Covid-19 Update

Good news, we are back up and running with the in-person Wild Life Drawing classes! For your safety and peace of mind, we’re still reducing attendee numbers to ensure everyone has enough space to feel comfortable. We’re also keeping most covid protocols in place (all the additional cleaning and mask-wearing when moving around the space) as well as using only our largest spaces or outdoor venues where possible.

All gift vouchers will have an additional extension on the expiry date until 31st December 2021, so you will have plenty of time to book onto a class.

Our online program will continue alongside the in-person classes; with regular Zoom sessions with real animals at our partner sanctuaries, farms and centres all around the world. Enquiries about private online classes for companies or for special events are most welcome and there is more info on the Team Bookings section of the website.

Thank you all for your continued support of WLD. As a business based solely on events, it’s amazing to still be here this side of the pandemic. Here’s to creativity, community and the natural world!

ONLINE CLASSES

BEAVERS

Wednesday 1st December 2021
7pm-8.30pm GMT
Online Zoom Class
£10, 50% donated

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Next we’re going to be exploring a really exciting development for British ecosystems; the reintroduction of Beavers! Beavers were once common in Britain but were sadly wiped out by hunting in the 16th Century. They are considered a keystone species because their behaviour has a big impact on their environments. Their dams slow waterways and so create wetlands, which benefit countless other species in the areas where they live. More and more evidence is pointing to the potential that having a healthy beaver population across the UK would also provide a reduction in flooding. Oh, and they significantly reduce pollution while they’re at it, as their dams act as water filters. Pretty impressive eh?

There is so much to learn about this fascinating species, which is why we are excited to be joined by Jana Sirova, a beaver expert who works at the Cornish Seal Sanctuary. She will tell us all about “The Secret Creek”, the CSS’s own beaver reintroduction project. In a large woodland enclosure in Cornwall, the team are studying the behaviour of three rescued V.I.B’s (very important beavers) named Twiggy, Barbara and Norbert. We will be drawing the trio from high quality reference material, while hearing all about how the project is going.

The class will be hosted by Wild Life Drawing founder and artist Jennie Webber, who will take you through the basics of drawing beavers, starting off with simple shapes, studying the anatomical features and then adding details and character. She will be on hand throughout the class to help with your drawings, and provide plenty of tips and advice.

The basic materials you need to take part are paper, a pencil, eraser and sharpener, but of course you are more than welcome to work in whatever materials you enjoy or have to hand. Please get in touch if you need advice on materials, we’re happy to help! You will be emailed instructions and the Zoom link to join 48 hours before the event is due to start, or in good time if you booked your ticket closer to the event. If you have not received your email 24 hours before the class please check your junk mail or get in touch with Jennie on info@wildlifedrawing.co.uk

50% of your ticket price will be donated to The Cornish Seal Sanctuary.

ELEPHANTS (LIVE)

Saturday 4th December 2021
9am-10.30am GMT
Online Zoom Class
£10, 50% donated

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A very special class indeed – we are thrilled to announce another online class for November, and this time we’ll be zooming with two rescued Asian Elephants as they take an amble through the Laos jungle. We will join our elephants up the mountain at Mandalao Elephant Sanctuary and spend some time sketching them as they enjoy a feast of banana shoots, mangoes and pineapple tops. Once their bellies are nice and full we will wander back down the mountain towards the sanctuary, via their favourite mango tree, as we chat with the team there and learn all about asian elephants. Due to the time difference this class will be a bit earlier than usual, as our regular morning session would be past the elephants bedtime. We promise it’ll be worth setting your alarm for.

For this live session we are delighted to be working with the wonderful team at Mandalao Elephant Sanctuary in Laos, who rescue elephants from mistreatment and exploitation in the logging and tourism industries. The elephants in their care are able to live out their lives in the peaceful surroundings of the jungle, where they are given the freedom to roam and forage everyday, and are treated with respect and care. Many so called “sanctuaries” in this part of Asia offer elephant rides and experiences which aren’t actually enjoyable for these intelligent animals, but at Mandalao interaction with visitors is always lead by the elephants. They won’t say no to being fed a banana or two, or being accompanied on a walk, but are never ridden or forced to entertain.

