Courses

Plants to Make an Autumn Garden Pop! (Online)

Tuesday, October 19 6.30pm - 8.00pm

Which plants can we enjoy in gardens that produce vitality, movement, sound, and pizazz this fall? Janis Matson will address how to incorporate bark, fruit, foliage, and flowers to enhance autumnal colour, texture and form. After this class, you will understand how to enjoy the dynamics of the changing seasons while adding warmth and a welcome into fall.

Series: How to Spot an Alien Invader (Online)

Wednesday, October 20 - Wednesday, October 27 6.30pm - 8.00pm

Ever wondered what plants live in your neighbourhood and local parks? How do you know which ones are invasive? After learning some basic plant identification skills, discover some of the priority invasive species in the region. Access resources and learn what can be done about even the most harmful alien invaders in this two-part series.

Instructor Tasha Murray is Executive Director of the Invasive Species Council of Metro Vancouver and has been involved in conservation in the Pacific Northwest for over twenty years.

Watercolour Series: Colours of Autumn (In person class)

Thursday, October 21 - Thursday, October 28 10.00am - 12.30pm

Illustrator and Artist Susan Pearson will guide this class through watercolour exercises to explore the season’s shifting colours in this two-part series.

Whether your subject matter is bright apples, crimson leaves, or autumn foliage (silver twigs and delicate seed heads), you will explore, what Susan calls, the watercolour vocabulary!

Her demonstrations and techniques, as well as one on one individual attention, will inspire and prompt you to create beautiful watercolours.

This course is suitable for beginners to intermediates.

 

Botanical Illustration: Seasonal Harvest (Online)

Tuesday, November 2 - Tuesday, November 16 10.00am - 12.00pm

Learn how to draw seasonal vegetables from an aesthetic and botanical perspective while improving your observation and artistic skills. This online three-session course is ideal for anyone wishing to approach a beginner level of botanical drawing. Students will be given step-by-step instructions on how to progress through botanical drawing projects using graphite pencils. Instructor Katharine guides students through contour and gesture drawing exercises, followed by longer studies using line and tonal drawing techniques.

Botanical Illustration Series: Evergreens (In Person)

Wednesday, November 10 - Wednesday, November 24 10.00am - 12.30pm

Learn to draw tree leaves and fruit shapes from an aesthetic and botanical perspective while improving your observation and artistic skills. This in-person three-session course is ideal for anyone wishing to approach a beginner level of botanical drawing. Students will be given step-by-step instructions on how to progress through botanical drawing projects using graphite pencils. Katharine guides students through contour and gesture drawing exercises, followed by longer studies using line and tonal drawing techniques.

Wild, Native and Medicinal Plants (Online)

Tuesday, November 23 7.00pm - 8.00pm

Explore the world of plants from a First Nations perspective with Educator and Herbalist Lori Snyder. Understand the importance of native plants for food, medicine, and shelter for all species. Find out how to best use these plants, seasonality and when to harvest, and what can be made with them. Get a deeper understanding and appreciation for the plants around you using the six R’s: responsibility, respect, relationship, relevance, reverence, and reciprocity.

How to Support Overwintering Birds in the City (Online)

Tuesday, November 30 6.00pm - 7.30pm

Explore how birds benefit our ecosystems and take a closer look at species that stay in BC year-round. Learn how to help our feathered friends survive colder months and how to create bird-friendly spaces to help them thrive. This online presentation also explores the challenges birds face and the science helping to protect them. Presented by: VBGA and the Vancouver Avian Research Centre (VARC).