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Whimsical Fairy Garden Workshop
Cheryl Wilks
Floral Educator, Florist, and Owner of Flowers on Location

This is a fun workshop to share with a child or grandchild (one per adult). Working with an assortment of succulents and cute accessories, you will create a personalized miniature indoor garden to enjoy all year round. This workshop is a wonderful way to nurture your creative right brain and cure the winter blues.

Bring a box with packing material (minimum 18x18x10) to transport your garden home.

Sunday, March 4
1:00 - 3:00 pm

Members: $65 (per fairy garden)
Non-members: $70 (per fairy garden)
Sunday, March 04, 2018 at 1:00 PM
 
Attendees: 1 $ 65.00 ea.
Attendees: 1 $ 70.00 ea.

Floral Design in Vases: Techniques for Arranging
Floral Design in Vases: Techniques for Arranging Loose Flowers
Cheryl Wilks Floral
Educator, Florist, and Owner of Flowers on Location

Cut flowers may be a wonderful bounty from our gardens or even from the grocery store, but what do you do with them when you bring them indoors? This class will show you the many tricks of the trade to arrange flowers so they look their very best. You will learn techniques such as gridding and stuffing, and florist gel will be demonstrated. The elements of design will be covered in depth. You can use the vase provided or bring a vase from home that you find challenging to use. Cheryl Wilks has been a guest lecturer at the Philadelphia Flower Show for many years, so she really knows her stuff! Please bring a box to take home your creation. All materials are provided by the instructor.

Friday, March 9
10:00 a.m. - 12 noon

Members: $60
Non-members: $65
Friday, March 09, 2018 at 10:00 AM
 
Attendees: 1 $ 60.00 ea.
Attendees: 1 $ 65.00 ea.

Weave a Seasonal Landscape Scene
Maryanne McDevitt
Weaving Teacher, Philadelphia Guild of Handweavers and Whitemarsh Weaver Studio

Discover the joy of weaving and stretch your artistic creativity by weaving a landscape scene. Choose your favorite season from a pre-selected group of landscape photos, and use it as inspiration to create your own woven landscape. All of the materials will be provided, including a variety of pictures to choose from and a large selection of colored yarn. In this class you will choose the appropriate colors for your piece and weave using wool yarn on a tapestry lap loom. Snowy scenes, fall leaves, or beach scenes provide great results. You will discover that when using yarns, less can be more, and that mixing colors can provide interesting details. We will meet at the Horticulture Center at Bloomfield Farm. Look for the paved road across Northwestern Avenue from the public garden entrance. Park in the lot and follow the signs to the Horticulture Center.

Saturday, March 10
1:00 - 4:00 p.m.

Members: $50
Non-members: $55
Saturday, March 10, 2018 at 1:00 PM
 
Attendees: 1 $ 50.00 ea.
Attendees: 1 $ 55.00 ea.

Plant Fibers for Papermaking
Winnie Radolan
Papermaker, Artist, Educator

Our gardens are filled with wonderful fibers that can be simply prepared to create colorful and distinctive handmade papers. Learn when and what to harvest, as well as how to cook and "beat these plants to a pulp." You will create paper from the cellulose found in vegetables, daylilies, iris leaves, and more. Experiment with stenciling and layering different fibers to design your surface. Learn ways to work your handmade paper into your own unique stationary, drawings, paintings, collages, and other 2D expressions (great for printmaking). No experience necessary. Bring flat inclusions like threads, stamps, old prints, or other collage items to embed between layers.

Sunday, March 11
12:30 - 3:30 p.m

Members: $50
Non-members: $55
Sunday, March 11, 2018 at 12:30 PM
 
Attendees: 1 $ 50.00 ea.
Attendees: 1 $ 55.00 ea.

Flowers 101: Simple, Easy,Spectacular Arrangements
Cheryl Wilks
Floral Educator, Florist, and Owner of Flowers on Location

Spend a relaxing day at the Arboretum learning the tricks of the trade in designing fresh flower arrangements. Arranging flowers is a wonderful way to connect with nature and nurture your creativity. Learn how to arrange loose stems in a vase and to make arrangemets using floral foam. All of the flowers, supplies, containers, and use of tools are included for this special day, and you will take home 2-3 arrangements. This is a wonderful class to give as a gift to yourself or someone special.

Pack a bagged lunch and bring a box with packing material to transport your creation.

Sunday, March 18
11:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m

Members: $85
Non-members: $90
Sunday, March 18, 2018 at 11:00 AM
 
Attendees: 1 $ 85.00 ea.
Attendees: 1 $ 90.00 ea.

Design Your Own Jewelry
Y’vonne Page-Magnus
Creative Director, Design-Your-Own-Jewelry

Design your own beautiful jewelry out of semi-precious stones and fresh water pearls. In this class you will make a pair of earrings, a necklace, and a pendant using basic wire wrapping techniques. Learn how to choose the proper beading wire, attach a clasp, and become knowledgeable in all the jewelry terminology you need to navigate your way around a bead shop. Afternoon tea and delicious cupcakes will be served and you will be ready and dressed for the occasion!

Saturday, March 24
1:30 - 4:00 p.m.

Members: $60
Non-members: $68
Saturday, March 24, 2018 at 1:30 PM
 
Attendees: 1 $ 60.00 ea.
Attendees: 1 $ 68.00 ea.

Pressed Flower Crafts for all Seasons
Cheryl Wilks
Floral Educator, Florist, and Owner of Flowers on Location

Learn how easy it is to design wonderful projects with pressed flowers, which flowers work best for pressing, and how to grow them in your garden. There will be a colorful selection of pressed flowers to use to create a number of projects during this special workshop. Bring a box and packing material to transport everything home.

Friday, April 6
10:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m

Members: $60
Non-members: $65
Friday, April 06, 2018 at 10:00 AM
 
Attendees: 1 $ 60.00 ea.
Attendees: 1 $ 65.00 ea.

Painting: A Close-up Focus on Flowers
Allison Zito
Artist and Teacher

In this class we will take a close look at flowers and paint their beauty. Flowers have all the promise of new life with the color, fragrance, and form to attract pollinators. The stamen, pistil, and petals all attract butterflies and bees and provide the dawn of a new generation. Bring your own flowers, or paint from those provided. We will paint indoors on canvas with quick-drying acrylic paint. Students will be encouraged to develop their own painting style. All materials are provided. Come dressed to paint.

Saturday, May 5
10:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

Members: $35
Non-members: $40
Saturday, May 05, 2018 at 10:30 AM
 
Attendees: 1 $ 35.00 ea.
Attendees: 1 $ 40.00 ea.

Impressionist Painting
Allison Zito
Artist and Teacher

Vibrance and energy shimmer on the canvas of the impressionist painter. Working in an intuitive manner, they captured in color and rhythm the spontaneity of the moment. It was a time of change, a time of new ideas and innovation. These innovations took the impressionists outdoors to paint in the open air. These artists developed a kind of painterly short hand, using visible brush strokes to recreate the fleeting qualities of light as it danced across the natural world. In this class, we will discuss the artists and everyone will be encouraged to develop their own personal intuitive style of painting. Like the impressionists, we will paint in the open air, with the breathtaking gardens of the Morris Arboretum as our own personal Giverny.
(In the event of inclement weather we will paint indoors, from great works of the Impressionists.) Come to class dressed to paint. All supplies are provided.

Sunday, May 6
12:00 noon - 2:30 p.m.

Members: $35
Non-members: $40
Sunday, May 06, 2018 at 12:00 PM
 
Attendees: 1 $ 35.00 ea.
Attendees: 1 $ 40.00 ea.

