UPCOMING CLASSES

Coral Reefs

Tuesday 26th November 2019
7pm-9pm
at London Aquarium, SE1 7PB
£28

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This year the London Aquarium unveiled their incredible new Coral Kingdom, housing the largest living coral reef in the UK. We'll be celebrating with another after hours class focussing on the important issue of coral conservation, as many reefs around the world are suffering dramatic destruction due to climate change, ocean acidification and overfishing. We will be drawing and exploring carefully nurtured living corals and the ecosystems they support in the 40ft tank; with fish including regal tangs, clownfish and cardinal fish and animals such as cleaner shrimp, starfish, hermit crabs and amazing anemones. As the night progresses we will see the coral start to glow bright neons with their bioluminescence.

50% of the ticket price will be donated to the Sea Life Trust

WOLF CUBS

Saturday 14th December 2019
11am-1pm & 2pm-4pm
at Ace Hotel London, E1 6JQ
£30

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We have a special Christmas treat for you this December – another chance to meet, draw and fall in love with wolf cubs! Not a particularly festive theme, but the lovely litter of British Lupine wolf-dog puppies will be about seven weeks old by then and will be beyond cute so we couldn't not draw them! These British Lupine pups/cubs will be coming along with some of their protective older family members and 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.

10% of the ticket price will be donated to the Blue Cross

WOLF CUBS

Monday 16th December 2019
7pm-9pm
at Ace Hotel London, E1 6JQ
£30

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Due to unbelievable demand – there's now another chance to meet, draw and fall in love with wolf cubs! Not a particularly festive theme for Christmas, but the lovely litter of British Lupine wolf-dog puppies will be about seven weeks old by then and will be beyond cute so we couldn't not draw them! These British Lupine pups/cubs will be coming along with some of their protective older family members and 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.

10% of the ticket price will be donated to the Blue Cross

WOLF CUBS

Sunday 12th January 2020
11am-1pm
at Ace Hotel, E1 6JQ
£30

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Back in the new year due to overwhelming demand – another chance to draw and fall in love with wolf cubs! We will be meeting a few of the British Lupine wolf-dog puppies who will be about 11 weeks old by then and will still be super cute! These British Lupine pups/cubs will be coming along with some of their protective older family members and 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.

10% of the ticket price will be donated to Wolf Watch UK.

WOLF CUBS

Sunday 12th January 2020
2pm-4pm
at Ace Hotel, E1 6JQ
£30

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Back in the new year due to overwhelming demand – another chance to draw and fall in love with wolf cubs! We will be meeting a few of the British Lupine wolf-dog puppies who will be about 11 weeks old by then and will still be super cute! These British Lupine pups/cubs will be coming along with some of their protective older family members and 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.

10% of the ticket price will be donated to Wolf Watch UK.

SHARKS

Tuesday 14th January 2020
7pm-9pm
at London Aquarium, SE1 7PB
£28

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For our first class of 2020 we're back at the SEA LIFE London Aquarium to get up close and personal with Sharks. Our drawing class will focus on the two largest shark tanks in the aquarium; home to Sand Tiger Sharks, Nurse Sharks and White and Black Tip Reef Sharks. As well as these shark species, there are also two rescued Green Sea Turtles, Southern and Cownose Stingrays and a Bowmouth Guitarfish – half shark/half ray – alongside a multitude of fish. Although we will predominantly be focussing on Sharks, attendees will have free rein of the aquarium to draw from all the species.

50% of the ticket price will be donated to the Sea Life Trust

MINIATURE PIGLETS

Sunday 19th January 2020
11am-1pm
at Ace Hotel, E1 6JQ
£30

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Come draw our lovely latest litter of Miniature Piglets who will be around 2 months old – fully weaned and independent from mum. 'Miniature' or 'teacup' pigs is the term given to a smaller-than-average pig, originally created by crossbreeding a pot-bellied pigs and a New Zealand Kune-Kune. Although the piglets will be small at this stage, we will be talking about the realities of owning 'Miniature' pigs, the complex care they need and how large they can really grow! There's a lot to love about the humble pig in general, and our expert handler will wow you with plenty of fascinating facts. Be prepared to fall in love with these lovely little animals, and all for a good cause!

As well as being super cute – the drawing class will have an ethical focus – we will discuss welfare issues within the world of pig farming and the meat industry. We will be suppoprting Farms not Factories – a non-profit organisation working to expose the true costs of cheap meat from animal ‘factories’ with the aim to inspire people to purchase meat from healthy, high welfare farms.

10% of the ticket price will be donated to Farms not Factories

Miniature Piglets

Sunday 19th January 2020
2pm-4pm
at Ace Hotel, E1 6JQ
£30

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Come draw our lovely latest litter of Miniature Piglets who will be around 2 months old – fully weaned and independent from mum. 'Miniature' or 'teacup' pigs is the term given to a smaller-than-average pig, originally created by crossbreeding a pot-bellied pigs and a New Zealand Kune-Kune. Although the piglets will be small at this stage, we will be talking about the realities of owning 'Miniature' pigs, the complex care they need and how large they can really grow! There's a lot to love about the humble pig in general, and our expert handler will wow you with plenty of fascinating facts. Be prepared to fall in love with these lovely little animals, and all for a good cause!

