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  • Master Gardeners offer Training Programs in Sustainable Landscaping

    Location: 
    classrooma

    ** NEW

    $5 donation to Foundation

    Instructor:  Elizabeth Sala – Master Gardener

    Have you wondered what to do in your backyard and garden to maintain/improve the quality of our water, to lower the carbon-footprint of your household and to improve the health of planet Earth? You can learn some easy and practical ways to make your landscape sustainable from Master Gardener Experts who are trained to help you create a healthier garden and yard.

    The University of California’s goal, through the Master Gardener Volunteers, is to encourage backyard gardeners to move toward improving urban water quality and conservation, using safe pest management practices, improving fertilizer efficiency, increasing recycling and composting, reducing energy and encouraging wildlife in urban areas.

    Minimum of 5 registrants one week prior to class needed to start class.  Pre-registration recommended. 

     

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  • Square Foot Gardening

    Location: 
    classroomb

    Square Foot Gardening

    $35 members/$40 non-members
    Instructor:  Jennifer Van der Fluit, Certified Square Foot Gardening Instructor

     Learn to maximize your gardening space by planting in above-ground grids.  This condensed, natural, organic method of gardening will have you reaping the bounty of your garden.  Perfect for raised-bed gardening.  Method can be applied to veggie gardening as well as annuals and perennials

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  • Successful Gardens

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    classroomb

    July 12, 19, 26, August 2 (4 classes)  
    $30 members/$35 non-members

    Instructor: Sharon Ratterree

     

    Create your own successful garden as you learn about soil, climate, plant selection and basic elements of design.  Sustain your yard as a natural habitat.  Study moon gardens, butterfly gardens, and more. $5 material fee payable to instructor for handouts.   

     

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  • Basic Drawing

    Location: 
    classrooma

    June 15, 22, 29, July 6, 13, 20, 27, August 3 (8 classes)
    $40 members/$45 non-members

    Instructor:  Nida Amin

    Learn to draw with basic techniques using several mediums including pencil, colored pencil, ink, charcoal, and pastel.  You will learn extensive lessons in art theory and practice.  Please bring a No. 2 pencil to the first class.  A materials list will also be provided. 

     

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  • One-Stroke Painting - Free Demo!

    Location: 
    classrooma

    One-Stroke Painting – FREE DEMO! 

    Instructor:  Theresa Blanchard, Donna Dewberry One Stroke Certified Instructor

     Learn the technique of One-Stroke Painting by Donna Dewberry.  Are you not sure if you have that ‘artistic touch’?  Come to this FREE DEMO to learn about the One-Stroke Painting technique. 

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  • Oriental Impressionistic Watercolor

    Location: 
    classrooma

    June 17, 24, July 1, 8, 15, 22, 29, August 5 (8 classes)
    $50 members/$55 non-members

    Instructor:  Hisako Asano, MFA

    Learn to create paintings of nature that capture the softly colored art form that is expressed in the teachings and techniques of instructor Hisako Asano.  You will learn to mix and blend colors and manipulate 3-D values with a single stroke. 

    Material list:  

    One 1.5" Hake brush (made in Japan)
    Strathmore 300 series watercolor paper
    Water container
    Paper towels
    Watercolor palette
    Tube of transparent watercolors in the following colors:

    • Alizarin Crimson (red)
    • Burnt Sienna
    • Lemon Yellow
    • Indigo (dark Blue)
    • Prussian Blue
    • Sap Green or Olive Green 
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  • Tending Words - Summer: The Season of Abundance

    Location: 
    classroomb

    $30 members/$35 non-members 

    Instructor:  Regina O’Melveny

    In this workshop we’ll explore the paths of the Garden, immersing ourselves in the spirit of the place and the season.  Then we will cultivate the words that grow from our encounters.  Please wear comfortable shoes for walking in the garden.  Bring water and journal.  Very focused three hour workshop. 

     

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  • One Stroke Painting

    Location: 
    classrooma

    June 23, 30, July 7, 14 (4 classes)
    $30* members/$35* non-members for each 4-week session

    Instructor:  Theresa Blanchard, Donna Dewberry One Stroke Certified Instructor

    Learn the technique of One-Stroke Painting by Donna Dewberry.  Learn shading, highlighting, blending with one stroke of the brush.  Bring Plaid Value Pack brushes for One Stroke Painting.  * $8 material fee payable to instructor.  

     

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  • Hypertufa Container Workshop - Create a Rustic Planter!

    Location: 
    classrooma

    **NEW  Create a Rustic Planter!

    $30 members/$40 non-members

    Instructor:  Peggie Wormington,   

    Learn to make a hupertufa planter.  Hypertufa pots and planters are an easy-to-make alternative to heavy concrete or stone planters, and they have the appearance of rough concrete.  Each student till take home a planter.

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    • One 5-gallon container - (you can share with a friend)
    • Trowel or scoop
    • Plastic drop cloth - painters drop cloth for working and wrapping your project
    • Small plastic container (2 - 4 qt) for form.  A shallow bowl will work well.  The container should not have a lip or ridge on the edge
    • Container for measuring - any size bigger than one cup
    • Kitchen/Household gloves - sturdy ones, such as Playtex.  No vinyl or surgical gloves

    One kit (hypertufa material) will be provided to each student.  Additional kits will be available for $4 each

     

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  • One Stroke Painting Workshop

    Location: 
    classrooma

    **NEW Create a Beautiful Accent Piece for Your Home!

    $50 members/$60 non-members

    Instructor:  Theresa Blanchard, Certified One-Stroke Painting teacher

    One-Stroke Painting is a technique created by Donna Dewberry.  This decorative painting technique concentrates on loading the brush instead of traditional theories of light and dark.  In this workshop your project will be painting a decorative design on a wood frame double glass-pane window.  Window frames measure 28” x 36”.   Please bring paper plate, water basin, paper towels, and brushes (Plaid Enamel value pack).  Materials provided include window and paints chain and hooks for hanging window.  Limited to 20 students/windows.  Pre-registration required.  ** Instructor will have some brushes sets available to purchase.  $21 for pack of brushes payable to instructor.        

     

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