Painting With Penguins Is a Real Thing You Can Do

The next time your mom asks if you want to go to Color Me Mine, tell her you have an even better idea — that is, if you’re lucky enough to live in Columbus, Ohio.
 

Because at the Columbus Zoo, you can take a painting class with real penguins.

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So what does an art class with a feathered collaborator look like, exactly?
 
Students use water-based tempera paint to cover a canvas. Then, their creations are placed on the ground where a penguin applies the final touch.

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The class includes a presentation about African penguins, whose population has drastically declined over the last century, from 1 million breeding pairs in the early 1900s to 25,000 today.
 
It also includes petting time.

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“I didn’t know we’d get to spend this much time with the penguins and be that close to them,” participant Jennifer Taylor, wearing the penguin sweater in the gif above, told the Columbus Dispatch.
 

The painting class seems like a natural extension to a program the zoo already had: giving animals the chance to make paintings …

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… and selling the artwork to raise money for its enrichment program.

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A class schedule for 2017 hasn’t yet been released, but you can keep an eye on the Columbus Zoo website for more information. Classes in 2016 cost $90 and included wine, you know, as if you needed an extra reason to go hang out with a penguin.
 

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