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How to Paint a Dog Portrait Online Course2021-12-27T13:42:40-05:00

LEARN HOW TO PAINT A DOG PORTRAIT AND ELEVATE YOUR ARTISTIC SKILLS

What is the How to Paint a Dog Portrait online course?

This is a 11-week interactive online course that teaches the process of painting a realistic dog portrait to painters who want to learn new skills and level up as a wholehearted artist for self-fulfillment or become the next renowned pet portrait artist.

Whether you’re a beginner or a professional painter eager to grow, this comprehensive course will challenge you to paint with intention and follow through with the full painting process from start to finish.

It’s designed to elevate your skills as a painter, fuel your passion to sell custom pet portraits and sustain you as a wholehearted artist with support for mental-, emotional-, and physical health.

Get the step-by-step method from renowned pet portrait painter Erica Eriksdotter.

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EVOLVE FROM THE COMFORT OF YOUR HOME

A supportive, 9-module course designed to help you take action and make your animal painting dreams happen. You’ll be part of a community of fellow painters working step-by-step toward a finished pet portrait. 

JOIN THE WAITLIST

“She’s truly an inspiration!

The way Erica teaches is very calming and easy to follow-through. I simply wanted to learn from someone who inspires me and I loved it.”

Cristina, advanced painter from Italy, based in Colorado

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“She’s truly an inspiration!

The way Erica teaches is very calming and easy to follow-through. I simply wanted to learn from someone who inspires me and I loved it.”

Cristina, advanced painter from Italy, based in Colorado

Love note about Erica’s How to Paint Soulful Eyes online course

Can you relate to any of these?

I’ve been there.

When I painted my first dog portrait, I wasn’t sure what I was doing. I had never painted a portrait of a pet before nor had I painted an animal that was so beloved by his doggie parents. But I knew I wanted to learn how to do it, so I asked the subscribers on my small email list if I could practice by painting their animals. From there, I let inspiration guide me which over more than a decade has become a proven and successful process resulting in many happy clients and a long waitlist for my commissions. 

What no one told me was that following my true calling in life would also be the most challenging and testing journeys. Over the years, and the many ups and downs, I’ve taught myself how to take care of myself mentally, physically and emotionally for a sustained longevity as a painter to perform at a high level and execute one custom pet portrait after another.

Over the past several years I’ve met and worked with painters with different artistic styles and stories to share. They’ve been beginners to professional pet portrait painters and they’ve put the call out that they want to learn even more from me. If you’ve been guided to this page, I believe you’re one of them.

That’s why I created the How to Paint a Dog Portrait online course

I’ve poured three decades of experience into this nine-module online course designed to give students everything they need to paint portraits of beloved dogs. I take you inside my art studio to show you my step-by-step process of how to paint a realistic custom dog portrait that commission clients love.

Filmed over the entire painting process, this course is more than a painting class or traditional online art learning experience. As well as watching video lectures where I share my full set of acrylic painting skills to create stunning and deeply soulful portraits, this course has been uniquely designed to deliver support for your whole being as a painter to sustain you as a creative whether you do this for your own joy and wellbeing or to become the next renowned custom pet portrait artist. 

This course challenges you to level up and expand as a painter and as a human. It’s designed to inspire and touch on all of the facets artists use when we create. It’s gentle and encouraging. Beyond the immersive process of showing every brushstroke and blending move on the palette recorded in real time, this course delivers support for mental-, emotional- and physical health for artists, insight on how to work with clients and healing through grief, for self and others.

Join fellow art lovers in the Peer Love Forums for fun and supportive community, join Erica live for Q&A and live demos in the many Live Group Coaching Calls, and so much more. Enrollment in the How to Paint a Dog Portrait is offered just once per year. 

JOIN THE WAITLIST

Your art is needed my friend… and the world is waiting for your creations. 

How does the course work?

Taught over 11-weeks, painting lessons are released in weekly Modules which contain several video lessons covering the next steps in Erica’s proven process. 

Each lesson also includes a Peer Love forum for the community of fellow students to gather, ask questions, share progress and learn and grow together. There are several Live Group Coaching Video Calls hosted by Erica where she answers questions, demo requesting techniques or elaborate on a specific topic. 

All the lessons, Peer Love forums and Live Group Coaching Video Calls are online inside a private member only site. 

“Erica gives her all so you can thrive as a wholehearted painter!

I’m a beginner and Erica taught me so much! She is a great art teacher but it’s so much more than techniques or how to use a brush with her. She gives her all in building you up and supporting your whole artist being so you can thrive as a wholehearted painter! I plan on taking everything she offers.”

