great thing is I could paint on my schedule – some days only an hour or so. This, I found out, actually helped me see mistakes early on because it gave me a chance to look at my painting from a distance. In my hometown there aren’t many options for someone who wants to learn to improve their painting skills. Those that I’ve tried haven’t come close to what I have learned through Art Apprentice and their fantastic instructors. I can’t say enough good things about this course. If you want to learn to paint fur, you have to try this class."


Painting Lions that look realistic! 


Watch and learn from the best seat in the house

One of the greatest benefits to taking an online class like this, is having the ability to hit the rewind button. If you need to re-watch a particular painting technique more than once, you can do so with a click. This also gives you lots of time to practice and digest the information at your own pace. Watching the videos from the best seat in the house gives you an over the shoulder view of the whole painting process from start to finish. Below is a short video snippet of the final painting details from the male lion. You can see every stroke at very close range.


  • Reference materials and step by step written lessons - Students are provided with reference materials and line drawings, and shown how to create value maps for painting each of the animal studies. There is no worry about you having to know how to draw your subject. Once you have learned how to create your own patterns, the sky is the limit. These are skills and practices that will serve you well as you paint other animals in the furture. Painting along with the videos and following the step by step written lessons makes the process a rich and enjoyable learning experience for you.

  Written Step By Step Lessons - Make It Easy To Learn



  • Excellent Value - The high video content and written lessons make this course excellent value, especially when you consider finishing four paintings!  The vast array of new painting techniques and paint applications will arm you with the best 'know how' to challenge many other types of animal paintings on your own. These skills are invaluable and can be applied to all wildlife studies.
  • All Skill Levels Are Welcome- This course has been designed for all skill levels of painter. Naturally it is recommended that you have some prior painting experience. That said, you will meet many painters who are at various stages of their artistic journey. Everyone supports each other and is very helpful and friendly.



Expand your technical skills today!


Copyright Neadeen Masters 2014

Learning Outcomes:  

  • Discover what to look for and how to describe what you see
  • Learn how to paint animals from your own photographic reference materials
  • Learn how to create your own patterns for success
  • Understand and paint differentand realistic fur textures, types and colors
  • Learn how color blocking will lead to your success as you paint realistic fur details
  • Learn how to use different painting techniques for developing realistic short and long fur
  • Enjoy learning as you paint four realistic animal studies!

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Product Reviews

  1. Best Fur Course I have Seen

    Posted by Fay Swan on 6th Jul 2013

    As always the AAO have delivered above and beyond. I have had to wait a long time before I could buy it and it was well worth the wait.

    This is a comprehensive course that shows you all the aspects you really need to paint realistic fur. Neadeen explains things beautifully and breaks things down in steps and explains the elements needed so that you can then paint your own animals.

  2. How to realy learn

    Posted by Jocelyn (Josh) Arsenault on 31st Mar 2013

    I was searching an online fur painting lesson and I finaly found it at AAOnline. I am doing the first painting and the lessons I found are simply amazing by the clarity and the helpful information given by the instructor. Every subject is very well detailed and explained from A to Z.

  3. Amazing Class

    Posted by Norway on 26th Dec 2012

    Amazing class is all I can say. Painting animal fur that is realistic has been my goal. This online class covers all the bases of painting fur.

  4. Very Impressed with this online art class

    Posted by student from USA on 4th Dec 2012

    I wanted to learn more about painting lions. I have been searching for a class where I could learn how to paint fur and this online art class has everything I was looking for. Painting Lions is one of the art studies, and so much more painting technique is in this class that I am feeling very excited about it. Neadeen you explain all the steps clearly and your painting instruction is very excellent. I am looking forward to painting zebras and learning how to paint cougars. The subjects are very realistic! I am very happy camper!

  5. learing to paint fur

    Posted by ROLAND KAHELSKI on 1st Dec 2012

    does a very good job of explaining what she's
    doing and why. i learned quite a bit that i will
    put to use in future paintings. i highly recomend
    this course to everyone wanting to learn how to
    paint fur and animals in general.

  6. Best Ever!!!

    Posted by Florida US of A on 11th Nov 2012

    I am loving this online class. Neadeen is an excellent teacher.

  7. Outstanding class

    Posted by NA usa on 5th Nov 2012

    i am very pleased with this course. neadeen is a great teacher. Easy to follow and very helpful.

  8. Wish I could rate it 10 stars!!!

    Posted by NA - USA on 26th Aug 2012

    I am so enjoying this class. Learning and challenging myself.The best class I have taken in years.

  9. The best class ever!

    Posted by Anne on 25th Aug 2012

    I have taken lots of classes to learn to paint animals,but this one made it all come together for me. Neadeen shares so much detail and makes the painting easy to follow. I love the videos. Excellent! excellent!

  10. Excellent!

    Posted by USA Artist on 28th Jul 2012

    I've learned so much from this class,I'm using all the techniques to paint my own subjects now. Thank you so much for your easy to understand teaching.

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