ZSL London Zoo workshop *** NEW DATE ADDED ***

Mary-Anne is leading a group of intrepid sketchers to ZSL London Zoo, where you’ll spend the whole day sketching from life. A zoo is a great... Read more

£55pp for art tuition
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22 Jun - 22 Jun 2023

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ZSL London Zoo

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Sketching animals from life

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Mary-Anne Bartlett

Sketch animals from around the world at ZSL London Zoo, Regents Park in an intense day of learning.

Mary-Anne is leading a group of intrepid sketchers to ZSL London Zoo, where you’ll spend the whole day sketching from life.

A zoo is a great place to  see a vast range of exciting species, all in one day.

Bring your sketchbooks with you and get ready to fill them with creatures both big and small. If you’ve been to our 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!

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 the entrance to the Zoo at 10am to begin a whole day of sketching.

ZSL London Zoo
The Regent’s Park,
Outer Circle,
Getting here:
Please visit ZSL London Zoo’s detailed page here on how to get to the Zoo. There are many options!


For lunch please either bring a picnic with you, or there are lots of food and drink outlets on site which offer both dine-in and takeaway options but please bear in mind that it can get quite busy over the lunch period.  If it’s a nice day we might like to picnic outdoors.


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