Angela H. from Virginia

“Erica gives her all in building you up and support your whole artist being so you can thrive as a wholehearted painter!

I’m a beginner and Erica taught me so much! She is a great art teacher but it’s so much more than techniques or how to use a brush with her. She wants you to thrive as a wholehearted painter! I plan on taking everything she offers.”

Angela H. from Virginia

There’s an abundance of art flowing through us all in different ways. And all our art is needed, for ourselves and for others to receive the benefit of it. Perhaps most importantly during this time in the world.

Tap into your colorful joy and learn how to create fulfilling portraits.

LEARN with ERICA ERIKSDOTTER

renowned pet portrait painter

My name is Erica and I paint realistic custom portraits of dogs and cats that grief counselors say help my customers work through losing a pet. My art has been featured wildly in the press including Washington Post, My Modern Met and on national and global television.

I grew up in Sweden as the youngest of three daughters and with a beloved yorkshire terrier named Lucas. I sold my first painting at age 10 but it was the heartache of losing my dog in my teens that kept me away from painting animals for a long time. Instead, I painted large statement pieces and participated in National Juried Art Shows up and down the East Coast. Until one day, a stray cat showed up at my doorstep.

My fascination with her gorgeous eyes had me in the studio soon enough asking my customers and followers: could I possible practice painting pets by using photos of their beloved animals? I was flooded with photos. (For those wondering, yes we rescued the cat and she’s often on my lap in the studio while I paint my commissioned pet portraits).

One of the keys to painting animals is to paint the eyes full of soul, the fur as lifelike as if you could touch it and to capture the true essence of the animal.

I had avoided painting animals for a long time because I knew the heartache I’d feel if I couldn’t get the essence and character just right. What if I painted my darling Lucas, or someone else’s ‘darling Lucas’, but without any soul? Or the eyes didn’t look alive or the fur anything but fluffy and realistic? What if I failed at something so important as honoring the relationship between a human and his or her pet?

After more than a decade of focusing on commissioned work of painting custom pet portraits for customers, I’ve honed my process down to simple and manageable steps and I’m here to guide you with my proven process to make sure you succeed.

With global media coverage and a long waitlist for my custom pet paintings, I believe it’s my artistic responsibility to now help you share your art with the world. I’m committed to helping you expand as an artist using the exact methods I’ve used to paint all my custom pet portraits and share the tools so you can paint with joy and your heart and be paid what you’re valued. 

There’s something so special about painting animals that viewers connect deeply with and that evoke so much emotion and healing.

I can’t wait to see you in this course and coach you to finish a pet portrait that you’re proud to share.

“Erica really helped me. I’m very grateful for her knowledge and talent. She gives her all when teaching and sharing. She’s very open, giving person.”

Patti, painter from Canada

Who This Is Not For

This course is not for everyone. This is intense, challenging and tedious. There is no shortcuts or guaranteed results without doing the step-by-step process and showing up for the 9 modules and 20+ hours of in-depth video lessons, live group coaching calls and peer love feedback.

This online course is not for you if…

  • Not interested in painting with acrylic paints.
  • Need in-person teachings, feedback, or one-on-one coaching.
  • Prefer rigid technical art instructions. While there are art techniques discussed, Erica paints and teaches from the heart and encourages her students to get out of their heads.
  • You’re a fast painter and thrive in a fast-learning environment with no desire to listen to the ‘whispers of inspiration’ or add magic to your art.
  • Need a quick fix and looking for a fast way to build an art business to sell custom pet portraits.
  • Need critiquing of art work before continuing your painting.
  • You’re used to finishing a painting in one sitting with no desire to paint a painting in steps over many sessions.

QUESTIONS ABOUT THE COURSE

What is the registration period for How to Paint a Dog Portrait?2021-10-22T11:52:49-04:00

Enrollment in the 2022 How to Paint a Dog Portrait course will be open November 1, 2021 at 9am ET and close November 5, 2021 at 9 pm ET. Be sure to add your name to our waitlist to be notified when registration opens.

Once you sign up, you can choose to go at your own pace throughout the year, or join fellow students and finish the course in 11 weeks. This course is open to our alumni every year to hone their skills and continue to grow.

What’s the format of the course?2021-10-22T12:11:24-04:00

Everything is online so you can grow as a painter and expand as a wholehearted artists from the comfort of your home.

This course was filmed over the entire painting process and includes video lessons of every step of my proven process of painting a pet portrait. You’ll have access to every real-time brushstroke and views of my palette work. Once the workshop kicks off, we release one module per week. For each of the nine modules in the course, you’ll watch several video lessons.

