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Whether you are a seasoned green thumb, aspiring floral designer or budding backyard vegetable gardener, we have a class for you — and now some of our most popular courses are available to attend from the comfort of your own home. 

Peruse our offerings for an exciting variety of fun and enriching programs on vegetable gardening, culinary arts and more to let your inspiration grow. Enrolled students will receive a link to a live Zoom webinar to virtually attend at the appointed time.

For more details about our programs, or to receive personalized class recommendations from our helpful staff, please feel free to contact us at edu@phipps.conservatory.org.

Confirmations will be emailed the day before each class, including a Zoom link. Please check your spam/junk mail folder, and if you have not received the link, email edu@phipps.conservatory.org.

Virtual classes are recorded and made available to all registered participants for one month after the program.

All times are in the Eastern Time Zone.

Current Classes

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  • Greens in Watercolor | Amy Lewandowski | Thursdays: Aug. 25, Sept. 1, 8, 15, 22 and 29 | 6 – 9 p.m. | After class meeting: Monday, Oct. 17 | 6- 7:30 p.m. (please note new date)
  • Herbal Medicine Making | Michelle Soto | Fall Series: Wednesdays, Sept. 7, 21, Oct 5, 19, Nov 2, 16 | 6:30 – 8 p.m.

 

Classes in Progress

  • Watercolor Drybrush/Limning Techniques | Christine Hutson | Wednesdays, June 1, 8, 15, 22 and 29 and July 6 | 10 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.  (with half hour lunch break) | After-class meeting: Wednesday, July 20 | 10 – 11:30 a.m.

  • Botanical Drawing I | Weldon Doran | Wednesdays: June 8, 15, 22 and 29, July 6 and 13 | 6 – 9 p.m. (with small breaks) | After-class meeting: Wednesday, July 27 | 6 – 7:30 p.m.

  • Botanical Drawing I | Robin Menard | Saturdays: June 11, 18 and July 9 | 9:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. (with lunch breaks) | After-class meeting: Monday July 18, 6-7:30 p.m.

  • Herbal Medicine Making | Michelle Soto | Summer Series: Wednesdays, June 15, 29, July 13, 27, Aug 10, 24 | 6:30 – 8 p.m.

  • Colored Pencil I: Techniques | Amy Lindenberger | Saturdays: June 18, 25 and July 2 | 9:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. (with lunch breaks) After-class meeting: Tuesday, July 12, 7 – 8:30 p.m.

  • Making a Nature Journal | Lisa Rasmussen | Mondays: June 27, July 11 and 18 | 1 – 4 p.m. | After-class meeting: Monday, July 25 | 7 – 8:30 p.m..

Detailed Listings

Simple Food: Inspired by The Art of Simple Food by Alice Waters: Cooking from Scratch: Grilled Fish and Squash with Fresh Salsa and Sweet Corn Soup | Mark Snyder, Cook2Eat2Live*

Thurs., July 14 | 6 – 8 p.m.  

Single Class $25 members | $30 nonmembers  

Grocery Pickup $30 

Virtual class hosted on Zoom 

This semester, join Mark Snyder virtually for a deep dive into The Art of Simple Food by Alice Waters. In this four-part series, we'll discuss Waters' passion for flavor and reverence for locally produced, seasonal foods. 

Cooking from Scratch: In July we’ll be cooking from scratch the season’s bounty. Join us for Grilled Fish and Summer Squash with Salsa Verde and a Sweet Corn Soup.  

*Ingredient pick-up is available for this class. For an additional cost, participants can opt in for a contactless pick up of ingredients at Phipps Botany Hall Kitchen the day before and the day of each class. See follow up email for details. This option will close one week before class takes place. No substitutions are available for ingredient pick up. Ingredient pick up includes all necessary ingredients for 4 servings of each dish and includes all necessary ingredients except for salt, pepper, olive oil and optional ingredients. Pick up details including map and contact information to follow.

Online Classes
Watercolor painting by Brenda Jordan

Watercolor III: Special Topics | Brenda Gail Jordan

Saturdays: July 16. 23, 30 | 9:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. (with lunch break)
After-class meeting: Mon., Aug. 15 | 7 – 8:30 p.m.  

