Drawing
Classes & Workshops

Develop and improve your drawing skills with 1,200 acres of natural inspiration!



Gretchen Wagener Burau 

Arboretum Tulips in Colored Pencil

(125-05-12-18)
Saturday, May 12
9:00 a.m. - noon

Gretchen Wagener Burau, professional artist, art history instructor at the University of St. Thomas, and longtime Arboretum employee

No experience necessary
Explore the beauty of the Arboretum while learning to draw an early spring favorite, the tulip! View the stunning varieties planted in the 2018 Annual Garden as Gretchen takes you on a brief walk around the grounds. Return to the classroom for demonstrations on graphite and colored pencil techniques, which will be used to produce realistic depictions and make corrections. Colored pencils are ideal for capturing the subtle details of flowers. Gretchen will teach you how to observe a plant, render its details and apply colors in layers to build a three-dimensional form. Students create art based on provided photographs or images brought from home. Exploring the tulip in-depth through intense observation will give you a whole new understanding of this perennial favorite! Just bring yourself; all materials are included to make and bring home a completed piece of art.
Limit 15, Oswald Visitor Center - Teaching Classroom

$59 member/$89 non-member, includes Arboretum admission and all supplies 
register


Gary B

Nature Sketchbooks: All-Day Workshop with Pam Luer

(125-06-02-18)
Saturday, June 2
9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

Pam Luer, artist and instructor for nearly 20 years, licensed product artist at Target, Crate & Barrel, and more

No experience necessary
What better way to learn to draw the Arboretum surroundings than under the guidance of a professional artist who specializes in natural-based designs? Begin class with a nature walk alongside a certified Master Naturalist or Master Gardener who will help sharpen your observational skills as you explore the flora and fauna of the Arboretum. At the same time, with Pam's expert guidance, participants will learn to observe and draw in new ways while expanding their understanding of the natural world. You will learn how to closely observe nature which will not only help you grow as an artist but expand your experiences in nature as well. This all-day workshop is for anyone who wants to add an element of art while "on the go" - in your backyard, park, or on your next vacation. All you need is a love of nature, an inquisitive eye, and a few carefully selected drawing tools. Put skills to use right away and enjoy the rewards of documenting the everyday beauty that is all around. Either bring your own supplies (see attached supply list) or purchase the $60 kit with this order which will be waiting for you on your first day of class.

Limit 12, Oswald Visitor Center - Azalea Classroom

SUPPLY LIST
Bring your own, or purchase a complete supply kit for $60

•Sketchbook 9 x 12 or smaller, please be sure the paper has at least 25% cotton. Some of my favorites include: Nature Sketchbook by Pentalic and Strathmore 400 series Stillman & Birn Dela series. If you have a variety of watercolor papers, bring them along to experiment with
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Collection of various drawing pencils. 6B-4H

•Derwent watercolor pencils, (small collection)
•Pentel Art Aquash water brush: you can find these on line, at Michaels and Blicks. They usually come in a set of three. Another option is to bring a couple brushes and a small water container.
•Various drawing markers- I prefer a variety of markers that are water soluble and permanent
•Backpack or bag for all your materials. Keep it portable and easy- you'll be moving about with your gear!
•If you are a watercolor artist, feel free to bring a tiny palette

$59 member/$89 non-memberincludes Arboretum admission
register

$60 Supply Kit (Optional) The kit will be there for you at your first day of class.



Pam Luer 

Nature Sketchbook Series: Fall at the Arboretum with Pam Luer

(125-09-08-18-01)
Three Saturdays, September 8, 15 & 22
9:00 a.m. - noon
Pam Luer, artist and instructor for nearly 20 years, licensed product artist at Target, Crate & Barrel, and more

No experience necessary
What better way to learn to draw the Arboretum surroundings than under the guidance of a professional artist who specializes in natural-based designs? In this class you will spend the beginning of each class on a walk with a certified master naturalist or Master Gardener who will help sharpen your observational skills as you explore the flora and fauna of the Arboretum. At the same time, with Pam's expert guidance, participants will learn to observe and draw in new ways while expanding their understanding of the natural world. You will learn how to closely observe nature which will not only help you grow as an artist but expand your experiences in nature as well. This three-session workshop is for anyone who wants to add an element of art while "on the go" - in your backyard, park, or on your 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. Put skills to use right away and enjoy the rewards of documenting the everyday beauty that is all around. Either bring your own supplies (see attached supply list) or purchase the $60 kit with this order which will be waiting for you on your first day of class.

Limit 12, Marion Andrus Learning Center - Garden Lab

SUPPLY LIST
Bring your own, or purchase a complete supply kit for $60

•Sketchbook 9 x 12 or smaller, please be sure the paper has at least 25% cotton. Some of my favorites include: Nature Sketchbook by Pentalic and Strathmore 400 series Stillman & Birn Dela series. If you have a variety of watercolor papers, bring them along to experiment with.
•Collection of various drawing pencils. 6B-4H
•Derwent watercolor pencils, (small collection)
•Pentel Art Aquash water brush: you can find these on line, at Michaels and Blicks. They usually come in a set of three. Another option is to bring a couple brushes and a small water container.
•Various drawing markers- I prefer a variety of markers that are water soluble and permanent.
•Backpack or bag for all your materials. Keep it portable and easy- you'll be moving about with your gear!
•If you are a watercolor artist, feel free to bring a tiny palette

$79 member/$109 non-member, includes Arboretum admission 
register

$60 Supply Kit (Optional) The kit will be there for you at your first day of class.


 

 


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