Wild Life Drawing is a drawing class with a difference. Instead of human life models, the subjects are real animals. The aim of the drawing classes is to inspire a sense of appreciation and understanding for animals and their conservation through creativity. This October, Somerset House will play host to a series of events inspired and programmed by artist Bedwyr Williams as part of the Museums at Night programme. These events will reimagine an alternative reality where post-Neolithic druids live on and conduct their chants, traditions and rituals in modern day London.
To celebrate this druidic takeover, Wild Life Drawing will be hosting a special drawing event with animals significant to druid folklore – Hawks, Owls & Snakes. Hawks held great meaning in Celtic mythology; it was believed they carried messages from other worlds and to see one was a sign to "beware and be aware”. Owls signify dual meanings; viewed as both as a protector from evil spirits and an omen of death. Celts viewed the snake as a powerful symbol of rebirth and renewal. - leaving behind its previous form to emerge as a new self by shedding its skin.
During the session, the class will be introduced to the druidic animals one at a time. As well as hearing from the experienced animal handlers about their unique biological characteristics, we will also explore the animals’ significance within Celtic beliefs and druid folklore. We will learn about their lives in the wild, hunting abilities and any current conservation issues facing these species. The class will be led through a series of fun drawing exercises to start, with plenty of tips on drawing animals from life. All abilities are welcome at this class and drawing tutor Jennie Webber will be on hand throughout for any artistic guidance.
All drawing materials are supplied, including paper, but please feel free to bring colours or any dry media you might like to use.
Please note this class is for ages 18+ only.
Wild Life Drawing was founded Jennie Webber, a London-based visual artist, educator and animal lover. The project was created in 2014 with the intention of inspiring people with the wonder of nature through drawing and now regular classes are held across a variety of venues throughout the UK. Wild Life Drawing works only with the finest animal sanctuaries, charities and small selection of trusted animal handlers to put on these events. All the animals that attend the sessions are well used to humans and different environments and are always accompanied by experienced handlers, their welfare is our highest priority. Money from the ticket sales goes towards their continued hard work for the care and protection of the animals.