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Tulips: Creating a Botanical Plate

In the 1600s, tulips were the rage in Europe, inspiring artists, gardeners, and merchants alike (the "tulip mania" of 1637 is the first documented economic bubble, when speculators traded huge sums of money for rare bulbs). Their appeal still holds today, when bouquets of tulips appear in grocery stores and farmers markets in the early spring.

In addition to being lovely in their own right, tulips are excellent subject matter for botanical dissection and drawing, as their simple, elegant forms are easy to discern without the aid of a microscope. Come spend an afternoon creating a botanical plate with science illustrator Erin Hunter—we'll talk briefly about the history of the tulip, review botanical anatomy, dissect and draw the flowers, and learn about the basic elements of a botanical plate. All skill levels welcome!

Ages:     13 - Adult
Date:    Saturday, March 2, 2019
Hours:    12:00pm - 4:00pm
Instructor:     Erin Hunter (website)
Location:    The Lyceum
Class Size:     Limited to 8 students
Fee:     $60