This International Women’s Day, take flight and join us for a drawing class focused on the fascinating lives of female birds of prey.
We will be in the company of three stunning birds, and getting an insight into their unique adaptations from an expert falconer. Leading the flock, a sleek and nimble Harris Hawk. These birds live in complex social hierarchies, always led by a dominant alpha female. Next on the bill (or should we say beak) will be Mauve, a surprisingly gentle and affectionate Hooded Vulture. The ancient Egyptians regarded vultures as sacred because they believed that they were all female. They represented motherhood and birth, and were protected by the pharaohs. The final bird we will meet is one of the largest species of owl- an awe-inspiring Great Grey named Frederika (AKA Fred). Female owls tower over their male counterparts, usually being around a third bigger. This allows them to lay eggs, fiercely protect themselves and their young, and enables them to hunt bigger species than the males can manage.
The class will be led by nature illustrator Jennie Webber, who will get you started with an introduction to observational drawing, and her top tips for sketching moving ‘models’. Throughout the session, Jennie will be on hand with as much creative guidance as you’d like, and WLD’s birds of prey expert Paul will be happy to answer any questions that you have. 10% of profits will be donated to Vulpro to support their aim to save African vultures.
The Wine Bar is open for lunch on Saturdays, so why not book in before or after your session? We’re offering a 10% discount for Wildlife Drawing bookers on the day (please call ahead to book and let us know you’re here for the class too).