Programs + Events

Create and Cook: Family Art Workshop and Virtual Cooking Class with Olana and the Sylvia Center

  • Saturday, May 21

Onsite Workshop and Free Meal Kit Pick Up 1:00-2:00pm

Virtual Cooking Class 4:00-5:30pm

Families are invited to participate in three outdoor walks and art workshops at Olana and virtual healthy cooking classes with The Sylvia Center. During these special two-part programs, families will explore Olana’s landscape together through observation and art activities on Saturday afternoons. After each onsite walk at Olana, meal kits with local produce will be distributed for the virtual cooking class, led by The Sylvia Center. Later that evening, families will take the lead from a TSC Chef Instructor and will use the ingredients in their meal kits to cook a healthy dinner from the comfort of their own homes.

For families with children 18 and under (children should have adult supervision). Register for one or all three classes. FREE (suggested donation $12). Advance registration at For more information, please contact or call (518) 751-6938. For information about The Sylvia Center please visit or email

Young at HeArt: Sketching Your Vision through Fashion Illustration

  • Saturdays, May 21, June 4, 11, 18 | 10:00AM-1:00PM

During this fashion design and illustration program, students will use Olana as a source of inspiration for their own designs while learning the fashion illustration skills needed to bring their visions to life. During this ten-session course designed by professional designer Sergio Guadarrama, founder of Made x Hudson and Celestino Couture, students will explore Olana’s 250 acres of artist-designed landscape, collections, and elaborately decorated main house to inform their own work. Each session will focus on a different element of fashion illustration and guide students in learning to capture basic fashion proportion, shading and realistic texture and drawing different fabrics. As a three-dimensional work of art, Olana will serve as an inspiration for participants in creating and designing their own wearable artworks. Participants will develop six skill takeaways over the ten-week course, first learning how to draw their own “croquis,” or blank figure sketches, eventually finalizing their own designs using the skills they’ve developed. During the program, visits with The Olana Partnership curatorial and education staff will connect content from the site’s history and permanent collection to the course’s curriculum. 

Sergio Guadarrama is proud to be one of the founders and “Sustainability & Fashion” advisor of Made X Hudson, a small batch cut and sew manufacturing facility in Catskill, NY. Sergio graduated from the Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising in Los Angeles and studied at the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York City. Along with Kade Johnson, Sergio established CELESTINO in 2005, an eco-conscious and fashion-forward company uniting classical couture techniques with innovative concepts, up-cycled luxury fabrics, and unconventional details. 

$200 person, $150 members. Limited capacity; Advanced registration required at Scholarships are available upon request. For more information, please contact or call (518) 751-6938.

During the COVID-19 crisis, The Olana Partnership will refund registration before this program upon cancellation for any reason. Please note that The Olana Partnership reserves the right to cancel this program due to extreme weather or other dangerous conditions.

This course is funded by E.A. Michelson Philanthropy.

Drawing and Painting Summer's Bounty: A Botanical Drawing Course

  • June 17, 18, 24, and 25 | 4PM - 7PM

While Olana may be known for its famous 19th Century creator, the artist Frederic Church, other creative members of the Church family lived and explored its 250 acres during their lifetimes. Church’s own daughter, Isabel Charlotte “Downie” Church, was an experienced botanical illustrator, engaging in a common art practice of the time period. Downie painted botanical studies since she was a teenager and continued to both paint and grow flowers throughout her life. The Olana collection contains over a hundred examples of Downie’s work, including paintings completed at Olana.
Botanical illustration focuses on depicting the form, color, and details of plant species. During this course designed for participants of all skill levels, students will explore how to depict the form, color, and details of plant species. Just as the Churches used the flora and fauna of the Hudson Valley to inspire their own artwork, this course will encourage a deeper understanding of drawing, color, and the natural world by studying nature’s forms and colors. During this four-part course over four days, teaching artist Wendy Hollender will guide participants to learn more about drawing techniques, qualities of color, and to deepen their understanding of plant forms and structures just like the botanical painters and illustrators of the 19th century.

Wendy Hollender is a botanical artist, illustrator, author, and instructor. Wendy is an instructor of Botanical Art and Illustration at the New York Botanical Garden and leads workshops at her farm in Accord, New York. In 2016, she started a highly successful online botanical drawing program: She is a member of the American Society of Botanical Artists, the Brooklyn Botanic Garden Florilegium Society and the National Tropical Botanical Garden Florilegium Project.

