We are extremely excited to theme our next online class around Sea Turtles, with a live stream from a turtle hospital in the Maldives. These serene and graceful creatures have existed on Earth since the days of the dinosaurs. Sea Turtles have impressive navigational abilities which enable them to travel back to the precise area where they were born every few years to lay eggs. When turtle hatchlings make their way from their nest to the water, they imprint a type of magnetic signature of that beach into their minds, which stays with them for the rest of their lives! Marine biologists consider Sea Turtles to be a “keystone species” as they play such an important role in ocean ecosystems all around the world, therefore protecting them is considered vital to maintaining the wider health of our oceans.
We will be on a live zoom link with some turtles who are currently recuperating at the Olive Ridley Project, a fantastic organisation in The Maldives which works to rescue turtles caught in 'ghost' fishing gear. Turtles are found tangled in clumps of old fishing nets and plastics; weak, starving and often with awful wounds as a result of the nets cutting into their flippers. We will be joined by Minnie, who is one of the vets working at the rehabilitation centre. She will tell us all about the inspiring work her and her colleagues do to not only heal turtles who have already been harmed, but to prevent as many future casualties as possible with their project to remove discarded fishing nets from the oceans surrounding the island.
The class will begin with an introduction to sea turtles and The Olive Ridley Project. Then WLD founder and artist Jennie Webber will take you through the basics of drawing sea turtles from life with a demonstration of the shapes, proportions and anatomical features to identify as well as being on hand to feedback or dish out creative advice throughout the whole session.
The class will begin with an introduction from WLD founder and artist Jennie Webber, who will take you through the basics of drawing sea turtles from life. We'll then switch screens to meet Minnie for a live introduction to sea turtles at the hospital. Jennie will be on hand to demo, feedback or dish out creative advice throughout the whole session. Throughout the class, we'll be chatting all about turtles and the effect that ocean plastics are having on marine life and how we can get involved to help.
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
50% of your ticket price will be donated to The Olive Ridley Project.