Thursday, November 1, 2018

November Events

November Events
Visit our booth at the Longwood Fall Festival on November 17 & 18. We will also be having an open house at the Le Rue House 133 W. Bay Street! The festival got a makeover of sorts last year and was Really awesome and I bet it will be even better this year. This is a great time to shop for the Holidays and support local artisans and enjoy community festivities.
Homeschool Art continues November 1,8,15,29.  1-2pm. Email for details at
Looking ahead to December, We will be having our Elves Workshops Dec 19, 20&21 form 10-12 and December 22 1-3. Come to one or all $20 per day. We have been doing this each December at is is such an enriching time. the kids create beautiful gifts, wrap them and make tags, So they are ready to go under the tree and are awesome! We do a variety of mediums and it’s always so fun. Ages 6and up. Email to register, we send back an invoice and your paid invoice saves your spot!

Wednesday, September 26, 2018

October events

October Events
Jewelry Workshop- Earrings. October 6 10-12. Come make up to three pair of beaded earrings. $30 Per person. Register by emailing
Watercolor Birds October 4,18,25 10:30-12:00 $60 All supplies included. Beginner Friendly. Come and explore watercolor painting in our Carriage House. Register by emailing

Asian Brush Painting and Chinese Tea Mini Retreat. Break out of your routine and try something new in this hands on experimental retreat style workshop. Soft Music, Warm Tea And Rice Paper Watercolor Painting. October 20th 10-12 $35 each.
Family Art Night Out October 26th 7-8:30
Pastels+Pumpkins! This will be a bit messy but come make expressive Pumpkin
art with Soft Chalk Pastels! Sketching with soft pastels is easy, super fun and very creative! $10 each. Bring the whole family or make it a Special Parent and Child Date. We will start on the Porch with Pumpkin Treats and Cider, then move inside the carriage house to make some Fall Holiday Art! register by emailing
Foundations of Art for Home-schoolers. This weekly art class combines hands on projects with elements and principles of art as well as Art history. Taught by Christine Brown who holds a Bachelor Degree in Studio Art from Towson University. This class will enrich your student. Art adds so much beauty and value to our lives and cultivating an affection for it in our youth is an important part of their education regardless of their career path. Classical music plays gently while your child works! Thursdays. Register and Pay Monthly, Thursdays 1-2pm
October 4,18,25 $45. November 1,8,15,29 $60
Email to register at
Homeschool Art
The Longwood Fall Festival is November 17&18. Barbed Wire Browns and Well Red Designs will share a booth space near the intersection of Wilma and Bay. PLEASE come out and support this community event with local artists. We will also have an open house at the Le Rue House featuring Pottery, Paintings, Jewelry, Woodworking and more. This is the perfect opportunity to shop for Christmas and be a Patron of the Arts!

Monday, September 10, 2018

140th Birthday of Historic Longwood

Saturday is the 140th Birthday celebration of Historic Longwood as well as the much
Anticipated re-opening of Reiter Park.  We will be open from 10-4 to join in the festivities and you are welcome to park at the Le Rue House space permitting and walk down to the park for music, food, booths, Contest, cupcakes etc.  Check the website for the City of Longwood
And if you want to take in some history here’s a walking tour of buildings on the National Historic Registry
here’s a review of Historic Longwood in case you have never stopped there:

“This small historic town is very walkable.  The historic homes, many of which have the dignity of names,  are easily identified by metal plagues by the doors. The Bradlee-McIntyre house c1883 is a Museum, The Le Rue house, c1885  on Bay street houses Artisan studios and a gallery with local pottery, woodworking, jewelry and paintings.  Down the street another historic home, the Inside-Out House is a long running boutique, a toy shop lays a few steps further and dolls in yet another quaint setting. Some other shops include The Wild Hare Organic grocery, Nu Natural with Bath and Body products, Clean Eats with grab and go Healthy Foods, Barbers, Coffee Bar and more. The smallness is the appeal here, A handful of shops, a nice walk, a picnic at the park and you have a lovely diversion for a few hours!
The newly renovated Reiter Park has many ammenities including a splash pad, walking trail, pond....and is a straight walk from the sunrail on Church Street, then three more historic streets parallel Church for you to meander along. Check he Historic Museum' hours to take a peek inside the Bradley- Macintyre House c 1883 and this town frequently closes the streets and hosts car shows, chili cookoffs, farmers markets and the highlight is a two day Fall Festival generally held the weekend before Thanksgiving. “

