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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.

DRAWING AND PAINTING


Open Studio

Photo credit: Seregam/Shuttestock

Arboretum Art Open Studio: Your place to create and converge!
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 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

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
 

duck stamp 

Opening Reception for Nature's Finest: The Artistry of the Hautman Brothers (125-09-07-17)
Featuring the Minnesota Premiere of the documentary Million Dollar Duck
Thursday September 7, 6:30 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.


All Welcome!
Don't miss this extraordinary opportunity to combine art, entertainment and education as the internationally-acclaimed Hautman Brothers display their most recent artistic creations. Go on a docent-led tour, meet and mingle with the extraordinary artists who created these wildlife masterpieces. As a special treat you will be able to view the original award-winning duck stamp painting from 2016 and watch the Minnesota Premier of the acclaimed documentary "The Million Dollar Duck." This film focuses on the strange and wonderful world of the Federal Duck Stamp Contest, the only juried art competition run by the U.S. government. It explores the eccentric nature of the contestants who enter each year for a chance at wildlife art stardom, while also reflecting upon the history and challenges facing the continued existence of this successful conservation program. Question and Answer session will follow.
Limit 200, MacMillan Auditorium

register $30 members/ $40 non-members includes Arboretum admission, champagne toast, light hors d'oeuvres, meet the artists, artist signing.
 

 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
 

 blueberry

Blueberry Botanical in Watercolor (125-09-11-17)
Mondays 12:30 p.m. - 3:00 p.m., September 11, 18, 25, October 2, 9, and 16 
Suz Galloway, botanical art instructor for 20 years and member of the American Society of Botanical Art

Level: some watercolor experience preferred
Join Suz for a six-week journey in watercolors that will guide you along the continuum of creating beautiful botanical work from beginning to end. Using a limited palette of watercolors, Suz will teach you to paint a delicate blueberry branch in full detail using techniques such as underpainting, glazing, stippling, and negative painting. The end result will be your own well-formed, vibrant, textured and realistic final image; The reward will be the ability to create realistic and scientifically accurate fine art.
Limit 12, Oswald Visitor Center

register $172 member/$187 non-member, includes a Kolinsky sable #4 detail brush and Arboretum admission
 

WATERCOLOR NOTECARDS
Are you interested in watercolor, but intimidated by a full size canvas or put off by the amount of time it takes to finish? Dip your toe in the water, so to speak, by focusing on a smaller project: a notecard! Georgia's supportive teaching methods are sure to renew your excitement for watercolor and result in beautiful finished cards for you to send to friends and family.

landscape

Landscape Notecards in Watercolor (125-09-27-17)
Wednesday, September 27, 9:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Georgia Kandiko, longtime educator, award-winning professional watercolor artist, and Arboretum devotee

Level: all levels
In this welcoming studio class, Georgia will help you bring your favorite landscapes to life. Practice a variety of watercolor techniques as you explore composition, values, colors and shape in this fun, all-day workshop. By working in a small card format you will be able to explore and express yourself without fear of ruining a more monumental piece. You will enjoy the camaraderie of other watercolor painters and go home with (8) hand-painted cards filled with landscapes, professional watercolor paper and brush, and the skills to continue painting at home! This class is tailored to all levels--whether you've never picked up a brush or been painting for years, Georgia has the exceptional ability to help you get to your next level. Bring bag lunch or purchase lunch in the Arboretum Café during break.
Limit 16, Oswald Visitor Center

COUPON: Register for 2 or more notecards classes and receive $7.50 off each class! 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/$89 non-member, includes Arboretum admission, supplies needed to paint cards during class, plus paper and brush to take home
 

harvest 

Harvest Notecards in Watercolor (125-10-11-17-02)
Wednesday, October 11, 9:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Georgia Kandiko Award Winning painter and longtime Arboretum educator

Level: all levels
Celebrate the season by painting nature's bounty! Use vibrant watercolors to render pumpkins, apples and squash on notecards. Practice a variety of watercolor techniques as you explore composition, values, colors and shape in this fun, all-day workshop. You will enjoy the camaraderie of other watercolor painters and go home with (8) hand-painted cards filled with harvest scenes, professional watercolor paper and brush, and the skills to continue painting at home! This class is tailored to all levels--whether you've never picked up a brush or been painting for years, Georgia has the exceptional ability to help you get to your next level. Bring bag lunch or purchase lunch in the Arboretum Café during break.
Limit 16, Oswald Visitor Center

COUPON: Register for 2 or more notecards classes and receive $7.50 off each class! 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/$89 non-member, includes Arboretum admission, paper and brush to take home, plus supplies needed to paint cards onsite
 

bird

Bird Notecards in Watercolor (125-11-08-17-02)
Wednesday, November 8, 9:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Georgia Kandiko, longtime educator, award winning professional watercolor artist, and Arboretum devotee

