Halloween Special: Snakes
Tuesday 24th October 2017 ~ 7pm-9pm
Snakes are wonderful, fascinating animals despite their reputation – come along to our Halloween Special and sssssee! We will be sketching different snakes species –including Royal Pythons and colourful Corn Snakes – of all different sizes and morphs. We will be learning about the different ways these snakes have adapted to hunt, their incredible digestive system and be able to closely observe how these amazing animals are able to move without limbs. All these snakes are rehomed unwanted pets from a local reptile sanctuary and we shall be discussing the realities of keeping snakes in order to educate against thoughtless exotic pet purchases, as well as snake conservation in the wider world.
Halloween Special: Mini-beasts
Wednesday 25th October 2017
11am-1pm (Families) & 2pm-4pm (Adults)
On Wednesday 25th October we will be getting ready for Halloween by drawing mini-beasts and creepy crawlies! This class will explore the wonderful world of insects and small beasties; we'll meet vibrant tree frogs, an Emperor Scorpion (who we'll see glow in the dark), Giant Millipedes, Giant Land Snails, stick insects, a Vampire Crab, friendly tarantulas and a Tailless Whip Scorpion named Gladys – made famous by Harry Potter in his Defence Against the Dark Arts lesson! During the session, the class will be introduced to the animals with an informative talk from the expert animal handlers, and everyone will able to study them closely. Halloween fancy dress is optional but encouraged!
Creepy Crawlies & Slithery Slimies
Thursday 26th October 2017
5pm-6.30pm (Families) & 7pm-9pm (Adults)
For our Brighton-based Halloween special we will be exploring the unearthly underworld of creepy-crawlies and slithery, slimy species including Tarantulas, Giant Land Snails, Scorpions, Snakes and Cane Toads. Even though they may seem beastly, we will be aiming to dispel the myths surrounding these animals and fill you full of fascinating facts about their habitat adaptions, mating rituals and their secret weapons they use to fight off predators. We will be running two spooky sessions during the evening, for both families and adults – and fancy dress is encouraged at both!
The Movement of Mammals
Friday 27th October 2017
11am-1pm & 2pm-4pm
Come along to draw and explore the movement of mammals to celebrate the Big Draw Festival this October. We will be meeting and sketching mammals that move in different ways, with species including meerkats, rabbits, pygmy hedgehogs and sugar gliders. Meerkats are known for their ability to stand on their hind legs to search for danger. Pygmy Hedgehogs are highly energetic nocturnal mammals with long legs that can cover miles in one night. Sugar Gliders are tree-dwelling marsupials that defy gravity to hang, jump and “fly” through the trees. And we all know that rabbits hop – but they also use their ears and tails to communicate. All abilities welcome, and children aged 8 and above.
Halloween Special: Wolves
Saturday 28th October 2017
11am-12.30pm & 1.30pm-3pm
At Cass Sculpture Park, West Sussex
Celebrate Halloween by meeting, drawing and making friends with "wolves" this October Half Term. Our British Lupine dogs are perfect wolf look-a-likes, eat only raw meat and howl at the full moon – yet still remain friendly and loyal domestic pets. Our wolves will be accompanied by their dedicated expert owner and behavioral scientist specialising in canines, so as well as drawing we will learn all about how dogs became man's best friend, wolf conservation across the globe and the depiction of wolves across the horror genre. The drawing class is open to all, from beginners to advanced. Children aged 10 and above are more than welcome if accompanied by an adult taking part in the class.
Ducks & Chickens
Wednesday 8th November 2017 ~ 7pm-9pm
Tickets: £26 (10% Donation to British Hen Welfare Trust)
At The Old Dairy, Clapton E5 0PT
For our first November class we will be drawing a team of loveable ducks and chickens from our local Spitalfields City Farm. Although these iconic animals are found in many a children's book and fairytale, these birds are often overlooked – but they all have their own individual personalities and cheeky characters! We will be joined by a volunteer from the BHWT who will be talking about the egg production industry and hen welfare in the UK as well as hearing about the wonderful work they do saving ex-commercial hens from slaughter and re-homing them so they can enjoy a free range retirement. And of course 10% of the price of each ticket will be donated to the BHWT.
Battersea Dogs Home Charity Special
Sunday 12th November 2017 ~ 1pm-3pm
Tickets: £26 (All profits to Battersea Dogs Home)
I am delighted to announce a very special charity class in collaboration with Battersea Dogs and Cats Home. We’ll be drawing five wonderful rescue dogs of all different sizes, breeds and colours that have been successfully rehomed and have happy stories to tell. Blossom (our poster girl) the Whippet Cross, Kira the English Setter and Duchess the Staffy, as well as a few others, will be our friendly furry models for the day. All ticket profits will be donated to Battersea – a charity that aims to never turn away a dog or cat in need of help. Their fundraising team will be attending to talk about all the invaluable work the charity does to care for over 7000 animals each year, plus ways in which we can get involved.