The class will begin with an introduction from Wild Life Drawing founder and artist Jennie Webber, who will provide a step-by-step guide to drawing Asian Elephants from life. We will be also joined by Roice Davis – a dedicated member of the Mandalao team – who’ll be teaching us all about the elephants, their stories, and the dedicated work he and his colleagues do to improve the lives of these magnificent creatures. There will of course be plenty of opportunity for all of your elephant questions.

The basic materials you need to take part are paper, a pencil, eraser and sharpener, but of course you are more than welcome to work in whatever materials you enjoy or have to hand. Please get in touch if you need advice on materials, we’re happy to help! You will be emailed instructions and the Zoom link to join 48 hours before the event is due to start, or in good time if you booked your ticket closer to the event. If you have not received your email 24 hours before the class please check your junk mail or get in touch with Jennie on info@wildlifedrawing.co.uk

50% of your ticket price will be donated to Mandalao Elephant Sanctuary.

CLEVER CORVIDS

Wednesday 8th December 2021
7pm-8.30pm GMT
Online Zoom Class
£10, 50% donated

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We are excited to announce the second class in our Animal Behaviour series, and this time we will be exploring the crafty and cunning world of Clever Corvids, a family which includes crows, ravens, rooks and magpies. All corvids have large brains and display innovative behaviour, but two species have taken things a step further. New Caledonian Crows and Hawaiian Crows are known to actually design and use tools. By creating hooks from barbed leaves and sticks, they are able to extract larvae from deadwood which would otherwise be out of reach.

There is so much to learn about this fascinating area of biology and who better to enlighten us about the subject than Dr. Barbara Klump, a behavioural ecologist that has dedicated her life to researching tool use in crows. Barbara spent her PhD conducting a series of detailed studies into the unique behaviours of both Caledonian and Hawaiian crows. Her findings have shown that 90% of adults in these species use tools, and that doing so significantly improves their success when foraging. As we draw, we’ll be hearing from Barbara all about these unusual evolutionary characteristics, and she will be more than happy to answer all of your corvid queries!

The class will be hosted by Wild Life Drawing founder and artist Jennie Webber, who will take you through the basics of drawing crows from a pack of reference images, starting off with simple shapes, studying the anatomical features and then adding details and character. She will be on hand throughout the class to help with your drawings, and provide plenty of tips and advice.

The basic materials you need to take part are paper, a pencil, eraser and sharpener, but of course you are more than welcome to work in whatever materials you enjoy or have to hand. Please get in touch if you need advice on materials, we’re happy to help! You will be emailed the reference images, instructions and the Zoom link to join 48 hours before the event is due to start, or in good time if you booked your ticket closer to the event. If you have not received your email 24 hours before the class please check your junk mail or get in touch with Jennie on info@wildlifedrawing.co.uk

50% of your ticket price will be donated to the Animal Behaviour Collective (ABC Microgrants) – an organisation that provides mentorship and microgrants for students in animal behaviour research.

SEAL PUPS (LIVE)

Saturday 11th December 2021
11am-12.30pm GMT
Online Zoom Class
£10, 50% donated

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For our online Christmas Special this year, we will be once again virtually visiting the wonderful Cornish Seal Sanctuary, meeting and drawing three of the rescued Grey Seal pups! Each winter the sanctuary rescues lost, abandoned or malnourished seal pups from the Cornish coast, and rehabilitates them to be re-released out into the wild when they’re strong enough to fend for themselves. These seal pups are receiving the best care from a team of dedicated experts, and the sanctuary is also home to a variety of seals and sea lions that need special care and could not be released back into the wild. I guarantee your hearts will be well and truly melted!

It costs approximately £2000 to rescue, feed and house ONE seal pup for the winter months, and the seal sanctuary rescue around SEVENTY per season. That’s a lot of money needed and that’s why 50% of your ticket price will be donated to the sanctuary, which will go directly to helping the seals. The pandemic has prevented the sanctuary from making much-needed funds through visitor fees, so this donation will make a real difference.

