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 instructs you on the ins and outs of drawing animals from life and, as you get stuck in, you learn all about the animals themselves, their habitat and their distinct characteristics.
The animals’ 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 goes directly towards benefitting animals, whether that’s a donation to the associated charity or helping the handlers on their quest to rehabilitate and rehouse rescue animals.
“I believe 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 its animals.”
Saturday 24th October
11am-1pm & 2pm-4pm
As winter draws in, we’ll have the pleasure of meeting a whole host of nocturnal animals, including pygmy hedgehogs, sugar gliders, Gambian pouched rats, opossums and more. Normally hidden away, we’ll be learning all about these little nighttime creatures and their super senses: from acute hearing or a sensitive nose, to big eyes that let in what little light there is (read: serious cute factor).