Fine Arts, Crafts & Books Classes
Stone BalancingStone Balancing
Writing and LiteratureWriting and Literature
Botanical Fine ArtBotanical Fine Art
Flower ArrangingFlower Arranging
STONE BALANCING

 The Power of Balance

The Power of Balance: Stone Sculptures for Your Garden
Saturday, August 22, 9:30 a.m. - noon OR 1:30 p.m. - 4 p.m.
Peter Juhl, stone balancing artist, www.temporarysculpture.com


Back by popular demand! Turn rocks pulled from a garden plot into works of art and garden features. Stone-sculpture artist Peter Juhl's magical and exquisite balanced stone sculptures will dazzle you. He will demonstrate how to balance three or more rocks in seemingly impossible fashion without the aid of bolts, duct tape, or glue. Then he'll guide you through the steps to create your own balanced rock sculpture. You'll never look at stones in the same way again. You'll leave grounded, refreshed, and able to repeat your balancing act at home in your garden and elsewhere. (Peter will bring rocks to practice with in class.)   Includes Arboretum admission, Visitor Center, Limit 24

Waitlist

This session is sold out. Add your name to the waitlist or register for the November 7 session, below.
Saturday, August 22 (morning class)
9:30 a.m. - noon 
(200-08-22-15)
$42 member/$55 non-member,
includes Arboretum admission 

Waitlist This session is sold out. Add your name to the waitlist or register for the November 7 session, below.
Saturday, August 22 (afternoon class)
1:30 p.m. - 4 p.m. 
(200-08-22-15-02)
$42 member/$55 non-member, includes Arboretum admission

 The Power of Balance

Stone Balance Master Class: Intermediate to Advanced (200-09-12-15-02)
Saturday, September 12, 9:30 a.m. - noon
Peter Juhl, stone balancing artist, www.temporarysculpture.com


New, by request! Take your rock balancing to the next level. You'll increase your confidence and skills with additional rocks, new base configurations, and an intermediate level of instruction. Prerequisite: The Power of Balance: Stone Sculptures for Your Garden or equivalent novice balancing experience. (Peter will bring rocks to practice with in class.)  Includes Arboretum admission, Visitor Center, Limit 24

register $42 member/$55 non-member, includes Arboretum admission 

 stone balance

The Power of Balance: Stone Sculptures for Your Garden (200-­11-­07­-15)
Saturday, November 7, 1:00 p.m. ­ 3:30 p.m.
Peter Juhl, stone balancing artist, www.temporarysculpture.com

Back by popular demand! Stone­sculpture artist Peter Juhl will dazzle you with what looks like magic, but is closer to meditation or art. He will show you how to balance three or more rocks in seemingly impossible fashion without the aid of bolts, duct tape, or glue. Then he'll guide you through the steps of "coaxing a rock into position" to create your own sculpture. You'll leave grounded, refreshed, and able to repeat your balancing act in your own garden. You'll never look at stones in the same way again. (Peter will bring rocks to practice with in class). Limit 24, Visitor Center

register $42 member/$55 non-­member, includes Arboretum admission 

WRITING AND LITERATURE


Books in the Garden 

Books in the Garden with Toni McNaron: Nature As Character (100-04-08-15)
Wednesdays, April 8, May 13 5/13 will be rescheduled - date TBD, June 10, July 8, August 12 and September 9, Noon - 1:30 p.m.
Toni McNaron, Award-winning University of Minnesota professor emerita of English

Landscape and setting have such an influence on our lives they often stand as their own characters in the literature we love to read. Join our thriving "book club" to expand your mind and meet new people. Read and explore several titles chosen by Toni that offer fascinating views of nature and how it affects several beloved characters in books familiar as well as new. Consider how the land has an impact on our lives and how we as humans have both tried to tame it and have been tamed by it. You'll delve into why the author decided to put nature at the heart of the writing. You'll leave refreshed by the congenial spirit of book lovers and keen
insights into the words and images. Price includes all six Wednesday sessions.

April 8: Kate Chopin's The Awakening
May 13: Thomas Hardy's Far from the Madding Crowd
June 10: Willa Cather's O Pioneers!
July 8: Loren Eiseley's The Immense Journey
August 12: Edith Wharton's Summer
September 9: Scott Momaday's House Made of Dawn

These books are easily available in libraries or can be custom ordered for you by the Arboretum Bookstore. Limit 24, Snyder Building - Fireplace Room

register $98 member/$130 non-member for the 6 sessions, includes Arboretum admission
 

 ABC

Writing an ABC Plant Book for Grown-Ups (100-07-18-15)
Saturday, July 18, 10 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.
Jeannie Hanson, published nature and science writer, writing coach

