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Wild Life Drawing at Spitalfields City Farm

July 6, 2015

Wild Life Drawing is a drawing class with a difference. Instead of the usual human life models, the subject here are real , live animals. How great is that? Their aim is to inspire a sense of appreciation and understanding for the animals and conservation issues around the globe.

I’ve known Jenni Webber, a London based visual artist, educator and animal lover for a while now. Last year she mentioned she was going to start some life drawing classes with animals. Wild Life Drawing has just celebrated it’s 1st Birthday. I’m happy I finally got to join a class.

This one was held at the wonderful Spitalfields City Farm. The sun was shining, it was the perfect evening to engage with the natural world and encourage appreciation of wonderful animals.

Meet the herd, both in people and animals. This class was all about lambs and sheep. I had no idea how challenging it was to draw life animals moving around. It was nearly impossible. However, it did make me look and study them more and after a while I realised I could take a photo, work from that whilst still referencing to the live animal.

wild life drawing at spitalfields city farm
It was special being amongst the animals.

wild life drawing at spitalfields city farm
Are you looking at me??? This is Karen, a Castlemilk Moorit. This is a rare breed of domestic sheep originating in Dumfriesshire in Scotland.

wild life drawing at spitalfields city farm
My 1st attempt!

wild life drawing at spitalfields city farm
This is Teggan (female), a Badger Face Welsh Mountain sheep. This is a is a distinct variety of the Welsh Mountain breed of domestic sheep bred for Sheep farming in Wales.

wild life drawing at spitalfields city farmMy humble attempt!

wild life drawing at spitalfields city farm
Meet Jenny, the farm’s manager and Twiglet, the baby lamb who is Karen’s daughter (see above). Twiglet hardly survived and was bottle fed by Jenny. She’s now 3 months and thinks Jenny is her mum!

wild life drawing at spitalfields city farm
Is she gorgeous or what?

wild life drawing at spitalfields city farm
The beginnings….

It was all too short and before I knew it the session was over. I asked Jenny whether 2 hours wasn’t a little short but then we are dealing with life animals and I need to get to grips with my drawings a little faster:-) I think it’s the notion of being in a farm amongst animals that I wanted to spend more time with.

Next up is Goats & Kids back at Spitalfields City farm. I know that in August there is a life drawing class with owls. Jenny has done snakes, meerkats (jealous) and there are more exotic animals on the agenda. Be warned, the classes fill very quickly so your best bet is to sign up to the newsletter to be the first to hear of new dates.

I thoroughly enjoyed myself and am dead proud of Jenny’s new venture that already is a big hit. See you in class?

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  • Reply Anya Jensen July 10, 2015 at 6:20 pm

    Ohh I love this farm Tina, and I love the wild live drawings you have done. -I’m thinking, maybe a place I should bring the kiddies when we visit London 🙂
    Have a fab weekend, hope it’s warmer where you are – here it is Autumn again :))

    • Reply tina July 13, 2015 at 10:05 am

      It was a special evenings. The weather was gorgeous. The farm stayed open for us and being amongst the and mals was so life affirming.

      Bet the girls would love it. I’ll happily come with you so I get to meet them.

      The weather this week isn’t great, but not bad either xx

  • Reply Parisbreakfast July 13, 2015 at 9:18 am

    What a gorgeous experience!
    Love your sketches! It cN’t be easy to do this the first time.
    I would love a pet lamb!!

    • Reply tina July 13, 2015 at 10:07 am

      Hello Carol,

      How are you?
      I did love the experience and thank you!!
      No, it was really hard to darw them as they constantly moved around.

      A baby lamb would be gorgeous but wouldn’t Bear get jealous???? hahaha.

  • Reply Holly July 13, 2015 at 10:32 pm

    In true essence of Colourliving, you find the most awesome things! Your sketches are lovely, and how nice it must have been to be so close to those animals. Wishing Jenny much more success.


    • Reply tina July 15, 2015 at 12:52 pm

      When Jenny first told me about it I was so intrigued. What a fab idea and how inventive! Hope to do some more… xxx

  • Reply mel July 14, 2015 at 2:44 pm

    That is such a good idea although I do imagine it would be difficult keeping the animals still for long. You did more than a humble attempt, love the water colours. xx

    • Reply tina July 15, 2015 at 12:52 pm

      Really difficult, but then hey, it’s good to challenge oneself. Love the fact she also does it with kids.

      Thank you Mel… xx

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