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Whatever your skill level or ability, there's a class at the Arboretum that can teach you a new, creative skill.


scarf
credit Leslie Granbeck 

Nuno Felted Scarf (125-04-12-17)
Wednesday, April 12, 10 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.
Leslie Granbeck, Fiber Envy Studio, Minneapolis feltmaker and instructor

Level: All levels
Nuno felting, developed in Australia, allows you to create an incredibly lightweight felt by bonding onto sheer fabric. In this workshop, embellish a silk scarf with beautifully dyed soft wool fibers and create a wow-worthy accessory for spring. Choose your color palette of fibers, and then create any design from floral to geometric to abstract. Without knitting or sewing, you'll create a supple scarf using a little soapy water and a unique felting technique. Leslie's classes are full of color, creativity and adventure: you're sure to have a great time, as well as learn a crafting technique you can use again!
Bring from home: 2-3 hand towels, 1 old bath towel, plastic bag to carry home wet items, bag lunch.
ALL OTHER SUPPLIES INCLUDED! 

Limit 12, Learning Center

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register 3 spots left
$89 member/$121 non-member,
includes Arboretum admission and all supplies to make one scarf


charms
credit Sarah Bober 

The Nature of Charms: Creating Silver Jewelry Sustainably (125-04-29-17-03)
Saturday, April 29, 10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Sarah Bober, ReFind Design, specializing in eco-friendly jewelry made from upcycled materials and is a certified Clay instructor

Level: Beginner
No experience is necessary to create fine silver charms for bracelets, earrings, or necklaces using a variety of design materials and the sustainable medium, Precious Metal Clay (PMC). 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. Sarah provides a fun, interactive setting to explore this new art form. Learn how to use this flexible medium which can be rolled, stamped, cut, and manipulated like traditional clay. Finished pieces are kiln or torch fired to become 99.9% pure silver. All supplies are included for you to try two techniques for making metal clay charms: creating reusable molds and circular pressed seal designs. The molds you create will go home with you and can be used again and again. At the end of class you will have created pieces of exquisite jewelry to keep or give as gifts. Pieces will be fired after class and available for pickup at the Arboretum within 1 week.
Limit 16, Visitor Center

ALL SUPPLIES INCLUDED! 

register $119 member/$132 nonmember, includes Arboretum admission and all materials (value $60): 25 grams of Art Clay Silver, embeddable fine silver jump rings, cubic zirconias, two-part silicone mold compound, jump rings


credit Sarah Bober

The Unique Silver Leaf: Creating Silver Jewelry Sustainably (125-04-29-17-04)
Saturday, April 29, 2:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Sarah Bober, ReFind Design, specializing in eco-friendly jewelry made from upcycled materials and is a Level One Certified Art Clay Instructor

Level: Beginner
Use real leaves to create the beautiful, one of a kind jewelry for bracelets, earrings, or necklaces! The leaf patterns will be impressed in silver metal clay (which uses recovered silver, gold and platinum from discarded computers, medical instruments and photography supplies) to make pure silver replicas of the leaf designs. Participants will be granted the exclusive privilege of harvesting leaves from the Arboretum during class, or bring your own leaves from home (5-10 with lots of texture), to create one-of-a-kind designs; enough for 2 large or 8-10 small pieces. By the end of class you will have created pieces of exquisite jewelry to keep or give as gifts. Finished pieces are kiln or torch fired after class to become 99.9% pure silver, and will be available for pickup at the Arboretum within 1 week.
Limit 16, Visitor Center

ALL SUPPLIES INCLUDED! 

register

$119 member/$132 nonmember, includes Arboretum admission and all materials (value $60): 20 grams of Art Clay Silver, 5 grams Art Clay silver syringe, embeddable fine silver jump rings, jump rings, cubic zirconias

 


jewelry stamped
credit Sarah Bober 
 

Crystal Clay Jewelry: Embellished Designs (125-05-06-17-02)
Saturday, May 6, 10 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Sarah Bober, ReFind Design, specializing in eco-friendly jewelry made from upcycled materials and is a certified Clay instructor

Level: Beginner
Create eye-catching statement jewelry using a new, easy medium. Crystal Clay is a versatile product with many jewelry applications, and requires minimal equipment and curing time. Sarah will guide you in mixing the clay, enhancing the design with stamps and mica powder, then adding crystals, beads, and charms to the clay to make various designs. The finished pieces will be mostly covered, so the additions are the focal point. This class is perfect for people who like to sparkle or those who prefer a more subtle look. Each custom piece can be tailored to fit any aesthetic! Enjoy time creating with other crafters, learn a new jewelry making skill, and leave with five beautiful pieces created by you!
Limit 16, Visitor Center

ALL SUPPLIES INCLUDED! 

register $69 member/$89 non-member, includes Arboretum admission and all materials for five pieces, including Bezels, crystal clay, crystals, jump rings, ball chain necklaces. Shared use of mica powder.

bundle Bundle and save! Both Crystal Clay Jewelry classes on May 6 (Embellished-morning & Stamped and Textured-Afternoon): $118 member/$150 non-member 

Crystal Clay Jewelry embellished
credit Sarah Bober 

Crystal Clay Jewelry: Stamped and Textured Designs (125-05-06-17-03)
Saturday, May 6, 2 p.m. - 5 p.m.
Sarah Bober, ReFind Design, specializing in eco-friendly jewelry made from upcycled materials and is a certified Clay instructor

