Children's Art Workshops: Designing a New Enclosure

10 Aug 2014 10:00 - 15:00

It is always exciting when a new species of animal arrives at the zoo, but it also takes a lot of planning to make sure that the new animal enjoys its new home.  In this art workshop we will be imagining that a new group of animals is moving to London Zoo and designing the perfect new enclosure for them. We will be looking at some examples of enclosure design around the zoo to help us with ideas.  This class will also include studio-based model making using recycled materials to allow the children to explore this topic further. 

Date: Sun 10th Aug 

Time: 10am to 3pm

Entry Level: 4-9yrs

Venue: ZSL Whipsnade Zoo

Price: £55 – includes child & adult

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


Book by phone: 0844 225 1826 - Mon to Sun (8.30am-5.30pm)

Who is the course aimed at?  The course is aimed at children aged 4-9 years who love animals and want to learn more about them.  The children will have the opportunity to think about how the animals live at the zoo and decide what is important for different types of animals.  Each ticket includes a place for an accompanying adult who can join the creative fun. 

Content:  The course will involve a mixture of studio work and activities in the zoo.  Guided by a children’s illustrator, the children will be looking at different enclosures to see how the design affects the animals living in them.  They will also be looking at the homes of animals with similar needs to the animal we are making the model for to give them ideas of what to include. 


  • Encourage children to think about animal enclosures from the animals’ point of view.
  • Encourage the children to look at different elements of enclosure design; balancing the animals’ needs against making them exciting for the people coming to see them.
  •  Encourage children to use drawing as a way of gathering information.
  • Create models out of recycled materials using 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.


Book by phone: 0844 225 1826 - Mon to Sun (8.30am-5.30pm)