Tuesday 9th May 2017 ~ 7pm-9pm
Back by popular demand, our wonderful “wolves” will joining us for another sketching session in May. These "wolves" are British Lupine dogs that are perfectly tame and loyal domestic pets as well as being perfect wolf look-a-likes. They still retain their pack mentality, eat only raw meat and howl at the full moon! During the session, the class will be introduced to the “wolves” with a short talk from the experienced animal handler (also a Behavioural Scientist specialising in canines!) and we’ll look in detail at their anatomy and how they’ve evolved to adapt to a variety of habitats across the globe.
Lambs & Ewes
Sunday 14th May 2017 ~ 1pm-3pm
To celebrate Spring, we'll be drawing the young lambs recently born on Vauxhall City Farm! We will be getting up close and personal with these frisky little balls of wool as we draw them (and their mums) 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, the reproductive and development processes in sheep 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 by providing environmental education for local children plus a variety of outreach programs. All ages and abilities welcome!
Wednesday 17th May 2017 ~ 7pm-9pm
Tickets: £26 (Two thirds donated to SEA LIFE Trust)
To celebrate the opening of London Aquarium’s newest underwater experience, we’ll be drawing and exploring the world of jellyfish at another after-hours charity event. Now the largest jellyfish facility in the UK, experts at the aquarium – “jellyologists” – have been breeding Moon Jellyfish, Sea Nettles, Amakusa and Upside Down Jellyfish amongst other species – with some reaching up to a meter in width! The three stages of the exhibition will explore the lifecycle of these gelatinous creatures, as well as how they thrive, sting and reproduce. Drawing these drifting forms will not only be an enjoyable creative challenge, but a relaxing and meditative experience.
Drawing & Flying: Owls of the World
Saturday 3rd June 2017 ~ 10am-4pm
At Honnington Farm
Wild Life Drawing and Sky Birds of Prey are pleased to present a full day workshop in the glorious Kent countryside with no less than seven owl species – including the Great Horned Owl, Tawny, Barn, Bengal and European Eagle Owls, an African Spotted and Larry the Little Owl! We will spend the morning drawing the birds from life and learning all about their habitats, diets and expert hunting techniques. During the afternoon, we will experience the birds in flight and participants will have the chance to fly the magnificent owls and learn the basics of falconry. This experience day is open to all ages and abilities and we welcome children aged twelve and above if accompanied by an adult.
Sunday 4th June 2017 ~ 11am-1pm
In June we're back at Vauxhall City Farm to meet and draw their incredible herd of Alpacas. We will be getting up close and personal with these woolly wonders as we draw them from right inside their paddock. The class will start with an introduction from Farm Manager Michelle, where we'll learn about their personalities and lives on the farm as well as discussing the unique properties of their fleece, their incredible history with ancient humans and their unique haircuts! Vauxhall City Farm is an oasis of nature and animals amid the bustle of London, which benefits the local community by providing environmental education for local children plus a variety of outreach programs. All ages and abilities welcome!
Monday 5th June 2017 ~ 7pm-9pm
Come meet and draw our wonderful owls in June – with species including UK natives Tawny Owls, Barn Owls and African Spotted and Bengal Eagle Owls from further afield. We will be introduced to these fine feathers with a detailed talk from our experienced falconer and learn about their anatomy, unique characteristics and how they’ve evolved to use sound to pinpoint their prey from the air. 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 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.
Lost Boys: Exotic Mammals
Sunday 11th June 2017 ~ 11am-1pm
Very excited to be working with the Queen of Hoxton this summer, bringing a special class to their beautiful rooftop space. Inspired by the theme 'Never Never Land', we'll be drawing a wonderful selection of small mammals that were embodied by Peter Pan's Lost Boys – including skunks, squirrels, rabbits and a FOX! The drawing class will be taking place on a peaceful summer Sunday morning, before the rest of the venue opens to ensure a quiet and calm environment. We'll have free rein of the rooftop, and as well as sketching the animals in their bespoke runs, we will also learn about their habitats in the wild, varied diets and adaptions to urban life as well as any conservation issues affecting these species.