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Wild at art

Holiday family workshop

Family events

● Fully booked

  • 12 April 2018, 11am — 1pm
  • 12 April 2018, 2 — 4pm

Wild Life Drawing in the RA Schools Life Room

Photo by Roy Matthews

Meet and draw real birds of prey in this special workshop led by Wild Life Drawing in the RA’s historic Life Room, suitable for ages 8+.

This holiday, we’re opening up the Royal Academy’s historic life drawing room for a series of workshops all about observational drawing skills, designed for children aged 8 and over and their families.

Sketch majestic bird species from around the world including hawks, falcons and eagles. Learn about their anatomy, unique characteristics and how they have evolved to become skilful airborne hunters. Specialist animal handlers will be on hand and full of facts about where to spot different species in the wild. You will be able to learn more about the conservation issues affecting these birds, to inspire greater appreciation and understanding of our feathered friends.

Founded in 2014 by Jennie Webber, a London-based artist and animal lover, Wild Life Drawing works only with the finest animal sanctuaries, charities and trusted handlers to ensure all the animals at their sessions are happy around humans. Wild Life Drawing also works to raise awareness and donations for charities including the Barn Owl Trust, Battersea Dogs Home and the Sea Life Trust.

The Life Room has been used as a classroom for 150 years by students of the RA Schools. It is built in a semi-circle shape with round benches, and windows that let in just the right amount of light. The special design means everyone has an equally good view of the stage at the front, where a model stands in different poses for the students to draw. This type of class is called “life” drawing because the artists copy from a living person instead of a flat picture, which helps them understand how bodies look in three dimensions.

All materials provided. Booking is essential. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

● Fully booked

● Cancelled

  • 12 April 2018, 11am — 1pm
  • 12 April 2018, 2 — 4pm

Meet in the Front Hall, Burlington House, Royal Academy of Arts, Piccadilly.

£15 for adults, £10 for children.