NOTE: All member and nonmember tickets must be reserved in advance, and masks are now optional but recommended. Learn more about how you can join us!

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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  • History of Botanical Art | Weldon Doran | Wednesdays: Sept. 28, Oct. 5, 19 and 26, Nov. 2 and 9 | 6 - 9 p.m. | Lecture: Sept. 28, Oct. 5 and 19 | Hunt Institute Presentation Oct. 26 | Student Presentations Nov. 2 and 9
  • Pen and Ink II | Melissa Fabian | Tuesdays: Oct. 4, 11, 18 and 25, Nov. 1 and 8 | 6 – 9 p.m. | After class meeting: Tuesday Dec. 6, 7- 8:30 p.m.
  • Nature Journaling in Place | Melissa Fabian | Tuesdays Nov. 15, 22 and 29 | 1 – 4 p.m. | After class meeting: Tuesday Dec. 13 | 7 - 8:30 p.m.
  • Winter Gems in Watercolor | Amy Lewandowski | Thursdays Dec. 1, 8 and 15 | 6 – 9 p.m. | After class meeting: Thursday Jan. 12 | 6 - 7:30 p.m.

Classes in Progress

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Illumination Techniques with Watercolors, Gouache and Gold Paint | Christine Hutson |  Wednesdays: Sept. 14, 21 and 28, Oct. 5, 12 and 19 | 10 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. (with lunch break) | After class meeting: Wednesday Nov. 9, 10 – 11:30 a.m.

  • Botanical Drawing I: Foundations | Robin Menard | Saturdays: Sept. 17 and 24, Oct. 1 | 9:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. (with lunch break) | After class meeting: Tuesday Oct. 11 | 7 – 8:30 p.m.

Detailed Listings

Phipps Family Dinner: Taco Night | Chef Emily Larsen, Spilling the Soup

Tues., Sept 27 | 6 – 7:30 p.m.

Single Class $25 members | $30 nonmembers  | The grocery pickup option for this class is now closed.
Virtual class hosted on Zoom

Get the whole family in the kitchen for Phipps Family Dinner Night! Join Chef Emily for familiar favorites like pierogies, tacos and of course pasta!  Come back for taco night and make your very own “house special” taco seasoning, learn how to make homemade tortillas, smash some avocados into guacamole and blend up a signature salsa. Make family dinner at home even easier and let Phipps do the shopping for you. 

Registration is per-screen; families are welcome to share a screen and join in together!

Upon registration you’ll receive a materials list which includes the necessary ingredients or equipment recommended for following along, although it is not required. Feel free to sit back and take notes and cook along another time if that’s more your speed.

History of Botanical Art | Weldon Doran

Wednesdays: Sept. 28, Oct. 5, 19 and 26, Nov. 2 and 9 | 6 - 9 p.m.
Lecture: Sept. 28, Oct. 5 and 19
Hunt Institute Presentation Oct. 26
Student Presentations Nov. 2 and 9

$220 members | $250 nonmembers
Presented as a live webinar through Zoom

Objective: To understand how botanical art has developed and changed to serve the needs of different generations and cultures
Level: Beginner
Prerequisite: None

There is no supply list for this class.

Explore the history of botanical art from its earliest beginnings in herbals through present-day contemporary works.  The class includes a presentation from the Hunt Institute of Botanical Documentation which houses one of the world’s largest collections of botanical art and illustration.  You will have the opportunity to study some of the rare books and original paintings and drawings by artists such as Pierre-Joseph Redout, George Ehret and Anne Ophelia Todd Dowden.  You will be responsible for writing a research report on a selected botanical artist.  Botanical Art and Illustration Certificate core course

Pen and Ink II | Melissa Fabian

Tuesdays: Oct. 4, 11, 18 and 25, Nov. 1 and 8 | 6 – 9 p.m.
After class meeting: Tuesday Dec. 6, 7- 8:30 p.m.

