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


Feltmaking - Exploring Traditional & Contemporary Techniques

125-04-04-19
Four Thursdays: April 4, 11, 18 & 25; May 2 (May 2 added due to Apr 11 weather cancellation)
10 a.m. - 2 p.m.

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

Level

All levels welcome
Supplies
All supplies included. Bring from home: scissors, note-taking materials, bag lunch.

Explore the fascinating art of feltmaking! Get ready to explore both traditional and contemporary feltmaking methods in this four-session class. Learn both needle felting and traditional wet felting techniques. Build on your knowledge while exploring seamless 3D projects and the magical process of nuno felting, combining silk and wool. You'll also learn several important surface design techniques used by today's fiber artists. You will leave each week with a completed sampler or small accessory. Small class size ensures plenty of one-on-one attention. 
  • April 4: Felting basics and needle felting, history of felt and felting techniques, wool varieties and supplies used in feltmaking. Projects: Needle felted shapes and a small landscape or student's choice of design on wool. 
  • April 11:NOW April 18 Traditional wet felting, prefelts and improve/perfect your wool layout technique. Projects: Floral sample with silk hankie, prefelts and silk paper for use in upcoming sessions. 
  • April 18:NOW April 25 Seamless feltmaking - Learn the steps to create durable felt for felted accessories. 3D project: Design a small pouch with flap, decorate with prefelt and silk paper. 
  • April 25: NOW May 2 The magic of nuno felting - a contemporary twist on the traditional art of feltmaking. Projects: Combine wool fibers and silk fabric for a small lightweight wall hanging or table mat. 
Supplies include: Bubble wrap, 2 ties, mesh, rolling tube, pattern/resist material. Wool roving (approximately 6 ounces), silk hankie, roving and threads, silk fabric for nuno session. Use of needle felting and wet felting tools during class.

Limit 12, Snyder Building - Tea Room

$199 member/$229 non-member, includes Arboretum admission and all supplies
Registration is closed.

Ancient Japanese Natural Dying Technique: Shibori Indigo Napkins

125-04-27-19-01
Saturday, April 27
10 a.m. - 1 p.m.

Jean Manrique, Experienced high end fiber artist and instructor specializing in natural dyes and eco printing 

Level
No experience necessary
Supplies
All supplies included

With the focus on the environment, try a sustainable option in the kitchen such as beautiful reusable cloth napkins. Before printing design on fabric was developed, the ancient Japanese used a resist technique called Shibori to bind certain areas of fabric so the dye wouldn't penetrate, leaving white designs on the colored fabric. This technique was usually done with indigo, the only truly blue plant dye. Begin with learning some of these shibori techniques then use the techniques of your choice on four white cotton dinner napkins. We will dip the prepared bundles (napkins with shibori preparation) into indigo dye, remove the resists and see the beautiful designs we have created! Small class size will ensure you have plenty of one-on-one attention from the instructor.

Limit 12, Marion Andrus Learning Center - Garden Lab

Sold out. Add your name to the waitlist, we will contact you if a spot opens, or if we add another session.
$69 member/$89 non-member, 
includes Arboretum admission and all supplies
register


Peter Juhl

The Power of Balance: Stone Sculptures for your Garden

Select a session:
Saturday, April 27 (125-04-27-19-02)
9:30 a.m. - noon
OR
Saturday, April 27 (125-04-27-19-03)
1 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.
OR
Saturday, September 21 (125-09-21-19)
9:30 a.m. - noon

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

Level
No experience necessary
Supplies
An assortment of practice rocks will be available to use during class

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 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 or anywhere with stones. 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. 
Limit 24
register Sold out. Add your name to the waitlist, we will contact you if a spot opens!
Saturday, April 27 (125-04-27-19-02)
9:30 a.m. - noon
$42 member/$57 non-member, includes Arboretum admission and all supplies
Oswald Visitor Center - Azalea Classroom

Sold out. Add your name to the waitlist, we will contact you if a spot opens!
Saturday, April 27 (125-04-27-19-03)
1 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.
$42 member/$57 non-member, includes Arboretum admission and all supplies
Oswald Visitor Center - Azalea Classroom

register Saturday, September 21 (125-09-21-19)
9:30 a.m. - noon

$42 member/$57 non-member, includes Arboretum admission and all supplies
McVay Learning Lab - Bee & Pollinator Center
NEW LOCATION! Learning Center - Tree Place

Felted Flowers for Spring

125-05-04-19
Saturday, May 4
10 a.m. - 4 p.m.

