April Chigiri-e Paper Art Series

Friday, April 19 - Friday, April 26 1:00pm - 3:30pm

Chigiri-e is a Japanese art form that uses pieces of hand-dyed washi paper to create beautiful and detailed images. The result resembles a watercolour painting with a delicate texture.

In this hands-on, creative art two-session workshop, you will practice handcrafting skills, learn step-by-step Chigiri-e paper techniques and create two art pieces. Supplies included.

Bird Photography 101

Saturday, April 20 9.00am - 1.00pm

Located on the Pacific Flyway migratory route, the Vancouver area attracts millions of migratory birds yearly. With such an incredible abundance of birds, it is no surprise that the parks in the region are also popular with photo enthusiasts and bird lovers, who visit from near and far.

Join wildlife photographer Liron Gertsman for an in-depth bird photography workshop, going over tips, tricks and techniques for bird photography that can be applied regardless of your camera of choice, smartphones included.

Watercolour: The Magic of Mixing Colours

Thursday, April 25 - Thursday, May 16 10.00am - 12.30pm

Join us for an exciting 4-session series where Susan will reveal the secrets to mixing the stunning array of colours used in watercolour paintings. Gain the confidence to create the perfect hues that speak to your soul.

Immerse yourself in a world of creativity as Susan uses fresh-cut flowers from the garden and captivating photos as reference material. You’ll be guided through a step-by-step approach to help you achieve delightful and satisfying results.

Spring Introduction to Qigong

Monday, April 29 - Monday, May 20 11:00am - 12:00pm

Join Anita Wong of the YS Traditional Chinese Medicine & Martial Arts College for an introduction to Qigong. Qigong is a meditation in motion and a simple but effective system to enhance overall health and fitness. This exercise incorporates breathing techniques with body movements and directs energy throughout the meridians.

Through this four-session course, you will relax the body and mind, strengthen bones, enhance balance, and improve blood circulation. This series is suited for beginners and experienced students, with easy-to-follow steps and deep relaxation. Class starts with Qigong practice, followed by some Taichi steps to close.

May Intro to Birding

Saturday, May 4 3.00pm - 5.30pm

Long-time VanDusen birding guide Jeremy Gordon is back on-site with this seasonal favourite! During this introductory level class, he will discuss the best birding resources, such as binoculars and field guides, share tips on identifying local & migratory birds, and highlight hot birding spots around Vancouver. Following a one-hour classroom presentation, Jeremy will take you for a walk to look for some of the 106 species of birds in the Garden.

The class is designed for aspiring and beginner bird watchers to help build a foundation of knowledge and gain confidence to get out and go birding this spring.

Botanical Drawing and Painting Flowers (Online & In Person)

Wednesday, May 8 - Wednesday, May 22 10:00am - 1:00pm

Improve your drawing skills to capture more realistic depictions of flowers in this four-session series. Instructed by artist and educator Katharine Dickinson, her demonstrations will guide you through various exercises on capturing a flower’s identifying features through line, shape, structure and form and observing critical angles and accurate proportions.

Explore watercolour techniques for botanicals, mixing and matching a flower’s natural colours, and applying washes and dry brush details.

Greater Vancouver Bird Celebration

Friday, May 10 - Friday, April 26

May is Bird Celebration Month!

From bird nerd to bird curious, there is an event for everyone during Greater Vancouver Bird Celebration.

Check out the events at VanDusen Botanical Garden!

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