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STONE BALANCING

The Power of Balance 

The Power of Balance: Stone Sculptures for Your Garden
Saturday, May 30, 9:30 a.m. - noon OR 1:30 p.m. - 4 p.m.
Peter Juhl, stone balancing artist

Back by popular demand! Turn rocks pulled from a garden plot into works of art and garden features. Stone-sculpture artist Peter Juhl's magical and exquisite balanced stone sculptures will dazzle you. He will demonstrate how to balance three or more rocks in seemingly impossible fashion without the aid of bolts, duct tape, or glue. Then he'll guide you through the steps to create your own balanced rock sculpture. You'll never look at stones in the same way again. You'll leave grounded, refreshed, and able to repeat your balancing act at home in your garden and elsewhere. (Peter will bring rocks to practice with in class.)  Includes Arboretum admission, Visitor Center, Limit 24

REGISTER Sold out. Register for the 8/22 session, below! 
9:30 a.m. - noon
$42 member/$55 non-member,
includes Arboretum admission
 
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Sold out. Register for the 8/22 session, below! 
 1:30 p.m. - 4 p.m. 
$42 member/$55 non-member, includes Arboretum admission 


 The Power of Balance

The Power of Balance: Stone Sculptures for Your Garden
Saturday, August 22, 9:30 a.m. - noon OR 1:30 p.m. - 4 p.m.
Peter Juhl, stone balancing artist, www.temporarysculpture.com


Back by popular demand! Turn rocks pulled from a garden plot into works of art and garden features. Stone-sculpture artist Peter Juhl's magical and exquisite balanced stone sculptures will dazzle you. He will demonstrate how to balance three or more rocks in seemingly impossible fashion without the aid of bolts, duct tape, or glue. Then he'll guide you through the steps to create your own balanced rock sculpture. You'll never look at stones in the same way again. You'll leave grounded, refreshed, and able to repeat your balancing act at home in your garden and elsewhere. (Peter will bring rocks to practice with in class.)   Includes Arboretum admission, Visitor Center, Limit 24

register

9:30 a.m. - noon (200-08-22-15)
$42 member/$55 non-member,
includes Arboretum admission 

1:30 p.m. - 4 p.m. (200-08-22-15-02)
$42 member/$55 non-member, includes Arboretum admission

 The Power of Balance

Stone Balance Master Class: Intermediate to Advanced (200-09-12-15-02)
Saturday, September 12, 9:30 a.m. - noon
Peter Juhl, stone balancing artist, www.temporarysculpture.com


New, by request! Take your rock balancing to the next level. You'll increase your confidence and skills with additional rocks, new base configurations, and an intermediate level of instruction. Prerequisite: The Power of Balance: Stone Sculptures for Your Garden or equivalent novice balancing experience. (Peter will bring rocks to practice with in class.)  Includes Arboretum admission, Visitor Center, Limit 24

register $42 member/$55 non-member, includes Arboretum admission 

WRITING AND LITERATURE


Books in the Garden 

Books in the Garden with Toni McNaron: Nature As Character (100-04-08-15)
Wednesdays, April 8, May 13 5/13 will be rescheduled - date TBD, June 10, July 8, August 12 and September 9, Noon - 1:30 p.m.
Toni McNaron, Award-winning University of Minnesota professor emerita of English

Landscape and setting have such an influence on our lives they often stand as their own characters in the literature we love to read. Join our thriving "book club" to expand your mind and meet new people. Read and explore several titles chosen by Toni that offer fascinating views of nature and how it affects several beloved characters in books familiar as well as new. Consider how the land has an impact on our lives and how we as humans have both tried to tame it and have been tamed by it. You'll delve into why the author decided to put nature at the heart of the writing. You'll leave refreshed by the congenial spirit of book lovers and keen
insights into the words and images. Price includes all six Wednesday sessions.