The class will begin with an introduction from WLD founder and artist Jennie Webber, who will take you through the basics of drawing animals from life. There will be a drawing demonstration of the shapes, proportions and anatomical features to identify and some handy hints for capturing the movement. We will then switch screens to be introduced to some of the rescued seal pups in the “hospital” area and we’ll hear from the sanctuary director Jana Sirova all about seals, their conservation and what to do if you find a lost pup. We’ll spend a whole hour drawing the seals from life, and there will be plenty of creative guidance and demonstrations along the way to help you with your drawings.

The basic materials you need to take part are paper, a pencil, eraser and sharpener, but of course you are more than welcome to work in whatever materials you enjoy or have to hand. Please get in touch if you need advice on materials, we’re happy to help! You will be emailed the Zoom link to join and 48 hours before the event is due to start. If you haven’t received the link, do check your junk mail first and then get in touch and we’ll make sure you have it before the event is due to take place.

50% of each ticket sold will be donated to the Cornish Seal Sanctuary.

ARCTIC FOXES (LIVE)

Saturday 8th January 2022
11am-12.30pm GMT
Online Zoom Class
£10, 50% donated

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We start the year with a bang by drawing a truly stunning species synonymous with the height of winter- the Arctic Fox. These beauties live in the coldest regions of the northern hemisphere, which is why they have developed the thick, fluffy coats they are known for. During winter their fur is a striking pure white (which provides great camouflage for hunting in the snow) while the summer months see it change to a greyish brown. Unfortunately Arctic Foxes have been exploited by humans (what animal hasn’t?) in the fur trade for many years, and more recently in the illegal exotic pet trade.

For this live class we will be revisiting Ark Wildlife Park, where we will be hosted by the sanctuary’s founder, Jamie. He created Ark in order to help combat the suffering caused by exotic animal trading, which is a highly profitable illegal industry that is often run by the same organised criminals who traffic humans. Through their work at Ark, Jamie and his team have been able to improve the lives of hundreds of animals over the years, rescuing and rehoming an array of gorgeous creatures who thankfully now lead happy lives and are properly cared for. When a zoo here in the U.K. had to close down earlier this year, Ark agreed to give a home to a pair of Arctic Foxes who were on show there. Little did they know the female was pregnant, and not long after arriving at the sanctuary, she gave birth to 14 healthy pups! We will be live streaming to their enclosure and will meet the whole family- Mittens, Marshmallow and Duck to name just a few!

The class will be hosted by Wild Life Drawing founder and artist Jennie Webber, who will take you through the basics of drawing Arctic Foxes, starting off with simple shapes, studying the anatomical features and then adding details and character. As this is a live class the foxes will be moving around freely, so Jennie will give you some handy hints for drawing moving models. She will be on hand throughout the class to help with your sketches, and there will be plenty of time for questions about both your drawings and the animals.

The basic materials you need to take part are paper, a pencil, eraser and sharpener, but of course you are more than welcome to work in whatever materials you enjoy or have to hand. Please get in touch if you need advice on materials, we’re happy to help! You will be emailed instructions and the Zoom link to join 48 hours before the event is due to start, or in good time if you booked your ticket closer to the event. If you have not received your email 24 hours before the class please check your junk mail or get in touch with Jennie on info@wildlifedrawing.co.uk

50% of your ticket price will be donated to Ark Wildlife Park.

PLATYPUSES

Tuesday 11th January 2022
7.30pm-9pm GMT
Online Zoom Class
£10, 50% donated

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For this class we will be heading back down to Australia, to learn all about possibly the strangest animal on earth: the Duck Billed Platypus! These peculiar creatures really are a one of a kind- there is so much that makes them stand out as true oddballs. Mammals that have beaks and lay eggs? Yup. Electrolocation to sense their prey? You bet. Venomous spurs on their hind feet? Sure, why not. Evolution really went to town with these guys. So much so that when European scientists first examined a preserved platypus body in 1799, they were convinced it was a hoax composed of body parts of several different species!

So many questions arise when learning about these animals, which is why we are very happy to be joined by just the man to answer them- Geoff Williams, who works at the brilliant organisation Australian Platypus Conservancy. Geoff has been working with platypuses for over 30 years and has plenty of great stories to share about them. He will tell us all about the work he and his colleagues do in the field monitoring platypus populations, and the conservation issues facing the species.

