Did you know Florence Nightingale, founder of modern nursing, was a real animal-lover? In her life-time she owned over 60 cats and a pet owl named Athena that sat on her shoulder. To celebrate, we are hosting a special Wild Life Drawing class sketching real owls on Friday 22nd March here at the museum.
Joining us will be three owl species including an eagle owl, a barn owl and a little owl-the same species as Athena. These birds will be accompanied by expert falconry team Sky Birds of Prey, who will be sharing facts on their habitats, hunting habits and conservation as well as answering all your burning bird-related questions.
The class will be lead by wildlife illustrator Jennie Webber, who will get you started with a drawing demo and her top tips for drawing a moving subject. Throughout the session Jennie will be on hand with as much creative guidance as you would like. We will provide paper and drawing boards, as well as an array of colourful materials for you to enjoy, but do bring along any of your own favourites if you’d like.
The class is open to all- from beginners to advanced. Even if you haven’t picked up a pencil in years, we will have you sketching away in no time! Our goal is for you to leave with not only some lovely drawings, but also a greater understanding and appreciation of the animals you’ve drawn.
Here at Wild Life Drawing we are a small team who are dedicated to animal welfare. We only ever work with the finest animal handlers, who treat their animals with care and respect, and healthy animals who are happy being around humans. The falconer who keeps these birds is a trusted and experienced specialist who works with the RSPCA to rescue, rehabilitate and re-release wild birds of prey around the South of England.
*There is a chance that we will have some different species of owl attending the class. This is because our bird handler only brings his owls out and about when they are in the mood to travel. If we do end up drawing different owls, we promise they will be equally beautiful!
Doors open at 6.30pm and the event starts at 7pm
To find out more about Wild Life Drawing visit https://wildlifedrawing.co.uk/