In 2011 I began leading Art Safaris for Africa Geographic in South Africa. The safaris are suitable for all skill levels and are designed to teach guests how to sketch wildlife quickly and confidently. We have a maximum of 6 guests on each safari. Non-sketching friends or partners are always very welcome.
On an Art Safari, much of our sketching is done from an open safari vehicle, giving guests unrestricted views of the numerous wildlife species. I sit in the middle so I can easily communicate with everyone during drives. Game drives take place in the early morning and late afternoon, optimal times for seeing wildlife and sketching. Drives last approximately two and a half to three hours but we stop for refreshments midway.
During the middle of the day guests can take part in an art workshop. The workshops cover a variety of topics including how to add watercolor to pencil sketches or how to use your sketches as the basis for studio paintings. The workshops are very friendly and informal and everyone works at their own pace. During the day we also allow time for relaxing by watching the waterhole or taking a dip in the pool.