Tuesday 25th September 2018
7pm-9pm (£26 with a donation to Wolf Conservation Trust)
At Draw Brighton, BN1 4GH
Our wonderful "wolves" are in fact British Lupine dogs, friendly 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 and howl at the full moon! The class will be introduced with a short talk from Canine Behavioural Scientist Natalie, 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 – and 10% will be donated to the WCT. And of course, everyone can have a stroke and a cuddle at the end!
Drawing & Flying: Birds of Prey
Saturday 29th September 2018
At Honnington Farm, TN4 0XD
Join us for a day of Drawing & Flying with up to thirty Birds of Prey in the glorious Kent countryside – starring poster boy Maverick the Golden Eagle as well as Harris Hawks, Peregrine Falcons, Kestrels and Buzzards. Owl species will include the Great Horned, Tawny, Barn, Bengal, Little and European Eagle Owls. We will first draw the birds from life and learn about their habitats, diet and conservation. After lunch participants will have the chance to fly the magnificent birds and learn the basics of falconry. Our aim is to inspire a sense of appreciation and understanding for birds through creativity and close interaction, and the unforgettable experience of watching them soar through the sky!
Botanical Illustration x Petalon
Sunday 30th September 2018
At The Old Dairy, E5 0PT
Excited to announce a special Botanical Illustration class with Florence Kennedy of Petalon. Florence built up her successful flower-delivery-by-bicycle business from scratch and now her floral designs adorn shop fronts, special events and selected weddings. For this 3 hour class, Florence will be creating arrangements with seasonal blooms for you to sketch and there will be a wide range of materials with which to experiment – with artist Jennie Webber demonstrating techniques including watercolours and brush pens. Our aim is for everyone to go home with a deeper understanding of flowers, a greater confidence in using different materials and artworks they can be proud of!
Tuesday 16th October 2018
6.30pm-9pm (£30, includes a moonlight walk of the Wetlands)
At Walthamstow Wetlands, N17 9NH
Our Autumnal event will begin with a moonlight walk around the wetlands, with the possibility of spotting bats, foxes and nocturnal birds. To follow, we’ll learn to draw a wide variety of (rescue) Nocturnal Animals, who have all evolved super senses to hunt, communicate and get around at night. We will be sketching skunks, sugar gliders, mice and rabbits – all mammals that are most active after dark. Tree frogs and geckos will give us an insight into the world of nocturnal reptiles and if that’s not enough – we’ll also be drawing two nocturnal invertebrates, giant land snails and train millipedes.
Thursday 18th October 2018
At Royal Society of Sculptors, SW7 3RA
Guinea Pigs – cute, charming and the favourite animal of a great many. Back by popular demand, no less than eight delightful guinea pigs – each with their own stylish hairdos – will be visiting the RBS from Spitalfields City Farm, where they’ve been happily rehomed from South Essex Wild life Hospital. As well as drawing, we will be learning all about these amazing little animals; their origins, characteristics and the language of squeaks they use to communicate with the rest of their sociable herd. We will also be discussing responsible pet ownership and how to ensure the needs of your cavy are met. This class is open to all ages and abilities, and devout guinea pig lovers are especially welcome.
Family class: Animals at Play
Wednesday 24th October 2018
11am-1pm & 2pm-4pm (Family Tickets: £35/£18)
At Royal Society of Sculptors, SW7 3RA
For the Big Draw Festival, we’ll be drawing animals that exhibit play in different ways; to show joy, to form and strengthen social bonds and to communicate. We will be sketching ferrets and polecats, who perform a 'weasel war dance' commonly held to mean that the animal is thoroughly enjoying itself! We will meet rescue rabbits, who do a run-and-skip combo named a 'binky' that shows their happiness and Guinea Pigs, who jump straight up in the air to show their joy in a move called 'pop-corning'! We will draw Blossom the Skunk who is forever playing, digging and climbing which mirrors her natural behaviour and Odie the Opossum, who dribbles when he enjoys a smell!
Halloween Special: Wolves
Saturday 27th October 2018
11am-1pm & 2pm-4pm (£27.50 – includes refreshments)
At Carousel London, W1U 8AB
Celebrate a howlin' Halloween by meeting and drawing wolves! These "wolves" are actually British Lupine dogs with pure wolf in their bloodline – perfect look-a-likes but friendly enough to roll over for a belly rub! We will be introduced with a short talk from Canine Behavioural Scientist Natalie, and we’ll look in detail at their anatomy and explore the fear mongering that has followed wolves through folklore and literature. As well as drawing, we will discuss current conservation issues facing wolves in the wild and 10% of each ticket will be donated to the Wolf Conservation Trust. If we're lucky, we might get to hear the wolf pack howl!