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 Holiday Wreath

Holiday Wreath Making (100­-12-­03-­16)
Saturday, December 3, 9:30 a.m. - noon
Laura Vogel, Arboretum Adult Education Programs Manager

Where better to create a show­-stopping evergreen wreath than an Arboretum? Laura will show you the steps to creating a full, botanically diverse wreath on a wire frame, using fresh materials cut just for you. While you make your masterpiece, learn about the beautiful shrubs and trees the branches came from to gain additional inspiration for your winter landscape. Give your wreath finishing touches with the addition of cones, pods, fruit, and perhaps even a pomander ball! You will go home with a beautiful creation that will welcome visitors throughout the holiday season, and the skills needed to make more wreaths in the future. All supplies are included in the fee. Bring gloves and pruners, and dress for sap!

Limit 24, Tashjian Bee and Pollination Discovery Center

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$89 member/$99 non­member,
includes Arboretum admission and supplies for one wreath plus one pomander
 
 Terrariums

Terrariums: An Ecosystem in Miniature (100-­02-­18-­17)
Saturday, February 18, 9:30 a.m. -­ noon
Jessica Heimer, horticulturist, Assistant Manager and Plant Buyer at Mother Earth Gardens

Jessica will help you build your own little ecosystem that will sustain itself with a minimum of care year­-round. The terrarium is enclosed and can sit on a tabletop to create a welcome, verdant focal point for your home! You are invited to bring a child or grandchild (suggested age 5 and up)-- terrariums are suited to small hands and can introduce children to plant ecology (without anyone realizing that it's science...). Containers with lids, three plants plus cuttings, moss, gravel, charcoal, gravel, decorative river rock, and a small accessory will be provided.
Bring shears, gloves, a small hand trowel and, if you wish, your own special accessory, and dress for greenhouse work.
Limit 24, Learning Center

register $75 member/$90 non-­member, includes Arboretum admission and supplies for one terrarium 

 Kokedama

Creating Kokedama (100­-03-­11-­17)
Saturday, March 11, 9 a.m. ­- 11:30 a.m.
Jessica Heimer, horticulturist, Assistant Manager and Plant Buyer at Mother Earth Gardens

Kokedama is a Japanese variant of bonsai, in which live moss is essentially used as a container for another plant. These moss balls can hold many types of houseplants, from ferns to orchids. They are equally beautiful displayed on a table or suspended by your window and are easy to care for. Join Jessica to learn more about this unique display technique, and then follow along step by step in creating your own kokedama to take home. Includes handout with background, instructions and directions for care. Bring gloves and scissors, if desired.
Limit 24, Learning Center

register $75 member/$90 non­member, includes Arboretum admission and all supplies

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

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Open Studio

Photo credit: Seregam/Shuttestock

Arboretum Art Open Studio: Your place to create and converge! (125-01-03-17)
Tuesdays, 9 a.m. - 1 p.m., January 3, 2017 through Tuesday March 28, 2017
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 Lundie-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
 

Tropical Pastel

Photo credit: Carlyn Iverson

Pastel: The Art of Tropical Birds (125-01-28-17)
Saturday, January 28, 2017 10:00 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Carlyn Iverson, internationally acclaimed botanical artist and illustrator for more than 200 textbooks and publications, National Geographic Scientific Illustrator and NOAA artist. Lifelong Arboretum devotee.
Level: All levels
Choose one session or all three to explore pastels, watercolors and/or acrylics. A different bird will be rendered in each of the three separate classes, using photographs (or if luck permits, the possibility of live tropical birds). The brilliant, saturated color palette of these exquisite creates will be an important focus of each class and are sure to cure your cabin fever. By closely examining how feathers display color, your understanding of these creatures and ability to render them more accurately is enhanced. Allow yourself to relax and be expertly guided through these mediums with step-by-step instruction as you experience the joy-filled art process. Your take-home work will reflect your own unique style. Come to the Arboretum with friends, or make new ones, at these unique tropical getaways in the middle of Minnesota's winter - shorts and flowered shirts optional. Supply list

