Discovery Wildlife Park in Innisfail to host two art retreats for animal lovers

Artists trying to find inspiration from animals have a chance to take part in two art retreats at Discovery Wildlife Park this summer.

On June 6 and 7, and June 20 and 21, the art retreats for animal lovers offers people a two night stay at the recently opened onsite RV park and two days of park access.

The park, located at 5400 42nd Ave. in Innisfail, boasts monkeys, bears, tigers, jaguars, wolves, raccoon, squirrels, an alligator and more.

Artist and instructor Karen Filthaut, of Sylvan Lake, will offer lessons through a workshop. An experienced artist, she teaches painting and drawing at Alberta Arts and Drafting.

“We’ve had artists come by the park and sketch the animals in the past, because it can be beneficial to work with a live subject,” said Doug Bos, Discovery Wildlife Park owner. “This is the first time we’ve offered an immersive art experience and that’s what makes this art workshop so unique.”

Participants have their choice of medium between graphite, charcoal, conte, pencil crayon or pen and ink. Intermediate drawing experience is required.

The subjects on-location include a black bear, wolf and camel.

The retreats cost $495 per participant. Participants can bring companions who will have access to the wildlife park as well as the stocked onsite fishing pond.

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