Children's Art Workshops: Drawing & Monoprinting

9 Aug 2014 10:00 - 15:00

Date: Sat 9th Aug 2014

Time: 10am to 3pm

Entry Level: 4-11yrs

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)


About this course: Drawing from observation is the key building block that all artistic pursuits stem from.  This workshop would focus on developing drawing skills and giving a better idea of how to collect visual information about animals in the Zoo.  The workshop also includes studio-based monoprinting to allow these ideas to develop further and create individual prints to take home.

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. 

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.  For this class the emphasis will be on developing drawing skills by looking at the animals and drawing what you see, rather than what you think the animal should look like. 


  • Encourage children to explore mark making and line drawing
  • Emphasize drawing what they see, not what they think they should see.
  • Encourage children to use drawing as a way of gathering information.
  • Create monoprints 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. 

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