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Georgia Kandiko


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Purple Coneflower: Watermedia Painting Workshop

125-07-10-19-01
Wednesday, July 10
9:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.

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

Level
All levels
Supplies
All supplies included

Let Georgia guide you from surface preparation to the delicate handling of the soft-edged petals. Dappled sunlight playing over the coneflower's spiked dramatic center demonstrates our clever use of color. We will visit the highlighted flower growing in the garden, giving you a chance to see purple coneflowers from many dimensions. Then work in the classroom with fresh-cut examples to create a 22" x 15" watercolor masterpiece! Your focus on this single magnified flower will allow for your own unique personal interpretation.
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Note that lunch is not included; please bring a bag lunch from home or plan to purchase in the Arboretum Cafe.

Limit 16, Oswald Visitor Center - Azalea Classroom

Sold out. Add your name to the waitlist
$59 member/$79 non-member,
includes Arboretum admission and all supplies. Supplies to be loaned for in-class use will be waiting for you when you arrive.

COUPON
$15 Off 2 or more Big, Bold & Gorgeous Flower Painting classes
Register for (2) or more Big, Bold & Gorgeous Flower Painting classes 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.

 
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

 
Georgia Kandiko


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Sunflower: Watermedia Painting Workshop

125-08-14-19-01
Wednesday, August 14
9:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.

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

Level
All levels
Supplies
All supplies included

The dramatic centers of these flowers offer many possibilities for depicting the eye-catching geometric pattern. The buttery yellow petals with their subtle twists and turns invite lingering glances. Watermedia is perfect for translating these shapes into a treasured work of art.
We will visit the highlighted flower growing in the garden, giving you a chance to see sunflowers from many dimensions. Then work in the classroom with fresh-cut examples to create a 22" x 15" watercolor masterpiece! Your focus on this single magnified flower will allow for your own unique personal interpretation.
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Note that lunch is not included; please bring a bag lunch from home or plan to purchase in the Arboretum Cafe.

Limit 16, Oswald Visitor Center - Azalea Classroom

Sold out. Add your name to the waitlist, we will contact you if a spot opens!

$59 member/$79 non-member, includes Arboretum admission and all supplies. Supplies to be loaned for in-class use will be waiting for you when you arrive
COUPON
$15 Off 2 or more Big, Bold & Gorgeous Flower Painting classes
Register for (2) or more Big, Bold & Gorgeous Flower Painting classes 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.

 
Georgia Kandiko


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Dahlia: Watermedia Painting Workshop

125-09-11-19-01
Wednesday, September 11
9:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.

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

Level
All levels
Supplies
All supplies included

We will visit dahlias growing in the garden, giving you a chance to observe them from many dimensions. Then work in the classroom with fresh-cut examples to create a 22" x 15" watercolor masterpiece! Your focus on this single magnified flower will allow for your own unique personal interpretation. Start by toning the paper with color to show the play of light over the petals of this flower. The velvety stage of dryness is perfect for putting for creating various dimensions of the petals.
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Note that lunch is not included; please bring a bag lunch from home or plan to purchase in the Arboretum Cafe.

Limit 16, Oswald Visitor Center - Azalea Classroom


$59 member/$79 non-member, includes Arboretum admission and all supplies. Supplies to be loaned for in-class use will be waiting for you when you arrive.
COUPON
$15 Off 2 or more Big, Bold & Gorgeous Flower Painting classes
Register for (2) or more Big, Bold & Gorgeous Flower Painting classes 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.

 
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

Sold out. Add your name to the waitlist, we will contact you if a spot opens!
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.


Paint the Fall Colors: Watercolor Workshop with Catherine Hearding

125-10-05-19
Saturday, October 5, 2019
10 a.m.-4 p.m.

Catherine Hearding, Award-winning painter and in-demand instructor

Level
Some watercolor experienced preferred
Supplies
Bring-Your-Own OR All Supplies Included; see pricing options

Join us for a celebration of fall color at the Arboretum! Using the spectacular trees of the Arboretum as inspiration, you will learn how to paint those vibrant hues in watercolor.
  • Learn a three-step approach to watercolor painting which you can put to use, no matter what subject you are painting
  • Master techniques for mixing and applying color
  • Grasp the "how-to's" of painting shapes and values
  • Experience the fun as you develop control over a medium which has the ability to capture light like no other
Bring from Home
Bag lunch, beverages and/or snacks (Visitor Center Cafe will also be open for purchases)

Limit 24, Tashjian Bee and Pollinator Discovery Center - McVay Learning Lab
register
Select a price option:
Bring-Your-Own Supplies See supply list
$99 member/$119 non-member,
includes Arboretum admission

All Supplies Included:
$139 Member/$159 non-member, 
includes Arboretum admission

 

Bird Notecards in Watercolor

125-10-09-19
Wednesday, October 9, 2019
10 a.m.-4 p.m.

