Family Class - British Mammals
Sunday 16th December 2018
11am-1pm & 2pm-4pm (£12 per child)
At The National Gallery, WC2N 5DN
Join us for a festive series of family drawing classes at The National Gallery this December. Each Sunday we will meet, draw and learn about different animals, their habitats and conservation. Week three will focus on British Mammals – hedgehogs, ferrets, frogs, rabbits and mice. Children must be of 5 years and over for this workshop (but all up to the age of 11 are welcome) and must come accompanied by an adult. Plenty of paper and drawing materials will be provided and we'll begin with some fun drawing exercises with creative support throughout. All abilities welcome!
Animals of North America
Wednesday 16th January 2019
At The Doll's House, N1 1RQ
In the new year we look to animals of North America for our inspiration – meeting and drawing species including an opossum, skunks, polecats and two charming prairie dogs. Each of these animals has evolved to suit the environment and to thrive alongside urbanisation – with some of these animals considered pests in the cities. We will be discussing the characteristics, habits and diets of these animals and look at the welfare issues affecting their species. In particular we will talk about the endangered wild population of American Polecats and the incredible efforts of a conservation breeding program aiming to reintroduce animals into the wild to sustain the population.
Saturday 26th January 2019
11am-1pm & 2pm-4pm (£27.50 – includes refreshments)
At Carousel London, W1U 8AB
Next we look to the skies to observe the flying styles and hunting techniques of birds of prey – true aerial predators. We’ll be meeting and drawing Harris Hawks, Lanner Falcons and Barn Owls and begin with a detailed talk from our experienced falconer, learning about their anatomy, unique characteristics and how they’ve evolved to be expert hunters of the skies. There will be short flying demonstration with some of the birds before we settle down for some sketching. Some species will be native to the UK and we will be discussing their habitats in the wild, where to look for them and any conservation issues affecting these birds. And if you fancy, you can purchase a ticket that includes a lovely lunch at Carousel.
Tuesday 5th February 2019
At Wathamstow Wetlands, N17 9NH
Join us for an evening celebrating Omnivores, where we take a closer look at animal diets – those of animals that feast on everything from plants, to insects, to fresh meat and carrion. We will be meeting and drawing mammals such as Pygmy Hedgehogs, Odie the Opossum, Meerkats and Mice as well as reptiles including a Tegu, Simon the Blue Tongued Skink, a Musk Turtle and some Hissing Cockroaches. We will use this opportunity to discuss the rapidly depleting populations of our native hedgehogs here in the UK, how integral they are to our indigenous ecosystems and what we can do to help in our own back gardens or local parks.
Sunday 10th February 2019
11am-1pm & 2pm-4pm (£30)
At Ace Hotel, E1 6JQ
Delighted to announce a day of drawing classes with colourful parrots on the top floor of Ace Hotel this February. We'll be meeting and drawing four vividly colourful Macaws – Scarlet, Blue & Gold, Blue Throated and a Hyacinth Macaw. These beautiful birds will be accompanied by one of the UK's leading parrot experts, who works to boost populations of rare and endangered species in the wild. We will learn all about these colourful and charismatic birds; their intelligence and ability to talk, their lives in the wild and the many conservation issues affecting the birds in rainforests across the world. All abilities welcome!
Monogamy & Mating Habits
Wednesday 13th February 2019
At The Doll's House, N1 1RQ
We celebrate Valentine's Day the WLD way by exploring monogamy and mating rituals in the natural world. This class isn't just for couples looking for an alternative celebration, but for anyone and everyone who fancies coming along! We will be meeting and drawing Prarie Dogs, one of the only other species that actually kiss! We will sketch female Skunks and Tortoises, who are able to store sperm and decide when to become pregnant. We'll draw Giant Millipedes – who use the art of massage to entice their mates, Giant Land Snails who shoot LOVE DARTS (actual name) and female Tarantulas, who will eat the male after copulation. Join us for a night of mind blowing biology!
Wednesday 20th February 2019
11am-1pm (Families) & 2pm-4pm (Adults)
At Richmond Art School, TW9 2RE
Back by popular demand, our "wolves" are in fact British Lupine dogs that are friendly and loyal as well as being perfect wolf look-a-likes – they have pure wolf in their bloodline. They still retain their pack mentality, eat only raw meat and howl at the full moon! The class will be introduced with a short talk from 'Head Wolf' Natalie Lagstrom, and we’ll look in detail at their anatomy and how they’ve evolved to adapt to habitats across the globe. As well as drawing, we will discuss current conservation issues facing wolves in the wild – plus the results of their incredible reintroduction to Yellowstone. And of course, everyone can have a stroke and a cuddle at the end!
Monday 25th February 2019
At Carousel London, W1U 8AB
For the first time at Wild Life Drawing, we will focus our sketching on some of the smaller (and cuter) bird species. We’ll be meeting both a Common Kestrel (native to the UK) and and American Kestrel (named Chip!) as well as the White Faced Scops Owl and another indigenous species – the Little Owl (my favourite!) All these birds of prey are tiny, each of them measuring less than 8 inches tall. What they lack in size, they more than make up for in character and we’ll be hearing about their habitat, diets and individual personalities – some suffer form ‘small bird syndrome’!