$235 members | $265 nonmembers
Presented as a live webinar through Zoom

Objective: Pen and Ink II student will have improved stroke making and wash skills with the introduction of color through various tools and inks.
Level: Intermediate
Prerequisite: Pen and Ink I

Supply list (PDF)

*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.

Add another dimension to your pen and ink work through color.  Various tools and inks will be provided to develop additional reference sheets to add to your black and white references.  Create various plant studies and a completed botanical art piece.  Botanical Art and Illustration Certificate core course

Phipps Family Dinner: Pasta Lovers | Chef Emily Larsen, Spilling the Soup

Tues., Oct 4 | 6 – 7:30 p.m.

Single Class $25 members | $30 nonmembers  | The grocery pickup option for this class is now closed.

Get the whole family in the kitchen for Phipps Family Dinner Night! Join Chef Emily for familiar favorites like pierogies, tacos and of course pasta!  Last but not least pasta lovers’ dinner! Learn how to make from-scratch pici pasta paired with a homemade algio e olio sauce. Make family dinner at home even easier and let Phipps do the shopping for you. 

Registration is per-screen; families are welcome to share a screen and join in together!

Upon registration you’ll receive a materials list which includes the necessary ingredients or equipment recommended for following along, although it is not required. Feel free to sit back and take notes and cook along another time if that’s more your speed.

Autumn Gourds in Watercolor Using Masking Fluid | Amy Lewandowski

Thursdays: Oct. 6, 13 and 20 | 6 – 9 p.m.
After class meeting: Thursday Nov. 10 | 7 – 8:30 p.m.

$130 members | $150 nonmembers
Presented as a live webinar through Zoom

Objective: To learn watercolor technique using masking fluid for painting gourds
Level: Intermediate
Prerequisite: Botanical Drawing I and II, Watercolor I (or equivalent experience)

Supply list (PDF)

*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.

In this 3-session class learn how to use masking fluid while painting colorful fall gourds in watercolor. The class will consist of demonstrations, practice exercises, individual and group discussion culminating in a final finished single or multiple gourd piece. Students will need to provide their own colorful gourds for the class. Botanical Art and Illustration Certificate elective

Sustainable Gardening for Western PA | Gabe Tilove, Juliette Olshock

Thursdays: Oct. 6, 13, 20, 27, Nov. 3 | 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.

$130 members | $145 non-members
Presented as a live webinar through Zoom

Fall is for gardeners! This series is designed for home gardeners in western Pennsylvania looking to upgrade their expertise and grow gardens that are beautiful and well adapted to the ecology of our region. Learn the essential skills needed to create a thriving, sustainable garden, connect to local resources, and get your gardening questions answered.

Native Plants for Beautiful, Biodiverse Yards | Gabe Tilove and Juliette Olshock

Thursday, Oct. 6

Native plants are essential to a thriving backyard ecosystem – join us to learn more about what makes a plant “native” to western Pa. and how they support birds and butterflies. Discover our favorite native perennials, shrubs and trees for a variety of landscape uses, learn about Phipps’ Sustainable Plant finder, and connect with local and mail order nurseries to source great native plants – it’s not too late to plant this fall!

Weed and Invasive Plant Management | Juliette Olshock 

Thursday, Oct. 13

Without proper management, weeds and invasive plants can take over a garden, choke out preferred plants, and damage your backyard ecosystem. This class will familiarize you with key strategies for managing weeds, clarify the difference between a weed and invasive plant, and introduce you to some of the most common species in our region. 

Pruning, Planting and Maintenance: The Fall Garden | Gabe Tilove

Thursday, Oct. 20

Fall is a wonderful time to get busy again in the garden after the heat of summer has subsided, Join us for a comprehensive review of fall garden activities. Sharpen up your pruning skills, review planting techniques for trees, shrubs, perennials and bulbs, get tips to thicken up your lawn, learn about soil testing, and discuss fall clean-up best practices that support both plant and pollinator health.  

Creating and Managing Healthy Soil | Juliette Olshock

Thursday, Oct. 27

Healthy soil is essential for good plant growth. In this class, learn the fundamentals of soil characteristics including the physical, chemical and biological aspects of soil, as well as the strategies for improving soil health in order to grow healthy plants and minimize pest and disease pressure. 