Level: Beginner
Create eye-catching statement jewelry using a new, easy medium! Crystal Clay is a versatile product with many jewelry applications, and requires minimal equipment and curing time. In this session, students will not be adding anything to the clay (no crystals, charms, etc.). Instead, the focus of the piece is the clay itself. Class will cover two techniques: using stamps to impress designs and textures on the surface of the clay and using silicone molds to create 3D sculpted relief looks. Students will work on blending colors of clay and stamp colors to make their pieces. Add on optional finishing touch of mica powder to bring out the stamped images. Enjoy time creating with other crafters, learn a new jewelry making skill, and leave with five custom, beautiful pieces created by you!
Limit 16, Oswald Visitor Center

ALL SUPPLIES INCLUDED! 

register $69 member/$89 non-member, includes Arboretum admission and all materials for five pieces including Bezels, crystal clay, silicone mold material, jump rings, ball chain necklaces. Shared use of stamps, stamp pads, mica powder; 

bundle  Bundle and save! Both Crystal Clay Jewelry classes on May 6 (Embellished-morning & Stamped and Textured-Afternoon): $118 member/$150 non-member 


resin jewelry
credit Sarah Bober 

Create Your Own Resin Jewelry (125-05-20-17)
Saturday, May 20, 10 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Sarah Bober, ReFind Design, specializing in eco-friendly jewelry made from upcycled materials and is a certified instructor

Level: Beginner
Join us in learning one of the hottest trends in jewelry today - Resin. UV resin is a versatile medium for making individual wearable pieces with a quick cure time, unlike traditional 2-part epoxies. Learn how to use resin to create unique charms that can be turned into earrings, bracelets, or pendants. With a focus on nature-inspired designs, students will learn how to prepare design materials, use UV resin, and create color and texture. Sarah will guide you each step of the way, and her contagious enthusiasm will ensure you leave with confidence, excitement, and multiple pendants ready for earrings and necklace (chain provided). Start your journey through the endless possibilities of resin!
Limit 16, Learning Center

ALL SUPPLIES INCLUDED! 

register $69 member/$89 non-member, includes Arboretum admission and all materials for multiple pendants
 

kumihimo bracelet
credit Sarah Bober 

Gathering Threads: Creating a Kumihimo Bracelet (125-05-20-17-02)
Saturday, May 20, 2 p.m. - 5 p.m.
Sarah Bober started creating jewelry in 2007 and teaching in 2009. She specializes in metal clay and is a certified instructor.

Level: Beginner
Kumi himo is Japanese for "gathered threads," and is descriptive of a historic Japanese braiding technique. Kumihimo cords were used by samurai on their armor, and are now used to secure haori jackets and kimono sashes. Immerse yourself in this traditional and centuries old method to create a statement bracelet. With Sarah's guidance, you will learn how to incorporate beads into the traditional 8 warp round braid. Once you are comfortable with the steps you will be able to create bracelets and necklaces in a wide variety of patterns and designs. Enjoy Sarah's fun and engaging style of teaching, and interacting with fellow crafters as you learn a new skill. You will leave with a finished bracelet and knowledge to make more kumihimo jewelry!
Limit 16, Learning Center

ALL SUPPLIES INCLUDED! 

register $69 member/$89 non-member, includes Arboretum admission and all materials for one bracelet
 

SAORI

Japanese Weaving: SAORI Outdoors
Saturday, July 22, 9 a.m. - 1 p.m. (125-07-22-17)
OR
Saturday, August 26, 9 a.m. - 1 p.m. (125-08-26-17)

Chiaki O'Brien, SAORI Certified Instructor. Chiaki worked as an instructor for the SAORI head office in Japan before moving to Minnesota.

Level: All levels
SAORI is a contemporary weaving method founded in Japan in 1913. It is considered a meditative art form where the weaver is completely present with and focused on the weaving in front of them. With no set-up required, and unconstrained by patterns, the SAORI process uniquely allows weavers to immediately begin a one-of-a-kind project in a gentle, mindful manner. Master instructor Chiaki will help facilitate an in-class community of weavers and encourage simultaneous collective and individual embrace of the natural setting. Weather permitting, participants will weave outdoors amid the Arboretum's splendid beauty! The end result will be a unique handmade textile inspired by nature.
NOTE: No experience is necessary and all supplies will be provided. Optional: if you have any materials or personal items you would like to weave into the work, such as yarn, strips of fabric, feathers, or sticks, please feel free to bring them along.
Limit 9, Snyder Building Tea Room Terrace

ALL SUPPLIES INCLUDED! 

register 3 spots left
Saturday, July 22, 9 a.m. - 1 p.m. (125-07-22-17) 
$99 member/$119 non-member,
includes Arboretum admission and all materials to create a take-home completed piece
 
register Saturday, August 26, 9 a.m. - 1 p.m. (125-08-26-17)
$99 member/$119 non-member,
includes Arboretum admission and all materials to create a take-home completed piece
 

ecoprint scarf

Eco-Print Scarf: Wear the Arboretum 
Thursday, August 24, 10 a.m. - 1 p.m. (125-08-24-17)
OR
Saturday, September 30, 10 a.m. - 1 p.m. (125-09-30-17)

Jean Manrique, natural dye/eco print fiber artist and instructor whose work can be found throughout Twin Cities galleries and gift shops including the Arboretum, MIA and the Guthrie.