$220 members | $250 nonmembers

Presented as a live webinar through Zoom

Objective: To increase watercolor skills working on specific technical issues

Level: intermediate

Prerequisites: Botanical Drawing I and II, Watercolor I and II

*Relevant demos are recorded and made available to pre-registered students within 1 week of each class session. Videos will be viewable for one month from receipt.

Supply list (PDF)

In Watercolor III, students will build upon their knowledge and skills from Watercolor II to work on specific technical issues in Botanical Watercolor. Classes will be devoted to instruction, demonstrations, and working on projects each day. The 2022 schedule will consist of: Day 1—tackling summer leaves; Day 2—shiny vegetables; Day 3—whites and blacks with flowers and bees. Final project will be your choice of one (or more?) of these techniques in a finished project.  Botanical Art and Illustration Certificate elective.

Online Classes
Leaf drawn by Melissa Fabian

Pen and Ink I | Melissa Fabian

Thursdays: July 21, 28, Aug. 4, 11, 18 and 25 | 6 - 9 p.m.
After-class meeting: Wed., Sept. 14 | 6 - 7:30 p.m. [please note new dates]

$225 members | $255 nonmembers

Presented as a live webinar through Zoom

Objective: To be able to make tonal and semi-schematic drawings with pen and ink

Level: Intermediate

Prerequisites: Botanical Drawing I and II

*Relevant demos are recorded and made available to pre-registered students within 1 week of each class session. Videos will be viewable for one month from receipt.

Supply list (PDF)

Beginning with the fundamentals of pen and ink techniques, learn how to use different strokes to create a compositional balance of black and white tones. Botanical Art and Illustration Certificate core course.

Plant Forward for All Occasions (Full Series) | Chef Emily Larsen, Spilling the Soup*

Plant Forward Picnic | Thurs., July 21 | 6 – 7:30 p.m.
Plant Forward on the Grill | Thurs., July 28 | 6 – 7:30 p.m.
Plant Forward Gourmet | Thurs., August 18 | 6 – 7:30 p.m.
Plant Forward Family Dinner | Thurs., August 25 | 6 – 7:30 p.m. 

Class Series $120 members | $140 nonmembers 

Grocery Pickup $30 per class 

Virtual class hosted on Zoom 

Expand your plant forward kitchen from every day to all occasions. We will go over all kinds of meals, from a picnic in the park to a backyard BBQ to a gourmet meal to a weeknight family dinner at home that you’ll actually look forward to. All meals will include both vegan and gluten free options. 

Plant Forward Picnic – Peas, Pancetta and Greens Salad, Sparkling Citrus Tea, Curry Chickpea Salad Wraps, Watermelon Mint Salad 

Plant Forward on the Grill – Grilled Eggplant with Garlic and Herbs, Grilled Corn with Sriracha Aoili, Caramelized Grilled Pineapple 

Plant Forward Gourmet – Fennel Citrus Salad, Miso Rissoto with Seared Hakurie Turnip 

Plant Forward Family Dinner – Quinoa Meatballs, Polenta, Marinara Sauce, Zucchini  

*Ingredient pick-up is available for this class. For an additional cost, participants can opt in for a contactless pick up of ingredients at Phipps Botany Hall Kitchen the day before and the day of each class. See follow up email for details. This option will close one week before class takes place. No substitutions are available for ingredient pick up. Ingredient pick up includes all necessary ingredients for 4 servings of each dish and includes all necessary ingredients except for salt, pepper, olive oil and optional ingredients. Pick up details including map and contact information to follow.

Plant Forward for All Occasions: Plant Forward Picnic | Chef Emily Larsen, Spilling the Soup*

Thurs., July 21 | 6 – 7:30 p.m.  

Single Class $30 members | $35 nonmembers  

Grocery Pickup $30

Virtual class hosted on Zoom 

Expand your plant forward kitchen from every day to all occasions. We will go over all kinds of meals, from a picnic in the park to a backyard BBQ to a gourmet meal to a weeknight family dinner at home that you’ll actually look forward to. All meals will include both vegan and gluten free options.  

