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PENGUINS

Monday 17th June 2024 6pm-8pm SEA Life London Aquarium, SE1 7PB £35 (50% donated)

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P-p-p-pick up a pencil, and meet us at the aquarium for an after-hours sketching session with Gentoo Penguins! On land, these penguins can look a bit like they have two left flippers, so you may be surprised to learn that they are the fastest swimming birds on earth! When hunting for fish or evading predators they reach speeds of more than 20 miles per hour. They are expert divers, capable of reaching depths of 200 metres. Since the penguins are fans of an early night we will begin our class a bit earlier, to make sure we get all our sketches done before the birds hit the hay. 

The class will begin with an introduction to drawing from life from illustrator Laura Cuppage, who will be on hand throughout the session with plenty of creative guidance. A penguin expert from the aquarium will take you on a deep dive into all things Gentoo, discussing their social groups, habitats and conservation. You don’t need any art experience to take part in the session, and we will provide everything you need to get sketching; drawing boards, paper and lots of colourful materials.

50% of each ticket will be donated to SEA LIFE Trust.

PENGUINS

Monday 24th June 2024 6pm-8pm SEA Life London Aquarium, SE1 7PB £35 (50% donated)

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Due to popular demand, we’ve pulled in a favour with our penguin pals.. and they’ve agreed to do an extra modelling session for us! Join us to meet the utterly charming group of gentoo penguins of the London Aquarium at an after-hours class.On land, these penguins can look a bit like they have two left flippers, so you may be surprised to learn that they are the fastest swimming birds on earth! When hunting for fish or evading predators they reach speeds of more than 20 miles per hour. They are expert divers, capable of reaching depths of 200 metres. Since the penguins are fans of an early night we will begin our class a bit earlier, to make sure we get all our sketches done before the birds hit the hay. 

The class will begin with an introduction to drawing from life from illustrator Jennie Webber, who will be on hand throughout the session with plenty of creative guidance. A penguin expert from the aquarium will take you on a deep dive into all things Gentoo, discussing their social groups, habitats and conservation. You don’t need any art experience to take part in the session, and we will provide everything you need to get sketching; drawing boards, paper and lots of colourful materials.

50% of each ticket will be donated to SEA LIFE Trust.

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SEA TURTLES

Wednesday 26th June 2024 6.30pm-8.30pm SEA Life Brighton Aquarium, BN2 1TB £35 (50% donated)

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Brighton, we have one ‘shell’ of a class coming your way! This June, join us at SEA Life Brighton for a relaxing and serene after-hours drawing class. We will focus on Antiopi the Loggerhead, and Lulu and Guliver who are both Green Sea Turtles. We will learn all about this amazing, ancient species group and the fascinating adaptations that make them so adept at ocean life. You will be welcome to wander around the space at your leisure, sketching not only the turtles but the sharks, rays and all the other gorgeous fish to your heart’s content.

The class will begin with an introduction from one of the aquarium’s expert team members, who will teach us all about the natural habitats of turtles, and the issues affecting them in the wild. You will then be given some top drawing tips from our class leader, artist Laura Cuppage, who will then be on hand throughout the session with as much creative guidance as you’d like. We will provide everything you need to get sketching- a drawing board, paper and a wide range of materials to experiment with, but if you have any trusty favourites do feel free to bring them along too. The class is open to all abilities. Whether you’re a dab hand or an absolute beginner, with a few of our top tips for drawing moving models, we’re sure to have you sketching away in no time!

50% of each ticket will be donated to SEA LIFE Trust.

FAMILY DAY

Saturday 6th July 2024 10.30am-12.30pm Camley Street Natural Park, N1C 4PW Free

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A day for families and friends to draw and explore The More You Look exhibition with free creative activities for all ages. Join our guided tour to learn about the animals, do some nature sketching and have fun with our animal colouring sheets.

Open to all ages, free admission.