Level: All levels
Using a natural hand dyed scarf, learn how to impress foliage: leaving the colors and shapes of the plant material intact on the scarf. This process is possible due to the unique anatomy of the leaves and requires no external dyes, inks or paints. You will explore the chemistry of the plants you choose to use. Begin the class with a search for your custom combination of leaves, or bring some of your own from home. Back in the classroom, Jean will introduce the artistic elements of composition, design and color as you create your wearable masterpiece: The plants are bundled and steamed to extract pigment, then washed and ironed to produce your finished product. This small class ensures one-on-one attention as you work through your unique project. All materials are included in the fee. Come dressed for a nature walk and prepared to have fun! 
Limit 12, Learning Center

ALL SUPPLIES INCLUDED! 

register
Thursday, August 24, 10 a.m. - 1 p.m.
$89 member/$99 non-member
,
 includes Arboretum admission and all supplies including a natural hand-dyed silk scarf.

register Saturday, September 30, 10 a.m. - 1 p.m. 
$89 member/$99 non-member
, includes Arboretum admission and all supplies including a natural hand-dyed silk scarf.

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DRAWING AND PAINTING


Open Studio

Photo credit: Seregam/Shuttestock

Arboretum Art Open Studio: Your place to create and converge!
WINTER SERIES: Tuesdays, 9 a.m. - 1 p.m., January 3 through March 28 (125-01-03-17)
OR
SPRING/SUMMER SERIES: Tuesdays, 9 a.m. - 1 p.m., April 4 through July 25 (no session July 4) (125-04-04-17)

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 Lundie-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 WINTER SERIES: Tuesdays, 9 a.m. - 1 p.m., January 3 through March 28
$39 member/$155 non-member,
 
includes rental room space and Arboretum admission

register SPRING/SUMMER SERIES: Tuesdays, 9 a.m. - 1 p.m., April 4 through July 27 (no session July 4)
$39 member/$155 non-member,
 
includes rental room space and Arboretum admission

trees
credit Holly Nelson 

Drawing Skills Workshop: The Geometry of Trees (125-03-25-17)
Saturday, March 25, 9 a.m. - noon
Holly Nelson, expert artist and educator with 20 years of experience

Level: All levels
Trees can be a complex artistic subject to render. Take advantage of the still-bare branches of early spring to focus on their framework. Along with fellow art enthusiasts, you will carefully observe and learn how to draw specimens at the Arboretum, while Holly demonstrates the fundamental steps to sketching both evergreen and deciduous trees. All supplies are conveniently included as you get introduced to drawing techniques using charcoal and newsprint, which are easy to draw with and erase. By the end of the class you will have an increased appreciation for the beauty and complexity of these species, and a solid understanding of the essentials for drawing just about any specimen using a wide range of drawing materials. If you are a painter, acquiring new drawing skills can also improve your work!
Limit 12, Visitor Center

ALL SUPPLIES INCLUDED!

register 2 spots left
$69 member/$82 non-member,
includes Arboretum admission and all materials
 
bundle Discount bundles are sold out. Add your name to the waitlist or register for each class individually.
Bundle and save!
Two class drawing bundle (Trees 3/25 & Spring Flowers 4/8): $124 member/$148 non-member

 drawing
credit Holly Nelson

Drawing Skills Workshop: Capturing Spring Flowers (125-04-08-17)
Saturday, April 8, 9 a.m. - noon
Holly Nelson, expert artist and educator with 20 years of experience

Level: All levels
Enrich your enjoyment and appreciation for flowers by learning to draw them with confidence. Holly will demonstrate the fundamental steps to sketching several varieties of spring flowers, including species such as daffodil, hyacinths, pansies and more. All supplies are conveniently included as you get introduced to drawing techniques using charcoal and newsprint. Holly will also bring pastels for you to experiment with! By the end of the class you will have a handful of sketches to take home and a solid understanding of the essentials for drawing just about any variety of flower in a wide range of drawing materials. If you are a painter, acquiring new drawing skills can also improve your work!
Limit 12, Oswald Visitor Center

ALL SUPPLIES INCLUDED!

register $69 member/$82 non-member, includes Arboretum admission and all materials 
bundle bundles are sold out. Register for this individual class, above.
Bundle and save!
Two class drawing bundle (Trees 3/25 & Spring Flowers 4/8): $124 member/$148 non-member 

 beginner colored pencil
credit sutipong/Shutterstock

Beginner Colored Pencil: Flowers and Fruit (125-04-29-17)
Saturday, April 29, 10 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Carlyn Iverson, internationally acclaimed botanical artist and illustrator for more than 200 textbooks and publications, National Geographic Scientific Illustrator and NOAA artist. Lifelong Arboretum devotee.

Level: Beginner
Colored pencil has finally come to be recognized as a fine art medium. Learn how to create beautiful works of art featuring flowers and fruits with this low maintenance and easy-to-use medium. Simply show up and join fellow beginner colored pencil artists in a supportive environment--we will provide you with a set of artist quality pencils and paper that you can take home. Carlyn will guide you in the process of creating rich, vibrant colors and values with this medium, including step-by-step demonstrations on how bright highlights and deep shadows are achieved. Explore how to mix colors and render details in a whole new way. You will leave with your own beautiful work of art, supplies to continue drawing and a greater understanding of the colored pencil artistic process. Students with more experience may enjoy this class as a refresher before the intermediate session in the afternoon (see coupon).
Limit 24, Bee Center

ALL SUPPLIES INCLUDED!