Sunday, August 12, 2018

September Classes and Events

September Classes and Events

September 7&8 Care 2 Sew Charity Quilting Event


We host this quarterly event and it is always so much fun.  Basically if you want to learn to sew you can come and if you know how to sew you can come!  We all work together to make quilts for various charities.  If you have a sewing machine, please bring it along.  You can come for an hour or  more and see what its like.  This is a great opportunity for school age children to learn basic sewing skills. Suggested Donation $5 per person
September 7 6-9pm
September 8 9:30-12
For more details email Dawn Bradley

Botanical Watercolors- 4 Weeks $80 Thursdays- September 6,13,20,27.  10:30-12 all supplies included.  Email to register at   Beginner Friendly.  Although supplies are included you are welcome to bring your own.  This benefits you because you can use the same supplies at home and get more familiar with them.  This class will introduce materials and cover basic technique but mostly will provide you with the time and space to practice!

Foundations of Art for Home-schoolers.  This weekly art class combines hands on projects with elements and principles of art as well as Art history.  Taught by Christine Brown who holds a Bachelor Degree in Studio Art from Towson University.  This class will enrich your student.  Art adds so much beauty and value to our lives and cultivating an affection for it in our youth is an important part of their education regardless of their career path.  Classical music plays gently while your child works! Register Monthly and Pay Monthly:  September 6 13,20,27 1-2pm  $60   October 4,18,25 45 1-2pm and November 1,8,15,29 $60 1-2pm  Email to register at 

Family Art Night September 21!  Come have a family date in our charming carriage house at the Le Rue house.  We will make air dry clay owls that you can take home that evening.  6-8pm Finger food included.  Cost:  $7 per person.  This event will be limited to 14 participants.  Email to register

Thursday, April 26, 2018

may events

Adult Watercolors- 3 Week’s May 7,14,21 $60 10:30-12
Register by email-
Homeschool Art Wednesday’s May 2,9,16 $45 1-2:15pm
Please visit our website for summer camps and for adult events including rustic sign making, boho brackets, earrings, and miniature acrylic painting events!
Please tell your friends about us too

Friday, April 13, 2018

Summer Camps

the Carriage House Studio
2018 Summer Camp Schedule
email to register with names, ages and session you want.
About our camps:  Barbed Wire Browns camps are held in our carriage house.  This seats a small number of students so they will fill up quickly.  Each camp is led by Christine Brown who holds a Bachelor Degree in Studio Art from Towson University.
  Classes will expose campers to a wide variety of materials, Elements of Art and Design and themes and styles of art. Parents can relax on our front porch or drop off and return later.  Morning sessions are geared for younger artists and afternoon for older students.  These camps are especially delightful to artistic, creative kids who enjoy longer projects and work times.  We do not have recess and other fillers....we make art!
If you have multiple aged children pick the camp that works best for your family and send the all to it.  We love siblings and families staying together! Kids are welcome to bring snacks and drinks.
June 4-8
morning session 10-12 $125
afternoon session  1-4pm $175
June 20-22 (3 days)
morning session Wed-Fri 10-12  $75
afternoon session 1-4 $110
July 16-20 Smith Prep Academy
Summer Art Camp 10-2 $150
Bring a lunch
July 23-27
morning session 10-12  $125
afternoon session 1-4 $175
Because the Adults need art too we are offering these events:
Sign painting night on reclaimed lumber Sat June 2 1-3 prices vary depending on wood selection $10-$40
Come with a word, phrase, verse.  We provide everything!
Jewelry Making Night- Boho Braclets
Come make 1-2 bracelets- all material provided  June 1 7-9pm $30
Jewelry Night: Earrings Friday June 22 7-9pm $30 teen-adult
Miniature Acrylic Paintings
Paint a mini June 9 1-3 $20 All Ages
kids must have a participating adult to supervise them
Free stand- all materials included
Dress for Mess!


Thursday, April 5, 2018

Earth Day Gardening Event

We are hosting an intro to Central Florida Vegetable Gardening tips and secrets Workshop at our "Yarden" at our home, not the Le Rue house Art Studio, on Earth Day, April 22 from 2-4.  Bring you hat, camera and a notebook.  We will also have a seed swap table so bring some seeds to share or pick some up to take home.  

