Sculpture & Sculpting
Classes & Workshops


Bim Bent Willow Furniture
Bim Willow, Bent Willow Artisan and Author
Saturday, August 26


Level: All levels, especially beginners!
Bim Willow is coming 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. Prices listed are per project, which means you're welcome to bring along a family member or friend (age 12 and up) and work on the project together at no additional charge. 

HOW IT WORKS
Projects are offered at three price points, and each project takes a different amount of time. You will be working simultaneously alongside other participants regardless of which project you choose. Bim will rotate through all participants to provide one-on-one attention as you complete each step. Images of each project are available on the website.

ALL WILLOW SUPPLIES INCLUDED!
Required Equipment
Bring a hammer, pruning shears, and a vehicle large enough to carry your finished project home (rental vehicles available by the hour at Home Depot & Menards).
Suggested Equipment
Loppers, wire cutters, and any snacks/drinks (drinking fountain available on-site)

Registration Deadline
All registrations must be received no later than Monday, August 21 at 3pm in order for Bim to harvest the required willow materials for your project.

MORNING SESSION: MISC PIECES
  garden bench

Garden Bench (200-08-26-17-01)
Saturday, August 26, 9 a.m. - noon
Limit 13, Bee Center

Approx Dimensions: 48" x 40" x 14"

register Sold out. Add your name to the waitlist
$160,
 includes Arboretum admission and all materials to build a 4' long, two-seat willow garden bench
 
  coffee table 

Coffee Table (200-08-26-17-02)
Saturday, August 26, 10 a.m. - noon 9 a.m. - noon*
*please note important time change which differs from original printed listing!
Limit 11, Bee Center

Approx Dimensions: 17" x 36" x 24"

register Sold out. Add your name to the waitlist
$160, 
includes Arboretum admission and all raw materials to build a 4' willow coffee table
 
   bakers rack

Baker's Rack or Potting Bench (200-08-26-17-03)
Saturday, August 26,  1 p.m. - 4 p.m.  9 a.m.* - noon*
*please note important time change which differs from original printed listing!
Limit 2, Bee Center

Approx Dimensions: 66" x 40" x 24"

register $325, includes Arboretum admission and all raw materials to build a 4' wide, 5' tall baker's rack/potting bench
 

garden arbor

Garden Arbor (200-08-26-17-05)
Saturday, August 26, 8 a.m. - noon 9 a.m. - noon
*please note important time change which differs from original printed listing!
Limit 4, Bee Center

Approx Dimensions: 84" x 40" x 40"

register 3 spots left
$400,
 includes Arboretum admission and all raw materials to build a 4' wide, 7' tall garden arbor
 
AFTERNOON SESSION: CHAIRS & LOVESEATS
  willow chair 

Willow Chair (200-08-26-17-04)
Saturday, August 26, noon - 4 p.m. noon - 5 p.m.*
*please note important time change which differs from original printed listing!
Limit 11, Bee Center

Approx Dimensions: 46" 32" 28"

register SOLD OUT. Add your name to the waitlist
$325,
 includes Arboretum admission and all raw materials to build a willow chair
 
   willow loveseat

Willow Loveseat (200-08-26-17-06)
Saturday, August 26, noon - 5 p.m.
Limit 4, Bee Center

Approx Dimensions: 46" 50" 28"

register SOLD OUT. Add your name to the waitlist
$400,
 includes Arboretum admission and all raw materials to build a willow loveseat
 
  willow rocker

Willow Rocking Chair (200-08-26-17-07)
Saturday, August 26, noon - 5 p.m.
Limit 5, Bee Center

Approx Dimensions: 46" 32" 28"

register Sold out. Add your name to the waitlist
$400,
 includes Arboretum admission and all raw materials to build a willow rocking chair

Ikebana

Japanese Sogetsu Ikebana (125-09-16-17)
Saturday, September 16, 10 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Presented by Sensei Yoshie Suzuki Babcock and her Minneapolis-St. Paul Sogetsu Study Group, in conjunction with the Sogetsu Ikebana Exhibition at the MN Landscape Arboretum September 9 and 10th, 2017 we are pleased to announce a rare opportunity to enjoy the centuries-old Japanese art of Ikebana from Sensei Yoshie Suzuki Babcock. 

