Covid-19 Update

APRIL 2021 UPDATE: Good news! In-person Wild Life Drawing classes will be back in June and we are working with our partner venues to ensure they will be safe, socially distanced and adhering to the current guidelines.

All drawing classes that were postponed in 2020 have been (or will be) rescheduled, so please check the in-person class schedule listed below. If you are a ticket holder, you will be contacted with information about your rescheduled date, so keep an eye on your inbox (and your junkmail!) If you are not able to attend the new date, you’ll be welcome to swap your tickets to another in-person class or 3x online classes.

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

Our online program will continue alongside the in-person classes; with occasional Instagram Lives and regular Zoom sessions with real animals at our partner sanctuaries, farms and aquariums. 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

BABY OWLS (LIVE)

Tuesday 25th May 2021
7pm-8.30pm BST
Online Zoom Class
£10

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On Tuesday 25th May we have a real special treat for you – baby owls! We’ll have a live zoom link set up with Sky Birds of Prey HQ with both Tawny and Barn Owlets at varying stages of their development. We’ll watch these little fluff balls find their feet, do a spot of owl yoga and then fall asleep cuddled up to their siblings!

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 within the baby owls – and Jennie will be on hand to demo, feedback or dish out creative advice throughout the whole session. We will then switch screens to be introduced to our feathered friends, and we’ll be learning about the process of rearing owls from hatchlings and some of the welfare and conservation factors affecting owls in the UK.

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 last minute. If you haven’t received the email, 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. You just need one ticket per device, not per person.

ANIMALS OF MADAGASCAR

Tuesday 1st June 2021
7pm-8.30pm BST
Online Zoom Class
£10, 50% donated

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For next virtual adventure we’re heading to Madagascar, the world’s second largest island country and home to thousands of plants and animals that are found nowhere else on earth. It’s unique ecology supports many different habitats, from mangroves to humid forests, and iconic and unusual animals such the tree dwelling lemurs, aye-ayes, indris, fossas and a wide variety of chameleons. Ecologists sometimes refer to Madagascar as the ‘eighth continent’ as 90% of it’s species are endemic to the island. We are teaming up with SEED Madagascar, an award-winning charity that works on both conservation and community-led development projects. Together with local communities, SEED aims to preserve and protect Madagascar’s unique natural ecosystems, so an interesting challenge of balancing sustainable development and conservation. We will be drawing Southern Woolly Lemurs, Madagascan Flying Foxes and Chameleons with a variety of media and working from beautiful reference images and videos taken by SEED’s past volunteers. While we draw we will be hearing from the team at the charity about the current projects that aim to conserve these particular Malagasy species and the biodiverse ecosystem, including preserving habitats with corridor reforestation, scientific research and working with local communities to deliver sustainable conservation education initiatives.

A downloadable Reference Image Pack will be supplied with the Zoom link. The class will begin with an introduction from WLD founder and artist Jennie Webber, who will take you through sketching lemurs, flying foxes and chameleons in a simple, step-by-step format each in turn. There will be a drawing demonstration of the shapes, proportions and anatomical features to identify – and Jennie will be on hand to give feedback or creative advice throughout the whole session. Whilst we draw we’ll be chatting with the SEED Madagascar team and everyone is welcome to ask 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 the media pack, instructions and the Zoom link to join 48 hours before the event is due to start, or in good time if you booked last minute. If you haven’t received the email, 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. You just need one ticket per device, not per person.

50% of your ticket price will be donated to SEED Madagascar.

ANIMALS OF SOUTH AMERICA

Tuesday 15th June 2021
7pm-8.30pm BST
Online Zoom Class
£10, 50% donated

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Next I am delighted to be taking you all to virtually visit Communidad Inti Wara Yassi, a trio of animal sanctuaries in the Bolivian rainforest – where I spent a month in 2019 on an artist residency, drawing and caring for a variety of cats, primates and birds. CIWY rescues animals that have been victims of the illegal trade in wildlife, which is sadly still rife in South America. Unable to be released back into the wild, the sanctuaries give these animals as natural a life as possible in their native habitat. The non-profit organisation relies fully on volunteers and is not open to the general public. CIWY receives no government funding, but is the primary receiver of the illegal ex-pets, ex-circus and mistreated zoo cases in all of Bolivia. During my trip there I met beautiful big cats, charismatic monkeys, sassy parrots and one of my all-time favourite animals – a tapir named Titus.

