Upcoming Courses

Kids’ Vegetable Gardening Basics
Mondays & Thursdays
July 12, 15, 19, and 22
$10 per class

Kids can garden, too! This class series will meet for two weeks throughout the summer and give kids (ages 8-10) hands-on learning opportunities in our vegetable garden. They’ll get to plan a garden, plant and sow their own vegetables & herbs, and learn about everything that happens in between seeding and harvesting!

More details coming soon, reserve your spot below:

Pre-register for Kids’ Vegetable Gardening Basics
Gardening Basics for Adults
Thursday, July 8
8:30-10:00 A.M.
$15 per person

Whether you think you have a “brown thumb”, or you want to learn more about gardening with some hands-on practice, Gardening Basics is for you! Participants will learn about:

Considerations when selecting and laying out plants
How to seed and plant a variety of crops
How to harvest established crops

This class will take place in our garden, and participants will practice laying out, planting, and harvesting.

It’s not too late to grow your own food! Participants will receive seeds, plant starts, and freshly harvested produce from the SEE garden. You’ll leave this class ready to grow your own crops in beds or containers, and can start calling yourself a gardener!

Plein Air Oil Painting
Saturday, August 7
9:00 A.M.-3:00 P.M
$75 per person

Paint a natural scene with guidance from a professional artist. By the end of this class, participants will learn how to create a painting using the outdoors as the model. Light, composition and technique will be discussed as the instructor, Cheryl St.John, demonstrates. She will also work with you one on one. Even if you’re not completely done with your painting at the end of the day, you will have enough “sketched” or painted in to complete it at home.

Instructor Bio

Cheryl is a fourth-generation Colorado native, with a great appreciation of nature and the environment and the preservation of both. Born and raised at the foot of the Rocky Mountains and with parents that enjoyed fishing, hiking and camping, Cheryl was introduced at an early age to the beauty of the Colorado mountains and developed her own love for the outdoors that influences her artwork today. Working as a “plein-air” (on location) and studio landscape artist, Cheryl’s inspiration comes from the wide-open spaces of Colorado, New Mexico or somewhere as far away as a rolling European hillside.

She states “Painting en plein-air, (her favorite way to work), is always a challenge, never-ever routine! The changing light and weather conditions create a sense of urgency that translates to a spontaneous and loose interpretation of the scene, something that is very difficult to achieve in the studio. Besides, it’s a great excuse to be outdoors!”

She works mainly in oil but loves to work in watercolor as well. Each medium has its own characteristics which when using clean vivid colors and as few brush strokes as possible makes for a loose impressionistic finished work of art. She states, “Keeping the painting fresh, not over-worked is part of the fun and challenge of a good artist, which is always the goal”.

“I want the viewer to be able to feel what I felt when painting the piece….. feel the warm sun, or the cool breeze, or whatever else is going on nearby and therefore capture the essence of the scene for themselves.”

Cheryl’s paintings have been presented in prestigious national shows such as The American Impressionist Society, Oil Painters of America, Gilcrease Museum, Customs House Museum, Windows to the Divine and the Governor’s Invitational to name a few.

Cheryl studied fine art and design at The Rocky Mountain College of Art and at the Colorado Institute of Art. She also studied with well-known artists, Scott Christensen, Kim English, Quang Ho, Ken Bachaus and Michael Workman.

She is a current member of Oil Painters of America and The Art Students League of Denver. She is also a Signature member and Vice President of the American Impressionist Society and a signature member of Plein Air Artists of Colorado. She has won numerous awards and is currently in corporate as well as private collections around the world.

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Registration for Gardening Basics coming soon!

Registration for Plein Air Oil Painting coming soon!
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What do you want to learn?

SEE aims to offer hands-on, experiential learning in topics related to food production, sustainable living, local ecosystems and whole system design, and artisanship. With our large garden space and connections with local experts, we’re poised to provide a range of clinics and courses. What are you curious about? What skills do you want to build? How can SEE help you become more savvy and self-sufficient?

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We’re working on our summer class schedule, and need your input! Please help us by sharing your (and your outdoor-loving kids’) availability so we can plan classes at convenient times.

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