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WINTER
Arboretum Art Open Studio: Your place to create and converge! (125-01-09-18)
WINTER SERIES
Every Tuesday, 9 a.m. - 1 p.m. from January 9 through March 27, 2018

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, Tearoom - Snyder Building

register $39 member/$155 non-member includes rental room space and Arboretum admission
 

Stone Balance
credit Peter Juhl

The Power of Balance: Stone Sculptures for your Garden
NEW DATE! Saturday, January 27, 9:30 a.m. - noon

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

REGISTER NEW DATE! Saturday, January 27, 9:30 a.m. - noon (125-01-20-18)
$42 member/$55 non-member, includes Arboretum admission
LOCATION: Teaching Classroom - Oswald Visitor Center

3D
Carlyn Iverson

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

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


Photo Nina Wiskus
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
$65 members/$75 non-memberincludes Arboretum admission and all supplies
COUPON: Register for three or more Floral Arranging classes and receive $20 off your total order! 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

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, Azalea Classroom - 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, Fireplace Room - Snyder Building

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

strawberry 
Peg Deppe

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, Azalea Classroom - 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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