Art Safari Workshops


Sketching birds from life


Sunday 08 and/or Monday 09 March 2020

With Mark Boyd


Mark Boyd is leading another two day course at the Slimbridge Wildlife and Wetland Park in March 2020.  At Slimbridge we have a fabulous opportunity to study and sketch geese, cranes and Eider ducks, as well as water mammals otters, beaver and water voles feeding by the side of the water.  This is the only place in the world you can see all six species of flamingo. 

The period from January to March is fantastic for large numbers of geese, swans, and other waterfowl which overwinter at Slimbridge, before returning to their breeding sites in March.  The most well-known species are white-fronted geese and Bewick’s swans.  Afternoon feeds draw thousands of birds including the swans, pintails, pochards, tufted ducks, gadwells, teals and many others.  Elsewhere in the flooded areas of the reserve it’s not uncommon to see tens of thousands of water birds feeding – among them European wigeons, golden plovers, dunlin, curlew and lapwings.  There is also very often a big roost of starlings at this time of year whose synchronised aerial acrobatics at dusk are mesmerising!

Mark’s approach is so refreshing – he will help you find lines you never knew existed (and then lose them), he will make you think about colour and markings. Above all he will give you a deeper understanding of birds and of your own approach to drawing and painting wildlife.

Cost:    £75 per day or £140 for 2 days of art tuition, excluding your park entrance fee of £14.80 (£12.60 concessions).

Venue:  Slimbridge Wetland Centre is conveniently located near to the M5 between Gloucester and Bristol. 

The Centre opens from 09:30am to 5.30pm during April.   

Sat Nav: GL2 7BT 

Joining Point: The’ Kingfisher Kitchen’ at 10am – with great views of the Caribbean flamingos!

Price Includes: Art Tuition 

Price Excludes: Travel/art equipment/materials entrance fee

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