Participants of this class will begin the process of creating a botanical "abcedary." The "abcedary" is an old form of writing, often a simple A-B-C for children learning their alphabets. Adult writers use this creative art form as a prompt and inspiration for their own writing. You'll learn about this time-honored literary and fine-art format, then you'll explore how you can adapt it for your own creative writing. To get inspired, the class will begin by exploring the Arboretum's new K Is for Kiss Me Over the Garden Gate exhibit, using beautiful botanical images curated from the Andersen Horticultural Library. Next you'll choose an image for each of your letters (copies of the exhibit's images will be available for you to use, or bring your own "alphabet letter" images) for use in your own abcedary. In the final step, you'll write a short piece about your connection to that {botanical} image. By the end of class, you'll be well on your way towards completing a beautiful, personalized abcedary! Limit 24, Visitor Center

canceled. $38 member/$50 non-member, includes Arboretum admission 

 Memoir
Credit: Walk Stoneburner (Flikr)

Writing Your Memoir: Inspiration from Nature (100-07-25-15)
Saturday, July 25, 10 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Jeannie Hanson, published nature and science writer, writing coach

Whether you've started a memoir or plan to write one someday, this class will launch you into creative remembering and writing using sensory experiences in
nature as prompts for your writing. We'll stroll to two of the Arboretum's nearby gardens to use sound, sight, touch and smell and taste as springboards into your personal memories of nature, then we'll use the garden for our writing "studio." Reading aloud may follow the writing session. After the class, you'll be more confident in your own writing voice and its strength in conveying your message through nature and sensory language. Limit 24, Snyder Building

canceled. $38 member/$50 non-member, includes Arboretum admission 

books in the garden 

Books in the Garden 2016: Digging Deeper into Gardens and Gardening (100-04-13-16)
Second Wednesdays April - September, noon - 1:30 p.m.
April 13, May 11, June 8, July 13, August 10, September 14

Toni McNaron, Ph.D., award-winning professor emerita of English, University of Minnesota

In these meetings, we will explore in a leisurely fashion three books about the intricacies of garden-making and plant/flower life. We'll read approximately half of each book for each month's session before having our usual lively and productive discussions.

April and May: Writing the Garden: A Literary Conversation Across Two Centuries by Elizabeth Barlow Rogers
June and July: The Botany of Desire: A Plant's-eye View of the World by Michael Pollan
August and September: The Morville House by Katherine Swift

Limit 24, Snyder Building - Fireplace Room

register $98 member/$130 non-member for the 6 sessions, includes Arboretum admission 


 Watercolor Vellum
Credit: Carlyn Iverson

Watercolor Painting on Vellum Two-Day Intensive Workshop (100-09-19-15)
Saturday, September 19, 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. AND Sunday, September 20, 2015, 1 p.m. - 5 p.m.
Carlyn Iverson, botanical artist and illustrator for more than 200 textbooks and publications
Level: Intermediate to Advanced

You've been wanting to try your hand at painting on vellum, but have been a little intimidated to take the first step. In this new fine art class with popular instructor Carlyn Iverson, start painting on vellum with confidence and success. Following the methods of traditional botanical painting, explore the science and aesthetics of painting on vellum, a natural material made from hides that has been used for centuries as a painting surface that withstands the test of time. You will learn time-proven techniques for how to render on this amazing surface in watercolors and explore the use of color harmony systems. You will sketch on vellum, prepare the initial washes, use gum arabic for glazing, and apply brush detailing. Ample subject material from the Arboretum will be on-hand, including live plant "models" from the greenhouse. During the Saturday portion of the class, you will take a rare insider-tour of the Andersen Horticultural Library to view precious botanical art treasures rarely brought out from careful storage. Vellum included in the class fee. Bring your own lunch or purchase at the Arboretum Restaurant.

Supply List

Limit 15, Visitor Center

register Canceled. Check back for more fine art classes for fall/winter!
$198 member/$230 non-member
, includes Arboretum admission, vellum, and insider tour of the Andersen Horticultural Library
 

 silver pendant

Jewelry: Beginning Silver Pendant (125-09-26-15)
Saturday September 26, 9:00 a.m. - noon
Dawn Danylczenko, Metalsmith Artist

Capture a piece of the garden and preserve it forever in pure silver. Using Precious Metal Clay (PMC) you will learn how to transform a piece of nature into a stunning pendant using molds and stamps from the garden. PMC was created in the early 1990's as a way to recover silver, gold and platinum from discarded computers, medical instruments and photography supplies. Dawn provides a fun, interactive setting to explore this new art form. You will leave with a one of a kind piece of exquisite jewelry to keep or give as a gift. No experience is necessary and all supplies will be provided.
Limit 12, Visitor Center

register

$90 member/ $105 nonmember, includes Arboretum admission, PMC clay packets, instruction and use of kiln, stamps and molds.

