Nature Craft Workshops

Gourd Art

Sunday May 20, 2018
10 am to 2 pm
Instructor: Carol Green
UC Santa Cruz Arboretum and Botanic Garden
(Cost $45 members/$60 non-members) all materials supplied
Ages 12 and up. Class size is limited to 10
gourd

You will learn how to use alcohol inks to create a beautiful gourd bowl and an ornament. Embellishments will be available for decoration. All materials provided. Please bring lunch, an apron, thin gloves to protect your hands from the dye, and a small spray bottle, if possible.  Come and CREATE!

gourd

Carol Green is an artist adept with acrylics, oil, and water color. Her love for gourds flourished through cultivating them at the Arboretum and leading previous art classes. Carol is a distinguished volunteer in the succulent gardens due to her longtime leadership and commitment.

View/download flyer for this event. (pdf)

The number of participants for this workshop is limited to 10. So payment must be made at the time of registration to secure your place in the workshop.
Go to online registration form and then go to payment page.

If you are unable to make the class, notice of cancellation must be received by the office by 12 noon on Wednesday 5/16/18 to receive a refund.  Refunds may take up to two weeks to process. No refunds will be granted if notice of your cancellation is not received by this time and date.


This is the fifth in a series of Monthly Nature-Craft Workshops planned for 2018. Most workshops will be 4 hours in length (10 am to 2 pm) on a Saturday or Sunday at the end of the month. They are intended to help participants develop a skill using the natural materials around us.
    They will include such activities as flower arranging, basketry, herbal salves, paper making, wreath construction, and much more. Workshop cost for Arboretum members will be $45/non-Arboretum members will be $60 (+ materials where relevant)….so become a member and SAVE.

Topics and dates for Future Workshops are yet to be finalized, so check back soon for more details!

"Pine Needle Basketry"

Instructors: Kate Jaffe and Elizabeth Evans
Sunday, April 29th from 10 am-2 pm
UC Santa Cruz Arboretum and Botanic Garden
(Cost $45 members/$60 non-members) plus a $8 materials fee
Ages 9 and up. Class size is limited to 15

baskets

Participants will explore the ancient art of coiled basketry, the importance of local botanical resources stewardship, and create a handcrafted basket featuring unique Arboretum fibers. Everyone will get to take home their completed basket, a tapestry needle to start their next project, and an illustrated yet simple guide on how to create additional coiled baskets. basket

Kate Jaffe is the director of Santa Cruz Kids in Nature, an alumna of UC Santa Cruz, and a certified California Naturalist that has been teaching in farms, gardens, and forests since her sophomore year of high school. Weaving textiles and baskets is a long time love of hers and she is excited to share it with you!

Elizabeth Evans is the Interpretive Program Supervisor for Santa Clara County Parks, a UC Santa Cruz alumna, and a certified California Naturalist. She has utilized her degrees in earth science and visual arts to connect people with the natural world through her work in national parks, schools, museums, and nature centers.

Read/download flyer for this event. (pdf)

The number of participants for this workshop is limited to 15. So payment must be made at the time of registration to secure your place in the workshop.
Go to online registration form and then go to payment page.

If you are unable to make the class, notice of cancellation must be received by the office by 12 noon on Wednesday 4/25/18 to receive a refund.  Refunds may take up to two weeks to process. No refunds will be granted if notice of your cancellation is not received by this time and date.


This is the fourth in a series of Monthly Nature-Craft Workshops planned for 2018. Most workshops will be 4 hours in length (10 am to 2 pm) on a Saturday or Sunday at the end of the month. They are intended to help participants develop a skill using the natural materials around us.
    They will include such activities as flower arranging, basketry, herbal salves, paper making, wreath construction, and much more. Workshop cost for Arboretum members will be $45/non-Arboretum members will be $60 (+ materials where relevant)….so become a member and SAVE.

Topics and dates for Future Workshops are yet to be finalized, so check back soon for more details!

"Pressed Flowers for Crafts & Botany"
with Dr. Martin Quigley
Sunday, March 25th from 10 am-1 pm
UC Santa Cruz Arboretum and Botanic Garden

(Cost $40 members/$55 non-members)
plus a $15 materials fee that includes wooden flower press
Ages 12 and up. Class size is limited to 20.

dried flowers

Many of you might remember pressing a blossom between the thick pages of a dictionary, bible, or even a phone book, only to discover it years later, still intact and full of memories.