LEVEL: Introductory/Beginner
Explore the meditative, artistic Sogetsu School style of flower arrangement as you unique create a design to take home and enjoy long after class concludes. This revered art form brings a sense of serenity along with an appreciation of Japanese artistic expression. Come away with new skills to capture nature in a one-of-a-kind floral sculpture. Before or after class, you are invited to enjoy a walk in the Arboretum's Japanese Garden to immerse yourself in Japanese plant aesthetics. All take-home supplies included: seasonal floral materials, a suiban-style vase, and Kenzan (needle holder) to take home. SUGGESTED: Bring your own garden/flower scissors to cut materials and a box to bring your creation home.
Limit 30, Bee Center

register $69 member/$89 non-member, includes Arboretum admission and all materials (valued at $40) 

switchplate
Laura Burlis 

Polymer Landscape Switchplate (125-11-11-17)
Saturday, November 11, 9:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Laura Burlis, experienced polymer clay artist and instructor who specializes in nature scenes

Beautify your home with a creative touch by making your own landscape switchplate! These little scenes are a lift for your spirits when you turn on the light in any room. Learn the fundamentals of working with polymer clay, this magical medium including making the famous "Skinner Blend"- a graduated blended background. Discover how to make a simple millefiori leaf cane to add leaf slices to your tree, and how to marble colors to make exquisite landscape elements. Finally, learn how to mimic the Italian technique of "pietra dura" to finish your landscape. All supplies are included! The switchplate (single or double standard plates) will be completed in class before you go home with the baking instructions, and knowledge to continue your adventures in the endless possibilities of polymer clay.
Place TBD, Limit 10

REGISTER $49 member/ $64 nonmember includes Arboretum admission and all supplies including base switchplate, all the clay to complete the design, and use of specialized clay tools while in class.
 

Ice Globe
Jennifer Shea Hedberg 

Ice Globe: Uniquely Stunning Thanksgiving Centerpiece (125-11-16-17)
Thursday, November 16, 6:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Jennifer Shea Hedberg, "The Ice Wrangler" and founder of Wintercraft, is an ice luminary artist and author whose passion is discovering and refining methods of creating beautiful illuminated ice creations.

Level: For All Ages - 16 and up!
Discover the magic of ICE! Make this unique centerpiece for Thanksgiving using all natural materials! The glitter and sparkle of illuminated ice surrounded by flowers and greens make a spectacular, one-of-a-kind centerpiece that will last through your Thanksgiving festivities with no mess. You will leave with a finished centerpiece including an ice globe and seasonal botanicals to keep for yourself or give as an extra special hostess gift. The skills you learn will allow you to make more memorable pieces for inside and out in the months to come. For adults and youth (ages 16 and up).
Limit 30, Learning Center

REGISTER $59 member/$82 non-member, includes Arboretum admission and all supplies ($30 value)
 

ice lanterns
Jennifer Shea Hedberg 

Making Finnish Glass Ice Lanterns (125-12-02-17)
Saturday, December 2, 10:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
Jennifer Shea Hedberg, "The Ice Wrangler" and founder of Wintercraft, is an ice luminary artist whose passion is discovering and refining methods of creating beautiful illuminated ice creations.

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. For adults and youth (ages 16 and up).
Limit 30, Learning Center

REGISTER $59 member/$82 non-member, includes Arboretum admission and all supplies ($30 value) for you to just "add water" at home.
 

 Stone Balance
credit Peter Juhl

The Power of Balance: Stone Sculptures for your Garden
Saturday, December 2
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, Snyder Building

REGISTER Saturday, December 2, 9:30 a.m. - noon (125-12-02-17-02)
$42 member/$55 non-member, includes Arboretum admission 
REGISTER Saturday, January 20, 9:30 a.m. - noon (125-01-20-18)
$42 member/$55 non-member, includes Arboretum admission

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

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


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