Butterfly in the Sky, a program for children of mixed-abilities incorporating science, exploration and art, will be offered at Pinecrest Gardens starting July 12 in collaboration with VSA Florida, the state organization on arts and disability. Classes are from 9:30-11 a.m. on four consecutive Saturdays.
In the first two sessions, young artists will start with a lesson on the lifecycle, metamorphosis and migration of butterflies. They will explore the 14- acre botanical gardens using magnifying glasses to search for butterfly eggs and caterpillars.
They will learn how to identify different species of butterflies and plant milkweed plants that attract butterflies. Each class will end with the students using mixed media such as acrylics, marble rolling, oil pastels and watercolors to tell the story of their exploration for the day. The second two weeks of class will focus on humming birds and other flower pollinators, and on Turtle Island in Pinecrest Gardens.
Students will learn through hands-on lessons and exploration and end each class with a mixed media art activity. Each week the student’s artwork will be displayed in the Gardens’ Hibiscus Art Gallery, with a final show at the end of the four-week session.
The fee is $60 for all four classes and it includes entry to Pinecrest Gardens and access to the park’s splash ’n play, petting zoo and botanical gardens.
For more information and to register, call Yvette Cotera at 305-753-5341.