Mixed Media
Classes & Workshops

Create art inspired by nature using a variety of natural materials and products.

Leslie Granbeck

Felted Luminarias

Saturday, November 3, 2018
10 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.

Leslie Granbeck, Minneapolis-based feltmaker and instructor whose classes are full of color, creativity and adventure, www.fiberenvy.net

Add a warm glow to the holiday season with pretty, felted luminarias. Learn traditional wet felting techniques using wool and a little soapy water. Add texture and other design embellishments using a variety of natural materials. Your luminarias are the perfect accent for the mantle, dinner table, or any spot that needs a little soft illumination. they make lovely gifts as well. 

BRING FROM HOME: A bag lunch (food/beverage is NOT available for purchase at the Bee Center), 2-3 hand towels, 1 old bath towel, scissors and plastic bag to carry home wet items. Optional: apron. 

Limit 12, Tashjian Bee and Pollinator Discovery Center - Honey House

$79 member/$109 non-member, includes Arboretum admission and all supplies
Sold out, add your name to the waitlist

Jennifer Shea Hedberg 

Making Finnish Glass Ice Lanterns

Saturday, November 17, 2018
10 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.

Jennifer Shea Hedberg, "The Ice Wrangler" and founder of Wintercraft, ice luminary artist 

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. Note that this is a how-to class, but you will not leave with a completed ice lantern--you will be able to make as many as you like in the convenience of your home! For adults and youth (ages 16 and up). 
Limit 30, Marion Andrus Learning Center - Garden Lab

$59 member/$82 non-member, includes Arboretum admission and all supplies

Georgia Kandiko 

Collage Using Watercolor, Acrylic & Found Materials

Wednesday, November 14, 2018
9:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.

Georgia Kandiko, longtime educator, award winning professional watercolor artist, and Arboretum devotee

Level: No experience necessary
Collage gets its name from the French word for glue and describes a broad range of art-making techniques that rely on re-appropriating previously made images and found materials into new compositions. Made popular by Picasso and Braque in 1912, collage revolutionized modern art in the 20th Century. This workshop's collage will use magazine images, "loose swishy watercolor," creatively applied collage materials, and acrylic paint. FeCel free to bring in your own images that resonate with you or use the seed catalogs and gardening magazines we provide for an authentically Arboretum feel. Plenty of time will be allowed to practice new techniques, evaluate design and make new friends. At the end of class you will have 4 small paintings which can be displayed independently or look lovely grouped on the 8 x 10 canvas provided. Just bring yourself; all supplies included to make multimedia collage pieces ready to hang at home!

This is a long class that takes place over the lunch hour. Please bring lunch, beverages and/or snacks you may need. (The Visitor Center Cafe will have food/beverage available for purchase)

Limit 16, Oswald Visitor Center - Azalea Classroom

Register for 2 or more select Abstract Art classes with instructor Georgia Kandiko and receive $15 off your total order! Use coupon code DISCOUNT15 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.

Abstract Art classes that Apply:
Mixed Media - Collage Using Watercolor, Acrylic & Found Materials (11/14/18)
Painting - Acrylic Abstract Workshop (1/23/19)
Painting - Watercolor Semi-Abstract & Abstract Workshop: Apples or Pears (2/13/19)

$79 member/$99 non-member, includes Arboretum admission and all suppplies

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Gifts from the Garden:
A Day of Make-and-take Seasonal Gifts

Saturday, December 1, 2018
9:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Level: all levels, no experience required!

Grab a friend and spend a day at the Arboretum-- a unique opportunity to learn new skills as you explore a multitude of artistic endeavors. Come away with 3 completed projects made by you, conveniently useful for seasonal gifting.

View projects and learn more at

Limit 80, Marion Andrus Learning Center

$99 member/$119 non-memberincludes Arboretum admission and all supplies

Pam Luer

Nature Sketchbooks & Spring Vignettes : All-Day Workshop with Pam Luer

Thursday, February 21, 2019
10 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Pam Luer, BFA in Studio Arts from the U of M and full-time artist and instructor for nearly 20 years, licensed product artist at Target, Crate & Barrel, and more

No experience necessary 
Held in the lush oasis of the Meyers-Deats Conservatory as well as the Oswald Visitor Center, this sketchbook workshop "is for anyone who wants to take their art with them-from the backyard, to the park or on their next vacation," explains instructor Pam Luer. Coinciding with the Arboretum Flower Show, the beautifully installed spring floral vignettes are the perfect combination of blooming spring colors, dreamy fragrances and art....and a great February escape from the bleakest days of winter. As an outdoors person and traveling artist, Pam has always favored sketchbooks for their portability, flexibility and the freedom to experiment. Says Pam, "You don't need an easel and a studio to be a satisfied artist, all you need is a love of nature, an inquisitive eye, and a few carefully selected drawing tools. Our goal with sketchbooks is not to create a museum-quality finished piece. It's about using your sketchbook as a visual journal-something you can be inspired by and treasure for years to come. There's no right or wrong answer with a sketch, it's just an artistic impression that helps us capture a moment or catalog an idea for later exploration. Let's go see what's out there."
Either bring your own supplies (see supply list below) or purchase the $60 kit with this order which will be waiting for you on your first day of class. 

This is a long class that takes place over the lunch hour. Please bring lunch, beverages and/or snacks you may need. (The Visitor Center Cafe will have food/beverage available for purchase)


  • Bring your own, or purchase a complete supply kit for $60 
  • Sketchbook 9 x 12 or smaller, please be sure the paper has at least 25% cotton.  Some of Pam's favorites include: 
    • Nature Sketchbook by Pentalic, and 
    • Strathmore 400 series Stillman & Birn Dela series. 
  • If you have a variety of watercolor papers, bring them along to experiment with. 
  • Collection of various drawing pencils. 
  • 6B-4H Derwent watercolor pencils, (small collection) 
  • Pentel Art Aquash water brush: you can find these on line, at Michaels and Blicks. They usually come in a set of three. Another option is to bring a couple brushes and a small water container. 
  • Various drawing markers- I prefer a variety of markers that are water soluble and permanent. 
  • Backpack or bag for all your materials. Keep it portable and easy- you'll be moving about with your gear! 
  • If you are a watercolor artist, feel free to bring a tiny palette. 
Limit 12, Oswald Visitor Center - Azalea Classroom

$79 member/$99 non-member, includes Arboretum admission

$60 Nature Sketchbook Supply Kit 
(Optional), Supply kit will be waiting for you at the first day of class.

Linda Taynahza


Floral Monotypes for Everyone

Saturday, March 23, 2019
10 a.m. - 4 p.m
Linda Tay'nahza', Accomplished artist, Longtime Instructor and Printmaker
Level: all levels - Both the first time printmaker and the experienced will enjoy this class!

Monotypes offer a unique experience, the opportunity to draw, paint and print all at once. Working on a small portable etching press and using water-based inks, each student will produce a number of prints during the class session. Applications introduced in class include reworking the plate, chine colle', multiple drops and more. Beautiful plants blooming in the Meyers-Deats Conservatory and live specimens in the classroom will be featured, providing a rich environment and inspiration for creating a print series.

This is a long class that takes place over the lunch hour. Please bring lunch, beverages and/or snacks you may need. (The Visitor Center Cafe will have food/beverage available for purchase)

Limit 13, Oswald Visitor Center - Azalea Classroom

$74 member/$94 non-member, includes Arboretum admission and all supplies



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