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Open Studio
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Arboretum Art Open Studio: Your place to create and converge! (125-10-03-17-03)
FALL/WINTER SERIES: Every Tuesday, 9 a.m. - 1 p.m. from October 3 through December 19

See description in Winter Series, below
Limit 20, Snyder Tearoom - Visitor Center*

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

winter card
Georgia Kandiko 

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, Azalea Classroom, Oswald Visitor Center

register Sold out. Add your name to the waitlist.
$59 member/$89 non-member,
includes Arboretum admission, paper and brush to take home, plus supplies needed to paint cards onsite

Arboretum Art Open Studio: Your place to create and converge! (125-01-09-18)
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, Snyder Tearoom - Visitor Center

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

paint your pet
Marilyn Jacobson 

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 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, Azalea Classroom, Oswald Visitor Center

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

Catherine Hearding

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
Supplies included: $139 member/$152 non-member,
includes Arboretum admission and all supplies

nature sketchbook

Feedback from previous Pam Luer Series:

I am so grateful to have been able to take Pam Luer's Nature Sketching class. She is an excellent teacher and combined with the addition of people invited to talk with us about viewing natures, the whole experience was excellent...Such wonderful color and so many beautiful plantings!...Thank you again for all of the time and effort you put into the arts program at the Arboretum. Pam is a real treasure to have as part of that agenda.

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, Tea Room, 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

 This program features wine tastes!

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

click to view this class' painting

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

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