Plant Forward Picnic – Peas, Pancetta and Greens Salad, Sparkling Citrus Tea, Curry Chickpea Salad Wraps, Watermelon Mint Salad 

*Ingredient pick-up is available for this class. For an additional cost, participants can opt in for a contactless pick up of ingredients at Phipps Botany Hall Kitchen the day before and the day of each class. See follow up email for details. This option will close one week before class takes place. No substitutions are available for ingredient pick up. Ingredient pick up includes all necessary ingredients for 4 servings of each dish and includes all necessary ingredients except for salt, pepper, olive oil and optional ingredients. Pick up details including map and contact information to follow.

Tropical Beverages: Cocktails and Mocktails from the Tropics| Hanna Mosca and Drew Cranisky*

Fri., July 22 | 6 – 7:30 p.m. 

$25 members | $30 nonmembers | Optional drink kit: $25

Virtual program presented on Zoom

Back by popular demand! Grab a partner and join Drew Cranisky and Hanna Mosca for this at home- experience in this virtual, hands-on tropical cocktail workshop. Drew and Hanna will share with us three different cocktail recipes that are tasty, simple to make and provide a nice variety of island flavors. Drew will teach us how to make the perfect island beverage while Hanna highlights the botanical properties of the fruits, vegetables and herbs used. Pick up a drink kit to mix along with us during class. Each kit will include fresh fruit and herbs as well as mixers and simple syrup to make enough for each participant to enjoy all three cocktails. Add your own alcohol at home or leave as is for a tasty mocktail!  

*Ingredient pick-up is available for this class. For an additional cost, participants can opt in for a contactless pick up of ingredients at Phipps Botany Hall Kitchen the day before and the day of each class. See follow up email for details. This option will close one week before class takes place. No substitutions are available for ingredient pick up. Ingredient pick up includes all necessary ingredients for 2 servings of each drink and includes all necessary ingredients except for alcohol and optional ingredients. Pick up details including map and contact information to follow.

Plant Forward for All Occasions: Plant Forward on the Grill | Chef Emily Larsen, Spilling the Soup*

Thurs., July 28 | 6 – 7:30 p.m. 

Single Class $30 members | $35 nonmembers  

Grocery Pickup $30

Virtual class hosted on Zoom 

Expand your plant forward kitchen from every day to all occasions. We will go over all kinds of meals, from a picnic in the park to a backyard BBQ to a gourmet meal to a weeknight family dinner at home that you’ll actually look forward to. All meals will include both vegan and gluten free options. 

Plant Forward on the Grill – Grilled Eggplant with Garlic and Herbs, Grilled Corn with Sriracha Aioli, Caramelized Grilled Pineapple 

*Ingredient pick-up is available for this class. For an additional cost, participants can opt in for a contactless pick up of ingredients at Phipps Botany Hall Kitchen the day before and the day of each class. See follow up email for details. This option will close one week before class takes place. No substitutions are available for ingredient pick up. Ingredient pick up includes all necessary ingredients for 4 servings of each dish and includes all necessary ingredients except for salt, pepper, olive oil and optional ingredients. Pick up details including map and contact information to follow.

Online Classes
Graphite drawing by Jessi Evans

Botanical Drawing II | Weldon Doran

Wednesdays: August 3, 10, 17, 24, 31 Sept. 7 | 6 – 9 p.m. (with small breaks)
After-class meeting: Wed., Sept. 21 | 6 – 7:30 p.m.

$220 members | $250 nonmembers

Presented as a live webinar through Zoom

Objective: To be able to apply skills gained in Botanical Drawing I to accurately capture various plant forms, details and textures that are unique to the subject.

Level: Intermediate

Prerequisite: Botanical Drawing I

*Relevant demos are recorded and made available to pre-registered students within 1 week of each class session.  Videos will be viewable for one month from receipt.

Supply list (PDF)

Continue to develop your observation and drawing skills to accurately render leaves, stems, roots and flowers in varying positions, capturing details and textures unique to the botanical subject.  Botanical Art and Illustration Certificate core course.

