A weekly roundup of home and garden classes, tours and more.
If you are looking to bring the birds, bees and butterflies to your yard, then this class is for you! In this hour long interactive lecture, Julie will cover what plants you can incorporate into your backyard to help re-establish much needed habitats for our flying friends as well as ways to support their shelter and water needs. You will leave the class knowing things you can do right now to welcome wildlife to your yard!. 10-11 a.m. Jan. 21. Free. Garden Supply Co., 1421 Old Apex Road, Cary. 919-460-7747, gardensupplyco.com.
Encaustic Painting and Collage Workshop
Learn the fundamentals of Encaustic painting and collaging with hot wax in this two-day workshop! Encaustic is an intoxicating beeswax-based medium that smells like honey and falls somewhere between painting and sculpture. This affordable weekend workshop includes two ready-to-hang canvases and unlimited encaustic medium. You can choose to attend both days or one day. Demonstrations will be held at the beginning of each workshop day. You’ll learn painting, collage, translucent layering, surface texturing, sgraffito carving and more. You’ll explore layer-building techniques using different fusing tools to create unique surfaces. At the end of the workshop, you’ll have two completed pieces of art. We’ll discuss proper care and cleaning of encaustic art for archival purposes. You will learn safety procedures, ventilation and proper care for art pieces and tools. A $40 fee is due at the beginning of the workshop (check or cash). The suggested materials for this workshop are available at a 20 percent discount through a local Durham art supply store. More information will be sent to you as the workshop date approaches. Please check the DAC website for the suggested materials list. Instructor and artwork by Libby Lynn. 10:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Jan. 21-22.$75-$130. Durham Arts Council, 120 Morris St., Durham. 919-560-2787, durhamarts.org.
Chainmaille Jewelry Introductory Workshop
The process of creating chainmaille involves using two pairs of pliers (one in each hand), wielding them like a crab, and opening and closing split rings to create intricate patterns. The process is simple and addictive, although people with arthritis or other hand sensitivities may have difficulty. During these workshops, we will utilize anodized aluminum jump rings, a material that is lightweight, easy to work with, durable, waterproof and cleans up with soap and water. It also comes in a rainbow of 25 colors — you will be able to select your own custom mix of colors to create your pieces. 2:30-5 p.m. Jan. 21, 6:30-9 p.m. Feb. 2, 2:30-4 p.m Feb. 18. $22.50 plus materials fee. Durham Arts Council, 120 Morris St., Durham. 919-560-2787, durhamarts.org.
Join Anna for an hour long discussion of ways to add color, texture and some pizazz to your garden during the drab winter months. Whether you have sun or shade, Anna will show you options that you can add now to bring some excitement back to your yard. 2-3 p.m. Jan. 22. Garden Supply Co., 1421 Old Apex Road, Cary. 919-460-7747, gardensupplyco.com.
Cooking from the Garden: Warm Winter Soups
A cold winter day is always improved by a warm bowl of soup. You will learn how to make four winter soups (some vegetarian) and you will receive the recipes for all. We will sample each of the soups in class. Katie Coleman brings many years of experience as a chef and great skill at teaching people how to cook. Join us for one class, or the entire series. Each class includes in-class tastings. Instructor: Katie Coleman, chef, Durham Spirits Company.6-8 p.m. Jan. 23. Fee per session: Gardens members $28; general public $35. Sarah P. Duke Gardens, Anderson St. and Erwin Road, Durham. 919-684-3698, gardens.duke.edu.
Design Strategies for An English Garden
This workshop will begin with an outline of strategies and design elements that may be adapted from authentic English gardens into North Carolina gardens. Then you will have the opportunity to sketch out the basics of a plan for your landscape. The devices of definition, open ground and mixed borders will be refined with discussions of plant palette, the influence of light on color, and right plant/right place approaches. Participants should plan to bring a drawing of the site they want to develop. No site should be larger than 75 x 75 feet. 6:30-9 p.m. Wednesdays (Jan. 25-Feb. 15). $95-$115. Sarah P. Duke Gardens, Anderson St. and Erwin Road, Durham. 919-684-3698, gardens.duke.edu.
Kids Class: Grow a Groundhog
This fun hands-on class will teach youngsters the meaning behind Groundhog Day and how to look for signs of spring. Each child will have the opportunity to make their own “grow-able” groundhog that will eventually sprout hair! This class is best suited for elementary aged children. Please register, as this workshop has limited space. The cost of the workshop is $5 and covers all materials. 10-11 a.m. Jan. 28. $5. Garden Supply Co., 1421 Old Apex Road, Cary. 919-460-7747, gardensupplyco.com.