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

Level
All levels 
Supplies
All felting materials provided. Bring from home: 2-3 old hand towels, an old bath towel, apron (optional), plastic bag to carry home wet items, and a bag lunch

Discover the magic of several different styles of feltmaking! Create colorful felted flowers and leaves using soft wool fibers and a little soapy water. Add dyed silk for detail and a beautiful sheen. You can combine several blossoms on a spring wreath, make flowers with stems for a bouquet, pin your flowers to a hat or use them to adorn packages. If you would like your flowers to be attached to a wreath, please bring your own 14-inch or larger wreath.

Note that lunch is not included; please bring a bag lunch from home.

Limit 12, Marion Andrus Learning Center - Inside a Plant Lab

$69 member/$99 non-member, 
includes Arboretum admission and all supplies
register


 

Asian Brush Painting: Horses

125-06-08-19
NEW DATE! Saturday, June 22
9:30 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Dee Teller, Internationally known artist famous for her Asian brush painting and calligraphy. Her Asian name is Ding Teller - which means "Happy Teacher."

Level
No experience necessary
Supplies
Bring-Your-Own OR All Supplies Included; see pricing options

"Please have a follow-up workshop with Dee Teller doing horses again. She was amazing!" You asked and we heard you! Dee's class was a sensation last fall, with students begging for more. If you missed that class, don't worry, you are still welcome to sign up for this session. Follow the guidance of one of the world's most acclaimed Asian brush horse painters as you learn to work with a variety of materials and tools. You will complete
  • 2 gold horses on fadeless black art paper using acrylic paint, sumi brush, and gold marker
  • 1 multicolor, multi-material collage horse
All class fees include
  • Coffee/Tea
  • Black fadeless art paper
  • ‘YES' artistic quality adhesive
  • Sumi-e ink to use in class
Note that lunch is not included; please bring a bag lunch from home (refrigeration available)

Limit 20, Tashjian Bee and Pollinator Discovery Center - McVay Learning Lab

Bring-Your-Own Supplies see supply list
$104 member/$124 non-member, includes Arboretum admission
All Supplies Included
$129 member/$149 non-member, includes Arboretum admission, easel brush, Windsor-Newton bamboo brush, gold marking pen, a variety of collage materials, paper towels, scissors to use in class, plate to mix glue and water ($25 supply value)



Pam Luer 

Nature Sketchbooks with Pam Luer

125-06-15-19
Saturday, June 15
9 a.m. - 3 p.m.

Pam Luer, professional artist and instructor for nearly 20 years, specializing in natural based designs, licensed product artist at Target, Crate & Barrel, and more

Level
No Experience Necessary
Supplies
Bring-Your-Own OR All Supplies Included; see pricing options

Pam will lead you on a nature walk alongside a Master Naturalist or Master Gardener to teach you how to closely observe the flora and fauna of the Arboretum. Observational skills will help you grow as an artist and expand your experiences in nature. This workshop is for anyone who wants to add an element of art while "on the go" - in your backyard, park, or on your 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. Put skills to use right away and enjoy the rewards of documenting the everyday beauty that is all around. 
Note that lunch is not included; please bring a bag lunch from home or plan to purchase in the Arboretum Cafe.

Limit 15, Marion Andrus Learning Center - Garden Lab

Sold out. Add your name to the waitlist, we will contact you if a spot opens!
Bring-Your-Own Supplies see supply list
$69 member/$99 non-member,
 includes Arboretum admission
All Supplies Included
$129 member/$159 non-member,
 includes arboretum admission; supply kit will be waiting for you in class. Deadline for ordering supply kit is Friday, May 31st

Watch a video of Pam Luer's sketching class from Summer 2017

Pam Luer Minnesota Landscape Arboretum Sept, 2017 from Gary B on Vimeo.



Sarah Bober 

Japanese Braiding Technique: Kumihimo Necklace

125-07-13-19
Saturday, July 13
12:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.

Sarah Bober, ReFind Design, specializing in eco-friendly jewelry; level One Certified Art Clay Instructor

Level
All levels 
Supplies
All supplies included 

Explore the ancient art of Kumihimo, a Japanese braiding technique. You will learn the traditional round braid using 8 cords. Once you learn the pattern you can add various colors, use cords made from satin or silk, or even add beads. Students will create a beautiful woven necklace using this incredibly versatile technique. 

Limit 25, Tashjian Bee and Pollinator Discovery Center - McVay Learning Lab

$29 member/$49 non-member, includes Arboretum admission and all supplies


Sarah Bober

Make a Pure Silver Necklace Using a Real Arboretum Leaf

125-07-27-19
Saturday, July 27
10 a.m. - 1 p.m.

Sarah Bober, ReFind Design, specializing in eco-friendly jewelry; level One Certified Art Clay Instructor

Level
No experience necessary
Supplies
All supplies included ($40 value)

Use a real leaf from home or from the Arboretum to design a beautiful pendant accented with a sparkling gemstone. Each necklace will be unique and the perfect memento of your visit to the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum. Pieces are made using Art Clay Silver which becomes pure silver once fired. Completed jewelry pieces will be fired after class and available for pickup at the Arboretum in one week or can be shipped for a small additional fee.