Taste of the Season: August: Hot Honey Corn on the Cob, Peach and Tomato Salad with Marinated Chicken (or Tofu), Roasted Okra | Chef Emily Larsen, Spilling the Soup*

Thurs., August 4 | 6 – 7:30 p.m.  

Single Class $30 members | $35 nonmembers  

Grocery Pickup $30

Virtual class hosted on Zoom 

Eating seasonally means getting the freshest available food with the greatest health benefits. Not only is that good for our bodies but for our planet, too. By sourcing locally we can eliminate environmental damage caused by shipping foods long distances while also supporting your community. Join Chef Emily this winter in tasting the seasons and learning to create dishes from the freshest, and therefore tastiest, ingredients around. Each ingredient list will include recommended local farms and brands. All recipes will include gluten free/vegan alternatives.  

 *Ingredient pick-up is available for this class. For an additional cost, participants can opt in for a contactless pick up of ingredients at Phipps Botany Hall Kitchen the day before and the day of each class. See follow up email for details. This option will close one week before class takes place. No substitutions are available for ingredient pick up. Ingredient pick up includes all necessary ingredients for 4 servings of each dish and includes all necessary ingredients except for salt, pepper, olive oil and optional ingredients. Pick up details including map and contact information to follow.

Using Your Camera as a Garden Design Tool | Lynn Purse

Thursdays: Aug. 4 and 11 | 6:30 – 8 p.m.

$35 members | $40 nonmembers

Virtual class hosted on Zoom

You see your garden every day but do you really see it? Do you have areas that don’t work but you don’t know why? See your garden through a photographer’s eyes and apply simple formulas that will change the way you view your garden and give you insight on planting and design. 

Online Classes
Drawing by Amy Lindenberger

Colored Pencil Florals on Black Paper I - V | Amy Lindenberger

Saturdays: Aug. 6, 13 and 20 | 9:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. (with lunch breaks)
After Class Meeting: Tues., Aug. 30 | 7 – 8:30  p.m.

$225 members | $255 nonmembers

Presented as a live webinar through Zoom

Objective: To be able to create colored pencil botanical drawings on a black background

Level: Intermediate to Advanced

Prerequisite: Botanical Drawing I and II, Colored Pencil I (or equivalent experience)

Supply list (PDF)

Colored pencil drawings are traditionally applied to white or light, neutral colored papers.  But some subjects – such as night blooming flowers – can be much more effective against very dark backgrounds and those backgrounds can be difficult (and labor intensive) to achieve with colored pencil.  Discuss colored pencil opacity and explore key techniques for using colored pencil on black and very dark-colored surfaces to keep colors true and luminous.  Botanical Art and Illustration Certificate elective.

Simple Food: Inspired by The Art of Simple Food by Alice Waters: Eating Seasonally: Fusilli with Tomato Sauce, Eggplant and Ricotta Salata with Green Garden Salad | Mark Snyder, Cook2Eat2Live*

Thurs., August 11 | 6 – 8 p.m.

Single Class $25 members | $30 nonmembers  

Grocery Pickup $30

Virtual class hosted on Zoom 

This semester, join Mark Snyder virtually for a deep dive into The Art of Simple Food by Alice Waters. In this four-part series, we'll discuss Waters' passion for flavor and reverence for locally produced, seasonal foods. 

Eating Seasonally: The surest way of cooking with good ingredients is to eat seasonally. In August we’ll whip up Fusilli with Tomato Sauce, Eggplant and Ricotta Salata served with a Garden Salad with homemade vinaigrette.  

*Ingredient pick-up is available for this class. For an additional cost, participants can opt in for a contactless pick up of ingredients at Phipps Botany Hall Kitchen the day before and the day of each class. See follow up email for details. This option will close one week before class takes place. No substitutions are available for ingredient pick up. Ingredient pick up includes all necessary ingredients for 4 servings of each dish and includes all necessary ingredients except for salt, pepper, olive oil and optional ingredients. Pick up details including map and contact information to follow.

Online Classes
Graphite drawing by Jessi Evans

Botanical Drawing II | Robin Menard

Saturdays: August 13, 20, and 27 | 9:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. (with lunch break)
After-class meeting: Monday. Sept. 12 | 6 – 7:30 p.m.

