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Wolf Park's workshops offer once-in-a-lifetime experiential learning opportunities in a variety of fields, including animal behavior, life coaching, and art. Our workshops often incorporate Wolf Park staff and animal ambassadors to provide a unique, multidisciplinary experience.

Intermediate-Expert Animal Oil Painting Workshop with Jenny Buckner

November 01-04, 2022


Join Jenny Buckner and Wolf Park’s wolf ambassadors for a workshop unlike any other. Participants will spend a portion of their first day photographing wolves with world-renowned photographer Monty Sloan. Using photographs of Wolf Park’s ambassador animals, Jenny will guide participants through her entire process of painting wolves and foxes; from drawing to finish, with special emphasis on light and shadow. Workshop attendees will learn how to make their paintings come alive! This program is designed for intermediate to expert level oil painters – no beginners please.

Jenny Buckner is an internationally acclaimed artist born and raised in the mountains of North Carolina. She is featured in galleries throughout the country and has placed in and won numerous art competitions, including an “International Artist Magazine’s” competition. She was featured in their February/March 2015 edition and has also been published in the book “How to Paint People”, Vol. 1, by International Artist. Jenny considered pursuing a career in veterinary medicine or floriculture. Although she took a different path, her love of animals and nature have remained steadfast throughout her life. She recently partnered with Defenders of Wildlife to host the 2020 Red Wolf Art Exhibit to raise awareness and funds for the critically endangered red wolf. She currently paints in the historical town of Waynesville, North Carolina, where she can be found blasting rock music in her beautiful studio surrounded by the Blue Ridge Mountains.

Visit to learn more about Jenny and view her art.


The seminar will be held November 01-04, 2022 from 9am – 4pm. The price is $900. Lunch will be provided. Please let us know at least two weeks in advance if you have any special dietary needs or restrictions. Participants should expect to stand and walk through uneven terrain for a minimum of 30 minutes for the photography sessions. There are few places to sit in the wolf enclosures and it’s not possible to bring your own seating inside. All cameras, including phones, are welcome. You will be instructed on the appropriate clothing to wear for the photography portion of the workshop. Participants will be expected to bring their own easel, paints, and brushes. Further supplies are detailed in a welcome packet.

Refund policy

Cancellations occurring greater than 10 days prior to the seminar can apply 75% of the registration fee to another seminar. Arrangements for transfer must occur by 12/31/22. If arrangements do not occur, your fee will be considered a tax-deductible donation. No refunds if cancellation occurs less than 10 days prior to the seminar. Only if the seminar is canceled by Wolf Park will the fee be refunded.

If you have any questions, please email [email protected]