Mixed Media
Classes & Workshops

Create art inspired by nature using a variety of natural materials and products.


Japanese Weaving: SAORI

(125-07-14-18)
Saturday, July 14
9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. 

Chiaki O'Brien, SAORI Certified Instructor; former instructor at SAORI head office in Japan

No experience necessary
Create a delightful hand-made gift for yourself or a loved one as you enjoy a relaxing weaving experience. SAORI weaving is a gentle, mindful and meditative process which emphasizes improvisation and creative expression. This contemporary weaving method founded in Japan in 1968, literally means "weaving with individual dignity." It is a meditative art form where the weaver finds themselves completely absorbed and fully immersed into the weaving in front of them. The elegantly simple foot powered loom is perfect for beginners who are freed from traditional rules and regulations employed in weaving. There are no mistakes--only opportunities and discoveries using techniques that are shared with the group. The end result is a one-of-a-kind textile, perhaps a scarf, table runner or wall hanging. Weather permitting, these classes may be held outdoors to enjoy the peacefulness and beauty of the Arboretum's natural surroundings. All supplies will be provided to make and bring home a completed weaving. After class, stroll through the new "Origami in the Garden" summer exhibit to gain a deeper appreciation of Japanese-inspired art and aesthetics. 

SUGGESTED (OPTIONAL)
 bring any personal items you may wish to be woven into the work, such as handspun yarn, strips of fabric, feathers, or sticks 
Limit 9

Sold out, add your name to the waitlist
Saturday, July 14
9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

Snyder Building - Tea Room Terrace (outside, weather permitting)
$89 member/$119 non-member, includes Arboretum admission and all supplies
register

 
Linda Conroy

Coiled Basketry: Pine Needles, Sweet Grass and Broom Corn

(200-08-24-18)
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) or purchase food/beverage from the Arboretum Cafe.
Limit 20, Snyder Building - Tea Room 

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


Jean Manrique

Eco-Print Table Runner

(125-08-25-18)
Saturday, August 25
10 a.m. - 1 p.m.

DATE/TIME CHANGE
NEW DATE: Saturday, August 18, 10 a.m. - 1 p.m.

Jean Manrique, Experienced high end fiber artist and instructor specializing in natural dyes and eco printing.

No experience necessary
Dress your home with the natural beauty of the Arboretum, permanently impressed in a lovely silk noil table runner. Accompany the instructor through the Arboretum grounds to find just the right combination of leaves and blossoms to create your unique art work. This natural sustainable process is possible due to the unique anatomy of the leaves and requires no external dyes, inks or paints. You will explore the chemistry of the plants you choose to use and learn the sustainable methods of harvesting materials for this art form. In the classroom, Jean will introduce the artistic elements of composition, design and color as you create the masterpiece for your home. Your final product is produced by bundling and steaming to extract pigment. As something unexpected and beautiful emerges from the bundle, the result seems magical. A final washing and ironing completes the process. This small class ensures one-on-one attention as you work through your project from start to finish. All materials are included to create and take home a one-of-a-kind table runner. Come dressed for a nature walk and prepared to have fun! 

OPTIONAL BRING-YOUR-OWN FOLIAGE LIST

SUGGESTED (OPTIONAL): Bring your own favorite leaves from home; see supply list for suggestions
Limit 12, Marion Andrus Learning Center - Inside a Plant Lab

$99 member/$119 non-memberincludes Arboretum admission and all supplies
register


Leslie Granbeck

Felted Slippers

(125-09-08-18)
Saturday, September 8
10 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Leslie Granbeck, Minneapolis-based feltmaker and instructor whose classes are full of color, creativity and adventure, www.fiberenvy.net

No experience necessary
Custom-made, cozy and warm, felted slippers are great for the colder months ahead!. Using fine, soft Corriedale wool provides long silky fibers that feel smooth next to your skin. Learn to layer colorful wool fibers over a custom pattern made from your own feet. Then, explore traditional wet felting techniques and transform the fibers into durable felted slippers. Perhaps you will want to decorate with a variety of plant fibers available such as bamboo, rose, corn and silk. You can even make them reversible! We're on our feet a lot in felting classes, some physical stamina is needed. All supplies included to create and take home one pair of slippers. 

BRING FROM HOME:2-3 hand towels, 2 old bath towels, sharp scissors, pair of flip flops (or similar) to wear between "fittings" and a plastic bag to carry home wet items. 

SUGGESTED (OPTIONAL): apron, bag lunch as the Bee Center has no food options on-site.