The class will be hosted by Wild Life Drawing founder and artist Jennie Webber, who will take you through the basics of drawing platypuses. We will be working from a collection of high quality reference images, and Jennie will focus on one image for a detailed study. She will guide you through the drawing process, starting off with simple shapes, studying the anatomical features and then adding details and character. There will be plenty of time for questions about both your drawings and the animals.

The basic materials you need to take part are paper, a pencil, eraser and sharpener, but of course you are more than welcome to work in whatever materials you enjoy or have to hand. Please get in touch if you need advice on materials, we’re happy to help! You will be emailed instructions and the Zoom link to join 48 hours before the event is due to start, or in good time if you booked your ticket closer to the event. If you have not received your email 24 hours before the class please check your junk mail or get in touch with Jennie on info@wildlifedrawing.co.uk

50% of your ticket price will be donated to Australian Platypus Conservancy.

GIANT ANTEATERS

Wednesday 26th January 2022
7pm-8.30pm GMT
Online Zoom Class
£10, 50% donated

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For our next online class we’ll be drawing an iconic South American animal that boasts what must be the best snout in the game- the Giant Anteater! These amazing creatures can reach sizes of up to 8 ft, and while fierce enough to defend themselves from a puma or jaguar if necessary, feast solely on ants and termites. By tearing open anthills with their large claws and then poking their long, sticky tongues deep into the colony, they are able to lap up around 30,000 insects a day!

Unfortunately giant anteaters are classified as critically endangered. Habitat loss and road collisions are the main factors causing their decline, and the ever expanding network of highways being built across their homelands is only making these issues worse.

Thankfully there are people endeavouring to turn around the fate of the species. For this class we are delighted to be collaborating with a fantastic Brazilian organisation who are working hard to tackle the problem- Anteaters and Highways lead by award winning scientist Dr Arnaud Desbiez. Him and his team there are conducting a four year research project in the tropical savannah region of Cerrado to investigate and address giant anteater road mortality. We will be joined online by the project’s head veterinarian, Danilo Kluyber MSc. Danilo will teach us all about giant anteaters and share his experiences of working in the field with these beautiful animals.

The class will be hosted by artist Laura Cuppage, who will demonstrate a step-by-step drawing tutorial on anteaters. We will be working from a collection of high quality reference images, and Laura will focus on one image for a detailed study. She will guide you through the drawing process, starting off with simple shapes, studying the anatomical features and then adding details and character. There will be plenty of time for questions about both your drawings and the animals.

The basic materials you need to take part are paper, a pencil, eraser and sharpener, but of course you are more than welcome to work in whatever materials you enjoy. or have to hand. Please get in touch if you need advice on materials, we’re happy to help! You will be emailed instructions and the Zoom link to join 48 hours before the event is due to start, or in good time if you booked your ticket closer to the event. If you have not received your email 24 hours before the class please check your junk mail or get in touch with Jennie on info@wildlifedrawing.co.uk

50% of your ticket price will be donated to Anteaters and Highways.

LEMURS (LIVE)

Wednesday 2nd Feb 2022
7pm-8.30pm GMT
Online Zoom Class
£10, 50% donated

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For our next online class we will be focusing on the most endangered family of primates on earth- Lemurs. There are over 100 species of lemur, all of which are native to the island of Madagascar. This amazing group are the worlds oldest primates. Scientists believe that lemur like animals reached Madagascar 65 million years ago, rafting across the Indian Ocean on floating vegetation, and then evolved into the diverse group of animals living there today! Believe it or not, some of these ancient creatures were as big as gorillas, and roamed the island as little as 1000 years ago! Lemurs are considered to be an “Umbrella Species” which means they are a vital species to protect in order to help Madagascan flora and fauna more broadly. By spreading pollen and dispersing seeds, lemurs significantly contribute to the health of their tropical forest habitats.

Now, having said that lemurs are only native to Madagascar, you may be surprised to learn that for this class we will be heading to sunny Florida! This is because we are going to be live streaming with the fantastic Lemur Conservation Foundation whose top of the range lemur facilities are based there. LCF have an ambitious and inspiring goal- to save Lemurs from extinction. Through their research, breeding programmes and educational work they are making a huge contribution to the survival of this unique group of animals.

