Photo, art and gardening classes offered Saturday at Belmont’s botanical garden

October 31, 2011 

Photo basics

Basic Digital SLR Photography, 9:30 a.m.-noon Nov. 5, Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden, 6500 S. New Hope Road, Belmont. Learn how to set up your digital SLR camera, discover how to get perfect pictures in less than perfect lighting, and learn how to utilize all the shooting modes, buttons and dials. Instructor: Dave Kelly, owner of DEK Photography. Cost: $40 for members, $46 for non-members. 704-829-1252; DSBG.org

Flash photo

Basic Flash Photography, 1:30-4 p.m. Nov. 5, Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden, 6500 S. New Hope Road, Belmont. Covers the basics of flash photography using a single small flash, with emphasis on using an optional flash that fits on the camera’s hot shoe. Both on-camera flash and off-camera flash will be discussed. The class will not cover large studio-type flash photography. Class is designed for photographers with a digital SLR camera and an optional flash that fits on the hot shoe on top of the camera. Instructor: Dave Kelly, owner of DEK Photography. Cost: $40 for members, $46 for non-members. 704-829-1252; DSBG.org

Growing grass

Grasses: Grains and Seeds, 10-11:30 a.m. Nov. 5, Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden, 6500 S. New Hope Road, Belmont. Learn how to use grasses and grains to enhance landscape during a lecture, then enjoy a garden walk to see them in use. Cost: $18 for members, $22 for non-members. 704-829-1252; DSBG.org

Fabric art

Meadowood Stitched: Meadow Plants on Fabric Saturday, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Nov. 5, Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden, 6500 S. New Hope Road, Belmont. Taught by Nancy G. Cook. Using color fast inks and hand-cut stencils, participants will create nature-inspired fiber art that combines botanical illustration, water color, pastels, quilting and surface embroidery. For beginners and advanced skills. Cost: $80 for members, $90 for non members, plus $20 materials fee. 704-829-1252; DSBG.org

Make mosaic

Piece by Piece: Mosaic Planter, 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Nov. 5-6, Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden, 6500 S. New Hope Road, Belmont. Taught by Pat Groome. Beginners and returning students can learn basic techniques to design and create a decorative flower pot using broken dishes and mosaic tiles, suitable for use as a holiday gift or to keep. Cost: $30 for members, $36 for non-members, plus $30 materials fee. 704-829-1252; DSBG.org

Play with color

The Colors of Nature, 9:30 a.m.-noon Saturdays, Nov. 5, 12 and 19, Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden, 6500 S. New Hope Road, Belmont. Taught by Janis Schneider, botanical illustrator and Central Piedmont Community College art instructor. Students will explore the use of pigments from minerals. For beginners and color enthusiasts. Cost: $125 for members, $150 for non-members, plus $20 materials fee. 704-829-1252; DSBG.org

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