COUPON: Register for both Colored Pencil Flowers and Fruit classes and receive $15 off! Use coupon code 15OFF at checkout or call 612-301-1210. Classes must be purchased at the same time in the same order, not valid on previous purchases or with other discounts. No cash value. 
register $74 member/$96 non-member, includes Arboretum admission and a set of artist quality pencils and paper


intermediate colored pencil

credit sutipong/Shutterstock 

Intermediate Colored Pencil: Flowers and Fruit (125-04-29-17-02)
Saturday, April 29, 2 p.m. - 5 p.m.
Carlyn Iverson, internationally acclaimed botanical artist and illustrator for more than 200 textbooks and publications, National Geographic Scientific Illustrator and NOAA artist. Lifelong Arboretum devotee.

Level: Intermediate
Gain a new appreciation for the vivid colors of flowers and fruit in an enjoyable sessions that captures the bright beauty of nature at the Arboretum. Carlyn will help you expand your intermediate-level knowledge of drawing as she provides step-by-step demonstrations and gives you additional techniques to advance your artwork in a whole new way! Alongside other artists, master colored pencil techniques to apply color in a painterly fashion that creates photorealistic renderings rivaling oil and acrylics. At the completion of this session you will leave with a beautiful work of art as well as a greater understanding of the artistic process and medium of colored pencils. Students interested in this class may enjoy the morning beginner class as a refresher before this intermediate session (see coupon).
REQUIRED EQUIPMENT: Bring your favorite colored pencil supplies from home, see suggested supply list
Limit 24, Bee Center

COUPON: Register for both Colored Pencil Flowers and Fruit classes and receive $15 off! Use coupon code 15OFF at checkout or call 612-301-1210. Classes must be purchased at the same time in the same order, not valid on previous purchases or with other discounts. No cash value
register $59 member/$72 non-member, includes Arboretum admission

watercolor learn paint flowers
credit Catherine Hearding 

Watercolor: Learn to Paint Flowers (125-05-06-17)
Saturday, May 6, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Catherine Hearding, Award-winning painter and in-demand instructor throughout the Upper Midwest

Level: Intermediate
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! Catherine's approach will allow you to feel confident and comfortable in class and inspired to pursue future watercolor projects. You will leave this class with a finished product and the skills to practice with "nature's beauty" all summer long. All supplies are provided, or bring your own for a reduced price. Simply show up ready to brighten your day with flowers, fun and friendship. There will be a break for lunch, so bring your own food and drink or plan to purchase lunch at the Arboretum Cafe.
Limit 24, Bee Center

OPTIONALL SUPPLIES INCLUDED!
OPTION - Bring your own supplies for reduced fee 

register Bring your own supplies: $99 member/$119 non-member, see attached list
Supplies included: $139 member/$152 non-member, includes Arboretum admission, two 11x15 pieces of professional quality watercolor paper, foam core used as backing while painting, paints, plus a high quality watercolor brush you may take home. 

Plein Air Painting
credit Mark MacLennan 

Plein Air Painting: All Day Workshop (125-06-03-17)
Saturday, June 3, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Michele Combs, Minneapolis artist specializing in contemporary, impressionist, and plein air painting

Level: Intermediate
Catch Michele's plein air (open air) enthusiasm and learn a new painting method that you will be able to employ in all your favorite outdoor settings. She will begin with a demonstration and discussion on the benefits and techniques for painting out-of-doors. You and your fellow painters will then work on a landscape, while Michele provides one-on-one support. You will create another painting in the afternoon, and focus on the effects of changing light on a landscape. Elements that make a successful painting will be emphasized, and you will improve your painting skills in the process. You will leave with two paintings and the skills to continue plein air on your own! There will be a break for lunch, so bring your own food and drink or plan to purchase lunch at the Arboretum Cafe.
Limit 24, Bee Center

register $89 member/$99 non-member, includes Arboretum admission
See supply list 

Paint and Wine 

Paint and Wine Pairings: Summer at the Arboretum (125-06-08-17)
Thursday, June 8, 6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
Georgia Kandiko, award-winning professional artist and educator

Level: All levels
Paint a seasonal scene with the Arboretum as your muse and enjoy inspired wine pairings: a fun way to make new friends! Join others in a relaxed indoor setting as you are guided step-by-step through the painting process in a fun, friendly atmosphere...from blank canvas to completed masterpiece! These classes are always filled with lots of laughter and learning as Georgia ensures you leave not only with a beautiful scene but also enhanced knowledge of painting with acrylics. Paired with 2oz wine tastings made from grapes developed right here at the University of Minnesota, this class is sure to be a festive experience where your creative juices will be set free. Bring a friend, make it a date night or come to make new friends. No painting experience required!
Limit 24, Bee Center

ALL SUPPLIES INCLUDED!

register $69 member/$89 non-member, includes Arboretum admission, all materials for one painting, wine pairings and light appetizers
 

watercolor honey bee
credit Carol Miag/Flikr 

Watercolor: Paint the Honey Bee (125-06-10-17)
Saturday, June 10, 10 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.
Carlyn Iverson, internationally acclaimed botanical artist and illustrator for more than 200 textbooks and publications, National Geographic Scientific Illustrator and NOAA artist. Lifelong Arboretum devotee

Level: All levels
"Bee-come" inspired at the Arboretum's new Tashjian Bee and Pollinator Center! The subject of this workshop will be honeybees, using real preserved (pinned) specimens and photos to study the various textures and surfaces of these important creatures. Watercolor may seem a challenging medium to work with, but Carlyn's unique style and one-on-one advice will make you feel comfortable diving right in! Delve into the fundamentals of playing and exploring with watercolors as Carlyn shares her process, from selecting proper paints and blending colors to create a unique palette. There will be a break for lunch, so bring your own food and drink or plan to purchase lunch at the Arboretum Cafe.
suggested supply list (basic or expanded lists)
Limit 24, Bee Center