We are thrilled to be working with them, and to be joined online by Deborah Millman, the executive director of the organisation. Deborah will teach us all about Lemurs and the exciting work going on at the facility. LCF is home to five types of lemur- Red Ruffs (pictured here), Mongoose Lemurs, Collared Brown, Common Brown and Ring Tailed. We will try to spot as many of the species as we can, but because they are free to roam in large forest enclosures, we will have a back up of some gorgeous reference images to work from if some of them aren’t feeling camera ready on the day.

The class will be hosted by Wild Life Drawing founder and artist Jennie Webber, who will take you through the basics of drawing lemurs, starting off with simple shapes, studying the anatomical features and then adding details and character. As this is a live class the lemurs will be moving around freely, so Jennie will give you some useful tips for drawing moving models. She will be on hand throughout the class to help with your sketches, and there will be plenty of time for questions about both your drawings and the animals.

The basic materials you need to take part are paper, a pencil, eraser and sharpener, but of course you are more than welcome to work in whatever materials you enjoy or have to hand. Please get in touch if you need advice on materials, we’re happy to help! You will be emailed instructions and the Zoom link to join 48 hours before the event is due to start, or in good time if you booked your ticket closer to the event. If you have not received your email 24 hours before the class please check your junk mail or get in touch with Jennie on info@wildlifedrawing.co.uk

50% of your ticket price will be donated to Lemur Comservation Foundation.

IN-PERSON CLASSES

EAGLES

Tuesday 23rd November 2021
7pm-9pm
at Walthamstow Wetlands
£30 (20% donated)

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Our next class at Walthamstow Wetlands will be all about eagles, birds renowned for their aerial abilities, wingspans and iconic hooked beaks. We’ll be meeting and drawing two majestic eagles – a Chilean Blue named Azul and a Bald Eagle named Xavier. As we draw each bird, we’ll learn about their hunting styles, strength and eagle conservation across the globe. The expert team at Sky Birds of Prey will be full of bird facts and will be more than happy to answer all your eagle questions.

This evening class is suitable for both adults and families, with children 8 years and over welcome at the class as long as they are accompanied by an adult also taking part in the class. The drawing class is open to all abilities, 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. Drawing tips and guidance will be provided throughout the session, with sketch demos provided by wildlife illustrator Jennie Webber. 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.

Wild Life Drawing is working with the finest animal handlers, sanctuaries and organisations to put on these events. All the animals that attend the sessions are comfortable around humans and in different environments and are always accompanied by experienced handlers, their welfare is our highest priority. The falconry team that keeps these birds is a trusted and experienced animal handler that works with the RSPCA and local wildlife groups to rescue, rehabilitate and re-release wild birds of prey around the South of England. The birds fly freely everyday across the Kent countryside and their lives in captivity mirror their natural behaviours in the wild.

20% each ticket price will be donated to the London Wildlife Trust.

REMARKABLE RESCUES

Sunday 5th December 2021
12pm-2pm
at the Town Hall Hotel, E2 9NF
£30 (£10 donated)

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Our Christmas Special this year is all about Remarkable Rescues; dogs that have overcome all odds to survive and thrive with specialist treatment and loving new homes. Dogs that would have almost certainly been left to suffer and die without the work of Wild at Heart Foundation. With the help of dog charities overseas providing initial treatment and shelter, WAHF were able to use social media to spread awareness and raise money to bring these dogs to the UK and secure them the specialist surgery, after-care and loving forever homes.

We will be drawing and having our hearts stolen by the wonderful Maggie (pictured here) who was rescued from Lebanon after being subject to horrendous abuse at the hands of humans – she was shot multiple times in the face and her ear was cut off. Despite her history, Maggie is calm, trusting and confident walking independently with her dedicated owner Kasey. Maggie has also trained as a therapy dog, bringing much joy to the people that she visits in schools, hospitals and care homes. We’ll also be joined by Maggie’s adoptive sisters Millie and Mishka – both with their own painful and difficult past lives – who have also been adopted by Kasey, creating a close knit furry family that is full of love! As well as drawing these beauties, we will hear about some of the abuse suffered by dogs in countries where the laws protecting animals are not reinforced, and learn about some of the success stories, where special dogs have been able to have specialist surgery funded by donations and how we can get involved to help!

