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Seedlings: Garden Detectives

Discover the Gardens with the tools of a detective! We will look at what a winter garden looks like and find clues of living plants.

Ages 3-6 years: Wednesday, February 19, 9:30 a.m. or 11 a.m.

Ages 24-36 months: Thursday, February 20, 9:30 or 10:45 a.m.

Ages 18-24 months: Friday, February 21, 9:30 or 10:45 a.m.

Seedlings: Garden Tools and Trucks

Discover the tools gardeners use as we dig, dump, pick and pull in the soil.

Ages 3-6 years: Wednesday, March 4, 9:30 a.m. or 11 a.m.

Ages 24-36 months: Thursday, March 5, 9:30 or 10:45 a.m.

Ages 18-24 months: Friday, March 6, 9:30 or 10:45 a.m.

Seedlings: Holiday Treats - The Plants We Eat!

Discover where some of our favorite flavors come from.

Ages 3-6 years: Wednesday, December 18, 9:30 or 11 a.m.

Ages 24-36 months: Thursday, December 19, 9:30 or 10:45 a.m.

Ages 18-24 months: Friday, December 20, 9:30 or 10:45 a.m.

Seedlings: Mud Pies!

Come on a sensory adventure as we explore two ingredients to help plants grow!

Ages 3-6 years: Wednesday, March 25, 9:30 or 11 a.m.

Ages 24-36 months: Thursday, March 26, 9:30 or 10:45 a.m.

Ages 18-24 months: Friday, March 27, 9:30 or 10:45 a.m.

Seedlings: Painting With Plants

Create a masterpiece as we turn plants and natural objects into art tools.

Ages 3-6 years: Wednesday, January 8, 9:30 a.m. or 11 a.m.

Ages 24-36 months: Thursday, January 9, 9:30 or 10:45 a.m.

Ages 18-24 months: Friday, January 10, 9:30 or 10:45 a.m.

Seedlings: Pine Cones Galore!

Explore the garden and discover the importance of the pine cone.

Ages 3-6 years: Wednesday, December 11, 9:30 or 11 a.m.

Ages 24-36 months: Thursday, December 12, 9:30 or 10:45 a.m.

Ages 18-24 months: Friday, December 13, 9:30 or 10:45 a.m.

Seedlings: Roses are Red, Violets are Blue

Discover the sweet scent and beautiful colors of these famous February flowers.

Ages 3-6 years: Wednesday, February 5, 9:30 a.m. or 11 a.m.

Ages 24-36 months: Thursday, February 6, 9:30 or 10:45 a.m.

Ages 18-24 months: Friday, February 7, 9:30 or 10:45 a.m.

Seedlings: Seeds and Sprouts

How do our plants begin?

Ages 3-6 years: Wednesday, April 15, 9:30 a.m. or 11 a.m.

Ages 24-36 months: Thursday, April 16, 9:30 or 10:45 a.m.

Ages 18-24 months: Friday, April 17, 9:30 or 10:45 a.m.

Seedlings: Signs of Spring

Get close to the ground to find bright green shoots, spring crocus and other new discoveries that signal the start of spring.

Ages 3-6 years: Wednesday, March 18, 9:30 or 11 a.m.

Ages 24-36 months: Thursday, March 19, 9:30 or 10:45 a.m.

Ages 18-24 months: Friday, March 20, 9:30 or 10:45 a.m.

Seedlings: The Alphabet Garden

Explore the alphabet while you wander your way through the world of plants and flowers.

Ages 3-6 years: Wednesday, February 26, 9:30 a.m. or 11 a.m.

Ages 24-36 months: Thursday, February 27, 9:30 or 10:45 a.m.

Ages 18-24 months: February 28, 9:30 or 10:45 a.m.

Seedlings: The Dinosaur Garden

Take a journey back in time and discover the plants that dinosaurs liked to eat.

Ages 3-6 years: Wednesday, January 22, 9:30 a.m. or 11 a.m.

Ages 24-36 months: Thursday, January 23, 9:30 or 10:45 a.m.

Ages 18-24 months: Friday, January 24, 9:30 or 10:45 a.m.

Seedlings: The Great Backyard Bird Count!

Learn more about the Great Backyard Bird Count while we explore birds in the wintery garden and find out what plants they use to keep snuggly and safe!

Ages 3-6 years: Wednesday, February 12, 9:30 a.m. or 11 a.m.

Ages 24-36 months: Thursday, February 13, 9:30 or 10:45 a.m.

Ages 18-24 months: Friday, February 14, 9:30 or 10:45 a.m.

Seedlings: Winter Greenhouse Gardens

Bring a little green indoors this winter as we use our hands to create a beautiful terrarium to take home.

Ages 3-6 years: Wednesday, January 29, 9:30 a.m. or 11 a.m.

Ages 24-36 months: Thursday, January 30, 9:30 or 10:45 a.m.

Ages 18-24 months: Friday, January 31, 9:30 or 10:45 a.m.

Seedlings: Winter Wonderland

What happens in the garden under a blanket of snow? Discover what plants and animals do when it is cold outside.

Ages 3-6 years: Wednesday, January 15, 9:30 a.m. or 11 a.m.

Ages 24-36 months: Thursday, January 16, 9:30 or 10:45 a.m.

Ages 18-24 months: Friday, January 17, 9:30 or 10:45 a.m.

Smartphone Photography: Photo Editing for the iPhone

Would you like to take your iPhone photos to a new level? Go beyond the basic editing tools on the iPhone and explore various IOS editing apps available for your iPhone from the App Store. Learning to use these apps and their tools will fine tune your photography and editing skills, creating a stronger visual impact for all your photos.

