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Open Studio
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Arboretum Art Open Studio: Your place to create and converge! (125-10-03-17-03)
FALL/WINTER SERIES: Every Tuesday, 9 a.m. - 1 p.m. from October 3 through December 19

See description in Winter series, below
Limit 20, Snyder Tearoom - Visitor Center

register $39 member/$155 non-member includes rental room space and Arboretum admission

Arboretum Art Open Studio: Your place to create and converge! (125-01-09-18)
Every Tuesday, 9 a.m. - 1 p.m. from January 9 through March 27, 2018

Level: All levels, mediums and abilities are welcome
Do you need a beautiful and inspiring space to practice your art? Do you enjoy the community of other artists for support and encouragement? There is no better place than the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum to continue your artistic journey! Set in the exquisite Edwin Lundee-designed Tea Room, you will find inspiration inside and out all year around. As you gaze through the windows or step onto the Tea Room Outdoor Terrace, you encounter one-of-a-kind observational nature opportunities. Simply bring your own supplies; tables, chairs and easy water access are available for your convenience. On those chilly mornings be greeted by the warmth of the fireplace and fellow artists busy at their craft. Whether you are just beginning or have been practicing your art for many years, everyone benefits from this supportive welcoming environment. One fee allows admittance for all Tuesdays listed above. 
Limit 20, Snyder Tearoom - Visitor Center

register $39 member/$155 non-member includes rental room space and Arboretum admission

Ann Solyst 

Pastel: Hummingbird (125-01-13-18)
Saturday, January 13, 10:00 a.m. -1:00 p.m.
Ann Solyst, award winning painter and illustrator, recently published illustrations include "Peter the Slug and the Great Forest Race" by Peter Schultz

Explore the versatility of chalk pastels while learning how to draw an adorable Ruby-throated Hummingbird. Although sometimes overlooked, chalk pastel is a portable, dynamic medium with a painterly quality akin to oil painting. Whether you are familiar with chalk pastel or you have never picked up a pastel in your life, this class will provide you with helpful techniques to explore this medium. Ann will begin with demonstration of and experimentation with pastel techniques. Then you and your fellow artists will focus on creating a refined drawing, balancing line, color and composition. The small class size will allow one-on-one attention from Ann and the ability to draw at your own pace. You will leave with a finished piece, and supplies to continue working with pastels at home including eight pastel colors, professional paper, sketchbook, pencils, blending stump and kneading eraser.
Limit 14, Azalea Classroom, Oswald Visitor Center

register $59 member/$82 non-member, includes Arboretum admission and all supplies (value $25)  

Lucie Bilodeau 

Pastel: Exquisite Orchids (125-02-03-18)
Saturday, February 3, 9:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Carlyn Iverson, internationally acclaimed botanical artist and illustrator for more than 200 textbooks and publications, National Geographic Scientific Illustrator and NOAA artist

Level: All levels
This fun, low-cost class allows you an opportunity to try out a new medium or technique at low cost and time commitment. Pastels are a perfect medium to capture the bold shapes and hues in the Arboretum's conservatory of tropical orchids in peak bloom! Carlyn will introduce you to the medium of pastels, an overview of drawing composition and techniques, and offer guidance as you capture the beauty of an orchid species in pastel.
Suggested low cost (approx $12!) supply list
Limit 24, Classroom 1, Snyder Building

register $39 member/$62 non-member, includes Arboretum admission

nature sketchbook

Feedback from previous Pam Luer Series:

I am so grateful to have been able to take Pam Luer's Nature Sketching class. She is an excellent teacher and combined with the addition of people invited to talk with us about viewing natures, the whole experience was excellent...Such wonderful color and so many beautiful plantings!...Thank you again for all of the time and effort you put into the arts program at the Arboretum. Pam is a real treasure to have as part of that agenda. 

Nature Sketchbooks: Sketch in the Conservatory with Pam (125-02-15-18)
Thursdays 10:00 a.m. - 2:30 p.m., February 15 AND 22
Pam Luer, artist and instructor for nearly 20 years, licensed product artist at Target, Crate & Barrel, Bed Bath & Beyond and other retailers

Level: All levels
Held in the lush oasis of the Arboretum's Meyers-Deats Conservatory, this 2-session workshop is for anyone who wants to take their art with them-from their backyard, to the park, or on their next vacation. In the spirit of John James Audubon, the sketchbook has long been favored as a visual journal by natural artists for its portability, flexibility and the freedom to experiment. All you need is a love of nature, an inquisitive eye, and a few carefully selected drawing tools. Under Pam's expert guidance, participants will learn to observe and draw in new ways while expanding their understanding of the natural world and sharpening observation skills. Unique to this class will be time spent with the Arboretum's orchid specialist Ricky Garza as he reveals some of the mysteries and history of these beloved flowering plants. Put skills to use right away and enjoy the rewards of documenting the everyday beauty that is all around. Feel free to bring a brown bag lunch or purchase in cafe.
Limit 12, Tea Room, Snyder Building
Supply List:
Sketchbook 9 x 12 or smaller, please be sure the paper has at least 25% cotton. You may want to use watercolor paper. I like Nature Sketch book by Pentalic. If you have a variety of papers, bring them along to experiment with.
Collection of various drawing pencils. 6B-4H
Derwent watercolor pencils-small set
Derwent Dark Wash 8B Pencil
Derwent Inktense black 2200 pencil and or a variety of Intense pencils
Pentel Art Aquash water brush. You can find these on line in a set of three sizes.
Various drawing markers to try. I prefer Tombow along with a variety of markers that are water soluble and permanent.
Very small portable folding chair if needed

Pam Luer's Minnesota Landscape Aboretum Class Feb 15 & 22, 2018

register $72 member/$94 non-member, includes both sessions and Arboretum admission

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