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Paint and Pint

Paint and Pint: Paint an Arboretum Winter Scene While Tasting Local Craft Beer (125-02-12-16)
Friday, February 12, 6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
Georgia Kandiko, professional award-winning artist and educator

Tap into your creative side as you join others for this fun painting class with a twist. Follow Georgia as she guides you through the painting process step by step to produce a beautiful arboretum winter scene. At the same time you will get a greater understanding of local craft beer as Enki brewery will be on hand to provide tastes of their delicious brews. Bring a friend, make it a date night or come to make new friends. No painting experience required.
Limit 20, Learning Center

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$59 member / $69 non-member,
includes Arboretum admission, instruction, canvas, paint, brushes easel, paint smock and laughter. 

 silk scarf

Create an Elegant Silk and Felt Scarf (125-02-20-16)
Saturday, February 20, 9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Mary Reichert, Fiber Arts instructor featured in venues throughout MN including North House Folk School and the Textile Center
Level: All levels

What better way to change a look than to add a one of kind scarf? Magic is the word most often heard among students as they explore the fusion of silk and felt to create this stunning accessory. In this class students will begin with natural plant-based, hand-dyed silks and merino wool in a variety of colors. Add a little soap and water together with a special hand rolling technique to produce your finished product. Mary will share her experiences of the entire wool process from getting the wool off the back of sheep to producing the roving, the ropelike strands used in this beautiful project. Inspired by her time in Kyrgyzstan to create beautiful objects for everyday living, Mary will entertain and inspire you with extraordinary personal stories of the Central Asian people and their reliance on sheep for centuries. Build camaraderie in this small group setting allowing the instructor to guide your journey. You will leave with a magnificent scarf as well as all the materials and knowledge to produce more items at home. There will not be a break for lunch, but participants are welcome to bring their own snack to enjoy during class.
Limit 12, Learning Center
REQUIRED EQUIPMENT: Bring a standard-size bucket, sharp scissors and two bath-sized towels

register 2 spots left
$98 member/$115 nonmember,
includes Arboretum admission and all supplies including silk, wool, nylon netting, tools for process

  Quilting with Photographic Fabric & Embroidery: Big Red Tulip (125-03-08-16)
Three Tuesdays: March 8, 15 & 22, 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Hilary Frye: Award winning contemporary quilt artist and surface pattern designer who has been teaching and lecturing throughout the upper Midwest since 2008.
Level: All levels welcome!

This three-session series is inspired by the thousands of tulips that burst forth with color and beauty at the Arboretum every spring. Participants will celebrate the tulip's essence by creating a stylized rendering using hand embroidery and quilting. The unique, textural stitches of this piece of art will beckon observers to take a closer look! Students will receive custom preprinted fabric created by the instructor in the abstract style of Georgia O'Keefe's flowers, featuring a larger-than-life tulip placed on the fabric panel. Students will learn how to embellish the photographic fabric using a wide variety of stitches in a creative freeform method allowing each participant to choose aspects of the tulip they would like to highlight. This class encourages the fiber artist to look at tulips and colors with new eyes and to focus on the geometry of the flower's lengths and angles. Hilary has an easy-going style, taking the student step-by-step from learning and mapping the stitches to the quilting and binding of the finished product. A 14" x 14" mini quilt will be ready for hanging when you complete the third session. Each of the three-sessions is small in size to facilitate class discussion, ensure one-on-one assistance from the instructor, and form new acquaintances.
Limit 12, Visitor Center

register $79 member/$92 non-member, includes all three sessions, Arboretum admission, all supplies including pre-cut panel and fabric, batting, thread, and over-dyed embroidery floss.


