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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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October 7, 2018 | , , , , , ,

Ephemeral Sculptures with Invasive Species

Phragmites australis is a fast-growing perennial grass with hollow woody stems. Like many cosmopolitan plants, it has a reputation for choking out native species and thus providing inferior habitat for native fauna. Still, labeling any living organism—plant or animal—as “invasive” is not entirely uncontroversial. After all, every invasive plant is also an uprooted native plant, making its best effort to survive after having been carried far away from its home. Phragmites grows in in dense stands in our meadow in…

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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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November 18, 2018 | , , , , ,

Make + Take: Herbal Salves (2018)

Learn to make infused oils and salves for everything from bruises, scrapes and bug bites to arthritis, stiffness and inflammation. We’ll talk about which local plants work well in oils and salves, and troubleshoot some common salve-making mistakes. You will go home with a 2 oz. jar of all-purpose healing salve that we’ll have made together during class. General Pricing: $20 Member Pricing: $15

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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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January 13, 2019 | , , , , ,

Make + Take: Herbal Toolkit for Seasonal Depression & Anxiety (2019)

We’ll take a look at plants that can alleviate acute and chronic anxiety and depression and discuss the most effective method of using them. Herbs that address underlying imbalances that lead to mental health challenges will also be covered. No prior knowledge of plants or herbal medicine required! YOU WILL GO HOME WITH: an on-the-go sampler kit that will help you to figure out what plants are most effective for you when stressful situations come up. $15 members; $20 non-members.

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