We will be drawing majestic Kusiy the Jaguar and Kishwara the kindest Spider Monkey from beautiful reference images and videos taken by CIWY photographers and collaborators. To welcome us all to the call, we’ll have one of the coordinators at Parque Machia broadcasting live and direct from the Spider Monkey area. And whilst we draw we will be hearing from other CIWY team members (in Bolivia and in the UK) about the history of the sanctuaries, the animal rescue missions and the experience of volunteering. I can confirm, it’s amazing.

A downloadable Reference Image Pack will be supplied with the Zoom link. The class will begin with an introduction from WLD founder and artist Jennie Webber, who will take you through sketching jaguars and spider monkeys in a simple, step-by-step format each in turn. There will be a drawing demonstration of the shapes, proportions and anatomical features to identify – and Jennie will be on hand to give feedback or creative advice throughout the whole session.

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 media pack, instructions and the Zoom link to join 48 hours before the event is due to start, or in good time if you booked last minute. If you haven’t received the email, 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. You just need one ticket per device, not per person.

50% of your ticket price will be donated to CIWY.

IN-PERSON CLASSES

WOLVES

Saturday 12th June 2021
11am-1pm & 2pm-4pm
at Carousel London, W1U 8AB
£30

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This class is the rescheduled ‘Wolf Puppies’ that was due to take place at the beginning of the year, though now of course the pups have grown quite a bit! Nevertheless we will be meeting and drawing a few generations of this family of British Lupine wolfdogs, and I guarantee they will still be magnificent, beautiful and full of character! Despite being very well-behaved domestic dogs, this breed shares many visual and temperamental similarities with wild wolves. The wolfdogs will be accompanied by 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.

All materials – including drawing boards – are provided and creative support and guidance will be available throughout the class from WLD founder, artist Jennie Webber.

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

BOTANICAL ILLUSTRATION

Saturday 19th June 2021
11am-1pm
at Depot London, N1 7TA
£30

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Come draw and explore the wonderful world of flowers and plants in the new year, in a special series of intimate creative classes with Jennie Webber of Wild Life Drawing.

A variety of ethically sourced plants, flowers, and fabulous foliage will provide the subject matter to inspire your artworks. The two hour class will begin with a introduction into Botanical Illustration, its purpose and uses through the ages.

Everyone will have the opportunity to study these plants closely and a variety of materials 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 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 natural world and to educate attendees on conservation issues around the globe.

BOTANICAL ILLUSTRATION

Saturday 19th June 2021
2pm-4pm
at Depot London, N1 7TA
£30

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Come draw and explore the wonderful world of flowers and plants in the new year, in a special series of intimate creative classes with Jennie Webber of Wild Life Drawing.

A variety of ethically sourced plants, flowers, and fabulous foliage will provide the subject matter to inspire your artworks. The two hour class will begin with a introduction into Botanical Illustration, its purpose and uses through the ages.

Everyone will have the opportunity to study these plants closely and a variety of materials 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 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 natural world and to educate attendees on conservation issues around the globe.

MONOGAMY & MATING HABITS

Saturday 26th June 2021
11am-1pm & 2pm-4pm
at Carousel London, W1U 8AB
£30

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Join us to celebrate a VERY belated Valentine’s Day the Wild Life Drawing way, by exploring monogamy and mating rituals in the natural world. We will be meeting and drawing three different birds of prey that partner for life, practice interesting mating rituals and courtship dances to entice their mates. We’ll hear about bird partnership, parenting and marvel at the evolutionary wonders of eggs. Join us for a day of beautiful birds and mind-blowing biology!

All materials – including drawing boards – are provided and creative support and guidance will be available throughout the class from WLD founder, artist Jennie Webber.

The drawing class is open to all, from beginners to advanced. All drawing materials are supplied, including paper, 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.

