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Hands-on Cooking: Gingerbread House

at Chicago Botanic Garden - Glencoe 1000 Lake Cook Road, Chicago, Illinois 60022

Assemble and decorate a gingerbread house in this cooking class. Learn how to make royal icing and use a pastry bag. As students decorate, a light dinner will be prepared featuring liptauer cheese spread with pumpernickel, beet, horseradish, and apple salad with poppy seed dressing, and mushroom stroganoff with cabbage and buttered noodles. Decorations...

Wednesday Dec 5th, 6pm - 8:30pm

Hands-on Cooking: Pasta

at Chicago Botanic Garden - Glencoe 1000 Lake Cook Road, Chicago, Illinois 60022

Learn techniques for making and rolling fresh pasta dough from scratch in this hands-on cooking class.  Discover how to make herb and cheese-stuffed ravioli with simple marinara, as well as pasta with kale pesto.  Take home a batch of ravioli.

Thursday Dec 6th, 6pm - 8:30pm

Watercolor: Painting the Natural World

at Chicago Botanic Garden - Glencoe 1000 Lake Cook Road, Chicago, Illinois 60022

This course addresses ways to express the beauty of nature in watercolor. Each week, we will focus on a specific technique, such as ways to mix greens or show natural textures, with a goal of a more satisfying painting experience.  In the last two weeks, we will focus on such landscape techniques as how to use composition, color, and focus to...

Thursday Jan 10th, 12:30pm - 3:30pm

  (8 sessions)
$379

8 sessions

Tai Chi: Basics

at Chicago Botanic Garden - Glencoe 1000 Lake Cook Road, Chicago, Illinois 60022

This class introduces movements based on tai chi principles to increase your range of motion, improve balance, and increase energy.  Both the Yang- and Sun-style postures will be practiced along with some basic qigong exercises. This class may be practiced seated.

Saturday Jan 12th, 9am - 10am

  (10 sessions)
$194

10 sessions

Photography Tips & Techniques: Flash Photography

at Chicago Botanic Garden - Glencoe 1000 Lake Cook Road, Chicago, Illinois 60022

Photography is the control of light. Most cameras now have a built-in flash to add light when needed. Learn where, when and how to brighten a scene with flash. External flash units welcome, but not required. Students should have a working knowledge of their own cameras.   Note: The School’s CEUs=3 hours

Saturday Dec 8th, 9am - 12pm

Backstage Pass: Winter Floral Wonders

at Chicago Botanic Garden - Glencoe 1000 Lake Cook Road, Chicago, Illinois 60022

In the fall, the Garden’s Greenhouses are brimming with poinsettias and other holiday plants of many hues. Join Tim Pollak to learn about propagation techniques, greenhouse environmental and computer systems, watering and fertilizing equipment, and how the growing space is managed throughout the year.

Saturday Dec 8th, 9am - 11am

Winter Tree and Shrub Identification

at Chicago Botanic Garden - Glencoe 1000 Lake Cook Road, Chicago, Illinois 60022

Join Jim Jabcon to identify some of the common trees and shrubs in the Chicago area long after the leaves have fallen off. You will learn the different features of twigs, buds, leaf scars, bark, growth habit, and much more. After the indoor presentation, we will take a walk in the McDonalds Woods to solve the mystery of identifying trees and shrubs...

Saturday Dec 8th, 10am - 1pm

Beginning Watercolor

at Chicago Botanic Garden - Glencoe 1000 Lake Cook Road, Chicago, Illinois 60022

Watercolor is a delightfully fun medium. In this class, you’ll learn a variety of watercolor techniques, including washes and how to make a range of textures on paper, plus some color theory to get you started.  No prior experience is necessary.

Tuesday Jan 15th, 9am - 11:30am

  (6 sessions)
$299

6 sessions

Rejuvenated Jewelry

at Chicago Botanic Garden - Glencoe 1000 Lake Cook Road, Chicago, Illinois 60022

Inspired by the little treasures you save and love, we will cleverly combine old and new elements to create spectacular jewelry. Bring your special and sentimental keepsakes, single earrings, buttons, charms, chains, family photos, and found objects and let Bonnie Arkin inspire your creativity.  You will learn to solder, wire wrap, and string....

Tuesday Jan 15th, 9:30am - 11:30am

  (8 sessions)
$239

8 sessions

Composing Photos on Your Phone

at Chicago Botanic Garden - Glencoe 1000 Lake Cook Road, Chicago, Illinois 60022

Having a clear understanding of photographic composition is important regardless of what kind of camera you have. This class will explore basic composition along with some of the better-known smartphone apps and how to use them for nature photography.  We will go over smartphone photography and do some fieldwork, and then will examine the photos...

Sunday Dec 9th, 12pm - 3pm

Hands-on Cooking: Holiday Cookies

at Chicago Botanic Garden - Glencoe 1000 Lake Cook Road, Chicago, Illinois 60022

Learn the basics of pie dough in this cooking class. Then, using seasonal ingredients, watch how to make a savory rustic tomato tart you can serve for brunch as well as a sweet lattice-topped peach pie for dessert. Students will sample the dishes made in this hands class and take home an entire unbaked pie to enjoy later.

Tuesday Dec 11th, 2pm - 4pm

Pine Bonsai Workshop

at Chicago Botanic Garden - Glencoe 1000 Lake Cook Road, Chicago, Illinois 60022

This class is going to focus on pine care, soil type, feeding, needle pruning, de-candling, wiring of trees and more! Bring in your pines to work on after an in-depth presentation on care.

Wednesday Dec 12th, 6pm - 9pm

De-Stress the Holidays: Learn to Relax

at Chicago Botanic Garden - Glencoe 1000 Lake Cook Road, Chicago, Illinois 60022

During this interactive, informative, and relaxing workshop, learn about the many causes of stress during the holiday season; the negative effect long-term stress has on our bodies, minds, and emotions; and methods to control how we respond to difficult situations.  A variety of relaxation techniques will be presented and practiced. Sessions...

Friday Dec 14th, 6:30pm - 7:30pm

Hands-on Cooking: Indian High Tea

at Chicago Botanic Garden - Glencoe 1000 Lake Cook Road, Chicago, Illinois 60022

Learn to make mouthwatering Indian street food and chai tea in this cooking class, featuring vegetarian snack recipes that are perfect for parties.  Make a delicious platter of vegetable pakoras: tomatoes, onions, mushrooms, and spinach dipped in gram (chickpea) flour to make crunchy fritters. Complete the party spread with masala chai, a must-have...

Friday Mar 1st, 11am - 1:30pm

Color Mixing

at Chicago Botanic Garden - Glencoe 1000 Lake Cook Road, Chicago, Illinois 60022

Learn to mix accurate, exciting color including the vivid, specific hues of flowers, the bright and subdued greens of leaves, and the deep, subtle colors in shadows. We'll make charts for permanent reference and then apply this knowledge to paint flowers and leaves from live specimens. We will work in watercolor, but exercises apply to all media.

Saturday Mar 9th, 9am - 12pm

  (6 sessions)
$298

6 sessions

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