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 nature sketch book
credit Pam Luer

Nature Sketchbooks: A Visual Journal in the Arboretum with Pam (125-09-09-17)
Saturdays, 9 a.m. - noon, September 9, 16 & 23
Pam Luer, artist and instructor for nearly 20 years; her art has been licensed onto products sold at Target, Crate & Barrel, Bed Bath & Beyond, and other retailers

Level: All levels
The sketchbook has long been favored as a visual journal by natural artists for its portability, flexibility and the freedom to experiment. This three-session workshop will allow you to take your art with you-in your backyard, to the park, or on your next vacation. All you need is a love of nature, an inquisitive eye, and a few carefully selected drawing tools! Each session will include a walk with a naturalist, who will help sharpen your observational skills as you explore the flora and fauna of the Arboretum. Additionally, with Pam's expert artistic guidance, participants will learn to observe and draw in new ways while expanding their understanding of the natural world. Put skills to use right away and enjoy the rewards of documenting the everyday beauty that is all around.
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
Limit 12, Classroom II, Snyder Building*
*NOTE that the September 16 class will take place in the Tea Room, Snyder Building

register 4 spots left
$99 member/$159 non-member,
includes Arboretum admission for all three sessions
 

 
Open Studio
FALL/WINTER
Photo credit: Seregam/Shuttestock
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

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*
*NOTE that the Oct 17 session will take place in the Fireplace Room, located on the second level above the Tea Room

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

big oak
photo: Mark MacLennan 

Drawing Skills Clinic: Big Oaks and Other Giants of the Forest (125-10-21-17-02)
Saturday, October 21, 9:00 a.m. - noon
Holly Nelson, award-winning artist and experienced teacher who has exhibited in more than 50 solo and group exhibitions

Level: All levels
Drawing is the foundation of many art processes. Join Holly as she delves into the fundamentals of drawing using trees as the muse. Class will begin with an introduction to drawing techniques using forgiving materials such as charcoal and newsprint - then move to pastels. Walk along the inspiring trails of the Arboretum to seek out the largest and oldest specimens, and learn some history and science in the process. By the end of the class you will have an increased appreciation for the beauty and complexity of these species, and a solid understanding of the essentials for drawing just about any specimen using a wide range of drawing materials. Dress for the weather and a messy, fun art class... don't forget your sturdy walking shoes!
Limit 12, Learning Center

register $69 member/ $89 non-member Includes Arboretum admission and all materials
 

colored pencil
Swallowtail Garden Seeds_Flikr 

Colored Pencil: You Can Draw Realistic Seasonal Botanicals (125-11-25-17)
Saturday, November 25, 10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Carlyn Iverson, internationally acclaimed botanical artist and illustrator for more than 200 textbooks and publications, National Geographic Scientific Illustrator and NOAA artist

Level: Beginner
Have you ever wondered how botanical artists make plants look so realistic? Join Carlyn and other beginning artists to learn how as you try your hand at capturing seasonal botanicals in colored pencil. Carlyn provides an approachable, step-by-step process that will give you the basic skills and confidence to render seasonal botanicals in a realistic fashion. She will teach you techniques for achieving deep shadows and bright highlights which are an integral part to the realism of your subject. You will leave with an understanding of botanical drawing, two of your own drawings and a set of professional colored pencils to continue your artistic journey.
Limit 24, Tashjian Bee and Pollinator Discovery Center

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

colored pencil 

Colored Pencil: A Cornucopia of Color (125-11-25-17-02)
Saturday, November 25, 2:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Carlyn Iverson, internationally acclaimed botanical artist and illustrator for more than 200 textbooks and publications, National Geographic Scientific Illustrator and NOAA artist

Level: All Levels
Carlyn provides a friendly, approachable, step-by-step process that will give you the basic skills and confidence to render gourds, pumpkins and squash using the versatile medium of colored pencils. To enhance your technique, drawing principles will be covered including line, color, texture and values. You can bring your own supplies from home from the suggested supply list or let us provide the materials for you. You will leave with new skills, your own fall drawing(s) and fall inspirations you will be proud to share!
Limit 24, Tashjian Bee and Pollinator Discovery Center

register $59 members/$81 non-members, includes Arboretum admission
$74 members/$96 non-members, includes Arboretum admission and all supplies
 


WINTER
Arboretum Art Open Studio: Your place to create and converge! (125-01-09-18)
WINTER SERIES
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
 

hummingbird
Ann Solyst 

Pastel: Hummingbird (125-01-13-18)
Saturday, January 13, 10:00 a.m. -1:00 p.m.
Ann Solyst, award winning painter and illustrator, recently published illustrations include "Peter the Slug and the Great Forest Race" by Peter Schultz

Explore the versatility of chalk pastels while learning how to draw an adorable Ruby-throated Hummingbird. Although sometimes overlooked, chalk pastel is a portable, dynamic medium with a painterly quality akin to oil painting. Whether you are familiar with chalk pastel or you have never picked up a pastel in your life, this class will provide you with helpful techniques to explore this medium. Ann will begin with demonstration of and experimentation with pastel techniques. Then you and your fellow artists will focus on creating a refined drawing, balancing line, color and composition. The small class size will allow one-on-one attention from Ann and the ability to draw at your own pace. You will leave with a finished piece, and supplies to continue working with pastels at home including eight pastel colors, professional paper, sketchbook, pencils, blending stump and kneading eraser.
Limit 14, Oswald Visitor Center

register $59 member/$82 non-member, includes Arboretum admission and all supplies (value $25)  

orchid
Lucie Bilodeau 

Pastel: Exquisite Orchids (125-02-03-18)
Saturday, February 3, 9:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Carlyn Iverson, internationally acclaimed botanical artist and illustrator for more than 200 textbooks and publications, National Geographic Scientific Illustrator and NOAA artist

Level: All levels
This fun, low-cost class allows you an opportunity to try out a new medium or technique at low cost and time commitment. Pastels are a perfect medium to capture the bold shapes and hues in the Arboretum's tropical orchid display in peak bloom! Carlyn will introduce you to the medium of pastels, an overview of drawing composition and techniques, and offer guidance as you capture the beauty of an orchid species in pastel. See supply list at arboretum.umn.edu.
Limit 24, Snyder Building

register $39 member/$62 non-member, includes Arboretum admission
 

nature sketchbook 

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, 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
 


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