COUPON: Register for both pollinator classes on June 10 (watercolor-morning & colored pencil-afternoon) and receive $15 off! Use coupon code 15OFF at checkout or call 612-301-1210. Classes must be purchased at the same time in the same order, not valid on previous purchases or with other discounts. No cash value. 
register $69 member/$99 non-member, includes Arboretum admission


butterflies and bees
credit Carlyn Iverson 

Colored Pencil: Butterflies and Bees (125-06-10-17-02)
Saturday, June 10, 2 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.
Carlyn Iverson, internationally acclaimed botanical artist and illustrator for more than 200 textbooks and publications, National Geographic Scientific Illustrator and NOAA artist. Lifelong Arboretum devotee.

Level: All levels
Discover the amazing capacity of colored pencils to create realistic renditions of your favorite pollinators. Using pinned specimens and photographs as models, Carlyn will provide step-by-step demonstrations that show you how to translate a three-dimensional bee or butterfly onto paper. Design and composition principles will be covered, including line, color, texture and values. This session allows you and fellow artists an opportunity to try this versatile artistic medium and learn the tricks of the trade as you discover how bright highlights and deep shadows are achieved to mix colors and render details in a whole new way. Gain a new appreciation for the vivid colors of pollinators as your work captures the bright beauty of nature. You will leave with your own work of art as well as a greater understanding of the artistic process and uses of colored pencils.
REQUIRED EQUIPMENT: Bring your favorite colored pencil supplies from home, see suggested supply list
Limit 24, Bee Center

COUPON: Register for both pollinator classes on June 10 (watercolor-morning & colored pencil-afternoon) and receive $15 off! Use coupon code 15OFF at checkout or call 612-301-1210. Classes must be purchased at the same time in the same order, not valid on previous purchases or with other discounts. No cash value. 
register $64 member/$79 non-member, includes Arboretum admission

 coloring night

Coloring Night for Grown-Ups at the Arboretum (125-06-17-17)
Saturday, June 17, 5 p.m. - 8 p.m.
Georgia Kandiko, professional award-winning artist and educator.

Level: All levels
Have you delved into the recent trend of adult coloring books, but would like a little guidance on colored pencil techniques? Join Georgia and other art enthusiasts for a fun evening of coloring, socializing and learning colored pencil techniques that will really make your finished images pop! You will be working from copies of exclusive, botanical sheets from the Andersen Horticultural Library's rare book room at the Arboretum. A cash bar will be available; first drink is on us! Borrow the Arboretum's colored pencils or bring your favorite colored pencils from home! Come early with a friend or date to explore the Arboretum--admission is included!
Limit 75, Bee Center

ALL SUPPLIES INCLUDED!

register $19 member/$24 non-member, includes Arboretum admission, exclusive coloring pages, pencils to use and one drink
 

master artist
credit Andy Evansen

Simplifying the Landscape in Watercolor: Master Artist Workshop with Andy Evansen (125-07-15-17)
Saturday, July 15, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Andy Evansen, award winning watercolor artist, American Watercolor Society, President of Plein Air Painters of America

Level: Intermediate to Advanced
Master Artist Workshop with Andy Evansen
Challenge yourself and go beyond your boundaries in watercolor! Andy is an internationally acclaimed artist known for his bold and expressive qualities. He will encourage you to experience the magical, spontaneous, and transparent qualities of watercolor and will help you discover that watercolor is at its best when it is set free. Begin the morning with demonstrations by Andy: his beautiful range in values created from direct observation transform a seemingly ordinary scene into rich story. In the afternoon, you will work on a value study and group painting, following Andy's methods. You will gain confidence to simplify your approach to the subject, leaving the viewer to interpret details and enhance their enjoyment. Evansen's approachable style ensures a relaxed environment as you advance your skills and techniques. By the end of the workshop you will understand how to more closely examine the subject and its values in orders to become a better visual communicator. Supply list
Limit 25, Bee Center

register $99 member/$124 non-member, includes Arboretum admission 

watercolor wood panel
credit Georgia Kandiko

Watercolor on Wood Panel: A Feast for the Bees (4-Class Series) (125-08-10-17)
Thursdays, August 10, 17, 24 and 31, 9:30 a.m. - noon
Georgia Kandiko, Signature member MN Watercolor Society with 30 years of teaching and painting experience.

Level: All levels
Celebrate a verdant season of gorgeous blooming flowers with watercolor in this unique 4-clas series! Each week you will produce a different piece featuring pollinator-friendly flowers selected by Arboretum horticulture staff: blazing star (Liatris spicata), New England aster (Symphyotrichum novae-angliae), butterfly weed (Asclepias tuberosa), and purple coneflower (Echinacea purpurea). Georgia will provide guidance and all supplies needed while encouraging your natural creativity to come forth; you will see your skills advance week to week in a supportive atmosphere. You will produce four complete 8" x 8" watercolors on wood. There is no need to frame these finished products: the watercolor paper is affixed to wood using archival materials, then sprayed with a UV protectant and finished with a coat of wax for durability and a fresh contemporary look. Hang your completed set together in a grid, or give individual pieces away as special gifts!
Limit 16, Snyder Building

ALL SUPPLIES INCLUDED!

