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

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


 Citrus

Citrus in Floral Arrangements: A Spring Break for the Senses (100-02-21-15)
Saturday, February 21, 2015, 9:30 a.m. - Noon
Ashley Fox, in-demand floral designer and former horticulture educator at the Arboretum

Canceled $69 member/$81 non-member, includes Arboretum admission, vase, flowers and all supplies 

 Creating
Photo Credit: Todd Mulvihill (APS)

Creating Breathtaking Flower Designs from Your Corner Market Kiosk (100-03-14-15)
Saturday, March 14, 2015, 9:30 a.m. - Noon
Ashley Fox, in-demand floral designer and former horticulture educator at the Arboretum

You'll feel as if you've entered acclaimed floral designer Ashley Fox's personal design studio in this class focused on taking the ordinary and turning it into the extraordinary. You will learn the FUN-damentals of floral design as only Ashley can present them. You'll receive your own clipper that is her personal favorite, along with countless tips on how to use easily obtained "supplies" from your grocery store, household plant cuttings, and those sleeves (bunches) of supermarket flowers. Bring along a favorite dish, footed pedestal candy dish, low ceramic bowl, vase, or antique find that measures about 9" tall and 7" wide. Ashley will supply the rest---including a pair of her favorite clippers to take home along with your amazing creation! Limit 24, Learning Center

Register  $69 member/$81 member, includes Arboretum admission, flowers and a new take-home pair of florist clippers

 Tulips
Photo Credit: Franklin Heijnenon (Flikr)

Dramatic Dutch Tulips Floral Arrangement Make-and-Take (100-04-04-15-02)
Saturday, April 4, 9:30 a.m. - Noon
Ashley Fox, acclaimed Minnesota floral designer 

For hundreds of years, the tulip has been one of the most valued and treasured of flowers. Explore the amazing variety of different selections available and even learn a little about the history of the tulip during this flower design class with Ashley Fox. You start with hand-selected ingredients including some of Ashley's favorite varieties, from flousy-fringed to classic-smooth tulips. Then let those blooms take center stage in an arrangement you will make to take home. Learn how to design with tulips in mind and have an arrangement for your spring or Easter table. A stunning, spring-worthy container will display your pretty and gasp-worthy flowers. You'll receive everything you need to create a finished arrangement! All materials provided. Limit 24, Learning Center

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

 Flowers for Mom
Photo Credit: Todd Mulvihill (APS)

Flowers for Mom: Made with Love (100-05-07-15)
Thursday, May 7, 6:30 - 8:30 p.m. 
Ashley Fox, acclaimed Minnesota floral designer 

Create an arrangement that exudes the ideals of motherhood: energy, patience, grace and humor. You'll learn what is needed to create a flower arrangement that will dazzle and delight all who see it. Perhaps enroll in the class with your mother, so the two of you can spend a memorable evening together creating something beautiful to take home. Or take the class yourself as a way to honor that greatest matron of all...Mother Earth! Included are the flowers, container, and all materials and inspired instruction. Limit 24, Learning Center

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

 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 

A rare opportunity to head into the Arboretum gardens with clippers! Using the cuttings you gather from the Arboretum (including surprisingly beautiful garden herbs) and a premium selection of locally grown flowers, you'll create a fitting centerpiece for a relaxed dinner with friends or one to simply enjoy on your own. This class will celebrate the fresh botanical bounty of the season and give you invaluable tips on the care of processing flowers from your garden to get them ready for design work, including when and how to clip and what to do with them when you bring them inside to keep them fresh for many days. All supplies included in this make take class. Leave with new floral preparations tricks and hints, a refined sense of layering and form, and confidence in being able to create additional arrangements at home. All materials provided. Limit 24, Learning Center

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

WRITING AND LITERATURE


Spring/Summer 2015 classes will be available for registration in mid- January. Please check back!
Books in the Garden 

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

 Nature Essay
Photo Credit: Jana Falk (Flikr)

The Nature Essay: Reading About Nature for Enjoyment and Writing Inspiration (100-04-25-15)
Saturday, April 25, 10 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Jeannie Hanson, published nature and science writer, writing coach

A wonderful form of nature writing, the essay has informed and inspired people for ages. We'll read five selected nature essays in class, each by a different writer, including David Quammen, Gretel Ehlich, Dan O'Brien and others. We'll discuss our reactions as readers-and as potential writers of this form, as we notice structure, voice, and style. You'll leave considering this as a possible new area for your reading and writing about nature. Limit 24, Snyder Building

register $38 member/$50 non-member, includes Arboretum admission 

 Flash Writing
Photo Credit: Mark MacLennan (APS)

"Flash Writing" on the Inspiration Tram (100-05-30-15)
Saturday, May 30, 4 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.
Jeannie Hanson, published nature and science writer, writing coach