 

 red barn

Sip and Create: The Red Barn in Autumn (125-10-15-15)
Thursday, October 15, 6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
Georgia Kandiko, award winning artist and accomplished instructor

Experience the Arboretum among new friends with a glass of wine and paintbrush. Sip and savor the colors of fall as a professional instructor guides you through the process to create an original work of art. The Arboretum's iconic red barn in autumn will be your muse as you learn new techniques and tips to create a one-of-a-kind painting you'll be proud to show off!
Limit 30, Visitor Center

register $49 member/$59 non-member, includes Arboretum Admission, 2 glasses of wine, appetizers, and all supplies to create your own painting: canvas, paint, and brushes.

FLOWER ARRANGING 

Celebrate the seasons with floral expressions from the Arboretum. Ashley Fox Designs provides the flowers and materials, the instruction, and the inspiration. YOU create the masterpiece to take home! Advance registration strongly suggested, these workshops sell out. With Ashley Fox, in-demand floral designer and former horticulture educator at the Arboretum


 Garden Bounty
Photo Credit: Todd Mulvihill (APS)

Garden Bounty Centerpiece: Herbs and Flowers (100-07-18-15-02)
Saturday, July 18, 9:30 a.m. - Noon
Ashley Fox, acclaimed Minnesota floral designer 

canceled.  $69 member/$81 non-member, includes Arboretum admission, vase, flowers, and other class materials 

 Thanksgiving

Make­-and-­Take: Long-­Lasting Thanksgiving Centerpiece (100-­11­-21-­15)
Saturday, November 21, 9:30 a.m. -­ noon
Ashley Fox, acclaimed Minnesota floral designer

Level: all levels
Create a flower, fruit and vegetable long-lasting centerpiece to enjoy all week leading up to your day with family and friends. Ashley will provide instruction and hands-on personal coaching to help you strike the right balance of fresh-cut flowers, fruits or vegetables. She will also share important tips on how to keep your arrangement looking bright and beautiful up through Thanksgiving and well past the leftovers. As an added class bonus, participants will see ideas to create many different types of table decor for the entire holiday season and view a final, glowing, delicious table design by Ashley.
 (Florist value of arrangement: $100) Learning Center, Limit 24 

register $89 member/$99 non-­member, includes Arboretum admission and all class materials 
 Register for the Bundle Button Bundle and save! Bundle both Thanksgiving Centerpiece and Holiday Wreath Make-­and­-Take classes for $160 member/$178 non-­member

 holiday wreath

Make-­and­-Take: Holiday Wreath (100-­12­-05-­15)
Saturday, December 5, 9:30 a.m. -­ noon
Ashley Fox, acclaimed Minnesota floral designer

Level: all levels
It wouldn't be December without a fresh, fragrant wreath to grace your front door. Learn how to design and create your own stunning statement from a professional florist, then dive in with plenty of fresh materials and hands-on time to create your own masterpiece! Using a pre-made wreath form of spruce and cedar, infuse your design with the elements you love like eucalyptus, pods, berries, etc. for a one of a kind statement piece for your holiday decor. We love it when families sign up to take these classes together! Your wreath will help you create a warm welcome for your guests that lasts well into winter.
Learning Center, Limit 24

register  $89 member/$99 non­-member, includes Arboretum admission and all class materials
Register for the Bundle Button Bundle and save! Bundle both Thanksgiving Centerpiece and Holiday Wreath Make­-and­-Take classes for $160 member/$178 non­-member

 mantlepiece

Make-and-Take: Holiday Mantlepiece Design and Garland Construction (100-12-12-15)
Saturday, December 12, 9:30 a.m. - noon
Ashley Fox, acclaimed floral designer, educator, owner of Ashley Fox Designs

An evergreen garland or elegant mantelpiece can give your holiday decor an extra flourish. Using natural, organic, and long-lasting materials chosen for their color, texture, fragrance and beauty, Ashley will help you create a stunning 6-foot garland, suitable for placing on your mantle or railing, around a door frame or light post, or along the length of an oblong table. Limit 24, Learning Center

register $125 members/$140 non-members, includes Arboretum admission and all materials for your own take-home garland 

To Register for Class

To register online, click on the "Register" button listed with the class. Or call 612-301-1210 to register by phone. You can also view the Spring/Summer 2015 Classes Catalog  to see the full class offerings and use the registration form.

Questions?
Call 612-301-1210
or email: ArbEdu@umn.edu

Cancellation Policy: Registration cancellations must be made two weeks prior to class date in order to receive refund. A $5 processing fee will apply.

Art Exhibit and Sale: All 2015 Arboretum Fine Art and Photography class participants are invited to participate in the Arboretum Student Exhibit and Sale, date TBD December2015. Details and registration coming soon!