The pastel class offers the artist luscious velvety textures. The deep rich colors achieve a splendid luminosity perfectly suited to tropical birds. Limit 20, Oswald Visitor Center

register $74 member / $87 non-member, includes Arboretum admission
bundle Bundle and save! Bundle all three Art of Tropical Birds: Watercolor, Pastel and Acrylic for $199 member/ $235 nonmember

Tropical Watercolor

Photo credit: Carlyn Iverson

Watercolor: The Art of Tropical Birds (125-02-04-17)
Saturday, February 4, 2017 10:00 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Carlyn Iverson, internationally acclaimed botanical artist and illustrator for more than 200 textbooks and publications, National Geographic Scientific Illustrator and NOAA artist. Lifelong Arboretum devotee.
Level: All levels
Choose one session or all three to explore pastels, watercolors and/or acrylics. A different bird will be rendered in each of the three separate classes, using photographs (or if luck permits, the possibility of live tropical birds). The brilliant, saturated color palette of these exquisite creates will be an important focus of each class and are sure to cure your cabin fever. By closely examining how feathers display color, your understanding of these creatures and ability to render them more accurately is enhanced. Allow yourself to relax and be expertly guided through these mediums with step-by-step instruction as you experience the joy-filled art process. Your take-home work will reflect your own unique style. Come to the Arboretum with friends, or make new ones, at these unique tropical getaways in the middle of Minnesota's winter - shorts and flowered shirts optional. Supply list

Feel the energy and immediacy of this paint process. Light shoots through your brushstroke of color dissolving forms and offering the most serendipitous of moments. Limit 20, Oswald Visitor Center

register $74 member/ $87 non-member, includes Arboretum admission
bundle Bundle and save! Bundle all three Art of Tropical Birds: Watercolor, Pastel and Acrylic for $199 member/ $235 nonmember


Inspiration photo by Al Whitaker

Paint & Pairings: Winter Splendor & Chocolate Pairings (125-02-10-17)
Friday, February 10th, 6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
Georgia Kandiko, professional award-winning artist and educator.
LEVEL: All Levels

Paint a seasonal scene with the Arboretum as your muse and inspired pairings as a fun way to make new friends. Join others in a relaxed indoor setting as you are guided step-by-step through the painting process in a fun, friendly atmosphere...from blank canvas to completed masterpiece! These classes are always filled with lots of laughter and learning as Georgia ensures you leave not only with a beautiful scene but also enhanced knowledge of painting with acrylics. Bring a friend, make it a date night or come to make new friends. No painting experience required!

Paint a crisp winter day at the Arboretum while surrounded by new friends and sampling chocolate! As Georgia guides you step-by-step to create your masterpiece, you will also be educated and inspired as you learn the history and legend surrounding chocolate. Please your palette with paint and your palate with chocolate for a fun night to remember! 
Limit 20, Learning Center

register $69 member/$89 non-member, includes several types of chocolate, Arboretum admission, all art supplies, encouraging setting.

Tropical Acrylic

Photo credit: Carlyn Iverson

Acrylic: The Art of Tropical Birds (125-02-11-17)
Saturday, February 11, 2017 10:00 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Carlyn Iverson, internationally acclaimed botanical artist and illustrator for more than 200 textbooks and publications, National Geographic Scientific Illustrator and NOAA artist. Lifelong Arboretum devotee.
Level: All levels
Choose one session or all three to explore pastels, watercolors and/or acrylics. A different bird will be rendered in each of the three separate classes, using photographs (or if luck permits, the possibility of live tropical birds). The brilliant, saturated color palette of these exquisite creates will be an important focus of each class and are sure to cure your cabin fever. By closely examining how feathers display color, your understanding of these creatures and ability to render them more accurately is enhanced. Allow yourself to relax and be expertly guided through these mediums with step-by-step instruction as you experience the joy-filled art process. Your take-home work will reflect your own unique style. Come to the Arboretum with friends, or make new ones, at these unique tropical getaways in the middle of Minnesota's winter - shorts and flowered shirts optional. Supply list

