Our next online drawing class with Jaguar Rescue Centre in Costa Rica will focus on the baby Howler Monkeys currently in their care. The centre receives three of the four species of monkey that inhabit the country for reasons including electric shocks from poorly insulated power lines, dog attacks, road accidents, environmental destruction, as well as confiscated pets from the illegal wildlife trade. JRC co-founder Encar Garcia is a primatologist and has designed a ground-breaking program for the monkeys that come to the centre which helps them to develop vital physical and social skills and live with their monkey families in a hierarchy, mimicking their natural developmental stages before being released back into their natural habitat. We will be meeting, drawing and learning about baby Howler Monkeys, at the very beginning of their rehabilitation journey.
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.
The class will begin with an introduction from WLD founder and artist Jennie Webber, who will take you through the basics of drawing primates from life. 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. We will then switch screens to be introduced to the baby monkeys, and we'll watch, draw and learn about the unmistakable Howler Monkey sounds as well as the dangers that affect these primates in the wild.
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, or in good time if you booked your ticket closer to the event. 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 and you only need to book one ticket per device, not per person!
50% of each ticket sold will be donated to the Jaguar Rescue Centre.