Topics discussed will include What to grow when, busy life solutions, watering, composting, seed saving and more....Please email us if you are interested in coming. 

 There is no set cost for this event, donation jar will be present! 


Tuesday, March 27, 2018

April Events

Its time for Care 2 Sew again! Care2Sew is a multi- generational collaborative sewing event held a few times a year and open to anyone interested in learning to sew or anyone already skilled in sewing.
We turn donated materials and donated time by volunteers into beautiful handmade quilts that are used to benefit both local and international ministries.
Some of our quilts have been used to raise funds and some have been kept and cherished by those ministries.
April 20 6-9pm
April 21 9:30-12
For more info : Dawn Bradley

Watercolors- 4 weeks $80 April 9,16,23,30. 10:30-12 all supplies included. email to sign up at teen and adults. Beginner friendly!

One day watercolor workshop- Painting a still life. April 14 10-12am $30 email to sign up. Multi- Generational opportunity

Kids and Parents process art on Saturday April 28 10-11:15. $10 each (sibling discount available)
Create with your child in this unstructured exploration of art materials! Adults are encouraged to participate! email to register

Homeschool Art- 3 Classes $45. April 11,18,25 all school aged children welcome
email to register. 1-2:15

Summer camps will be posted ASAP
We are working on several camps including exploring printing, master artists, folk art around the world....and more!

Wednesday, February 28, 2018

March Events

March Events
Homeschool Art Class! 4 Weeks $60.
March 7,14,21,28 1-2:15.
email to register at
Come paint a BARN QUILT Workshop. Bring a quilt block you want to paint or decide when you arrive. March 17 1-4pm $35 email
One day Watercolor Workshop- Birds
Celebrate Spring with a mini art retreat in the carriage house.
March 31st. 12:30-4:00. Tea and light snacks provided. Email to register $35 each.
April - Adult Watercolor class. Monday April 9,16,23,30. 10:30-12 $80 for a 4week class. No refunds for missed classes

Sunday, February 18, 2018

Birthday Parties

Party Arty Celebrations.
We provide a teacher led art project for 8 (minimum) to 16 (max) artists.  You are welcome to invite more people who will not be completing art but want to celebrate with us.  We provide all supplies and most projects take  approx. 1 hour to complete,  you are welcome to stay another hour and have drinks and cake that you provide.  
the pricing is $16 per artist.  

$16 per artist (doing a project) Minimum of $128 even with less guests
2 hours at BWB
pay at the start of the party in full.

Projects will be tailored to the ages of your guests and usually involve painting with acrylics or watercolors. Thanks again!

Christine Brown

Wednesday, February 7, 2018

Why Art Matters- Part 1

You have heard the phrase "the art of__________". Lets fill in the blank with "the art of storytelling". We understand this to mean the storyteller has worked at his craft, he practices, he improves, it is an art form that requires effort on his part and is learned over time.

This can apply to whatever we set our hand to.  The Art of it comes with practicing and considering how to do it well, to do it beautifully, in a way that benefits others and engages us.  Dante made a point like this- Art is inherent in every true vocation.  Creativity is at the essence of the human capacity to work, to be productive and to serve society.

Art classes, of course, give children space and tools to make art, to explore mediums, to learn a visual language, but even more is happening, it is space to practice creativity and decision making, it helps them express ideas, emotions, to have a deeper understanding of their world.
Art helps them think critically,to persevere through difficulties and practice resilience. Art helps kids learn from mistakes or disappointments and take a chance again and again,  Children loose a sense of time when they create, they are fully present, which is crucial in a world of distraction.  Make space for creativity in your home, in your school in your lives.  It is such a important part of healthy living and work. Skills can be developed and success in art is a result of hard work and that is a great thing to learn young!

Think creativly through practicing art and let it spill over into every other area of your life too!

