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.
Wild Life Drawing: Wolves & Wolf-cubs
Saturday 12th June
11am-1pm & 2pm-4pm
We begin the year with a real treat – beautiful British Lupine wolf dog Alice is expecting her first litter of puppies and – all being well – we’ll get a chance to meet and fall in love with them. Still super soft and sleepy, clumsy and cute – these British Lupine pups/cubs will be coming along with mum Alice and some of the extended wolf-dog family, as well as their dedicated handler Natalie, a Behavioural Scientist specialising in canines and an expert on wild wolves. During the class, we’ll be looking in detail at wolf anatomy and learn how wolf packs care for their young in the wild and how their family dynamics mirror our own. As well as drawing, we will discuss current conservation issues facing wolves across the globe – plus the results of their incredible reintroduction to Yellowstone.
Monogamy & Mating Habits – Birds of Prey
Saturday 26th June
11am-1pm & 2pm-4pm
This time we’ll be exploring monogamy and mating rituals in the natural world. You will be meeting and drawing three different birds of prey that partner for life, practice interesting mating rituals and courtship dances to entice their mates. We’ll hear about bird partnership, parenting and marvel at the evolutionary wonders of eggs. Join us for a day of beautiful birds and mind-blowing biology!
The drawing classes are open to all levels, from beginners to advanced. All drawing materials are supplied, including paper and drawing boards, but please feel free to bring colours or any other specific media you might like to use.