A real special treat for you all, and one class that I am super excited about – on Thursday 21st January we'll be Zooming with the team at Jaguar Rescue in Costa Rica to draw their rescued baby orphan sloths. What a sentence!
Jaguar Rescue is an animal rescue and rehabilitation centre based on the Caribbean coast of Costa Rica, a country known for it's unique wildlife and it's pioneering efforts in the battle against climate change. The centre specialises in caring for sloths, primates, big cats and all other mammals, birds and reptiles that are injured by traffic accidents or other animals, electrocuted by poorly insulated power lines or affected by the illegal trade in wildlife. Their main aim is to re-release the animals back into their natural habitat, and providing a forever home only to those that would not survive in the wild. We will be meeting and drawing their young sloths in the sloth nursery – with lots of blankets and enrichment toys, and apparently they like to all fall asleep in a ball. A ball of baby sloths!
The class will begin with an introduction from WLD founder and artist Jennie Webber, who will take you through the basics of drawing animals from life. We will then switch screens to be introduced to the sloths, and we'll learn about their unusual evolutionary characteristics as well as the dangers that affect sloths in the wild. There will be a drawing demonstration of the shapes, proportions and anatomical features to identify – and Jennie will be on hand to demo, feedback or dish out creative advice throughout the whole session.
The basic materials you need to take part are paper, a pencil, eraser and sharpener, but of course you are more than welcome to work in whatever materials you enjoy or have to hand. Please get in touch if you need advice on materials, we're happy to help! You will be emailed instructions and the Zoom link to join 48 hours before the event is due to start. If you have not received your email 24 hours before the class please check your junk mail or get in touch with Jennie on firstname.lastname@example.org
50% of each ticket sold will be donated to the Jaguar Rescue Centre.