$220 members | $250 nonmembers

Presented as a live webinar through Zoom

Objective: To be able to apply skills gained in Botanical Drawing I to accurately capture various plant forms, details and textures that are unique to the subject.

Level: Intermediate

Prerequisite: Botanical Drawing I

*Relevant demos are recorded and made available to pre-registered students within 1 week of each class session.  Videos will be viewable for one month from receipt.

Supply list (PDF)

Continue to develop your observation and drawing skills to accurately render leaves, stems, roots and flowers in varying positions, capturing details and textures unique to the botanical subject.  Botanical Art and Illustration Certificate core course.

Online Classes
Colored pencil on drafting film by Melissa Fabian

Drawing Birds in Spring/Summer Habitat: Water-Fowl of Pennsylvania | Melissa Fabian

Tuesdays: Aug. 16, 23 and 30, Sept. 6, 13 and 20 | 6 – 9 p.m.
After Class Meeting: Tues., Sept. 27 | 6 – 8:30 p.m. 

$220 members | $250 nonmembers

Presented as a live webinar through Zoom

Objective: To study the habitats of native Pennsylvania water fowl during the spring and summer months and to create a final botanical drawing including the bird and its environment.

Level: Intermediate to Advanced

Prerequisite: Botanical Drawing I and II and at least one of the following: Colored Pencil I, Watercolor I or Pen and Ink 

*Relevant demos are recorded and made available to pre-registered students within 1 week of each class session.  Videos will be viewable for one month from receipt.

Supply list (PDF)

In this class students will explore a variety of methods for gathering nature illustration research on PA water fowl and their spring/summer habitat, work on study pages throughout the classes and create a final project. Different mediums and techniques will be demonstrated at each class giving students a choice of medium for the final artwork.  Botanical Art and Illustration Certificate elective.

Plant Forward for All Occasions: Plant Forward Gourmet | Chef Emily Larsen, Spilling the Soup*

Thurs., August 18 | 6 – 7:30 p.m. 

Single Class $30 members | $35 nonmembers  

Grocery Pickup $30

Virtual class hosted on Zoom

Expand your plant forward kitchen from every day to all occasions. We will go over all kinds of meals, from a picnic in the park to a backyard BBQ to a gourmet meal to a weeknight family dinner at home that you’ll actually look forward to. All meals will include both vegan and gluten free options. 

Plant Forward Gourmet – Fennel Citrus Salad, Miso Rissoto with Seared Hakurie Turnip  

*Ingredient pick-up is available for this class. For an additional cost, participants can opt in for a contactless pick up of ingredients at Phipps Botany Hall Kitchen the day before and the day of each class. See follow up email for details. This option will close one week before class takes place. No substitutions are available for ingredient pick up. Ingredient pick up includes all necessary ingredients for 4 servings of each dish and includes all necessary ingredients except for salt, pepper, olive oil and optional ingredients. Pick up details including map and contact information to follow.

Online Classes

Greens in Watercolor | Amy Lewandowski

Thursdays: Aug. 25, Sept. 1, 8, 15, 22 and 29 | 6 – 9 p.m.
After class meeting: Monday, Oct. 17 | 6- 7:30 p.m. (please note new date)

$220 members | $250 nonmembers 

Presented as a live webinar on Zoom

Objective: To be able to create a variety of greens in watercolor and apply them to plant specimens

Level: Advanced

Prerequisites: Watercolor I

Supply list (PDF)

Plants often have a wide variety of beautiful greens and it can be challenging to represent these different colors accurately. Learn how to assess the differences in the greens of plants by observing their subtle variations in hue, value and intensity. Practice painting different greens through a series of watercolor mixing exercises and then apply this information to an illustration of a single leaf or of multiple specimens. Botanical Art and Illustration Certificate elective

Plant Forward for All Occasions: Plant Forward Family Dinner | Chef Emily Larsen, Spilling the Soup*

Thurs., August 25 | 6 – 7:30 p.m.  

Single Class $30 members | $35 nonmembers  

Grocery Pickup $30

Virtual class hosted on Zoom 

Expand your plant forward kitchen from every day to all occasions. We will go over all kinds of meals, from a picnic in the park to a backyard BBQ to a gourmet meal to a weeknight family dinner at home that you’ll actually look forward to. All meals will include both vegan and gluten free options. 