 

Price: $29, $24 member

Instructor: Jeanette Burkle

 

Jeanette Burkle is a commercial and editorial photographer with extensive experience in teaching, lecturing, and consulting. Since 2003, Jeanette has successfully owned and managed Galie Photography, while designing and delivering seminars on a wide range of photography topics. An award winning-photographer, Jeanette combines an engineering background with a strong artistic sense. With the belief that photography is part art and part science, she strives to use her unique background to produce art that is infused with a creative vision and improved by knowledge of the underlying scientific principles of photography. She has worked with many corporate clients including ExxonMobil, George Mason University, American Red Cross, John Marshall Bank, AmeriChoice, Medtronic, Harris Corporation, and Long & Foster Realty. Jeanette’s work has been honored through the Virginia Professional Photographers Association with such recognition as the highly distinguished Fuji Masterpiece Award and the Kodak Gallery Award.

Jeanette has been teaching photography since 2005. Her students respond well to her fun, upbeat classes, and Jeanette loves to see this passion be reflected in her students’ increased confidence as photographers.

Spines and Shadows: The Magic is in Perspective

Spines and Shadows: The Magic Is in Perspective

Cacti are botanical subjects that present all kinds of fun perspective challenges! In this class, discover how cacti conform to basic geometric forms. Practice building a realistic linear model using the three-step perspective method. Learn about the principles of cast shadows through observing the effects of light falling on spines. Experiment with combining watercolor, graphite and hints of colored pencil to create a colorful composition of a cactus of your choice.

Prerequisites: Color Layering for Colored Pencil, Color Mixing, Perfecting Perspective.

Fee: $265 member, $315 non-member.

Date(s):

Tue, May 5, 12, 19, 26, June 2, 1-4 p.m.

Instructor: Marjorie Leggitt

 

Spirals in Nature

Spirals in Nature

Discover the beauty of mathematics—the golden ratio, phyllotaxy and the Fibonacci sequence—in botanical subject matter. Leaves, petals, seeds and other plant organs are not arranged randomly; rather, they follow well-defined rules. After learning about and observing these patterns, hands-on instruction provides the tools for illustrating inherent botanical patterns. You will focus on unusual viewpoints, perspective and composition. Start with a skeleton drawing from a live specimen and then flesh it out to generate an accurate final plate. Individual instruction helps you enhance full-value ink techniques that are applicable to future illustrations created in any other media.

Prerequisites: Botanical Illustration in Pen and Ink I.

Fee: $265 member, $315 non-member.

Date(s):

Wed, Feb. 19, 26, March 4, 11, 18, 6-9 p.m.

Instructor: Marjorie Leggitt

 

Spring Bouquet with Graphite and Watercolor

Spring Bouquet with Graphite and Watercolor

Challenge your drawing skills and merge them with your watercolor expertise. Your favorite flowers and botanical subjects will be analyzed for the best approach to drawing strategies. Focus on developing a delicate hand with a smooth graphite tone. You will start with a pale pencil underdrawing, or grisaille, which will allow you to tackle a watercolor painting with confidence. You’ll achieve continuous tone both in your graphite and watercolor washes. Demonstrations and individual help will guide you toward a finished work as you discover a set of new skills and tricks ready for use in your future illustrations.

Prerequisite: Botanical Illustration in Watercolor Pencil I.

Fee: $265 member, $315 non-member.

Date(s):

Thu, May 7, 14, 21, 28, June 4, 1-4 p.m.

Instructor: Laurence Pierson

 

Spring Flowers in Watercolor with Vincent Jeannerot

Spring Flowers in Watercolor with Vincent Jeannerot

This intense three-day watercolor master workshop focuses on spring flowers. Vincent will specifically concentrate on composition, how to approach the green and brown nuances in bright but delicate spring colors and how to tackle the shadows. The workshop will conclude with specific finishing approaches. Individual guidance and demonstrations throughout the workshop will help you to complete your plate.

Prerequisite: Botanical Illustration in Watercolor I or intermediate skills in watercolor.

Fee: $365 member, $410 non-member.

Note: Choose one session only.

Date(s):

Fri-Sun, April 3-5, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Tue-Thu, April 7-9, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Instructor: Vincent Jeannerot, Lyon, France

 

Vincent Jeannerot is an internationally represented botanical artist. In addition to several French exhibitions, he has exhibited in London, Melbourne, Moscow, Seoul and Florence. He is a much sought-after botanical art instructor and has taught workshops in the United States, New Zealand, Italy, Japan, Latvia and South Korea. His gallery, Aquarelles Botaniques, is located in Lyon, France.

 

 

Spring Lilies in Acrylics

Spring Lilies in Acrylics

Lilies are some of the most loved and cherished plants in our gardens: they are delicate, intricate and perfect for capturing in a transparent medium. Although transparent acrylic looks similar to watercolor, the damp-on-damp technique offers a more controlled and methodical application process. After a guided field trip to see the blooming lily varieties at the Gardens, select a specimen of your choice. Back in the classroom, step-by-step instructions, demonstrations and exercises provide the necessary skills for you to build washes, colors, textures and details for a final lily portrait.

Prerequisites: Color Mixing, Composition for Botanical Illustration, Perfecting Perspective.

Fee: $260 member, $310 non-member.

Date(s):

Tue, May 5, 12, 19, 26, June 2, 6-9 p.m.

Instructor: Marjorie Leggitt

 

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