Level: all levels
Join Georgia for a fun day of painting birds in watercolor! From owls to songbirds, Georgia will show you how to use a variety of watercolor techniques such composition, values, colors and shape to render each specimen in your own unique way. By working in a small card format you will be able to explore and express yourself without fear of ruining a more monumental piece. You will enjoy the camaraderie of other watercolor painters and go home with (8) hand-painted bird cards, professional watercolor paper and brush, and the skills to continue painting at home! This class is tailored to all levels--whether you've never picked up a brush or been painting for years, Georgia has the exceptional ability to help you get to your next level. Bring bag lunch or purchase lunch in the Arboretum Café during break.
Limit 16, Oswald Visitor Center

COUPON: Register for 2 or more notecards classes and receive $7.50 off each class! 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/$89 non-member, includes Arboretum admission, paper and brush to take home, plus supplies needed to paint cards onsite
 

winter card 

Winter Scene Notecards in Watercolor (125-12-06-17)
Wednesday, December 6, 9:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Georgia Kandiko, longtime educator, award winning professional watercolor artist, and Arboretum devotee

Level: all levels
‘Tis the season of sending holiday cards, and the Arboretum provides the opportunity to help you create your own beautiful hand-painted notecards for your special friends and relatives! With attentive instruction using watercolors (all supplies included), learn to ‘see' and capture shadows and colors on the dramatic winter landscape using a variety of watercolor techniques including composition, values, colors and shape. You will enjoy the camaraderie of other watercolor painters and go home with (8) hand-painted cards filled with winter scenes (ready for framing or to send as charming handmade cards), professional watercolor paper and brush, and the skills to continue painting at home! Georgia's painting classes are guaranteed to be filled with fun and laughter! This class is tailored to all levels--whether you've never picked up a brush or been painting for years, Georgia has the exceptional ability to help you get to your next level.
Limit 16, Oswald Visitor Center

COUPON: Register for 2 or more notecards classes and receive $7.50 off each class! 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/$89 non-member, includes Arboretum admission, paper and brush to take home, plus supplies needed to paint cards onsite
 

octoberfest 

Paint and Pairings: Oktoberfest in the Art Studio (125-10-20-17)
Friday, October 20, 6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
Georgia Kandiko, longtime educator, award winning professional watercolor artist, and Arboretum devotee

Level: All levels
"Tap" into your creative side as you paint an autumnal Arboretum scene while sampling local beer! 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. Local craft beer samplings will be presented by a local proprietor who will share information about the brewing process and their suite of brews.
Limit 20, Tashjian Bee and Pollinator Discovery Center

register $69 member/$89 non-member, includes 2oz beer samplings, light snacks, Arboretum admission, and all supplies for one canvas
 

big oak 

Drawing Skills Clinic: Big Oaks and Other Giants of the Forest (125-10-21-17-02)
Saturday, October 21, 9:00 a.m. - noon
Holly Nelson, award-winning artist and experienced teacher who has exhibited in more than 50 solo and group exhibitions

Level: All levels
Drawing is the foundation of many art processes. Join Holly as she delves into the fundamentals of drawing using trees as the muse. Class will begin with an introduction to drawing techniques using forgiving materials such as charcoal and newsprint - then move to pastels. Walk along the inspiring trails of the Arboretum to seek out the largest and oldest specimens, and learn some history and science in the process. 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. Dress for the weather and a messy, fun art class... don't forget your sturdy walking shoes!
Limit 12, Learning Center

register $69 member/ $89 non-member Includes Arboretum admission and all materials
 

colored pencil 

Colored Pencil: You Can Draw Realistic Seasonal Botanicals (125-11-25-17)
Saturday, November 25, 10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Carlyn Iverson, internationally acclaimed botanical artist and illustrator for more than 200 textbooks and publications, National Geographic Scientific Illustrator and NOAA artist

Level: Beginner
Have you ever wondered how botanical artists make plants look so realistic? Join Carlyn and other beginning artists to learn how as you try your hand at capturing seasonal botanicals in colored pencil. Carlyn provides an approachable, step-by-step process that will give you the basic skills and confidence to render seasonal botanicals in a realistic fashion. She will teach you techniques for achieving deep shadows and bright highlights which are an integral part to the realism of your subject. You will leave with an understanding of botanical drawing, two of your own drawings and a set of professional colored pencils to continue your artistic journey.
Limit 24, Tashjian Bee and Pollinator Discovery Center

register $74 member/$96 non-member, includes Arboretum admission and all supplies 

colored pencil 

Colored Pencil: A Cornucopia of Color (125-11-25-17-02)
Saturday, November 25, 2:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Carlyn Iverson, internationally acclaimed botanical artist and illustrator for more than 200 textbooks and publications, National Geographic Scientific Illustrator and NOAA artist