Plant Forward Family Dinner – Quinoa Meatballs, Polenta, Marinara Sauce, Zucchini  

*Ingredient pick-up is available for this class. For an additional cost, participants can opt in for a contactless pick up of ingredients at Phipps Botany Hall Kitchen the day before and the day of each class. See follow up email for details. This option will close one week before class takes place. No substitutions are available for ingredient pick up. Ingredient pick up includes all necessary ingredients for 4 servings of each dish and includes all necessary ingredients except for salt, pepper, olive oil and optional ingredients. Pick up details including map and contact information to follow.

Herbal Medicine Making: Fall Series | Michelle Soto

Fall Series: Wednesdays, Sept. 7, 21, Oct 5, 19, Nov 2, 16 | 6:30 – 8 p.m. 

$225 members | $250 nonmembers

Optional Medicine Making Bundle: $38 

Note: The bundle option will close on Aug. 24.

Presented as a live webinar through Zoom

Objective: To learn about various medicinal plants and how to create medicines with them

Level: Beginner 

Prerequisite: None

Medicine making is an ancient art that we can master today. This class is hands on from the comfort of your home. Learn how to work with a selection of plants and make medicinal syrups, teas and tinctures. Michelle Soto of Cutting Root Apothecary will share stories and information about each plant as well as how to use them medicinally. Students will have the opportunity to order a bundle with supplies needed for making medicines to be mailed directly to their homes. All of the herbs provided are grown and processed at Cutting Root Farm & Apothecary in Butler, PA. Choose from the summer or fall series or plan to take them both, as new herbs will be explored in the fall. 

Online Classes
Watercolor by Holly Johnson

Watercolor I: Techniques and Color Theory | Brenda Gail Jordan

Saturdays: Sept. 10, 17 and 24 | 9:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. (with lunch break)
After-class meeting: Wed., Oct. 12 | 7 – 8:30 p.m.

$220 members | $250 nonmembers

Presented as a live webinar through Zoom

Objective: To have control of the brush, pigment and paper while learning to combine watercolor paints to create a rich and varied palette

Level: Beginner to intermediate

Prerequisites: Botanical Drawing I and II

*Relevant demos are recorded and made available to pre-registered students within 1 week of each class session. Videos will be viewable for one month from receipt.

Supply list (PDF)

Students will learn the basics of transparent watercolor as a medium, and gain a foundational understanding of the brushes, paper, and paints suitable for botanical watercolor. Using a limited palette, students will explore techniques such as washes and glazes, and practice creating a full range of hues, shades and tones using the limited palette. Through demonstrations and exercises, students will produce a series of studies that demonstrate the foundational techniques of transparent watercolor and application of those techniques to rendering plant forms.

Assignments for the day will be due by Friday at 5 p.m. of the following week, so that the instructor can put together a power point of all assignments for an in-class critique the next morning. All assignments for the class will be due one month from the date of the last class. Botanical Art and Illustration Certificate core course

Taste of the Season: Summer Series | Chef Emily Larsen, Spilling the Soup

May: Pan Seared Chicken or Cauliflower Steak with Rhubarb Sauce and an Arugula Salad with Poached Radishes | Thurs., May 5 | 6 – 7:30 p.m.
June: Strawberry Gazpacho with Kohlrabi Salad | Thurs., June 2 | 6 – 7:30 p.m.
July: Spicy Eggplant and Zucchini Stir Fry with Watermelon Sorbet | Thurs., July 7 | 6 – 7:30 p.m.
August: Hot Honey Corn on the Cob, Peach and Tomato Salad with Marinated Chicken (or Tofu), Roasted Okra | Thurs., August 4 | 6 – 7:30 p.m.

Class Series $120 members | $140 nonmembers | The grocery pickup option for this series is now closed.

