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 25th July
11am-1pm & 2pm-4pm
Yep, you heard right… we said miniature pigs. Not only that but they’re called Lauren & Hardy and they’re the size of Jack Russells, with bags of personality and waggly tails to boot. Whilst you’re being charmed by this delightful brother and sister duo, Jennie will teach you how to draw them from life with a focus on anatomy and form. You’ll learn myth-busting facts about these intelligent, fragrant and affectionate animals as you sketch them. Oink oink.
Saturday 12th September
11am-1pm & 2pm-4pm
Join us for another wildly popular session of sketching (and stroking) a friendly pack of British Lupine dogs… They’re all part-wolf so make the perfect doppelgängers but unlike the real thing, they’re very friendly and partial to a belly-rub and a treat. As well as learning to draw these lovely creatures, you’ll hear from ‘Head Wolf’, Natalie Lagstrom, who will talk you through the conservation issues facing wolves in the wild.