I've just scheduled four workshops for spring and summer at Ripple River Gallery. A little bookmaking, a little gardening, and a ton of creativity. Registration information and additional details are available on the Events page. But here's what we've got in store.
Simple Sewn and Folded Books - Get introduced to the basic materials, tools, and skills involved in the bookbinding process, while you explore several simple folded and sewn bindings. Students will work with a variety of materials to create a variety of soft-cover blank books. Saturday April 19th 10AM-2PM.
Generating Content: A Creativity Workshop - In this workshop we'll explore the creative process in a relaxed and supportive environment. Each participant will create a small but sturdy handmade journal to work in for the remainder of the day as we generate creative content through various writing, drawing, and collaborative activities. Saturday May 3rd 10AM-3PM.
Spread the Love: Pollinator Friendly Seed Bombs - In this workshop we will create our own seed bombs with a blend of pollinator-friendly seeds. Seed bombing is a guerrilla gardening tactic where the bombs are lobbed into abandoned lots, boulevards, and the like. But these bombs can also be used to create improvised beauty and pollinator habitat in your own yard and garden. This is a hands-on, get-dirty workshop and appropriate attire is suggested. Each student will leave with their own bombs, the recipe and instructions to create more, as well as a list of pollinator-friendly plants suitable for MN gardens. Saturday May 31st 10Am-1PM
A Plethora of Pesto - This workshop was designed in the spirit of handcrafting good food, and will be a celebration of growing, crafting, and creativity. In this workshop we’ll take a fresh look at culinary herbs and how to use them. We’ll start the class in the garden where we’ll talk about growing culinary herbs and get a hands-on, up-close view of our featured ingredients. As I demonstrate the making of a basic basil pesto, we’ll talk about the history of pesto, tips for storing fresh herbs, and explore how to vary your ingredients and create new recipes. Finally we’ll wake up our taste buds as we taste and sample 6-8 different pestos, each an original recipe. Workshop participants will receive a packet of materials that will include all the recipes we’ve tasted (plus a few extras), and information on growing culinary herbs. Saturday August 16th 10Am-1PM.