Georgia Kandiko, longtime educator, award winning professional watercolor artist

Level
All Levels
Supplies
All Supplies Included

Are you interested in watercolor but intimidated by the full size canvas or put off by the amount of time it takes to finish? Try a smaller project, a notecard!

  • Learn and practice a variety of watercolor techniques including composition, values, colors and shapes
  • Produce two different bird images in class which you can then replicate on other watercolor paper provided
  • Enough supplies for 8 unique hand painted cards
Georgia's classes are warm and welcoming. Come prepared for an engaging experience!
Bring from Home
Bag lunch, beverages and/or snacks (Visitor Center Cafe will also be open for purchases)

Limit 20, Oswald Visitor Center - MacMillan Auditorium A/C
register

$59 member/$79 non-member, includes Arboretum admission and all supplies

Landscape Sketching: MIA & Arb Two-Part Workshop

125-10-19-19
Saturday, October 19, 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m. at MIA
Saturday, October 26, 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m. at Arb

Ann Solyst, Award winning painter and illustrator

Level
All skill levels welcome
Supplies
Bring Your Own Supplies: See supply list

Part art history, part drawing class! Discover the joys of learning and drawing from the exquisite landscapes found at the Minneapolis Institute of Art. Then, on week two you will meet at the Arboretum to develop your own individual landscape.

Week 1 - Meet at the Minneapolis Institute of Art
1-Hour discussion on landscape masterpieces from the MIA collection
  • Explore techniques, artistic process, historical context, qualities of great art
  • Understand value, composition, color, texture; apply these effects in your sketches
  • Work through three landscape sketches with one-one-one guidance from the instructor
Week 2 - Meet at the MN Landscape Arboretum
Sketch an autumn scene from the elevated vantage point at the Arboretum Farm with hands-on guidance from the instructor
  • Visualize the creation and overall feel of your piece
  • Block out shapes of large compositional elements
  • Gently sketch in light and shadow areas
  • Complete your work by developing texture, color, and adding fine details
Limit 10, Tashjian Bee and Pollinator Discovery Center - McVay Learning Lab
register

$49 member/$69 non-member, includes Arboretum admission

Landscape Notecards in Watercolor

125-11-13-19-01
Wednesday, November 13, 2019
10 a.m.-4 p.m.

Georgia Kandiko, longtime educator, award winning professional watercolor artist

Level
All Levels
Supplies
All Supplies Included

Are you interested in watercolor but intimidated by the full size canvas or put off by the amount of time it takes to finish? Try a smaller project, a notecard!
  • Learn and practice watercolor techniques
  • Enhance your skills using composition, values, colors and shapes
  • Complete two different landscape images in class
  • Receive supplies for 6 more cards to replicate your paintings at home
Georgia's classes are warm and welcoming. Come prepared for an engaging experience!
Bring from Home
Bag lunch, beverages and/or snacks (Visitor Center Cafe will also be open for purchases)

Limit 20, Oswald Visitor Center - MacMillan Auditorium A/C 
register

$59 member/$79 non-member
includes Arboretum admission and all supplies

 

Watercolor Landscape: Two-Day Workshop with David Smith

125-01-11-20
Saturday, January 11, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. AND Sunday, January 12, 9 a.m.-4 p.m.
David Smith, signature member of the American Watercolor Society and National Watercolor Society, with over 20 years' teaching experience.

Level: Some watercolor experience preferred
Supplies: Bring-Your-Own: see supply list

Demystify the complexities of landscape painting in watercolor as David guides you on a Watercolor Journey. Every seat in the class has an excellent view thanks to the multiple monitors and the overhead camera! You'll receive a drawing guide/sketch to transfer onto your paper, a reference photo, a typed outline (so you can focus on instruction vs taking notes), and step-by-step instruction through all stages of the paintings. In this class you will learn to:
  • Choose a subject
  • Simplify the values
  • Link shapes
  • Enhance the area of interest
  • Incorporate different consistencies of paint onto paper of different moisture levels (wet into wet, dry on wet, etc.)
  • Transfer your new knowledge into several paintings during class
You'll leave inspired to take what you've learned and apply it to new creations.
Bring from home
Bag lunches each session (refrigeration is available).