Level: All Levels
Carlyn provides a friendly, approachable, step-by-step process that will give you the basic skills and confidence to render gourds, pumpkins and squash using the versatile medium of colored pencils. To enhance your technique, drawing principles will be covered including line, color, texture and values. You can bring your own supplies from home from the suggested supply list or let us provide the materials for you. You will leave with new skills, your own fall drawing(s) and fall inspirations you will be proud to share!
Limit 24, Tashjian Bee and Pollinator Discovery Center

register $59 members/$81 non-members, includes Arboretum admission
$74 members/$96 non-members, includes Arboretum admission and all supplies
 

hummingbird 

Pastel: Hummingbird (125-01-13-18)
Saturday, January 13, 10:00 a.m. -1:00 p.m.
Ann Solyst, award winning painter and illustrator, recently published illustrations include "Peter the Slug and the Great Forest Race" by Peter Schultz

Explore the versatility of chalk pastels while learning how to draw an adorable Ruby-throated Hummingbird. Although sometimes overlooked, chalk pastel is a portable, dynamic medium with a painterly quality akin to oil painting. Whether you are familiar with chalk pastel or you have never picked up a pastel in your life, this class will provide you with helpful techniques to explore this medium. Ann will begin with demonstration of and experimentation with pastel techniques. Then you and your fellow artists will focus on creating a refined drawing, balancing line, color and composition. The small class size will allow one-on-one attention from Ann and the ability to draw at your own pace. You will leave with a finished piece, and supplies to continue working with pastels at home including eight pastel colors, professional paper, sketchbook, pencils, blending stump and kneading eraser.
Limit 14, Oswald Visitor Center

register $59 member/$82 non-member, includes Arboretum admission and all supplies (value $25)  

paint your pet 

Portrait of your Pet in Acrylics (125-01-15-18)
Monday, January 15, 9:00 a.m. - noon
Marilyn Jacobson, Professional artist and experienced instructor

Level: All levels
Spend a morning capturing the essence of a cherished furry (or feathery) family member in acrylics. Before class, Marilyn will work from your favorite photograph of your pet to pre-sketch the portrait on canvas for you (bring the same photo to class to reference color and light). Class will begin with light refreshments as Marilyn walks you through helpful acrylic painting techniques. You will enjoy the camaraderie of other pet lovers and painters while Marilyn guides you from sketch to finished portrait. You will leave with an expressive finished 16 x 20" canvas and an enthusiasm to paint more.
IMPORTANT TO-DO: your pet will be pre-sketched on a canvas for you by Marilyn. Email your favorite photo of your pet to portraitsbymarilyn@gmail.com when you register, NO LATER THAN Monday, January 8.
REGISTRATION DEADLINE: This class is for pre-registration only. Last day to register for this class will be Monday, January 8.
Limit 15, Oswald Visitor Center

register $74 member/$96 non-member, includes Arboretum admission, refreshments and all supplies
 

orchid 

Pastel: Exquisite Orchids (125-02-03-18)
Saturday, February 3, 9:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Carlyn Iverson, internationally acclaimed botanical artist and illustrator for more than 200 textbooks and publications, National Geographic Scientific Illustrator and NOAA artist

Level: All levels
This fun, low-cost class allows you an opportunity to try out a new medium or technique at low cost and time commitment. Pastels are a perfect medium to capture the bold shapes and hues in the Arboretum's tropical orchid display in peak bloom! Carlyn will introduce you to the medium of pastels, an overview of drawing composition and techniques, and offer guidance as you capture the beauty of an orchid species in pastel. See supply list at arboretum.umn.edu.
Limit 24, Snyder Building

register $39 member/$62 non-member, includes Arboretum admission
 

winter

Watercolor workshop: Learn to paint the Winter Landscape (125-02-03-18-02)
Saturday February 3, 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Catherine Hearding, Award winning painter and in-demand instructor

Level: Intermediate
Proper handling of light is the key to capturing winter landscapes. To do so takes special skills and knowledge. Catherine excels in her use of light as applied to winter paintings, and her work was featured in the Arboretum's Winter Wonderland gallery show in 2015. Catherine will reveal tips and techniques to increase your prowess at capturing depth, shadows, atmospheric conditions, color combinations and values. At the end of the day you will walk away with your own winter landscape painting as well as new skills to continue your journey. All supplies are provided or bring your own for a reduced price. Bring a bag lunch.
Limit 24, Bee Center

register Bring your own supplies: $99 members/$119 non-members, see supply list
OR
Supplies included: $139 member/$152 non-member,
includes Arboretum admission and all supplies
 

nature sketchbook 

Nature Sketchbooks: Sketch in the Conservatory with Pam (125-02-15-18)
Thursdays 10:00 a.m. - 2:30 p.m., February 15 AND 22
Pam Luer, artist and instructor for nearly 20 years, licensed product artist at Target, Crate & Barrel, Bed Bath & Beyond and other retailers

Level: All levels
Held in the lush oasis of the Arboretum's Meyers-Deats Conservatory, this 2-session workshop is for anyone who wants to take their art with them-from their backyard, to the park, or on their next vacation. In the spirit of John James Audubon, the sketchbook has long been favored as a visual journal by natural artists for its portability, flexibility and the freedom to experiment. All you need is a love of nature, an inquisitive eye, and a few carefully selected drawing tools. Under Pam's expert guidance, participants will learn to observe and draw in new ways while expanding their understanding of the natural world and sharpening observation skills. Unique to this class will be time spent with the Arboretum's orchid specialist Ricky Garza as he reveals some of the mysteries and history of these beloved flowering plants. Put skills to use right away and enjoy the rewards of documenting the everyday beauty that is all around. Feel free to bring a brown bag lunch or purchase in cafe.
Limit 12, Snyder Building
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

Pam Luer's Minnesota Landscape Aboretum Class Feb 15 & 22, 2018

register $72 member/$94 non-member, includes both sessions and Arboretum admission
 

wine and chocolate

Paint and Pairings: Winter Scene, Wine and Chocolate (125-02-23-18)
Friday, February 23, 6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
Georgia Kandiko, longtime educator, award winning professional watercolor artist, and Arboretum devotee

Level: All levels
Paint a seasonal scene of the Arboretum while enjoying wine and chocolate pairings: a fun way to make new friends! Join others in a relaxed, warm 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 delicious chocolates and 2oz wine tastings made from grapes developed at the University of Minnesota, this class is sure to be a festive experience. Bring a friend, make it a date night or come to make new friends. No painting experience required!
Limit 24, Tashjian Bee and Pollinator Discovery Center

register $69 member/$89 non-member, includes Arboretum admission, all materials, wine and chocolate tastes
 

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Open Studio

Photo credit: Seregam/Shuttestock

Arboretum Art Open Studio: Your place to create and converge!
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 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

Open Studio 

Arboretum Art Open Studio: Your place to create and converge! (125-10-03-17-03)
Every Tuesday, 9 a.m. - 1 p.m. from October 3 through December 18

Level: 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 Lundee-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 $39 member/$155 non-member includes rental room space and Arboretum admission
 

FIBER ARTS

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 Sold out. Add your name to the waitlist or register for the August 26 session, below
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

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.

felted bag 

Felted Tote Bag featuring High-Quality Corriedale Wool (125-10-21-17)
Saturday, October 21, 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Leslie Granbeck, Minneapolis-based feltmaker and instructor whose classes are full of color, creativity and adventure, www.fiberenvy.net

Explore the fascinating art of seamless feltmaking! Create a one-of-a-kind, no-knit durable tote bag using wool fibers and traditional felting techniques using Corriedale wool. Corriedale wool is from New Zealand and is a strong, durable, high-quality product where the sheep are humanely raised, pasture-fed and are hand-sheared. You'll want to use this sturdy bag every day for anything from art supplies to books, to your laptop! You can even make it reversible. Your creativity will soar as you learn, make new friends and complete a unique bag that reflects your own personal style. Please note: some physical stamina is needed for felting classes. A variety of handle options are available for an additional fee, or you can provide your own handles. There will be a break time to go up to the Cafe for lunch or simply bring a bag lunch and enjoy the Arboretum grounds at this spectacular time of year.
SUPPLY LIST: Bring sharp scissors, 2-3 hand towels, 1-2 old bath towels, a plastic bag to carry home wet items, and handles of your choice (optional).
Limit 10, Learning Center

REGISTER $89 member/$129 non-member, includes Arboretum admission and all high-quality wool and supplies for the bag (value $50), handles not included.
 

felted mittens 

Felted Mittens (125-11-8-17)
Wednesday, November 8, 10:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Leslie Granbeck, Minneapolis-based feltmaker and instructor whose classes are full of color, creativity and adventure, www.fiberenvy.net

Make a pair of warm woolly mittens for the cold days ahead. We use merino wool for next-to-the-skin softness. Students can choose from several styles: mittens with a cuff, fingerless mittens for texting, thick mittens for shoveling, or thin mittens for the not-so-cold days. Mittens can be made reversible, too!
No knitting, no sewing...wool fibers and warm soapy water are the only simple ingredients used. These beautiful creations will make you smile all through our Minnesota winter. Learn several surface embellishing techniques to create your own one-of-a-kind pair. All supplies are included . Why not bring a friend and make it an outing! Please note: some physical stamina is needed for felting classes. There will be a lunch break to give you time to go up to the Arboretum cafe or feel free to bring a bag lunch. SUPPLY LIST: Bring 2-3 hand towels, 1 old bath towel, sharp scissors and plastic bag to carry home wet items.
Limit 12, Learning Center

register $69 member/$89 non-member, includes Arboretum admission and all natural wool and supplies (value $30).
 

weaving

Japanese Weaving: SAORI (125-12-09-17)
Saturday December 9, 9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Chiaki O'Brien, SAORI Certified Instructor. Chiaki worked as an instructor for the SAORI head office in Japan before moving to Minnesota.