Virtual class hosted on Zoom 

Eating seasonally means getting the freshest available food with the greatest health benefits. Not only is that good for our bodies but for our planet, too. By sourcing locally we can eliminate environmental damage caused by shipping foods long distances while also supporting your community. Join Chef Emily this winter in tasting the seasons and learning to create dishes from the freshest, and therefore tastiest, ingredients around. Each ingredient list will include recommended local farms and brands. All recipes will include gluten free/vegan alternatives.  

May – Pan Seared Chicken (or Cauliflower Steak) with Rhubarb Sauce and an Arugula Salad with Poached Radishes 

June – Strawberry Gazpacho with Kohlrabi Salad 

July – Spicy Eggplant and Zucchini Stir Fry with Watermelon Sorbet 

August – Hot Honey Corn on the Cob, Peach and Tomato Salad with Marinated Chicken (or Tofu) and Roasted Okra 

Simple Food: Inspired by The Art of Simple Food by Alice Waters (Full Series) | Mark Snyder, Cook2Eat2Live

Using the Pantry: Farro Summer Salad and Roasted Chicken - Thurs., May 12 | 6 – 8 p.m.
Menu Planning: Asparagus and Lemon Risotto with Baked Salmon - Thurs., June 9 | 6 – 8 p.m.
Cooking From Scratch: Grilled Fish and Squash with Fresh Salsa and Sweet Corn Soup Thurs., July 14 | 6 – 8 p.m.
Eating Seasonally: Fusilli with Tomato Sauce, Eggplant and Ricotta Salata with Green Garden Salad - Thurs., August 11 | 6 – 8 p.m.

Class Series $90 members | $110 nonmembers | The grocery pickup option for this class is now closed.

Virtual class hosted on Zoom 

This semester, join Mark Snyder virtually for a deep dive into The Art of Simple Food by Alice Waters. In this four-part series, we'll discuss Waters' passion for flavor and reverence for locally produced, seasonal foods. 

Using the Pantry: In May we’ll discuss the importance of a well-stocked pantry as the foundation to getting started in the kitchen. For class we’ll prepare a fresh Farro Salad with Shallots and Parsley served with Herb Roasted Chicken. 

Menu Planning: Having good ingredients on hand is the first step in menu planning. Come back in June to learn meal planning, how to decide what to cook, and where to find inspiration. Hint: check your garden or the market! Asparagus and Lemon Risotto with Baked Salmon and Herb Butter is on the menu! 

Cooking from Scratch: In July we’ll be cooking from scratch the season’s bounty. Join us for Grilled Fish and Summer Squash with Salsa Verde and a Sweet Corn Soup.  

Eating Seasonally: The surest way of cooking with good ingredients is to eat seasonally. In August we’ll whip up Fusilli with Tomato Sauce, Eggplant and Ricotta Salata served with a Garden Salad with homemade vinaigrette.  

Online Classes
Painting by Christine Hutson

Watercolor Drybrush/Limning Techniques | Christine Hutson

Wednesdays, June 1, 8, 15, 22 and 29 and July 6 | 10 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.  (with half hour lunch break)
After-class meeting: Wednesday, July 20 | 10 – 11:30 a.m.

$220 members | $250 non members

Presented as a live webinar through Zoom

Objective: To use and build on or improve drybrush limning style techniques and create detailed illustrations

Level: Intermediate

Prerequisites:  Watercolor I

Supply list (PDF)

Limning, a traditional painting method dating back to the Renaissance, has been used by botanical artists and illustrators for centuries and is still favored by those who need to portray their subjects with great precision.  For this technique, tiny brushstrokes are used to build up a highly detailed image.  Receive online step-by-step instruction on this watercolor technique and practice it using high-quality photos of plants and flowers that you select as references.  Botanical Art and Illustration Certificate elective.

Online Classes
Graphite Drawing by Betsy Doherty

Botanical Drawing I | Weldon Doran

Wednesdays: June 8, 15, 22 and 29, July 6 and 13 | 6 – 9 p.m. (with small breaks)
After-class meeting: Wednesday, July 27 | 6 – 7:30 p.m.

$220 members | $250 nonmembers

Presented as a live webinar through Zoom

Objective: To be able to accurately draw three-dimensional shapes using line and tone, and employ geometric and aerial perspective in drawing botanical subjects.

