Fine Art and Crafts

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Call: 614.715.8022

Fax: 614.715.8195

Mon-Fri, 9am-5pm

Personal Glassblowing Sessions

By appointment, through December 31
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 614.715.8015.
$225 members; $250 non-members

Hot Glass Studio Nights: Sizzling Saturdays

Saturday, March 25–December 17, 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. 
$80, $72 for members

Hot Glass Studio Nights

Wednesdays & Thursdays, 6–9pm
Create your own colorful, hand-blown glass artwork 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.
Hummingbird Feeder May 3, 11, 17, 25, 31
June 14, 28
July 6, 19
August 2
$80, $72 for members
Glass Flower May 4, 10, 18, 24
June 8, 22
July 5, 13, 26
August 9, 17, 30
$60, $54 for members
Suncatcher Orb June 1, 7, 15, 21, 29
July 12, 20, 27
August 3, 16, 24
$60, $54 for members
Pumpkins August 10, 23, 31
September 6, 7, 13, 14, 20, 21, 27, 28
October 4, 5, 11, 12, 18, 19, 25, 26
$60, $54 for members

Watercolor: Summer Critters (All Levels)

Saturdays, August 5–26, 1–3pm
Learn a new technique each week, starting with monochromatic painting and dry brush. Work birds, turtles, rabbits and all pets into a nature scene. Bring your own prints. Prints also provided by instructor.

For watercolor beginners, we will start with a simple step-by-step paint along of a bunny in the garden. 
$60, $50 for members (four-week series)
$20, $18 for members (per class)

Paint and Sip: Sunflowers

Friday, September 8, 5–7pm
Get your creative juices flowing during this fun evening of wine and paint! Inspired by the late summer blooms of sunflowers, your canvas will come alive. Step by step instructions, wine and all supplies included.
Led by Conservatory Program Specialist Sarah Robison
Location: American Electric Power Foundation Education Pavilion
$45, $40 for members

Watercolor: Wildflowers (All Levels)

Saturdays, September 9–30, 1–3pm
Learn basic techniques of watercolor as you discover your style. A variety of wildflowers in bloom at the Conservatory, including dandelions, Queen Anne’s lace, clover and milkweed, will inspire painters each week. Take photographs on your walks for later watercolors during this series. Prints also provided by instructor.

Echinacea will be the beginner’s step-by-step model to start their first watercolor painting.
$60, $50 for members (four-week series)
$20, $18 for members (per class)

Building with Strawbales and Clay

September 22, 23 & 24, 8:30am–5pm
Learn how to install super-insulating strawbale walls, seal them with clay plaster and install a durable adobe floor! (Yes, strawbales can be built in our wet climate and clay soil can be used to make luscious walls & floors!) Come to the three-day workshop to find out how. Learn the physics behind why natural building works and gain hands-on experience with ample one-on-one guidance throughout the weekend.

Be a part of Conservatory history! You will learn natural building techniques while helping to build a unique, beautiful, whimsical playhouse for the Scotts Miracle-Gro Foundation Children’s Garden.

Friday: Begin with an overview of strawbale construction, followed by learning the skills used to shape, resize and install strawbales into a durable wall system.
Saturday: Learn how to assess soil for clay content, mix clay plaster and apply the plaster to the strawbale walls.
Sunday: Learn how to prepare and install the adobe floor.
Workshop Covers: Overview of strawbale construction | Permitting issues and tips for building in a wet climate | Overview of natural clay plasters, including benefits and challenges | Description of clay plaster ingredients and the function that each one serves | How to test site soil for clay content | Establishing basic recipes for clay materials | Low-tech mixing techniques for clay materials | Benefits and challenges of adobe floors | Proper ground preparation for adobe floors | Hands-on experience of all installation techniques
$170 for earlybird registration; $190 beginning September 9

Paper Potted Garden

Sunday, October 22, 1–4pm
Learn how to create a paper garden, with paper herbs, succulents, vines, aloe and leaves. Choose your own variety of colors, shapes and sizes. The garden will be packed with fake soil to emulate a more realistic look.
Led by Lea Gray, PaperBlooms LGD
Location: Conservatory Meeting Room A
$65, $60 for members

Photographing Fall Color

Sunday, October 29, 1–3pm
Following a classroom discussion of techniques to create better digital images, venture onto the Conservatory grounds to take photographs of the wonderful and colorful fall foliage. Bring your camera or smart phone and manual. A tripod is helpful but not mandatory.
Led by photographer, Gary Walker, Walker Photography School
Location: Conservatory Meeting Room A
$55, $50 for members

Paper Poinsettia Ornament

Saturday, December 2, 1–4pm
Create a paper poinsettia inside a hanging glass ornament using origami and other paper techniques. All materials provided and you take what you make, just in time for the gift giving season!
Led by Lea Gray, PaperBlooms LGD
Location: The Veridian
$45, $40 for members