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Drawing Tour at Spitalfields City Farm

Hackney Arts
Event organized by Hackney Arts

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Come draw and explore Spitalfields City Farm with Wild Life Drawing and Hackney Arts this spring. We’ll be getting up close and personal with the friendly animals on the farm, including Derek and Bayleaf – their resident star donkeys, two Kune-Kune pigs, rabbits and guinea pigs and a herd of mischievous goats. The group will be guided around the farm, with an introduction from the Farm Manager about the history of the farm, and the rare breeds and the conservation projects it supports. Artist Jennie Webber will be teaching you how to draw each animal, with plenty of materials to experiment with throughout the session. And don’t worry there will be plenty of time for stroking and feeding the animals!

The drawing class is open to all, from beginners to advanced. Children aged 8 and above are welcome if accompanied by an adult taking part in the class. All drawing materials are supplied, including paper and drawing boards, but please feel free to bring any other specific media you might like to use. Drawing tips and guidance will be provided throughout the session with an in-depth demonstration of how to draw each animal. The aim of these drawing classes is to inspire a sense of appreciation and understanding for the animals and their conservation in the wider world.

Wild Life Drawing is a drawing class with a difference. Instead of human life models, our subjects are real animals. The classes intend to inspire a sense of appreciation and understanding for animals and conservation issues affecting them around the globe. Education is a primary focus, so as well as drawing the animals, the group learns about their habitat and diet, their lives in the wild and any conservation or animal welfare issues affecting that species.

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 we draw the sessions are happy around humans and in different environments and are always accompanied by expert handlers, their welfare is our highest priority. Wild Life Drawing has worked to raise awareness and donations for charities including the RSPB, Battersea Dogs Home and the Sea Life Trust.

Wild Life Drawing was founded in 2014 by Jennie Webber, a London-based artist and animal lover. The drawing classes intend to reconnect those living in cities with the wonder of nature through creativity, in the hope that it will encourage more people to protect our planet and it’s animals.