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Botanicals & Birds
A Botanical Art Workshop Kelly Radding
Monday, October 6, 2014

Birds depicted with botanical subjects enjoy a long historical tradition, from the works of Mark Catesby in the mid-1700's, through John James Audubon in the 1800’s right on up to contemporary works of art. Compositions that include birds tell a broader story of the life of a plant and add a lively element to energize a painting.

In this class, we will explore the relationship between birds, plants and habitats. We will learn techniques for including them in a botanical painting or drawing including determining the correct proportions, how to find and draw the 'perfect' gesture and how to create a dynamic composition.

Kelly Leahy Radding is a wildlife and botanical artist who lives on a farm in the woods. Kelly received a Certificate of Botanical Art and Illustration from The New York Botanical Garden in June of 2002. She has been a graphic designer/illustrator since 1982. Kelly specializes in painting wildlife, botanicals and natural history, developing her style with field observation on location, then translating her natural experiences to paintings in the studio. She paints with watercolors on calfskin vellum, egg tempera & oil on panel, and gouache. Kelly is a member of the Society of Animal Artists, American Society of Botanical Artists (ASBA), the New England Society of Botanical Artists, and the Brooklyn Botanical Garden Florilegium. Kelly is an award winning artist who has exhibited her work in solo, regional group, national and international juried shows including Birds in Art, Society of Animal Artists Annual Exhibitions, the Hunt Institute for Botanical Documentation, the Horticultural Society of New York, BISCOT Scotland, and numerous juried ASBA exhibits.

10am to 5pm (with 1-hour lunch break)
Course fee: Hort members $150; Non-members $190
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Pretty Poppy Pots
A Book Talk and Demo with Susan Guagliumi
Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Author Susan Guagliumi will delight you with an assortment of projects from her recent book, Handmade for the Garden, and give you some ideas you can work on throughout the long, cold winter ahead. We will provide all of the materials you need to try some stamped and stenciled effects on a terracotta pot to take home - including printing with poppies!

Susan Guagliumi lives in Connecticut where she tends over an acre of gardens. Her first love is craft, and she has developed ingenious ways to incorporate craft into her gardens. Handmade for the Garden is Guagliumi's first gardening book, but she has four hand and machine knitting books to her credit as well. You can follow Susan's gardening adventures at www.guagliumi.com/blog. Make sure you subscribe to the blog to receive a free Artful Gardener's Book of Days!

Doors open at 6pm; workshop starts at 6:30pm Members: $10; Non-members: $15
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Locavore Urban Harvest Festival
Urban Garden Connections, Bronx & Manhattan Land Trusts
Thursday, October 16, 2014

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An Introduction to Natural Dyes
A Workshop with Blue Red Yellow
Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Natural dyes have been used since 2600 BC and on all over the world. It is the original form of color on fiber and has represented many cultures throughout history. Indigo and Madder root have been major crops for the colors blue and red on several continents, and continue to be incredibly strong dye materials. Other natural dye colors can be pulled out of a long list of plants and minerals, many of which may be in our own backyards. It hadn't been until the industrial revolution that the use of natural dyes became dominated by synthetic dyes.

This workshop will go over a holistic way to utilize natural dyes on fiber. It will cover basic washing, mordanting and dyeing techniques demonstrated with several different types of plant materials. The primary focus will be on shibori dyeing techniques using a naturally fermenting indigo vat and how to begin and maintain the vat. Leave the workshop with a canvas tote bag, worksheets and samples.

BLUEREDYELLOW is a natural dye house started in Philadelphia and run by Elissa Meyers and Mira Adornetto. The business sprouted after receiving a Corzo Center for the Creative Economy grant from The University Arts in which the two are alumni. Aside from teaching workshops, Elissa and Mira currently work on custom dye orders, working with businesses as an alternative dye service to synthetic dyes. They utilize direct sources for plant material and often grow and forage for color. They have been mentioned in several publications including The New York Times, FastCompany, Flying Kite Magazine and Philadelphia's Grid Magazine.

Doors open at 6pm; workshop starts at 6:30pm Members: $15; Non-members: $25
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Fungi, Mushrooms, and Woodland Jewels of the Forest
A Botanical Art Workshop with Margaret Saylor
Monday, November 17, 2014

So much of the mystery and intrigue surrounding fungi stems from the tiny kingdom on the forest floor that they inhabit. Not only does the inclusion of secondary elements such as spiky grasses, brittle leaves, satiny acorns, or even visiting critters interest add to the composition, it also teaches the viewer more about the habitat and world of this particular mushroom the artist has chosen to depict.

Join us for a day of painting at The Hort. Members from the New York Mycological Society will give a brief overview of local mushrooms and fungi. They will supply identified specimens to paint, along with some additional natural items for you to work into your composition. We will take a look at the fungi, and learn more about where it is commonly found. Students will then sketch, compose, and build a unique and accurate painting. Concepts will be taught through demonstrations and lots of individual instruction. All levels of ability are welcome!

Margaret Saylor finds a ton of fungi in her native Berks County, Pennsylvania. Always drawing, she studied painting first with artists from within her own family, and then earned her BFA from Kutztown University in Communications Design. She has been a graphic designer since 1988. Margaret was awarded a certificate, with distinction, in Botanical Art & Illustration from The New York Botanical Garden in June, 2013. She has developed and taught a series of outdoor drawing workshops in conjunction with a local conservancy (made possible by an Artist & Education Grant from ASBA); experimented with watercolor and graphite techniques on vellum, and is currently the Editor/Designer of The Botanical Artist, quarterly journal of the American Society of Botanical Artists. Margaret is a member of ASBA, PSBI, (Philadelphia Society of Botanical Illustrators) and the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society. Exhibiting her work in solo and juried shows, Margaret paints in her home studio in Mt. Penn, PA, where she lives with her husband, two teenage boys, a dog, a cat, and many plants. Her painting on vellum, Dryad's Saddle, was accepted into the 17th Annual International at The Horticultural Society of New York.

10am to 5pm (with 1-hour lunch break)
Course fee: Hort members $150; Non-members $190
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Handcrafted Soaps
A Workshop with George Pisegna
Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Join us for a botanical DIY soap workshop with The Hort’s George Pisegna. Handcrafted soap is perfect for a unique gift or to enjoy in your own home. Learn how to use natural dyes, essential oils, and dried herbs to make soap that looks, smells, and feels wonderful.

Most handmade soap is made from glycerin which is a humectant, meaning it attracts moisture to your skin. When you purchase store-bought soap, the majority of the glycerin has been processed out; however, when you make your own soap, you have the opportunity to create something that is glycerin rich and soft. Join us as we demonstrate the easy to learn melt-and-pour process and create an assortment of beautiful, handcrafted glycerin soaps. We will use a variety of botanicals and organic essential oils; such as tea tree, lavender, rosemary, fir needle, clove, mint, olive oil, and goat's milk.

This workshop covers the basics of glycerin soap making that will allow you to craft your own soaps easily at home. All materials are included, and you will leave with several bars of soaps perfect for holiday gifting!

Doors open at 6pm; workshop starts at 6:30pm
Members: $15; Non-members: $25
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