Deer, Shade and Hillsides: Addressing Western PA Garden Challenges | Juliette Olshock

Thursday, Nov. 3 

Learn how to manage the many challenges of gardening in Western Pa. What plants are safe from deer? How do you manage shade? And what to do with a steep sloping garden? Learn unique strategies for dealing with these difficult sites in order to create a beautiful garden.

Cozy Beverages: Cocktails and Mocktails for the Fall| Hanna Mosca and Drew Cranisky*

Fri., Oct 7 | 6 – 7:30 p.m.

$30 members | $35 nonmembers  | Drink kit: $25
Virtual class hosted 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 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 fall flavors. Drew will teach us how to make the perfect 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! 

Upon registration you’ll receive a materials list which includes the necessary ingredients or equipment recommended for following along, although it is not required. Feel free to sit back and take notes and cook along another time if that’s more your speed.

* 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 from 1 - 5 p.m. the day of 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 cocktail and includes all necessary ingredients except for alcohol and optional ingredients. Pick up details including map and contact information to follow.

Introduction to Printmaking with Botanical Imagery | Lisa Rasmussen

Saturdays: Oct. 8, 15 and 22 | 2 – 5 p.m.
After class meeting: Monday Oct. 31, 7 – 8:30 p.m.

$160 members | $180 nonmembers
Presented as a live webinar through Zoom

Objective: Students will learn a new process for expressing and interpreting botanical images.
Level: Beginner to Intermediate
Prerequisite: Botanical Drawing I and II 

Supply list (PDF)

*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.

In this introductory course, we will create a one-color botanical that can be printed multiple times. This course will take you through the multi-step process of creating a design, carving a plate and printing your design using the linoleum block method of printmaking. This process will be a different way of thinking about botanical illustration in that you will need to be very aware of the positive and negative spaces you create. Kits containing materials for printmaking will be mailed out to students prior to class. Kit prices are part of the tuition. Botanical Art and Illustration Certificate elective.

Baking with Herbs (Full Series) | Dina Ranade, The Bake Shoppe

No Yeast Breads |  Mon., Oct 10 | 7-8:30 p.m.
Herbal Scones | Mon., Oct 17 | 7-8:30 p.m.
Holiday Breakfast Treats | Mon., Nov 7 | 7-8:30 p.m.
Holiday Herbal Cookies | Mon., Nov 14 | 7 – 8:30  p.m.

Class Series $90 members | $110 nonmembers
Virtual class hosted on Zoom

Herbalist Dina Ranade is back this semester for more Baking with Herbs! This semester Dina is baking up some no yeast breads, herbal scones, breakfast goodies and herbal cookies just in time before the holidays!

Upon registration you’ll receive a materials list which includes the necessary ingredients or equipment recommended for following along, although it is not required. Feel free to sit back and take notes and cook along another time if that’s more your speed.

No Yeast Breads – No yeast needed in this breads class. Dina will create herb infused soda breads, one with herbs and cheese, one with currants and chai spices. To top it off we’ll make herb infused butter and herbal tea.

Scones – Come back for tasty herbal scones made with herb infused milk, one sweet, one savory, paired with homemade coffee syrups.

Holiday Breakfast Treats – Add some tasty breakfast-treat recipes to your repertoire this holiday season like sweet potato cinnamon rolls and an herb infused breakfast tart of a pumpkin bread pudding

Holiday Herbal Cookies – Take your family cookie recipes to the next level this year using herbs. Last but not least and just in time for the holidays, herbal infused cookies paired with herbal teas! 

Baking with Herbs: No Yeast Breads | Dina Ranade, The Bake Shoppe

Mon., Oct 10 | 7-8:30 p.m.

Single Class: $25 members | $30 nonmembers
Virtual class hosted on Zoom

Herbalist Dina Ranade is back this semester for more Baking with Herbs! This semester Dina is baking up some no yeast breads, herbal scones, breakfast goodies and herbal cookies just in time before the holidays!