Limit 24, Tashjian Bee and Pollinator Discovery Center - McVay Learning Lab
register

$165 member/$185 non-member
includes Arboretum admission

 

Sumi-e Waterfalls with Rocks & Trees

125-01-15-20
Wednesday, January 15, 2020
10 a.m.-4 p.m.

Georgia Kandiko, longtime educator, award winning professional watercolor artist

Level
No experience necessary
Supplies
All supplies included to be used during class: Masa paper, chinese watercolor and ink, brush

Sumi-e is the Japanese word for Black Ink Painting. Sumi-e paintings are fun and easy: crinkle a piece of Japanese masa paper and allow the lines to be a guide for your scene. Water, mountains, sky and trees all come forth as you paint.
  • Watch a demonstration of the process
  • Observe how landscape elements emerge from the crinkled paper
  • Practice and experiment with your own pieces
  • Add optional color or stay with traditional Asian black ink
  • Complete several small and one large piece
Bring from Home
Bag lunch, beverages and/or snacks (Visitor Center Cafe will also be open for purchases)

Limit 16, Oswald Visitor Center - Azalea Classroom
register

$49 member/$69 non-member
includes Arboretum admission and all supplies

 

Pastel: Owl

125-01-18-20
Saturday, January 18, 2020
10 a.m.-4 p.m.

Ann Solyst, Award winning painter and illustrator

Level
No experience required
Supplies
All supplies included: pastels, paper, pencils, blending stump, kneading eraser, and take-home sketchbook

Learn how to draw an owl of your choice as you explore the versatility of chalk pastels (a portable, dynamic medium with a painterly quality akin to oil painting). Whether you are familiar with chalk pastel or have never picked up a pastel in your life this is the class for you!
  • Watch a helpful demonstration from the instructor
  • Learn, practice, and experiment with pastel techniques
  • Create a refined drawing that balances line, color and composition
  • Receive individualized attention with Ann to draw at your own pace
  • Leave with a finished piece of art
Bring from Home
Bag lunch, beverages and/or snacks (Visitor Center Cafe will also be open for purchases)

Limit 16, Oswald Visitor Center - Azalea Classroom
register

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

Nature Sketchbooks: Finding Sanctuary in Winter

125-02-20-20
Thursdays 10 a.m.-2 p.m., February 20 & 27, 2020
Pam Luer, professional artist specializing in nature based motifs. A licensed product designer for the gift and home decor industry

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

This workshop will introduce you to a sketchbook practice - Learn how to draw from life with careful observation. Collect impressions that help capture your subjects for later exploration or contemplation.
Begin to work in a sketchbook as an artistic practice
Become inspired from new tips and techniques using very few tools
Learn about orchids from Ricky Garza, our Arboretum orchid specialist
Enjoy rare books and illustrations shared by Horticulture Librarian Kathy Allen
Enjoy the lush tranquility of the Meyers -Deats conservatory and the spectacular blooms from this year's flower show as you learn to observe and draw in new ways while expanding your understanding of the natural world.
Bring from Home
Bag lunch, beverages and/or snacks (Visitor Center Cafe will also be open for purchases)

Limit 12, Oswald Visitor Center - MacMillan Auditorium A/C 

register
Select a price option:
Bring-Your-Own Supplies See supply list
$79 member/$99 non-member

All Supplies Included in a Take-Home Kit (value $60)
supply kit will be waiting for you in class
Deadline for ordering supply kit is Saturday, February 1
$139 member/$159 non-member
includes Arboretum admission

Paint the Arb: Winter Watercolor Workshop

125-02-26-20
Wednesday, February 26, 2020
10 a.m.-4 p.m.

Georgia Kandiko, longtime educator, award winning professional watercolor artist

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

Learn how to transform an image into a watercolor painting using a reference photograph of the Arboretum's iconic Red Barn.
  • Examine shape, composition, color and value
  • Learn to eliminate what does not serve your painting
  • Add aspects to enrich the landscape scene
  • Practice with the instructor before working on your finished product
  • Put your new knowledge and skills together to create your finished painting
All students will receive and use Arches 140# cold pressed watercolor paper during class.
Bring from Home
Bag lunch, beverages and/or snacks (Visitor Center Cafe will also be open for purchases)

Limit 20, Oswald Visitor Center - MacMillan Auditorium A/C 
register

Select a price option:
Bring-Your-Own Supplies See supply list
$69 member/$99 non-member, includes Arboretum admission

All Supplies Included in a Take-Home Kit
$89 member/ $119 non-member, includes Arboretum admission
also includes metal tin filled with required paints and watercolor brush and all necessary supplies such as towels, water containers, tape and Arches 140# cold pressed watercolor paper ( $20 value)

 


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