£10 from the price of each ticket will be donated to Wild at Heart Foundation – and we’ll be joined by members of their team (along with their rescue dogs) to tell us all in person about some of the neutering projects they run overseas and how they’re working to combat the brutal mistreatment suffered by strays, plus advice on ways we can get involved to help. This charity works to compassionately reduce the world’s 600 million stray dog population by organising rescue projects, neutering programmes and education initiatives.

The drawing class is open to all, from beginners to advanced. Children aged 8 and above are welcome if accompanied by an adult partaking in the class. 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. Drawing tips and guidance will be provided throughout the session, with an in-depth demonstration of how to draw animals from life at the beginning of the class. 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.

Wild Life Drawing is working with the finest animal handlers, sanctuaries and organisations to put on these events. All the animals that attend the sessions are well used to humans and different environments and are always accompanied by experienced handlers, their welfare is our highest priority. For this class we are only drawing dogs that are happy around humans and comfortable in different environments with plenty of treats and toys to keep them occupied.

£10 from each ticket purchased will be donated to Wild at Heart Foundation.

GALAPAGOS ANIMALS

Sunday 16th January 2022
11am-1pm
at Bermonds Locke Hotel, SE1 3LW
£30 (10% donated)

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Come join us in the new year to draw and explore the Galapagos, with some of the most iconic animals from the Islands – tortoises, iguanas, snakes and geckos. We’re lucky to welcome back some of our star reptiles; mischievous Deano the Green Iguana and gigantic (but graceful) Dandelion the Sulcata Tortoise. Of course, the animals attending the session are not actually from the Galapagos, but distant cousins of the Giant Tortoises and Marine Iguanas that populate these incredible areas of biodiversity. We’ll be learning about the unique ecosystems that exist on the islands and their influence on our own biological understanding of the world. We will also be discussing the variety of conservation projects running on the Islands to preserve this natural area of diversity and some of it’s more vulnerable animals. 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. All animals are rescues visiting from a local reptile sanctuary which gives home to unwanted pets and mistreated animals and runs educational sessions about animal welfare and responsible pet ownership.

The drawing class is open to all, from beginners to advanced. Children aged 5 and above are more than welcome as long as they are accompanied by an adult also taking part in the class. All drawing materials are supplied, including paper, but please feel free to bring colours or any other specific media you might like to use. The aim is to inspire a sense of appreciation and understanding for the animals and their conservation in the wider world.

10% of each ticket purchased will be donated to the Galapagos Conservation Trust.

GALAPAGOS ANIMALS

Sunday 16th January 2022
2pm-4pm
at Bermonds Locke Hotel, SE1 3LW
£30 (10% donated)

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Come join us in the new year to draw and explore the Galapagos, with some of the most iconic animals from the Islands – tortoises, iguanas, snakes and geckos. We’re lucky to welcome back some of our star reptiles; mischievous Deano the Green Iguana and gigantic (but graceful) Dandelion the Sulcata Tortoise. Of course, the animals attending the session are not actually from the Galapagos, but distant cousins of the Giant Tortoises and Marine Iguanas that populate these incredible areas of biodiversity. We’ll be learning about the unique ecosystems that exist on the islands and their influence on our own biological understanding of the world. We will also be discussing the variety of conservation projects running on the Islands to preserve this natural area of diversity and some of it’s more vulnerable animals. 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. All animals are rescues visiting from a local reptile sanctuary which gives home to unwanted pets and mistreated animals and runs educational sessions about animal welfare and responsible pet ownership.

The drawing class is open to all, from beginners to advanced. Children aged 5 and above are more than welcome as long as they are accompanied by an adult also taking part in the class. All drawing materials are supplied, including paper, but please feel free to bring colours or any other specific media you might like to use. The aim is to inspire a sense of appreciation and understanding for the animals and their conservation in the wider world.

10% of each ticket purchased will be donated to the Galapagos Conservation Trust.