Work with a brilliant, fast drying medium that can be applied in the thinnest of glazes or layered thickly like oil paints. In addition to a rainbow of vibrant colors, this paint is very durable and doesn't crack or fade. Limit 20, Oswald Visitor Center

register $74 member / $87 non-member, includes Arboretum admission
bundle Bundle and save! Bundle all three Art of Tropical Birds: Watercolor, Pastel and Acrylic for $199 member/ $235 nonmember

 sketchbooks
credit Pam Luer

Nature Sketchbooks: A Visual Journal (125-02-16-17)
Thursdays, 10 a.m. - 12:30 p.m., February 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.
All levels encouraged to attend

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. Limit 12, Snyder Building: Meyers-Deats Conservatory and Tea Room
Supply list 

register $64 member/$89 non-member, includes both sessions and Arboretum admission
 

 Watercolor Spring

Watercolor: Early Spring Bloomers (125-02-18-17)
Saturdays, 9:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m., February 18, February 25, March 4 and March 11
Georgia Kandiko, Signature member MN Watercolor Society with 30 years of teaching and painting experience
Level: Beginner
Celebrate the coming spring in this 4-class series that will guide you through the process of creating a series of four uniquely beautiful 12" x 12" watercolor paintings of early blooming plants featuring snow drops, siberian squill, daffodils and tulips. Georgia is known for being able to coax the best out of every student by giving insights and direction to assist each individual. You will discover your own artistic talent, be encouraged, and meet new, artistic friends through the series. There is no need to frame this finished product. The watercolor paper is affixed to canvas with archival materials, then sprayed with a UV protectant and finished with a coat of wax for durability for a fresh contemporary look. Hang the four together in a grid, or give individual pieces away as special gifts. Limit 16, Snyder Building (Fireplace Room)

register 3 spots left
All four classes for $139 member/$152 non-member,
includes Arboretum admission and all supplies for each class  

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WRITING AND LITERATURE


 Books in the Garden

Books in the Garden: Fall Potpourri (100-­10­-12­-16)
Second Wednesdays October thru­ December, noon ­ 1:30 p.m.
October 12, November 9, December 14
Toni McNaron, Ph.D., award-­winning professor emerita of English, University of Minnesota

Relax and enjoy three books different from one another and all worth our attention. In October, read Sara Stein's immensely influential book, Noah's Garden, in which she gives advice on how to make our backyard gardens more environmentally friendly. In November, enter a fanciful world based in a garden, written by Peter Reynolds and entitled Rose's Garden. And in December, as our weather begins to turn colder, we'll listen to Tara Heavey tell us about a resplendent winter garden in her book entitled Winter Bloom. Then this class will hibernate until next April when we and the world around us once again blooms.

Limit 24, NEW LOCATION! Carlson Dining Room, located behind the Arboretum Cafe

register $49 member/$65 non-­member for the 3 sessions, includes Arboretum admission

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STONE BALANCING

stones

The Power of Balance: Stone Sculptures for your Garden
Saturday, February 11, 9:30 a.m. -­ noon (100-­02­-11-­17)
OR
Saturday, February 11, 1 p.m. -­ 3:30 p.m. (100­-02-­11-­17-­02)

Peter Juhl, stone balancing artist, www.temporarysculpture.com

Get balanced! Dazzle your friends with a new skill that looks like magic, but 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, and learn about design, composition, and 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, Tashjian Bee and Pollination Discovery Center

register Saturday, February 11, 9:30 a.m. -­ noon
$42 member/$55 non-­member,
includes Arboretum admission
register Saturday, February 11, 1 p.m. -­ 3:30 p.m.
$42 member/$55 non-­member,
includes Arboretum admission

To Register for Class

To register online, click on the "Register" button listed with the class. Or call 612-301-1210 to register by phone. 

Questions?
Call 612-301-1210
or email: ArbEdu@umn.edu

Cancellation Policy
Registration cancellations must be made two weeks prior to class date in order to receive refund. A $5 processing fee will apply.

December Art Exhibit and Sale
Due to a special Exhibit, the "Artistry of Nature" student show and sale will not happen in 2016. Thank you for your understanding.