NOTE: Phipps' Winter Flower Show: Home for the Holidays is open now through Sun., Jan. 17. All Phipps tickets must be purchased in advance, and safety protocols must be followed. Learn more about how you can join us!

This Week at Phipps: Jan. 4 – 10
Jan 04
2021

This Week at Phipps: Jan. 4 – 10

By Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens

There's always something new to see and do at Phipps! This weekly blog post provides a run-down of the latest happenings so you can plan your visit. Events listed below require no advance registration unless noted otherwise. 

Open Daily:

  • Winter Flower Show: Home for the Holidays
    Winter Flower Show: Home for the Holidays will reopen on Mon., Jan. 4 and will extend through Sun., Jan. 17. All tickets must be purchased in advance, and new safety protocols are required.
  • Garden Railroad: Rails and Trails
    Phipps' new miniature railroad display Rails and Trails invites you and your family to join our miniature friends as they enjoy the sights and sounds of nature in Phipps’ Biophilia Park. Featuring a pontoon boat cruising along a lake, an audience enjoying a concert at a band shell and all-new touchless interactive features, this exhibit is sure to delight guests of all ages. 
  • Planets Earth Virtual Exhibit
    A dynamic exhibit at the Center for Sustainable Landscapes (and now online) addresses the pressing environmental issues of our time and proposes a new way of thinking about how to solve them.
  • Wild About Geometry: A Virtual Youth Art Exhibit
    This exhibit features artwork made by area middle school students participating in the Phipps Fairchild Challenge. In this challenge titled Wild About Geometry, students discovered geometric shapes and repetitions in nature.
  • An Alphabet of Native Plants of Southwestern Pennsylvania: A Botanical Art Exhibit
    On display online and in the Phipps Welcome Center Gallery, An Alphabet of Native Plants of Southwestern Pennsylvania is part of the Flora Project, a collaboration between Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens’ Botanical Art and Illustration Program and the Allegheny Highlands Botanical Art Society. 

Mon., Jan. 4:

  • Winter Flower Show: Home for the Holidays Reopens | 9:30 a.m. – 11 p..m.
    Winter Flower Show: Home for the Holidays will reopen on Mon., Jan. 4 and will extend through Sun., Jan. 17. All tickets must be purchased in advance, and new safety protocols are required.

Wed., Jan. 6:

  • Virtual Story Time | 10:30 a.m. and 1 p.m.
    Join us for stories, sing-alongs and fun activities you can do from home each Wednesday!

Thurs., Jan. 7:

  • Virtual Biophilia: Pittsburgh Meeting | 6 p.m.
    Join us for a conversation with John MacNeill Miller, an assistant professor of English at Allegheny College. How can reading and studying literature enrich our relationship with the natural world? What values and beliefs lie beneath the stories we tell about nature — and how can we be sure those stories are the right ones? These are some of the questions that drive the rapidly expanding interdisciplinary field known as the environmental humanities. Our conversation will explore some of the surprising intersections between literature and the environment by delving into the stories scientists, birders and environmentalists commonly tell about one of the most widespread birds in North America, the European Starling.

Sat., Jan. 9:

  • Mastering Color I and II | 9:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
    These classes are mixed level and are sequential. Please register for Mastering Color I if you are new to the series and other levels only as appropriate based on which level(s) you have taken previously.
    • Mastering Color I: Work at your own pace within a group setting doing color-related exercises only. Please bring any color exercises completed in the Colored Pencil series of classes.
    • Mastering Color II: Working from a live plant specimen, mix and match colors. The instructor will address the subject of harmonious color schemes and show you ways to successfully apply color schemes in your own individual work.

Sun., Jan. 10:

  • Mastering Color III, IV and V | 9:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
    These classes are mixed level and are sequential. Please register for Mastering Color 1 if you are new to the series and other levels only as appropriate based on which level(s) you have taken previously.
    • Mastering Color III: Work from plant specimens and focus on the challenge of mixing interesting neutrals and near neutrals without creating mud. Explore the role opacity plays in color-mixing with colored pencil, and apply the principles of warm and cool colors to add to the depth of your renderings.
    • Mastering Color IV: Work on techniques to enhance your individual color sense while remaining true to botanical accuracy through exercises and working from plant specimens.
    • Mastering Color V: Work on experimental approaches to color usage — particularly in the area of intensity/value combinations — to further enhance your individual color sense and create a mood.
       

Photos © Paul g. Wiegman


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