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

Japanese Weaving - SAORI

Saturday, February 16, 2019
noon - 3 p.m.

Chiaki OBrien, 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. All supplies will be provided to make and bring home a completed weaving. 

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. There are no food facilities near this classroom so feel free to bring your own snack and beverage. 

Limit 10, Tashjian Bee and Pollinator Discovery Center - McVay Learning Lab

1 spot open.
Saturday, February 16, 2019
noon - 3 p.m.

$89 member/$119 non-member, includes Arboretum admission

Pam Luer

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

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. 

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)


  • 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

Sold outt. Add your name to the waitlist and/or register for a different workshop with Pam Luer, below!
$79 member/$99 non-member
, includes Arboretum admission

$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

Saturday, March 23, 2019
10 a.m. - 4 p.m
Linda Tay'nahza', 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.

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


Paper Artistry: Crepe Paper Single Form Peony

Saturday, March 23
10 a.m. - 1 p.m.

Anna Gaseitsiwe, A featured artist and instructor creating one of a kind paper plant and flower creations inspired by the natural world



No experience necessary
All supplies included

Just in time for spring, join Anna Gaseitsiwe, of St. Paul-based 'A Paper Florist', to create incredibly life-like paper single form peonies using high quality German crepe paper. Learn all about how you can use crepe paper, glue, and wire to sculpt and form beautiful paper shapes that mimic real botanicals - inspired by the endless gardens of the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum. In this workshop you will receive all of the materials necessary to create one peony in class with instruction from Anna. You will also receive materials to make an additional peony at home using your newly developed skills along with written instructions and other paper flower resources. You can select one of two color options for your handcrafted peony or choose both for variety!

Limit 20, Tashjian Bee and Pollinator Discovery Center - McVay Learning Lab

$59 member/$74 non-member, includes Arboretum admission and all supplies



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