Monday, February 5, 2018

February Events

February Classes and Events
We have had a great month at the studio! We will continue adult Watercolors on Monday Mornings 10:30-12.
If you have no watercolor experience the first class February 5 is an intro for beginners, then we will meet Feb 12, 19, 26. cost for four classes is $80. Returning students may skip the first class and pay $60. email with the class you are interested in.
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Homeschool Art for ages 6-16. Wednesdays Feb 7, 14, 28 $45 1-2:15 No Class on the 21st!
email with the class you are interested in
Rustic Sign workshop- come with a quote or idea and we will help you make it happen! You pay for the wood you want and everything else is included. Wood ranges from $8-$30. 10 spaces per class.
February 22nd 7-9pm or Saturday 24th 1-3.
email with the class you are interested in
Many Thanks to Everyone who participated in our Care2Sew Charity Quilting Event, Stay tuned for another in April!
We are Hosting an evening of Victorian charm making Valentines and having a tea party! The Delightful Amy Huber will be inspiring us to create lovely Valentines for friends and family. Come enjoy a lovely evening in the Le Rue Carriage house February 9 from 7-8:30. This is suitable for all aged women and daughters. Think MultiGenerationally! $15 each.
Email to register.

Tuesday, January 23, 2018

Carriage House at LeRue

LeRue Carriage House Community Meeting Space
Host your meeting, Workshop, Class or Retreat in a Historic Venue. The Historic District of Longwood gained recognition in October 1990 on the national Register of Historic Places for its 30+ buildings dating back to 1873-1926. The LeRue house is one of these historic buildings. Built in 1885 by staircase builder and blacksmith J.S.LeRue. The craftsman style and charm of this old house is a lovely atmosphere for small groups to meet. The carriage house is separate from the main house which is home to Barbed Wire Browns Art Studio and Gallery. The room is also available for meetings and clubs for a very reasonable fee.
Seats up to 16 people.
$40 per hour paid in advance with a refundable $20 Cleaning fee paid in cash and returned if Venue is left neat- in condition found.
Meeting/ event/ party space is air conditioned (no heat)and has a separate area to set up food, drinks, coffee, tea, etc. All supplies and food must be brought in and cleaned up. There is a mini fridge as well. Bathroom and Library area also.
Full Day Rate $240 plus refundable cash deposit of $20.

Sunday, January 14, 2018

Just added Adult Thursday Night Events- In the Le Rue carriage house
1/25/18 7-8:30pm
Make and Take Earring workshop with Christine Brown
Come design your own earrings and leave with up to three pairs in this Thursday night event. $25 with all supplies included.

As always To register simply email us with your name and class you are interested in and we take it from there!
2/1/18 7-8:30pm
Nōtan (濃淡) is a Japanese design concept involving the play and placement of light and dark elements as they are placed next to the other in the composition of art and imagery. This use of light and dark translates shape and form into flat shapes on a two-dimensional surface. Nōtan is traditionally presented in cut paper. This simple night will focus on Design and Contemplation and Mindfulness. This event is more about the process and experience not the finished product. Come to De-Stress! $12 Asian tea and the materials are provided.

As always, To register simply email us with your name and class you are interested in and we take it from there!
Barbed Wire Browns
Creative Community for the Common Good
Art Studios at Le Rue House
133 W. Bay Street
Historic Longwood

Friday, January 5, 2018

You're Invited!
Care 2 Sew Charity
Winter Event
Friday, January 19th
Saturday, 20th.

Friday, 6-9 pm.
Saturday, 9-12 am

Location: Barbed Wire Browns.
133 W Bay Ave, Longwood, FL 32750
Need to know:
Ages 8-80 welcome.
No sewing experience necessary
All supplies provided.
A few extra machines will be available.
Quilts to benefit local and international ministries
RSVP:Dawn Bradley 407.314.7998
Homeschool Art -4 week’s. January 10, 17, 24, 31 $60 1-2:15
Email to register
Hope your holidays were wonderful! The New Year brings some changes for Barbed Wire Browns the biggest being our new location and More Community focused Events! Our Gallery will be by appointment only, you can try just stopping by and we may be working but we are not going to have regular daily hours. Email for appointments

We have a carriage house available for rent to small groups/ meetings, So if you need a charming little spot for your book club, or writers group check it out!
LeRue Carriage House Community Meeting space rental
Seats up to 16 people.
$40 per hour paid in advance with a refundable $20 Cleaning fee paid in cash and returned if Venue is left neat- in condition found.
Meeting/ event/ party space is air conditioned and has a separate area to set up food, drinks, coffee, tea, etc. All supplies and food must be brought in and cleaned up. There is a mini fridge as well. Bathroom and Library area also.

Party Arty! Schedule your birthday party today. Parties include a teacher led art project in watercolors, pastels, or mixed media followed by time and space for cake and presents, 2 hour parties start at $150 for up to 10 artists. Additional artists are $10 each.

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