As well as being super cute – the drawing class will have an ethical focus – we will discuss welfare issues within the world of pig farming and the meat industry. We will be suppoprting Farms not Factories – a non-profit organisation working to expose the true costs of cheap meat from animal ‘factories’ with the aim to inspire people to purchase meat from healthy, high welfare farms.

10% of the ticket price will be donated to Farms not Factories

SHARKS & SEA TURTLES

Wednesday 22nd January 2020
6pm-8pm
at Brighton Aquarium, BN2 1TB
£28

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Join us for an underwater adventure at SEA LIFE Brighton, the world's oldest aquarium! Our first after hours exploration will focus on their Sharks and Sea Turtles. Sea Turtles are an iconic species, recognised globally as a symbol of the sea. The Brighton Aquarium is home to two rescued green sea turtles by the names of Lulu and Gulliver. Around the late 1930's - early 40's, they were born along a beach in Mexico, however it is believed they were illegally taken from the beach by a TV advertising agency to appear in an advert for soap powder (?!) They were rescued from an uncertain fate and have lived with many other species of marine life in the Aquarium's largest Ocean Tank ever since, feasting upon a daily diet of green veggies. Green sea turtles are named after the layer of green fat that sits underneath their shells. We will also be introduced to their tank-mates – different species of sharks and fish including Zebra Sharks, Black Tip Reef Sharks, Nurse Sharks along with Stingrays, Grouper and Wrasse plus the charmingly odd-looking Unicorn and Rabbitfish.

The class will commence with a short talk by an Aquarium expert, who will tell us about sea turtle and shark conservation around the world, and the effects of climate change, plastic pollution and the fishing industry on both species. As always, 50% of each ticket price will be donated to the SEA LIFE Trust – and some of the charity’s current projects are particularly focusing on the conservation of sea turtles around the world. The charity have also recently opened the first Beluga Whale sanctuary in Iceland, giving homes to ex-circus and water park cetaceans across the world.

50% of the ticket price will be donated to the Sea Life Trust

MINIATURE PIGLETS

Thursday 23rd January 2020
7pm-9pm
at Royal Society of Sculptors
£30

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Another chance to draw our latest litter of Miniature Piglets in January, who will be around 2 months old – fully weaned and independent from mum. 'Miniature' or 'teacup' pigs is the term given to a smaller-than-average pig, originally created by crossbreeding a pot-bellied pigs and a New Zealand Kune-Kune. Although the piglets will be small at this stage, we will be talking about the realities of owning 'Miniature' pigs, the complex care they need and how large they can really grow! There's a lot to love about the humble pig in general, and our expert handler will wow you with plenty of fascinating facts. Be prepared to fall in love with these lovely little animals, and all for a good cause! As well as being super cute, the drawing class will have an ethical focus – we will discuss welfare issues within the world of pig farming and the meat industry.

10% of each ticket will be donated to Farms not Factories.

BRITISH OWLS

Saturday 25th January 2020
11am-1pm
at Ace Hotel, E1 6JQ
£30

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Another chance to meet and draw the owls of our British countryside, and learn about their habitats, hunting habits and where to spot them in the wild – even in London. We’ll be meeting three different species – the mythical Barn Owl, the charismatic Long Eared Owl and Titch the Little Owl, who more than makes up for his size with bags of personality! We will be introduced to these fine feathers with a detailed talk from our experienced and dedicated falconer and learn about their anatomy, unique characteristics and how they’ve evolved to use sound to pinpoint their prey from the air. Our animal handlers will be full of facts about where to see these birds in the wild 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.

BRITISH OWLS

Saturday 25th January 2020
2pm-4pm
at Ace Hotel, E1 6JQ
£30

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Another chance to meet and draw the owls of our British countryside, and learn about their habitats, hunting habits and where to spot them in the wild – even in London. We’ll be meeting three different species – the mythical Barn Owl, the charismatic Long Eared Owl and Titch the Little Owl, who more than makes up for his size with bags of personality! We will be introduced to these fine feathers with a detailed talk from our experienced and dedicated falconer and learn about their anatomy, unique characteristics and how they’ve evolved to use sound to pinpoint their prey from the air. Our animal handlers will be full of facts about where to see these birds in the wild 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.

DINOSAUR DESCENDANTS

Tuesday 28th January 2020
7pm-9pm
at Gipsy Hill Taproom, SE27 9SF
£30

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Inspired by the local Crystal Palace dinosaurs we will be delving into prehistoric evolution for our first visit to Gipsy Hill Taproom. Reptiles arose around 310–320 million years ago during the Carboniferous period and from this classification came Dinosaurs and many other creatures. We'll be sketching different species of reptiles that have particularly interesting evolutionary histories. First a salamander, that's been on the fossil register since the Jurassic period when dinosaurs roamed the earth. We'll be meeting tortoises, decedents from turtles – which have been on the fossil register for over 220 millions years largely unchanged. We'll sketch snakes and explore their evolutionary history, seeing their 'ghost legs' which they now use for something quite different from walking! We'll also draw a lovely range of lizards including a Green Iguana, Bearded Dragons and a Bosc Monitor Lizard that has a distinct likeness to a velociraptor!

