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Skill Level:    A = All Levels      B = Beginner     I = Intermediate/Advanced        

Saturday, May 06, 2017, 6:00 PM-8:00 PM
Member $20, Non-member $25, through April 21 – Member $25, Non-member $30, after April 21
Performers: Diane Edgecomb, Master Storyteller, and Margo Chamberlain, Celtic Harper
Celebrate flowers and the coming of spring with Floras Holiday, a unique story and music journey which travels through the gardens and forests of Tower Hill Botanic Garden. This event, specially crafted for Tower Hill by master storyteller Diane Edgecomb and Celtic harper Margo Chamberlain, leads the audience to some of the gardens most beloved spots. Locations include an expansive field of 25,000 daffodils, a forest glade where Pan presides, a sunset balcony with expansive views of Mount Wachusett and an open-air gazebo where the haunting Persian legend of the Nightingale and the Rose will be told. The evenings tales, music and songs are drawn from Ancient Greek, Roman, Norse, Persian and Native American cultures delving into the mythical origins and meanings of favorite garden plants. Venture into spring with this enchanting evening stroll through Tower Hills botanic paradise. Appropriate for adults and for children twelve years and above. Bring a cushion to sit on if you wish. Registrants will walk approximately one mile on trails and sometimes uneven terrain. The performance takes place rain or shine. In the event of rain, it will be held in the theater. Each performance is limited to an audience of 30, so buy tickets early.

Tuesday, May 16, 2017 – Wednesday, May 17, 2017, 10:00 AM-4:00 PM
Member $135, Non-member $150
Instructor: Helen Byers

Join botanical artist Helen Byers to practice a wonderful, detailed drawing technique that combines colored pencil and watercolor. Our subjects will be buds, blossoms, and leaves of trees and shrubs such as rhododendron, wiegela, and magnolia. Daily demos and personalized instruction. To see examples of Helens work, go to

Saturday, June 03, 2017, 10:00 AM-3:00 PM
Member $60, Non-member $75
Instructor: Steve McGrath

If you’re comfortable with the basics of digital photography and are ready to move up to the next level, then this course is for you. In this course we will explore the use of camera controls such as metering (spot, matrix, center weight), exposure and exposure compensation. Youll learn how to use the RAW function on your camera and how to edit using Photoshop Elements 11. We will take an In-depth look into manual focus and using fill flash and flash modes as well as reflectors. Students should be familiar with there cameras and bring a tripod if you have one (some tripods will be available for student use) and the camera manuals as well. We will be using these techniques in the gardens so bring your equipment and be ready for a full day of photographic training.

Saturday, June 03, 2017 – Sunday, June 04, 2017, 10:00 AM-4:00 PM
Member $135, Non-member $150
Instructor: Helen Byers

What are the elements of an effective composition? Its a question every botanical artist faces sooner or later, but it doesnt have to seem daunting. Join us to learn (or review) some basic points and practical steps. Well begin with thumbnail sketches and work toward a finished drawing. Participants will be invited to choose subjects such as simple flowers, fruits, or vegetables. (Note: This course is designed for returning botanical art students working in colored pencil.) To see examples of Helens work, go to

Wednesday, June 14, 2017, 6:00 PM-8:30 PM
Member $60, Non-member $75
Instructor: Becky OBrien

Students will create their own piece of pottery starting with a raw piece of clay. The clay slab will be molded into a one of a kind bud vase for the wall by the students and designed using texture either by adding clay or sgraffito (scratching/scraping away). Once the sculptural component is complete, the students will then paint their piece using underglazes. The pieces are then brought back to the artist’s studio where they are bisque fired, clear glazed and then fired again. Upon completion, the pieces can either be picked up at Tower Hill or the artist studio in West Boylston. The ceramic process can take between 4-6 weeks, sometimes much less.

Saturday, June 17, 2017, 9:00 AM-3:00 PM
Member $65, Non-member $75
Instructor: Steve McGrath

Spring, summer, winter, or fall, macro photography opens the door to a wonderful new world of photo opportunities. With instructor Steve McGrath as your guide, this course will show you ways to use your existing camera gear to make spectacular macro photographs. After a short lecture, class will move outside to practice technique.

Saturday, June 17, 2017, 10:00 AM-4:00 PM
Member $80, Non-member $95
Instructor: Robert Carsten, PSA-mp, IAPS-mc

Working either from photos, real life set-up or outside in the gardens, we’ll be concentrating on achieving beautiful color and a lively surface to our pastel paintings. Flowers were an important theme for many of the impressionists and classical painters. A master pastelist, awards-winning artist and very popular instructor, Robert will show and discuss various approaches. Please bring photo reference or flowers/vase.

Saturday, June 24, 2017, 9:00 AM-12:00 PM
Member $30, Non-member $45
Nature photographer Neil Tischler will reveal his techniques for capturing the often hidden details of the beautiful flora and fauna right outside your door. After an interactive presentation of many of his own images, Neil will review basic camera settings and then youll head outdoors for hands-on practice. The workshop will conclude with demonstrations of how to crop images for artful impact and ready them for printing. Bring your camera.
Wednesday, August 09, 2017, 7:00 PM-10:00 PM
Lecture only: Member $15, Non-member $25, Lecture plus Photo Shoot: Member $45, non-member $55
Lecture: 7-8pm – Photo Shoot: 8-10pm (limited to 15)- Rain Date August 16th

Fine art photographer Jurgen Lobert will share the basics of night photography in the lecture. Then head outdoors for hands-on practice with one-on-one guidance with a photo-shoot.

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