WOLVES

Sunday 23rd January 2022
11am-1pm
at the Town Hall Hotel, E2 9NF
£30 (10% donated)

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Due to popular request our much-loved wolf pack are back for more sketching and stroking in the new year, in the stunning surrounds of the Council Chamber at the Town Hall Hotel. These “wolves” are actually British Lupine dogs that are perfectly tame and loyal domestic pets as well as being perfect wolf look-a-likes – they have pure wolf in their bloodline. They still retain their pack mentality, eat only raw meat and howl at the full moon – yet love cuddles and roll over for belly rubs! The class will be introduced to the “wolves” 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 wolves in the wild – plus the results of their incredible reintroduction to Yellowstone. 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. 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. Drawing tips and guidance will be provided throughout the session. 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.

And 10% each ticket price will be donated to Wolf Watch UK – which is a non-profit organisation that provides a remote 100 acre woodland sanctuary in Shropshire for wolves that have been displaced due to zoo closures, dominance fights or excess breeding that would otherwise have been euthanised. They’re not open to the public, therefore keeping the environment for the wolves as close to their natural secluded habitat as possible.

WOLVES

Sunday 23rd January 2022
2pm-4pm
at the Town Hall Hotel, E2 9NF
£30 (10% donated)

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Due to popular request our much-loved wolf pack are back for more sketching and stroking in the new year, in the stunning surrounds of the Council Chamber at the Town Hall Hotel. These “wolves” are actually British Lupine dogs that are perfectly tame and loyal domestic pets as well as being perfect wolf look-a-likes – they have pure wolf in their bloodline. They still retain their pack mentality, eat only raw meat and howl at the full moon – yet love cuddles and roll over for belly rubs! The class will be introduced to the “wolves” 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 wolves in the wild – plus the results of their incredible reintroduction to Yellowstone. 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. 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. Drawing tips and guidance will be provided throughout the session. 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.

And 10% each ticket price will be donated to Wolf Watch UK – which is a non-profit organisation that provides a remote 100 acre woodland sanctuary in Shropshire for wolves that have been displaced due to zoo closures, dominance fights or excess breeding that would otherwise have been euthanised. They’re not open to the public, therefore keeping the environment for the wolves as close to their natural secluded habitat as possible.

JELLYFISH

Tuesday 8th February 2022
6.30pm-8.30pm
at SEA LIFE London, SE1 7PB
£30 (50% donated)

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In February we are back at the London Aquarium for another after-hours aquatic exploration into the weird world of jellyfish. We’ll be focussing on capturing the wonderful wibbliness of these ancient organisms on paper, reflecting their translucency and delicacy in the water. There will be plenty of drawing materials with which to experiment, and lots of handy hints and creative advice throughout the class.

Now the largest jellyfish facility in the UK, experts at the aquarium – fondly nicknamed “jellyologists” – have been breeding Moon Jellyfish, Sea Nettles, Barrel and Upside Down Jellyfish at different stages of their lives, with some reaching more than three meters in length! The three stages of the exhibition will explore the lifecycle of these gelatinous creatures, as well as how they thrive, sting and reproduce. Drawing these drifting forms will not only be an enjoyable creative challenge, but a relaxing and meditative experience.

Jellyfish are truly unbelievable; they have no brain, heart, blood or bones, but they do have a nervous system, a stomach and reproductive organs. Jellyfish have a complicated life cycle, growing quickly and living on average around a year. Feeding on plankton, fish and other jellyfish, they catch prey with their stinging tentacles. Where there are approximately 2000 species of jellyfish, only around 70 have stings strong enough to harm humans. And a group of jellyfish is called a smack!

The SEA LIFE London Aquarium in Westminster is home to thousands of species of aquatic animals – including penguins, octopus, turtles, stingrays and octopus – and is involved in several breeding programs including native rays and seahorses. The aquarium works closely with it’s partner charity, the SEA LIFE Trust, to protect marine wildlife and habitats across the world, to protect endangered marine animals and to communicate key conservation messages to it’s visitors. 50% of each ticket sold will be donated to the SEA LIFE Trust.

