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New Online Art Workshops Announced at the Botanical Gardens! 

Erin Grajek

Buffalo, NY - The Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens announced they will offer a variety of new online art workshops: Introduction to Gelli Plate Printmaking, Watercolor Whimsy II, Wild Webbing Watercolor, Majestic Seasonal Trees, and Joyful Poinsettias. These one-night workshops will be held online, via ZOOM, and will be taught by the Botanical Gardens' newest art instructors Judith Kosinski and Deanna Weinholtz.  Anyone can participate in these creative workshops from anywhere!

These art workshops have been designed to bring out participants’ natural creative abilities in a way that is suitable and fun for a variety of skill levels. Introduction to Gelli Plate Printmaking will teach students the basics of gelli plate printmaking at a beginner level. Watercolor Whimsy II is an extension of the popular Watercolor Whimsy workshop and is returning with some newly added techniques. Wild Webbing Watercolor is a workshop for any level watercolor artist that is interested in creating textured backgrounds that can be used in a variety of ways. Majestic Seasonal Trees and Joyful Poinsettias are holiday-themed workshops for an intermediate or advanced watercolor artist looking to create a holiday scene that could be used as a holiday card, a gift for a loved one or to be admired as new holiday decor.

Introduction to Gelli Plate Print Making will be offered on Wednesday, October 21 from 6:00pm to 9:00pm. Participants will experiment to create vibrant colored prints using acrylic paints, paper, and a gelli plate. Finished prints can be framed, used to make cards, or serve as a background for further painting. No experience is needed for this class taught by Judith Kosinski. The cost of this workshop is $30 for the general public and $27 for members of the Botanical Gardens. 

Watercolor Whimsy II will be offered on Wednesday, October 28 or Thursday, November 12 from 6:30pm to 8:30pm. This class has returned by popular demand with some additional techniques to add to the fun and allow students to enhance their creative skills. Some experience with watercolor is required, but Watercolor Whimsy I is not a prerequisite. This class will be taught by Judith Kosinski. The cost of this workshop is $25 for the general public and $22.50 for members of the Botanical Gardens.

Wild Webbing Watercolor will be offered on Thursday, October 29 from 6:30pm to 8:30pm. Participants will be introduced to textured backgrounds created within a watercolor painting utilizing different materials and pouring watercolor paints over it. The final result can be used as an abstract painting on its own or can be taken a step further by painting a realistic scene on top of it. The cost of this workshop is $25 for the general public and $22.50 for members of the Botanical Gardens.

Majestic Seasonal Trees will be offered on Thursday, December 3 from 6:30pm to 8:30pm. Students will learn to create a watercolor scene of evergreen trees covered in snow with the choice of adding holiday lights or decorations. Completed paintings can be used as a holiday card, given as a gift or enjoyed as holiday decor. Some experience with watercolor painting is required. This class will be taught by Deanna Weinholtz. The cost of this workshop is $25 for the general public and $22.50 for members of the Botanical Gardens.

Joyful Poinsettias will be offered on Thursday, December 10 from 6:30pm to 8:30pm. Participants will create a beautiful watercolor and ink painting of seasonal poinsettias using splattering and wet in wet techniques. Completed paintings can be used as a holiday card, given as a gift or enjoyed as holiday decor. Some experience with watercolor painting is required. This class will be taught by Deanna Weinholtz. The cost of this workshop is $25 for the general public and $22.50 for members of the Botanical Gardens.

All Botanical Gardens art workshops are suitable for anyone ages 16 or older. In order to maintain the safest environment possible, each workshop will be offered online via ZOOM.  Supply lists are available for each workshop on the Botanical Gardens’ website. Classes will fill quickly as spots are limited.  Sign up online at buffalogardens.com and questions can be submitted via email to education@buffalogardens.com.  

Use #BuffaloGardens and @BuffaloGardens when tagging on social media. Proceeds benefit the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens Society Inc., a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization with a mission to inspire curiosity and connect people to the natural world through its historic living museum. 

Use #BuffaloGardens and @BuffaloGardens when tagging on social media. Proceeds benefit the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens Society Inc., a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization with a mission to inspire curiosity and connect people to the natural world through its historic living museum. 


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