In effort to serve Mass Hort’s mission to develop the public’s understanding of plants and the environment, we host classes throughout the year for all interest levels.
We offer hands-on workshops as well as lectures, classes for vegetable growers, potted ornamental enthusiasts, and home-owners looking to boost their curb appeal. We have everything from botanical art workshops and book signings to floral design courses and composting classes.
Asian Brush Painting: Chrysanthemum
Where:The Gardens at Elm Bank - Putnam Building
Students in this workshop will laern the art of Asian Brush Painting and focus on one of the "Four Gentlemen," the Chrysanthemum. The Chrysanthemum is the symbol of Autumn, loyalty and enduring friendship. Come learn to paint this noble flower of East! This workshop is for those interested in learning and using the traditional tools and techniques of Asian BrushPainting (aka "sumi-e" in Japan). Through step-by-step instructor demonstrations and hands-on brushpainting projects using the "Four Treasures" (bamboo brushes, handground ink, inkstone, and rice paper) you will explore this ancient and elegant art and leave class with two completed works.
NO ART EXPERIENCE NECESSARY. Against a backdrop of meditative music, this workshop is your doorway to the exciting yet contemplative world of Asian art!
Bruce Iverson is an artist who has specialized in Asian Brush Painting (sumi-e in Japan) since 1972 with master brush painters Jean Shen, Ning Yeh, and I-Hsiung Ju. He has exhibited in group and juried shows throughout the United States and has had several one-man shows in New England. He has traveled to China for a deeper understanding of the context of brush painting and is a juried member of the New Hampshire Art Association. His work is grounded in a three thousand year old tradition in which the tools, techniques and philosophy of this Asian art form have had a lifelong resonance. Additional information about Bruce can be found at his website www.iversonarts.com
Instructor will provide supplies.
Students must provide their own lunch and beverages.
Member Cost: $160
Non Member Cost $200
Adult Education: We offer lectures, hands-on workshops, and art and design classes. Programs are offered to novice levels through professional. Look here for a listing of upcoming classes!
Thursday Night at the Hort: Our weekly lecture series brings a horticultural expert to our site nearly every Thursday night. We feature topics from growing your own food and boosting your home’s curb appeal to growing in small places and using ecologically-sound growing methods.
Seed to Table: Start with a seed, end with a meal. The Seed to Table program provides education and hands-on experience growing and using food and beverage plants. Programs for Kids: Mass Hort welcomes gardeners of all ages! Visit our Programs for Kids page to learn more about our award-winning Children’s Garden and our youth programs such as a daily summer children’s hour!
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Founded in 1829, the Massachusetts Horticultural Society is dedicated to encouraging the science and practice of horticulture and developing the public's enjoyment, appreciation, and understanding of plants and the environment.
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