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Artist Spotlight

Each month we will give you the opportunity to learn more about famous artists and give a go at some of the challenges we have set too. Find out more below to take part. 

January

Crufts Medal

Our collection contains hundreds of medals from shows all over the world. They are made of a variety of materials including bronze, pewter, silver and even gold! Many of the medals we have date from the late 19th and early 20th centuries and were given at large shows like Crufts for various awards such as Best of Breed. Lots of them are engraved too, which means we can find out more about the dogs that won them.

If you could design a medal what would you include? What material would you choose and what would it be awarded for? Perhaps you could have a go at drawing your own design.

(Click on the picture to see the full-sized version, then either save it to your device, or print it.)

Crufts medal

November

Collies in a Snowy Landscape

This painting by Wright Barker, represents two unknown Collies relaxing in a semi-alert way in a beautiful autumnal coloured landscape. The painting is from The Kennel Club Arts Foundation collection is currently on view in The Kennel Club's art gallery. It’s a very detailed landscape that the dogs are sat in and it captures their mood perfectly.

Now have a think about the origins of your own dog and what type of environment  they would be comfortable in. Why not have a go at drawing or painting your own dog doing what they love in their own landscape. The background can be fictional or real it is completely up to you. 

(Click on the picture to see the full-sized version, then either save it to your device, or print it.)

Collie Painting

 

 

 

October 

Dog Noses

This painting of a Newfoundland head by F T Daws, is a great way to see the shape of this dog’s nose. It’s a very detailed side profile and you can see just how big the dog’s nose is.

Why not have a go at drawing your own dog nose. Think about a specific breed - any breed you like! Then really home in on the dogs nose features. 

(Click on the picture to see the full-sized version, then either save it to your device, or print it.)

August 

Agility Set

This table top mini agility set was hand crafted by Mr Dave Perry, the first agility championship judge at Crufts, and includes all the types of agility hurdles that you may see set out on a course.

Why not have a go at drawing your own agility course. Think about the kind of activity you can imagine your dog competing in – it can be anything that you like, such as fastest dash to the dinner bowl or a timed sleepathon.

(Click on the picture to see the full-sized version, then either save it to your device, or print it.)

July 

The Girlfriend

This month our subject is friendship. Whether between people, dogs or other animals, friendship is so important! There are a number of examples of friendship within our art collection and this one is from our collection of drawings. It is called ‘The Girlfriend’ and was drawn by Christopher Gifford Ambler (1886-1965), who was an author and artist. What better way to show how much a friendship is valued than by writing a story and illustrating it with such beautiful drawings? Maybe you could try to do the same!

(Click on the picture to see the full-sized version, then either save it to your device, or print it.)

 

 

June 

The Keddell Memorial Trophy

Looking for a fun activity to do this month? Have a go at drawing your own design. What shape and form would your trophy take? Would it be made of silver like the Keddell Memorial Trophy or would it be made of something else such as gold, or even dog biscuits? Your trophy can take any form you like! Think about whether your trophy will have an engraved plaque and what you would like to write on it.

(Click on the picture to see the full-sized version, then either save it to your device, or print it.)

May 

Dookie the Welsh Corgi

Looking for a fun activity to do this month? Why not have a go at drawing your first ever dog. You could draw a memory you have of when you first got your dog? Maybe it could be the first time they came home, or with the first toy you bought them? Have fun creating a lovely memory to keep!

(Click on the picture to see the full-sized version, then either save it to your device, or print it.)

April 

Japanese Chin on a table

Looking for a fun activity to do this month? Why not have a go at drawing your dog with objects. Think carefully about composition and the size of your dog. If you have a large breed of dog then you could ask them to sit next to (rather than on) a table. Try to aim for a harmonious composition, have a play around with the objects in your arrangement until you’re satisfied with it. Make sure you email us or share on our Facebook or Instagram page once you have completed it.

(Click on the picture to see the full-sized version, then either save it to your device, or print it.)

March 

Leet of Mannerhead

Looking for a fun activity to do this month? Why not take part in our 'draw your dog sleeping' activity. Does your dog enjoy exploring more as the weather gets warmer? Maybe they would enjoy running through the flowers or sitting in a patch of sun. Perhaps you could try to draw your dog outside on a bright spring day; if it doesn’t rain of course. Make sure you email us or share on our Facebook or Instagram page once you have completed it.

(Click on the picture to see the full-sized version, then either save it to your device, or print it.)

February 

Draw your dog sleeping


Looking for a fun activity to do this month? Why not take part in our 'draw your dog sleeping' activity. Have a go at drawing or painting your dog as they relax. Try to capture some of their surroundings as well, their bed or toys close by, or their favourite blanket. A snoozing dog is a great model as at least they’ll be sitting still!  Make sure you email us or share on our Facebook or Instagram page once you have completed it.

(Click on the picture to see the full-sized version, then either save it to your device, or print it.)

January 

Dogs in Motion

Looking for a fun activity to do this month? Why not watch your dog exercising and see how their legs move? How about their fur? A Saluki has a short coat but you can see a little movement in the fur on Frehya’s ears. If your dog has a different coat how would it look? Once you have thought about how you want to draw your dog, why not give it a go below. Make sure you email us or share on our Facebook or Instagram page once you have completed it.

(Click on the picture to see the full-sized version, then either save it to your device, or print it.)

December 

Borzoi in a Snowy Landscape

Looking for a fun activity to do this month? Why not take part in our 'Borzoi in a Snowy Landscape' activity. Try drawing your dog or a dog in a winter setting – look at the dogs profile and what kind of coat does your dog or the dog have, is it long and curly or short and smooth? Make sure you email us or share on our Facebook or Instagram page once you have completed it.

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November

Collies in a Highland Landscape


Looking for a fun activity to do this month? Why not take part in our 'Collies in a Highland Landscape' activity. Make a portrait of your own dog or a dog you know well with an autumn theme. Think about the dog’s own personality and what they like doing and that will help you decide whether an indoor or outdoor portrait suits them best. Make sure you email us or share on our Facebook or Instagram page once you have completed it.

(Click on the picture to see the full-sized version, then either save it to your device, or print it.)

October

Design your own Crufts poster


Looking for a fun activity to do this month? Why not take part in our 'Design your own Crufts poster' activity. Think about how to bring some Crufts tradition and heritage into your Crufts poster design while still making it attractive for people today.  Make sure you email us or share on our Facebook or Instagram page once you have completed it.

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