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Upcoming Classes At Bonnet House

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It may not feel like it here in sunny Fort Lauderdale, but Fall is right around the corner, and that means that we will be kicking off some exciting new classes here at Bonnet House Museum & Gardens! This fall we will begin hosting our popular Birding Classes, in addition to a Watercolor Workshop, and even a series of Forest Bathing classes. These courses are sure to be not only interesting and educational but fun and enjoyable.

Beginning on October 3rd, Bonnet House will host a Bird class for both adults and children. These 3-hour courses will help you become a better Bird Sleuth and help you discover the wonderful world of birds! You’ll get to learn the basics of how to identify common birds through a variety of strategies while you explore our vast gardens. Classes for adults will take place on Sunday, October 3rd, January 9th, and March 6th. Children between the ages of 8 and 12 will also have the opportunity to improve their birding skills on Saturday, February 12th. Courses are $20 for our members and $25 for non-members. You can register for these exciting classes by calling 954-703-2606, or clicking here!

At the end of October, Bonnet House will also host our extremely popular Watercolor Mini-Workshop. This workshop will be themed around ‘ Tropical Leaves,’ and will help advance your skills in various techniques such as wet-on-wet painting, glazing, direct painting, and masking fluid. As the famous art historian and art critic, John Ruskin once said, “If you can paint a leaf, you can paint the world.” This fascinating workshop will take place on October 23rd from 9:30 am to 1:30 pm. Registration is $70 for our members and $80 for non-members. You can register for this workshop by calling 954-703-2606, or clicking here!

Bonnet House is also extremely excited to announce that we will once again be hosting Forest Bathing classes with Don Oprea. Due to the immense popularity of these classes, we will be offering them again on Sunday, October 24th, November 28th, December 19th, January 23rd, and February 27th. These classes will allow you to listen to the sounds and enjoy the sights of nature around you. You’ll have the opportunity to tune out the world for two special hours while you relax with nature. These classes will take place from 10 am to 12 pm and are $20 for our members and $25 for non-members. You can register for these classes by calling 954-703-2606, or clicking here!

Fall in South Florida is truly one of our most beautiful seasons. We hope that you will consider welcoming autumn here at Bonnet House Museum & Gardens with one or more of our fun and educational courses. To learn more about our events this fall you can call 954-703-2606 or view our full event calendar, here.

Adult Classes at Bonnet House

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With 2021 off to a great start, Bonnet House is already looking ahead to the future by offering a variety of interesting classes for adults. Our popular classes explore fascinating topics that
range from watercolor painting to the art of auctions. These classes all include knowledgeable instructors and provide you with the information you will need to succeed in each medium.

On Saturday, March 13th, from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm Bonnet House will be hosting our Watercolor Mini Workshop 2 covering glazes and underglazes. Students will be able to work with a series of
experiments and paint their own unique creations by using layers of glazes to enhance the colors. The instructor will teach the class using a slide show presentation, showcase examples
of finished artwork, and demonstrate appropriate techniques. Registration is $70 for Bonnet House members and $80 for non-members. Click here to register for this popular class.

On Thursday, March 25th, from 12 pm to 1 pm, we will also be featuring a free, members-only Lunch & Learn hosted by Christie’s, one of the world’s premier auction houses handling the sales
of fine and decorative arts, jewelry, photographs, collectibles, wine, and more. Tash Perrin, Deputy Chairman and Head of Auctioneering at Christie’s, will be hosting a Zoom-based webinar
to discuss Christie’s and the exciting world of auctions. She will conclude her presentation with information about the April 1st, 2021 Art of the Islamic and Indian World Auction that includes
the Bonnet House Qajar painting, and how to watch this important sale online. To register, click here.

Bonnet House believes in doing our part to advance the education of our community. We do this by offering a multitude of interesting classes and lectures that emphasize what was most important to the Bartlett family: art and nature. We hope that you will consider attending some or all of these fascinating classes. To learn more about our upcoming classes, click here.

