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Create art inspired by nature using a variety of natural materials and products.

Kaleidoscope-making class

Kaleidoscope Discovery: Create Your Own Heirloom

Saturday, December 4, 9:30-11:30 a.m.

  • Eric Wischmann, Kaleidoscope enthusiast and nature photographer for over 30 years
  • Craig Vanderwaal, Creator of Kaleidoscope classes with a dream to improve the experience one achieves through viewing the kaleidoscope

Level No experience necessary
Supplies All supplies included ($65 value)

Have you ever been enthralled by the beauty seen through the kaleidoscope optical lens? It is magical and entrancing. Join this class to make your own ever-changing art piece that is as beautiful on the inside as it is on the out, and can be handed down for generations.
  • Learn about kaleidoscope history, technology, science, reflection and refraction
  • Watch demonstrations explaining techniques and design elements
  • Choose from handcrafted wood pieces to build your heirloom wood exterior
  • Assemble the component parts such as the mirrors, eyepiece and object cup
  • Custom choose the objects that will go into your kaleidoscope's oil cell and dry cell

You will leave with a complete finished kaleidoscope to keep or give as a one of a kind gift.

Note: Once you leave class you can continue to modify your kaleidoscope experience by changing the internal objects. Review these Covid-19 safety protocols for attending in-person classes at the Arboretum.

Limit 30, in person at the Tashjian Bee & Pollinator Discovery Center - McVay Learning Lab

Saturday, December 4, 9:30-11:30 a.m.
$109 member/$129 non-member
, includes Arboretum admission and all supplies (value $65) which will be waiting for you in class.

Beeswax Luminary: Gifts from the Hive

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Friday, January 7, 2022, 10:30 a.m.-noon JUST ADDED
Friday, January 7, 2022, 2-3:30 p.m. JUST ADDED
Ping Honzay, beekeeper, Arboretum Manager of the Tashjian Bee and Pollinator Discovery Center

Are you in need of some natural inspiration for holiday gift giving? Look no further! Create a beeswax luminary - a unique gift or centerpiece for holiday gatherings. Ping will guide you each step along the way, so just come prepared to have fun! $29 member/$44 non-member

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