Bring pen and paper and jump on the tram! Your destination: writing inspiration. On this exclusive late afternoon tram ride, writers are taking over. Led by acclaimed writing instructor Jeannie Hanson, you'll make five stops along 3-mile drive, each a surprise and chosen for rich writing potential. You'll be inspired to write a brief response to the nature found there, guided by a different technique created by Jeannie for the setting. This could be the start of a satisfying nature journal or simply a precious time to set aside to write and share. Limit 24, Visitor Center

register $38 member/$50 non-member, 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

register $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

register $38 member/$50 non-member, includes Arboretum admission 


BOTANICAL FINE ART
 Field Sketching
Credit: Carlyn Iverson

Field Sketching: From Colored Pencil to Carbon Dust (100-03-28-15)
Saturday, March 28, 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Carlyn Iverson, professional photographer and illustrator for more than 200 textbooks and publications

This hands-on intensive workshop for artists of all experience levels will bring details of nature into breathtaking focus in your work. You'll be inspired by the "tricks" demonstrated by accomplished artist and illustrator Carlyn Iverson. She'll show you how to capture the dimensions and textures of botanical specimens as you learn how to create field sketches...from the tropical warmth of our lush conservatory! You'll spend some rejuvenating time in our blooming and green interior collections for the "field" portion of the class, and use colored pencils to sketch your impressions. Then return to the classroom and immerse yourself in the magic of carbon dust illustration. This technique of using graphite and charcoal as you paint is unequaled and wonderful for rendering detail and three dimensional form! Learn additional details about the process, materials, and the tools needed to create a work of art in the medium of carbon dust. Pack a lunch (or purchase on own in the cafe) to make certain you will waste not a second of time. Limit 20, Visitors Center
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Register  $99 members/$115 non-members, includes Arboretum admission

 Watercolor 101
Photo credit: Flikr

Watercolor 101: Botanical Art Essentials with Inspiration From the Weird, Wild & Wonderful Exhibit (100-04-04-15)
Saturday, April 4, 9:30 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Carlyn Iverson, botanical artist and illustrator for more than 200 textbooks and publications
Level: Beginner to Intermediate

This full-day workshop is an introduction to the tradition of botanical artistry and the science and aesthetics found in some of the most beautiful plant renderings ever created. With a professional artist as your guide, you'll view the inspiring works in the Arboretum's Weird, Wild, & Wonderful exhibit. Then you'll learn skills that will let you capture both the beauty and the anatomy of our botanical world. From the bizarre plants that get their nutrients from trapping insects alive, to succulents and desert xerophytic plants with the ability to hold water in arid climates, you'll learn to break down the textures, colors and infinite details of these plants to provide an unlimited source of material for your art. Learn what papers are used for watercolor work, how to prepare them, play with creating color palettes for botanical subjects, learn about washes and the techniques of overlaying color to develop rich transparent layers of color. You will then experiment with final detailing using dry brush techniques. This class offers a rare opportunity to immerse yourself in gaining and practicing techniques with watercolor and pencil that will take your fine art to new heights. The beautiful Arboretum setting provides an additional inspirational bonus! Bring your own lunch or purchase at the delicious Arboretum Restaurant.

COUPON: Receive $20 off this class when you also register for either of the Weird, Wild & Wonderful Featured-Artist classes, below; use coupon code WWW2015 at checkout.

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Limit 15, Visitor Center

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

 Watercolor Vellum
Photo: Dominicotine (Flikr)
Art: Denise Walser Kolar

Watercolor Painting on Vellum: Featured Artist-Instructor from the Weird, Wild, & Wonderful Exhibit (100-04-11-15)
Saturday , April 11, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Denise Walser Kolar, award winning botanical artist and popular art instructor (www.denisewalserkolar.com)
Level: Experienced Beginner to Advanced

This special series brings accomplished artists included in the Weird, Wild, & Wonderful exhibit to the Arboretum in master class format. Vellum is used as a painting surface for many of the pieces in the Weird, Wild, and Wonderful Exhibit, an exclusive touring exhibit. In this class, learn more about this traditional surface with internationally-recognized and acclaimed art instructor. You'll learn her techniques for painting on vellum through demonstrations and discussion of materials, and have focused time for hands-on skill development with a lot of individual attention. You will complete some practice exercises to get a feel for painting on vellum, then paint a small piece of botanical art on vellum. After this class, you will no longer be intimidated by vellum, know more about it and why artists choose to work on it, and be excited and ready to create more vellum paintings at home. Hand-outs and vellum will be supplied. Bring your own lunch or purchase at the Arboretum Restaurant.

COUPON: Registrants of this class receive $20 off Watercolor 101: Botanical Art Essentials with Inspiration From the Weird, Wild & Wonderful Exhibit (100-04-04-15)(class above) ; use coupon code WWW2015 at checkout.

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Limit 15, Visitor Center

register $99 member/$115 non-members, includes Arboretum admission and vellum. 
 Register for the Bundle Button Bundle and Save! Weird, Wild & Wonderful Featured Artist 2-class bundle $158 member/$184 non-member.