Watercolor Workshop - 3 days with Frank Zeller (125-04-15-16)
Friday, April 15, Saturday, April 16 and Sunday, April 17, 9 a.m.- 4 p.m. each day
Frank Zeller, 'Signature Painter' of the Northstar Water Media Society, this artist has been teaching for over three decades in Europe and North America. His works have been honored in shows throughout the upper Midwest and California.
Level: Intermediate to Advanced
In conjunction with the MN Watercolor Society show exhibiting in the Reedy Galley, join Frank Zeller for a comprehensive three-day watercolor workshop for intermediate to advanced students. At home and abroad, Zeller is known as a master of the medium. He effortlessly paints in a loose abstract mode which engages viewers with action and imagination. His relaxed freedom results in beautiful paintings that separate themselves from the typical watercolor. He describes his work by saying, "I try to make each painting express a ‘wow' factor to the viewer. To me, this means the painting should speak for itself in an exhibition or a gallery and it should shout ‘look at me' to the audience. If it does not have the ‘wow' factor, it is just another status quo painting." Practicing Zeller's various techniques under his watchful eye will ensure a wider knowledge of painting in general and a better understanding of applying an "aesthetic looseness", to your work. At the same time, the individual attention and insights will lead to greater original work and a renewed sense of excitement about the medium. His demonstrations precede the lessons of the day. You will study shape through collage and value patterns, understanding the' why' in organizing values. Allow Zeller to inspire you and your work as he shares the freedom found in his work.
Bring your lunch each day or enjoy dining in the Arboretum Cafe. 
SUPPLIES: Students should bring all of their own supplies. See attached list.
NOTE: Local hotel accommodations can be made at Country Inn and Suites in Chanhassen, MN. Ask for the Arboretum rate. 
Limit 20, Oswald Visitor Center

register $349.00 member/$399.00 non-member, includes Arboretum admission each day 


Watercolor: Learn to Paint Flowers (125-04-30-16)
Saturday April 30, noon - 4:00 p.m.
Catherine Hearding, Award-winning painter and in-demand instructor throughout the upper Midwest
Level: All Levels
There is no better place to learn or refine watercolor skills than at the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum! With flowers as your muse, you will bring home the beauty of Spring to enjoy all year long. Participants will work from a selection of floral photographs to learn and practice a three-step watercolor process. Techniques taught in class will focus on paint application, values, and color solutions to inspire your imagination and expand the creative possibilities. Catherine is known for her ability to capture light and shadow as well as her use of rich vibrant color; she will teach you how to seamlessly introduce a little bit of sunshine into your work, too! Each student will receive the individual attention they need to feel confident and comfortable in class and for future watercolor projects. You will leave this class with a beautiful finished product as well as skills to practice with "nature's beauty" all summer long. All supplies are provided! Simply show up ready to brighten your day with flowers, fun and friendship.
Limit 24, Visitor Center

register $99 member/$115 non-member, includes Arboretum admission, two 11X15 pieces of professional quality watercolor paper, foam core used as backing while painting, watercolor brush and paints.

 chinese flower

Chinese Flower Buds: Botanical Colored Pencil Workshop (125-05-11-16)
Wednesday, May 11, 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Nancy Gehrig, accomplished botanical artist and popular Arboretum instructor. Nancy has exhibited in numerous venues including the NY Botanical Garden, Royal Horticultural Society in London, the Phoenix Art Museum.
LEVEL: All Levels

In honor of the new Hsiao Chinese Garden Walk at the MN Landscape Arboretum, this class will focus on drawing flower buds found in a Chinese Garden. Join other "budding artists" for a classroom drawing experience with an emphasis on plant observation from live specimens as well as exploring the color and capabilities unique to colored pencils. Rich greens and lush petal tones will spring forth as you learn the art of layering from this experienced, hands on instructor. Offering demonstrations of techniques and characteristics of different pencil and papers, Nancy will wow you with the artistic possibilities. The class begins with an introduction to colored pencil methods and Chinese garden plants before students work on their own drawings. A small class size enables a supportive and encouraging environment with new Arboretum friends - a drawing experience that is not to be missed. No previous experience required as Nancy meets each student at the appropriate level. Participants will leave with a work of art they will be proud to display. Use the materials and skills learned to continue practicing and create additional works at home. Class supplies are not included in the fee, see supply list, provided. Bring a brown bag lunch or dine in the cafe during the half hour lunch break.
Limit 15, Oswald Visitor Center
Supply List:
Colored Pencils
Colorless blender pencil (Prismacolor has a good one)
Graphite pencils: one soft - B,2B or 3B, one hard - 2H or 3H
Pencil sharpener
Soft brush to dust away erasure debris
White plastic eraser (Sanford non-abrasive vinyl for erasing drafting film is a good choice)
Bring several sheets of drawing paper. Strathmore or Bristol vellum or smooth approximately 11X14 size.

register 2 spots left
$69 member/$82 non-member,
includes Arboretum admission, individual attention from instructor, in-class plant samples to use as inspiration.


