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WOLVES

Sunday 26th May 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 Laura Cuppage, 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 26th May 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 Laura Cuppage, 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.

RARE FARM BREEDS

Friday 31st May 2024 10.30am-11.30am Battersea Park Zoo, SW11 4NJ £17.50 (10% donated)

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This half-term, get your brood beaming with an outdoor drawing class at Battersea Children’s Zoo. We will be focusing on unusual farmyard animals, some of which are on the Rare Breeds Survival List. We will meet Swiss Valais blacknose sheep, with their gorgeous heads of shaggy curls, Oxford sandy pigs with their enormous ears, and one of the UK’s oldest goat breeds- the Bagot goat- which has been around since the 1300s! We will be shown around by animal expert Gemma, who will provide fascinating facts about each species, and answer lots of questions. While we will be concentrating on the farm animals, you’ll be free to draw all sorts of other animals too; otters, monkeys, lemurs and lizards to name just a few. Plus, once you’ve got your sketching done you and your little ones will have a special opportunity to feed some of the animals!

The class will be led by wildlife artist Jennie Webber who will provide plenty of creative guidance to help you capture the animals’ fabulous features on your page. We will begin with some fun warm-up drawing games to get the whole family sketching away. All abilities are welcome, and all artistic styles are celebrated! We will bring along everything you need- drawing boards, paper and lots of colourful materials, but feel free to bring your own kit if you’d like to.

Ticket price does not include entry to the zoo, which will need to be bought separately.

10% of each ticket will be donated to the Rare Breed Survival Trust.

RARE BIRDS

Friday 31st May 2024 1pm-2pm Battersea Park Zoo, SW11 4NJ £17.50 (10% donated)

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This half-term, give your flock a chance to stretch their wings at an outdoor drawing class at Battersea Children’s Zoo. We will be focusing on the rare birds there, starting with two of the second largest bird species in the world- Ant and Dec the emus! We will also sketch the kooky kookaburras, charismatic cranes, and beautiful Bali starlings (this species is critically endangered, but the zoo is part of a breeding programme to conserve them). We will be shown around by animal expert Gemma, who will provide fascinating facts about each species, and answer lots of questions. While we will be concentrating on the birds, you’ll be free to draw all sorts of other animals too- otters, monkeys, lemurs and lizards to name just a few. Plus, once you’ve got your sketching done you and your little ones will have a special opportunity to feed some of the animals!

The class will be led by wildlife artist Jennie Webber who will provide plenty of creative guidance to help you capture the animals’ fabulous features on your page. We will begin with some fun warm-up drawing games to get the whole family sketching away. All abilities are welcome, and all artistic styles are celebrated! We will bring along everything you need- drawing boards, paper and lots of colourful materials, but feel free to bring your own kit if you’d like to.

Ticket price does not include entry to the zoo, which will need to be bought separately.

10% of each ticket will be donated to the zoo’s Bali Starling Conservation Fund.

BABY OWLS

Monday 3rd June 2024 7pm-9pm Town Hall Hotel, E2 9NF £35 (10% donated)

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When we heard word from our bird team that they had some owl eggs getting ready to hatch, we jumped at the chance for an extra special, extra fluffy class with the babies! We’ve strategically scheduled the session in order to sketch the owlets at peak adorable level (in just a few weeks time!) as they grow incredibly fast, from hatching to full fledged in a mere 12 weeks. We will meet a medley of owl species at different stages of their development; all super fluffy and all super cute.

The class will be hosted by illustrator Laura Cuppage, who will have plenty of tips on how to sketch owls while having your pencil inspected by a curious fledgling. Our falconer Paul will teach us all about these fascinating creatures, and what it’s really like parenting baby birds. Clue: it’s mostly chaos.

As always, all abilities are welcome and all artistic styles are celebrated. We’ll bring along everything you need to get drawing, but you’re welcome to bring your own kit if you’d like.

