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To learn more about an upcoming class - click on the class name. To view all of our classes and events, select the Calendar link on the right. 


Rattan Reed Basketry — continuing classes

Tuesdays 10:00am-2:00pm, July 12 & July 26

New basket makers will start with a twined table or desk basket to be completed in one session. Returning and more experienced students will continue building their weaving foundation by exploring other traditions such as Japanese and Native American styles. 


Leach Garden Arts – Plein Air Class w/Jane Nash

Saturday July 23, 9:30am-noon

We will use the Garden as an inspiration for landscape watercolor painting. Plein Air means “out of doors”. We will paint as the impressionists did, using natural settings and the changing light as our subjects. 


Leach Garden Arts – Plein Air Class w/Melissa Gannon

Tuesday, August 9, 9:30am-noon

Celebrate the summer with wonderful paintings! The class will focus on how to choose a subject, address perspective, and use shapes, colors and values to create wonderful compositions. Individual attention will be given to each participant during the painting process. At the end of class, we will share our work and if possible, have a group critique. 


Leach Garden Arts – Drawing Through Nature w/Melissa Gannon

Series class: Three Tuesdays, August 16, 23, & 30, 9:30am – noon

Participants will choose a subject and render it as realistically as possible. The class will address how to make shapes, add values and define objects using shadows. If desired, pen and ink, colored pencil, watercolor, pastel or another chosen medium  may be added to colorize drawings.


Leach Garden Arts – Exploring Watercolor w/Melissa Gannon

Series class: Three Wednesdays, August 17, 24, & 31, 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 enhance your work with pen and ink.


Leach Garden Arts – Botanical Illustration w/Jane Nash

Series class: Three Saturdays, August 6, 13, & 20, 9:30am-12:30pm

Learn new techniques to add to your own personal style! We will identify and learn about the plants being drawn and painted. Beginning with sketches, participants will learn close observation and how to produce beautiful colored paintings and drawings.


Gardens on Glass: The History of 20th Century Gardens

Wednesday August 17, 7:00pm - 8:30pm

The Oregon Historical Society presents an original glass-lantern slide show on the history of 20th century gardens told through the lens of the Portland Garden Club. These slides were created locally by George C. Stephenson (1866-1940) on behalf of the Club from approximately 1910-1935. The slide show was produced by Suzanne Bishop, chair of the Garden History Committee at the Portland Garden Club and Matthew Cowan, Archivist for the Moving Images and Photography Collection at the Oregon Historical Society.