 Colored Pencil
Photo: Andres Nieto Porras (Flikr)
Art: Nancy Gehrig

Colored Pencil Technique: Featured Artist-Instructor from the Weird, Wild, & Wonderful Exhibit (100-04-25-15-02)
Saturday , April 25, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Nancy Gehrig, internationally acclaimed botanical artist and illustrator (www.grcbotanicalartists.org)
Level: All levels

This special series brings accomplished artists included in the Weird, Wild, & Wonderful exhibit to the Arboretum in master class format. In this session, you'll delve deep into the use of color and methods specific to colored pencils. Revel in learning how to achieve rich darks and lush light tones using layering to build color. You'll pay attention to highlights and shadows, cool and warm tones, plus edges. Review the different types of pencils available and how the paper surface affects the drawing. Hands on instruction and abundant individual attention from Nancy will bring you to new levels of accomplishment with the layering technique. Handouts and other paper samples will be provided. Bring your own lunch or purchase at the Arboretum Restaurant.

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COUPON: Registrants of this class receive $20 off Watercolor 101: Botanical Art Essentials with Inspiration From the Weird, Wild & Wonderful Exhibit (100-04-04-15) (class above); use coupon code WWW2015 at checkout.

Limit 15, Visitor Center

register $99 member/$115 non-member, includes Arboretum admission 
Register for the Bundle Button Bundle and Save! Weird, Wild & Wonderful Featured Artist 2-class bundle $158 member/$184 non-member

 Watercolor Plein Air
Photo Credit: Mark MacLennan (APS)

Watercolor: Plein Air Intensive (100-06-06-15)
Saturday, June 6, 9:30 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Carlyn Iverson, botanical artist and illustrator for more than 200 textbooks and publications
Level: Intermediate to Advanced

Working as an artist out of doors has its benefits. Capturing the light and color accurately in a scene is the strength of plein air watercolor. This class will show you how to capture a scene quickly with line and watercolor. Working with brush types, water use, color palettes, various papers, wash technique and dry brush, we will establish a foundation painting that can be brought indoors for further development. You'll leave with breathtaking finished work and skills to use in the future. Bring your own lunch or purchase at the Arboretum Restaurant.

Suppy List

Limit 15, Visitor Center

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

 Watercolor Macro
Photo Credit: Dominicotine (Flikr)

Watercolor Macro Workshop: Search Out the Small and Delicate (100-06-11-15)
Thursday, June 11 and 18, 6:30 p.m. - 9 p.m.
Carlyn Iverson, botanical artist and illustrator for more than 200 textbooks and publications
Level: Beginner to Intermediate

Bring breathtaking detail and new richness to your watercolor technique! Working with acclaimed botanical illustrator Carlyn Iverson, you'll first prepare a rich resource of detailed sketches based on botanical treasures found at the Arboretum. You'll then get practice and learn special techniques in transferring your work to a final sketch, and then render exquisite detail using watercolors. Further combine watercolor and colored pencil to bring in a variety of color and textural interest to your subjects. Explore how blending these media provides a rich presentation of the textures and colors of the delicate objects found in nature. Leave the class with new pieces about which you can be proud and with honed skills to use in the future.

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Limit 15, Visitor Center

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

 Field Sketching
Credit: Carlyn Iverson

Field Sketching with Pencil and Carbon Dust (100-07-16-15)
Thursday, July 16 and 23, 6:30 p.m. - 9 p.m.
Carlyn Iverson, botanical artist and illustrator for more than 200 textbooks and publications
Level: Beginner to Intermediate

Begin your adventure in field sketching by exploring objects with texture at the Arboretum using the eye of the artist. Then you'll refine your focus and select a subject to portray in more detail. You'll prepare detailed sketches, transfer selected sketches to a final sketch, and the delve into rendering detail using the magic of carbon dust as explained and demonstrated by acclaimed botanical illustrator Carlyn Iverson. Carbon dust is a turn of the 19th century technique that is easy to use and beautiful to view. With simple tools of carbon and graphite, stump and eraser, the technique captures the rich tones and sparkling highlights of the subject beingportrayed. You'll be thrilled with the results and relish the time spent experiencing this forgiving and flexible medium that brings three-dimensional depth to your subject.

Supply List

Limit 15, Visitor Center

register $99 member/$115 non-member, 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 $198 member/$230 non-member, includes Arboretum admission, vellum, and insider tour of the Andersen Horticultural Library 

STONE BALANCING

The Power of Balance 

The Power of Balance: Stone Sculptures for Your Garden (200-05-30-15)
Saturday, May 30, 9:30 a.m. - noon
Peter Juhl, stone balancing artist

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. (Practice rocks included.)  Includes Arboretum admission, Limit 24

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

 The Power of Balance

The Power of Balance: Stone Sculptures for Your Garden (200-08-22-15)
Saturday, August 22, 9:30 a.m. - noon
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. (Practice rocks included.)   Includes Arboretum admission, Limit 24

register $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. (Practice rocks included.)  Includes Arboretum admission, Limit 24

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

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 download the Fall/Winter 2014-2015 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 2014 Arboretum Fine Art and Photography class participants are invited to participate in the Arboretum Student Exhibit and Sale scheduled for Saturday and Sunday, December 6 & 7, 2014. Details and registration.