Get Organized! with Geralin Thomas
If 2017 is the year you have vowed to get organized, join Geralin Thomas, author, featured organizer on A&E’s Hoarders and Cary resident, for a free, interactive workshop. Geralin uses her years of organizing experience along with her wit and charm to fully engage the audience in what promises to be 90 minutes of laughter and motivation. Easy and achievable tips and tricks to getting (and staying!) organized will be shared and attendees will also have the opportunity to ask questions of Geralin and other professional organizers in the Triangle Area. Please use the Event Brite link to register!. 2-3:30 p.m. Free. Jan. 28 Chapel Hill Public Library, 100 Library Dr., Chapel Hill. 919-968-2777, chapelhillpubliclibrary.org.
Weave it or Knot: Woven Valentine
In this introductory workshop, we will set up and weave a short strip on a portable backstrap loom. Then we will make and add a corded strap and assemble either a tiny bag or hanging. All materials provided. No weaving experience necessary. You’ll be Valentine Ready! A $5 loom materials fee is due at the first class/workshop taken if you want to keep the loom setup. There will be a one-hour lunch break. Instructor and artwork by Jan French. 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Jan. 28. $45 plus materials fee. Durham Arts Council, 120 Morris St., Durham. 919-560-2787, durhamarts.org.
Gardening for Bluebirds
Carol Stein shares tips on how to attract and interact with bluebirds and their feathered friends. Chase away the winter blues!. 11 a.m.-12 p.m. Jan. 28. Free, registration required. The Garden Hut, 1004 Old Honeycutt Road, Fuquay-Varina. 919-552-0590
Kids Class: Grow a Groundhog
This fun hands on class will teach youngsters the meaning behind Groundhog Day and how to look for signs of spring. Each child will have the opportunity to make their own “grow-able” groundhog that will eventually sprout hair! This class is best suited for elementary aged children. Please register, as this workshop has limited space. The cost of the workshop is $5 and covers all materials. 10-11 a.m. Jan. 28. $5. Garden Supply Co., 1421 Old Apex Rd., Cary. 919-460-7747, gardensupplyco.com.
Beginning Embroidery Class
Learn all the basics of embroidery! From materials and tools to patterns and stitches, we’ll cover everything you need to know to get you stitching on your own. All materials are provided! Registration is suggested. Space is limited. 12-3 p.m. Jan. 28. $30. The Scrap Exchange, 2050 Chapel Hill Road, Durham. 919-688-6960, scrapexchange.org
Custom Framing Made Easy
In this class you will learn how to frame artwork yourself! We will focus on framing standard sized pieces that are on either stretched canvas or board. Participants will learn various methods to create attractive frames without having to be a carpenter. Everyone will leave with at least one finished piece and a clear idea how to tackle future framing projects. Bring a piece to frame! All other materials will be provided. 1-4 p.m. Jan. 29. $30. The Scrap Exchange, 2050 Chapel Hill Road, Durham. 919-688-6960, scrapexchange.org
Terrarium and Fairy Garden Workshop
Enter the land of the little people as we help you create the perfect home for fairies or the perfect terrarium for your home or office. We will walk you through the steps necessary to build a fairy garden or terrarium and provide you with all of the “building materials” that you will need. Bring a container from home, or select one from the greenhouse. Plants and other miniature accessories are extra. Please register, as this workshop has limited space and is very popular. The cost of the workshop is $25. 2-3:30 p.m. Jan. 29. $25. Garden Supply Co., 1421 Old Apex Road, Cary. 919-460-7747, gardensupplyco.com.
Raleigh Garden Club
Club luncheon meeting. 10:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Feb. 1. reservations required, $18 with lunch, $2 without. North Carolina State University Club, 4200 Hillsborough St., Raleigh. 919-828-0308
Clay Date Night
Grab your spouse or a friend and have a creative night out at the DAC Clay Studio. Participants will have the opportunity to experiment with clay as the instructor introduces a variety of techniques. Each person will complete and paint a functional piece of pottery that will be glazed and fired by the instructor and available for pick up 2-3 weeks after the workshop. 7-9 p.m. Feb. 3. $25 per person. Durham Arts Council Clay Studio, 1058 W. Club Blvd., Durham. 919-286-4238, durhamarts.org.
Pruning Demo with Horticulturist Nelsa Cox
Get your landscape in shape! Learn the proper way to prune your trees and shrubs from the pros. 11 a.m.-12 p.m. Feb. 4. Free, registration required. The Garden Hut, 1004 Old Honeycutt Road, Fuquay-Varina. 919-552-0590
Paper Bead Making
Rolled paper beads are fun and fast to make. In this beginning class, we will discuss basic supplies and tool options, including exploring different types/sources of paper. You will explore various paper cutting methods and review how to mark paper to create cutting templates. (You will also receive a template to take home and use for future projects.) Using pre-cut strips, you will practice bead rolling, as we discuss factors that impact bead shapes and thickness. Finally, you will use one of several options to seal your rolled beads. We will also discuss other popular methods of finishing beads (sealing products and drying methods). At the end of class, you can expect to have enough beads to create a basic stretch bracelet. You will also have enough extra supplies to continue the bead making fun at home! A $30 materials fee is due to the instructor at each workshop. 10 a.m.-12 p.m. Feb. 4. $22.50 plus materials fee. Durham Arts Council, 120 Morris St., Durham. 919-560-2787, durhamarts.org.