LEVEL: No experience necessary
Create a delightful hand-made gift for yourself or a loved one as you enjoy a relaxing weaving experience in the Arboretum's Tea Room by the roaring fire. Your natural creativity is brought forth in this gentle, mindful and meditative process which emphasizes improvisation and creative expression. SAORI is a contemporary weaving method founded in Japan in 1913 and literally means "weaving with individual dignity." It is a meditative art form where the weaver finds themselves completely absorbed and fully immersed into the weaving in front of them. The elegantly simple foot powered loom is perfect for beginners who are freed from traditional rules and regulations employed in weaving. There are no mistakes--only opportunities and discoveries using techniques that are shared with the group. The end result is a one-of-a-kind textile perhaps a scarf, table runner or wall hanging. All supplies will be provided. Optional: bring any personal items you may wish to be woven into the work, such as handspun yarn, strips of fabric, feathers, or sticks.
Limit 9, Tea Room

register $89 member/ $119 nonmember, includes a Arboretum admission and all materials to create a take-home completed piece 

OTHER ART
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 3 spots left $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!
 

FLORAL EMBROIDERY
Elizabeth's Garden: Floral Embroidery in the English Court
Peg Deppe, Ph.D UMN College of Design, gardening enthusiast and textile history scholar presents an introduction to the floral embroidery of Renaissance England both through lecture and hands-on opportunities.


diapered blackwork technique

Embroidery Studio - Embroidered Rose Greeting Card: Diapered Blackwork Technique (125-03-24-18)
Saturday March 24, 10:00 a.m. - noon
Peg Deppe, Ph.D UofMN College of Design, gardening enthusiast and textile history scholar

Level: All levels
Explore the intricate and historical craft of blackwork (a form of embroidery generally using black thread, historically used on shirts in England from the time of Henry VIII). Our charming pattern is inspired by the sleeve of Elizabeth's gown as portrayed in her portrait, c. 1590, housed at Jesus College, Oxford. The rose was an emblem of nobility and grace; its wild cousin, the briar or "dog" rose, also known as Eglantine, was a symbol of modesty. From simple techniques arise spectacular results--the hands-on applications are suitable for beginners and experienced stitchers alike. You will leave with a silk embroidered rose on fabric inserted into a card with envelope, ready to save or give as beautiful gift. After class move to Snyder Auditorium for the introductory lecture Elizabeth's Garden: Floral Embroidery in the English Court by Dr. Deppe.
Limit 15, Oswald Visitor Center

COUPON: Register for both 3/24 Embroidery Studios and receive $7.50 off each class! 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 $39 member/$59 non-member includes Arboretum admission, all supplies and free admission to Dr. Deppe's lecture entitled Elizabeth's Garden: Floral Embroidery in the English Court (value $5/$20)

lecture

Lecture - Elizabeth's Garden: Floral Embroidery in the English Court (125-03-24-18-02)
Saturday March 24, 1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Peg Deppe, Ph.D UofMN College of Design, gardening enthusiast and textile history scholar

Enjoy a brief history of the House of Tudor and understand the social and economic changes that occurred during the Renaissance in England which allowed embroidered clothing and gardens, in parallel, to become fashionable among the Tudor royals and associated nobility. The lecture also introduces the social system in which floral emblems-executed in blackwork and polychrome embroidery-were used to communicate personal virtue, social status, and political inclination, and how embroidered items functioned within this system.
Limit 50, Snyder Building

register $5 members/$20 non-member, pre-registration required
 

strawberry 

Embroidery Studio - Strawberry Sprig Trinket Bag: Polychrome Technique (125-03-24-18-03)
Saturday March 24, 2:30 p.m.- 4:30 pm
Peg Deppe, Ph.D UofMN College of Design, gardening enthusiast and textile history scholar

Level: All levels
The strawberry represents purity and righteousness. On embroidered items, it is often accompanied by borage, as the two were typically planted together. It was believed that the strawberry plants would bear sweeter fruit when emboldened by the presence of the borage, a symbol of courage. Our pattern is inspired by an early 17th century pattern book by Richard Shorleyker. This hands-on portion of the course is suitable for beginners and experienced stitchers alike. Chain stitch, detached buttonhole stitch, and laced chain stitch are simple stitches which are combined for spectacular results. Leave with a finished drawstring linen trinket bag approx 4'x5", adorned with splendor silk and gold passing thread.
Limit 12, Oswald Visitor Center

COUPON: Register for both 3/24 Embroidery Studios and receive $7.50 off each class! 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 $42 member/$64 non-member, includes Arboretum admission, all supplies and free pass to Dr. Deppe's lecture entitled Elizabeth's Garden: Floral Embroidery in the English Court (value $5/$20) 

