Living Frame NEW!
Saturday, April 22, 1:00-4:00 PM
Instructor: Christine Bayles Kortsch.
This class is a bit different for us (no paper!), but we couldn’t resist when we saw the small garden crafted by Christine Bayles Kortsch, lover of nature and a creative writer. Besides, making one is a great way to celebrate Earth Day! Join Christine and make your own garden using succulents and small touchstones. The unusual container is a rustic, heart-shaped frame that’s handmade from reclaimed wood. Christine calls it a “living frame” because the interior lining and planting surface are specifically designed to hang vertically. To get you started, she’ll discuss design principles as well as the care and propagation of succulents. The heart of the class, however, lies in using the garden to tap into that creative reservoir existing deep inside each of us. Christine has some brief writing and wordplay activities to help you put into words what’s already there. The prompts are fun, practical, and soulful writing tools designed to support all your creative work. Expect to be inspired by the beauty of nature and green growing things on this special day!
Please bring the following materials for class:
- A journal and a pen
- Optional: Christine will supply a variety of succulents, but bring in some of your own if you prefer a fuller look or have some favorites.
- Optional: Christine will supply a selection of small accent objects, but bring in items meaningful to you. Previous students have brought in small shells, stones, weathered pieces of wood, rusty iron pieces, figurines, old keys, feathers. seedpods, miniatures, broken ceramics, and the like.
- Optional: A leggy, overgrown succulent we can use in class to propagate cuttings.
- Optional: gardening gloves and apron/smock
Christine Bayles Kortsch, Ph.D., is a homebody with a gypsy soul. She is the author of Dress Culture in Late Victorian Women’s Fiction, as well as essays on urban homesteading and wilderness camping. You may have read her essay on backyard chickens in 5280 Magazine last summer! Christine teaches literature and writing at the Rocky Mountain College of Art and Design and the University of Baltimore. She also teaches creative writing and succulent workshops at the Makerie, The Denver Botanic Gardens, the Lyons Farmette, the Living Arts School, the Scatter Joy Center for the Arts, and elsewhere. Christine is a gentle and enthusiastic teacher with a deep passion for gathering people together and inspiring them to chase the beauty and goodness in their everyday lives. Read more about Christine and her Ink & Stem Workshops atwww.cbkortsch.com.