register $144 member/$164 non-member, includes Arboretum admission and all materials to create four watercolors ready to hang
 

 nature sketch book
credit Pam Luer

Naturalist Sketchbooks: A Visual Journal in the Arboretum with a Naturalist (125-09-09-17)
Saturdays, 9 a.m. - noon, September 9, 16 & 23
Pam Luer, artist and instructor for nearly 20 years; her art has been licensed onto products sold at Target, Crate & Barrel, Bed Bath & Beyond, and other retailers

Level: All levels
The sketchbook has long been favored as a visual journal by natural artists for its portability, flexibility and the freedom to experiment. This three-session workshop will allow you to take your art with you-in your backyard, to the park, or on your next vacation. All you need is a love of nature, an inquisitive eye, and a few carefully selected drawing tools! Each session will include a walk with a naturalist, who will help sharpen your observational skills as you explore the flora and fauna of the Arboretum. Additionally, with Pam's expert artistic guidance, participants will learn to observe and draw in new ways while expanding their understanding of the natural world. Put skills to use right away and enjoy the rewards of documenting the everyday beauty that is all around.
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
Limit 12, Visitor Center

register $99 member/$159 non-member, includes Arboretum admission for all three sessions
 

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Open Studio

Photo credit: Seregam/Shuttestock

Arboretum Art Open Studio: Your place to create and converge! (125-01-03-17)
WINTER SERIES Tuesdays, 9 a.m. - 1 p.m., January 3 through March 28
OR
SPRING/SUMMER SERIES Tuesdays 9 a.m. - 1 p.m. April 4 through July 25

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 Lundie-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 WINTER SERIES
Tuesdays 9 a.m. - 1 p.m., January 3 thru March 28
$39 member/$155 non-member, 
includes rental room space and Arboretum admission
 
register SPRING/SUMMER SERIES
Tuesdays, 9 a.m. - 1 p.m., April 4 thru July 27
$39 member/$155 non-member,
 
includes rental room space and Arboretum admission

felted vessels and bowls
credit: Leslie Granbeck

Felted Vessels and Bowls (125-04-01-17)
Saturday, April 1, 10 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Leslie Granbeck, Fiber Envy Studio, Minneapolis feltmaker and instructor

Level: All levels
Learn the fascinating art of seamless feltmaking! Leslie loves sharing her knowledge of fibers, and this process is one of her favorites. Using wool and a variety of other natural fibers, felt a vessel to hold trinkets, chocolates, flowers or simply to brighten up any shelf. Choose bright or natural colors, then "sculpt" your vessel into any shape from organic to contemporary. You can even make your vessel reversible! We'll be working with water, so dress for mess.

Bring from home: 2-3 hand towels, 1 old bath towel, plastic bag to carry home wet items, bag lunch.

ALL OTHER SUPPLIES INCLUDED! 

Limit 12, Bee Center

COUPON: Register for 2 or more felting classes and receive $15 off! Use coupon code 15OFF at checkout or call 612-301-1210. Classes must be purchased at the same time in the same order, not valid on previous purchases or with other discounts. No cash value.
register

1 spot left
$89 member/$121 non-member,
 includes Arboretum admission and all supplies for one vessel



scarf
credit Leslie Granbeck 

Nuno Felted Scarf (125-04-12-17)
Wednesday, April 12, 10 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.
Leslie Granbeck, Fiber Envy Studio, Minneapolis feltmaker and instructor

Level: All levels
Nuno felting, developed in Australia, allows you to create an incredibly lightweight felt by bonding onto sheer fabric. In this workshop, embellish a silk scarf with beautifully dyed soft wool fibers and create a wow-worthy accessory for spring. Choose your color palette of fibers, and then create any design from floral to geometric to abstract. Without knitting or sewing, you'll create a supple scarf using a little soapy water and a unique felting technique. Leslie's classes are full of color, creativity and adventure: you're sure to have a great time, as well as learn a crafting technique you can use again!

Bring from home: 2-3 hand towels, 1 old bath towel, plastic bag to carry home wet items, bag lunch.

ALL OTHER SUPPLIES INCLUDED! 
Limit 12, Learning Center

COUPON: Register for 2 or more felting classes and receive $15 off! Use coupon code 15OFF at checkout or call 612-301-1210. Classes must be purchased at the same time in the same order, not valid on previous purchases or with other discounts. No cash value.

register 3 spots left
$89 member/$121 non-member,
 includes Arboretum admission and all supplies to make one scarf

table runner
credit: Leslie Granbeck

Nuno Felted Table Runner (125-05-17-17)
Wednesday, May 17, 10 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.
Leslie Granbeck, Fiber Envy Studio, Minneapolis feltmaker and instructor

Level: All levels
Nuno felting, developed in Australia, allows you to create an incredibly lightweight felt by bonding onto sheer fabric. In this workshop, felt a beautiful table runner or wall hanging using wool from local sheep. Work with other crafters as Leslie teaches you how to layer naturally colored fibers, and then add texture and color using a variety of embellishing techniques, including silk paper you make in class. Add your own creative touches for a one-of-a-kind accessory!

Bring from home: Sharp scissors, 2-3 hand towels, 1 old bath towel, plastic bag to carry home wet items, bag lunch. 

