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Wildlife Painting Safari with Hazel Soan

2nd - 13th September 2018
  • Tutorial watercolour painting safari ideal for intermediate and confident beginner students
  • Eight full day’s wildlife painting in the Masai Mara, Kenya
  • Capture the wildebeest migration, lots of predator action and hopefully a crossing on the Mara River
  • Stay in a luxury tented camp overlooking a waterhole and on the banks of the Mara River


Wildlife Painting Safari with Hazel Soan

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The Masai Mara is one of the most beautiful and wildlife rich areas in East Africa. There is a phenomenal diversity of species that can be seen in large numbers, and in early September the annual wildebeest migration is normally in full swing providing an unrivalled wildlife spectacle and a very good chance of seeing a crossing on The Mara river – something everyone wants to experience and every artist wishes to capture. The savannah (plains) is rich in all life with elephant, buffalo, wildebeest, zebra, gazelles, hyenas, and hippo and, sometimes even the rare black rhino. Lion and cheetah sightings can almost be guaranteed and even the elusive leopard can be found more frequently than elsewhere. Bird life is varied and exotic, as well as the myriad of other creatures that complete the web of life here.

Your painting safari

Hazel Soan is an experience wildlife artist. She loves the earthy browns and oranges of being on safari and is really talented in wildlife portraits. On your first afternoon she will explain how she will be working with you on this safari.  Life on the plains is very conducive to a structured painting format. The sunrise is a magical moment to capture in itself, and the plains are normally teeming with wildlife in the early morning. There will of course be times of great activity when you may only have time to capture the drama on camera or in a quick sketch to work on later in camp, as well as periods when you simply sit and wait to see what unfolds next providing time to paint the ever changing landscapes and magnificent skies or perhaps a beautiful Lilac-breasted roller on a branch. There is always something to paint or draw in The Mara.

As soon as the heat starts to build up, the animals head for the shade and it’s time to do the same. You’ll have plenty of time for painting in camp for Hazel to give group demonstrations. Hazel will encourage you to use this down time to paint under the shade of the trees either by the waterhole or outside your own tent.



Later in the afternoon either head back out on to the plains to see if any predators have started to hunt or choose to continue quietly painting in camp. As dusk approaches The Mara takes on a different mood, often with dramatic cloud formations and fabulous sunsets with acacia trees and strolling wildlife silhouetted on the horizon – perfect painting subjects.






Hazel Soan is a versatile and talented artist. This is a tutorial painting holiday and she will illustrate a wide range of the topics with talks and demonstrations, and help you return with an impressive portfolio of work. Hazel is an excellent teacher with a natural gift of drawing out the best in students. Hazel will be working in watercolour. This holiday is most suitable for intermediate and confident beginner students.




Hazel’s wildlife paintings


Travel details

Flights are included to and from Nairobi without the need to overnight in Nairobi. . Private planes will be used to and from the Masai Mara without the need to transfer airports in Naiorbi. Excess luggage will travel to the camp by road.



Accommodation is at Little Governor’s Camp –  a luxury tented camp with. It is located on the banks of the Mara River close to Musiara Marsh, which is one of The Mara’s top hot spots for predator action, and was the location used for filming ‘African Cats’ and much of ‘Big Cat Diary’. On your final day there will be time to do a little gift shopping in Nairobi before visiting the Daphne Sheldrick Elephant Orphanage. 


Price per person:               £9,795.00

Single room supplement:   £1,125.00

Number of students :              10 – 14

This holiday is operated on behalf of The Artist magazine, which has been offering overseas painting holidays since 1990 with renowned tutors.

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