Join us for a perfectly prickly live online class studying Hairy Dwarf Porcupines. These cool critters spend their lives slowly foraging for seeds, fruit and flower buds in the tree canopies of Central American rainforests. Their prehensile tails have bald tips, which help them get a good grip on tree branches. When it comes to defending themselves, those striking yellow quills come into play. If a predator is brave/foolish enough to attack, they will be left with a face full of barbed quills. Ouch.
We will be live streaming with our friends over at Jaguar Rescue Centre Costa Rica, who will introduce us to a V.I.P (very important porcupine) named Einstein. This charming young man came to the sanctuary back in 2019. Once he was back in good health he was released to La Ceiba forest, but after some time it became clear that he wasn’t able to adapt to life in the wild. At this point the team decided to bring him back to the sanctuary, where he now has a home for life. He’s not mad about it to be honest- this docile dude is quite content, and has a great bond with his carers.
The session will be hosted by nature illustrator Laura Cuppage, who will guide you through the process of drawing from life. We will be drawing Einstein as he moves around freely so we will focus on quick sketches- expect plenty of gorgeous close ups! The class is open to all abilities, so whether you haven’t drawn since school or you draw on the daily, you’ll get loads out of the session. The basic materials you need to take part are some paper, a pencil, a sharpener and a rubber, but if you’d like to experiment with other materials please free to get creative! We will email you with instructions and the Zoom link before the event is due to start, or in good time if you book your ticket closer to the session. As with all our online sessions, we will send out a recording of the class afterwards so that you can watch it back as many times as you like.
50% of profits will go to Jaguar Rescue Centre.