Wild Life Drawing is a drawing class with a difference; instead of human life models, we sketch animals and nature. The drawing classes are open to all ages and abilities, from beginners to advanced. Our aim is to inspire appreciation and understanding for the natural world through creativity, as attendees draw and learn about the animals, their habitats and distinct characteristics.
We draw on London's city farms and nature reserves, in aquariums and botanical gardens, as well as working with carefully selected animal handlers, sanctuaries and charities to sketch animals in lovely locations such as the Natural History Museum, Somerset House, Dulwich Picture Gallery and the Royal Academy of Arts.
Animal welfare is always our highest priority. We ensure all animals attending the classes are comfortable around humans and in different environments, and they are always accompanied by their experienced handlers. For every class, a proportion of the ticket sales goes directly towards benefitting animals; whether that's a donation to the associated charity, or to help the handlers to rehabilitate additional rescue animals and rehome unwanted or mistreated pets. Take a look at this BBC film to get a sense of the class.
Wild Life Drawing is proud to support charities including the Sea Life Trust, Battersea Dogs & Cats Home, British Hen Welfare Trust, Farms not Factories and the Galapagos Conservation Trust to name a few, raising money and awareness for welfare and conservation issues around the globe. Wild Life Drawing also promotes the mental health benefits of creativity and the calming effect of spending time around animals and nature. We have run a series of successful private drawing workshops for NHS groups, children's hospices and charities supporting those suffering from addictions.
The classes are relaxed and friendly, and always begin with handy hints on how to draw animals from life with creative guidance available to anyone that needs it. Paper and plenty of drawing materials are provided, though attendees are very welcome to bring along additional media and colours if they fancy. All art materials used at the class are environmentally friendly and the paper provided is FSC certified and suitable for vegans.
This project was founded in 2014 by Jennie Webber, a London-based artist and animal lover. “I believe that the act of taking time to draw animals evokes a real empathy, as the artist observes all the beautiful details, natural behaviours and the individual personality of the animal. And no matter what age you are, interacting with real animals is always a magical experience! It is my hope that Wild Life Drawing continues to reconnect those living in cities with the wonder of nature through creativity, in the hope that it will encourage more people to protect our planet and it's animals.”