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How many ways can you paint plants?

Judy Thomas has some ideas for you. Read below about the new class she will teach in the Art in the Garden program at Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden.

Here is what’s new at Classes Near You > Virginia:

Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden

In 1884, Lewis Ginter purchased some property and built a gathering place for Richmond bicyclists. One hundred years later, the Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden was established on this same piece of property and soon became one of the top five destinations in Virginia. The Garden is home to Artbase a searchable database containing 2,500 botanical watercolor paintings by Alexandre Descubes. The Adult Education program at the garden includes workshops in botanical drawing and painting and a certificate program in botanical illustration.

The program also includes an Art in the Garden series that encompasses drawing, sketching, knitting and this new class with artist Judy Thomas:

    Felt Painting with Botanical Subjects
    Saturdays, November 2, 9, 16, 23, 2013
    9:30 AM – 2:30 PM
    Felt painting uses a combination of wet and dry (or needle) felting techniques with wool, along with beading, embroidery, and lace, to produce lovely works of three-dimensional art. Students in this four-day class will learn the fundamentals of both wet and dry felting to produce their own design, using themes from botany. See a sample felting project on the registration page for this class. The techniques learned can be used to create decorative items for the home, pillows, bags, and clothing.
    Cost: $180 members, $219 nonmembers.

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Look at what’s new at Classes Near You > Southern California!

Paula Panich – The Literary Gardener

Paula Panich is a writer whose work has appeared in the New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, the Washington Post, Gastronomica, and Better Homes and Gardens. She is the author of four books, including Cultivating Words: The Guide to Writing About the Plants & Gardens You Love. She teaches at museums and botanical gardens across the US and currently teaches in the UCLA Extension Landscape Architecture Program.

Art, Table, Taste, Memory: A Writing Workshop

Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA)
Tuesday, September 17, 2013
10:30 AM – 1:00 PM

Journalist, teacher and writer, Paula Panich will teach a special writing workshop for Los Angeles Art Muse, a community of historians, artists and educators who lead small private group tours in the Los Angeles area. Join Paula at LACMA and engage with the food-and-table related art in the museum’s galleries. Participate in writing exercises and awaken your senses and memory to unveil your history as it pertains to food, memory, family and history.

Cost: FREE
LACMA Admission: $10
LACMA Parking: $10

For more information and to register, contact Clare Kunny. Limit: 12

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Learn about Jane’s FREE class with Strathmore Artist Papers!

Jane LaFazio

Jane is a mixed media artist and a member of the San Diego Sketchcrawl group. Jane teaches at conferences across the U.S. and leads classes in Italy and Greece too. In addition to sketching classes, Jane teaches workshops in collage, mixed media, and quilting. There are always many, many opportunities to learn from Jane in-person. Below is a short list of classes that may be of interest to you. To view all of Jane’s upcoming classes, see her teaching schedule online.

Also see this interview with Jane and her Ask The Artist Q&A with readers.

    FREE! Artful Card-making Techniques

    Jane will co-teach this online course with artist Joanne Sharpe through Strathmore’s Artist Studio. This class begins on September 3, 2013 and is designated at Workshop 3 in the roster. Act now to join the forum for this class — it already has more than 1,300 members!
    Join the forum for Workshop 3

    Sketching & Watercolor: Journal Style

    Six-week online class.
    Learn how to record your life, your summer vacation and other adventures using a loose and quick style of journaling. Participants in this online class will learn a new technique or subject each week and will receive links to supporting material. Communicate with fellow participants and see each others’ projects progress. Designed for beginners. Cost: $85. Online classroom will open Fall 2013.
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    Sketching and Watercolor in a Mixed Media Journal

    Six-week online class.
    Learn to draw from life using Jane’s quick approach to drawing. Take your art journaling to a whole new level! Cost: $90. Online classroom will open Fall 2013.
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Learn from Jane In-person

  • Walking and Watercolor in Italy – October 7-13, 2013
  • ArtWalk: San Diego – January 13-19, 2014
  • ArtWalk: Italy – May 24-30, 2014
  • ArtWalk: The French Riviera – June 1-7, 2014
  • Nature Journaling in Massachusetts – September 12-14, 2014

This information can also be found at Classes Near You > Southern California.

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poster_SustainabilityFair The Contra Costa Master Gardeners (CCMG) invite you to the Sustainability Fair celebrating their 30th anniversary of promoting healthy gardening. The Sustainability Fair will be held
September 7, 2013 from 10 AM – 3 PM at the CCMG garden in Walnut Creek, CA on the corner of N. Wiget Lane and Shadelands Drive (map).