THE MORE YOU LOOK

EAGLE OWLS

Wednesday 10th July 2024 7pm-9pm Camley Street Natural Park, N1C 4PW £35 (10% donated)

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Join us for a drawing class focused on elegant and expressive eagle owls. Also known as bubo bubo, this group includes some of the largest species of owl on earth (some are the size of eagles, hence the name) and is defined by bright orange eyes and those gorgeous “ear tufts”. Despite the name, these tufts have nothing to do with hearing. They’re thought to have several uses including helping these woodland birds blend into their surroundings, attracting mates, and expressing mood. If an eagle owl’s tufts are flat to the head this indicates discontent, while a cool and calm eagle owl sports her tufts in a proud upward position.

We will be joined by three gorgeous birds- Inya the African spotted eagle owl, Socks the Indian eagle owl and Moe the European eagle owl, who is a bit of a giant and the biggest of the bunch. Our falconer will highlight the similarities and differences between the group and point out the adaptations that make each species so well adapted to their native environment. We may also be joined by some rather delightful owlets, but this is dependent on when the eggs hatch… Keep your talons crossed!

Owls feature in our outdoor exhibition celebrating 10 years of Wild Life Drawing, and we will be opening early for a special guided tour around The More You Look with WLD founder Jennie Webber, after hours on the nature reserve at Camley Street. Enjoy the artworks in the peace and quiet of a summer’s evening.

THE MORE YOU LOOK

DRAW AND EXPLORE

Tuesday 16th July 2024 6.00pm-8.00pm Camley Street Natural Park, N1C 4PW £25

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Join Jennie for a special after hours drawing workshop at Camley Street Natural Park, on a midsummer’s evening with the local birdsong as the soundtrack.

This workshop invites you to use drawing as an way to look more closely at the reserve, to notice and appreciate the often overlooked details in nature; the patterns on the water, the complexity of wildflowers, the surprising undersides of leaves. We will be spending two meditative hours exploring the green space to create unique and personal artworks. There will be a wide variety of materials with which to experiment and Jennie will be providing creative guidance and plenty of positive encouragement to help you get the most out of the class. There is much joy to be found in observing details, and we will aim to capture this concept in our drawings.

THE MORE YOU LOOK

WOLVES

Sunday 21st July 2024 11am-1pm Town Hall Hotel, E2 9AF £35 (10% donated)

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Sharpen your pencils and your claws, and come join our pack! At this class we will be drawing our favourite family of British Lupine wolf dogs. This stunning hybrid species have real wolves in their bloodline- and are dead ringers for their wild relatives. They howl at the moon and live in a pack, but are gorgeously tame and friendly. The pack also happen to be quite the celebrities, having starred in many photoshoots, and films- try to act cool when you meet them though, yeah?

Hosting the session will be animal-obsessed illustrator Jennie Webber, who will guide you through the process of drawing wolves from life. She will provide her top tips on drawing moving models and will be all ears for any questions you have. We will also be joined by “head wolf” Natalie Langstrom, who will share the extensive knowledge of these animals she has gathered over her many years working as a canine behavioural expert. Natalie is a fierce advocate for wild wolves, and will give an insight into the species and their conservation.

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

WOLVES

Sunday 21st July 2024 2pm-4pm Town Hall Hotel, E2 9AF £35 (10% donated)

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Sharpen your pencils and your claws, and come join our pack! At this class we will be drawing our favourite family of British Lupine wolf dogs. This stunning hybrid species have real wolves in their bloodline- and are dead ringers for their wild relatives. They howl at the moon and live in a pack, but are gorgeously tame and friendly. The pack also happen to be quite the celebrities, having starred in many photoshoots, and films- try to act cool when you meet them though, yeah?

Hosting the session will be animal-obsessed illustrator Jennie Webber, who will guide you through the process of drawing wolves from life. She will provide her top tips on drawing moving models and will be all ears for any questions you have. We will also be joined by “head wolf” Natalie Langstrom, who will share the extensive knowledge of these animals she has gathered over her many years working as a canine behavioural expert. Natalie is a fierce advocate for wild wolves, and will give an insight into the species and their conservation.

