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

PIGLETS (LIVE)

Saturday 17th July 2021
12pm-1.30pm BST
Online Zoom Class
£10, 50% donated

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Join us to meet, draw and fall in love with piglets on Saturday 17th July, via live video link from their new home at Vauxhall City Farm. These piglets are the natural Kune-Kune breed (native to New Zealand but now fairly widespread) and they have the classic floppy ears and that cute upturned snout. We’ll be taking this opportunity to dispel some piggy myths – they’re not actually smelly, fat or pink! There will also be discussion around pig welfare in the industrial farming industries and how we can use our voices and purchase power to make a difference. Expect much cuteness, probably a bit of chaos but also some calm moments for drawing too!

The class will begin with an introduction from WLD founder and artist Jennie Webber, who will take you through the basics of drawing pigs from life, with a focus on anatomy. There will be a drawing demonstration of the shapes and proportions to identify and some handy hints for capturing the snout and trotters. We will then switch screens to be introduced to the animals and we’ll be chatting with Chris the Education Manager to find out all about these piggies and their lives on the farm. We’ll spend around 75 minutes drawing, and there will be plenty of creative guidance and demonstrations along the way to help you with your artworks.

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 Vauxhall City Farm.

RHINOS

Wednesday 21st July 2021
7pm-8.30pm BST
Online Zoom Class
£10, 50% donated

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For our next online class we will be teaming up with global charity Save the Rhino to draw and learn all about rhinoceros. Rhino poaching across the world has reached crisis point, with three of the five rhino species listed as critically endangered – and two species with less than 80 animals left. Save the Rhino are dedicated to protecting the remaining rhino populations through community-led programs, reducing the illegal trade in rhino horn and preventing further habitat loss for these beautiful, yet much exploited animals. Despite all the heartbreaking conservation issues surrounding rhinos we will still be bringing plenty of positivity to this class, with lots of amazing rhino facts and ways in which we can get involved to help.

The class will begin with an introduction to the different rhino species and the work of Save the Rhino from Jon Taylor, Managing Director of the charity. Then WLD founder and artist Jennie Webber will take you through the basics of drawing rhinos from reference images with a demonstration of the shapes, proportions and anatomical features to identify as well as being on hand to feedback or dish out creative advice throughout the whole session.

A downloadable Reference Media Pack containing images and footage of different rhinoceros species will be supplied with the Zoom link. 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 Save the Rhino.

BABY SLOTHS (LIVE)

Wednesday 28th July 2021
7pm-8.30pm BST
Online Zoom Class
£10, 50% donated

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After many requests, we thought it was a good time to revisit the Jaguar Rescue Centre in Costa Rica for some more baby sloth drawing! Jaguar Rescue is an animal rescue and rehabilitation centre based on the Caribbean coast of Costa Rica, a country known for it’s unique wildlife and it’s pioneering efforts in the battle against climate change. The centre specialises in caring for sloths, primates, big cats and all other mammals, birds and reptiles that are injured by traffic accidents or other animals, electrocuted by poorly insulated power lines or affected by the illegal trade in wildlife. Their main aim is to re-release the animals back into their natural habitat, and providing a forever home only to those that would not survive in the wild. We will be meeting and drawing their young sloths in the sloth nursery – with lots of blankets and enrichment toys, and apparently they like to all fall asleep in a ball. A ball of baby sloths!

The class will begin with an introduction from WLD founder and artist Jennie Webber, who will take you through the basics of drawing sloths from life. There will be a drawing demonstration of the shapes, proportions and anatomical features to identify  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 the baby sloths, and we’ll watch, draw and learn about their unusual evolutionary characteristics as well as the dangers that affect sloths in the wild.

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 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 the Jaguar Rescue Centre.

MANATEES

Wednesday 18th August 2021
7pm-8.30pm BST
Online Zoom Class
£10, 50% donated

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Our next online class is all about the gentle giants of the sea – Manatees. These curious and charismatic marine mammals are actually more closely related to elephants than any other oceanic species and they spend their time munching their way through underwater seagrass fields, earning them the nickname ‘sea cows’. Manatees are found in all different waterways – coastal bays, slow-moving rivers, even canals – but as the weather gets colder they migrate to the warmer waters of Florida.

We’re delighted to be teaming up with Save the Manatee for this drawing class, a non-profit organisation based in Florida that aims to protect manatees through education, research and protecting their seagrass habitats. The team at Save the Manatee have built up relationships with some of the wild manatees that visit every year (identifiable by the scars on their back from boating collisions) and we’ll be drawing two of their manatee superstars – Annie and Gator – from a media pack of reference images and links to a reel of manatee webcam highlights.

The class will begin with an introduction to manatees and the conservation and welfare factors that are affecting them from the team at Save the Manatee. Then WLD founder and artist Jennie Webber will take you through the basics of drawing manatees from reference images with a demonstration of the shapes, proportions and anatomical features to identify as well as being on hand to feedback or dish out creative advice throughout the whole session.