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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:
  • April H is for Hawk by Helen MacDonald
  • May Solar Storms by Linda Hogan
  • June Call of The Wild by Jack London
  • July The World Without Us by Alan Weisman
  • August Refuge by Terry Tempest Williams
  • September 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 

books in garden  Books in the Garden: Nature in Three Genres (125-10-11-17)
Second Wednesdays, October - December, noon - 1:30 p.m.
October 11, November 8, December 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, Toni will lead you to experience nature through the lens of different genres. You will leave with a new perspective on nature and literature!
  • October (genre: poetry) "The Deserted Garden" by Elizabeth Barrett Browning and "The Wild Swans at Coole" by William Butler Yeats
  • November (genre: non-fiction) "The Soul of an Octopus" by Sy Montgomery 
  • December (genre: novel) "Death Comes for the Archbishop" by Willa Cather
Limit 24, Oswald Visitor Center
register $49 member/$65 non-member for all 3 sessions, includes Arboretum admission and beverage
 

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SCULPTURE & SCULPTING


 Stone Balance
credit Peter Juhl

The Power of Balance: Stone Sculptures for your Garden
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, 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
 

switchplate 

Polymer Landscape Switchplate (125-11-11-17)
Saturday, November 11, 9:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Laura Burlis, experienced polymer clay artist and instructor who specializes in nature scenes

Beautify your home with a creative touch by making your own landscape switchplate! These little scenes are a lift for your spirits when you turn on the light in any room. Learn the fundamentals of working with polymer clay, this magical medium including making the famous "Skinner Blend"- a graduated blended background. Discover how to make a simple millefiori leaf cane to add leaf slices to your tree, and how to marble colors to make exquisite landscape elements. Finally, learn how to mimic the Italian technique of "pietra dura" to finish your landscape. All supplies are included! The switchplate (single or double standard plates) will be completed in class before you go home with the baking instructions, and knowledge to continue your adventures in the endless possibilities of polymer clay.
Place TBD, Limit 10

REGISTER $49 member/ $64 nonmember includes Arboretum admission and all supplies including base switchplate, all the clay to complete the design, and use of specialized clay tools while in class.
 

Ice Globe 

Ice Globe: Uniquely Stunning Thanksgiving Centerpiece (125-11-16-17)
Thursday, November 16, 6:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Jennifer Shea Hedberg, "The Ice Wrangler" and founder of Wintercraft, is an ice luminary artist and author whose passion is discovering and refining methods of creating beautiful illuminated ice creations.

Level: For All Ages - 16 and up!
Discover the magic of ICE! Make this unique centerpiece for Thanksgiving using all natural materials! The glitter and sparkle of illuminated ice surrounded by flowers and greens make a spectacular, one-of-a-kind centerpiece that will last through your Thanksgiving festivities with no mess. You will leave with a finished centerpiece including an ice globe and seasonal botanicals to keep for yourself or give as an extra special hostess gift. The skills you learn will allow you to make more memorable pieces for inside and out in the months to come. For adults and youth (ages 16 and up).
Limit 30, Learning Center

REGISTER $59 member/$82 non-member, includes Arboretum admission and all supplies ($30 value)
 

ice lanterns 

Making Finnish Glass Ice Lanterns (125-12-02-17)
Saturday, December 2, 10:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
Jennifer Shea Hedberg, "The Ice Wrangler" and founder of Wintercraft, is an ice luminary artist whose passion is discovering and refining methods of creating beautiful illuminated ice creations.

Join Jennifer as she instructs a technique called Finnish Glass Ice Lanterns. She will share steps and best "how-to" tips for making these elegant mini-towers of artful ice. The completed lanterns can be displayed outdoors or indoors, and they are a wintertime activity perfect for the whole family. Class includes hands-on work to practice and time to ask questions. The supplies and handout allow you to leave with everything you need to start making your own just-add-water lanterns at home. For adults and youth (ages 16 and up).
Limit 30, Learning Center

REGISTER $59 member/$82 non-member, includes Arboretum admission and all supplies ($30 value) for you to just "add water" at home.
 

stone 

The Power of Balance: Stone Sculptures for your Garden
Saturday, December 2, 9:30 a.m. - noon (125-12-02-17-02)
OR
Saturday, January 20, 9:30 a.m. - noon (125-01-20-18)

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, December 2, 9:30 a.m. - noon (125-12-02-17-02)
$42 member/$55 non-member,
includes Arboretum admission 
REGISTER Saturday, January 20, 9:30 a.m. - noon (125-01-20-18)
$42 member/$55 non-member,
includes Arboretum admission


3D

3D Sculpting Adventure on your Computer: Art for the 21st Century (125-12-02-17-03)
Saturday, December 2, 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. AND Saturday February 3 , 1:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Carlyn Iverson, Renaissance woman, painter, author, designer, illustrator and lover of the Arboretum.

