Forget all that ‘let’s paint a bowl of fruit’ malarky, it’s all about sharpening your pencils at a not-so-still-life class with LIVE ANIMALS!
Tomorrow evening sees the first in a succession of live wildlife drawing classes take place at The Proud Archivist in Haggerston, offering would-be artists the opportunity to draw some of London’s furrier residents. This week’s class (Tuesday June 24) is an owl special and kicks off with a personal introduction to all of the birds ‘modelling’ that evening. After a few short sketching exercises, you’re given the best part of two hours to focus on your final masterpiece.
Whether you’re the next Picasso or simply a finger painting specialist, don’t worry, the class is open to all artistic abilities. Paper and pencils will be provided but organisers are running BYO policy on paints, pastels, feathers, glitter (disco owl, anyone?) and other craft supplies.
If you’ve any qualms over the animal’s safety, rest assured that each event works alongside animal sanctuaries and organisations to make sure all models are well trained and accompanied by experienced handlers. London-based visual artist and animal lover Jennie Webber is the brains behind the idea and she hopes that the ‘close contact and concentrated study will hopefully incite a greater respect for the animals and their welfare in the wider world.’ Some of the money raised from ticket sales will be donated to the conservation of animals.
Cheeky heads up: Session two’s subject is parrots and exotic birds, and session three is all about reptiles.
For more things to do this month check out 64 fantastic things happening in London this June.
By Laura Sagar