Join Martin Quigley for a workshop to learn the techniques not only for drying your plants and foliage, but also how best to mount and maintain them for display in frames, lampshades, cards, or under glass.  These pressing will last for many years, and most plant parts will maintain their color, when dried properly.  They can be refreshed if necessary.

Using flowers, grasses, and leaves we collect in the Arboretum—or you may bring your own—we will take you through the steps of this simple and rewarding craft.  We will also provide a home-made press for each of you to keep.

Martin Quigley is the Executive Director of the UC Santa Cruz Arboretum and Botanic Garden.  His first job in greenhouse growing and floristry at age 11 led to a life-long fascination with plants—scientific, horticultural, and aesthetic.  He is a Landscape Architect, and has been a professor of Ecology, Botany, Ethnobotany and Horticulture.

Read/download flyer for this event. (pdf)

The number of participants for this workshop is limited to 20. So payment must be made at the time of registration to secure your place in the workshop.

If you are unable to make the class, notice of cancellation must be received by the office by 12 noon on Wednesday 3/21/18 to receive a refund.  Refunds may take up to two weeks to process.
 No refunds will be granted if notice of your cancellation is not received by this time and date. 


"Handmade Paper-Making with Invasive Plants"
Sunday, February 25th from 10 am-4 pm

UC Santa Cruz Arboretum and Botanic Garden

(Cost $50 members/$72 non-members)
Ages 16 and up. Class size is limited to 15.

paper

Join us in this hands-on class where we will be preparing distinct batches of handmade paper from local plants. With ecological restoration in mind, we will be focusing on invasive plants as well as compost scraps. Learn how to identify, mindfully harvest, and transform these plants into beautiful sheets of handmade paper. This class is designed to give you an opportunity to experience the many possibilities that paper-making offers. Each student will leave the workshop empowered with the knowledge to reproduce the process themselves, along with a sample of handmade paper from each lovely batch we prepare.

Instructor: Melody Overstreet is a local artist, poet, and educator.

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She has exhibited her work locally as well as internationally, with her most recent series landing at the Rui Cunha Foundation in collaboration with the Yun Yi Arts and Cultural Communications Association in Macau, China.  She teaches Book Arts at Kirby School, and offers nature-craft centered workshops through Cabrillo College Extension, UCSC's Porter Core Series, and The Santa Cruz Natural History Museum. Her educational approach emphasizes the importance of connection to our origins through place, community, and seeds.

Read/download flyer for this event. (pdf)

The number of participants for this workshop is limited to 15. So payment must be made at the time of registration to secure your place in the workshop.

If you are unable to make the class, notice of cancellation must be received by the office by 12 noon on Wednesday 2/21/18 to receive a refund.  Refunds may take up to two weeks to process.
 No refunds will be granted if notice of your cancellation is not received by this time and date. 


"Nature-Crafted Inks/Watercolor Paints"
Saturday, January 27, 10 am to 2 pm
UC Santa Cruz Arboretum and Botanic Garden

(Cost $45 members/ $60 non-members plus $10 for materials)
Ages 12 and up. Class size is limited to 12.
Call the Arboretum and Botanic Garden Office at 831-502-2998 to pay and reserve your space
Office Hours: 9am-5pm, Monday through Friday

Charcoal ink
Charcoal ink

Ink- and paint-making will be merged into one comprehensive workshop on local color palettes.   Learn about the origins of color, work with select rock and plant samples, and take a local walk to learn about different species that lend themselves to exquisite color. Each participant will learn hands-on paint grinding techniques and will take home a sample card of local colors and an instructional pamphlet on how to reproduce the process.

Instructor: Melody Overstreet is a local artist, poet, and educator. She has exhibited her work locally as well as internationally, with her most recent series landing at the Rui Cunha Foundation in collaboration with the Yun Yi Arts and Cultural Communications Association in Macau, China.  She teaches Book Arts at Kirby School, and offers nature-craft centered workshops through Cabrillo College Extension, UCSC's Porter Core Series, and The Santa Cruz Natural History Museum. Her educational approach emphasizes the importance of connection to our origins through place, community, and seeds.

*Payment must be received in order to secure your place in the class.  If you are unable to make the class, notice of cancellation must be received by the office by 12 noon on Wednesday 1/24/18 to receive a refund.  Refunds may take up to two weeks to process.

Read/download a flyer for this event. (pdf)