$200 person, $150 members. Limited capacity; Advanced registration required at Scholarships are available upon request. For more information, please contact or call (518) 751-6938.

Indigenous and Introduced: Flora & Fungi of Olana with The Outside Institute

  • Saturday, June 18 | 11AM - 12:30PM

Laura Chávez Silverman, founding naturalist of The Outside Institute, leads a walk to explore the native and introduced flora and fungi at Olana, with a focus on sustainable foraging of edible and medicinal species. We will discuss how indigenous wisdom forms the basis of this knowledge and what we can carry forward to enhance our relationship with the land and all beings. A light trail snack featuring wild-foraged elements from local areas will be offered.
Laura Chávez Silverman is the Founding Naturalist of The Outside Institute. A desire to share her deep love of Nature inspired The Outside Institute, founded in 2017 in the Upper Delaware Valley to foster a greater connection to the Earth. By nurturing humanity’s powers of observation and innate affinity for the wild, Laura hopes to inspire joyful awareness and an essential reciprocity between all beings, regardless of species or race.
$15 person, $10 members. Advanced registration required. For more information, please contact

Observing Summer Wildflowers: A One-Day Drawing & Journaling Workshop for All Ages

  • Saturday, June 25 | 12PM - 3PM

“What a blessing it is to be able to sketch – The Great Book of Nature is always open and there are no blank leaves for the artist.” – Frederic Edwin Church, 1898

Spend time outside drawing summer blooms and learning more about how to capture your own outdoor observations on paper! During this afternoon workshop for all ages and skill levels, botanical artist Wendy Hollender will guide participants in using different materials to explore botanical drawing and nature journaling throughout Olana’s artist-designed landscape. Nature journaling combines science and art to help you slow down, observe, and interact creatively with the natural world. Participants will learn more about basic pen and drawing techniques and create accordion-style booklets together to house their illustrations and observations. Join us to learn more about drawing techniques, nature journaling, plant forms, and to enjoy the beginning of the summer season.

Wendy Hollender is a botanical artist, illustrator, author, and instructor. Hollender’s illustrations have been featured in numerous publications. Wendy is an instructor of Botanical Art and Illustration at the New York Botanical Garden and leads workshops at her farm in Accord, New York. In 2016, she started a highly successful online botanical drawing program:

Open to all ages and skill levels, families are encouraged to attend; $25 per person, ($15 members). Materials will be provided.

Trail Sessions at Olana: Presented by Sustain Music & Nature and The Olana Partnership

  • Saturday, June 25 | 1:00PM-4:00PM

Enjoy music outdoors during this hike and performance by Murmur( Hudson, NY) featuring Mary Webster and Melanie Glenn of UPSTATE and Naomi Westwater (Boston, MA). A guided hike of Olana’s outdoor landscape will begin at 1pm, followed by an acoustic concert at 2:30pm. Advanced registration required at; sliding scale $5-75. Kids 12 and under are free. A bilingual Spanish hike can be provided for participants upon request and modifications can be made to the hike route to accommodate mobility needs. Please let us know of any specific accommodations in advance of the program by emailing

Trail Sessions are a series of guided educational hikes and concerts on public lands in Colorado and New York. Each summer, Sustain Music & Nature features local and national bands at beautiful parks and land trust properties by partnering with conservation groups and non-profits to provide environmental education, so audiences get to know nature and music.

Sustain Music & Nature is a non-profit organization that creates partnerships between the music industry and environmental organizations by identifying opportunities to connect musicians and nature organizations. Sustain also promotes environmentally sound practices across all aspects of the music industry.


  • Saturday, July 23 | 5PM-7PM

In addition to New York’s Central Park, Frederic Church was instrumental in advocating to create the first state park in the United States at Niagara, a natural wonder he also made famous through painting. The Olana Summer Party, Niagara: Frederic Church and Public Parks, will celebrate Church’s reach and achievement as an artist at Olana–today a public park, a New York State Historic Site, and a National Historic Landmark.

Top regional chefs will create hors d’oeuvres inspired by the theme, paired with wine, craft beers, and signature cocktails. Our celebration will be along Olana’s Ridge Road, with spectacular views of the Hudson River and the Catskill Mountains.

Your continued support of the Summer Party would provide significant and essential support towards sustaining our mission and helping us look to the future.

The Olana Partnership programs are made possible by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of the Governor and the New York State Legislature.