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Art Classes for Adults Offered at Edison and Ford Winter Estates

FORT MYERS, Fla. (December 8, 2022) — Edison and Ford Winter Estates offers many opportunities throughout the year for residents and guests to learn painting techniques, create floral arrangements or make other pieces of artwork. Classes are taught by local artists. Registration is required for each at and classes can be purchased as gifts.

Registration is open for the following classes:

Silk Scarf Painting with Marie Dyer
January 14, February 25, and March 11 at 9 a.m.  Marie Dyer has been teaching at the Estates for many years. Participants will paint a scarf that can be worn or hung as a piece of artwork. To ensure adequate supplies, registration is required. All materials are included. Students of all experience levels are welcome. Space is limited. Members $90; non-members $100

Palm Weaving with Megan Kissinger
January 15 at 12 p.m. 
Students will join local artist, Megan Kissinger, to learn how to make woven crafts that they can take home. All materials and tools will be provided, but students may bring their own ribbons and scissors. Participants are also encouraged to bring a snack or lunch. Space is limited and registration is required. Members $40; non-members $60

Floral Still Life Painting with Marie Dyer
January 21 and March 18 at 9 a.m. 
Impressionist painter, Marie Dyer, will explain color mixing, effect design, impressionistic techniques, shading and effective color contrast to create mood. This acrylic on canvas painting workshop is for any experience level. Capacity is limited and registration is required. Members $90; non-members $100

Zen Drawing with Megan Kissinger
January 28 at 10 a.m.
Participants will explore meditative drawing with local artist, Megan Kissinger. This class will take place outdoors on the sprawling grounds. Participants are encouraged to bring a lunch. The class will meet at the Visitor Pavilion before departing to paint on the grounds. All materials are included. Registration is required and capacity is limited. No experience is required. Members $40; non-members $60

Pre-Valentines Floral Arranging with Anita Singh
January 29 at 10 a.m.
Guests will learn how to create their very own botanical masterpiece. The class will highlight designing with roses, foliage, and how to create a unique Valentine’s Day floral arrangement. Each participant will take home their custom floral arrangement to enjoy. All materials are included, as well as tools and refreshments. Students of all experience levels are welcome. Seating is limited and registration is required. Members $75; non-members $85

Acrylic Landscape Painting with Marie Dyer
February 18 at 9 a.m.     
Impressionistic local artist, Marie Dyer, will guide participants in this plein air acrylic landscape painting workshop. She will cover the fundamentals of composition and structure, color creating, mood, mixing paints, and assist in developing a pallet that speaks to each guest. This workshop is for artists of all skill levels. All materials are included. Capacity is limited and registration is required. Members $90; non-members $100

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Edison and Ford Winter Estates
Edison and Ford Winter Estates is the internationally known winter home site of Thomas Edison and Henry Ford. More than 220,000 visitors walk through the location each year from all around the globe. The organization has received many awards, including the National Stewardship Award from the National Trust for Historic Preservation and the National Garden Clubs’ Historic Preservation Award. The property is an official project of “Save America’s Treasures,” a Florida Historic Landmark and a National Register Historic Site. The Edison Botanic Laboratory is a National Historic Chemical Landmark. The site is open every day except Thanksgiving and Christmas from 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. and until 9 p.m. during the month of December for Holiday Nights.

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