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Creative and Wellbeing 2022

Creative and Wellbeing 2022

Drawing botanicals: from observation to imagination

Drawing botanicals: from observation to imagination: Thursday 15,22,29 Sept, 6,13 Oct 2022

£125.00

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Tutor: Karin Eklund
Date: Thursday evenings 15, 22, 29 September, 6, 13 October 2022
Time: 6:30pm-8:30pm
Cost: £125
Location: Online

Join artist and illustrator Karin Eklund to explore fun and joyful ways of drawing plants and nature.

Each week we will explore different ways of drawing using a variety of techniques and prompts. Karin will introduce the class to a wide range of artistic approaches and examples to guide us in developing our own unique visual language. The structured course will lead us from observational drawings of botanical specimens to more imaginative ways of representing plants and nature. Drawing through observation is a great way to develop your creativity and mindfulness.

Through drawing we will learn more about the plants and notice textures, organic shapes, colours and patterns that can be used in our own compositions. As an art historian Karin will also give you short introductions to early botanical illustration, the tradition of floral patterns and how contemporary artists use plants as an infinite source of inspiration. In the last session we will make our own concertina book on the theme of metamorphosis or collecting.

This is a 5 week course, for both beginners and more advanced students, set in a friendly and supportive atmosphere. To take this course you will need some flowers or plants, 2B and 3B pencils, colour pencils, coloured paper, A3 white papers and a sketchbook (or you can use what you have at home). A list of suggested materials will be sent to you upon booking.
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Hand sewing techniques: Dresden plate chrysanthemum

Hand sewing techniques: Dresden plate chrysanthemum: Saturday 17 September & Saturday 1 October 2022

£95.00

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Tutor: Jemma Dell
Date: Saturday 17 September and Saturday 1 October 2022
Time: 10am-1pm
Cost: £95
Location: Online

Take your hand sewing skills further with this traditional Dresden plate ‘chrysanthemum’ block. In the first of two classes you will learn to use English paper piecing and applique to create the flower shape of the block. You will also be taught how to use a hand applique technique to apply the plate to the top of the placemat. You will be asked to complete this as ‘homework’ before the next session. The tutor will be available by email during the week to provide support if needed.

In the second session, you will take the Dresden plate block and turn it into an 11x11 inch placemat. You will be shown how to put the layers together to create a ‘quilt sandwich’, to baste and then hand quilt through the layers. Adding pre-prepared binding by hand will frame and finish the placemat to perfection. The skills learned in this second part can be scaled up to enable you to finish a larger ‘quilt’.

The price includes a kit of co-ordinating fabrics, wadding, binding, paper templates and thread which will be posted to you in advance of the course.
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Mindfulness in the Garden in 3 sessions

Mindfulness in the Garden in 3 sessions: Monday 19 and 26 September, 3 October 2022

£90.00

Description

Tutor: Chantek McNeilage
Date: Monday 19, 26 September, 3 October 2022
Time: 10am-12:30pm
Cost: £90
Location: Classroom

Welcome to exploring the relationship between yourself, mindfulness and all that is offered in the Botanic Garden. We are all by nature mindful and yet we can be distracted from our natural mindfulness by our concerns, particularly when we are overwhelmed by anxiety, fears, inner judging and the frantic demands of busy lives. Using the Botanic Garden as your classroom, you will discover the joy, the wonder and the powerful impact of becoming and being more mindful in nature and deepening your understanding of nature’s role in promoting deep care, compassion, healing and well-being. This course will lay the foundations of mindfulness, offer simple practices in the gardens, time for quiet and silence and also time to reflect, thus developing an invaluable resource for your day to day life. This course is open to all; no prior experience of mindfulness is necessary. The only requirement to attend the course is to ‘come just as you are.’
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Creative garden writing

Creative garden writing: Tuesday 18 October 2022

£35.00

Description

Tutor: Jackie Bennett
Date: Tuesday 18 October 2022
Time: 10am-1pm
Cost: £35
Location: Classroom

Has the Botanic Garden or your own garden inspired you to want to write? The natural world is a great spur to creativity and whether or not you have ever tried writing before, this half day workshop could be the key to getting you started. Whether it’s a memory of a childhood garden, or a piece about a landscape you have visited, writing about gardens could be the key to unlocking your writing ‘voice’. During the session participants will have a chance to craft and read their own work, and the tutor will engage in guided exercises and offer advice. By the end of the morning, the participant will have produced one or more pieces of prose or poetry – and discovered options for continuing their writing.
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Christmas tree embroidered sampler card

Christmas tree embroidered sampler card: Saturday 26 November 2022

£45.00

Description

Tutor: Jemma Dell
Date: Saturday 26 November 2022
Time: 10am-1pm
Cost: £45
Location: Online

Join tutor Jemma Dell as she demonstrates how to create this simple hand stitched Christmas card, perfect for sending to close friends and family. In this two hour course you will learn eight different embroidery stitches and use these in combination with beads, a button and a piece of fabric to create a unique Christmas tree card. You can then frame your finished embroidery in its card ready to send. A kit containing everything that you need to make the card will be posted to you in advance of the course.

Suitable for beginners.
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Christmas wreath making

Christmas wreath making: Friday 2 December 2022

£60.00

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Tutor: Paula Edgington
Date: Friday 2 December 2022
Time: 10am-1pm
Cost: £60
Location: Classroom

Join florist Paula Edgington to start your festive season and make your own garden-inspired festive wreath. No previous experience is needed as you will be taken through the process step-by-step. The wreath will be made from scratch, and will have a moss-based ring. You will then cover it in a selection of festive evergreen foliages and berries which have been gathered from the Botanic Garden, followed by a choice of decorations from natural pine cones, cinnamon bundles, dried fruit and more, and finally a ribbon to hang it up. Come and have fun, maybe learn a new skill, be creative and leave with your very own handmade festive wreath for your front door.
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Christmas wreath making

Christmas wreath making: Friday 9 December 2022

£60.00

Description

Tutor: Paula Edgington
Date: Friday 9 December 2022
Time: 10am-1pm
Cost: £60
Location: Classroom

Join florist Paula Edgington to start your festive season and make your own garden-inspired festive wreath. No previous experience is needed as you will be taken through the process step-by-step. The wreath will be made from scratch, and will have a moss-based ring. You will then cover it in a selection of festive evergreen foliages and berries which have been gathered from the Botanic Garden, followed by a choice of decorations from natural pine cones, cinnamon bundles, dried fruit and more, and finally a ribbon to hang it up. Come and have fun, maybe learn a new skill, be creative and leave with your very own handmade festive wreath for your front door.
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