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

FARMYARD TOUR

Saturday 27th July 2024 12pm-2pm Hackney City Farm, E2 8QA £35 (£10 donated)

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Don your dungarees and grab some hay to chew on, because we’re heading to the farm! We are delighted to be returning to one of our favourite spots in the city, Hackney City Farm, for a sketching and stroking sesh. We’ll kid about with goats, have a natter with the sheep, and dilly-dally with the donkeys. There will also be time to go and explore the nature garden, and if you like, you can pop into the cafe afterward the class for a slice of freshly baked cake. Heaven!

The class will be led by nature artist Laura Cuppage, who will kick things off with an introduction to drawing moving moo-dels. With her bucket loads of experience drawing animals from life, Laura has plenty of creative advice to share which is sure to get even total beginners sketching away in no time. We will be given a tour of the farm by animal expert Michelle Frank, who will teach us all about our new four-legged friends.

£10 of each ticket will be donated to Hackney City Farmto support their wonderful community work.

WOLVES

Friday 9th August 2024 7pm-9pm Florence Nightingale Museum, SE1 7EW £35 (10% donated)

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*Please note that Wild Life Drawing gift vouchers are not eligible for this class, as the venue is managing the ticket sales.

Join us at the Florence Nightingale Museum for an evening drawing our favourite family of British Lupine wolf dogs. This stunning hybrid species have real wolves in their bloodline- and are dead ringers for their wild relatives. They howl at the moon and live in a pack, but are gorgeously tame and friendly. The pack also happen to be quite the celebrities, having starred in many photoshoots, and films- try to act cool when you meet them though, yeah?

Hosting the session will be animal-obsessed illustrator Jennie Webber, who will guide you through the process of drawing wolves from life. She will provide her top tips on drawing moving models and will be all ears for any questions you have. We will also be joined by “head wolf” Natalie Langstrom, who will share the extensive knowledge of these animals she has gathered over her many years working as a canine behavioural expert. Natalie is a fierce advocate for wild wolves, and will give an insight into the species and their conservation.

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

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ALPACAS

Sunday 11th August 2024 12pm-2pm Vauxhall City Farm, SE1 5HS £35 (£10 donated)

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Join us for a sunny summer class with an animal that is as friendly as it is furry- the alpaca. These docile creatures hail from South America, where they were domesticated by the indigenous peoples of the Andes Mountains. They are prized for their soft wool, which the Incas valued more than gold. Alpacas are highly social pack animals, and communicate with one another using a wide range of noises including humming, snorting, grumbling and clucking!

The class will be held inside the paddock at Vauxhall City Farm- the perfect setting to get to know the gorgeous resident Alpacas. A team member from the farm will teach us all about these wonderfully woolly animals, and there will be time for lots of your questions too. Artist Jennie Webber will guide you through the process of drawing moving models, beginning with some fun drawing exercises. All abilities are welcome, from haven’t-drawn-since-schoolers to seasoned pros. We will provide everything you need to get sketching; paper, drawing boards and a range of materials, but feel free to bring your own kit if you’d like.

£10 of each ticket will be donated to Vauxhall City Farm.

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DRAWING & FLYING DAY

Sunday 15th September 2024 10am-4pm Eastwell Manor, TN25 4HR £155

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Have you ever been to one of our birds of prey classes? If so, you’ll have seen how beautiful our raptors are, with their sharp talons, piercing gazes and delicate feathers. But how about a chance to see them do what they do best; flying! Take it from us, it’s a truly magical experience. We are delighted to bring you the opportunity to do exactly that, at an immersive all-day session, drawing and flying birds of prey at Eastwell Manor in the glorious Kent countryside.

We will spend the morning drawing birds from all over the globe- Xavier the Bald Eagle, Bailey the Makinders Owl, Moet the Chilean Blue and Maggie the Hooded Vulture – who will be stationed on their perches in the tranquil grounds of the manor. The Wild Life Drawing team will be on hand for all the creative guidance you need, and the expert falconers at Sky Birds of Prey will teach us about each of the species in turn.