Upon registration you’ll receive a materials list which includes the necessary ingredients or equipment recommended for following along, although it is not required. Feel free to sit back and take notes and cook along another time if that’s more your speed.

No Yeast Breads – No yeast needed in this breads class. Dina will create herb infused soda breads, one with herbs and cheese, one with currants and chai spices. To top it off we’ll make herb infused butter and herbal tea.

Botanical Drawing II | Robin Menard

Saturdays: Oct. 15, 22 and 29 | 9:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. (with lunch break)
After class meeting: Monday Nov. 7 | 6 - 7:30 p.m.

$235 members | $265 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

Supply list (PDF)

*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.

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

Baking with Herbs: Herbal Scones | Dina Ranade, The Bake Shoppe

Mon., Oct 17 | 7-8:30 p.m.

Single Class: $25 members | $30 nonmembers
Virtual class hosted on Zoom

Herbalist Dina Ranade is back this semester for more Baking with Herbs! This semester Dina is baking up some no yeast breads, herbal scones, breakfast goodies and herbal cookies just in time before the holidays!

Upon registration you’ll receive a materials list which includes the necessary ingredients or equipment recommended for following along, although it is not required. Feel free to sit back and take notes and cook along another time if that’s more your speed.

Scones – Come back for tasty herbal scones made with herb infused milk, one sweet, one savory, paired with homemade coffee syrups.

Not Your Mother’s Garden: Explore a Piet Oudolf Inspired Home Garden | Deborah Chud

Tues., Oct. 18 | 7 – 8 p.m.

$25 members | $30 non members
Virtual program presented through Zoom

In “Not Your Mother’s Garden”, Deborah takes the audience on a photo tour of her highly unusual Piet Oudolf-inspired garden and describes the design principles underlying it. Many of the plants are unfamiliar—even to experienced and knowledgeable gardeners. These “new perennials” were all taken from Piet Oudolf’s canon of plants, and they exhibit the qualities valued by Piet and his fellow New Perennialists. What’s new about new perennials, and what can they do for you? Walk through Deborah’s garden with her to find out. Sustainable Horticulture, Landscape and Garden Design, and Native Plant Landscapes elective. This class has been approved for 1.0 CEUs for landscape architects by LA CES.

Plant Forward Gourmet (Full Series) | Chef Emily Larsen, Spilling the Soup*

Miso Risotto | Tues., Oct 18 | 6 – 7:30 p.m.
Harissa Carrots with Lentils | Tues., Oct 25 | 6 – 7:30 p.m.
“Scallops” with Smokey Red Pepper Coulis | Tues., Nov 1 | 6 – 7:30 p.m.

Class Series $70 members | $85 nonmembers | Grocery Pickup $30 per class
Virtual class hosted on Zoom

Expand your plant forward kitchen repertoire with fresh gourmet recipes perfect for the season. Chef Emily will demonstrate the basics of plant forward cooking while adding in some tricks to take things to the next level. All meals will include both vegan and gluten free options.

Miso Risotto: a melting pot of flavors, incorporating miso, tamari and ginger with creamy risotto and celeriac, finished with eye catching and delicious garnishes.

Harissa Carrots with Lentils: roasted seasonal veggies dripping in a smoky sauce, enhanced by lemon-spiked yogurt and spicy harissa. 

“Scallops” with Smokey Red Pepper Coulis: seared turnips with smokey red pepper sauce and creamy avocados, elevated with the perfect blend of herbs and spices for an unforgettable dish.

Upon registration you’ll receive a materials list which includes the necessary ingredients or equipment recommended for following along, although it is not required. Feel free to sit back and take notes and cook along another time if that’s more your speed.

* 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 from 1 - 5 p.m. the day of 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 Gourmet: Miso Risotto | Chef Emily Larsen, Spilling the Soup*

Tues., Oct 18 | 6 – 7:30 p.m. 