All these animals are absolutely magnificent, with unbelievable textures and colours to inspire your artworks. And being cold-blooded, they don't expend any unnecessary energy, making them excellent drawing subjects! As well as sketching these reptiles, we will also be learning about their natural habitats, eating habits and their lives in the wild from the expert knowledge of the animal handlers. We will also be discussing the complex care these reptiles need, responsible pet ownership, the dangers of the trade in exotic pets and any conservation issues affecting these species around the world.

British Owls

Saturday 8th February 2020
11am-1pm
at Ace Hotel, E1 6JQ
£30

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Meet and draw the owls of our British countryside, and learn about their habitats, hunting habits and where to spot them in the wild – even in London. We’ll be meeting three different species – the mythical Barn Owl, the charismatic Long Eared Owl and Titch the Little Owl, who more than makes up for his size with bags of personality! We will be introduced to these fine feathers with a detailed talk from our experienced and dedicated falconer and learn about their anatomy, unique characteristics and how they’ve evolved to use sound to pinpoint their prey from the air. Our animal handlers will be full of facts about where to see these birds in the wild 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.

BRITISH OWLS

Saturday 8th February 2020
2pm-4pm
at Ace Hotel, E1 6JQ
£30

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Meet and draw the owls of our British countryside, and learn about their habitats, hunting habits and where to spot them in the wild – even in London. We’ll be meeting three different species – the mythical Barn Owl, the charismatic Long Eared Owl and Titch the Little Owl, who more than makes up for his size with bags of personality! We will be introduced to these fine feathers with a detailed talk from our experienced and dedicated falconer and learn about their anatomy, unique characteristics and how they’ve evolved to use sound to pinpoint their prey from the air. Our animal handlers will be full of facts about where to see these birds in the wild 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.

UNUSUAL REPTILES

Tuesday 11th February 2020
7pm-9pm
at Draw Brighton, BN1 4GH
£30

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We have a truly amazing selection of unusual reptiles and amphibians for you to meet, draw and learn about at our first class with Draw Brighton in the new year. We'll be sketching different species including two colourful Veiled Chameleons, Crested Geckos and Leopard Geckos, a Dwarf Monitor Lizard, Tortoises and Bearded Dragons and Stanley the Axolotl – which will give us the opportunity to talk about how this species is critically endangered in the wild and what we can do to help. We'll be leaning how chameleons can change colour, how geckos can drop their tails to distract predators, why crested geckos have to lick their eyeballs and how reptiles communicate in the wild. All these animals are absolutely magnificent, with unbelievable textures and colours to inspire your artworks. And being cold-blooded, they don't expend any unnecessary energy, making them excellent drawing subjects! All these animals are rehomed ex-pets or rescues and we will be discussing the complex care they need, responsible pet ownership, the dangers of the trade in exotic pets and any conservation issues affecting these species around the world.

COURTSHIP RITUALS

Saturday 15th February 2020
11am-1pm & 2pm-4pm
at Carousel, W1U 8AB
£29.50

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Our Valentine’s Special this year will be exploring the cute, curious – and sometimes cruel – courtship rituals in the natural world. Just FYI, this class isn't just for couples looking for an alternative celebration, but for anyone and everyone who fancies coming along! We will be meeting and drawing hedgehogs, and learning how the males of the species try to seduce potential mates with a huffing, snorting mating dance that can last for hours. We’ll draw ferrets, whose courtship rituals charmingly include biting their females neck and dragging them around. We’ll meet cockerels who ‘drop a wing’ and dance around their hens to entice them. We’ll sketch male mice that sing an ultrasonic song to their females. We’ll learn about Leopard Geckos that vibrate and wave their tails to seduce their females. We will also be sketching Giant Millipedes – who use the art of massage to entice their mates, Giant Land Snails who shoot LOVE DARTS (actual name) and Tarantulas, who will eat the male after copulation. Join us for a day of mind blowing biology!

DOMINANT FEMALES

Sunday 8th March 2020
11am-1pm & 2pm-4pm
at Carousel, W1U 8AB
£29.50

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We’ll be celebrating International Women's Day by spending our evening with dominant females in the bird world. In an unusual example of reverse sexual dimorphism, female birds of prey are always one third bigger than males on average (because the females need to lay and incubate eggs). We will draw Harris Hawks that live and hunt in a matriarchal groups, where the dominant female leads a pack of males to work together to catch the food – they’re known as the ‘wolves of the sky’ and it’s one of the only examples of cooperative hunting in the avian world. We’ll also be meeting and drawing a female African Hooded Vulture named Mauve and speaking about the serious conservation issues affecting these birds across the world. Lovely Maggie the Lanner Falcon will also be joinging us – a very pretty and flirtatious bird with distinct love hearts on her breast feathers. We’ll be learning about the nesting and breeding process and how the birds raise their young in just 9 weeks from hatching. All genders welcome of course!

10% of each ticket will be donated to the Vulture Conservation Foundation.

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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