Marwell Zoo

Mary-Anne and Julia are leading a group of intrepid sketchers to Marwell Zoo, where you’ll spend the whole day sketching from life! Due to the popularity... Read more

£55 + Zoo entrance
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09 Apr - 09 Apr 2022

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Marwell Zoo
Winchester / UK

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Sketching animals from life

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Mary-Anne Bartlett, Julia Cassels

Sketch many gorgeous animals from around the world at Marwell Zoo, Winchester.

Mary-Anne and Julia are leading a group of intrepid sketchers to Marwell Zoo, where you’ll spend the whole day sketching from life!

Due to the popularity of this day, Julia Cassels is now going to join Mary-Anne so that you can learn from both artists about their field-sketching method.  We will be a big group on the Saturday.  Please email if you would like to join MA on the Sunday too!

Marwell is a great place to  see a vast range of exciting species, all in one day. Browse over the full list here to see if any of your favourites will be there…

Bring your sketchbooks with you and get ready to fill them with creatures both big and small. If you’ve been to our FREE speed-sketching on Thursday nights, then you’ll already be used to drawing quickly and fiercely from still images. Now’s your chance to practice on the real thing.  Capturing movement is a great skill to have in your repertoire, and you will find that your work becomes livelier with more practice.  With Mary-Anne’s tuition, your work will improve rapidly and you’ll discover lots of new, exciting ways to create shapes, tone and texture.

The group will visit lots of different animals and enclosures based on Mary-Anne’s recommendations (and your requests).  As an expert on painting in the wild she will know the perfect animals to focus on to lead you through this intense day of learning. You are welcome to come and go as you please or stay a little longer in certain areas, but for the best experience we recommend sticking together as an Art Safari group. This day will be all about learning new skills, meeting new people and discovering more about animals of the wild!

You might want to stay at the Marwell Hotel and your overnight stay can include zoo entrance.


Suggested materials (only as much as you can carry easily)

  • A3 sketchbook
  • Soft drawing pencils and water soluble pencils
  • Watercolours
  • Waterbrushes or a selection of watercolour sketching brushes & a water pot
  • Warm layers and wind-proofs
  • A stool to sit on


10am Arrive and meet at the Zoo
1pm Break for lunch
4:30pm End of the day!
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£55 tuition cost for the day + Zoo entry*. Mary-Anne will be your guide, art tutor and story teller as she shows you how to capture moving animals in sketch.

*Please note that you are responsible for booking your own zoo entry. If you have difficulty doing this, please call us on 01394 382235.


We will meet at Marwell Zoo at 10am to begin a whole day of sketching.

Marwell Zoo
Thompson’s Ln, Colden Common,
SO21 1JH
If you’re driving then it’s easy to get to from the motorway and there is FREE parking on site. It is possible to reach by bus, but this option is not recommended to the faint hearted!


For lunch please either bring a picnic with you, or there’s a cafe on site which offers both dine-in and takeaway options but please bear in mind that it can get quite busy over the lunch period.


Although this is a one-day workshop, if you’d like to stay the night to break up your journey there is a hotel on site and a few options nearby.

The Marwell Hotel – 01962 777681 includes zoo entrance!

New Place Hotel – 01329 833543

The Potters Heron Hotel – 02380277800

Winchester is a charming place to visit so if you’re not local to the area, why not come and make a weekend of it?


Call us on +44 (0)1394 382235 or email [email protected]