Level: Introductory, Ages 16 and up welcome
Learn how to use your computer and the free introductory digital 3D sculpting program Sculptris as you explore a new form of artistic expression for the 21st Century. (Sculptris will provide a foundation for those wishing to go further with advanced sculpting using ZBrush.) During class you will learn the history and use of 3D printers, how to create your own 3D sculpture and then output your creation to a 3D printing company. This is an introductory class...even with no prior experience you'll be amazed at what you can create! Carlyn will guide you step-by-step through the design process, and will help prepare the file for printing. The sculpture design file will be mailed to a 3D printing company and model will be returned to the Arboretum in time for the second portion of class on Saturday, February 3 to finish your model by painting it with acrylics (paints and supplies included). Finished sculpture size will be 3-5 inches tall. There will be a lunch break to give you time to go up to the Arboretum cafe or feel free to bring a bag lunch.
Limit 24, Bee And Pollinator Center

REGISTER $89 member/$119 non-members includes Arboretum admission, all model and shipping fees as well as all acrylic supplies for painting
 

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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 Sold out. Add your name to the waitlist or register for the August 26 session, below
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.

snowflake 

Silver Snowflakes: Creating Silver Jewelry Sustainably (125-12-09-17-02)
Saturday, December 9, 10:00 a.m. - 1:00 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
A great holiday gift or to make for yourself...create a stunning pure silver snowflake that will outlast the cold! In this class you will design snowflake-inspired jewelry in metal clay. Students will learn how to set gemstones to add a little extra sparkle and shine to their pieces. Enough clay will be provided to create a pendant and earrings set or several pendants. Although it looks like clay, students will be working with pure silver--Art Clay Silver is an amazingly flexible medium that can be used like clay, but once fired becomes 99.9% pure silver--it is an eco-friendly product made entirely from reclaimed silver from discarded computers, medical instruments and photography supplies! Small class size ensures plenty of fun and one-on-one instructor attention. Pieces will be fired after class and available for pickup at the Arboretum within 1 week. No experience is necessary and all supplies will be included.
Limit 15, Visitor Center

register $89 member/$111 nonmember, includes Arboretum admission and all materials including 14 grams of silver clay, gemstones, firing of finished pieces, and shared use of Art Clay Syringe.
NOTE: Finished pieces will be available for pick up at the Arboretum on Dec. 16. If they choose, students can have their pieces shipped to their home for a nominal fee.  

silver

Silver Necklace with Glass Cabochon: Creating Silver Jewelry Sustainably (125-12-09-17-03)
Saturday, December 9, 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
Learn how to incorporate dichroic glass into metal clay designs! Dichroic glass reflects multiple colors when viewed for a magnificently vibrant effect. Enough clay will be provided to create a pendant and earrings set or several pendants. Students will use stamps and various textures to create a base design to embellish with their choice of dichroic cabochon. Although it looks like clay, students will be working with pure silver--Art Clay Silver is an amazingly flexible medium that can be used like clay, but once fired becomes 99.9% pure silver--it is an eco-friendly product made entirely from reclaimed silver from discarded computers, medical instruments and photography supplies! At the end of class you will have created some beautiful pieces of jewelry to keep or give as gifts. Pieces will be fired after class and available for pickup at the Arboretum within 1 week. No experience is necessary and all supplies will be included.
Limit 15, Visitor Center

register $89 member/$111 nonmember, includes Arboretum admission and all materials, including including 14g silver clay, dichroic glass cabochons, firing of finished pieces, and shared use of Art Clay Syringe.
NOTE: Finished pieces will be available for pick up at the Arboretum on Dec. 16. Otherwise for a nominal shipping fee, pieces will be mailed to your home.
 


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FLOWER ARRANGING 

Celebrate the seasons with floral expressions from the Arboretum. 



Ikebana 

Japanese Sogetsu Ikebana (125-09-16-17)
Saturday, September 16, 10 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Presented by Sensei Yoshie Suzuki Babcock and her Minneapolis-St. Paul Sogetsu Study Group, in conjunction with the Sogetsu Ikebana Exhibition at the MN Landscape Arboretum September 9 and 10th, 2017 we are pleased to announce a rare opportunity to enjoy the centuries-old Japanese art of Ikebana from Sensei Yoshie Suzuki Babcock.

