Covid-19 Update

Wild Life Drawing will be back in January 2021 – in a safe and socially distanced way and adhering to Tier 2 guidelines. We are working hard with our partner venues to ensure all 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 in the largest venues that we use, as well as restricting attendee numbers to ensure 2m social distancing can be maintained at all times. Communal materials are throughly cleaned before each class, or you are welcome to bring your own. In regards to the ‘no mixing of households’ rule – we will be restricting numbers even further and treating all attendees as individuals with socially distanced seating. We will also require everyone to wear face coverings at all time indoors, unless you are exempt.

All gift vouchers will have an additional 6 month extension (at the very least) on the expiry date, so you will have plenty of time to book onto a class.

Our online program will continue alongside the real-life classes; with Instagram Lives and 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. Creativity and nature are both proven stress relievers, and combined together can be doubly powerful. I’ll be making sure I support you all with a variety of opportunities to take part. Let’s look after each other.

ONLINE CLASSES

SEALS

Saturday 5th December 2020
11am-12.15pm GMT
Online Zoom Class
£10, 50% donated

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A truly unique Christmas Special for you all this year, and one that I’m so excited about. We will be virtually visiting the wonderful Seal Sanctuary in Cornwall, for an online class with the rescued seal pups! Each winter the sanctuary rescues lost, abandoned or malnourished seal pups from the Cornish coast, and rehabilitates them to be re-released out into the wild when they’re strong enough to fend for themselves. These seal pups are receiving the best care from a team of dedicated experts, and the sanctuary is also home to a variety of seals and sea lions that need special care and could not be released back into the wild. I guarantee your hearts will be well and truly melted!

It costs approximately £2000 to rescue, feed and house ONE seal pup for the winter months, and the seal sanctuary rescue around SEVENTY per season. That’s a lot of money needed and that’s why 50% of your ticket price will be donated to the sanctuary, which will go directly to helping the seals. This year has meant the sanctuary hasn’t been able to rely on visitors to fund their work, so this donation will make a real difference.

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 and some handy hints for capturing the movement. We will then switch screens to be introduced to some of the rescued seal pups in the “hospital” area and we’ll hear from the sanctuary director Jana Sirova all about seals, their conservation and what to do if you find a lost pup. We’ll spend a whole hour drawing the seals from life, and there will be plenty of creative guidance and demonstrations along the way to help you with your drawings.

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 48 hours before the event is due to start. If you haven’t received the link, 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.

50% of each ticket sold will be donated to the Cornish Seal Sanctuary.

RESCUE DOGS

Thursday 17th December 2020
7pm-8.15pm GMT
Online Zoom Class
£10, 50% donated

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For our second Christmas Special, I’m delighted to announce a special online 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 over Zoom; 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!

50% from the price of each online 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 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.

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 48 hours before the event is due to start.

REAL LIFE CLASSES

WOLF PUPPIES

Saturday 16th January 2021
11am-1pm & 2pm-4pm
at Carousel London, W1U 8AB
£30

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We begin the year with a real treat – beautiful British Lupine wolf dog Alice is expecting her first litter of puppies and – all being well – on Saturday 16th January we’ll get a chance to meet and fall in love with them! Still super soft and sleepy, clumsy and unbelievably cute – these British Lupine pups/cubs will be coming along with mum Alice and some of the extended wolf-dog family, as well as 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.

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

Saturday 23rd January 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

Saturday 23rd January 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.

WOLF PUPPIES

Sunday 24th January 2021
11am-1pm
at Protein Studios, EC2A 3EY
£30

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Due to incredible demand, we’re adding another date for you to meet and draw the latest litter of beautiful wolf puppies born to British Lupine dog Alice of Watermill Wolves. Still super soft and sleepy, clumsy and unbelievably cute – these pups will be coming along with mum Alice and some of the extended wolf-dog family, as well as 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.

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.

WOLF PUPPIES

Sunday 24th January 2021
2pm-4pm
at Protein Studios, EC2A 3EY
£30

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Due to incredible demand, we’re adding another date for you to meet and draw the latest litter of beautiful wolf puppies born to British Lupine dog Alice of Watermill Wolves. Still super soft and sleepy, clumsy and unbelievably cute – these pups will be coming along with mum Alice and some of the extended wolf-dog family, as well as 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.

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.

SHARKS

Tuesday 26th January 2021
7pm-9pm
at London Aquarium, SE1 7PB
£30

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This November we’re back for a real-life after-hours class at the SEA LIFE London Aquarium to get up close and personal with Sharks. Our drawing class will focus on the two largest shark tanks in the aquarium; home to Sand Tiger Sharks, Nurse Sharks and White and Black Tip Reef Sharks. As well as these shark species, there are also two rescued Green Sea Turtles, Southern and Cownose Stingrays and a Bowmouth Guitarfish – half shark/half ray – alongside a multitude of fish. Although we will predominantly be focussing on Sharks, attendees will have free rein of the aquarium to draw from all the species.

The class will start with an introduction to the aquarium’s marine life and the conservation issues affecting sharks across the globe. Attendees will be able to explore the shark tanks with their drawing boards and helpful hints and guidance will be on hand from workshop leader, illustrator 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.

The aquarium works closely with it’s partner charity, the SEA LIFE Trust, to protect marine wildlife and habitats across the world and to communicate key conservation message to it’s visitors. It is also involved in several breeding conservation programs and works with many organisations including Whale and Dolphin Conservation Society, Save Our Seas, and The Shark Trust to increase the protection of marine reserves around the world. The charity have most recently set up a Beluga whale sanctuary in Iceland, providing a natural home for cetaceans rescued from aquariums and parks.

50% of each ticket sold will be donated to the SEA LIFE Trust.

RESCUE DOGS

Sunday 31st January 2021
11am-1pm
at Carousel, W1U 8AB
£30

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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!

£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

Sunday 31st January 2021
2pm-4pm
at Carousel, W1U 8AB
£30

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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!

£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.

MONOGAMY & MATING HABITS

Saturday 13th February 2021
11am-1pm & 2pm-4pm
at Carousel London, W1U 8AB
£30

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Join us to celebrate Valentine’s Day the Wild Life Drawing way, by exploring monogamy and mating rituals in the natural world. Just FYI, this class isn’t just for couples looking for an alternative celebration, but for anyone and everyone who fancies coming along! 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!

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.

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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