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"Ornaments and Pine" Holiday Floral Design

Friday, December 16, 2022, 10:00 AM until Noon.
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A Christmas Floral design workshop using pine & cedar greens, flowers and ornaments to make arrangements.
Flowers, greens, ornaments and vases will be supplied and participants will create two beautiful arrangements to take home.

$55 for Members, $65 for non-members

 Supply List : Floral tools-shears, stripper, gloves, apron. Participants may have supplies/tools needed from her previous class.
 If not, tote bags with all supplies necessary will be available for $10
 (CASH ONLY) paid directly to instructor in the classroom.   


Denise Sims Conwell brings 39 plus years of experience as a floral designer to the table and 12 certifications in the floral design industry. As well as being a certified floral designer, Denise is certified as a floral instructor; allowing her to teach basic and advanced floral design. She has owned and operated Exquisite Blooms Floral since 2010 in Reno, Nevada. The business was relocated to Mesquite Nevada in October of 2021.

Finding a Paint-able Subject 

Presented by Linda Smith
Saturday March 4, 2023. 10 am-3pm 
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Description: Creating a painting isn't about copying a perfectly composed photograph. In this workshop, you will learn how to interpret those reference photos that you have been collecting. You don't have to be a master photographer to take a useable reference picture. You will learn about what to look for in reference material, how to interpret reference photos, editing tips, and ultimately how to turn your reference material into a painting (or two or more!) complete with all the components of good composition. Bring several reference photos to work with and be prepared to paint


Bring your usual watercolor supplies: paint, palette, brushes, pape

(preferably Arches Cold Press 140 # paper, one or two sheets

• Paper Towels, water container, masking tape, sponge, mounting board 

(gator board, plexi, wood, etc.

Sketchbook, pencil, eraser 

Tracing paper 

• Graphite pape

REFERENCE PHOTOS!!! As many as you like. They can be color copies or  black and white. 8 x 10 inches is the preferable size (copy paper size). Make sure the photos are clear. Do not worry if the composition isn't that good. If there is something in the photo you like, bring it along. Croppers: L mats. To make 'L' shape croppers, just take an old 'white' mat and cut them to create two 'L' shapes. Each cropper should be at least 8 x 10 inches or larger.

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This project is funded, in part, by a grant from the Nevada Arts Council, a state agency, and the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency.