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Make and Take Botanical Impression Tea Towel
Stacey Kutish
Digital Interpretation Strategist, Morris Arboretum

Preserve impressions of the beauty of the garden with the art of flower pounding. Select from provided plant material (or bring some from your own garden) and craft an arrangement to be transferred to a tea towel that will make a beautiful addition to your home, or a lovely one-of-a-kind hostess gift. Class participants will take their creations home with them and gain the knowledge they need to complete future projects on their own time. Please bring a hammer to class.

Saturday, May 14
10:30 a.m.-12 noon
Single class scheduled on 5/14/2016 at 10:30AM
 
Attendees: 1 $30.00 ea.
Attendees: 1 $35.00 ea.
Attendees: 1 $30.00 ea.

Macro and Close-up Photography
Doug Wechsler
Author and Photographer

Whether you want to render the whiskers on a bee or the perfect symmetry of a flower, macro techniques can help you expand your horizons in photography. Learn how to photograph nature up close and personal. We will explore macro and close-up photography, improving your technique for photographing anything from the size of an ant to a daisy. Find out what sort of equipment you need to achieve your macro photography goals. Doug has worked as a professional photographer specializing in wildlife and nature for the past 30 years, has authored 22 books and curated the largest collection of bird photographs in the world (VIREO). This course is designed for participants who have a camera and lens capable of close focus and are familiar with their camera and the basics of depth of field, f-stops, shutter speeds and lighting. We will meet 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.

Two Saturdays: May 14, 21
1-5 p.m.
Classes scheduled every week on Saturday starting 5/14/2016 and ending 5/21/2016 at 1:00PM
 
Attendees: 1 $115.00 ea.
Attendees: 1 $130.00 ea.
Attendees: 1 $115.00 ea.

Floral Imagery in Copper Foil
Allison Zito
Artist and Teacher

We will look at plant life and floral imagery from a variety of cultures throughout history; then everyone will have the opportunity to draw and emboss flowers in 36-gauge copper foil. We will explore simple techniques used to create depth in the metal foil. Each student will adhere their embossing to a wood backing to create a finished look. It makes a great display for your home or can be given as a gift.

Friday, May 20
10:30 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Single class scheduled on 5/20/2016 at 10:30AM
 
Attendees: 1 $32.00 ea.
Attendees: 1 $38.00 ea.
Attendees: 1 $32.00 ea.

The Art of Japanese Ink Painting
Allison Zito
Artist and Teacher

Sumi-e is the art of Japanese ink painting, a noble and time-honored pursuit of the scholar. This craft teaches much more than the art of ink painting. The techniques we will learn to paint bamboo are the basic strokes used to create all forms of Japanese ink painting. The art is in the touch of the brush stroke, the quality of the line, appreciation of the natural world, and the beauty in asymmetry. All supplies are provided. Come to class dressed to paint.

Saturday, May 21
10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
Single class scheduled on 5/21/2016 at 10:30AM
 
Attendees: 1 $30.00 ea.
Attendees: 1 $35.00 ea.
Attendees: 1 $30.00 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. The impressionist 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 impressionist artists. 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 22
12:30-3 p.m.
Single class scheduled on 5/22/2016 at 12:30PM
 
Attendees: 1 $30.00 ea.
Attendees: 1 $35.00 ea.
Attendees: 1 $30.00 ea.

Digital Garden Photography: Creating the Image
Robert E. Lyons
Professor Emeritus, University of Delaware

This interactive workshop is all about using your eyes, mind, and camera to capture either extended or fleeting moments in your personal landscapes. They may be your gardens, vignettes from your travels, and/or simple records of favorite plants. This workshop is example-driven and provides understandable information to create aesthetically pleasing and pragmatic images . . . suitable for framing, teaching, selling a job proposal, or all three. While equipment details and camera mechanics will be discussed, that discussion will not dominate the presentation; instead, the impact and exploitation of prevailing light, elements of photographic composition, and developing a personal style will be demonstrated, emphasized, and encouraged. This workshop is primarily relevant for early stage photographers (beginners/advanced beginners). The format includes one hour in the classroom, approximately one hour of shooting on grounds, and a final hour of class review of selected images. Participants should be very familiar with the operation of their own camera, and both compact and DSLR types are welcome. Participants are also encouraged to bring their personal devices (laptop, iPad, etc.) if they have one, to facilitate image downloading, Digital Garden Photography: Seeing, Composing, and Creating the Image

Saturday, June 11
9:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Single class scheduled on 6/11/2016 at 9:30AM
 
Attendees: 1 $54.00 ea.
Attendees: 1 $60.00 ea.
Attendees: 1 $54.00 ea.

Leaf Casting in Concrete
Lucy Dinsmore
Horticulturist, Morris Arboretum
Nicky Beadle
Volunteer and former gardener at Brookside Gardens

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 2-hour workshop. The 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 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, July 16
10 a.m.-12 noon
Single class scheduled on 7/16/2016 at 10:00AM
 
Attendees: 1 $45.00 ea.
Attendees: 1 $50.00 ea.
Attendees: 1 $45.00 ea.

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