Level: Beginner

Prerequisite: None

*Relevant demos are recorded and made available to pre-registered students within 1 week of each class session.  Videos will be viewable for one month from receipt.

Supply list (PDF)

Botanical illustration differs from traditional drawing because it captures a subject with scientific accuracy through observation, form and detail.  Learn to identify basic shapes in nature and use a step-by-step process to create the illusion of depth through light, shadow and perspective.  Botanical Art and Illustration Certificate core course.

This class is now filled. Please email edu@phipps.conservatory.org to be placed on the waiting list.

Online Classes
Graphite Drawing by Betsy Doherty

Botanical Drawing I | Robin Menard

Saturdays: June 11, 18 and July 9 | 9:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. (with lunch breaks)

After-class meeting: Monday, July 18 | 6 - 7:30 p.m.

$225 members | $255 nonmembers

Presented as a live webinar through Zoom

Objective: To be able to accurately draw three-dimensional shapes using line and tone, and employ geometric and aerial perspective in drawing botanical subjects.

Level: Beginner

Prerequisite: None

*Relevant demos are recorded and made available to pre-registered students within 1 week of each class session.  Videos will be viewable for one month from receipt.

Registration for this class is now closed.

Supply list (PDF)

Botanical illustration differs from traditional drawing because it captures a subject with scientific accuracy through observation, form and detail.  Learn to identify basic shapes in nature and use a step-by-step process to create the illusion of depth through light, shadow and perspective.  Botanical Art and Illustration Certificate core course.

Herbal Medicine Making: Summer Series | Michelle Soto

Summer Series: Wednesdays, June 15, 29, July 13, 27, Aug 10, 24 | 6:30 – 8 p.m.

$225 members | $250 nonmembers | The bundle add-on option is now closed.

Presented as a live webinar through Zoom 

Objective: To learn about various medicinal plants and how to create medicines with them

Level: Beginner

Prerequisite: None

Medicine making is an ancient art that we can master today. This class is hands on from the comfort of your home. Learn how to work with a selection of plants and make medicinal syrups, teas and tinctures. Michelle Soto of Cutting Root Apothecary will share stories and information about each plant as well as how to use them medicinally. Students will have the opportunity to order a bundle with supplies needed for making medicines to be mailed directly to their homes. All of the herbs provided are grown and processed at Cutting Root Farm & Apothecary in Butler, PA. Choose from the summer or fall series or plan to take them both, as new herbs will be explored in the fall.

Online Classes
Sunflower by Brenda Jordan

Colored Pencil I: Techniques | Amy Lindenberger

Saturdays: June 18, 25 and July 2 | 9:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. (with lunch breaks)
After-class meeting: Tuesday, July 12, 7 – 8:30 p.m.

$225 members | $255 non members

Presented as a live webinar through Zoom

Objective: To be able to create a gradual transition of tone and color with colored pencils.

Level: Intermediate

Prerequisites:  Botanical Drawing I and II

Supply list (PDF)

Using different techniques, you can make colored pencil tones look like a drawing or painting, providing you work with the versatility to create a wide variety of surface textures.  Develop your color perception and become familiar with colored pencil tools, color applications and color theory fundamentals. Learn to layer colors to achieve different hues and densities and master a variety of techniques, including burnishing, impressed line and sgraffito. Botanical Art and Illustration Certificate core class

Online Classes
Journal made by Lisa Rasmussen

Making a Nature Journal | Lisa Rasmussen

Mondays: June 27, July 11 and 18 | 1 – 4 p.m.
After-class meeting: Monday, July 25 | 7 – 8:30 p.m.

$170 members | $190 non members

Presented as a live webinar through Zoom

Objective: To learn how to make a nature journal

Level: Beginner

Prerequisites:  none 

Supply list (PDF)

Students will learn some of the basics of bookbinding in this course.  Each student will build a soft cover 48-page journal from start to finish.  This 8’ x 10” journal can be used for nature journaling or as a mixed media sketchbook. Kits containing materials for nature journal making will be mailed out to students prior to class. Kit prices are part of tuition.  Botanical Art and Illustration Certificate elective.

Select photos © Phil Johnson II, Paul g. Wiegman, Martin LaBar