As a student, you’ll also be invited to join Peer Love forum in each module to gather, ask questions, share progress and learn and grow together. I’ll pop in now and then to share advice and tips. We’ll host several Live Group Coaching Video Calls hosted where I’ll answer questions, demo techniques or elaborate on a specific topic.

My schedule is complicated. Will I need to login at a specific time each week? What if I fall behind?2021-09-09T13:55:28-04:00

You have lifetime access to this course so you can’t fall behind in this course. There is no specific time you need to login to access the course content.

With that said, to fully take advantage of the Eriksdotter Support System which includes the Peer Love forums where you receive support from and engage with fellow students in the course or the Live Group Coaching Video Calls, it’s helpful if you do the modules as they are released. Maybe that’s something you can revisit during next year’s live launch since you have unlimited access.

 

What is the timeline for the course?2021-10-22T12:00:00-04:00

The doors to this course opens on November 1 and students immediately access a bonus pre-course module, and the PEER LOVE forum that sets the positive and supportive tone for the course. The first module of 2021 How to Paint a Pet Portrait will be released November 15. The time in between allows for students to gather or purchase new materials needed to complete the course.

We release one module per week and the course is a total of 11 weeks. We will take a two-week break during the holidays so no modules will be released week of December 20 and December 27. Students have a lifetime access to the all the course content, bonus lessons, plus any new material we add to the course in the future.

Why is there a gap between when registration ends and when the course begins?2021-10-18T12:21:52-04:00

As soon as you enroll you’ll receive the pre-course bonus module and a supply list of the painting materials you’ll need for this course. This gap allows you to take the module, order your and receive your supplies. If you’re already an advanced painter, chances are you may already have the material on hand. In total, the cost of materials necessary is less than $100.

Who is right for this course?2021-09-09T16:47:49-04:00

Our beloved pets have always been a popular subject for painters throughout time, but recent years have seen a huge increase in memorializing them to honor their proper place within the family.

This course is for you if you’re:

  • A grieving pet owner who would like to honor your beloved pet in this special way by learning the steps and paint a custom pet portrait through this course, then follow the proven process on your own and paint your own pet.
  • A beginner painter who can stay focused and ready to level up your painting skills and learn how to support and nurture your creativity.
  • A intermediate or advanced painter eager to learn the skills of the art of painting custom pet portraits, fuel your passion for selling art and accepting commissions.
  • A professional painter already selling custom pet portraits and eager to hone the process and expand as a wholehearted painter for a sustainable career.
Who is this not for?2021-09-09T17:09:39-04:00

This course is not for everyone. This is intense, challenging and tedious. There is no shortcuts or guaranteed results without doing the step-by-step process and showing up for all the 9 modules and 20+ hours of in-depth video lessons, live group coaching calls and peer love feedback. 

We deeply care about the success and growth of our students. Erica designed this course because she saw no other program like it. She teaches from the heart and encourage her students to get out of their heads.

This is not for you if you:

  • Need in-person teachings or feedback, or one-on-one coaching.
  • Prefer technical art instructions. While there are art techniques discussed, Erica paints and teaches from the heart and encourages her students to get out of their heads.
  • You’re a fast painter with no desire to learn or include details or magic for added soul or personality.
  • Looking for a quick way to build an art business to sell custom pet portraits.
  • Need critiquing of art work before moving continuing your painting.
  • Are used to finishing a painting in one sitting with no desire to paint in steps or in sessions.
Is the course right for me if I don’t have much experience painting or ever used acrylic before?2021-10-22T12:19:53-04:00

Oh my goodness my friend, I see you.  I’m a self-taught, third generation painter and has taught students with varying levels of painting experience. For example, Angela Hughes shared after taking one of my classes, “I’m a beginner and Erica taught me so much! She is a great art teacher but it’s so much more than techniques or how to use a brush with her. She gives her all in building you up and supporting your whole artist being so you can thrive as a wholehearted painter! I plan on taking everything she offers.”

If you’ve never used acrylics before, you’re in for a treat! I started painting with watercolors and merged my style of painting with acrylics in my mid-twenties. I’ll share my tips and tricks while encouraging you to follow and nurture your style. Be sure to join every Live coaching call, ask questions in the PEER LOVE forum and watch every time-released bonus lesson. And remember, Rome wasn’t built in one day. Let yourself be ‘on time’ in your creative adventure. Next time you take the course you’ll unlock new aha’s and grow as a painter.

Remember that the course is backed by a 100% risk-free guarantee and if you don’t feel this course is right for you, we’ll give you your money back.

