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July 23, 2018 | , , , , , ,

Mycomedicines: Mushrooms for Human and Ecosystem Health (2018)

A Four Part Course Dates: Mondays – 7/2, 7/9, 7/16, 7/23 Time: 6-8pm Americans have long been averse to mushrooms, arguably due to British colonial influence on our attitudes regarding the kingdom Fungi. Many of us learn to fear wild mushrooms as kids, but very few move beyond that fear and into a more complex understanding of the numerous mushroom species native to Philadelphia, many of which have been used as medicine since ancient times. In recent years, we have…

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July 26, 2018 | , , , ,

Paint and Sip: The Sankofa Community Farm

Growing steadily and successfully over the past six years, the Sankofa Community Farm is an embodiment of Bartram’s Garden’s expanding connections throughout Southwest Philadelphia. Focusing on African methods, local high school leaders grow and distribute over 15,000 lbs. of food each year, fostering a deeper relationship with the land and increased access to fresh fruits and vegetables within our community. For the first time, enjoy an evening of painting the vibrant landscape of the Sankofa Farm, and celebrate new beginnings…

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August 2, 2018 | , , , ,

Paint and Sip: Franklinia in Bloom

Capture the Bartrams’ most famous discovery, the lovely and fragrant Franklinia tree in bloom as you sip a beverage and paint in acrylic. Step by step instruction, materials, and beverages provided. Workshop Fees: $18 Non-Members $5 Members

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August 9, 2018 | , ,

Hand-Coloring Workshop: Bartram Prints

Ann Bartram Carr and William Bartram both played important roles in the production of important early American scientific books. Learn about their legacy and explore the lost art of hand-coloring as you create your own beautiful facsimiles of Bartram prints in watercolor. Appealing to beginners and advanced artists alike! Workshop Fees: $18 Non-Members $5 Members

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September 16, 2018 | , , ,

Marbling & Nature Printing

Nature printing was practiced by naturalists of the 18th and 19th centuries as an efficient method of recording plant specimens. Marbling is a centuries-old process of decorating paper. Benjamin Franklin made use of both techniques as an anti-counterfeiting device for paper currency. Inspired by Joseph Breintnall’s nature prints, he incorporated them into the design of some of America’s earliest paper money and used marbled paper to print financial documents. Decorate your own paper through the Suminagashi marbling technique and make…

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September 30, 2018 | , , , , ,

Paint and Sip: Submerged Landscapes with Rob Boss

We’ll learn wet-on-wet oil speed-painting techniques during an intimate, experimental art workshop outside at the Community Boathouse. Employing equal measures of performance art and actual painting instruction, our teaching artists will ask you to dip your paintbrushes into the future. We’ll explore the warmer, wetter landscape of the tidal Schuylkill in a post-polar ice cap world along with Rob Boss, our ever-positive instructor. Remember — it’s okay if you make a mistake! You can always just cover it up with…

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November 4, 2018 | , , ,

Autumn Leaf Mosaics

Endlessly varied in shape, color, and texture, the leaves of Bartram’s are brimming with opportunity to advance your artistic technique. Take in the garden in autumn, and learn methods for creating compelling leafcut-on-paper mosaics using a palette of leaves that you’ll pick out yourself. Workshop Fees: $18 Non-Members $5 Members

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December 2, 2018 | , , ,

Holiday Cardmaking in the Bartram House

A designated National Historic Landmark, the Bartram house sits watch over the historic core of Bartram’s Garden. Enjoy the holiday season with a tour of this unique and artful work of architecture, and be inspired to create handcrafted stationery within the respite of John Bartram’s cozy farmhouse. Workshop Fees: $18 Non-Members $5 Members

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