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Saturday June 6, 10:00am-2:00pm & Sunday June 7, 1:00pm-3:00pm
This class will be an exploration of time and place on fabric to create a beautiful work of wearable art. Each participant can expect a good introduction to the process of "eco-dyeing," a discussion on natural dyes, and the finished product of a lovely silk scarf to take home and enjoy.
Saturday, June 27th 10am-3pm
Spend a day in the garden sketching and observing insects! The emphasis in this workshop will be creating beautiful documentary drawings of our findings, enjoying a day of in the Garden and advancing technical skills. There will be plenty of time for individual instruction. This workshop is open to all levels.
Saturday July 18, 12:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Don’t miss out on a great opportunity to improve your knowledge of outdoor digital photography at Leach Botanical Garden with Jason Waicunas of Outdoor Viewfinder! This one-day class offers you the chance to photograph a wide-range of subject matter; close-ups of flowers and plants, water features, forest patterns, and wide angle views of the landscape.
Garden After Hours - The Dirt on Soil
Wednesday, July 22nd, 6:30 - 8:30pm
It’s ALL about soil! Most people only have a vague idea of what soil is and how it works. You will learn more than you ever thought possible from this lecture. The reason you are alive, what nutrients are, how soil stores water and nutrients. James Cassidy, instructor of Soil Science at Oregon State University; will explore the soil fundamentals that ALL humans on the planet Earth should know!
Garden After Hours - From Bark to Bottle
Wednesday, August 19th, 6:30 - 8:30pm
The cork forests of the Mediterranean basin cover 7 million acres, provide habitat for over 13,000 endemic species, including some of the most endangered and are a source of income and culture for well over a million people. Yet so little is know about them and the significant role they play in the overall health of our planet. In this presentation we will learn about the forests, the harvesting and manufacturing of cork products as well as the Cork Forest Conservation Alliance's (CFCA) efforts to preserve and protect them. We will also talk about our new cork forest eco-tour of Spain's cork forest regions
Series class: 3 Tuesdays, August 11, 18, 25, 9:30am – noon
Choose a subject and render it as realistically as possible. Class will address how to make shapes, add values and how shadows can be used to define objects. If desired add pen and ink, colored pencil, watercolor, pastel or a medium of your choice to colorize your drawing. This class is suitable for all art skill levels.
Series class: 3 Wednesdays, August 12, 19, 26, 9:30am-noon
Paint the garden in watercolor. Learn to paint what you see and create beautiful watercolors. This class will concentrate on watercolor washes, mixing colors and how to add pen and ink to your watercolors. Suitable for all art skill levels.
Series class: 4 Saturdays, August 1, 8, 15, 22, 9:00am – 11:00am
This class is conducted by Portland Community College. Learn how to develop a botanical illustration from the first phases of a sketch to a fully developed watercolor illustration. You will add techniques that hone your skills at any level. We will also learn plant i.d. techniques and how natives and invasive plants develop their own communities. All levels welcome.