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Loving Learning

Arts are on the menu to inspire aspiring adults

Polished school hallways, new shoes, rows and rows of school supplies on the store shelves: Nothing spurs the desire to explore new avenues of learning more than this time of year. If you’re an adult hankering to learn a new skill or polish up an old one, Northwest Arkansas-area organizations have you covered! Check out these class offerings for ideas.

Botanical Garden of the Ozarks

4703 N. Crossover Road, Fayetteville


Deer Resistant Native Plants Class — 6 p.m. Sept. 20. Free for members/$10 for non-members

Creating a Bird Friendly Yard — 1 p.m. Sept. 30. Free for members/$20 for non-members


Fayetteville Public Library

401 W. Mountain St., Fayetteville


All classes are free; some require pre-registration.

Trees of Arkansas — Join conservation researchers Kaylee McAdoo and Nathan Sorey from the University of Arkansas to learn about old-growth cypress and Tupelo forests in Arkansas, 6 p.m. Sept. 12

Getting the Most Entertainment from Your Library Card — In this class, you will learn about the resources the library offers for entertainment, including Flipster, Freegal, Naxos, Overdrive, Cloud Library and Hoopla. Participants are encouraged to bring their laptop, tablet or smart phone, any passwords and their up-to-date library card to follow along, 11:30 a.m. Sept. 18. Registration is required and will open Sept. 14.

Introduction to Genealogy — See a quick demo on Ancestry.com. Learn the tools to use and the people that can help you use them. Tour the Genealogy collection and bring your questions, 1 p.m. Sept. 22.

True Lit: Crafting the Adventure Scene with Gordon Korman —In this hands-on workshop, participants will structure the different elements that come together to create exciting and suspenseful adventure scenes, 2 p.m. Oct. 28. This workshop is free to the public, but registration is required.

True Lit: Pitch Like a Pro to the Pros — For writers trying to get their break, the publisher pitch is critical. In this interactive workshop, author Marilyn Collins will guide you through strategies to give you the best chance to impress publishers, 10 a.m. Oct. 29. This workshop is free, but registration is required.

True Lit: Tell Your Story — Exploring the personal essay with Eizabeth Demeo, 1 p.m. Nov. 3.

True Lit: How to Query a Novel with Maria Hostetter — Participants will hear an interactive lecture on the basics of querying a novel, in which they will learn how to identify suitable agents, how to compose a query letter, and how to follow up with query submissions, 2 p.m. Nov. 3.


Studio Leilani

254 N. Olive Ave., Fayetteville


Studio Art Sessions — Expect to learn new methods and materials for painting, drawing printmaking and mixed-media while also being exposed to critical thinking processes to inspire the artist within, 1 p.m.-3 p.m., Sept. 15 and 29; Oct. 13 and 27; Nov. 10 and 24. $300.


NWA Democrat-Gazette/J.T. WAMPLER Susan Gardner of Fayetteville makes flower arrangements out of locally grown flowers Monday Oct. 10, 2016 at the Botanical Garden of the Ozarks during Master Gardener Day at the Garden. Hundreds of Master Gardeners from around the state visited the garden with free admission and heard presentations. This is the first time that Master Gardener Day has been held in Northwest Arkansas. Oct. 13 will mark the 28th year that the Master Gardeners in Arkansas has been active in the state.

NWA Democrat-Gazette/DAVID GOTTSCHALK Shauna (cq) Coldwell, amateur bird watcher, (left) and Joe Woolbright, with Ozark Ecological Restoration, spot Monday, December 26, 2016, a male Gadwall as they look out from the Mulhollan Waterfowl Blind at Lake Fayetteville. The blind is located .4-.5 miles down a part of the soft trail from the parking lots at or near the Botanical Garden of the Ozarks in Fayetteville.

Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art

600 Museum Way, Bentonville


Figure Drawing — A variety of drawing materials will be provided, and model poses will include both shorter warm-up poses and longer poses, 1 p.m.-3 p.m. Sept. 3; 1 p.m.-3 p.m. Sept. 17; 1 p.m.-3 p.m. Oct. 1; 1 p.m.-3 p.m. Oct. 15; 1 p.m.-3 p.m. Nov. 5. $10.

Paper Flower Workshop — Led by Shannon Torgerson of Windblown Ideas, this workshop will feature guided instruction for creating a variety of delicate blossoms, inspired by the focus exhibition, “The Garden,” 1 p.m.-5 p.m. Sept. 9. $55. All materials provided.

Figure Drawing from the Nude Model — Join us in the studio for an evening of drawing from a live model, featuring both shorter warm-up poses and longer poses, 6:30-8:30 p.m. Sept. 12; 6:30 p.m.-8:30 p.m. Sept. 26; 6:30 p.m.-8:30 p.m. Oct. 10; 6:30-8:30 p.m. Oct. 24; 1 p.m.-3 p.m. Nov. 5; 6:30 p.m.-8:30 p.m. Nov. 14. $10. All materials are provided.

Art and English — Adult English language learners are encouraged to practice their conversational English skills while discussing artworks in the galleries, 6:30-7:30 p.m. Sept. 13; 6:30-7:30 p.m. Oct. 11; 6:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m. Nov. 8. Free.

Discover the Grounds: Magical World of Moss Gardens — Discover the magic of mosses in today’s landscapes with Annie Martin, aka Mossin’ Annie, a nationally recognized moss gardening expert and author of “The Magical World of Moss Gardening,” 10 a.m.-12 p.m. Sept. 15. Free.

Discover the Grounds Workshop: Creating Moss Terrariums — Experience the joy of making your own miniature indoor moss world with Annie Martin, 1 p.m.-3 p.m. Sept. 16. $30. All materials provided.

Art by the Glass: Floral Jewelry — Led by educator Sally Ball, guests will use jewelry wire and beads to create their own wearable work of art inspired by the focused exhibition “The Garden,” 6:30 p.m.-8:30 p.m. Sept. 28. $55. All materials, appetizers, and two glasses of wine are provided. Open to ages 21 and up.

Sculpture with Anna Tsouhlarakis — Anna Tsouhlarakis, whose artwork is featured in the temporary exhibition “Art for a New Understanding: Native Voices, 1950s to Now”, will lead this introductory sculptural workshop featuring recycled and foraged items, 1 p.m.-5 p.m. Oct. 14. $55. All materials are provided.

Magazine Monoprints — This evening, guests will create their own monoprints, combining magazine images, paint and gelli printing techniques, 6:30 p.m.-8:30 p.m. Oct. 26. $55. All materials, appetizers and two glasses of wine are provided. Open to ages 21 and up.

Painting with Yatika Fields — “Art for a New Understanding” artist Yatika Fields will lead this high-color painting workshop inspired by public art aesthetics, 1 p.m.-5 p.m. Oct. 28. $55. All materials are provided.

Discover the Grounds: Bark and Buds — Led by Crystal Bridges horticulturalist Marina McCoy, this Discover the Grounds encourages participants to look closely at trees and discover beauty in the patterns and textures of the winter landscape, 10 a.m.-11:30 a.m. Nov. 3. Free.

Flags with Marie Watt — Create a personal wool flag in this workshop led by “Art for a New Understanding: Native Voices, 1950s to Now” artist Marie Watt, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Nov. 10. $55. All materials are provided.

Find a listing of artistic opportunities for kids in next week’s What’s Up! on Aug. 26. And watch this space every week for ongoing offerings at dozens of local arts venues.

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