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Upcoming Event
1:30 PM - 4:30 PM
Crafting Botanicals with Paper: Carolina Lily
Event is Full: Accepting Wait List Registrations
This workshop will feature North Carolina’s state wildflower, Lilium michauxii Carolina Lily, as a hands-on introduction to making paper botanicals. In the process of making several Carolina Lily blooms, participants will learn how specific components (e.g., the reproductive system, the leaves, etc.) can be rendered in paper to make a realistic replica of this beloved flower. Materials and tools will be provided.
2:00 PM - 2/15/2023 4:00 PM
Colored Pencil Fundamentals - Virtual
Spaces Remaining: 1
This course will focus on colored pencil fundamentals and is designed for artists new to colored pencil and those wishing to refresh their skills. It will cover the basic principles and techniques that form the foundation of colored pencil art including pencil strokes, pencil pressure, layering, blending and burnishing. During the two-day program, students will complete a project featuring a plant native to the Southeast. Instructor will provide group instruction and individual feedback of student progress.
8:30 AM - 3:00 PM
Art and Yoga Retreat - The Heart of Hope: Wisdom from the Garden
Spaces Remaining: 44
Participants will explore how we can embody the meaning of HOPE in our mind, body, and heart with the beautiful backdrop of the North Carolina Botanical Garden. Through the integration of mindfulness practices of gentle yoga, meditation and creative journaling practices, participants will have the opportunity to express themselves to foster community, resilience, and hopeful intention.
10:00 AM - 4/27/2023 12:30 PM
Sketching Landscapes in the Garden
Spaces Remaining: 10
Have you ever wanted to loosely capture what you see in a sketch while out on a hike or sitting in your own backyard? In this class, the North Carolina Botanical Garden will become our classroom as we experience the healing benefits of sketching while out in nature. You can lower your stress levels and promote mental calmness as we sketch the landscape before us. This class is about loosely capturing the essence of the natural world, so don’t worry if you don’t have a lot of drawing experience as we won’t be focusing on all the little details. This class is for all skill levels.