Stowe Center Gardens


In Words and Art:

Sketching In Harriet’s Garden with Jean Mackay

July 10, 2021

Harriet Beecher Stowe’s writing explores injustice and hardship, but did you know that she sought out and celebrated beauty in her gardens and botanical paintings? Surrounded by Stowe’s bountiful gardens, this workshop will invite you to look, learn, find inspiration, and sketch. Participants will view three of Harriet’s paintings hanging inside the Stowe House, learn a bit about her painting practice, have a basic tutorial with artist Jean Mackay, and find a place to sit and sketch in Harriet’s garden. Participants will select quotes to incorporate into their sketches to give voice to the beauty and wisdom that Stowe so powerfully portrayed in words and art.



Registrants will receive a copy of Mackay’s new book The Nature Explorer’s Sketchbook, all the basic art materials for making sketches, and sparkling water and snacks will be served at the end as we look at each other’s sketches. (Note: This program is designed to be perfect for caregiver/child or grandparent/child engagement as a multi-generational activity.)



Artist and educator Jean Mackay has been exploring and sketching nature for more than 25 years. Working in all kinds of settings, from tide pools to farm fields to her own backyard in Upstate New York, Jean’s watercolor paintings and journals reflect a keen eye for detail and profound sense of wonder. She offers workshops nationally and virtually. Discover the ordinary, yet extraordinary things that she encounters close to home and farther afield on her blog, Drawn In, www.jeanmackayart.com.


Reservations are required; limited to 15ppl; Ages 10 and up and designed to be a multi-generational program. $40pp; $60 for duel child/adult ticket (2ppl) Reservations are required; limited to 15ppl; Ages 10 and up and designed to be a multi-generational program. $35pp; $50 for dual child/adult ticket (2ppl). Includes signed copy of The Nature Explorer’s Sketchbook, art materials, snacks and instruction.


View some of Jean’s work below.

Location The Harriet Beecher Stowe Center/77 Forest St./Hartford, CT 06105
Doors Open 3:00 PM
Program 5:30 PM
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