Workshops

Smartphone Photography Basics for the Garden

On Saturday July 18, 2020

Event Time 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

Current smartphones and tablets offer simple to use, dynamic, professional-level camera systems. Learn about the basics of your device’s camera functions and how to compose better images of your garden and landscapes.  Taught by our highly experienced instructor and professional photographer Thad Kubis, this class will provide a hands-on, application-based introduction to composition, editing, posting, sharing, archiving, and more! This two-hour session will be especially targeted to garden, floral and landscape photography.

This introductory class will begin with an overview of smartphone camera systems and functionality, followed by applications and practice.  It is suitable for users of iPhones models 6 to 11, similar Android models and tablets. Participants will receive Thad’s guide to smartphone photography. All should bring a fully charged device to learn more about the functions and expand their photographic skill set.

HHG members $40

Non-members $50

Thaddeus Kubis is an editorial, documentary and fine art photographer and instructor with over 25 years of experience in all aspects of photography.

Due to current regulations this workshop is limited to 8 participants. Participants will be seated at tables which will be spaced appropriately throughout the barn. Please wear a face mask when not seated at your work table. If you have any questions  call the office at 860-868-2200.

Magnificent Monarchs

On Friday July 24, 2020

Event Time 10:00 am - 3:30 pm

Colored pencil is a versatile medium for creating brilliantly colored patterns such as those seen on Monarchs. Through using a variety of techniques including color layering and burnishing you will find this medium to be perfect for capturing the intricate details and different color densities of these beautiful creatures. This workshop will focus exclusively on developing colored pencil skills – you will be working with a template of a Monarch provided by the instructor, Jeanne Reiner.

Jeanne Reiner is co-founder of the Tri-State Botanical Artists, a chapter of over 70 members of the internationally renown American Society of Botanical Artists. Formerly a long-time Manhattan-based designer for the cosmetics industry, she is a nationally recognized botanical artist who holds a certificate in botanical art from and teaches at the New York Botanical Garden. A Connecticut resident, her work is frequently exhibited there and in New York, Florida and California.

Due to current regulations this workshop is limited to 8 participants. There wil be one participant per work table and tables will be spaced appropriately throughout the barn. Please wear a face mask when not seated at your work table. If you have any questions  call the office at 860-868-2200.

Wildflower Bouquet in Watercolor

On Friday August 14, 2020

Event Time 10:00 am - 3:30 pm

Hidden along the roadside and often seen as weeds, many of our New England wildflowers come to life in late summer. Following a step-by-step demonstrations participants will create a watercolor painting of a bouquet with a variety of colorful and pollinator-loving plants.

All levels welcome. Limited to 8 participants.

This workshop meets on Friday, August 14 from 10-3:30.

A materials list will be emailed with your registration confirmation.

Due to current regulations this workshop is limited to 8 participants. There wil be one participant per work table and tables will be spaced appropriately throughout the barn. Please wear a face mask when not seated at your work table. If you have any questions  call the office at 860-868-2200.

Please bring a bag lunch – water, soft drinks and snacks will be provided.

The watercolor workshops at Hollister House Garden are taught by Betsy Rogers-Knox. Betsy received a Certificate in Botanical Illustration from NYBG in 2006. Her work has been widely exhibited in the United States and at the Royal Horticultural Botanical Art Show in London where she was awarded the Silver Gilt Award.

Hollister House Garden members $95

Non-members $120

Smartphone Photography in the Garden

On Friday August 21, 2020

Event Time 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

Gardens and landscapes offer many photographic opportunities for knowledgeable users of smartphone and tablet cameras. This detailed class, taught by Thad Kubis, will begin with an overview of basic systems and functions and will address a range of techniques including close-up, depth of field, lighting, landscape and image composition. Following this review participants will practice their new skills in specific situations in the garden. The session concludes with a review and discussion of some of the day’s actual images.

Thaddeus Kubis is an editorial, documentary and fine art photographer and instructor with over 25 years of experience in all aspects of photography.

Due to current regulations this workshop is limited to 8 participants. Participants will be seated at tables which will be spaced appropriately throughout the barn. Please wear a face mask when not seated at your work table. If you have any questions  call the office at 860-868-2200.

HHG Members $40

Non-members $50

Rain Date; Friday, August 28