Children's Art Workshops: Animal Communication

Drawing from observation is the key building block that all art stems from.  This workshop focuses on developing the participants drawing skills and allowing them to learn about how animals use their behaviour and markings to communicate.  This class would include studio-based monotype printing to allow these ideas to develop further and create individual prints to take home.                                     

Date: Wed 27th Aug

Time: 10am to 3pm

Entry Level: 4-11yrs

Venue: ZSL London Zoo

Price: £55 – includes child & adult

  • All children must be accompanied by an adult
  • 1 adult is permitted to a max of 3 children

Bookings for this course will be open shortly

For further information please email:

Who is the course aimed at?  The course is aimed at children aged 4-11 years who love animals and want to improve their drawing skills.  The children will have the opportunity to draw animals around the zoo as well as learning a new way to make simple printed images.  Each ticket includes a place for an accompanying adult who can join the creative fun.  The group is likely to be divided into two groups so that the children have an opportunity to work alongside children of a similar age group to themselves.

Content:  The course will involve a mixture of studio work and drawing activities in the zoo.  Guided by a children’s illustrator, children will have an opportunity to look at other artists’ work as well as creating some of their own.  This class will be looking at how animals communicate. We will be sketching the animals to gather information about how they communicate using appearance and behaviour. 


  • Encourage children to explore mark making and line drawing
  • Encourage the children to think about how animals interact and why they have particular markings.
  • Encourage children to use drawing as a way of gathering information.
  • Create monotype prints from the information gathered in the Zoo.


Please bring aprons / old shirts (clothes may get a bit messy) – all art materials will be supplied.

Tutor Profile: Alison Limentani

Alison is an illustrator specializing in printmaking who is very passionate about animals and conservation.  In the past she has worked as a Zoo Keeper for the Durrel Wildlife Conservation Trust and contributed to their ‘Art on the Ark’ project.

Alison graduated from Cambridge School of Art with an MA in Children’s Book Illustration and works as a freelance illustrator, as well as being a veterinary nurse at Wood Green – The Animals Charity.  Last year she was lucky enough to gain experience with the veterinary department at London Zoo and made the most of the opportunity by sketching at the zoo while she was there. Alison is particularly interested in educating people about animals through artwork.


Concessions - 10% discount for ZSL Members

Spaces are limited and must be booked in advance; a confirmed place is only secured upon receipt of a completed booking and payment. 

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