Put on your favourite pair of shades, because this June we will be online drawing the only bear native to South America- the Spectacled Bear. These shy, peaceful creatures live in the dry forests, cloud forests, and deserts of the Andes mountains. Like many bear species, they are omnivorous and adapt their diet to what is readily available, which can include fruit, cacti, leaves, and the odd mouse. Their strength and solitary nature have made them the subject of important local folklore, while around the world, the spectacled bear is best known as the inspiration for the much loved children’s character, Paddington!
We are delighted to be teaming up with Thin Green Line Foundation for this class, and will be joined online by Abi Gatty Irving from the charity. Abi will tell us all about the crucial work that this wonderful charity do around the world, supporting rangers and their families. We will hear the details of the charities involvement in the conservation of spectacled bears, and the impact that their projects have on the habitats in which these beautiful animals live. The class with be lead by nature illustrator Jennie Webber, who will begin with her top animal drawing tips. We will be drawing from some high quality reference images provided by the charity. Abi will be happy to answer your questions, and will have lots of brilliant bear facts to share throughout the 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. You will be emailed the reference images, 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. We will send out a recording of the class afterwards so you can watch it back, or catch up if you aren't able to attend on the day.
50% of ticket profits will go to Thin Green Line Foundation.