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 April – August 2023

Watercolor Endeavors | May 3, 10, 17, 23 IN-PERSON

Learn basic watercolor techniques and drawing skills to use in expressing your inspiration. All materials will be supplied and most will go home with you afterwards. With the certainty that every single human being has the ability to create, all are welcome to this “beginners” class. Instructor Shelley Row

Vibrant Visions with Water Soluble Oil Pastels | May 11, 18 IN-PERSON

This two day workshop is about being inspired to create your own images of light, color, and beauty; along with experiencing the pure joy of playing with art media. I will lead you through the process of “painting” vibrant, expressive, works of art. Liquid watercolor provides brilliant colors to use as an underpainting. Water soluble oil pastels offer artists vivid colors with the consistency of oil pastels. Instructor Shelley Row

NEW! Common Scents: Natural Perfume Making Workshop | May 13 IN-PERSON

Join us in this hands on workshop and learn how people in past times collected, preserved and blended botanical extracts for cosmetic purposes. See the entire process from start to finish – then enjoy a scent sampling of irresistible aromas. Each participant will learn to mix and bottle their own unique creation. All bottles are glass and sealed with a cork and red wax. Instructor: Rebecca Suerdieck

Introduction to Nature Journaling | May 15, 22 IN-PERSON

Join Stephey Baker, local artist and avid urban gardener for bumble bees, as she guides you step-by-step in creating a nature journal unique to you. Journaling in nature improves observation skills and memory, engages your five senses, decreases your blood pressure, and allows you to discover something new every day. Through this course, you can make a nature journal just for yourself, or share the beauty and wonder of nature with someone special by taking the class together with them.

Ceramic Garden Markers | May 31, June 7 IN-PERSON

Make your very own set of ceramic garden markers to identify your plants and add a pop of color to your bed or container! Join artist Dana DuMont for this workshop. Dana demonstrates how to make clay garden markers using stamps and hand building tools. Then, roll up your sleeves and make and customize up to eight markers for your own garden!

Drawing Bumble Bees on Paper (and into your Yard!) | June 24 IN-PERSON

Join Stephey Baker, a local creative and avid urban gardener, during Pollinator Week as she guides you step-by-step in creating a small bumble bee drawing. Through the process of creating your own bumble bee drawing, you’ll learn how to identify the bumble bees in your backyard; why bumble bees are 2-4 times more effective pollinators per bee than honey bees or solitary bees; what to plant for pollinators regardless of the size of your yard (or lack of it); how to distinguish wasps, hornets, and the flies that mimic bumble bees; why bumble bees are an annual insect; and more!

Leaf Monotypes/Eco-prints on Paper | July 19 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. This process includes dipping and soaking leaves with tannins before arranging, bundling and steaming them on paper to create permanent prints. 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

NEW! Garden Tunnel Books | July 26 IN-PERSON

Join local artist Dana DuMont as you design a layered landscape tunnel book brought to life with the addition of colored pencil, watercolor, and/or pens. We’ll be folding, piercing and cutting sections of paper to create images that will become a 3D garden.

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