Our falconer Paul will be lovingly transporting the babies to the session, drawing upon his many years of experience working with birds of prey to ensure it is a positive experience for the little ones.

The donation for the class will be going to the Barn Owl Trust, to support the conservation of native owls.

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CAPYBARAS

Saturday 8th June 2024 2pm-4pm Hobbledown Heath, TW14 0HH £80 (10% donated)

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Join us for a very special class with the largest (and perhaps the loveliest) rodent on earth- the Capybara! These South American stunners are known for their friendly and chill personalities, but did you know they are also excellent swimmers? Being semi-aquatic, capybaras can run along the seabeds with impressive speed. They also carry their young on their backs while swimming, and have even been known to hitch the odd ride on a crocodile’s back!

You will spend half an hour inside the capybara enclosure at Hobbledown Heath to not only sketch the herd, but feed them too! You will each be given a colourful pile of veggies to hand feed to the capybara- an experience you’ll never forget. You’ll also be given a guided drawing tour of the rest of the park to draw the other residents; lemurs, yaks, reindeers and highland cattle to name just a few! Your ticket price includes entry to the park, where you’re very welcome to spend the whole day if you’d like. Artists Laura Cuppage and Jennie Webber will be on hand to help you fill your pages with life, and the expert keepers at Hobbledown will be happy to answer all your questions.

10% of your ticket price will be donated to Hobbledown Heath’s own research and conservation fund, which you can read more about here.

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.

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.

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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.

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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, Jennie 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.

DRAWING & FLYING DAY

Saturday 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.

ONLINE CLASSES

HARPY EAGLES

Wednesday 29th May 2024 7pm-8.30pm BST Online Class £12, 50% donated

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At this class we will study one of the largest and rarest raptors on Earth- the Harpy Eagle. These incredible animals have wingspans reaching 6.5ft, and their rear talons are as large as the claws of a grizzly bear. In ancient times they were revered as divine creatures- if only the same could be said for today. The species is subject to human persecution, and has reached critically endangered status/extinction in several countries. The remaining population is spread out across Central America where their range is wide but their numbers are few. Education is proving to be an effective conservation method, and there is hope that by instilling a pride and love for the species in younger generations, the fate of these majestic birds could be turned around.

We will be joined online by Anna Bryant, who is the biology coordinator at ARCAS- a grassroots wildlife rescue organisation set up by Guatemalan citizens. Anna will tell us the story of an injured male that ARCAS cared for, which they believe could have been the last harpy eagle in Guatemala. She will explain the reasons that the species have been driven out of the country, and what she and her colleagues are doing to help in the fight to save the species.

50% of profits will be donated to ARCAS Guatemala.

WHALES AND DOLPHINS

Tuesday 4th June 2024 7pm-8.30pm BST Online Class £12, 50% donated

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Whale imagery is all around us, adorning our clothing, crockery and wallpaper, but have you ever really looked at those illustrations? Most are totally incorrect – often square shaped whales with twisted tails, water spurting from their blowholes? We have Moby Dick to thank for that. Luckily we have world-renowned comparative anatomist and cetacean expert Joy Reidenberg with us for an online class in June to bust those myths so we can nail our narwhals and perfect our porpoises. Together we will be making quick sketches of different whales and dolphins from reference images, with Joy picking out notable anatomy and evolutionary features as we draw.

Joy Reidenberg is a professor at Icahn School of Medicine based at Mount Sinai, New York City specialising in cetacean anatomy, and a talented scientific illustrator. You may have seen her enthusiastically clambering over beached whale carcasses with her huge knives performing dissections on a colossal scale on the BAFTA winning BBC documentary Inside Nature’s Giants. Or you might have heard her animatedly discussing animal reproduction on Born in the Wild on America’s PBS channel. Whatever the subject, Joy is such an engaging and inspiring speaker (watch her TED talk here) we can’t promise that this class will finish on time!

50% of ticket profits will be donated to Joy’s nominated charity the Marine and Coastal Ecology Research Center, in Florida, USA.

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.

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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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