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Hot Glass Studio Nights: Sizzling Saturdays

Saturdays, through December 26, 6–9pm
Create a colorful hand-blown glass vessel of your choice—candy bowl, bud vase or tumbler—with help from a professional gaffer. No experience necessary. Participants must be at least 16 years old. Advance registration is required two days prior to each class. 
$72 members; $80 non-members

Hot Glass Studio Nights: Pumpkin

August 27; Wednesdays & Thursdays in September & October; November 4 & 12
6–9pm
Create your own colorful hand-blown glass pumpkin with help from a professional gaffer. No experience necessary. Participants must be at least 16 years old. Advance registration is required two days prior to each class.
$54 member; $60 non-member

Watercolor Studies: Insects

Saturdays, September 12–26, 1–3:30pm
The sculptures of David Rogers’ Big Bugs and our own butterflies provide terrific inspiration. Demonstrations for beginners on setting up and basic watercolor technique. Advanced students are encourage to use their own photos and prints. Led by Mindy Newman.
           
Sept. 12: Butterflies in their lifecylces are explored in a three-panel horizontal drawing and watercolor study. Prints will be provided to aid in the composition, drawing and painting process.
 
Sept. 19: Dragonflies are explored in the drawing and painting process through provided prints of natural environments, such as plants and watercolor sources.
 
Sept. 26: Spiderswill be drawn and painted as they maneuver themselves along petals of flowers and webs. Prints are provided.  

Art supply lists are available at www.MindyNewman.org or at sign up upon request.
$45 members; $50 non-members (three-week series) $18/$20 per class



Photography 101

Sundays, September 13, 20, 27, 1–3pm
This three-part series of photography classes is designed to help you create amazing digital photographs while using Franklin Park Conservatory as your muse. Learn to use and understand your camera's menus, buttons and dials, aperture and shutter speed to control exposure, as well as depth of focus and motion. Choose the correct lens for portraits, sports, landscape and close-up photography, and improve the impact and esthetics of your images. Bring your own digital camera and manual. Led by photographer, Gary Walker, Walker Photography School
$120 members; $125 non-members (Three-week series)

Gourds 101

Saturday, September 19, 2–3pm
Learn everything you’ve always wanted to know about gourds. Explore the three main types of gourds and the basics of growing, cleaning, drying and crafting them. View examples of crafted gourds and discuss venues where you might compete with your own creations. Taught by Christina Voise, Publicity Director for the Ohio Gourd Society.
$10 members; $15 non-members

How to Make a Gourd Birdhouse

Saturday, September 19, 3:30–5pm
Discover the art and science of creating gourd birdhouses. Learn the specifications and siting for different bird species and make take-home (unpainted) gourd birdhouses sized for wrens and chickadees. Materials provided; bring a pair of needle nose pliers if possible. Taught by Christina Voise, Publicity Director for the Ohio Gourd Society.
$25 members; $30 non-members

Personal Glassblowing Sessions

By appointment, April through December
Work alongside a professional gaffer and create colorful pieces of glass artwork during this three-hour class. No previous glassblowing experience is necessary. Session is limited to two participants. For more information or to register, call Mark Miller at  614.715.8030.
$225 members; $250 non-members

Scary Terrarium

Saturday, October 10, 11am–12:30pm
Inspired by the Scary Plants exhibition, learn how to create a beautiful and low-maintenance terrarium using carnivorous plants for yourself or as a gift.  A variety of plants are available for your selection and soil, pebbles, charcoal and moss are included. Bring a clear glass container, at least 8-inches in diameter with loose-fitting lid, or purchase one from the Botanica Gift Shop.
$35 members; $40 non-members

Japanese Flower Arranging

Monday, October 12, 1:30–3:30pm
Create an arrangement using Ikenobo-Ikebana design techniques with hands-on guidance. Demonstrations focusing on the mechanics used in Japanese floral arrangements are provided. Floral materials included, bring scissors and a container to hold fresh flowers. No previous experience is necessary. Led by Gary Barlow and Lew Shupe, Professors of Ikenobo-Ikebana (Sokako), with assistance from Terri Lady (Shoden).
$20 members; $25 non-members

Watercolor Studies: Scary Plants & Pumpkins

Saturdays, October 17–November 14, 1–3:30pm
The pumpkin sculptures of Villafane Studios and the Scary Plants exhibition provide creepy and fun inspiration. Demonstrations provided for beginners on basic watercolor technique. Advanced students are encourage to use their own photos and prints.
 
Oct. 17: Sundew, Venus flytraps and pitcher plants are explored in a series of drawing and watercolors using prints as guides.
 
Oct. 24: Sundew plants are explored in the drawing and painting process through provided prints of natural environments, such as plants and watercolor sources.
 
Oct. 31: Watercolor pumpkin heads appear at the tip of your brush! Mixing the orange with blue shadows, you will learn basic watercolor in an afternoon of fun.
 
Nov. 7: Venus flytraps are explored in the drawing and painting process through provided prints of natural environments, such as plants and watercolor sources.
 
Nov. 14: Pitcher plants are explored in the drawing and painting process through provided prints of environments, such as plants and watercolor sources. 

Art supply lists are available at www.MindyNewman.org or at sign up upon request.
$65 members; $75 non-members (five-week series) $18/$20 per class



Kokedama

Saturday, November 7, 12–2pm
Kokedama, a form of a centuries-old Japanese garden art, is a living planter as well as a distinctive display piece. A plant’s root ball is suspended in mud, which is then coated with soft green moss that may be affixed to a piece of wood, suspended from a string or nestled in a clear container. Create your own Kokedama to take home or give as a gift.  Led by Karen Anderson of Fishers Gardens.
$40 members; $45 non-members

Paper Craft Flower Ornament

Saturday, November 21, 3–5pm
Discover the art of making beautiful, unique paper flower ornaments that last! By combining the techniques of Kirigami and Origami, learn with the expert instructor in this hands-on class to create your own flower ornament. All supplies will be provided to make one take-home ornament.  Led by Lea Gray, PaperBlooms LGD
$40 members; $45 non-members

Create a Thankful Arrangement

Monday, November 23, 6–8pm
Learn basic floral design principles to create a harvest arrangement to adorn your Thanksgiving table or to take as a wonderful hostess gift. All floral materials are included in the class cost. Bring your own vase/container; a variety of containers will be available for purchase from Botanica Gift Shop.
$45 members; $50 non-members