Can you explain how the classes work? What sort of people usually take part?
Generally the classes last for two hours and in that time I aim for attendees to take home drawings that they’re pleased with as well as fun facts about the animals they’ve just drawn. We start by introducing the animals, with a short talk from the handlers. We’ll learn about the species, what they eat, about their lives in the wild and – over the course of the class – we’ll discuss any conservation issues affecting the species and any ways in which we’re able to help. I am always on hand for any creative advice and encouragement and I ensure I pay special attention to newcomers.
Everyone is welcome at Wild Life Drawing and we get a wide variety of folks coming along, both artists and animal lovers and everyone else in between! I also do classes for families and children, plus special events for Halloween, Christmas and Valentine’s Day.
Which animals featured in the first classes you held, and which have you featured since then? Where do the animals come from?
The first class took place in June 2014 and we drew a variety of owl species (due to this, owls now have a very special place in my heart and are one of my favourite animals to draw) and since then we’ve drawn lizards, donkeys, bats, birds of prey, snakes, wolves, parrots, tortoises, mini-beasts, meerkats and skunks to name but a few. Special classes have been held on location – on the city farms, at festivals and on RSPB nature reserves where we drew seabird colonies in their natural habitat.
Wild Life Drawing works with the finest animal sanctuaries and organisations to put on these events. All the animals are fully used to humans and different environments and are always accompanied by experienced handlers, their welfare is our highest priority. Money from tickets sales goes towards their continued hard work for the conservation and protection of the animals.