Single Class $25 members | $30 nonmembers  | Grocery Pickup $30 per class
Virtual class hosted on Zoom

Expand your plant forward kitchen repertoire with fresh gourmet recipes perfect for the season. Chef Emily will demonstrate the basics of plant forward cooking while adding in some tricks to take things to the next level. All meals will include both vegan and gluten free options.

Miso Risotto: a melting pot of flavors, incorporating miso, tamari and ginger with creamy risotto and celeriac, finished with eye catching and delicious garnishes.

Upon registration you’ll receive a materials list which includes the necessary ingredients or equipment recommended for following along, although it is not required. Feel free to sit back and take notes and cook along another time if that’s more your speed.

* 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 from 1 - 5 p.m. the day of 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 Gourmet: Harissa Carrots with Lentils | Chef Emily Larsen, Spilling the Soup*

Tues., Oct 25 | 6 – 7:30 p.m.

Single Class $25 members | $30 nonmembers  | Grocery Pickup $30 per class
Virtual class hosted on Zoom

Expand your plant forward kitchen repertoire with fresh gourmet recipes perfect for the season. Chef Emily will demonstrate the basics of plant forward cooking while adding in some tricks to take things to the next level. All meals will include both vegan and gluten free options.

Harissa Carrots with Lentils: roasted seasonal veggies dripping in a smoky sauce, enhanced by lemon-spiked yogurt and spicy harissa. 

Upon registration you’ll receive a materials list which includes the necessary ingredients or equipment recommended for following along, although it is not required. Feel free to sit back and take notes and cook along another time if that’s more your speed.

* 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 from 1 - 5 p.m. the day of 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.

Celebrating Fall Colors in Watercolor | visiting artist Julia Trickey

Saturdays Oct. 29 | 9 a.m. – noon EST and Nov. 5 | 10 a.m. – noon EST

$195 members | $225 nonmembers
Presented as a live webinar through Zoom

Objective: To learn wet on wet watercolor technique for painting fall leaves
Level: Intermediate to Advanced
Prerequisite: Drawing I and II and Watercolor I (or equivalent experience)

Supply list (PDF)

In this class we will look at how to depict the wonderful colors and pattern of fall leaves. Using wet-in-wet techniques for the early painting stages, we will explore how to bring leaves to life and how to recreate the merging colors often seen in leaves at this time of year. We will then consider how to depict the veins and add detail using drier painting techniques. There will also be the option of adding a black background, which can really make the fall colors zing. Join Julia to celebrate all that the Fall brings.  Botanical Art and Illustration Certificate elective

Nature’s Treasures: A Collection Painting | Robin Menard

Sundays: Oct. 30 and Nov. 20 | 9:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. (with lunch break)
After class meeting: Sunday Dec. 4 | 9:30 – 11 a.m.

$165 members | $185 nonmembers
Presented as a live webinar through Zoom

Objective: To create a painting from your collection of nature’s treasures.
Level: Beginner - Intermediate
Prerequisite: Botanical Drawing I and II

Supply list (PDF)

*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.

All of us have jars and drawers filled with little treasures collected on our walks, or while tending our gardens. In this class, create a collection painting with your favorite items! Feathers, shells, leaves, twigs, or acorns – what treasures do you have hidden away? Pull them out and highlight them in graphite, colored pencil, watercolor or mixed media! Past participants welcome! Botanical Art and Illustration Certificate elective.

Plant Forward Gourmet: "Scallops" with Smokey Red Pepper Coulis | Chef Emily Larsen, Spilling the Soup*

Tues., Nov 1 | 6 – 7:30 p.m.

Single Class $25 members | $30 nonmembers  | Grocery Pickup $30 per class

Virtual class hosted on Zoom

Expand your plant forward kitchen repertoire with fresh gourmet recipes perfect for the season. Chef Emily will demonstrate the basics of plant forward cooking while adding in some tricks to take things to the next level. All meals will include both vegan and gluten free options.

“Scallops” with Smokey Red Pepper Coulis: seared turnips with smokey red pepper sauce and creamy avocados, elevated with the perfect blend of herbs and spices for an unforgettable dish.

