Wild Life Drawing is a drawing class with a difference. Instead of human life models, our subjects are real animals. The drawing classes are open to all, from beginners to advanced. Their aim is to inspire a sense of appreciation and understanding for animals through creativity and to raise awareness of conservation issues around the globe.
Wild Life Drawing works only with the finest animal sanctuaries, charities and small selection of trusted animal handlers to put on these events. All the animals that attend the sessions are well used to humans and different environments and are always accompanied by experienced handlers, their welfare is our highest priority. For every class, a proportion of the ticket sales goes directly towards benefitting animals – whether that be a donation to the associated charity or city farm, or to the animal handlers where it is put towards the continued care for their animals and to ensure they are able to rehabilitate additional rescue animals and re-home unwanted or mistreated pets. Wild Life Drawing has worked to donate to charities including the RSPB, Battersea Dogs & Cats Home, the Bat Conservation Trust, Barn Owl Trust, Farms not Factories and the SEA LIFE Trust.
Education is a primary focus of Wild Life Drawing. The classes always commence with an in-depth introduction from the animal handlers so as well as drawing the animals, the group learns about their habitat and diet, their lives in the wild and any conservation or animal welfare issues affecting that species. The classes are lead in a relaxed fashion, with creative guidance on hand throughout. Paper and other drawing materials are provided, but attendees are encouraged to bring additional media and colour. 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 by Jennie Webber, a London-based artist and animal lover. Wild Life Drawing aims 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.