A weekly roundup of home and garden classes, tours and more.
Insect Song Workshop
Summer brings a symphony of singing insects, including crickets, katydids, and cicadas. Learn how to distinguish between the different groups of Orthopterans, and learn the songs of some common species. 9 a.m.-noon. July 30. $1. Lake Crabtree County Park, 1400 Aviation Pkwy., Morrisville. 919-460-3390, www.wakegov.com/parks/lakecrabtree/Pages/default.aspx.
Without electricity during the 19th century, candles were one of the few sources of light. Try dipping one of your own! There is a fee of $1 per candle. Noon-1 p.m. July 30. $1. Historic Stagville, 5828 Old Oxford Hwy., Durham. 919-620-0120, stagville.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. Take one, or take them all! Because the projects need to be fired, artwork will be available for pick up about two weeks after the workshop. These workshops take place at the DAC Clay Studio located at Northgate Mall. Aug. 1, 2. See website for times. $15 per child. Durham Arts Council Clay Studio, 1058 W. Club Blvd., Durham. 919-286-4238, durhamarts.org.
Nature Adventures Camp: Plant It, Grow It, Eat It
Plant, tend, harvest and taste fruits and vegetables in the Charlotte Brody Discovery Garden. Each day campers will have work time and dirt time in the children’s garden, and the week will end with a harvest of delicious seasonal produce to take home. 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Aug. 1-5. $200; $170 additional sibling; $100 extended care (4 p.m.). Sarah P. Duke Gardens, Anderson St. and Erwin Rd., Durham. 919-684-3698, gardens.duke.edu.
Plantsmen’s Tour: 40th Anniversary Tour
The JC Raulston Arboretum has a long history of using and promoting vines in the landscape. Look at some favorites in the garden. The tour is lead by director Mark Weathington. 9-10:30 a.m., 6-7:30 p.m. Aug. 2. $5; members free. JC Raulston Arboretum, 4415 Beryl Road, Raleigh. 919-515-3132, jcra.ncsu.edu/.
Walk on the Wild Side
Explore wild North Carolina in these seasonal walks through the Blomquist Garden of Native Plants on the first Thursday of every month. Meet at the Blomquist Garden entrance. Participant limit is capped at 15. Information/ registration: 919-668-1707 or firstname.lastname@example.org.Pre-registration required. Parking fees apply. 11 a.m.-noon Aug. 4. $6-$8. Sarah P. Duke Gardens, Anderson St. and Erwin Rd., Durham. 919-684-3698, gardens.duke.edu.
Slim & Trim Plants for Small Spaces
Consider the performance of your home landscape. Would you describe it as a fit, functional work of art that reflects your lifestyle and encourages outdoor activity? If not, join Raleigh-based landscape designer Preston Montague for a design course series that will help you revise and reboot your outdoor space. 1-3 p.m. Aug. 6. $40; $30 members. JC Raulston Arboretum, 4415 Beryl Road, Raleigh. 919-515-3132, jcra.ncsu.edu/.
Chainmaille Jewelry 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 of other hand sensitivities may have difficulty. Take one workshop or take them all! Instructor Erin Hathaway 2:30-4:30 p.m. Aug. 6. $18 per workshop; materials fee range from $5-8. Durham Arts Council, 120 Morris Street, Durham. 919-560-2787, durhamarts.org.
Fun with Crafts
Subjects included in this class are: fun with sticks, chenille stems, flags, fun at the beach, and rockin’ fun. Noon-2 p.m. Aug. 8-12. $55-$60. Nash Arts Center, 100 E. Washington St., Nashville. 252-459-4734, nasharts.org.
Culinary Treats from the Garden
Learn how to make the most of your summer harvest and eat tasty treats from the garden. 11 a.m. August 11. $10. The Garden Hut, 1004 Old Honeycutt Rd., Fuquay-Varina. 919-552-0590.
Durham Arts Council Mini Camp: Art & Nature
Mini Camps are designed to fill the time right after and right before the start of school for year-round and traditional school students. Students are divided into age appropriate groups and participate in both visual and performing arts activities that are inspired by a weekly theme. Register by the week or by the day. 8 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Aug. 8-12, 15-19. $170-$240 weekly; $38-$55 daily. Durham Arts Council, 120 Morris Street, Durham. 919-560-2787, durhamarts.org.
Encaustic Painting and Collage Workshop
Hot encaustic is an intoxicating medium that smells like honey and falls somewhere between painting and sculpture. This affordable workshop includes 2 ready-to-hang canvases and unlimited encaustic medium. Through guided demonstrations, you’ll explore layer building techniques using different fusing tools to create unique surfaces. 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Aug. 20. $75 per day plus $40 materials. Durham Arts Council, 120 Morris Street, Durham. 919-560-2787, durhamarts.org.
Family Fun Saturdays: Printmaking
Explore exciting uses of shape, line, and pattern in the Modern and Contemporary Galleries, and then experiment with printmaking techniques to create your own graphic work. 10 a.m. Aug. 20. $8; $5 memebrs. N.C. Museum of Art, 2110 Blue Ridge Rd., Raleigh. 919-839-6262, ncartmuseum.org.