It’s life drawing but not as you know it.
Wild Life Drawing was founded by Jennie Webber, a London-based artist and animal lover, with the aim of inspiring appreciation and understanding for the natural world through creativity.
Instead of human life models, animals come to ‘sit’ for us. Jennie will instruct you on the ins and outs of drawing animals from life and, as you get stuck in, you will learn all about the animals themselves, their habitat and their distinct characteristics.
The animal’s welfare is of the highest priority and their handlers always come along too, making sure they’re comfortable and happy throughout the class. Additionally, a proportion of each ticket sold will go directly towards benefitting animals – whether that be a donation to the associated charity or to ensure our handlers are able to rehabilitate and rehome additional rescue animals.
Jennie says; “I believe – and the results of the drawing classes are proof – that the act of taking time to draw animals evokes a real empathy, as the artist observes all the beautiful details, natural behaviours and the individual personality of the animal. It is my hope that Wild Life Drawing continues to reconnect those living in cities with the wonder of nature through creativity, in the hope that it will encourage more people to protect our planet and it's animals.” Hear hear.
All levels welcome, from experienced drawers to complete beginners. Tips, tricks and creative guidance will be offered throughout the class and all drawing materials are supplied.
Our newest instalment of Wild Life drawing has come all the way from the Galapagos with some fascinating reptile cousins of the ancient giants (and by Galapagos we do of course mean down the road). The animals will be visiting from a lovely local reptile sanctuary, which gives home to unwanted pets and run educational sessions about animal welfare.
These beautiful tortoises, geckos, iguanas and snakes make excellent subjects (they sit a lot stiller than the piggies of last time). You will spend the morning drawing and learning about the iconic ancestors of these creatures as well as hearing from the Galapagos Conservation Trust.
10% of each ticket sold will be donated to the Galapagos Conservation Trust. As well as drawing the terrific textures and patterns, the reptile handlers will also be full of facts about the animals they’ve brought along to the session.
This is one not to miss!
The next installment of our Wildlife drawing is bigger, better and scarier than ever as we are joined by the friendliest wolves this side of Canada. Okay, our furry friends are in fact British Lupine dogs that happen to be the perfect wolf doppelganger for this next sketching session. The perfectly tame canines have pure wolf in their bloodline and have even been known to howl at the moon.
With a short talk from Canine Behavioural Scientist and 'Head Wolf' Natalie Lagstrom, and we’ll look in detail at their anatomy and how they’ve evolved to adapt to a variety of habitats across the globe. As well as drawing these amazing animals, we will discuss current conservation issues facing these wonderful creatures. Our wolf experts are full of facts and will be ready and willing to answer any questions you might have and of course, everyone can have a stroke and a cuddle at the end.
The drawing class is open to all, from beginners to advanced. The aim of these drawing classes is to inspire a sense of appreciation and understanding for the animals and their conservation in the wider world.
10% of each ticket price will be donated to the Wolf Conservation Trust.