Covid-19 Update

As you'll be aware, many drawing classes have had to be postponed as per government advice. Don't worry, all these dates for drawing animals will be rescheduled and all tickets will be valid for the new date. Anyone due to attend a class will receive an email from us with more information about those new dates. If you're a ticket holder and you have not received an email from us, please check your junk mail or get in touch for your options. All gift vouchers will have a 6 month extension on the expiry date, so you will have plenty of time to book in.

While we are keen to begin running drawing classes in real life again in late July, we want to make certain that the events pose little to no risk to those attending. Though government advice is still fairly confusing, we believe that the classes fall into the hospitality sector and so therefore are applying those regulations to the way we run the events. We are working hard with our partner venues to ensure the spaces are “covid secure” and every precaution is being taken to provide the cleanest environments and peace of mind, as well as an enjoyable class. Wild Life Drawing will only be going ahead outdoors or in the largest venues that we use, as well as restricting attendee numbers to ensure 2m social distancing can be maintained at all times.

Some of the measures we will be implementing include; asking attendees to complete a health declaration form prior to attending, drastically reduced capacity for every class, hand santiser upon arrival and throughout, encouraging attendees to bring their own materials where possible or disinfecting between every use, regular additional cleaning and making masks mandatory. If you have any questions, worries or concerns about any aspect of the classes or would like a copy of our full policy and risk assessment then please do not hesitate to get in touch.

Many thanks for reading, sending my warmest wishes to you all.

ONLINE CLASSES

JELLYFISH IN WATERCOLOUR

Wednesday 5th August 2020
7pm-8pm BST
Instagram Live
Free

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This week we will be diving into the weird and wibbly world of jellyfish, and watercolour is just the perfect medium for them! We'll be working in a loose way with the paints, balancing some watery colour blending with some dry brush strokes for the texture and form. Despite being 95% water, there is a lot to learn about the humble jellyfish so I'll have plenty of facts for you. As always, this will be a step-by-step tutorial that you can follow along using the reference image so all abilities and ages are welcome.

To take part you'll need to download the Reference Image Pack – available here and on the Instagram profile prior to the class taking place. More information about materials and the specific reference images I'll be working from will be released via an Instagram post closer to the time regarding materials. If you don't have exactly the same kit, don't worry – you can draw along in whatever materials you have to hand.

These Instagram Lives will always be free to join, but if you enjoy the classes and are in a position to contribute a small donation that that would be wholeheartedly appreciated and go towards keeping WLD up and running, and supporting some of the farms and animal handlers that we work with. Of course there are lots of people and organisations that need supporting right now, so please don't feel like you have to contribute anything to join in – the most important thing is that we draw together.

GUINEA PIGS (LIVE)

Tuesday 11th August 2020
6pm-7.15pm BST
Online Zoom Class
£10

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Our next online drawing class is especially for all you avid guinea pig lovers out there! We will be meeting and drawing eight charming guinea pigs via Zoom, broadcasting live from their home at Spitalfields City Farm. Originally rescued from South Essex Wildlife Hospital, these guinea pigs vary in colouring and hairstyles and will be chattering away to us in their own guinea pig language while we draw them.

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 how to draw guinea pigs, with special tips on the (potato based) shapes to look out for! We will then switch screens to be introduced live to the animals with fun facts from Jenny on the farm with the opportunity to ask any questions that you like. All the animals will have specialised enrichment activities and plenty of greenery to snack on and comfy spots to snooze so we will see these animals at their most relaxed and natural!

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 Zoom link to join and some reference images 24 hour before the event is due to start.

Money from the ticket sales for this event will go towards keeping the farm going, and making sure the animals are kept fed and watered during this tough time.

PUPPY PORTRAITS

Wednesday 12th August 2020
6pm-7pm BST
Online Zoom Class
£10 donation

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Ready for off-the-charts cuteness? Then this online drawing class is for you! We'll be drawing little puppies rescued by Wild at Heart Foundation and hearing their stories – from difficult starts to finding their forever families! There will be a step-by-step draw along demonstration with artist and WLD founder Jennie Webber, and you'll learn about proportion, anatomy and fur textures as we build up the drawing together over the hour. We'll be working from some beautiful photos of puppies, some now safe in happy homes and some up for adoption through the work of Wild at Heart Foundation. Perhaps you'll finish the class with both a lovely drawing AND a new puppy?!

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 Zoom link to join and some reference images 24 hours before the event is due to start.

Tickets can be purchased by making a minimum £10 donation to Wild at Heart Foundation.

RAINFOREST ANIMALS (LIVE)

Tuesday 18th August 2020
6pm-7.15pm BST
Online Zoom Class
£10

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For our next live broadcast from the London Aquarium, we'll be delving deep into the Amazon Rainforest. We'll have a live zoom link to view different areas of the Rainforest area, featuring crocodiles, terrapins, piranhas and Bowser the Snapping Turtle. We'll be learning about the Amazonian ecosystem and some of the conservation factors affecting the rainforest, plus what we can do to help.

