Covid-19 Update

Good news, our in-person Wild Life Drawing classes are back in action! 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.

We will be keeping a close eye on any changes in restrictions over the winter months and will always ensure the classes are run with your safety as the highest priority. If for any reason the in-person program cannot continue, all tickets will be valid for the rescheduled class or exchanged for another class of your choice.

All gift vouchers purchased pre-pandemic 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.

Thank you all for your continued support.

ONLINE CLASSES

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.

SNOW LEOPARDS

Tuesday 15th February 2022
7pm-8.30pm GMT
Online Zoom Class
£10, 50% donated

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Join us for a cosy evening drawing the mysterious and majestic Snow Leopard. This elusive species has roamed the mountainous regions of Central Asia for millennia, using its powerful physiology to scale steep slopes with ease. Thanks to their incredible camouflage and stealth, these formidable hunters are often referred to as the “ghosts of the mountains”. Snow leopards are solitary, nomadic creatures and constantly move around their large territories to hunt, leaving markings to prevent other cats from moving in.

Tragically there are many threats facing this species and they are considered to be critically endangered. The same usual culprits of poaching, habitat loss and human conflict are the most pressing issues, and it is thought that there may be as few as 4000 snow leopards left living in the wild. For this class we will be connecting to The Snow Leopard Trust, to learn more about the conservation of these beautiful wild cats, and what we can do to help. We will be joined online by John Klees, who works at the trust’s headquarters in Seattle. John will teach us all about this vulnerable species, and the research and conservation work that he and the SLT team are doing across Asia to try to save them.

The class will be hosted by Wild Life Drawing founder and artist Jennie Webber, who will take you through the basics of drawing snow leopards, starting off with simple shapes, studying the anatomical features and then adding details and character. We will be working from a series of high quality reference material, and Jennie will focus on one image for a detailed sketch which she will guide you through step by step. 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 Snow Leopard Trust.

LEMURS (LIVE)

Wednesday 23rd February 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

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 along any specific media you enjoy using. 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.

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 along any specific media that you enjoy using. 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.

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.

BRITISH BIRDS

Saturday 5th February 2022
11am-1pm
at The Depot, N1 7TA
£30 (10% donated)

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Draw and discover more about the native birds of prey here in the UK at our upcoming in-person class focussing on British Birds. We will be sketching a mixture of raptors and owl species including the Peregrine Falcon, Barn Owl and Tawny Owl. We will be introduced to each bird with a detailed talk from an expert local falconer and learn about their anatomy, unique characteristics and their place the ecosystem. You’ll learn where to spot these birds in the wild (even in urban areas) and we will discuss the current conservation issues affecting these species. All the birds have their own distinct personalities and we guarantee you’ll go away with not only some great drawings, but a new found respect and admiration for these beautiful birds of prey.

The drawing class is open to all, from beginners to advanced. There will be helpful tips to begin and creative guidance and support throughout. Children aged 7 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 along any specific media that you enjoy using. The aim is to inspire a sense of appreciation and understanding for the animals and their conservation in the wider world.

Wild Life Drawing only ever works with the finest animal handlers, sanctuaries and organisations. 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 your ticket price will be donated to the Barn Owl Trust.

BRITISH BIRDS

Saturday 5th February 2022
2pm-4pm
at The Depot, N1 7TA
£30 (10% donated)

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Draw and discover more about the native birds of prey here in the UK at our upcoming in-person class focussing on British Birds. We will be sketching a mixture of raptors and owl species including the Peregrine Falcon, Barn Owl and Tawny Owl. We will be introduced to each bird with a detailed talk from an expert local falconer and learn about their anatomy, unique characteristics and their place the ecosystem. You’ll learn where to spot these birds in the wild (even in urban areas) and we will discuss the current conservation issues affecting these species. All the birds have their own distinct personalities and we guarantee you’ll go away with not only some great drawings, but a new found respect and admiration for these beautiful birds of prey.

The drawing class is open to all, from beginners to advanced. There will be helpful tips to begin and creative guidance and support throughout. Children aged 7 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 along any specific media that you enjoy using. The aim is to inspire a sense of appreciation and understanding for the animals and their conservation in the wider world.

Wild Life Drawing only ever works with the finest animal handlers, sanctuaries and organisations. 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 your ticket price will be donated to the Barn Owl Trust.

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, 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 safeguard 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 along any specific media that you enjoy using. 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 only ever works with the finest animal handlers, sanctuaries and organisations. 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 along any specific media you enjoy using. 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 along any specific media you enjoy using. 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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