ALL OTHER SUPPLIES INCLUDED! 
Limit 12, Learning Center

COUPON: Register for 2 or more felting classes and receive $15 off! Use coupon code 15OFF at checkout or call 612-301-1210. Classes must be purchased at the same time in the same order, not valid on previous purchases or with other discounts. No cash value.

register $89 member/$121 non-member, includes Arboretum admission and all supplies for one table runner

journal cover
credit Heather Tinkham

Creating Nature-Based Fiber Art Journal Covers (125-06-03-17-02)
Saturday, June 3, noon - 4 p.m.
Heather Tinkham, Artist/Gallery Owner, Creative Voice & Tech Consultant, Soul Singer at Tiglio Arts

Level: Beginner
Journaling can encourage us to slow down, reflect, and immerse ourselves in an experience. What better way to honor and embrace this than to use a journal with a handmade cover that reflects your unique personality? The class begins with a search for inspiration in the gardens to study line, shape and color to gain a deeper understanding of your personal style preferences.. Heather will lead you through the creation process using inspiring examples and unique techniques that transform mixed media materials such as yarn, beads, charms, ribbon, and hand-dyed fabrics into an artistic, deeply personal cover. You will be able to select from Heather's generous collection of ephemeral materials, and/or bring some of your own beloved items. Participants will also be given new blank journals. Enjoy creative time with other artists, and leave with a journal that speaks to you every time you pick it up!
Limit 10, Snyder Building

ALL SUPPLIES INCLUDED! 

register $69 member/$82 non-member, includes Arboretum admission, new journal, and all supplies for a journal cover
 

SAORI 

Japanese Weaving: SAORI Outdoors 
Saturday, July 22, 9 a.m. - 1 p.m. (125-07-22-17)
OR
Saturday, August 26, 9 a.m. - 1 p.m. (125-08-26-17)

Chiaki O'Brien, SAORI Certified Instructor. Chiaki worked as an instructor for the SAORI head office in Japan before moving to Minnesota.

Level: All levels
SAORI is a contemporary weaving method founded in Japan in 1913. It is considered a meditative art form where the weaver is completely present with and focused on the weaving in front of them. With no set-up required, and unconstrained by patterns, the SAORI process uniquely allows weavers to immediately begin a one-of-a-kind project in a gentle, mindful manner. Master instructor Chiaki will help facilitate an in-class community of weavers and encourage simultaneous collective and individual embrace of the natural setting. Weather permitting, participants will weave outdoors amid the Arboretum's splendid beauty! The end result will be a unique handmade textile inspired by nature. No experience is necessary and all supplies will be provided.
Optional: if you have any materials or personal items you would like to weave into the work, such as yarn, strips of fabric, feathers, or sticks, please feel free to bring them along.
Limit 9, Snyder Building Tea Room Terrace

ALL SUPPLIES INCLUDED! 

register 3 spots left
Saturday, July 22, 9 a.m. - 1 p.m. (125-07-22-17) 
$99 member/$119 non-member,
 includes Arboretum admission and all materials to create a take-home completed piece
 
register Saturday, August 26, 9 a.m. - 1 p.m. (125-08-26-17)
$99 member/$119 non-member, 
includes Arboretum admission and all materials to create a take-home completed piece
 

fiber story
credit Heather Tinkham

Personal Fiber Art Stories (125-07-29-17)
Saturday, July 29, noon - 4 p.m.
Heather Tinkham, Artist/Gallery Owner, Creative Voice & Tech Consultant, Soul Singer at Tiglio Arts

Level: All levels
Story cloths appear in many cultures, from quilts to woven pieces, and can capture our history in fiber. Originally, these were made from fabrics that were given a new life as part of the story after serving time as clothing, blankets, or other everyday use items. Learn how to create your own personal fiber art story and explore your personal creative vision of a moment in time, a chapter in your life, or your passion! Heather will guide you step-by-step as you learn how to design a fiber story. Experiment with several fiber-based techniques such as free-form embroidery, collage, quilting, beading; use your hands to experience meditative stitchwork that is uniquely your own. The pieces may be finished as small art quilts, decorative pillow covers or stretched on a frame. Choose from Heather's generous selection of materials and/or bring any natural fibers you love from home such as cotton to yarn, old clothes or quilts. There will be plenty of time for one-on-one instruction, and you'll enjoy creating alongside fellow fiber enthusiasts!
Limit 8, Snyder Building

ALL SUPPLIES INCLUDED! 

register $94 member/$106 non-member, includes Arboretum admission and all materials for one fiber art piece

mosaic
credit Sheryl Tuorila 

Agate Landscapes: Glass-on-Glass Mosaics (125-08-12-17)
Saturday, August 12, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. AND Sunday, August 13, noon - 4 p.m.
Sheryl Tuorila, mosaic artist commissioned by hospitals, libraries, and the MSP Airport

Level: Beginner
Glass is an incredibly diverse medium for mosaic work! Join other art enthusiasts for a two-day weekend workshop that will result in your own beautiful 9"x11" framed window hanging featuring a stunning Brazilian agate slice. On the first day, Sheryl will present an introduction to glass-on-glass mosaic, and walk you through designing your mosaic. You will finish out the day by cutting and adhering the glass. On the second day, you will grout your project. Leave with a finished project and the enthusiasm and knowledge to continue working in this medium!
Limit 15, Bee Center

ALL SUPPLIES INCLUDED! 

register $118 member/$142 non-member, includes Arboretum admission, all materials and tools needed to create a 9"x11" mosaic...complete with valuable Brazilian agate slice!
 