Limit 12, Tashjian Bee and Pollinator Discovery Center - Honey House

$99 member/$139 non-memberincludes Arboretum admission and all supplies
register 

 
Jean Manrique

Make Your Own Eco-Print on Paper

(125-09-22-18)
Saturday, September 22
9:00 a.m. - noon

Jean Manrique, Experienced high end fiber artist and instructor specializing in natural dyes and eco printing.

No experience necessary
Preserve the foliage of summer and fall in a decorative, sustainable way! Achieve incredible designs and color directly from nature and infuse them on paper through a steaming and bundling process called Eco Print on Paper. Start with a relaxing walk around the Arboretum grounds scouting out leaves and flowers and finish with a unique gift from nature. With the expert help of Jean Manrique you will be able to figure out which leaves and blooms provide the most stunning results. Through the "mordant" process, you prepare the paper to accept pigments from plants followed by a steam process which allows the natural colors of the plans to permanently transfer. When your uniquely custom paper is complete, you will learn how to turn your pieces into framed art or cards. Plants will be gathered at Arboretum or (if desired) brought from home. 

BRING FROM HOME: rags and old absorbent towels, paper towels and a roll of aluminum foil. 

SUGGESTED (OPTIONAL): Colorful blooms and foliage from home. Most any will do!

Limit 15, Marion Andrus Learning Center - Garden Lab 

$59 member/$84 non-memberincludes Arboretum admission and all supplies except for the requested "bring from home" items listed 
register


Leslie Granbeck

Felted Luminarias

125-11-03-18-01
Saturday, November 3, 2018
10 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.

Leslie Granbeck, Minneapolis-based feltmaker and instructor whose classes are full of color, creativity and adventure, www.fiberenvy.net

Add a warm glow to the holiday season with pretty, felted luminarias. Learn traditional wet felting techniques using wool and a little soapy water. Add texture and other design embellishments using a variety of natural materials. Your luminarias are the perfect accent for the mantle, dinner table, or any spot that needs a little soft illumination. they make lovely gifts as well. 

BRING FROM HOME: A bag lunch (food/beverage is NOT available for purchase at the Bee Center), 2-3 hand towels, 1 old bath towel, scissors and plastic bag to carry home wet items. Optional: apron. 

Limit 12, Tashjian Bee and Pollinator Discovery Center - Honey House

$79 member/$109 non-member, includes Arboretum admission and all supplies


Jennifer Shea Hedberg 

Making Finnish Glass Ice Lanterns

200-11-17-18
Saturday, November 17, 2018
10 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.

Jennifer Shea Hedberg, "The Ice Wrangler" and founder of Wintercraft, ice luminary artist 

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. Note that this is a how-to class, but you will not leave with a completed ice lantern--you will be able to make as many as you like in the convenience of your home! For adults and youth (ages 16 and up). 
Limit 30, Marion Andrus Learning Center - Garden Lab

$59 member/$82 non-member, includes Arboretum admission and all supplies
register 



Georgia Kandiko 

Collage Using Watercolor, Acrylic & Found Materials

125-11-14-18
Wednesday, November 14, 2018
9:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.

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

Level: No experience necessary
Collage gets its name from the French word for glue and describes a broad range of art-making techniques that rely on re-appropriating previously made images and found materials into new compositions. Made popular by Picasso and Braque in 1912, collage revolutionized modern art in the 20th Century. This workshop's collage will use magazine images, "loose swishy watercolor," creatively applied collage materials, and acrylic paint. FeCel free to bring in your own images that resonate with you or use the seed catalogs and gardening magazines we provide for an authentically Arboretum feel. Plenty of time will be allowed to practice new techniques, evaluate design and make new friends. At the end of class you will have 4 small paintings which can be displayed independently or look lovely grouped on the 8 x 10 canvas provided. Just bring yourself; all supplies included to make multimedia collage pieces ready to hang at home!

BRING FROM HOME
This is a long class that takes place over the lunch hour. Please bring lunch, beverages and/or snacks you may need. (The Visitor Center Cafe will have food/beverage available for purchase)

Limit 16, Oswald Visitor Center - Azalea Classroom

COUPON
Register for 2 or more select Abstract Art classes with instructor Georgia Kandiko 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.

Abstract Art classes that Apply:
Mixed Media - Collage Using Watercolor, Acrylic & Found Materials (11/14/18)
Painting - Acrylic Abstract Workshop (1/23/19)
Painting - Watercolor Semi-Abstract & Abstract Workshop: Apples or Pears (2/13/19)

$79 member/$99 non-member, includes Arboretum admission and all suppplies
register



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Gifts from the Garden:
A Day of Make-and-take Seasonal Gifts

125-12-01-18
Saturday, December 1, 2018
9:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Level: all levels, no experience required!

