About the event
Time & Location
April 24 - 25, 2022
Classroom in Graz
Tierwelt Herberstein (Zoo)
Price: 340€ (incl. VAT)
Bus trip from Graz Main Station to the Zoo and back
water & snacks on day 1
Zoo entry fee: not included
Please join Academy Award nominated director & animator Aaron Blaise ("The Lion King", "Brother Bear", "Aladdin") for two full days of lectures, demos & live instruction. Spots are limited!
On Day 1 we will be in the studio and he will be teaching his approach to Animal Drawing & Anatomy in a live, interactive format. He will begin with an overview lecture and then we will dive into drawing together.
Aaron’s Animal Drawing Approach
Using Comparative Anatomy
Birds, Big Cats, Bears & More
Exclusive Animal Video Reference.
Drawing Tips & Techniques
Question & Answer Session
On the second day we will take what we have learned and apply it to drawing live animals at the Herberstein Zoo! (Bus Transportation is Provided)
Bring your drawing tools and draw alongside Aaron as he teaches you to observe live animals. He will demo his approach to capturing their energy & spirit as they move around in front of you. You will put everything you have learned into practice.
We will be drawing Lions, Cheetahs, Monkeys & More. Plus, Aaron will be there to provide feedback & answer any questions you may have.
You may work with pencils, markers or watercolour. Your equipment needs to be portable and safe for drawing outdoors.
Portable drawing tablet and pen like an iPad.
You may bring foldable stools to the zoo.
We recommend sunscreen, hats and jackets.
About the Instructor
For 21 years Aaron worked with Disney helping to create some of the greatest animated films ever made. During that time he worked as an animator or supervising animator on "The Rescuers Down Under", "Beauty and the Beast", "Aladdin", "The Lion King", "Pocahontas", "Mulan" and more. In 2003 he was co-director of "Brother Bear" for which he earned an Oscar nomination for Best Animated Feature Film.
After "Brother Bear" he helped to develop several projects but ultimately left Disney to pursue an opportunity back home in Florida. Aaron recently served as 2D Animation Supervisor and Character Designer for "The Bear and the Hare" , an advertisement loved by millions around the world. He is currently also working on a new animated short film, once again involving bears called "Snow Bear".
He is the founder of CreatureArtTeacher.com & it is their mission to provide high-quality art education that is affordable for everyone!
9:30 - 18:00
9:00 - 10:00
10:00 - 17:00
17:30 - 18:30
Departure with bus from Graz Hauptbahnhof (Main Station)
Bus trip from Graz Main Station to Zoo "Tierwelt Herberstein"
Workshop at the Zoo "Tierwelt Herberstein"
Return to Graz Main Station
Drawing at the Zoo
Covid Safety Regulations
The following regulations are based on the laws and guidelines of the Austrian government.
As of March 25:
classroom: not mandatory
zoo: mandatory indoors
Travel regulations can be found here.
We will update these rules regularly. Participants will be informed about the latest changes via email.
Last update: April 08, 2022.
Graz ist the second largest city of Austria. It is known for its beautiful old town and great local cuisine and is a UNESCO City of Design since 2011. It is home to several large universities and has a rich cultural and literary history.