The Botanical Illustration in Pen and Ink workshop is the second workshop in a series of three: graphite pencil precedes, and acrylic wash follows. Adult art students, beginner to experienced, can enjoy taking one or all to learn botanical illustration.
Pen and Ink students learn how to produce different strokes and create tone by using stipple and line. Students need to also purchase an art supply package or shop from a supply list found on the arboretum website event posting. Enjoy a workshop with a botanical artist who has received the tribute of being commissioned by major educational agencies and whose work is published.
Dr. James McNeil from the Smithsonian-Mason School of Conservation, shares how development, light pollution, and the way we garden affects this wonderful native insect's sustainable population. Support fireflies! Plan to be with firefly lovers at this lecture!
Dr. Katrina Gobetz, Mammalogy Professor at JMU shares about the weird adaptations and behavior of the flying animals that help with insect control and sometimes pollination. Learn about Virginia bat species experiencing population decline and how to help.
Prices: $12 per person for adults, children seven years and younger are $8, children two years and younger who ride on a lap are free. Up to six seats are sold in each carriage. For a private carriage any size group of up to six people, price is $65. Paid reservations are made by phone by credit card or walk-in weekdays, business hours at the Frances Plecker Education Center with cash or check. Walk-up rides days of events may be available, but are not guaranteed. Please arrive at the Frances Plecker Ed Center 10 minutes ahead of your scheduled ride time. Rides leave on a 20 minute schedule. Carriage ride is approximately one mile in length, and completes a circuit through the arboretum forest on a graveled, unlit route. Moderate inclement weather: carriage roofs go up! Dress for the weather at the Arboretum!
Stories come to life for young children with animated readings. Young story enthusiasts will develop an understanding of the importance of natural waterways and how streams and wetlands support health and variety in plant and animal life from children's literature selections. Bring a picnic blanket or lawn chairs and a picnic lunch for after Storytime. On days when the sun is shining and the temperatures are warm Storytime is outside at the Jurney Stage Garden! Inclement weather~ Storytime comes indoors to the Frances Plecker Ed Center.
After story time, for young reading enthusiasts with energy left to burn, enjoy another learning adventure, an audio tree tour with any hand-held device with access to the internet going to the Arboretum's self-guided-tour.
For more information, or to learn of events and programs available at the EJC Arboretum for children, call (540) 568-3194, workweek days, business hours, or visit the Arboretum's Calendar of Events. Like us on Facebook, follow us on Pinterest and see all the arboretum social media online at our website.