Grab a friend and spend a day at the Arboretum-- a unique opportunity to learn new skills as you explore a multitude of artistic endeavors. Come away with 3 completed projects made by you, conveniently useful for seasonal gifting.

View projects and learn more at
www.arboretum.umn.edu/giftsfromgarden.aspx

Limit 80, Marion Andrus Learning Center

$99 member/$119 non-memberincludes Arboretum admission and all supplies
Register



Pam Luer

Nature Sketchbooks & Spring Vignettes : All-Day Workshop with Pam Luer

125-02-21-19
Thursday, February 21, 2019
10 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Pam Luer, BFA in Studio Arts from the U of M and full-time artist and instructor for nearly 20 years, licensed product artist at Target, Crate & Barrel, and more

No experience necessary 
Held in the lush oasis of the Meyers-Deats Conservatory as well as the Oswald Visitor Center, this sketchbook workshop "is for anyone who wants to take their art with them-from the backyard, to the park or on their next vacation," explains instructor Pam Luer. Coinciding with the Arboretum Flower Show, the beautifully installed spring floral vignettes are the perfect combination of blooming spring colors, dreamy fragrances and art....and a great February escape from the bleakest days of winter. As an outdoors person and traveling artist, Pam has always favored sketchbooks for their portability, flexibility and the freedom to experiment. Says Pam, "You don't need an easel and a studio to be a satisfied artist, all you need is a love of nature, an inquisitive eye, and a few carefully selected drawing tools. Our goal with sketchbooks is not to create a museum-quality finished piece. It's about using your sketchbook as a visual journal-something you can be inspired by and treasure for years to come. There's no right or wrong answer with a sketch, it's just an artistic impression that helps us capture a moment or catalog an idea for later exploration. Let's go see what's out there."
Either bring your own supplies (see supply list below) or purchase the $60 kit with this order which will be waiting for you on your first day of class. 

BRING FROM HOME
This is a long class that takes place over the lunch hour. Please bring lunch, beverages and/or snacks you may need. (The Visitor Center Cafe will have food/beverage available for purchase)

SUPPLY LIST 

  • Bring your own, or purchase a complete supply kit for $60 
  • Sketchbook 9 x 12 or smaller, please be sure the paper has at least 25% cotton.  Some of Pam's favorites include: 
    • Nature Sketchbook by Pentalic, and 
    • Strathmore 400 series Stillman & Birn Dela series. 
  • If you have a variety of watercolor papers, bring them along to experiment with. 
  • Collection of various drawing pencils. 
  • 6B-4H Derwent watercolor pencils, (small collection) 
  • Pentel Art Aquash water brush: you can find these on line, at Michaels and Blicks. They usually come in a set of three. Another option is to bring a couple brushes and a small water container. 
  • Various drawing markers- I prefer a variety of markers that are water soluble and permanent. 
  • Backpack or bag for all your materials. Keep it portable and easy- you'll be moving about with your gear! 
  • If you are a watercolor artist, feel free to bring a tiny palette. 
Limit 12, Oswald Visitor Center - Azalea Classroom

$79 member/$99 non-member, includes Arboretum admission
register

$60 Nature Sketchbook Supply Kit 
(Optional), Supply kit will be waiting for you at the first day of class.



Linda Taynahza

 

Floral Monotypes for Everyone

125-03-23-19
Saturday, March 23, 2019
10 a.m. - 4 p.m
.
Linda Taynahza, Accomplished artist, Longtime Instructor and Printmaker
Level: all levels - Both the first time printmaker and the experienced will enjoy this class!

Monotypes offer a unique experience, the opportunity to draw, paint and print all at once. Working on a small portable etching press and using water-based inks, each student will produce a number of prints during the class session. Applications introduced in class include reworking the plate, chine colle', multiple drops and more. Beautiful plants blooming in the Meyers-Deats Conservatory and live specimens in the classroom will be featured, providing a rich environment and inspiration for creating a print series.

BRING FROM HOME
This is a long class that takes place over the lunch hour. Please bring lunch, beverages and/or snacks you may need. (The Visitor Center Cafe will have food/beverage available for purchase)

Limit 13, Oswald Visitor Center - Azalea Classroom

$74 member/$94 non-member, includes Arboretum admission and all supplies
register 


 

 


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