Limit 16, Marion Andrus Learning Center - Inside a Plant Lab

$89 member/$109 non-member, includes Arboretum admission and all supplies

 
Gretchen Wagener Burau

Fresco: History & Hands-on Workshop

125-08-03-19
Saturday, August 3
10 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Gretchen Wagener Burau, professional artist, art history instructor at the University of St. Thomas, and longtime Arboretum employee

Level
No experience necessary
Supplies
All supplies included

The oldest known painting medium, fresco, means "fresh" in Italian and refers to the process by which water-based pigments are applied to freshly laid plaster. When executed properly, frescos can last for thousands of years. Class includes
  • 1.5 hours: A virtual tour of the major frescoes of Italy, including the four Roman wall styles found in Pompeii, the Camposanto in Pisa , and numerous paintings by Italian Renaissance masters. Learn about restoration techniques and contemporary frescoes created in Minnesota as Gretchen draws upon her experience assisting internationally-renown fresco artist, Mark Balma.
  • 1.5 hours: Demonstration of buon or true fresco painting using the Italian terms associated with fresco painting.
  • 50 minutes: lunch break. Note that lunch is not included; please bring a bag lunch from home or plan to purchase in the Arboretum Cafe or local establishment.
  • 2 hours: Create your own 11" x 14" fresco using a personally selected subject inspired by reference photos. Bring your own reference photos from home or use those provided by the instructor.
Limit 15, Tashjian Bee and Pollinator Discovery Center - McVay Learning Lab

$89 member/$109 non-member, includes Arboretum admission and all supplies

Bent Willow Furniture

Saturday, August 3, 2019

Level
All levels, especially beginners!
Supplies
ALL WILLOW SUPPLIES INCLUDED!
See below for basic tools to bring from home.

Bim Willow, Bent Willow Artisan and Author

Bim Willow is coming back 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.

View Details & Project Options


 
Pam Luer

Nature Sketchbooks: Garden's Last Harvest 2-Day Workshop with Pam Luer

125-09-14-19-01
Saturdays, September 14 & 21
9 a.m. - 3 p.m.

Pam Luer, professional artist and instructor for nearly 20 years, specializing in natural based designs, licensed product artist at Target, Crate & Barrel, and more

Level
All levels
Supplies
Bring-Your-Own OR All Supplies Included; see pricing options

Yearning to stay connected to the natural world through her art, Pam Luer is offering her Nature Sketchbook series two-session workshop to celebrate the waltz of the garden's last dance. As always, Pam will offer students of all skill levels some tools and tips to help them see, explore and luxuriate in the natural world more mindfully through simple sketches. Through your sketchbook and a few of your favorite drawing tools, Pam will help you slow down to concentrate on the remnants of our glorious growing season- the seeds, pods and leaves and gardens that remind us that while one season ends, there will always be another Spring. This workshop will include a private tour of the rare and beautiful books at the The Andersen Horticultural Library during the second class session. 
Note that lunch is not included; please bring a bag lunch from home or plan to purchase in the Arboretum Cafe.

Limit 15, Marion Andrus Learning Center - Garden Lab

Bring-Your-Own supplies see supply list
$99 member/$139 non-member, includes Arboretum admission
All Supplies Included
$159 member/$199 non-member, supply kit will be waiting for you in class. Deadline for ordering supply kit is Friday, September 6

Watch video of last year's Fall workshop with Pam Luer

Pam Luer's Nature Sketchbook Workshop at the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum Fall 2018 from Gary B on Vimeo.


Make a Mug Rug: Intro to Rug Hooking!

125-09-28-19
Saturday, September 28
10 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Laurie Lausen, Founder of The Wooly Red Rug, has been designing and hooking rugs and other fiber arts since the 1970's

Level
No experience necessary
Supplies
Some supplies included: linen, wool, rug hook and class notebook (value $25)
Bring from home: a 10", 12" or 14" Quilt Hoop, small scissors and pen/pencil
Optional: Quilt Hoops will be available to purchase in class for $20

Learn the early method of rug hooking using a simple hook to pull loops of wool fabric through a linen backing. Students will create a simple mini rug of their own design, perfect to use as a mug mat, coaster or trivet. These mug rugs are sure to be conversational items in your home and will fit into any decor! Inspired by "hygge," a Danish term defined as "a quality of cosiness and comfortable conviviality that engenders a feeling of contentment or well-being." 
Please Note: lunch is not included; please bring a bag lunch from home (refrigeration is available)

Limit 15, Tashjian Bee and Pollinator Discovery Center - McVay Learning Lab

$79 member/$99 non-member,
 includes Arboretum admission and all listed supplies
register

 

 

 


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