I’m a professional painter and I’m worried this workshop is too basic for me?2021-10-22T12:13:35-04:00

No. I’ve taught experienced painters, including professional painters who does custom pet portraits and they’ve greatly benefited from my teachings. Consider Cristina’s words: “The way Erica teaches is very calming and easy to follow-through. I simply wanted to learn from someone who inspires me and I loved it.”

You get what you put into this course. Remember I offer a 100% risk free guarantee so you can sign up and cancel after the first week if you feel it’s not a right fit.

 

Will I need to download any special software for the course?2021-10-22T12:14:56-04:00

No, the online course is inside a web-based private member only site that you access through my website. All you need is an Internet connection. You can access the content on your computer, smartphone, tablet or other mobile device.

What is the cost to enroll in the course?2021-10-22T12:01:10-04:00

Tuition for the How to Paint a Dog Portrait is $1,497 USD. Paying in full is the best value, however, we also offer a payment plan option of $297/month for 6 months. You can choose the option that works best for you when you register.

 

Can I purchase the support to expand as a wholehearted painter separately?2021-09-09T20:36:07-04:00

The How to Paint a Dog Portrait is only available as a complete course.

What types of payment do you offer?2021-09-09T20:47:14-04:00

We accept all major credit cards including Visa, Mastercard, Discover, and American Express. For pay-in-full orders ($1,497 USD) and payment plan option, we accept PayPal. We are not set up to receive checks, invoices, or bank transfers.

How do you support students as they work through the course?2021-10-22T12:07:30-04:00

I’ve poured my whole heart into this course to build in as much encouragement and support as I can based on my 35+ years of experience as a painter.

During the 11-week duration of the live program, you’ll have access to your Eriksdotter support system. This includes the Peer Love forums which is a chat function that lives inside every lesson page. Here you can ask questions, share progress and get to know your fellow painters. Erica and Team Eriksdotter will answer common questions to help you stay focused.

We’ll also have several Live Group Coaching Video Calls together where Erica will answer both live and pre-submitted questions, demo any requested techniques or elaborate on a specific topic. These sessions are meant to dive deeper into the creative process and the phase we’re currently in that week. These sessions are designed to feel like we’re sitting together in the studio and where all your questions are answered.

Engaging in this community, both via Peer Love forums with your fellow students and the live sessions with Erica will help you dive deeper into the material, support throughout the creative process and bring a sense of community to your new lifestyle.

Remember, you get what you put in and you’re the driving force behind your success. Let’s have fun together!

After the 11-weeks are up, you’ll have year-long access to the recordings and access to students’ questions in the ever evolving Student FAQ’s.

Will I speak with or get feedback directly from Erica?2021-10-22T12:09:04-04:00

Yes! While this is not a one-on-one coaching program (check out my Apprentice Program for that), I’ll host several Live Group Coaching Video Calls throughout the 11-week live portion of the course where you’ll have a chance to get your pre-submitted or live questions answered by yours truly. This is a wonderful opportunity to really grab this opportunity and immerse yourself in the course material even more.

What if I have another question not listed here?2021-09-09T21:05:02-04:00

Contact us at support [at] studioeriksdotter.com and we’ll get back to you as soon as we can.

Do you offer a scholarship program?2021-10-25T09:34:30-04:00

The beautiful part with art is that there’s an abundance of art flowing through us all in different ways. And all our art is needed, for ourselves and for others to receive the benefit of. Perhaps most importantly during this time in the world. That’s why I have a scholarship program for “How to Paint a Dog Portrait.” Giving back is hugely important to me and launching this new robust and comprehensive course only felt right if I also included scholarships.

When is the application period?

We’re accepting applications October 25-31, 2021. The deadline to apply is 9pm ET on October 31, 2021. Please apply by filling out this form. Winners will be notified by email and announced on the website on November 1, 2021.

I don’t sell my art, can I still apply for a scholarship? 

All applications are welcome from all skill levels, including those who have never painted before or are well established pet portrait painters.

I don’t live in the U.S. Am I eligible to apply for a scholarship?

Absolutely!

How many scholarships do you offer?

I’m excited to offer 3 seats this year. Each recipient will receive full tuition to this year’s How to Paint a Dog Portrait. The application process is simple and only includes two questions and a little bit of information about you.

 

Do you offer a guarentee?2021-11-03T09:57:49-04:00

Yes. Just like with my pet portrait commissions, this course is also backed with a 100% risk-free guarantee. If by 12pm (noon Eastern U.S. time) on Sunday, November 21, 2021, you don’t feel this is the right fit for you, show us your completed progress so far and you’ll get your money back. Please note that you need to meet the deadline to receive the refund. This also applies to payment plans.

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