Then in the afternoon, it will be time for the birds to take to the sky. Paul and his team will give a flying display with in-depth information about each bird’s unique characteristics. Then, after an introduction to falconry, you’ll each don the glove and experience the unforgettable feeling of flying the birds yourselves. There’s nothing like it! There will also be plenty of time to photograph and sketch the birds as they soar through the grounds.

This workshop is open to all abilities. With our top tips on drawing animals from life, you’ll be sketching away in no time. We will provide paper, drawing boards and a range of materials for you to use, but you’re welcome to bring your own kit if you like.

Eastwell Manor is easily accessed by car and there is parking available. The nearest train station is Ashford International, which is a 35 minute journey from London St. Pancras, and is 15 minutes away from the site by taxi.

PARROTS

Sunday 22nd September 2024 11am-1pm Town Hall Hotel, E2 9AF £35 (10% donated)

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Get ready for colour, charisma and just the right amount of chaos, because this September the parrots are back! At this class we will be joined by a rainbow of ravishing macaws, each of whom has a personality which is as bright and lively as their feathers. This class will be very special indeed, because while we draw we will have the chance to hear from their handler Barret Watson, who is one of the UK’s leading parrot experts. Barret will teach us all about these intelligent birds and update us on the breeding programmes he is involved in, which work to conserve rare and endangered species in the wild.

Artist Jennie Webber will begin the session with an introduction to drawing moving models, and some fun warm-up exercises to get your drawings off to a flying start. No prior art experience is needed to join the session- whether you’re a dab hand or an absolute beginner, we will have you sketching away in no time. The aim of our classes is to use drawing as a tool to learn about animals and conservation- there is no pressure to create a “perfect” portrait. We will provide a range of art materials, paper and drawing boards for you to use so no need to bring anything along.

10% of each ticket will be donated to The World Parrot Trust.

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PARROTS

Sunday 22nd September 2024 2pm-4pm Town Hall Hotel, E2 9AF £35 (10% donated)

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Get ready for colour, charisma and just the right amount of chaos, because this September the parrots are back! At this class we will be joined by a rainbow of ravishing macaws, each of whom has a personality which is as bright and lively as their feathers. This class will be very special indeed, because while we draw we will have the chance to hear from their handler Barret Watson, who is one of the UK’s leading parrot experts. Barret will teach us all about these intelligent birds and update us on the breeding programmes he is involved in, which work to conserve rare and endangered species in the wild.

Artist Jennie Webber will begin the session with an introduction to drawing moving models, and some fun warm-up exercises to get your drawings off to a flying start. No prior art experience is needed to join the session- whether you’re a dab hand or an absolute beginner, we will have you sketching away in no time. The aim of our classes is to use drawing as a tool to learn about animals and conservation- there is no pressure to create a “perfect” portrait. We will provide a range of art materials, paper and drawing boards for you to use so no need to bring anything along.

10% of each ticket will be donated to The World Parrot Trust.

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ONLINE CLASSES

SLOW LORISES

Tuesday 2nd July 2024 7pm-8.30pm BST Online Class £12 (50% donated)

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For this class we will focus on a species which proves that looks can be deceiving; the slow loris. With their wide eyes and round fluffy faces, it may surprise you to learn that these cuties are the only known primates with a venomous bite! When threatened, slow lorises create a killer cocktail by combining oil from a gland in their upper arm with their saliva. This potent mix is stored in their grooved canines and can produce a painful bite, allergic reaction and even death! When they’re not delivering deadly chomps, these arboreal animals can be found skillfully climbing through the rainforests of South and Southeast Asia gouging for gum, and hunting for insects and small invertebrates; pollinating plants as they go.