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 how to draw some of the reptiles – before we go live to the aquarium! We will then switch screens to be introduced live to the rainforest animals with fun facts from James, Head Aquarist at SEA LIFE London. We'll spend 45 minutes drawing and we'll switch our viewpoints throughout to make sure we see all the species.

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 Zoom link to join and some reference images 24 hour before the event is due to start.

50% of each ticket sold will be donated to the Sea Life Trust.

BIRDS OF PREY

Wednesday 19th August 2020
7pm-8pm BST
Instagram Live
Free

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This Wednesday is all about Birds of Prey, and we'll be drawing from some reference images of some of the drawing class superstars – Harris Hawks, Lanner Falcons and Kestrels. Our focus this week will be on feather textures, from the fluffy breast feathers to the rigid flight feathers. I'll be working in pen once again, but you're welcome to draw in whatever suits you. This will be a step-by-step tutorial that you can follow along live with the reference image, so all ages and abilities are very welcome.

To take part you'll need to download the Reference Image Pack – available here and on the Instagram profile a week prior to the class taking place. More information will be released closer to the time regarding materials. If you don't have exactly the same kit, don't worry – you can draw along in whatever materials you have to hand.

These Instagram Lives will always be free to join, but if you enjoy the classes and are in a position to contribute a small donation that that would be wholeheartedly appreciated and go towards keeping WLD up and running, and supporting some of the farms and animal handlers that we work with. Of course there are lots of people and organisations that need supporting right now, so please don't feel like you have to contribute anything to join in – the most important thing is that we draw together.

PENGUINS

Wednesday 2nd September 2020
7pm-8pm BST
Instagram Live
Free

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This week will be all about Penguins, due to popular request! We'll be taking a look at the different forms of these charismatic birds in water and on land. As penguins are social animals, we will be drawing more than one bird and creating a relationship and a narrative on the page. I'll be working in plain old pencil this week (but adding some splashes of colour with coloured pencils) and will have some super cute penguin facts for you all. As always, this will be a step-by-step drawing tutorial from a reference image that you can follow along with live, so all ages and abilities are very welcome!

To take part you'll need to download the Reference Image Pack – available here and on the Instagram profile a week prior to the class taking place. More information will be released closer to the time regarding materials. If you don't have exactly the same kit, don't worry – you can draw along in whatever materials you have to hand.

These Instagram Lives will always be free to join, but if you enjoy the classes and are in a position to contribute a small donation that that would be wholeheartedly appreciated and go towards keeping WLD up and running, and supporting some of the farms and animal handlers that we work with. Of course there are lots of people and organisations that need supporting right now, so please don't feel like you have to contribute anythi

REAL LIFE CLASSES

SIGHTHOUNDS

Sunday 2nd August 2020
2pm-4pm
at Protein Studios, EC2A 3EY
£30

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Very excited to share our first Sighthound Special – a day of drawing classes with Greyhounds, Whippets and Lurchers to raise money for The Greyhound Trust. We’ll be drawing calm and friendly sighthounds of all different sizes, breeds and colours; and all of them will be coming along with their dedicated owners. We will be learning about the characteristics of the sighthound breeds and how they evolved to be such great runners. We'll discuss the realities of greyhound racing and some of the shocking welfare issues attached to that sport. £5 from the price of each ticket will be donated to The Greyhound Trust – a charity working to find happy homes for retired racing hounds. The charity was founded in 1975 by a few greyhound loving pals and since then has ensured over 100,000 greyhounds have gone to loving owners, and continue to rehome at least 3500 more greyhounds every year through their nationwide branches.

£5 of each ticket will be donated to the Greyhound Trust.

This rescheduled date is dependent on government guidelines and will run at reduced capacity, with additional hygiene and social distancing measures in place.

MINIATURE PIGLETS

Monday 3rd August 2020
7pm-9pm
at Carousel, W1U 8AB
£30

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Come meet, draw and fall in love with our latest litter of Miniature Piglets, who will be around 2 months old – fully weaned and independent from mum. 'Miniature' or 'teacup' pigs is the term given to a smaller-than-average pig, originally created by crossbreeding a pot-bellied pigs and a New Zealand Kune-Kune. 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 a lot to love about the humble pig in general, and our expert handler will wow you with plenty of fascinating facts. Be prepared to fall in love with these lovely little animals, 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.

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

This rescheduled date is dependent on government guidelines and will run at reduced capacity, with additional hygiene and social distancing measures in place.

WOLVES

Sunday 9th August 2020
11am-1pm
at Protein Studios, EC2A 3EY
£30

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Our wonderful wolf pack are back again for more sketching and stroking on the top floor of Ace 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!

And 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.

This rescheduled date is dependent on government guidelines and will run at reduced capacity, with additional hygiene and social distancing measures in place.