A downloadable Reference Media Pack containing images of manatees and links to the webcams will be supplied with the Zoom link. 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 the Save the Manatee.

IN-PERSON CLASSES

DESERT BIRDS

Sunday 1st August 2021
11am-1pm
at Bermonds Locke, SE1 3LW
£30

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Very excited to be bringing Wild Life Drawing to Bermonds Locke, a beautiful new hotel near London Bridge. Their interiors are inspired by the desert – think warm tones, cacti and low hanging suns. We’re running with this theme and hosting two in-person Wild Life Drawing classes in their open air courtyard across the summer.

The first is Desert Birds, and we’ll be meeting and sketching three avian species that make their home in the desert, with the ability to hunt, breed and survive in the extreme temperatures. Harris Hawks, Red-tailed Hawks and Great Horned Owls will be our feathered models for the day, accompanied by the expert and dedicated team at Sky Birds of Prey. We’ll be discussing hunting techniques, bird conservation across the world and the welfare issues in the sport of falcon racing.

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. Children aged 8 and above are more than welcome as long as they are accompanied by an adult also taking part in the class. The aim is to inspire a sense of appreciation and understanding for the animals and their conservation in the wider world.

This is an outdoor class and we will still be restricting the numbers at the drawing classes for the foreseeable future for peace of mind.

DESERT BIRDS

Sunday 1st August 2021
2pm-4pm
at Bermonds Locke, SE1 3LW
£30

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Very excited to be bringing Wild Life Drawing to Bermonds Locke, a beautiful new hotel near London Bridge. Their interiors are inspired by the desert – think warm tones, cacti and low hanging suns. We’re running with this theme and hosting two in-person Wild Life Drawing classes in their open air courtyard across the summer.

The first is Desert Birds, and we’ll be meeting and sketching three avian species that make their home in the desert, with the ability to hunt, breed and survive in the extreme temperatures. Harris Hawks, Red-tailed Hawks and Great Horned Owls will be our feathered models for the day, accompanied by the expert and dedicated team at Sky Birds of Prey. We’ll be discussing hunting techniques, bird conservation across the world and the welfare issues in the sport of falcon racing.

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. Children aged 8 and above are more than welcome as long as they are accompanied by an adult also taking part in the class. The aim is to inspire a sense of appreciation and understanding for the animals and their conservation in the wider world.

This is an outdoor class and we will still be restricting the numbers at the drawing classes for the foreseeable future for peace of mind.

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.

Miniature Piglets

Sunday 5th September 2021
11am-1pm
at Bermonds Locke, SE1 3LW
£30, 10% donated

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Delighted to be bringing beautiful Miniature Piglets to Bermonds Locke Hotel this September for a day of drawing out in their plant filled courtyard. ‘Miniature’ or ‘teacup’ pigs is the term given to a smaller-than-average pig, originally created by crossbreeding Pot-bellied pigs and New Zealand Kune-Kunes. 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 plenty to discover about pigs in general, and our expert will wow you with plenty of fascinating and myth-busting facts. Be prepared to fall in love with these lovely little piglets, 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. Ten percent of each ticket price will be donated to 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.

The drawing class is open to all, from beginners to advanced and children aged 8 and above are welcome as long as they are accompanied by an adult also taking part in the drawing class. All drawing materials are supplied, including paper, but please feel free to bring colours or any other specific media you might like to use. The aim is to inspire a sense of appreciation and understanding for the animals and their welfare in the wider world.

Wild Life Drawing is working with the finest animal sanctuaries and organisations to put on this event. All the animals attending are used to humans, different environments and will be accompanied by their experienced handlers, their welfare is our highest priority. These piglets are part of a bigger herd of Miniature Pigs that breed as and when they decide to – there’s no force breeding on this farm! They are only ever pet pigs – none of these piggies will end up on a plate! The owner Marc (of Pet Piggies) is a passionate pig expert and upon any enquiries from people wanting to adopt a pet pig – he conducts thorough checks and home visit to ensure that the piglets are going to the best possible homes, with plenty of outdoor space and company from humans or other animals.

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

Miniature Piglets

Sunday 5th September 2021
2pm-4pm
at Bermonds Locke, SE1 3LW
£30, 10% donated

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Delighted to be bringing beautiful Miniature Piglets to Bermonds Locke Hotel this September for a day of drawing out in their plant filled courtyard. ‘Miniature’ or ‘teacup’ pigs is the term given to a smaller-than-average pig, originally created by crossbreeding Pot-bellied pigs and New Zealand Kune-Kunes. 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 plenty to discover about pigs in general, and our expert will wow you with plenty of fascinating and myth-busting facts. Be prepared to fall in love with these lovely little piglets, 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. Ten percent of each ticket price will be donated to 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.

