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Art in Nature Summer Day Camp

July 17-21, 9:00am – 3:00pm

In July Leach Botanical Garden will be transformed into a self-contained art studio for summer day campers ages 9-13. While exploring all areas of the Garden, campers will fine-tune their observation and recording skills. Studying nature while exploring the Garden influences art projects such as drawing, sculpture, weaving and more! Of course there will also be plenty of time for games! On the final day of camp, family and friends will be treated to an art show!


Plein Air Class w/Jane Nash

Thursday July 27, 9:00am - 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. 


Plein Air Class w/Melissa Gannon

Wednesday, August 2, 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. 


Botanical Illustration w/Jane Nash

Series class: Three Saturdays; August 5, 12, & 19; 9:00am–12:00pm

Beginning with sketches, participants will learn close observation and how to produce beautiful colored paintings and drawings of plants. The class will also identify and discuss botanical aspects of the plants being drawn and painted.


Drawing Through Nature w/Melissa Gannon

Series class: Three Tuesdays; August 8, 15, & 22; 9:30am–noon

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


Exploring Watercolor w/Melissa Gannon

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

This class will teach participants to paint what they see and create beautiful watercolor paintings, using the Garden as inspiration. It will concentrate on using washes, mixing colors and enhancing one’s work with pen and ink.


The Life and Times of a Modern Plant Explorer: Dan Hinkley

Wednesday August 23, 7:00-8:30pm

Author, plant collector, lecturer, teacher, consultant, nurseryman, naturalist, and gardener, our speaker Dan Hinkley has traveled the world in his quest for distinctive plants. Learn the stories behind some of the plants that Dan is particularly proud of having introduced into cultivation. Dan established Heronswood Garden in Kingston, WA with his partner, Robert Jones. He has written several books about plants from his travels, including "The Explorer's Garden."