Upon registration you’ll receive a materials list which includes the necessary ingredients or equipment recommended for following along, although it is not required. Feel free to sit back and take notes and cook along another time if that’s more your speed.

* 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 from 1 - 5 p.m. the day of 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.

Introduction to Painting Nature with Watercolor | Rosalie Haizlett

Thursday November 3 | 6 – 7:30 p.m.

$40 members | $50 nonmembers

Presented as a live webinar through Zoom

This class will be recorded and made available to all registered participants for one month after the program.

Prerequisite: None

In this 90 minute class, Rosalie will share her story about how she's fused her passions for art and the natural world together as a nature illustrator. Then, she will guide students through a full painting demonstration from her book, Watercolor in Nature, to show how you can combine pen & ink and wet-on-dry watercolor techniques to quickly render what you see outdoors in your sketchbook. Students will receive a PDF handout that includes 5 prompts for getting started with nature sketching, a recommended supplies list, and a list of resources for further learning on this topic. Students are invited to actively follow along with the demonstration or simply sit back and enjoy the demonstration. Botanical Art and Illustration elective.

To follow along, students will need:

A set of watercolors
2-3 watercolor brushes of varying sizes including one very thin one (size 1-4 round)
Cold-pressed watercolor paper or mixed-media paper
Sketching pencil 
Eraser 
Cup of water
Paper towel
A permanent ink pen (Sakura Micron pen or fine-tipped Sharpie). 

Colored Pencil I: Techniques | Amy Lindenberger

Saturdays Nov. 5, 19 and Dec. 3, 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. (with lunch breaks)
After-class meeting: Wednesday Dec. 14, 7 – 8:30 p.m.

$235 members | $265 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

Registration for this class will close on Oct. 21.

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.

Baking with Herbs: Holiday Breakfast Treats | Dina Ranade, The Bake Shoppe

Mon., Nov 7 | 7-8:30 p.m.

Single Class: $25 members | $30 nonmembers
Virtual class hosted on Zoom

Herbalist Dina Ranade is back this semester for more Baking with Herbs! This semester Dina is baking up some no yeast breads, herbal scones, breakfast goodies and herbal cookies just in time before the holidays!

Upon registration you’ll receive a materials list which includes the necessary ingredients or equipment recommended for following along, although it is not required. Feel free to sit back and take notes and cook along another time if that’s more your speed.

Holiday Breakfast Treats – Add some tasty breakfast-treat recipes to your repertoire this holiday season like sweet potato cinnamon rolls and an herb infused breakfast tart of a pumpkin bread pudding.

Baking with Herbs: Holiday Herbal Cookies | Dina Ranade, The Bake Shoppe

Mon., Nov 14 | 7 – 8:30  p.m.

Single Class: $25 members | $30 nonmembers 

Virtual class hosted on Zoom

Herbalist Dina Ranade is back this semester for more Baking with Herbs! This semester Dina is baking up some no yeast breads, herbal scones, breakfast goodies and herbal cookies just in time before the holidays!

Upon registration you’ll receive a materials list which includes the necessary ingredients or equipment recommended for following along, although it is not required. Feel free to sit back and take notes and cook along another time if that’s more your speed.

Holiday Herbal Cookies – Take your family cookie recipes to the next level this year using herbs. Last but not least and just in time for the holidays, herbal infused cookies paired with herbal teas! 

Nature Journaling in Place | Melissa Fabian

Tuesdays Nov. 15, 22 and 29 | 1 – 4 p.m.
After class meeting: Tuesday Dec. 13 | 7 - 8:30 p.m.

$130 members | $150 nonmembers
Presented as a live webinar through Zoom

Objective: To observe and sketch often forgotten places in your outdoor space
Level: Beginner to advanced
Prerequisite: Botanical Drawing I 

Supply list (PDF)

*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.

