The animals at London zoo are locked up in a small pen and want to get out. But don't worry, this isn't animal cruelty, because I'm not taking about a cage with iron bars; I'm referring to an ink pen.
Like a cow desperate to be milked, pens are eager to be given a squeeze, so as to let their creative ink flow. The pens at London Zoo are special because they contain hidden animals waiting to be born.
Usually the animals born out of my pen have several birth defects such as a twisted ankle, elongated spine, or cross eyes, but all these problems can be avoided with properly trained staff guiding you through the delicate process. With help from professional artists you can breathe a healthy dose of life and realism into your sketches.
Throughout the year, London Zoo are offering a variety of art courses and workshops that explore the natural world. Catering for all ages and abilities, it isn't just drawing that you can learn, but also sculpture, animation, and writing.
Aimed at 4 - 11 year olds, you'll observe the animals in the zoo to improve your understanding of how they should be drawn. The workshop will include monoprinting, so that the children's artwork can be turned into take-home prints.
In 'Jumping Frogs, Swinging Gibbons' you will create short animated scenes by learning tips & techniques such as drawing, making plasticine models, paper cut-outs, filming frames, and using computer software. Get inspiration from walking round the zoo and taking sketches.
The programme looks at how we write animals into fiction. Do we depict them in the wild or imbue them with human personality? The course will involve writing exercises and looking at published examples.