LEVEL: Introductory/Beginner
Explore the meditative, artistic Sogetsu School style of flower arrangement as you unique create a design to take home and enjoy long after class concludes. This revered art form brings a sense of serenity along with an appreciation of Japanese artistic expression. Come away with new skills to capture nature in a one-of-a-kind floral sculpture. Before or after class, you are invited to enjoy a walk in the Arboretum's Japanese Garden to immerse yourself in Japanese plant aesthetics. All take-home supplies included: seasonal floral materials, a suiban-style vase, and Kenzan (needle holder) to take home. SUGGESTED: Bring your own garden/flower scissors to cut materials and a box to bring your creation home.
Limit 30, Bee Center

register $69 member/$89 non-member, includes Arboretum admission and all materials (valued at $40) 

rustic fall 

Wine and The Art of Floral Design: Rustic Fall Arrangement (200-09-28-17)
Thursday, September 28, 
Nina Wiskus and Channing Baker, Bloomfield Floral Designs

Where better than the Arboretum to learn the art of floral design while sampling local wine? Join Nina and Channing, of Bloomfield Floral Designs, to learn how to capture wistfulness and wildness of fall in a beautiful autumnal arrangement. Start the class with a quick introduction to local wines, then sip and snack as instruction begins. Nina and Channing will guide you through the basics of creating a low, wide arrangement through use of a grid, including care and prepping of flowers, color composition and unique palettes, plus natural floral arranging techniques. Then roll up your sleeves and begin creating! You will leave with a gorgeous arrangement including 20 blooms plus autumn fruits in dusky pinks, pale oranges, and bronze- as well as the skills needed to create more in the future.
SUGGESTED: bring a box to safely bring your creation home
Limit 36, Bee Center

COUPON: Register for three or more Floral Arranging classes and receive $20 off! Use coupon code 20OFF 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 members/$99 non-member, includes Arboretum admission, wine tasting and light appetizers, and all supplies for one medium-sized arrangement
 

pineappls 

Williamsburg Pineapple Centerpieces (200-12-09-17)
Saturday, December 9, 10:00 a.m. - Noon (Backup: Saturday, Dec 9, 1:30 - 3:30 pm)
Theresa Mieseler, Arboretum Horticulture and Botanical Workshop Specialist, Retired owner of Shady Acres Herb Farm

Pineapples can be found on doorknockers, in foyers, and on welcome mats... they have been a symbol of hospitality for centuries. Learn more about their history and symbolism, while also making a cheerful centerpiece to greet your holiday dinner guests in style. Theresa will begin with a history of this tradition, straight from Colonial Williamsburg. You will then watch and participate, step by step, as Theresa leads you in creating a beautiful 18th-century centerpiece using fresh evergreens, boxwood, ivy, crabapples, small cones, ribbon and a fresh pineapple. Please bring a pruning shears and a pair of gardening gloves to this session.
SUGGESTED: bring a box to safely bring your creation home
Limit 36, Bee Center

COUPON: Register for three or more Floral Arranging classes and receive $20 off! Use coupon code 20OFF 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 $65 members/$75 non-member, includes Arboretum admission and all supplies to make one centerpiece
 

holiday wreathe

Wine and The Art of Floral Design: Holiday Wreath Making (200-12-07-17)
Thursday, December 7, 6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. (Backup: Wednesday, Dec 6, 6:30-8:30 pm)
Nina Wiskus and Channing Baker, Bloomfield Floral Designs

Come to the Arboretum to create a show-stopping holiday wreath and sample local wines! You will begin with a quick introduction to local wines, then sip and snack as Nina and Channing instruct you in how to prep the foliage and elements for the wreath, wreath construction techniques, and how to use unique natural elements for holiday decor beyond pinecones and holly. Then it's time to begin creating your masterpiece from silvery materials such as fir, cotton bolls, lunaria and snow berries. You will go home with a beautiful creation perfect for welcoming holiday visitors, and the skills needed to make more wreaths in the future. A fun annual tradition! SUGGESTED: Bring gloves and pruners, and a box to bring your creation home.
Limit 36, Bee Center

COUPON: Register for three or more Floral Arranging classes and receive $20 off! Use coupon code 20OFF 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 members/$99 non-member, includes Arboretum admission, wine tasting and light appetizers, and all supplies for one grapevine-based wreath
 

floral crown 

Wine and The Art of Floral Design: Floral Crown Workshop (200-02-08-18)
Thursday, February 8, 6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
Nina Wiskus and Channing Baker, Bloomfield Floral Designs

Enjoy some pre-Valentine's Day fun with a friend or two by learning the on-trend art of flower crowns. These deceptively simple arrangements are not just for little girls, but are a valuable skill to have for parties, gifts, or a fun way to celebrate the floral bounty of the garden later in the year. Begin with a quick introduction to some local wines, and sip and snack as Nina and Channing talk about the process and demonstrate the methods. Then gather flowers such as jasmine, waxflower and ranunculus to begin creating your own crown, with hands-on assistance from the instructors. You'll leave with a beautiful crown to wear or display at home, plus the skills needed to make more in the future. SUGGESTED: bring a box to safely bring your creation home
Limit 36, Bee Center

COUPON: Register for three or more Floral Arranging classes and receive $20 off! Use coupon code 20OFF 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 $65 members/$75 non-member, includes Arboretum admission and all supplies
 

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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