Take a break from the cold with a virtual trip to the sunny Seychelles, for a live session drawing rescued Flying Foxes. These fascinating fruit bats are the only mammals that are native to the Seychelles, and play a crucial role in the local ecosystem. As they fly from tree to tree feasting on tropical fruits, they pollinate the lush forests in which they live. Because of this, they are considered an “umbrella species” meaning their wellbeing affects the health of all the species they live alongside.
Who better to join us for this class than Tamara Dreyer? She is the co-founder of Protect Paradise, a charity and sanctuary specialising in caring for Seychelles flying foxes. This charity is a great example of the difference individuals can make. Their story began in 2017 when Tamara came across a baby flying fox drowning in a river. She pulled the pup to safety, but when searching for a rescue centre on the island to take him to she discovered that there wasn't one- and so decided to set one up herself! Since then the charity has gone from strength to strength, and is a haven for flying foxes as well as many other local species. Tamara will be live streaming from the sanctuary and will introduce us to Moses (that little pup from the river, now fully grown and handsome as you like) and his flying fox friends.
The session will be hosted by wildlife artist Laura Cuppage, who will begin with a drawing demo. As we will be drawing the bats live, Laura will give you lots of tips on drawing moving models. The class is open to people of all artistic abilities. Whether you’re a dab hand or an absolute beginner, with a bit of creative guidance we will have you sketching away in no time.
The basic materials you need to take part are paper, a pencil, an eraser and a sharpener, but of course, you are more than welcome to work with whichever materials you prefer. We will email you a couple of days before the class with all the information you need as well as the Zoom link. After each of our online sessions we send out a recording of the class to all ticket holders, so you can watch back as many times as you like (or catch up if you want to tune in but can't make the date).
50% of profits will be donated to Protect Paradise.