For our next virtual adventure we’re heading to Madagascar, the world’s second largest island country and home to thousands of plants and animals that are found nowhere else on earth. It’s unique ecology supports many different habitats, from mangroves to humid forests, and iconic and unusual animals such the tree dwelling lemurs, aye-ayes, indris, fossas and a wide variety of chameleons. Ecologists sometimes refer to Madagascar as the ‘eighth continent’ as 90% of it’s species are endemic to the island. We are teaming up with SEED Madagascar, an award-winning charity that works on both conservation and community-led development projects. Together with local communities, SEED aims to preserve and protect Madagascar's unique natural ecosystems, so an interesting challenge of balancing sustainable development and conservation. We will be drawing Southern Woolly Lemurs, Madagascan Flying Foxes and Chameleons with a variety of media and working from beautiful reference images and videos taken by SEED's past volunteers. While we draw we will be hearing from the team at the charity about the current projects that aim to conserve these particular Malagasy species and the biodiverse ecosystem, including preserving habitats with corridor reforestation, scientific research and working with local communities to deliver sustainable conservation education initiatives.
A downloadable Reference Image Pack will be supplied with the Zoom link. The class will begin with an introduction from WLD founder and artist Jennie Webber, who will take you through sketching lemurs, flying foxes and chameleons in a simple, step-by-step format each in turn. There will be a drawing demonstration of the shapes, proportions and anatomical features to identify – and Jennie will be on hand to give feedback or creative advice throughout the whole session. Whilst we draw we'll be chatting with the SEED Madagascar team and everyone is welcome to ask questions.
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 the media pack, instructions and the Zoom link to join 48 hours before the event is due to start, or in good time if you booked last minute. If you haven't received the email, do check your junk mail first and then get in touch and we'll make sure you have it before the event is due to take place. You just need one ticket per device, not per person.
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 your ticket price will be donated to SEED Madagascar.