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WRITING AND LITERATURE


 books in the garden

Books in the Garden: Forces In and Of Nature (100-04-12-17)
Second Wednesdays April - September, noon - 1:30 p.m.
April 12, May 10, June 14, July 12, August 9, September 13

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

Join other literature aficionados for thoughtful discourse over a cup of tea or coffee. In this season's series, you will be immersed in the forces in and of nature. Humans too often seek dominance over external nature, causing pain and damage to other forms of life and disrupting what could be a natural balance and interconnection between and among species. In four novels, one memoir, and one work of non-fiction, we will explore this conundrum. H is for Hawk by Helen MacDonald, Solar Storms by Linda Hogan, Call of The Wild by Jack London, The World Without Us by Alan Weisman, , Refuge by Terry Tempest Williams, and All the Living by C.E. Morgan.

Limit 24, Visitor Center - Carlson Dining Room

register  $100 member/$130 non-member for all 6 sessions, includes Arboretum admission and beverage 

 

 

   

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CRAFTS


 Stone Balance
credit Peter Juhl

The Power of Balance: Stone Sculptures for your Garden
Saturday, May 6, 9:30 a.m. - noon (100-05-06-17)
OR
Saturday, May 6, 1 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. (100-05-06-17-02)
OR
Saturday, July 29, 9:30 a.m. - noon (100-07-29-17)
OR
Saturday, July 29, 1 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. (100-07-29-17-02)

Peter Juhl, stone balancing artist, www.temporarysculpture.com

Get balanced! Dazzle your friends with a new skill that looks like magic and combines elements of meditation, sculpture, and performance art. Peter will explain simple techniques using shape, weight, and friction to create impossible looking balances using ordinary stones. You'll get plenty of hands-on time and coaching to help you develop your new-found abilities and overcome obstacles. You'll also gain insights on photographing your creations, learn about design and composition, and receive helpful tips on more advanced balancing. 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 Building

register  Saturday, May 6, 9:30 a.m. - noon
$42 member/$55 non-member, includes Arboretum admission 
register Saturday, May 6, 1 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.
$42 member/$55 non-member, includes Arboretum admission 
register Saturday, July 29, 9:30 a.m. - noon
$42 member/$55 non-member, includes Arboretum admission 
register Saturday, July 29, 1 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.
$42 member/$55 non-member, includes Arboretum admission 

 

SPECIAL OFFERING! ONE-DAY ONLY! 

Bim

Bim Willow Furniture
Bim Willow, Bent Willow Artisan and Author
Saturday, August 26


Level: All levels, especially beginners!
Bim Willow is coming to the Arboretum in a tricked-out bus full of willow and you will not want to miss it! Bent willow furniture was an early American craft that is making a strong comeback. Bim is an experienced artist in this medium, and will walk you step-by-step through the willow project of your choice, resulting in a beautiful bent willow piece within a matter of a few hours--really! You will never feel more proud of the furniture building skills you didn't know you had. Prices listed are per project, which means you're welcome to bring along a family member or friend (age 12 and up) and work on the project together at no additional charge. 
REQUIRED EQUIPMENT: bring a hammer, pruning shears, and a vehicle large enough to carry your finished project home (rental vehicles available by the hour at Home Depot & Menards).
SUGGESTED EQUIPMENT: loppers, wire cutters, and a brown bag lunch

HOW IT WORKS
Projects are offered at three price points, and each project takes a different amount of time. You will be working simultaneously alongside other participants regardless of which project you choose. Bim will rotate through all participants to provide one-on-one attention as you complete each step. Images of each project are available on the website.

ALL SUPPLIES INCLUDED! 

  garden bench

Garden Bench (200-08-26-17-01)
Saturday, August 26, 9 a.m. - noon
Limit 10, Bee Center

register $160, includes Arboretum admission and all materials to build a 4' long, two-seat willow garden bench
 
  coffee table 

Coffee Table (200-08-26-17-02)
Saturday, August 26, 10 a.m. - noon 9 a.m. - noon*
*please note important time change which differs from printed listing!
Limit 10, Bee Center

register $160, includes Arboretum admission and all raw materials to build a 4' willow coffee table
 
   bakers rack

Baker's Rack or Potting Bench (200-08-26-17-03)
Saturday, August 26,  1 p.m. - 4 p.m.  9 a.m.* - noon*
*please note important time change which differs from printed listing!
Limit 5, Bee Center

register $325, includes Arboretum admission and all raw materials to build a 4' wide, 5' tall baker's rack/potting bench
 
  willow chair 

Willow Chair (200-08-26-17-04)
Saturday, August 26, noon - 4 p.m. noon - 5 p.m.*
*please note important time change which differs from printed listing!
Limit 5, Bee Center

register $325, includes Arboretum admission and all raw materials to build a willow chair
 
  garden arbor 

Garden Arbor (200-08-26-17-05)
Saturday, August 26, 8 a.m. - noon 9 a.m. - noon
*please note important time change which differs from printed listing!
Limit 10, Bee Center

register $400, includes Arboretum admission and all raw materials to build a 4' wide, 7' tall garden arbor
 
   willow loveseat

Willow Loveseat (200-08-26-17-06)
Saturday, August 26, noon - 5 p.m.
Limit 5, Bee Center

register $400, includes Arboretum admission and all raw materials to build a willow loveseat
 
  willow rocker

Willow Rocking Chair (200-08-26-17-07)
Saturday, August 26, noon - 5 p.m.
Limit 5, Bee Center

register $400, includes Arboretum admission and all raw materials to build a willow rocking chair
 
 
 

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. 

Member Perk!
Arboretum Members may invite non-members to attend a class with them at the discounted member rate! Simply register for all participants at the same time in the same order and select the "member" rate for each person at checkout.

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.

 

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