Japanese Weaving: SAORI Outdoors (125-07-30-16)
Saturday July 30, 9:00 a.m. - noon
Chiaki O'Brien, SAORI Certified Instructor. Chiaki worked as an instructor for the SAORI head office in Japan before moving to Minnesota.
Due to popular demand we are adding and expanding this class for weavers and non-weavers alike. This weaving workshop called SAORI is a contemporary weaving method founded in Japan in 1913 -- a meditative art form where the weaver finds themselves completely absorbed and fully immersed into the weaving in front of them. With no set up and not constrained by patterns, this unique SAORI process allows you to begin weaving your one of a kind project in a gentle, mindful and meditative manner right away. This particular session leaves opportunity to enjoy the Arboretum setting - weather permitting- allowing participants to weave outdoors with the natural beauty all around. The master instructor helps to facilitate the vibrant in-class community as individuals embrace natural beauty and are encouraged to pursue the unknown. The end result is a one of kind handmade textile - perhaps a scarf, wall hanging, or table runner - filled with humanity inspired by nature that no machine could duplicate.
NOTE: No experience is necessary and all supplies will be provided. Optional: if you have any materials or personal items you would like to be woven into the work, such as yarn, strips of fabric, feathers, or sticks, please feel free to bring them along.
Limit 9, meet in the Oswald Visitor Center

register $89 member/$99 non-member, includes a Arboretum admission and all materials to create a take-home completed piece.

Pollinators Botanical Drawing Class: Pollinators in Colored Pencil (125-08-06-16)
Saturday, August 6, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Nancy Gehrig, nationally recognized artist, illustrator and instructor whose work has been exhibited with the Royal Horticultural Society, the NY Botanical Garden and the ASBA/HSNY International Exhibit.
Levels: All Levels
In honor of the important addition of the Tashjian Bee and Pollinator Discovery Center to the Arboretum, this colored pencil class will focus on the flora and insects that play a crucial role in the pollination process. Welcoming and approachable for all participants, Nancy has the ability to bring out the best from an artist at any level. Begin with a review of pencil types and how paper surfaces affects drawing, then study and observe live flowers and photographs to understand the intricacies of the plants and insects that are essential to our survival (you may bring your own photo to work from or use one provided by the instructor). The beauty of the flower and the detail of the pollinator will be the focus of your drawing as you use colored pencils and the layering technique to capture rich colors and textures. Hands-on instruction and individual attention are a signature element of this class: through continued guidance, Nancy will show you refined techniques like how to make your light tones soft and lush, how to achieve deep values, and how attention to texture and edges will make all the difference in your realistic drawing. To further your understanding of the nature of pollinators, you will also receive information, including diagrams, that will enhance your work as you better understand the process of collection of pollen and nectar. Be prepared to take your drawing skills to a new level in a supportive, friendly atmosphere!
Limit 15, Learning Center

Bring own supplies. See list below:
•Colored pencils, Pencil sharpener
•Colorless blender pencil (Prismacolor has a good one)
•Graphite pencils: one soft - B, 2B or 3B, one hard - 2H or 3H
•Magnifying lens, reading glasses or loupe to study the detail
• Soft brush to dust away erasure debris
•White plastic eraser (I like Sanford non-abrasive vinyl for erasing drafting film)
•Paper: bring several sheets of paper you normally like to draw on
•Subjects: Bring your own favorite photos of pollinators on a flowers or use instructor provided ones
Instructor will provide:
•Sample paper: Strathmore smooth finish and vellum finish, tracing paper
•Sample of masking film (we will use this like an eraser)
•Sandpaper to hone a pencil point

$99 member/ $115 non-member, includes Arboretum admission


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Pollinator Friendly Gardening
Meet the Author: Rhonda Fleming Hayes

Thursday, April 7th 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
MacMillan Auditorium - Minnesota Landscape Arboretum