We are delighted to say that for this class we will be joined by the world’s leading expert on slow lorises, Professor Anna Nekaris OBE. As founder of The Little Fireface Project, Anna has been studying Javan slow lorises on the island of Java since 2007 and across Asia since 1994. She will teach us all about these fascinating creatures, recall some of her own encounters with wild lorises, and provide some tips on how we can get involved in the effort to protect this wonderful species.

50% of ticket profits will be donated to The Little Fireface Project.

GIRAFFES

Tuesday 30th July 2024 7pm-8.30pm BST Online Class £12 (50% donated)

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There are few animals more peculiar, more iconic or more delightful than the giraffe. They are the tallest mammals on earth, with bulls reaching staggering heights of almost 6 metres. They are generally peaceful and sociable creatures, and even behave honourably in combat. Recent research has shown that large male giraffes do not take advantage of their size and status to pick on smaller bulls, and will only spar with evenly matched opponents.

For this online class we will be live streaming with Collette Massier, who is part of the team at Na’ankusê Animal Sanctuary in Namibia. We will be working from reference images of the rescued giraffes who freely roam the reserve. Collette will teach us all about this amazing species and what it’s like to work with them, and give us an update on the latest news from the sanctuary. The class will be led by animal artist Jennie Webber, who will begin with an introduction to observational drawing. She will provide plenty of creative guidance throughout the session so that by the end of the class your pages will be filled with life and character.

50% of ticket profits will be donated to Na’ankusê.

TROPICAL DEER (LIVE)

Tuesday 13th August 2024 7pm-8.30pm BST Online Class £12 (50% donated)

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It’s about time for another visit to Costa Rica, don’t you think? We are delighted to be teaming up with our friends over at Jaguar Rescue Centre for another live online class, this time studying the resident deer that call the sanctuary home. We’ll meet a pair of red brocket deer named Ginger and Wasabi, along with white-tailed deer Penelope and Xai (who just so happens to be regarded by all at JRC as queen of the centre). We will hear each of the deer’s life stories and how they came to be at the centre, as well as going into detail about both species.

Artist Jennie Webber will lead the session, kicking things off with a drawing demonstration. She will be joined from the sanctuary by Noelia, who will introduce us to the animals and get us up to speed on these graceful forest creatures. As always, the class is open to all; you don’t need any prior art experience to take part. We see sketching as a pathway into the lives of our mammalian models- there’s no pressure to create a perfect portrait!

50% of ticket profits will be donated to Jaguar Rescue Centre.

STAG BEETLES

Wednesday 4th September 2024 7pm-8.30pm BST Online Class £12 (50% donated)

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Join us to study the largest beetle in the U.K; the giant stag beetle. These incredible insects spend the majority of their lives as larvae, hidden from sight in old trees and rotting wood. The grubs spend up to six years bulking up on a strict diet of decaying plant matter, until they are big and strong enough for metamorphosis. They then build themselves a cocoon, from which they emerge several months later as the beautiful red-black adults we know and love.

Seeing a stag beetle used to be a fairly common (but always exciting) summertime occurence, but these days it’s becoming more and more of a rare event. This is because the population of these excellent beetles is in decline, mainly because of habitat loss. Urbanisation and the “tidying up” of forests mean that there is less and less rotting wood available for them to live in. Thankfully there are dedicated people who are doing their best to turn around the fate of the species, like our friends over at People’s Trust for Endangered Species. For this class we are delighted to be joined by Laura Bower, a conservation officer at the charity who specialises in invertebrates. While we sketch, Laura will teach us all about about stag beetles and give us some simple actions- like building a log pile- that we can all do to do to help in the fight to save them.

50% of ticket profits will be donated to People’s Trust for Endangered Species.

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Supporting good causes

Since the very beginning, we have donated a portion of our profits to wildlife charities.


Our passion is supporting smaller organisations that don’t always see the limelight, to showcase their fantastic work and raise awareness of their causes. We’re proud to support the South Essex Wildlife Hospital, Wolf Watch UK and the British Hen Welfare Trust to name but a few! Over the years, with the help of our wonderful community, we have raised over £50,000 for charity.

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