Botanical Print-Making Workshop at Hollister House Garden

Hollister House Garden 300 Nettleton Hollow Rd, Washington

June 1,  1:00 pm - 4:00 pm Create your own original botanical print using hand-carved linoleum blocks. Learn to work with positive and negative space as you plan out and draw your design. Then, after instruction in basic linoleum cutting techniques, you will carefully carve your design into a block. Learn printmaking skills such as proper inking and registration as you print your botanical design onto paper or note cards. Along with your prints, the block is yours to take home and re-use. Don’t miss this opportunity to explore the unique visual qualities of linocut prints. All levels are welcome. For more information

$110 – $140

Workshop with Ridgefield Poet Laureate Ira Joe Fisher at Ridgefield Library

Ridgefield Library 472 Main Street, Ridgefield

Poet Laureate Ira Joe Fisher, is holding a workshop twice a month on first and third Sundays, 1:30 to 3:30. Please register for either Group A (first Sunday) or Group B (third Sunday), but not both. Each poet should arrive with one poem in hand for that day. It will be read and discussed with urged revision (if necessary). The atmosphere is gentle, tactful, encouraging and inspiring. You will leave with ideas and a good, creative feeling. For more information

GARDEN DESIGN STUDIO: A Weekend Workshop at Hollister House Garden

Hollister House Garden 300 Nettleton Hollow Rd, Washington

June 7 - June 9 Craft a vision for your garden and learn to draw your own detailed planting plan. Come and explore the core principles of garden design in this hands-on, weekend studio workshop. Suitable for all levels, you will learn comprehensive design techniques for the home gardener, from site survey and concept design to plant and material selection. Examine design strategies for different site conditions and develop a go-to plant list for your home landscape. Workshop time will allow students to develop and draw a basic design plan for their own garden, while benefiting from real-time feedback from the instructor and fellow students. This is the toolbox you need to design the garden of your dreams. 3 Sessions: Friday, June 7 from 4 to 7 p.m. Saturday, June 8 from 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Sunday, June 9 from 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. For more information

$450 – $500

Whitfield Museum Hosts Trades Day

Whitfield House 248 Old Whitfield St, Guilford

All ages are invited to immerse themselves in a free program exploring the trade of woodworking with hand tools. The event will be held 10:00-4:00 on Sunday, June 16, 2024 at the Henry Whitfield State Museum. TradesUp will offer a STEAM-based learning experience with hands-on activities for participants to gain experience in skills such as basic math, measuring, and hand-eye coordination while developing a sense of confidence and self-sufficiency. TradesUp, a non-profit organization based in Kent, Connecticut, provides opportunities to try the trades and experience the joy of hands-on creating, making, and problem-solving. Prominent Connecticut woodworker Rick Liegl will also be demonstrating the timeless techniques he uses in carving his woodwork projects, sharing insights about his collection of antique hand tools, and answering questions.   Trades Day will take place rain or shine. Admission to the Whitfield House and Visitor Center exhibit galleries is also free. Support provided by Connecticut Humanities. For more information, call 203-453-2457, e-mail whitfieldmuseum@ct.gov, or visit https://portal.ct.gov/ECD-HenryWhitfieldStateMuseum.

Introduction to Darning: Live Zoom Workshop with Flora Collingwood-Norris

Register immediately to receive materials A 3 hour Zoom workshop on how to do darning on knitwear. This will be a relaxed and friendly darning workshop suitable for beginners where you will learn how to darn your knitwear colourfully. Covering different darning approaches of working from the front and back of the fabric, the aim of workshop is to leave you confident to start repairing your own knitwear in a creative way. Materials will be sent out to you in advance. In the UK materials will be sent by first class post, and I will send them using a tracked and signed for service everywhere else. This can take about 10 days- 4 weeks, so please leave plenty of time for this when you order. If you would prefer to provide your own materials, please see my other darning knitwear workshop. For more information  

$112

Summer on the Farm at the Yellow Farmhouse: Ages 5-10

Yellow Farmhouse 389 N. Main Street, Stonington

 July 9 - August 29, 2024 Our Summer on the Farm program brings children ages 5-10 to Stone Acres Farm where Yellow Farmhouse educators help them pick, taste, and cook fresh produce.Over the course of eight summer weeks, we visit the laying hens, measure the temperature of the compost piles, inspect milkweed for monarch caterpillars, dissect flowers to see how their parts are designed, harvest and compare seeds, and much much more.Each week includes a cooking/tasting activity, utilizing farm-fresh ingredients and engaging recipes For more information

$35

Blackout Poetry Workshop with This Art Sux at Black Rock Books

Black Rock Books 3030 Fairfield Avenue, Bridgeport

Blackout Poetry is a type of found poetry in which an artist uses a pre-existing text to create something entirely new. Blackout Poems vary greatly in length, tone, and content. This discipline is great for those who love word puzzles! In this workshop led by Paul Orsino, participants will receive an introduction to the process of creating blackout poetry and create their own poems. All materials provided. Paul Orsino is a Blackout Poet, Artist, and Writer from Fairfield, CT. His creative journey was born out of introspection and mindfulness. Branding his work as This Art Sux, he lives by the philosophy that creativity is essential to happiness, no matter how good or bad the end result is.   For more information

$20

Teacher Summer Camp at Kellogg Environmental Center: Derby

Osborne Homestead Museum and Kellogg Estate gardens 500 Hawthorne Avenue, Derby

Summer workshop days for elementary and middle school teachers that provide experiences for teachers through exploration of forests, shorelines and more. Lesson plans, resources and materials are provided to allow you to recharge and spark ideas for next year. The camp is free, and you are welcome to bring your children with you or adults that may be visiting or co-teaching to experience the fun. Contact susan.quincy@ct.gov for additional information. Snacks and beverage will be provided. First session takes place at the Kellogg Center in Derby with a visit to a woodlot near-by. Additional days will take place in Portland, CT and New London, CT. Teacher Camp is held on July 10, 17, and 24. All days are from 9:00 am-1:00 pm. For more information  

Children’s Summer on Stage: Sleeping Beauty: Session One at The Garde

Garde Arts Center 325 State Street, New London

July 15 – July 20 Summer on Stage is an unforgettable week-long summer theater experience at the Garde Arts Center with the Missoula Children’s Theatre! Up to 60 students will rehearse for the whole week and attend a variety of workshops, then put on two performances of an original musical with the Missoula Children’s Theater, the nation’s largest touring children’s theater.  Participants will learn about many facets of theater giving them skills in presentation, confidence, self-expression and knowledge of related technical elements such as stage make-up, sound, and lighting. Register Now Camp: Monday-Friday 9am to 3:30pm Drop Off 8:45-9am / Pick Up 3:30pm Performances: Friday @ 7:00pm & Saturday @ 11:00am Session 1: July 15 – July 20         Sleeping Beauty Session 2: July 22 – July 27        The Wizard of Oz Session 3: July 29 – Aug 3          The Pied Piper   For more information

$385

Paper-Making Workshop at the James L. Goodwin Conservation Center: Hampton

Goodwin Forest Conservation Education Center and Museum 23 Potter Rd, Hampton

Interested in papermaking? Visit the James L. Goodwin Conservation Center for a workshop on the wonders of papermaking. The program will go over the steps, tools and materials needed, as well as tips and tricks to make one’s paper unique. This easy and relatively cheap activity can become fun for oneself-or the whole family! All are welcome – Adults and families. Email deep.goodwin@ct.gov to register, or if you have any questions.  For more information