Paint Your Own Pet

Want to host a private paint your own pet class? Email Maddy at

Please read through all of the directions and FAQs before sending in your photos. 


1. Purchase your tickets

A list of all of our public classes is located at

Note: TICKETS SELL FAST. If you find available tickets, buy them sooner rather than later.

Don't worry about bringing your actual ticket to class.

2. Submit your photos

Please send an email to with 3 or more HIGH QUALITY photos of your pet 5 OR MORE days before class. If you have a favorite, we will try to use that one, otherwise we will pick the easiest one for you to paint. 

Please send with your subject: Date / Location / Ticket Holder Name

Example: March 12 / Maple Island Brewing / Elizabeth Miller

The best paintings come from photos that are:

1. High quality photos (Yes, your iPhone photos are fine, but please no screen shots).

2. In the daylight (daylight through a window is just fine), but not so sunny that the face is dark. 

3. Have great contrast (if you have a black cat, you can see different shades of grey, black, etc. in the photo)

4. The pet is looking at the camera (I know this is hard. treats help.)

5. There is nothing covering the animal / the animal is not sitting on a couch

6. High contrast from the background. You animal pops off the page.

7. You can see your pet's full head. If the ears are cropped out of the photo, they will be cropped out of your painting. 

8. Your photo is close up (reference the dog laying in the field under bad photos)



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3. Photo Editing

We’ve got this one. Bekah (graphic designer of GDA) will format your photo into 2-D shapes. We will crop your image into a face shot. Bekah will send you an email back with your edited image within a week for you to review.

This is not an exact representation of how your painting will look, this is only a guide, so everything is edit-able!

4. Transferring 

At the beginning of the class you will use your edited photo to transfer your photo onto your canvas to create your own paint-by-number. You can use as much or little detail as you want. 



5. Paint your pet by numbers!

You will have a road map to paint each of the sections and have a full color palette to mix from. You can add shading or keep it simple and stick to the paint by number. At the end, you will add your background to finish your masterpiece off! 


1. Can I paint more than one animal on my painting? 

A: NEW! Yes! Of course, with most things, there is a catch. You will need to attend 2 pet painting classes. Each pet takes around 3 hours. Your second class is FREE! Please attend your first class, and then make arrangements with Maddy for your next class.

2. Can Gray Duck Art edit the collar, blanket, bandana, etc. out of the picture?

A: Unfortunately, no. But you CAN paint right over it/skip tracing that part. For the most part, it will be just as easy to skip painting the collar vs. painting it.

3. Can kids paint?

A: YES! Kids can come paint their own canvas if they are 8 or older. They are more than welcome to paint with the help of an adult if they are younger than 8. Most of the breweries and locations we partner with allow kids, but please double check.

4. Can I just show up?

Pre-registration is required. Most registration links close 5-7 days before class. Please refer to the event description.

5. Can I use a combination of photos?

Your painting will be based off of ONE photo. You can use different photos from your phone, etc. if you would like to make the eyes look a little different or change a few details here and there. 

6. Can multiple people work on the same painting?

Please ask Maddy at Every event has a different amount of space.

7. Can I get a refund? I can't come to class anymore. 

Maddy will work with you to help you find another class you can come to. Refunds are not available. 

8. I want the whole body in the photo, is that possible? 

Yes, but you need to let us know in your registration email. We do not recommend doing this because your painting will be more zoomed out, making the face smaller and harder to paint.

9. I didn't finish my painting at class, now what?

Check out our public event list, find one that works, and email to make sure there is space for you to come back to work on your art. 


Email Bekah at for photo/editing questions, or email for all event & other questions.