The drawing class is open to all, from beginners to advanced and children aged 8 and above are welcome as long as they are accompanied by an adult also taking part in the drawing class. All drawing materials are supplied, including paper, but please feel free to bring colours or any other specific media you might like to use. The aim is to inspire a sense of appreciation and understanding for the animals and their welfare in the wider world.

Wild Life Drawing is working with the finest animal sanctuaries and organisations to put on this event. All the animals attending are used to humans, different environments and will be accompanied by their experienced handlers, their welfare is our highest priority. These piglets are part of a bigger herd of Miniature Pigs that breed as and when they decide to – there’s no force breeding on this farm! They are only ever pet pigs – none of these piggies will end up on a plate! The owner Marc (of Pet Piggies) is a passionate pig expert and upon any enquiries from people wanting to adopt a pet pig – he conducts thorough checks and home visit to ensure that the piglets are going to the best possible homes, with plenty of outdoor space and company from humans or other animals.

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

ALPACAS

Saturday 25th September 2021
12pm-2pm
at Vauxhall City Farm, SE11 5HS
£30

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Very excited to back at Vauxhall City Farm to meet and draw their incredible herd of friendly Alpacas. We will be getting up close and personal with these woolly wonders as we draw them from right inside their paddock! The class will begin with an introduction from Farm Education Manager Chris, where we’ll learn all about the Alpacas (Tom, Ben and Jerry) their unique personalities and lives on the farm as well as discussing the properties of their fleece, their incredible history with ancient humans and their stylish haircuts! Jennie will demonstrate how to sketch alpacas from life, as well as providing creative guidance and helpful hints throughout. And as well as drawing – if we’re lucky – we may be able to feed and stroke the alpacas too.

Vauxhall City Farm is an oasis of nature and animals amid the bustle of London, which benefits the local community with a wide range of projects including maintaining and developing a free natural space in the heart of the city, providing environmental education for local children and school groups plus a variety of outreach and work experience programs.

The drawing class is open to all, from beginners to advanced and children aged 8 and above are welcome as long as they are accompanied by an adult also taking part in the drawing class. All drawing materials are supplied, including paper, but please feel free to bring colours or any other specific media you might like to use. The aim is to inspire a sense of appreciation and understanding for the animals and their welfare in the wider world.

Your ticket price will include a donation to Vauxhall City Farm.

DESERT REPTILES

Sunday 3rd October 2021
11am-1pm
at Bermonds Locke, SE1 3LW
£30

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Very excited to be bringing Wild Life Drawing to Bermonds Locke, a beautiful new hotel near London Bridge. Their interiors are inspired by the desert – think warm tones, cacti and low hanging suns. We’re running with this theme and hosting two in-person Wild Life Drawing classes in their open air courtyard across the summer.

The second is Desert Reptiles, and we’ll be welcoming a whole variety of tortoises, lizards and snakes that have all evolved unique ways of maintaining their body temperatures and adapt to the sandy terrain. Leopard Geckos, Sand Boas and Sulcata Tortoises (plus many more) will be our scaly models for the day accompanied by the expert and dedicated team at Snakes Alive, a reptile rescue centre that rehomes unwanted pets or cruelty cases. We’ll be discussing the unique ways these animals thrive in the desert, as well as responsible pet ownership in the reptile world.

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. Children aged 8 and above are more than welcome as long as they are accompanied by an adult also taking part in the class. The aim is to inspire a sense of appreciation and understanding for the animals and their conservation in the wider world.

This is an outdoor class and we will still be restricting the numbers at the drawing classes for the foreseeable future for peace of mind.

DESERT REPTILES

Sunday 3rd October 2021
2pm-4pm
at Bermonds Locke, SE1 3LW
£30

Show full details

Very excited to be bringing Wild Life Drawing to Bermonds Locke, a beautiful new hotel near London Bridge. Their interiors are inspired by the desert – think warm tones, cacti and low hanging suns. We’re running with this theme and hosting two in-person Wild Life Drawing classes in their open air courtyard across the summer.

The second is Desert Reptiles, and we’ll be welcoming a whole variety of tortoises, lizards and snakes that have all evolved unique ways of maintaining their body temperatures and adapt to the sandy terrain. Leopard Geckos, Sand Boas and Sulcata Tortoises (plus many more) will be our scaly models for the day accompanied by the expert and dedicated team at Snakes Alive, a reptile rescue centre that rehomes unwanted pets or cruelty cases. We’ll be discussing the unique ways these animals thrive in the desert, as well as responsible pet ownership in the reptile world.

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. Children aged 8 and above are more than welcome as long as they are accompanied by an adult also taking part in the class. The aim is to inspire a sense of appreciation and understanding for the animals and their conservation in the wider world.

This is an outdoor class and we will still be restricting the numbers at the drawing classes for the foreseeable future for peace of mind.

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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