Wild Life Drawing: Jellyfish

Wild Life Drawing: Jellyfish

21st May 2019 7pm - 9pm

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We're back at the London Aquarium in May for another after-hours aquatic exploration into the weird world of jellyfish. We'll be focussing on capturing the wonderful wibbliness of these ancient organisms on paper, reflecting their translucency and delicacy in the water. The class will commence with some amazing jellyfish facts, then you'll be able to explore and be mesmerised by the jellies, whilst sketching with a variety of media including pens, pastels and watercolours. All materials will be provided, and technique tips and advice will be on hand all the way through the session. 

Now the largest jellyfish facility in the UK, experts at the aquarium – fondly nicknamed “jellyologists” – have been breeding Moon Jellyfish, Sea Nettles, Barrel and Upside Down Jellyfish at different stages of their lives, with some reaching more than three meters in length! The three stages of the exhibition will explore the lifecycle of these gelatinous creatures, as well as how they thrive, sting and reproduce. Drawing these drifting forms will not only be an enjoyable creative challenge, but a relaxing and meditative experience.

Jellyfish are truly unbelievable; they have no brain, heart, blood or bones, but they do have a nervous system, a stomach and reproductive organs. Jellyfish have a complicated life cycle, growing quickly and living on average around a year. Feeding on plankton, fish and other jellyfish, they catch prey with their stinging tentacles. Where there are approximately 2000 species of jellyfish, only around 70 have stings strong enough to harm humans. And a group of jellyfish is called a smack!

The SEA LIFE London Aquarium in Westminster is home to thousands of species of aquatic animals – including penguins, octopus, turtles, stingrays and octopus – and is involved in several breeding programs including native rays and seahorses. The aquarium works closely with it's partner charity, the SEA LIFE Trust, to protect marine wildlife and habitats across the world, to protect endangered marine animals and to communicate key conservation messages to it's visitors. 50% of each ticket sold will be donated to the SEA LIFE Trust, making a whopping total donation of £400!

The aim of these drawing classes is to inspire a sense of appreciation and understanding for the animals and their conservation in the wider world. Tickets are non-refundable but can be transferable to another name. If you have any questions, don't hesitate to get in touch with Jennie on: info@wildlifedrawing.co.uk