WOLVES

Sunday 9th August 2020
2pm-4pm
at Protein Studios, EC2A 3EY
£30

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Our wonderful wolf pack are back again for more sketching and stroking on the top floor of Ace 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!

And 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.

This rescheduled date is dependent on government guidelines and will run at reduced capacity, with additional hygiene and social distancing measures in place.

PARROTS

Sunday 16th August 2020
11am-1pm
at Protein Studios, EC2A 3EY
£30

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Delighted to announce another day of drawing classes with our colourful, characterful parrots at Ace Hotel this April. We’ll be meeting and drawing four vividly colourful Macaws – Scarlet, Blue & Gold, a Military and a Hyacinth Macaw. These beautiful birds will be accompanied by one of the UK’s leading parrot experts, who works to boost populations of rare and endangered species in the wild. We will learn all about these colourful and charismatic birds; their intelligence and ability to talk, their lives in the wild and the many conservation issues affecting the birds in rainforests across the world.

10% of each ticket will be donated to the World Parrot Trust. Rooted in science, this charity is dedicated to saving the world’s parrot population by bringing together experts and conservationists to action effective programs to protect the birds and their habitats.

This rescheduled date is dependent on government guidelines and will run at reduced capacity, with additional hygiene and social distancing measures in place.

PARROTS

Sunday 16th August 2020
2pm-4pm
at Protein Studios, EC2A 3EY
£30

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Delighted to announce another day of drawing classes with our colourful, characterful parrots at Ace Hotel this April. We’ll be meeting and drawing four vividly colourful Macaws – Scarlet, Blue & Gold, a Military and a Hyacinth Macaw. These beautiful birds will be accompanied by one of the UK’s leading parrot experts, who works to boost populations of rare and endangered species in the wild. We will learn all about these colourful and charismatic birds; their intelligence and ability to talk, their lives in the wild and the many conservation issues affecting the birds in rainforests across the world.

10% of each ticket will be donated to the World Parrot Trust. Rooted in science, this charity is dedicated to saving the world’s parrot population by bringing together experts and conservationists to action effective programs to protect the birds and their habitats.

This rescheduled date is dependent on government guidelines and will run at reduced capacity, with additional hygiene and social distancing measures in place.

ANIMALS OF THE GALAPAGOS

Monday 24th August 2020
7pm-9pm
at Carousel, W1U 8AB
£30

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Come join us to draw and explore the Galapagos, with some of the most iconic animals from the Islands – tortoises, iguanas, geckos and snakes. Of course, the animals attending the session are not actually from the Galapagos, but distant cousins of the Giant Tortoises and Marine Iguanas that populate these incredible areas of biodiversity. We’ll be hearing from the Galapagos Conservation Trust about the unique ecosystems that exist on the islands and their influence on our own biological understanding of the world. We will also be discussing the variety of conservation projects running on the Islands to preserve this natural area of diversity and some of it's more vulnerable animals. 10% of each ticket sold will be donated to the Galapagos Conservation Trust and there will be information for everyone to take away.

As well as drawing the terrific textures and patterns, the reptile handlers will also be full of facts about the animals they’ve brought along to the session. All animals are rescues visiting from a local reptile sanctuary which gives a happy home to unwanted pets and mistreated animals, and also runs educational sessions about animal welfare and responsible pet ownership.

10% of the ticket price will be donated to the Galapagos Conservation Trust.

This rescheduled date is dependent on government guidelines and will run at reduced capacity, with additional hygiene and social distancing measures in place.

MINIATURE DONKEYS

Thursday 3rd September 2020
7pm-9pm
at Switchboard Studios, E17 5QJ
£30

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Anyone ever seen a Miniature Donkey? Well, at around 34 inches tall, they're even more adorable than regular-sized donkeys. For our next class at Switchboard Studios in Walthamstow, two adorable Miniature Donkeys named Gilbert and Sullivan will be visiting from their home at Spitalfields City Farm. The class will start with an introduction from Jenny the Farm Manager, where we'll discuss the characteristics of donkeys, their origins and some of the welfare issues facing donkeys across the world. They're friendly and charismatic and you're going to love them.

This event will support Spitalfields City Farm – a charity in it's own right – and help the farm to sustain it's upkeep and provide homes for a whole variety of rescue animals! The farm also functions as an outdoor classroom and a source of joy for local schools and groups with learning difficulties, as well as working to conserve rare breeds of livestock.

WOLVES

Saturday 12th September 2020
11am-1pm & 2pm-4pm
at Carousel, W1U 8AB
£30

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Due to unbelievable demand, our wonderful wolves are returning to Carousel for more sketching and stroking in May. 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!

And 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.

10% of each ticket will be donated to Wolf Watch UK. Please EMAIL US if you would like to book this class with your gift voucher.

This rescheduled date is dependent on government guidelines and will run at reduced capacity, with additional hygiene and social distancing measures in place.

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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