Art Courses at ZSL London Zoo
A ZSL Art Course offers an exciting insight into the natural world through creativity, with access to ZSL London Zoo and all its amazing animals, architecture, landscapes and conservation work.
We have five unique courses available for 2013 of which information, including tutor profiles, dates and costs, can be viewed by clicking any one of the course links below.
Please note that spaces for each course are limited.
5 DAY ARCHITECTURE COURSE
During this course you will be designing housing for animals, looking at the needs of the animals and a prospective architectural future for the Zoo. You will be taught theory, model making, drawing and ideas surrounding animal habitats. The course will commence with an architectural tour and conclude in an exhibition of works.
Inclusive dates: June 8, 9, 15, 16, 22
5 DAY CERAMICS COURSE
The ZSL Ceramics Course is a unique and enjoyable approach to learning the primary skills of ceramics. Everyone will be involved with hands-on, step by step practical projects to create your own unique finished fired pieces to take home. The course will cover a range of making and surface decorating techniques to build an understanding of how to plan, make, decorate and glaze creatively and successfully. You will even get the chance to exhibit your finished piece at the Zoo.
Inclusive dates: June 1, 8, 15, 16 (full days) June 29, July 6 (half days)
5 DAY ANIMATION COURSE
Jumping Frogs, Swinging Gibbons, hopping wallabies, swimming penguins...The ZSL Animation Course will help you to create your very own short animated sequences, taking animals and their movements as subject matter. Using simple hand-drawn and stop-motion techniques, you will learn how to make your favourite animals come alive, and discover how and why they move the way they do.
Inclusive dates: July 27, 28, 29 & Aug 3, 4
5 DAY SCULPTURE COURSE
This year's ZSL Sculpture Course focuses on invertebrates and small vertebrate anatomy (including small mammals, birds and reptiles). This course includes drawing animals whilst developing an understanding of their anatomy, particularly the skeletal (or exoskeleton) form, and the collection of natural materials in the Zoo along with clay and supportive drawings, with the aim of creating a sculptures inspired by the 'unseen' side of the Zoo using actual specimens.
Inclusive dates: August 3, 4, 10, 11, 17
5 DAY FINE ART COURSE
You will be making watercolour studies focusing on the skin markings of selected animals. Starting with Zebras we will consider how their main predators, lions, are confused by the black and white stripes because they are colour blind. You will also be learning about and painting animal perceptions, for example butterflies and bees see ultraviolet, whilst sharks and cats eyes contain mirrored crystals so they can see in low light. Whilst we can never actually ‘see’ like other animals, through art you will create works that pushes the boundaries and challenge assumptions about how the world appears.
Inclusive dates: Aug 18, 24, 25, 31, Sept 1