Unleash Your Inner Monet With Watercolor Class

Opportunity to participate in watercolor painting lecture and class at Somerset County's Buck Garden.

Sometimes there's just not enough days in the week, but every Wednesday we'll give you an idea of something to do to relax, spend time with family and just take some time for yourself.

Ever dreamed of setting up an easel and tapping your inner artistic talents? Well, now is your chance, and you don't even have to go very far for some art guidance as well as inspiration in a beautiful setting.

The Somerset County Park Commission has scheduled a horticulture lecture, “Watercolors in the Garden” at the Leonard J. Buck Garden in Far Hills on Aug. 30. The full-day session will run from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the rock garden, full of plantings and many beautiful scenes at 11 Layton Road in Far Hills.

Nature and wildlife artist Beatrice Bork, an internationally known nature and wildlife artist, will lead the one-day class to capture Buck Garden’s beauty on paper, according to the Park Commission. Students will be guided in choosing a location when painting outdoors, paint application, mixing colors, composition and how to create a finished watercolor painting.

Coming prepared with basic drawing skills is recommended for participants.

The Rain date is Aug. 31.

The Fee is $35 per person. Preregistration is required by calling Leonard J. Buck Garden at 908-234-2677, ext. 21, or NJ Relay 711 for individuals with a hearing or speech impairment.

Leonard J. Buck Garden is considered one of the premier rock gardens in the eastern United States, consisting of a series of alpine and woodland garden areas situated in a 29-acre wooded stream valley, according to the park commission. Tucked among the rocks are rare and exotic rock garden plants.

Wooded trails connecting the outcroppings are lined with beautiful wild flowers that have flourished and multiplied through the years. Various ferns grow throughout the garden. At the base of the valley walls, azaleas and rhododendrons produce a colorful display in May and early June.

The property also has ponds, and you may find yourself tempted to compete (at least a little) with master Impressionist Claude Monet in reproducing reflections of water, light and foliage on the surface of a small body of water.

Information on this event and other Somerset County Park Commission activities may be found on the Internet at www.somersetcountyparks.org


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