Animal Safari Sketch
(Jul. 2018)

Go on a super fun safari to sketch or draw the animals on location at the fabulous International Wildlife Museum. Get a close-up look at taxidermy mammals and birds from the collection in the upstairs classroom. Through a series of simple exercises with a focus on gesture, structure & anatomy, you will learn how to draw animals.

Gouache by Christy Olsen

You will also explore how to render texture such as fur or reptilian skin. We will set up animals within the classroom in the proper studio lighting to create dynamic compositions and practice smaller studies. Each session also includes time for practice in the downstairs natural history museum on animals within their own diorama.

Meets: Saturday Afternoons 1:30 PM - 4:30 PM
Dates: Jul. 14, 21, 28 Aug. 4, 2018
Location: Upstairs Board Room of the International Wildlife Museum (4800 West Gates Pass Boulevard, Tucson, Arizona 85745)
Directions: From the West: On West Gates Pass Boulevard, turn left after W. McElroy Dr.
From the East: On West Gates Pass Boulevard, turn right after N. Camino De Oeste.

Instructor: Christy Olsen
Format: Lecture & demonstration, individual feedback, or one-on-one instruction will be provided, during in-class exercises or studio practice.
Level: Beginner to Intermediate

Medium: Not media-specific, demonstrations will be performed in charcoal, graphite, or pastel pencil
Technique: Drawing from life, Drawing textures such as fur or animal skin
Materials: The instructor will email the materials list prior to the first day of class.


Session 1:
  • Student introductions
  • Gesture (lecture & demo)
  • Draw from life in class
Session 2:
  • Homework review & class discussion
  • Rhythm (lecture & demo)
  • Draw from life in class
Session 3:
  • Homework review & class discussion 
  • Structure (lecture & demo)
  • Draw from life in class
 Session 4:
  • Homework review & class discussion 
  • Fur & Texture (lecture & demo)
  • Draw from life in class



Instructor Example


Setup for Life Drawing

Setup for Life Drawing

Review of Participant's Work
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