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.
Class Schedule January – April 2024
DRAWING WORKSHOP SERIES WITH INTERNATIONAL ARTIST ROGÉRIO LUPO
Explore various drawing techniques through virtual workshops with award-winner scientific illustrator and artist Rogério Lupo, who will teach from Brazil. Each course includes drawing demonstrations of the various skills discussed. A basic understanding of drawing principles is recommended, but all who wish to learn and explore are welcome. Students enrolled in the Garden’s Botanical Illustration certificate program will earn elective credit.
NEW! Honoring the Light: Drawing Demo with International Artist Rogério Lupo | January 10, 17 VIRTUAL
This virtual course led by renowned international artist Rogério Lupo aims to explore the observation of light and shade, focusing on how you can ultimately “honor the light” in your own work. You will enhance your ability to observe and capture different luminosities of light, learn to make your drawings more dynamic by adding depth, volume and dimension, and much more.
NEW! Fundamentals of Graphite Shading with International Artist Rogério Lupo | April 10, 17, 24, May 1 VIRTUAL
This virtual course led by renowned international artist Rogério Lupo aims to provide all the theoretical and practical tools necessary for beginners to initiate their practice and for intermediate students to improve their skills in graphite shading. You will learn about the different types and qualities of graphite, and how and when to use them; explore the different results that can be achieved according to the techniques and materials used; and much more. This course is limited to 15 students to provide the opportunity for individualized feedback.
Basic Watercolor for Beginners | January 11, 25, February 8, 22 IN-PERSON
Learn basic watercolor techniques and practice drawing skills to use in expressing the inspiration provided by the Garden with artist Shelley Row. Referencing landscape views from the Garden, create a landscape painting over the course of four sessions. With the certainty that every single human being has the ability to create, all are welcome to this “beginners” class.
Channel your creativity and find your bliss in this workshop with local artist Dana DuMont. Use nature as your inspiration to design complex, imaginative images with repeated organic lines and shapes. Working with graphite, watercolor and colored pencils, you will create small works suitable for framing. This relaxing workshop will be held in a classroom with beautiful Garden views.
NEW! Introduction to Basic Drawing | February 20 IN-PERSON
Discover your artistic potential and ignite your passion for drawing! Learn to turn a simple line into a three-dimensional drawing with pencil and paper. Play with different mark-making techniques and learn how to integrate basic elements of art like shape, space and form into your drawing. Instructors Claudette and Stephey Baker, who believe that anyone can master drawing, will inspire you to take your pencil to the page. Beginners seeking to capture nature’s beauty will benefit from this workshop, but there will be something for all levels and all are welcome. Would you rather take this workshop virtually? Click here.
NEW! Air Plant & Orchid Pots | February 21, 28 IN-PERSON
Design, create and embellish little pierced and hanging pots out of clay that will wrap your orchids and air plants in wonderful textures and colors with local artist Dana DuMont. Using a variety of handbuilding techniques, we’ll form these little gems on day one, and add color with glazes on day two.
Ink & Watercolor on Japanese Masa Paper | March 13, 14 IN-PERSON
The process of working with watercolor and ink on masa paper allows beginner and intermediate painters to create unique and beautiful finished works. Using images taken in the Garden, we will create detailed ink pen drawings on day one; you will be able to do a little tracing as the paper is translucent. The entire second day of the workshop will be spent painting, learning how to mix colors and layer paint for intensity and shading.
NEW! Introduction to Basic Drawing | March 14, 21 VIRTUAL
Discover your artistic potential and ignite your passion for drawing! Learn to turn a simple line into a three-dimensional drawing with pencil and paper. Play with different mark-making techniques and learn how to integrate basic elements of art like shape, space and form into your drawing. Instructors Claudette and Stephey Baker, who believe that anyone can master drawing, will inspire you to take your pencil to the page. Beginners seeking to capture nature’s beauty will benefit from this virtual workshop, but there will be something for all levels and all are welcome. Would you rather take this workshop in-person at the Garden? Click here.
PRESSED FLOWER WORKSHOP SERIES
Join local flower farmer and pollinator enthusiast Conner Parrish for a series of workshops that explore the ancient art of pressed flowers and utilize pressed flowers from Conner’s farm in Ashland to create a variety of fun and visually stunning crafts.
NEW! Pressed Flower Floating Frame | March 16 IN-PERSON
In this creative workshop, cultivate appreciation for the history of the ancient pressed-flower art form with instructor Conner Parrish of Blossoming Roots Farm and Supply. Create a stunning pressed flower glass floating frame using a 16×20 black glass-on-glass floating frame and real pressed flowers from the farm.
For creative workshops where you can use live plants to make plant creations to take home, check out our new Plant Play: Make and Take Workshops learning category! Explore topics like living succulent wreaths, bonsai, terrariums and more while learning tips and techniques for plant care and maintenance.
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