Surface Textures in Botanical Art
Friday, May 2 – Sunday, May 4
10:00 am – 3:00 pm
Have you ever wished you could enliven your paintings by capturing the velvety surface of a petal, the shiny slickness of a leaf, the fuzziness of new growth, or the spiny quality of an interesting fruit? This workshop explores the fascinating variety of surfaces presented to us in nature and shows ways to incorporate these textures into paintings using pencils and watercolors. Demonstrations of several painting techniques and instruction on selecting the right approach for each surface are provided. Beginners to experts will improve their skills. Contact Mt. Cuba Center for a materials list. Bring your lunch.
Linda Gist is an accomplished artist who teaches at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts. Her work is in many private collections, and she has had solo exhibitions at Cabrini College and the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society.
Spring Photography Stroll with Chris Starr
Saturday, May 10
7:00 am – 11:00 am
Enjoy this early morning opportunity to photograph the gardens of
Mt. Cuba Center. Photographers of all experience levels, from novices to experts, receive expertise and guidance on the technical and aesthetic elements of photography. Chris Starr, an experienced photographer, shares advice, techniques, inspiration, and encouragement to all. Bring your camera lenses and camera manual. Be prepared to walk outdoors.
Chris Starr is an experienced photographer who has played many roles at Mt. Cuba Center since 1984. Currently he is a member of the grounds team.
Photograph Great Gardens of the Mid-Atlantic with Allen Rokach
Dates & Times of Class:
Wednesday, May 14: 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm Orientation
Thursday, May 15: 5:45 am – 4:00 pm
Friday, May 16: 5:45 am – 4:00 pm
Saturday, May 17: 5:45 am – 4:00 pm
Sunday, May 18: 5:45 am – 4:00 pm
Monday, May 19: 5:45 am – 4:00 pm
Don’t miss this opportunity to visit and photograph four magnificent Mid- Atlantic gardens: Mt. Cuba Center; Winterthur Museum, Garden and Library; Longwood Gardens; and Chanticleer. Master photographer Allen Rokach leads an intensive garden photography workshop at the height of spring bloom. Exclusive access at sunrise to all four gardens allows students to explore and capture the special qualities of early morning light with an expert. Return to Mt. Cuba Center for lectures, review sessions, and individual consultations. Participants at all levels of photographic experience will receive in-depth instruction on the technical and aesthetic aspects of digital garden photography. Bring your lunch.
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Allen Rokach is an experienced and active photography educator whose photography assignments have taken him around the world. His images are included in numerous national publications such as Horticulture and Popular Photography.
Create a Living Violet Wreath
Wednesday, June 4
10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Design a living circlet of plants using Mt. Cuba Center’s recent plant introduction, Viola walteri ‘Silver Gem’. Learn how to plant and maintain a beautiful living wreath. Add a stunning accent to a shady area of your garden as a centerpiece on a patio table or as a wall hanging. All materials are provided, but please bring garden gloves.
Donna Wiley is the horticulturist for Mt. Cuba Center’s Formal Gardens. Her expertise includes container gardening and floral arranging.
Cost: $65 (materials included)
Essentials of Plein Air Painting
Dates of Class:
Saturday, June 7: Getting Started with Plein Air
Saturday, June 14: Composition and Perspective
Monday, June 23: Painting the Landscape
Tuesday, June 24: Painting Florals and Plants
Wednesday, June 25: Painting Plein Air
8:30 am – 3:00 pm, each session
Learn plein air techniques while enjoying the beauty of Mt. Cuba Center’s gardens. Each day, Jacalyn Beam will discuss and demonstrate different skill sets for painting with oils or watercolors. Whether you are a novice or an experienced artist, Jacalyn will help bring out the best in your work. Attend all five sessions or select individual days. Bring your lunch. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org for a materials list.
Jacalyn Beam, PhD is an active member of the Mid-Atlantic Plein Air Painting Association where she serves on the Board of Directors. She always had a passion for painting and specializes in images of the Brandywine Valley.
Cost: $450 for the series or $100 per day
Fabricate a Trillium Postcard
Tuesday, July 1
9:30 am – 12:00 pm
Create a work of art inspired by the natural world: make a unique trillium postcard using paper and cloth. Join local fabric artist, Terry Kramzar, as she guides you through this delightful and novel craft. Trillium patterns and all materials are provided. Just bring your curiosity and creativity to class!
Terry Kramzar is a local art quilter who exhibits widely in juried and invitational shows. Terry’s quilts can be seen in numerous publications including 500 Art Quilts by Lark Books, and she was recently featured in TheQuiltLifeMagazine.
Cost: $$45 (materials included)