Clare Walker Leslie, an internationally recognized artist, naturalist, educator and author of numerous journaling books will be the resource for this class.  During class several techniques will be introduced to use in our green “place”.   The November class works perfectly to observe and learn about the process plants, insects and birds must follow to survive and continue propagating, ushering in the next Monarch butterfly or keeping the pair of cardinals coming back to your “place”. Botanical Art and Illustration Certificate elective

Staple Soups and Stews (Full Series) | Chef Emily Larsen, Spilling the Soup*

New England Staples | Tues., Nov 29 | 6 – 7:30 p.m.
Mid-Atlantic Staples | Tues., Dec 6 | 6 – 7:30 p.m.
Southern Staples | Tues., Dec 13 | 6 – 7:30 p.m.

Class Series $70 members | $85 nonmembers | Grocery Pickup $30 per class
Virtual class hosted on Zoom

Soup season is here at last. Join Chef Emily in learning staple soups and stews from all over the map! First stop, New England. In this class you’ll learn Chef Emily’s Boston Clam Chowder and a Ski Lodge French Onion. Next stop, the Mid-Atlantic for a tasty Maryland Tomato-Crab Bisque and a local Pennsylvania Mushroom Barley. Last stop on the tour, a southern staple, Louisiana Creole Gumbo. You’ll be a master of soups before the holidays! 

Upon registration you’ll receive a materials list which includes the necessary ingredients or equipment recommended for following along, although it is not required. Feel free to sit back and take notes and cook along another time if that’s more your speed.

* 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 from 1 - 5 p.m. the day of 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.

Staple Soups and Stews: New England Staples | Chef Emily Larsen, Spilling the Soup*

Tues., Nov 29 | 6 – 7:30 p.m. 

Single Class $25 members | $30 nonmembers | Grocery Pickup $30 per class
Virtual class hosted on Zoom

Soup season is here at last. Join Chef Emily in learning staple soups and stews from all over the map! First stop, New England. In this class you’ll learn Chef Emily’s Boston Clam Chowder and a Ski Lodge French Onion. You’ll be a master of soups before the holidays! 

Upon registration you’ll receive a materials list which includes the necessary ingredients or equipment recommended for following along, although it is not required. Feel free to sit back and take notes and cook along another time if that’s more your speed.

* 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 from 1 - 5 p.m. the day of 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.

Winter Gems in Watercolor | Amy Lewandowski

Thursdays Dec. 1, 8 and 15 | 6 – 9 p.m.
After class meeting: Thursday Jan. 12 | 6 - 7:30 p.m.

$130 members | $150 nonmembers
Presented as a live webinar through Zoom

Objective: Intermediate to Advanced
Level: Intermediate to Advanced
Prerequisite: Botanical Drawing I and II, Watercolor I (or equivalent experience)

Supply list (PDF)

*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.

Illustrate seasonal plants in an assortment of colors using different methods of mixing watercolor paints along with a variety of wash techniques.  Apply these techniques to a composition of multiple small specimens or a single sample of winter flora through a series of demonstrations, individual help and group discussion Botanical Art and Illustration Certificate elective.

Outdoor Evergreen Decor | Polly Berginc AIFD

Thursday, Dec. 1 | 6:30 – 8 p.m. 

$10 members | $15 nonmembers
Presented as live webinar through Zoom

Materials: Students will need to source their own materials based on their containers and personal preferences. It is recommended to watch the class as a demo, then design your décor following the course.

Objective: To be able to design attractive and long-lasting winter displays for your home
Level: Beginner to intermediate
Prerequisite: None 

Learn how to enhance your home’s curb appeal during the winter season with outdoor décor. Polly will design unique outdoor arrangements based with evergreens in a pedestal urn and decorative porch container options that can be customized to your home’s style. Natural botanicals and trim options will be displayed. Instructional guidelines with design tips, evergreen options, and tools/supplies needed will be provided. Floral Design Certificate elective

Holiday Door Swag (demo) | Polly Berginc AIFD

Tues., Dec. 6 | 7 – 8 p.m. 

