Art in the Garden Classes

Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden’s Art in the Garden classes offer a variety of opportunities in multiple media to enhance your understanding of and appreciation for the natural world, learn new skills, and enjoy the company of like-minded artists!

Use the class title to navigate to a detailed description and to register online. View the calendar to explore by date.

Class Schedule April-August 2016

Colored Pencil on Paper: Spring Session | April 8, 15, 22, 29

Learn the skills and techniques of colored pencil: layering, blending, burnishing, embossing, under-painting, using solvents and more through instructor demonstrations and practice. Instructor: Judy Thomas


How to Draw Stuff (in the Garden) | April 30, May 7, 14

For those who have always wanted to learn to draw, or want to refresh unused skills, this is a fun, basic course.  Class time covers skills that can be used to go into the Garden to sketch what you see and enjoy.  Instructor: Paula Blair


Nature Prints | June 8, 15, 22, 29

Make a collection of interesting plant images by using the plants themselves. The flower, leaf or fruit itself is painted and applied to paper or fabric to make a print. Instructor: Celeste Johnston


LEGO® “Date” Night with Brian Korte | July 7 OR August 18 OR September 1

Enjoy wine and cheese with your spouse, partner, BFF, or roommate as you make a botanically-themed mosaic with LEGO bricks.  Work with Richmond artist Brian Korte as he discusses his process for creating large-scale Lego art, then design and create your own personal memento to take home.


Colored Pencil with Mixed Media on Paper | August 5, 12, 19, 26

Learn the skills and techniques of colored pencil: layering, blending, burnishing, embossing, under-painting, using solvents and more through instructor demonstrations and practice. Instructor: Judy Thomas


Making Paper, Making Books | August 17, 18, 24, 25

Create a small stitched book or journal using paper made in class, purchased elsewhere, or with the plant images made in “Nature Prints.” Instructor: Celeste Johnston