Join us for an evening to celebrate Rhonda Hayes and her powerful gift that will change gardens everywhere! Award-winning garden writer and columnist for the Star Tribune, Rhonda Fleming Hayes inspires gardeners of all levels to contribute to the growing pollinator movement through her latest book, "Pollinator Friendly Gardening". A vibrant, all-purpose instrument, gardeners will treasure it as both as a resource and a sonnet to our friends the pollinators. Hayes encourages gardeners through valuable plant lists for specific species, scientific experts Q & A, habitat essentials and gives hope to a changing world. No matter the size of your garden or the location of your sunlight, Hayes gives you the tools to make a difference through this groundbreaking book.
Limit 200, Visitor Center - MacMillan Auditorium 

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$10 Member/$22 Non-Member Registration, includes Arboretum admission

books in the garden


Books in the Garden SPRING/SUMMER SERIES 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

     * April 13: Writing the Garden
     * May 11:  Writing the Garden PART 2
     * June 8: The Botany of Desire 
     * July 13:  The Botany of Desire PART 2
     * August 10: The Morville House 
     * September 14: 
The Morville Year PART 2 

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 

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 stone balance

Read an article about Peter Juhl in Midwest Living Magazine

Watch a clip about Peter Juhl in Kare11 Land of 10,000 Stories with Boyd Huppert

View a photo gallery of Peter Juhl's Work in the Star Tribune

The Power of Balance: Stone Sculptures for Your Garden 
Saturday, February 27, 2016, 9:30 a.m. - Noon (100-02-27-16)
Learning Center - Tree Place
Saturday, May 21, 2016, 9:30 a.m. - Noon (100-05-21-16)
Visitor Center
Saturday, July 30, 2016, 9:30 a.m. - Noon (100-07-30-16) 
Visitor Center

Peter Juhl
, stone balancing artist,
Get balanced! Dazzle your friends with a new skill that looks like magic, but is closer to meditation or art. Peter 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" using principles of physics (and some patience) 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! This workshop is designed for adults; because a general understanding of gravity and physics is discussed, suggested minimum age for this class is 12. An assortment of practice rocks will be available to use during class. Limit 24, Snyder Auditorium

register This session is sold out. Add your name to the waitlist and/or register for a different session, below! 
Saturday, February 27 9:30 a.m. - Noon 
Learning Center - Tree Place
$42 member/$55 non-­member,
 includes Arboretum admission


Saturday, May 21 9:30 a.m. - Noon (100-05-21-16) Visitor Center
$42 member/$55 non-­member, includes Arboretum admission 

register Saturday, July 30 9:30 a.m. - Noon (100-07-30-16)  Visitor Center
$42 member/$55 non-­member, includes Arboretum admission


 Canine Art

The Art of Being a Dog: Learn About Dogs in Art and Create Canine Art! (850-07-16-16)
Saturday, July 16, 10:00 a.m. - Noon
Nancy Brooks, Nature-Based Therapeutics: Animal Assisted Interactions Specialist, Certified Trick Dog Instructor
Level: Ages 7 and up

Join other animal lovers to celebrate dogs...and art! Many famous works of art have included dogs; those artworks teach us what the people of the time thought about their dogs, and how those dogs helped people! This fun, hands-on workshop will show you some of these famous paintings and drawings to get you inspired. Then, participants will head outside to the Dog Commons and open up the art supplies and create their own dog-themed artistic masterpieces! Students will use pen, magic markers, pencils, watercolor, drawing paper, and loads of creativity to make a special take-home portrait of one of the friendly dog models that will be available in class. Instructors will be on-hand to give students individual attention, guidance, suggestions, and supportive enthusiasm as they are working on their creations. Students get to choose their own interpretation, perhaps a Cubist abstraction, a realistic rendering, or a colorful Warhol-style drawing! Participants in this class will discover a greater enthusiasm for dogs, a deeper appreciation of art, and an enhanced sense of personal accomplishment. Each student will create a special frame for their drawing and will take home memories of the adorable dog models and fun new friends!
NOTE: Humans only for this class
Limit 25, Learning Center

Register $34 member/$46 non-member, includes Arboretum admission and art supplies (All participants must register, regardless of age.)

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.

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

December Art Exhibit and Sale
All 2015 Arboretum Fine Art and Photography class participants are invited to participate in the Arboretum's
Artistry of Nature Student Exhibit and Sale
Saturday, December 5, 2015: 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Sunday, December 6, 2015: 11 a.m. - 4 p.m
Students, visit the Exhibitor Information page to register for your table at the show!
Exhibitor registration for this event is closed. We hope to see you at the show!