WOLVES

Sunday 27th June 2021
11am-1pm
at Protein Studios, EC2A 3EY
£30

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This class is one of the rescheduled ‘Wolf Puppies’ that was due to take place at the beginning of the year, though now of course the pups have grown quite a bit! Nevertheless we will be meeting and drawing a few generations of this family of British Lupine wolfdogs, and I guarantee they will still be magnificent, beautiful and full of character! Despite being very well-behaved domestic dogs, this breed shares many visual and temperamental similarities with wild wolves. The wolfdogs will be accompanied by 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.

All materials – including drawing boards – are provided and creative support and guidance will be available throughout the class from WLD founder, artist Jennie Webber.

And 10% of each ticket price will be donated to Wolf Watch UK – 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 27th June 2021
2pm-4pm
at Protein Studios, EC2A 3EY
£30

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This class is the rescheduled ‘Wolf Puppies’ that was due to take place at the beginning of the year, though now of course the pups have grown quite a bit! Nevertheless we will be meeting and drawing a few generations of this family of British Lupine wolfdogs, and I guarantee they will still be magnificent, beautiful and full of character! Despite being very well-behaved domestic dogs, this breed shares many visual and temperamental similarities with wild wolves. The wolfdogs will be accompanied by 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.

All materials – including drawing boards – are provided and creative support and guidance will be available throughout the class from WLD founder, artist Jennie Webber.

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

UNUSUAL OWLS

Sunday 11th July 2021
11am-1pm
at Mama Shelter, E2 8PP
£30

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Get ready to meet some unusual owls from all around the globe! For our first drawing classes within the cosy confines of the new Mama Shelter Hotel in Shoreditch, we’ll be sketching the fine feathers of a Great Grey Owl, a huge female European Eagle Owl and a rare pure white Barn Owl named Halo. The class will begin with a short talk from our experienced and dedicated falconer and we will learn about their anatomy, unique characteristics and how they’ve evolved to use sound to pinpoint their prey from the air – especially the Great Grey who uses her facial discs to locate prey under three feet of snow! 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.

Mama Shelter has a lovely bar/cafe/restaurant that is open all day long for snacks, meals and drinks if you fancy having some brunch before your class, or a cosy cocktail afterwards. Wild Life Drawers are going to be given priority booking for the luscious plant-filled Garden Room for the day, so please get in touch if you would like to book a space for breakfast, lunch, dinner or drinks!

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.

UNUSUAL OWLS

Sunday 11th July 2021
2pm-4pm
at Mama Shelter, E2 8PP
£30

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Get ready to meet some unusual owls from all around the globe! For our first drawing classes within the cosy confines of the new Mama Shelter Hotel in Shoreditch, we’ll be sketching the fine feathers of a Great Grey Owl, a huge female European Eagle Owl and a rare pure white Barn Owl named Halo. The class will begin with a short talk from our experienced and dedicated falconer and we will learn about their anatomy, unique characteristics and how they’ve evolved to use sound to pinpoint their prey from the air – especially the Great Grey who uses her facial discs to locate prey under three feet of snow! 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.

Mama Shelter has a lovely bar/cafe/restaurant that is open all day long for snacks, meals and drinks if you fancy having some brunch before your class, or a cosy cocktail afterwards. Wild Life Drawers are going to be given priority booking for the luscious plant-filled Garden Room for the day, so please get in touch if you would like to book a space for breakfast, lunch, dinner or drinks!

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.

RESCUE DOGS

Saturday 7th August 2021
11am-1pm
at Carousel, W1U 8AB
£30, £10 donated

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Delighted to announce another special drawing class in collaboration with Wild at Heart Foundation to raise money and awareness for their worthy canine causes. We’ll be drawing WAHF rescue dogs of all different sizes, breeds and colours; and all of them have happy rehoming stories to tell. 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!

All materials – including drawing boards – are provided and creative support and guidance will be available throughout the class from WLD founder, artist Jennie Webber.

£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.

RESCUE DOGS

Saturday 7th August 2021
2pm-4pm
at Carousel, W1U 8AB
£30, £10 donated

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Delighted to announce another special drawing class in collaboration with Wild at Heart Foundation to raise money and awareness for their worthy canine causes. We’ll be drawing WAHF rescue dogs of all different sizes, breeds and colours; and all of them have happy rehoming stories to tell. 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!

All materials – including drawing boards – are provided and creative support and guidance will be available throughout the class from WLD founder, artist Jennie Webber.

£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.

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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