Bonnet House Museum & Gardens Announces its 100th Anniversary Workshop & Class Schedule

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FORT LAUDERDALE, FL Workshops & Classes

The Bonnet House Museum & Gardens’ 100th Anniversary season is highlighted with a variety of exciting events, programs, workshops, tours and classes. This season is filled with art, music, holiday cheer, watercolor, calligraphy and drawing workshops; birding, orchid care classes as well as our annual Concerts Under the Stars series, Orchid Festival, VIP Upstairs-Downstairs Guided Tours and our 100th Anniversary Celebration. Holiday Magic at Bonnet House returns, a six-day event with evening tours and live performances beginning December 6th. Become a member for only $65 and receive significant discounts on classes, workshops and special events as well as free admission to Bonnet House year-round. 

The season schedule is as follows:
Birding Classes,
Individual Classes, Sunday, November 3, 2 p.m. – 5 p.m. (The World of Birding-A Lifelong Pleasure Pursuit), Sunday, December 1, 2 p.m. – 5 p.m. (Ascend to Better Birding I), Sunday, January 5, 2 p.m. – 5 p.m. (Ascend to Better Birding II), Sunday, February 2, 2 p.m. – 5 p.m.  (Common Birds of South Florida-Backyard & Waterways), Sunday, March 1, 2 p.m.- 5 p.m. (Birding by Habitat-Finding the Birds you Seek). Join birder extraordinaire, Paddy Cunningham on the historic Bonnet House estate. To register, visit www.bonnethouse.org or call 954-703-2606. Cost: Bonnet House Members $20, non-members $25.

Holiday Magic Holiday Arrangement Class: Thursday, December 12, 7:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.; Learn how to create your own holiday arrangement with Victoria Park Flowers. Class is limited to 30 and is $20 per person. Fee includes self-guided tour of the house from 5:30-7pm. RSVP Required. Register online only at www.bonnethouse.org.

Calligraphy Workshop, (2) five-week sessions-Tuesdays, 9:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. Beginners Workshop: January 7 – February 4, Intermediate: February 11 – March 10. Join artist Tony Pastucci on the historic Bonnet House estate.  Workshop includes basic and intermediate principles of calligraphy.  To register, visit www.bonnethouse.org or call 954-703-2606. Cost: Bonnet House Members $100, non-members $125.

Watercolor Workshop, (2) six-week sessions-Wednesdays, 9:30 a.m.- 12:30 p.m.; January 8 – February 12 or February 26 – April 1. Join fine artist and watercolorist Karen Eskesen in the historic Bonnet House courtyard. Workshop includes traditional techniques of realism in watercolor and line drawing and time to paint in the covered courtyard and gardens. To register, visit www.bonnethouse.org or call 954-703-2606. Cost: Bonnet House members $140, non-members $160.

Acrylic Painting Workshop, (2) six-week sessions-Thursdays, 9:30 a.m.- 12:30 p.m.; January 9 – February 13 or February 27 – April 2. Classes take place in the historic Bonnet House courtyard. Workshop includes basic principles of acrylic painting and time to paint in the covered courtyard and gardens. To register visit www.bonnethouse.org or call 954-703-2606. Cost: Bonnet House Members $140, non-members $160.

Two-day Orchid Painting Watercolor Workshop – Friday & Saturday, February 28 & 29, 9:30 a.m. – 3:30p.m.; To register, visit www.bonnethouse.org or call 954-703-2606. Cost for two-day session – Members $180, Non-members $200.

Basket Weaving, (2) 1-day workshops. Wednesday, January 29 and Saturday, March 7, 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. Florida Natural Basket – Create an artistic basket from natural materials found locally. The day will include an intro to basketry video and a walk on the property to identify the materials used. This class is an intro to local natural materials for all level weavers. To register, visit www.bonnethouse.org or call 954-703-2606. Cost: Bonnet House Members $105, Non-members $120.

Orchid Care Classes, Individual classes-Saturday, January 25: Orchid Basics 9:30am – 11:30am; Orchid Repotting & Mounting 1:00pm – 3:00pm. Classes take place in the historic Bonnet House Island Theater.  To register, visit www.bonnethouse.org or call 954-703-2606. Cost: Bonnet House Members $30, Non-members $35.