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Sketching Safari

October 17, 2021 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm


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Learn to sketch wolves with wildlife and conservation artist Alison Nicholls! Nicholls is a member of Artists For Conservation, the Society of Animal Artists, the Explorers Club and the Salmagundi Club. Her work has been featured in wildlife art magazines in the USA and UK, has been exhibited at the Botswana Mission to the United Nations in New York, and has been used by the US Department of State to promote the “Coalition Against Wildlife Trafficking” initiative. During the program, Nicholls will explain some of the special challenges she has faced when sketching wildlife in the field and will talk about how to overcome them, whether you are sketching wolves in Yellowstone or elephants in Africa. Then, with her guidance, you will be able to try your own hand at sketching WCC’s ambassador wolves! 

Pre-registration is required.

Fees:  $70 per person

Alison’s Recommended Supplies
The materials listed below are what I normally use for my field sketching trips. They dry easily, can be packed away quickly and (apart from my sketchbook) all fit inside a long pencil case. I do not work from an easel. You are welcome to bring whatever you like, but I highly recommend dry materials like pencils and pens or pastels. You will be doing a lot of short sketches as the wolves will be moving around. The idea is to capture the movement and simple shapes, not to complete a finished painting. I have a field box of watercolors but this is completely optional. Make sure you bring a sketchbook with plenty of paper so you can work freely. I highly recommend 11×14″ or similar size.

– 11×14″ sketchbook with at least 20 sheets.
– 2 or 3 pencils (HB, 2B, 4B) plus eraser.
– Sketching pens (black or brown or grey looks great) or pastels or colored pencils.
– Field box of watercolors, plus small water container plus 2 or 3 brushes of varying sizes.

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October 17, 2021
9:00 am - 12:00 pm
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Wolf Conservation Center
7 Buck Run
South Salem, NY 10590 United States