“Growing your own vegetables can be a first step in a sustainable, healthy lifestyle that connects you in new ways to the food you eat”, according to Jackie Kennedy, CCMG Association President of the all-volunteer organization.

Visit the Sustainability Fair to learn about canning and preserving, growing winter vegetables, raising chickens, beekeeping, and making compost. You can also learn about sustainable strategies such as recycling, sheet mulching, smart-water usage and how to replace a lawn using the drought-tolerant UC Davis Arboretum All-Stars. Attend lectures, buy plants, go on a self-guided tour of the garden, enjoy healthful food and have fun with the kids in the Children’s Activity Center.

Sounds like a grand celebration and the perfect launch to a new school year!

Master Gardeners are educators trained by the University of California in horticulture, pest management and home gardening. Among the program’s goals is to produce an annual crop of educated volunteers to join the ranks of seasoned Master Gardeners. This year, Contra Costa Master Gardeners (CCMG) celebrates 30 years of providing research-based, sustainable gardening advice to home gardeners.

View Fair Schedule, Get Directions

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Today is the first Thursday of the month and this means that this evening the streets of downtown Riverside will be filled with people enjoying a warm summer night at ArtsWalk.

Tonight ArtsWalk will be especially memorable for Habitat for Humanity Riverside which has been celebrating its 25th anniversary and the 15th anniversary of the Riverside ReStore this year. Their celebration takes a very public turn as Habitat’s “Homes” tour kicks off in front of the Main Public Library on Mission Inn Blvd, across the street from the Riverside Metropolitan Museum and the historic Mission Inn.

This tour will showcase the work of 46 local artists and their interpretation of what home means to them. This exhibition will be on view inside the library
August 4-22, 2013. Beginning August 27, the twenty-five dollhouses and fifteen plaques will be auctioned off to raise money for housing projects in Riverside, Jurupa Valley, Moreno Valley, Corona and Norco — areas served by Habitat for Humanity Riverside. This auction will be held at the Riverside ReStore. Bidding will also occur online, allowing individuals in neighboring communities the opportunity to participate. The auction ends on September 27, 2013. Winning bidders will be announced on September 28, 2013.

Participating artists will be in attendance during ArtsWalk tonight to answer questions about their work. I will be there with my educational/interactive piece titled, Garden Journal: Sunflower. It is a “home herbarium” piece designed to ignite a curiosity about plants and offers gardeners a way to begin recording what grows in the home garden.

Showcase artists will serve as docents while the exhibition is on view inside the library from August 4-22, 2013. If you can’t make it out tonight, we hope to see you while the exhibition is at the library or when the exhibition returns to the Riverside ReStore for the auction.

I invite you to attend the ArtsWalk launch of this special “Homes” tour tonight from 6:00 – 8:30 PM to admire the thoughtful creativity of local artists and their presentation of the showcase message, Home is where our story begins…

Vote for Your Favorite

After viewing the 25 amazing dollhouses and 15 creative plaques, go online to vote for your Fan Favorite at the Riverside ReStore. A Fan Favorite Award will be presented at Habitat’s 25th Anniversary Gala in September.

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New at Classes Near You > New York!

Gretchen Kai Halpert

Gretchen Halpert is a scientific illustrator and biologist with many years of experience creating illustrations for the medical field, for scientific research, and for commercial clients. Gretchen also teaches classes in the book arts and leads journaling classes.

    Gardens and Villas of the Italian Lakes
    June 21-30, 2014
    Join Gretchen on an eight-day tour of northern Italy! Enjoy two travel days plus eight days exploring lush gardens and ancient villas in the Italian lakes region of northern Italy (plus a pop over to southern Switzerland). Visit Venice, Murano, Doge’s Palace, Giusti Giardino, Como, Lugano (Switzerland), Bellagio, Stresa, Lake Maggiore, Villa Cicogna, Isola Madre and Isola Bella. This botanical tour is presented by Botanical Travel Tours and operated by the Royal Horticultural Society in conjunction with Collette Vacations.

    Gretchen will offer botanical sketching and travel journaling tips and demos for those interested. Contact Gretchen by email or at 607-767-6936 if you have questions about this tour.

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You have completed many community projects. When I saw the utility box you painted, I immediately thought of the app Foldify. Fortunately the app immediately shows you how your marks will be placed on the finished 3-D object you are creating. If you don’t like it, you simply delete it. Painting scenes on large three-dimensional objects in real life isn’t this easy. How did you think through the placement of elements on your utility box when you created your design? 

What a fun app! I’ve never heard of this before, thanks for sharing. For painting on 3-D objects, I try to make the overall composition interesting and having the viewer want to see more, so for example…

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