Drawing the Majesty of Trees
Henry Martin
Artist

Drawing outdoors is a wonderful way to relax in the natural world, and this class, in the beautiful gardens of the Morris Arboretum, provides a fun and nurturing environment in which to draw some of the most beautiful trees in Philadelphia. We will explore several simple concepts designed to facilitate drawing for beginners and accomplished artists alike, concentrating on the movement and growth of trees. Henry Martin is a Philadelphia-based plein-air painter who uses the open air as his studio. He describes his style of painting as "atmospheric naturalism." Please be ready to draw on the first day by purchasing in advance, a sketch or drawing pad no smaller than 11 x 14 inches. Please bring sharpened 2b and 4b pencils, and a small pencil sharpener. The approximate cost for these materials is $20.

Four Sundays, May 13, 20, June 3, 10 (No Class 5/27)
11:30a.m. - 2:30 p.m

Members: $150
Non-members: $165
Irregular classes scheduled starting 5/13/2018 and ending 6/10/2018 at 11:30AM
 
Attendees: 1 $ 150.00 ea.
Attendees: 1 $ 165.00 ea.

Build a Stool! Intro- Green Woodworking Techniques
Karl F. Newman
Master Cabinetmaker and Green Woodworker

Using traditional tools and safe, modern practices, we will explore the craft of green woodworking by making a simple stool. Each student will split out legs and a seat, and will have an opportunity to hew, shave, bore, and plane the parts, and assemble a three-legged stool. These methods are the same as the processes that are used to make many other (and finer) types of furniture such as Windsor or Welsh stick chairs and joint stools. In addition to the class fee, each student needs to bring the following tools: a froe, hatchet, drawknife, spokeshave, 1-inch auger and brace or 1-inch drill bit, and a cordless drill. The instructor has a limited number of loaner tools. We will meet in the barn at Bloomfield Farm. Look for the paved road across Northwestern Avenue from the public garden entrance. Park in the lot and look for the red barn on your left.

Three Wednesdays, May 16, 23, 30
4:30 - 7:00 p.m

Members: $165
Non-members: $180
Classes scheduled every week on Wednesday starting 5/16/2018 and ending 5/30/2018 at 4:30PM
 
Attendees: 1 $ 165.00 ea.
Attendees: 1 $ 180.00 ea.

Digital Photography: A Perspective for Beginners
Dr. Robert E. Lyons
Professor Emeritus, University of Delaware

This workshop is intended primarily for beginners, and will focus on using your camera to capture moments in your personal landscapes. This example-driven class provides understandable and useful information to create images for framing, teaching, and personal enjoyment. We will focus on considerations of prevailing light, elements of photographic composition, and developing your personal style. The class consists of one hour of classroom lecture, one hour of shooting outdoors, and a final hour for an open class review of selected class images. While this class is intended for beginning photographers, students MUST know how to operate their personal cameras. Students should also bring a personal device to download images for class review (e.g. laptop, tablet, etc.).

Saturday, June 16
9:30a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

Members: $54
Non-members: $60
Saturday, June 16, 2018 at 9:30 AM
 
Attendees: 1 $ 54.00 ea.
Attendees: 1 $ 60.00 ea.

Leaf Casting in Concrete
Nicky Beadle
Pennsylvania Certified Horticulturist

Lucy Dinsmore
Horticulturist, Morris Arboretum

A piece of sculpture adds a whimsical accent to any garden. Learn how to turn a live leaf into stone and add year-round interest to that perfect nook in your garden during this twohour workshop. Concrete leaves make great bird baths, stepping stones, or even wall art. Bring your favorite leaf - perhaps a hosta, rhubarb, or magnolia. If you don't have access to leaves, we will have several available. Fee includes all materials to make one large or two small leaf sculptures. Dress for getting messy. We will meet in the barn at Bloomfield Farm. Look for the paved road across Northwestern Avenue from the public garden entrance. Park in the lot and flook for the red barn on your left.

Saturday, July 14
10:00a.m. - 12 noon

Members: $50
Non-members: $55
Saturday, July 14, 2018 at 10:00 AM
 
Attendees: 1 $ 50.00 ea.
Attendees: 1 $ 55.00 ea.

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