Art Courses at the Botanic Gardens

2014-2015 Art Classes 

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Nature Journals—Small & Simple Handmade Books

In this one-day workshop with Suzanne Lee, make a special book—great to give for a diary, recipe book, special memories or travel journal. Choose to also make a small notepad or sketchbook holder. Both are fun and easy to make. Use hand-made papers, beautiful combinations of natural dried leaves, your own hand-printed ginkgo & Japanese lace leaf leaves, a unique form of fabric collage, or combinations of old sketches & paintings. A great way to use tiny sketches or natural scraps you’ve collected, but the workshop includes all materials for either project. (One will not be enough, but easy to do more on your own after the first.) No previous experience is needed.
Monday, December 1 9:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. WCC 15 051
Members $85 / Non-Members $100


The Tech-Enabled Artist

This beginner level workshop aims to show you the potential of the iPad or other tablet as a tool in your artistic process. With Sarah Roche as your guide, learn about the features and apps that will become invaluable in your work as an artist. Bring your iPad/tablet with you.
Tues., Dec. 2 and Thurs., Dec. 4
9:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. BAC 15 022
Members $80 / Non-Members $100


Drawing the Market – Fruits and Veggies in Graphite

Explore creative ways to arrange the abundance of produce contained in grocery store aisles to make intriguing compositions of fruit, berries and foliage. Focus on graphite techniques under the guidance of Carol Ann Morley. Discover how to analyze shapes and negative spaces to create three-dimensional forms and bring your art to life. This is a workshop suitable for all levels.
3 days: Tuesday, January 6 – Thursday, January 8
9:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. (Snow Date: Friday, Jan. 9) BAC 15 134
Members $250 / Non-Members $300


From the Market – Colorful Fruits and Veggies

Focus on colored-pencil techniques with Carol Ann Morley while learning to capture the vibrant colors of fruits and vegetables. Find out how many multiple overlays of colors it can take to give depth, shine and texture to one berry! Draw from the abundance of produce available in the middle of winter to make intriguing compositions of fruit, berries and foliage. Explore creative possibilities, whether traditional or whimsical, to enhance your artwork. This is a workshop suitable for all levels.
3 days: Tuesday, January 13 – Thursday, January 15
9:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. (Snow Date: Friday, Jan. 16) BAC 15 143
Members $250 / Non-Members $300