Sculpture & Sculpting
Classes & Workshops

Discover, learn, and practice your skills in 3-dimensions! Create beautiful and unique sculptural forms in a variety of mediums...all inspired by nature or using natural materials!

Sarah Bober

Origami Earrings

Thursday, May 3
6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.

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

No experience necessary
To usher in the spectacular summer exhibition "Origami in the Garden," join us for a fun, educational evening that will allow you show off your new-found (or long held) origami skills. You will learn the folding techniques as you work on pieces from origami and chiyogami paper. To finish the project, seal the earrings with a durable coating and attach the jewelry wires. Wear these beautiful one-of-a-kind earrings or give as gifts (Mother's Day is right around the corner). Just bring yourself; all materials are included to make and bring home a unique pair of origami earrings. 
Limit 30, Tashjian Bee and Pollinator Discovery Center - McVay Learning Lab 

$29 member/$59 non-member, includes Arboretum admission and all supplies 

Nancy Sheridan

Origami for Adults at the Arboretum

Saturday, May 12
9:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.

Kathleen Sheridan, Highly sought-after international Origami artist and instructor

No experience necessary
Discover the magic of paper. People of all ages can benefit from learning the art of Japanese paper folding. Traced back to monks from 6th Century Japan and made popular as an art form in the Edo Period (1603-1868) , this mentally and physically stimulating practice involves hand-eye coordination, fine motor skills and mental coordination. Join experienced instructor and professional artist Kathleen Sheridan as she helps you create a number of nature-inspired works. Whether you have never folded paper before or are looking for a new challenge, you will love this class! Kathleen will not only give you step-by-step instruction for in-class works but she will also provide inspiration to ensure you can continue your paper folding adventure outside of the classroom walls. With a greater appreciation for the folded paper process, step outside and enjoy the monumental sculptures in the Arboretum's summer exhibition "Origami in the Garden," derived from the same techniques learned in this class! Simply show up ready for fun as all supplies are included; you will leave with a variety of origami art works and inspiration to do more. Watch WCCO's Natalie Nyhus and Mike Augustyniak try their hands at origami with instructor Kathleen Sheridan at
Limit 20, Snyder Building - Classroom 1 

$39 member/$69 non-memberincludes Arboretum admission and all supplies 

Peter Juhl 

The Power of Balance: Stone Sculptures for Your Garden

Saturday, July 21
1:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. 

Peter Juhl, stone balancing artist,

No experience necessary
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 or on the North Shore of Lake Superior. 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, Oswald Visitor Center - Azalea Classroom

$42 member/$55 non-member, includes Arboretum admission and all supplies


Bent Willow Furniture

Saturday, August 11, 2018

Bim Willow, Bent Willow Artisan and Author

Level: All levels, especially beginners!
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. Prices listed are per project, and include a box lunch or dinner. 

Images of each project are available on the website. Projects are grouped by similar construction techniques; you will be working simultaneously alongside other participants regardless of which project you choose. Bim and his assistants will rotate through all participants to provide one-on-one attention as you complete each step. The amount of time to complete a project varies based on the student; the times listed are an estimate.

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 Friday, August 3 at 3pm in order for Bim to harvest the required willow materials for your project.

  birdhouse bench

"Birdhouse" Bench

YES! A Birdhouse is at the top of the bench!
Saturday, August 11
9 a.m. - noon

Limit 10, Bee Center

Approx Dimensions: 48" x 40" x 14"

$160 member/$180 non-member, includes Arboretum admission, box lunch and all materials to build a 4' long, two-seat willow garden bench
  coffee table 

Coffee Table

Saturday, August 11
9 a.m. - noon

Limit 6, Bee Center

Approx Dimensions: 17" x 36" x 24"

$160 member/$180 non-member, includes Arboretum admission, box lunch and and all raw materials to build a 4' willow coffee table
   bakers rack

Baker's Rack or Potting Bench

Saturday, August 11
9 a.m. - noon

Limit 4, Bee Center

Approx Dimensions: 66" x 40" x 24"

$325 member/$360 non-memberincludes Arboretum admission, box lunch and all raw materials to build a 4' wide, 5' tall baker's rack/potting bench


  willow chair 

Willow Chair

Saturday, August 11
1 p.m. - 6 p.m.

Limit 10, Bee Center

Approx Dimensions: 46" 32" 28"

$325 member/$360 non-memberincludes Arboretum admission, box lunch and all raw materials to build a willow chair
   willow loveseat

Willow Loveseat

Saturday, August 11
1 p.m. - 6 p.m.

Limit 4, Bee Center

Approx Dimensions: 46" 50" 28"

$400 member/$440 non-member, includes Arboretum admission, box lunch and all raw materials to build a willow loveseat
  willow rocker

Willow Rocking Chair

Saturday, August 11
1 p.m. - 6 p.m.

Limit 6, Bee Center

Approx Dimensions: 46" 32" 28"

$400 member/$440 non-member, includes Arboretum admission, box lunch and all raw materials to build a willow rocking chair

Linda Conroy

Coiled Basketry: Pine Needles, Sweet Grass and Broom Corn

Friday, August 24
9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Linda Conroy, Moonwise Herbs, educator for 20 years, speaker throughout the U.S.

Gain a greater appreciation for native natural materials, and the artistry by which they are transformed into baskets! Learn to make a coiled basket with a variety of natural materials. Explore the creative possibilities of this ancient art form as you design and complete your own basket. This class is for students of all levels- Linda will provide plenty of individualized attention to ensure you succeed. You will learn a variety of stitches as well as decorative options for this ancient style of basketry. You will leave with a completed coiled ~5" diameter basket, and the skills to make more baskets at home. Lunch is not provided, please bring your own to class or dine in the Arboretum Cafe. 
BRING FROM HOME: small pair of scissors, a thimble and reading glasses (if needed), bag lunch (optional).
Limit 20, Snyder Building - Tea Room 

$95 member/$110 non-member, includes Arboretum admission and all supplies except those noted above 



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