$15 members | $20 nonmembers (class only, does not include greens/supplies)
Class presented virtually through Zoom

Objective: To be able to design a door adornment made out of cut evergreen material
Level: Beginner to intermediate
Prerequisites: None

Learn the mechanics for how to make your own holiday door swag from cut evergreen materials and other holiday decorations. The instructor will also share “recipes” for you to purchase your own greens, and all students will receive a recording of the class for review. Floral Design certificate elective. 

Staple Soups and Stews: Mid-Atlantic Staples | Chef Emily Larsen, Spilling the Soup*

Tues., Dec 6 | 6 – 7:30 p.m.

Single Class $25 members | $30 nonmembers  | Grocery Pickup $30 per class
Virtual class hosted on Zoom

Soup season is here at last. Join Chef Emily in learning staple soups and stews from all over the map! Next stop, the Mid-Atlantic for a tasty Maryland Tomato-Crab Bisque and a local Pennsylvania Mushroom Barley. You’ll be a master of soups before the holidays! 

Upon registration you’ll receive a materials list which includes the necessary ingredients or equipment recommended for following along, although it is not required. Feel free to sit back and take notes and cook along another time if that’s more your speed.

* 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 from 1 - 5 p.m. the day of 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.

Nature’s Splendor Urn | Polly Berginc AIFD

Mon., Dec. 12 | 1 - 3 p.m. 

$25 members | $30 nonmembers | Material fee: $40
Class presented virtually through Zoom

Objective: To be able to design a natural looking winter seasonal urn arrangement and learn how to personalize it to your home décor for the holiday season
Level: Beginner to intermediate 
Prerequisites: None 

Using a variety of natural materials and winter foliage, create a classic urn arrangement. This design features fresh evergreens with natural cones and pods accented with faux berries and trims for winter seasonal appeal. Learn how this piece can be personalized to your home décor with the addition of basic or unique trims for the holiday season. Materials can be picked up before class from Phipps Garden Center in Mellon Park during our annual Greens Sale, December 8, 9 and 10. Floral Design Certificate elective

Staple Soups and Stews: Southern Staples | Chef Emily Larsen, Spilling the Soup*

Tues., Dec 13 | 6 – 7:30 p.m.

Single Class $25 members | $30 nonmembers  | Grocery Pickup $30 per class
Virtual class hosted on Zoom

Soup season is here at last. Join Chef Emily in learning staple soups and stews from all over the map! Last stop on the tour, a southern staple, Louisiana Creole Gumbo. You’ll be a master of soups before the holidays! 

Upon registration you’ll receive a materials list which includes the necessary ingredients or equipment recommended for following along, although it is not required. Feel free to sit back and take notes and cook along another time if that’s more your speed.

* 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 from 1 - 5 p.m. the day of 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
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.

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: Botanical Drawing I and II, 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

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 | The bundle 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
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

Illumination Techniques with Watercolors, Gouache and Gold Paint | Christine Hutson

Wednesdays: Sept. 14, 21 and 28, Oct. 5, 12 and 19 | 10 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. (with lunch break)
After class meeting: Wednesday Nov. 9, 10 – 11:30 a.m.

$235 members | $265 nonmembers
Presented as a live webinar through Zoom

Objective: To be able to use a variety of illumination techniques
Level: Intermediate
Prerequisite: Watercolor I (or equivalent watercolor experience)

Supply list (PDF)

*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.

Discover several different styles of medieval book illumination and explore them using modern materials, including watercolors and gold paint.  Plus, explore watercolor illumination on black paper. Create illuminated initial letters, as well as other decorative styles and motifs.  Botanical Art and Illustration Certificate elective

Botanical Drawing I: Foundations | Robin Menard

Saturdays: Sept. 17 and 24, Oct. 1 | 9:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. (with lunch break)
After class meeting: Tuesday Oct. 11 | 7 – 8:30 p.m.

$240 members | $270 nonmembers
Presented as a live webinar through Zoom

Objective: To be able to accurately draw three-dimensional shapes using line and tone and to employ geometric and aerial perspective in drawing botanical subjects.
Level: Beginner
Prerequisite: None

Supply list (PDF)

*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.

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.

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