If I’m not an expert artist, can I still do an Art Safari?
This is a common question, because most of us have an underlying fear of not being good enough. But it’s a very easy question to answer. The answer is “Yes, an Art Safari is for you!”
Art Safaris are a unique way to experience the African bush and over the last 7 years I have had the pleasure of meeting and teaching guests with a wide range of skills – complete beginners who want to try a different kind of safari; artists who sketch regularly but have never been on safari or sketched animals; a jeweler who wanted to try sketching for a change; those who studied art but haven’t picked up a pencil for years; photographers and non-sketching partners who were intrigued and decided to try sketching for themselves; and occasionally one of our professional safari guides has also been tempted to follow along!
What makes it easy for anyone to join in and learn is that we are all working at our own pace, with our own choice of materials. There is no competition on an Art Safari, just a friendly, fun, learning environment. You can do this safari with just pencil and paper, so there’s no need to be a painter or watercolorist. I start by showing you how to look at animals and see simple shapes. Yes, even the strangest animals like giraffes or white rhinos can be sketched using simple shapes! Its amazing how quickly you can improve when you spend 4 full days sketching from life. Its the best way to learn and gives you a real sense of accomplishment too.
If you’re not already convinced, here are some comments from Art Safari guests.
High Praise for Alison Nicholls’ and Africa Geographic’s Art Safari! I guarantee there is something to gain in this experience for everyone. Viewing and sketching the animals live gives you a greater understanding of their movements and their enviroment.
Angie M from Canada
For myself the time with you and our Art Safari was the highlight of 2017.
Susanne B from Switzerland
My art safari experience with Alison was beyond my wildest dreams. I learned so much about drawing the animals I saw. We went out on two game drives a day and it was such an intimate experience. Alison gave each of us individual attention and tips on our sketches. It was so helpful and encouraging. I cannot describe how wonderful it was to experience really looking at the animal when you are trying to sketch them. We came back to the lodge to do some watercolor and more intimate instruction, as well as watch Alison work on some of her marvelous work she had done in the bush. It was a trip of a lifetime filled with fun, learning and lot’s of laughter. Thank you, Alison for a wonderful experience.
Debra S from USA
If you still have questions, let me know.
Come and join us!