Something a little different this time. I'm honoured to be collaborating with The Right Step, a pioneering horse-riding project based at the foot of the Rocky Mountains in Colorado. The centre offers a therapeutic riding program, teaching basic riding skills and horsemanship in an adaptive manner to children and adults with disabilities in a way that meets their individual needs. Most of The Right Step's clients are on the autism spectrum as well as many different kinds of physical, intellectual and developmental, and emotional disabilities.
We will be drawing three of the beautiful and intelligent therapy horses at the centre and hearing from the chair, Christine Remy, about some of the amazing developments that her clients have experienced through their interaction with horses. She says; "We see amazing things happen every day, but this past year the barn has become an even more special place as we are a "refuge" from the outside world for clients and volunteers alike. The horses don't care that there is a pandemic going on. They force us to live in the moment."
The class will begin with an introduction from WLD founder and artist Jennie Webber, who will take you through the basics of drawing horses from life, focussing on their muscle structure and anatomy. There will be an in-depth drawing demonstration of the shapes, proportions and anatomical features to identify – and Jennie will be on hand to demo, feedback or dish out creative advice throughout the whole session. We will then switch screens to be introduced to the horses, and we'll continue our conversation around horses and the healing power of animal interaction.
The basic materials you need to take part are paper, a pencil, eraser and sharpener, but of course you are more than welcome to work in whatever materials you enjoy or have to hand. Please get in touch if you need advice on materials, we're happy to help! You will be emailed instructions and the Zoom link to join 48 hours before the event is due to start. If you have not received your email 24 hours before the class please check your junk mail or get in touch with Jennie on firstname.lastname@example.org
50% of each ticket sold will be donated to The Right Step.