Program Highlights: SAGE Workshops

BIMG_0938asket weaving dates back thousands of years. In fact it pre-dates some forms of pottery and woven cloth; however, nowadays the art form has begun to disappear. Luckily, Starker Arts Garden for Education hosted a basket-weaving workshop in hopes of teaching our community how to be self-sufficient by utilizing your surroundings and natural materials to create functional items. The workshop featured harvesting of materials and detailed instruction from our SAGE teacher.

Our instructor was very helpful and provided useful tips while participants worked on creating their baskets. She also shared some of her own basket making experiences and ways to make them more unique by adding beads or designs. She IMG_0869even relayed a story of a time when her knowledge allowed her to make the most out of the wilderness around her.

In the end, participants walked away with their very own basket, a new set of skills, and the confidence to get outside and learn new ways to live off the land!



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Botanical Illustrations with Laurel Thompson

Saturday, August 6th, 2016
10am – 12pm
$10 materials fee (or $3 if you bring your own watercolor pencils)

Take a closer look at all of the beautiful shapes and colors that the garden has to offer. Practice illustrating leaves, flowers, and fruit, and learn a few different techniques for applying color, texture, and shading using watercolor pencils and other mediums.

Register at the bottom of this page.

Painting with Natural Pigments

(Art in the Garden, Part 3)

Saturday, August 27, 2016
10am – 12pm
$7 materials fee (or $15 materials fee for all three classes)

In part 3 of the 3-part Art in the Garden series, learn to make pigments from plants.  This class will cover what plants to grow in order to make pigments of many colors, plant parts to use, and show the pigment-making process via demonstration and practice.  Participants will make pigments for watercolors to create cards to take home. Register at the bottom of this page.

Do-it-yourself Raised Garden Box Building

(Bountiful Backyard Series, Part 1)

Saturday, September 3, 2016
10am – 12pm

In part 1 of the 2-part Bountiful Backyard series, learn how to build a raised garden bed in this hands-on demonstration workshop that covers lumber and hardware selection, required tools, and construction tips. All participants will take home a detailed instruction packet and the raised bed constructed during the class will be raffled off at the end of the workshop. Register at the bottom of this page.

Do-it-yourself Rain Water Harvesting

(Bountiful Backyard Series, Part 2)

Saturday, September 10, 2016
10am – 12pm

In part 2 of the 2-part Bountiful Backyard series, learn how to build an inexpensive rainwater harvesting system at home in this second workshop in the Bountiful Backyard series. This hands-on demonstration workshop will cover rain barrel selection, required tools, construction tips, and available resources. All participants will receive an instruction packet and the rain barrel constructed during class will be raffled off at the end of the workshop. Register at the bottom of this page.

Seed Saving

Saturday, September 24, 2016
10am – 12pm
$1 materials fee

Learn to save seeds and money while increasing crop biodiversity and your own food security! You’ll learn the why and how of saving seed from plant breeder Lyle Wallace. He’ll cover the basics as well as go in-depth on how to save common crop families. Many hands-on examples will be used to highlight different techniques and crops. After the discussion, participants will have a chance to take home seeds to grow and save. Register at the bottom of this page.

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