Tuesday 2nd April 2019
7pm-9pm (£28 - 10% to BHWT)
At Vauxhall City Farm, SE11 5HS
Join us for an adorable evening with the many newly hatched chicks on Vauxhall City Farm this Spring. We'll be drawing Leg Bar chicks, bright yellow Buff Orpington’s and little Dutch Bantums – all guaranteed to melt your heart! We will be joined by the British Hen Welfare Trust to talk about what 'free-range' really means along with plenty of advice on ethical egg buying. 10% of the price of each ticket will be donated to the BHWT. And of course it goes without saying that the chicks and ducklings we'll be drawing will live their full and happy lives on the farm!
Beasts of London: Birds of Prey
Saturday 6th April 2019
10.45am-12.45pm & 1.45pm-3.45pm (£40 - includes entry to experience)
At Museum of London, EC2Y 5HN
To celebrate Beasts of London – a fully immersive digital experience telling the stories of the animals that have shaped our capital city – we will be running two drawing workshops with beautiful birds of prey. Owls, falcons and hawks are both emblems and residents of our city, and we'll be discussing everything from the history of falconry to the more recent urbanisation of birds of prey. All materials are provided, all abilities are welcome and creative guidance will be on hand throughout. Ticket price includes a two hour drawing class and timed entry to the experience afterwards!
Botany in Watercolour
Sunday 7th April 2019
11am-4pm (£60, includes entry to exhibition)
At The Garden Museum, SE1 7LB
Excited to announce our first full day watercolour workshop, where we will learn new techniques to capture the beauty of botany. We will be working from seasonal, locally sourced British blooms, as well as finding inspiration in the current exhibition Emma Tennant: A Botanical Tour of Great Britain. We will cover observational drawing, brushwork, colour mixing and mark-making – with time for you to explore your own style. Our aim is for everyone to go home with a deeper understanding of plants, a greater confidence in using watercolours and artworks they can be proud of. All abilities are welcome!
Monday 8th April 2019
7pm-9pm (£27.50 - 10% donated to Farms not Factories)
At Carousel London, W1U 8AB
A litter of Miniature Piglets will be coming to steal your hearts again in April. These piglets will be around 10 months old and will be small but stocky and around 30cm in height. There's a lot to love about the humble pig, and our expert handler will wow you with plenty of fascinating facts but we will also be discussing welfare issues within the world of pig farming, medical testing and uncover the mysteries of meat labelling. 10% of each ticket price will be donated to Farms not Factories – a non-profit organisation working to expose the true costs of cheap meat – so be prepared to fall in love with three little piggies, all for a good cause!
Tuesday 9th April 2019
At Wathamstow Wetlands, N17 9NH
Join us for an Easter Special where we'll be meeting and drawing the newly hatched chicks from Vauxhall City Farm this Spring. We'll be drawing Legbar chicks, bright yellow Buff Orpington’s and some little Dutch Bantums. These baby birds will not only be impossibly cute to draw, but will also provide us with an opportunity to talk about the egg production industry and hen welfare in the UK. We will be getting advice from dedicated volunteers and campaigners for the British Hen Welfare Trust on egg labelling and will hear about the wonderful work the charity does by saving ex-commercial hens from slaughter and re-homing them so they can go on and enjoy a free range retirement.
Family Classes - Dragons
Saturday 4th May 2019
12.30-2.30pm & 3.15-5.15pm (£18)
At Royal Academy, W1J 0BD
Bring your little ones to draw 'real-life' dragons with geckos, iguanas and bearded dragons in this family workshop inspired by the fantastical worlds of Chris Riddell and Cressida Cowell's 'How to Train Your Dragon'. Learn how to draw the incredible textures and colours of these crawling creatures, and hear from their expert handlers about their natural habitats, the conservation issues that affect the species and responsible pet ownership. All the animals are from a local reptile sanctuary which provides a happy home for unwanted or mistreated reptiles. Children 7+ are welcome if accompanied by an adult.
Lambs & Kids
Sunday 5th May 2019
At Vauxhall City Farm, SE11 5HS
To celebrate Spring, we'll be drawing the young lambs and kids (baby goats!) recently born on Vauxhall City Farm. We will be getting up close and personal with these playful and frisky little animals as we draw them from right inside their paddock. The class will start with an introduction from the farm manager at Vauxhall, where we'll learn all about the lambs and kids, the reproductive and development processes and about the farming industry in the UK. Vauxhall City Farm is an oasis of nature and animals amid the bustle of London, which benefits the local community with a wide range of projects. All ages and abilities welcome!
Sunday 19th May 2019
11am-1pm & 2pm-4pm (£27.50)
At Carousel London, W1U 8AB
Our owls are back by popular demand and this time we'll be meeting, sketching and learning all about Arnie the Eagle Owl, UK natives the Barn and Tawny Owls and we may even have the chance to meet Titch, the charismatic Little Owl. We will be introduced to these fine feathers with a detailed talk from our experienced falconer and learn about their anatomy, unique characteristics 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.
Tuesday 21st May 2019
7pm-9pm (£26 - 50% donated to Sea Life Trust)
At London Aquarium, SE1 7PB
We're back for another after-hours aquatic exploration into the weird world of jellyfish. We will meet Moon Jellyfish, Sea Nettles, Barrel and Upside Down Jellyfish at different stages of their lives, with some reaching more than three meters in length! The class will commence with some amazing jellyfish facts, then you'll be able to explore and be mesmerised by the jellies, whilst sketching with a variety of media including pens, pastels and watercolours. Drawing these drifting forms will not only be an enjoyable creative challenge, but a relaxing and meditative experience.
Thursday 30th May 2019
11am-1pm & 2pm-4pm (£26/£36 - 10% donated to Farms not Factories)
At Royal Society of Sculptors, SW7 3RA
More Miniature Piglets will be visiting the Royal Society of Sculptors during May half term! These piglets will be around 10 weeks old (fully weaned and independent from mum) and each will be super cute and around the size of a small Jack Russell! Children aged 8 and over will be welcome when accompanied by an adult also taking part in the class, and we'll be dispelling myths about pigs – learning how intelligent, clean and sociable they really are! 10% of each ticket price will be donated to Farms not Factories and we aim to educate about welfare issues in the farming industry and what we can do to help.