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!

Classes are offered in-person, as synchronous (live) online programs, or using hybrid methods with both in-person and virtual content.  Class delivery methods are denoted next to each listing as VIRTUAL, IN-PERSON, or HYBRID.  Please note Covid-19 related requirements for in-person classes.  All guidelines are subject to change.

Class Schedule August-December 2022

Leaf Monotypes/Eco-prints on Paper | August 17 IN-PERSON

In this workshop we’ll create a few sets of original nature prints using a variety of methods. We’ll start off with eco printing leaves on cotton papers. While they steam and set, we’ll experiment with even more leaves, inks, paints, stencils, and other fun printing materials and tools to create layered monotypes, or one of a kind prints.  Instructor: Dana DuMont


Elementary En Plein Air Painting | September 20 IN-PERSON

Instructor Shelley Row introduces you to “en plein air” outdoor painting and shows you how to play with elementary materials and techniques for the pure joy of it all! Celebrating late spring in bloom, this one-day workshop encourages you to discover and discern the colors and shapes in the garden. Using very basic materials, interpret what you see in your own individual style. All levels of expertise are welcome and no previous experience is necessary.


Basic Watercolor Techniques | September 21, October 5, 19, November 2 IN-PERSON

Are you experimenting with art media or have always wanted to try painting? With the Garden as inspiration, learn basic techniques for painting in watercolor. This every-other-week session is for anyone who would like to practice creating their own interpretation/vision of our world. All materials provided. Instructor: Shelley Row


Beginning Nature Journaling | September 24, 31 IN-PERSON

You don’t need to be an artist to create or tend to a nature journal. However, you must be a lover of flowers and plants and excited to experience the beauty of the natural world! In this two day class, Stephey Baker, local creative and avid urban gardener for bumble bees, guides you step-by-step to creating a nature journal unique to you. Discover how to identify basic leaf shapes, flower structures, and creative tips that are easy to implement—all while honing your observational skills in a relaxed and inspired environment.


Alcohol Inks: Next Steps | October 11 IN-PERSON

Painting with alcohol inks is magical! Would you like to learn a few more techniques, practice your acquired skills, create your own original composition, or work in a larger format? This class will give you more time to “play” and finish pieces. Instructor: Shelley Row


Nature Journaling with Watercolor 01: Exploring Color in the Natural World | October 17, 21, 24, 28 IN-PERSON

Get ready to discover a world of color! Join Stephey Baker, a local creative and avid urban gardener for bumble bees, as she guides you step-by-step to creating a color palette unique to you. In this four-day class, learn dependable watercolor and simple drawing techniques for nature journaling, as well as a few creative shortcuts to get you inspired, confident, and most of all painting! Learn why this practice is key to increasing your observational skills and ability to actually see and paint color.  Find out how color is used by nature to survive, warn, enchant us (and a variety of pollinators), as well as how it influences our mood, triggers memories, and even inspires dreams. This class also covers how to select and use watercolor paints, papers, and brushes.


Fall Luminaries | October 19, 26 IN-PERSON

Light up your season with hand-built fall garden inspired luminaries. We’ll cut, coil, piece and glaze clay to create unique votive candle holders. All supplies provided. If you have leaf stamps you would like to use on the clay, feel free to bring them along. Instructor: Dana DuMont


Paint Night: Flashy Flowers | November 1 IN-PERSON

Spend an evening at the Garden enjoying wine and nibbles while creating your own work of botanical art under the step-by-step guidance of local artist Laura Flournoy. Perfect for an evening out with friends! Fee includes wine (or non-alcoholic option), nibbles and all materials.


Watercolor Trees | November 9 IN-PERSON

Use basic watercolor applications and a few tricks to create a peaceful evergreen forest in the snow. The workshop will include basic drawing instruction, watercolor practice, and a final completed piece. Designed to be an enjoyable class for any experience level, this class may put you in the holiday mood a little early. Instructor: Shelley Row


Ceramic Ornaments | November 30, December 7 IN-PERSON

Create one of a kind glazed ceramic holiday ornaments using textured stamps and clay tools. We’ll design and make during the first class, and glaze during the second. The ornaments will be ready for pick-up at the Garden a few days after they’re glazed.

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