Wild Life Drawing: Chicks
Wild Life Drawing: Chicks
Join us at Walthamstow Wetlands for an Easter Special where we'll be meeting and drawing the newly hatched chicks from Vauxhall City Farm this Spring. We'll be drawing Leg Bar chicks, bright yellow Buff Orpington’s and some little Dutch Bantums. These baby birds will not only be impossibly cute to draw, but will also provide us with an opportunity to talk about the egg production industry and hen welfare in the UK. We will be getting advice from dedicated volunteers and campaigners for the British Hen Welfare Trust on egg labelling and will hear about the wonderful work the charity does by saving ex-commercial hens from slaughter and re-homing them so they can go on and enjoy a free range retirement. Our volunteers will be bringing along one of their rescue hens, local celebrity Paula – and will be telling her story, how she came to them timid and bald – now beautiful with bags of personality!
The drawing class is open to all, from beginners to advanced. All drawing materials are supplied, including paper and drawing boards, but please feel free to bring colours or any other specific media you might like to use. Drawing tips and guidance will be provided throughout the session. 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.
A proportion of each ticket sale will be donated to the BHWT. And of course it goes without saying that the chicks and ducklings we'll be drawing will live their full and happy lives on the city farm. We will also be talking through the growth process of these baby birds and how they develop into adult chickens and ducks.
About Wild Life Drawing
Wild Life Drawing is a drawing class with a difference; instead of human life models, we sketch animals and nature. The drawing classes are open to all ages and abilities, from beginners to advanced. Our aim is to inspire appreciation and understanding for the natural world through creativity, as attendees draw and learn about the animals, their habitats and distinct characteristics.
This project was founded in 2014 by Jennie Webber, a London-based artist and animal lover. “I believe that the act of taking time to draw animals evokes a real empathy, as the artist observes all the beautiful details, natural behaviours and the individual personality of the animal. And no matter what age you are, interacting with real animals is always a magical experience! It is my hope that Wild Life Drawing continues 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.”