Monday, June 10, 2013

Wolf Conservation Center Sketching Safari


Yesterday we were thrilled to present wildlife & conservation artist Alison Nicholls to lead an adventure in creativity - the Wolf Conservation Center Sketching Safari!

Nine artistic  supporters joined the three-hour program to enjoy the morning and to capture the splendor of WCC's Ambassador wolves on paper.  The workshop began with an informative session and demo in our classroom cabin.  Alison Nicholls described some of the challenges of sketching in the bush, some useful techniques to facilitate sketching dynamic beasts that might not care to hold a pose, and the handy tools that allow her to sketch on the go.  We also discussed Alison's Conservation Sketching Expeditions and how she uses her art to support conservation projects like the Painted Dog Conservation project in Zimbabwe and the African People & Wildlife Fund in Tanzania.  Then, with Alison's guidance, the group joined the WCC's Ambassador wolves to get started on their sketches.   Alawa and Zephyr were wonderful models.  They posed by the fence, in the tall grass, and up upon their tall rock - they even sang a few notes for every now and then.  By workshop's end, everyone had several sketches, photos, and memories to hold them over until their next visit to the WCC.



To learn more about how you can join Alison Nicholls on Art Safari in September- you can read all about it in Africa Geographic Safari.  You can join Alison's exhibition, "Lions, Livestock & Living Walls," featuring Alison's field sketches, studio paintings and information about African People & Wildlife Fund in Tanzania.  The exhibit will be on display in Rye, New York from July 3 - August 24 and you can join Alison for the Artists' Reception and short talk on July 9 at 6.30pm.  More info.

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