In this workshop, students will learn the process of intuitive painting. This unique approach is about letting go of expectations, experimenting and allowing your creativity to unfold naturally. Working in a non-judgmental and playful environment, students will focus on personal expression and their own creative journey. This class is for all skill levels. There will be a one-hour lunch break. Acrylics only, please. This is a 2-day workshop. Instructor Heather Gerni. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Feb. 4-5. $125. Durham Arts Council, 120 Morris St., Durham. 919-560-2787, durhamarts.org.
Beginning Crochet Class
Ready to take on a new craft skill? This introductory class is for crochet beginners, as well as those who have never even tried a single fiber art! Students will learn the basics of crochet stitches while working on a simple pattern. All materials provided, but you are welcome to bring your own. Registration is suggested. Space is limited. 1-4 p.m. Feb. 5. $30. The Scrap Exchange, 2050 Chapel Hill Road, Durham. 919-688-6960, scrapexchange.org
Parent/Child Clay Workshop
These workshops are a great way to get creative with your child. Each workshop will allow your child, with your assistance, to create their very own ceramic artwork. 10 a.m.-11:30 a.m. Feb. 6, 4-5:30 p.m. Feb. 7. $15-$20. Durham Arts Council Clay Studio, 1058 W. Club Blvd., Durham. 919-286-4238, durhamarts.org.
Create a Bird-Friendly Garden
Birds can bring color, life and song to your garden. Lauri will review plants that are favored by both local and migratory songbirds, as well as their other shelter needs. Then you will have the chance to create a plant list suitable for your garden conditions. Instructor: Lauri Lawson, Niche Gardens. 6:30-9 p.m. Feb. 7 and 14. $43-$60 per session. Sarah P. Duke Gardens, Anderson St. and Erwin Rd., Durham. 919-684-3698, gardens.duke.edu.
The Natural Dye Process: Indigo
Students will learn the process of dyeing with natural indigo, a centuries old dyestuff that produces a beautiful spectrum of blue. Participants will learn about and practice the three major components of the natural dye process- scouring, mordanting, and dyeing. They will have the opportunity to experiment with various resist dyeing techniques and exposure times. Participants will use cotton material for the dye process, and each student will get to dye and take home a skein of wool or alpaca yarn. A $30 materials fee is due to the instructor at workshop. Instructor Diana Cathcart. 9:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Feb. 11. $27 plus materials fee. Durham Arts Council, 120 Morris St., Durham. 919-560-2787, durhamarts.org.
Caring for Your Landscape
Suddenly the landscape is planted and you are faced with garden maintenance! In this class, we will take you through the steps of establishing a new landscape, watering, plant staking and plants’ nutritional needs. Then, we’ll consider long-term maintenance tasks, including pruning, weed control, fertilizing and pest control. 9:30 a.m.-11:30 a.m. Feb. 18, 25 and Mar. 4. Information/registration: 919-668-1707 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Gardens members $70; general public $90. Sarah P. Duke Gardens, Anderson St. and Erwin Road, Durham. 919-684-3698, gardens.duke.edu.
Two-Day Watercolor Class for Beginners & Advanced Students
Have you always thought it would be wonderful to be a painter, but have had little success? This is the opportunity to make it happen. I am an active, hands-on, clear instructor who will demonstrate and guide you individually through every step as we work together to complete a masterful, ready-to-frame watercolor. You will learn the “tricks of the trade” to create magical effects. I am confident that you will have a blast and walk out with a beautiful, professional-looking painting. There will be a 1 hour lunch break each day. A $35 materials fees is due to instructor at the first class meeting OR please check the DAC website for supply list if you plan to purchase your own supplies.Instructor and artwork by Carol Liz Fynn. 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Feb. 18 and 19. $125 plus supply fee. Durham Arts Council Clay Studio, 1058 W. Club Blvd., Durham. 919-286-4238, durhamarts.org.
Our Introductory Photoshop workshop is ideal for both those new to Photoshop and more experienced users who want to dramatically improve their skills and abilities in a one-day workshop format. Students must have a basic knowledge of PC Windows or Mac. Computers provided. Lunch on your own. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Feb. 18. $125. Durham Arts Council, 120 Morris St., Durham. 919-560-2787, durhamarts.org.
Youth Art Classes
Join local artist, author, environmental educator, naturalist, and children’s illustrator Bob Palmatier in this unique nature illustration lesson. Bob will bring live native frogs and salamanders for the artists to observe and recreate on paper or canvas.Two 60-minute classes will be offered, 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. Feb. 18 for ages 8-12 years old. Registration is required, visit frankisart.com/events to register. A $10 fee per person/per class includes supplies and instruction, payable via cash or check at the start of your session. FRANK Gallery, 109 E. Franklin St., Chapel Hill. 919-636-4135, frankisart.com.