OWLS

Thursday 17th February 2022
7pm-9pm
at Platf9rm, Hove BN3 2AF
£30 (10% donated)

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Very excited to be bringing Wild Life Drawing to the South coast for an evening of Owls at Platf9rm in Hove. We will be meeting and sketching three amazing owls from around the globe and learning about their lives in the wild – which are often closer to cities and urban areas than you think! The class will begin with a short talk from our experienced and dedicated falconer and we will learn about owl anatomy, their unique characteristics and how they’ve evolved to use sound to pinpoint their prey from the air! Our falconers will be full of facts about where to see these birds in the wild locally and any conservation issues affecting these species. All these owls are truly charismatic with their own individual personalities and I guarantee you’ll go away with not only some great drawings, but a new found respect and admiration for these beautiful birds of prey.

This evening class is suitable for both adults and families, with children 7 years and over welcome as long as they are accompanied by an adult also taking part in the class. The drawing class is open to all abilities, 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. Drawing tips and guidance will be provided throughout the session. 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.

Wild Life Drawing is working with the finest animal handlers, sanctuaries and organisations to put on these events. All the animals that attend the sessions are well used to humans and different environments and are always accompanied by experienced handlers, their welfare is our highest priority. The falconer that keeps these birds is a trusted and experienced animal handler that works with the RSPCA to rescue, rehabilitate and re-release wild birds of prey around the South of England.

10% of each ticket will be donated to our friends at the Barn Owl Trust.

BOTANICAL ILLUSTRATION

Sunday 27th February 2022
11am-1pm
at Bermonds Locke Hotel, SE1 3LW
£30

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Join us to celebrate the first signs of Spring and explore the wonderful world of flowers and plants at our upcoming Botanical Illustration workshops.

A variety of ethically sourced and seasonal plants, flowers, and fabulous foliage will provide the subject matter to inspire your artworks. The two hour class will begin with an introduction into the history of Botanical Illustration and a live demonstration on how to draw flowers, with tips on structure, shading and style.

Everyone will have the opportunity to study the flowers closely and a variety of materials and colours will be on offer to experiment with throughout the class. All abilities are welcome, and workshop leader Jennie Webber will be on hand for tips and advice throughout as well as demonstrating how to work with different media. All ability levels are welcome, from experienced artists looking for an opportunity to experiment to those needing a little more creative guidance. Whatever level of experience you have, I guarantee you’ll leave feeling calm, relaxed and mindful.

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. The aim of these drawing classes is to inspire a sense of appreciation and understanding for the natural world and to educate attendees on conservation issues around the globe.

BOTANICAL ILLUSTRATION

Sunday 27th February 2022
2pm-4pm
at Bermonds Locke Hotel, SE1 3LW
£30

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Join us to celebrate the first signs of Spring and explore the wonderful world of flowers and plants at our upcoming Botanical Illustration workshops.

A variety of ethically sourced and seasonal plants, flowers, and fabulous foliage will provide the subject matter to inspire your artworks. The two hour class will begin with an introduction into the history of Botanical Illustration and a live demonstration on how to draw flowers, with tips on structure, shading and style.

Everyone will have the opportunity to study the flowers closely and a variety of materials and colours will be on offer to experiment with throughout the class. All abilities are welcome, and workshop leader Jennie Webber will be on hand for tips and advice throughout as well as demonstrating how to work with different media. All ability levels are welcome, from experienced artists looking for an opportunity to experiment to those needing a little more creative guidance. Whatever level of experience you have, I guarantee you’ll leave feeling calm, relaxed and mindful.

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. The aim of these drawing classes is to inspire a sense of appreciation and understanding for the natural world and to educate attendees on conservation issues around the globe.

Supporting good causes

Wild Life Drawing is proud to support all kinds of animals charities through our ticket sales.


To date we have worked with the RSPB, the Sea Life Trust, Battersea Dogs & Cats Home, the British Hen Welfare Trust, Farms not Factories, Wolf Watch UK, Wild at Heart Foundation, the Bumblebee Conservation Trust, the South Essex Wildlife Hospital and the Galapagos Conservation Trust to name but a few, raising money and awareness for welfare and conservation issues around the globe. 10% of our total annual profits are donated to good causes.

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