April 8: Kate Chopin's The Awakening
May 13: Thomas Hardy's Far from the Madding Crowd
June 10: Willa Cather's O Pioneers!
July 8: Loren Eiseley's The Immense Journey
August 12: Edith Wharton's Summer
September 9: Scott Momaday's House Made of Dawn

These books are easily available in libraries or can be custom ordered for you by the Arboretum Bookstore. Limit 24, Snyder Building - Fireplace Room

register $98 member/$130 non-member for the 6 sessions, includes Arboretum admission
 

 Flash Writing
Photo Credit: Mark MacLennan (APS)

"Flash Writing" on the Inspiration Tram (100-05-30-15)
Saturday, May 30, 4 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.
Jeannie Hanson, published nature and science writer, writing coach

Canceled. $38 member/$50 non-member, includes Arboretum admission 

 ABC

Writing an ABC Plant Book for Grown-Ups (100-07-18-15)
Saturday, July 18, 10 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.
Jeannie Hanson, published nature and science writer, writing coach

Participants of this class will begin the process of creating a botanical "abcedary." The "abcedary" is an old form of writing, often a simple A-B-C for children learning their alphabets. Adult writers use this creative art form as a prompt and inspiration for their own writing. You'll learn about this time-honored literary and fine-art format, then you'll explore how you can adapt it for your own creative writing. To get inspired, the class will begin by exploring the Arboretum's new K Is for Kiss Me Over the Garden Gate exhibit, using beautiful botanical images curated from the Andersen Horticultural Library. Next you'll choose an image for each of your letters (copies of the exhibit's images will be available for you to use, or bring your own "alphabet letter" images) for use in your own abcedary. In the final step, you'll write a short piece about your connection to that {botanical} image. By the end of class, you'll be well on your way towards completing a beautiful, personalized abcedary! Limit 24, Visitor Center

register $38 member/$50 non-member, includes Arboretum admission 

 Memoir
Credit: Walk Stoneburner (Flikr)

Writing Your Memoir: Inspiration from Nature (100-07-25-15)
Saturday, July 25, 10 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Jeannie Hanson, published nature and science writer, writing coach

Whether you've started a memoir or plan to write one someday, this class will launch you into creative remembering and writing using sensory experiences in
nature as prompts for your writing. We'll stroll to two of the Arboretum's nearby gardens to use sound, sight, touch and smell and taste as springboards into your personal memories of nature, then we'll use the garden for our writing "studio." Reading aloud may follow the writing session. After the class, you'll be more confident in your own writing voice and its strength in conveying your message through nature and sensory language. Limit 24, Snyder Building

register $38 member/$50 non-member, includes Arboretum admission 


 Watercolor Plein Air
Photo Credit: Mark MacLennan (APS)

Watercolor: Plein Air Intensive (100-06-06-15)
Saturday, June 6, 9:30 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Carlyn Iverson, botanical artist and illustrator for more than 200 textbooks and publications
Level: All levels

Working as an artist out of doors has its benefits. Capturing the light and color accurately in a scene is the strength of plein air watercolor. This class will show you how to capture a scene quickly with line and watercolor. Working with brush types, water use, color palettes, various papers, wash technique and dry brush, we will establish a foundation painting that can be brought indoors for further development. You'll leave with breathtaking finished work and skills to use in the future. Bring your own lunch or purchase at the Arboretum Restaurant.

Suppy List

Limit 15, Visitor Center

register $99 member/$115 non-member, includes Arboretum admission 

 Watercolor Macro
Photo Credit: Dominicotine (Flikr)

Watercolor Macro Workshop: Search Out the Small and Delicate (100-06-11-15)
Thursday, June 11 and 18, 6:30 p.m. - 9 p.m.
Carlyn Iverson, botanical artist and illustrator for more than 200 textbooks and publications
Level: Beginner to Intermediate

Bring breathtaking detail and new richness to your watercolor technique! Working with acclaimed botanical illustrator Carlyn Iverson, you'll first prepare a rich resource of detailed sketches based on botanical treasures found at the Arboretum. You'll then get practice and learn special techniques in transferring your work to a final sketch, and then render exquisite detail using watercolors. Further combine watercolor and colored pencil to bring in a variety of color and textural interest to your subjects. Explore how blending these media provides a rich presentation of the textures and colors of the delicate objects found in nature. Leave the class with new pieces about which you can be proud and with honed skills to use in the future.

Supply List

Limit 15, Visitor Center

register $99 member/$115 non-member, includes Arboretum admission 

 Field Sketching
Credit: Carlyn Iverson

Field Sketching with Pencil and Carbon Dust (100-07-16-15)
Thursday, July 16 and 23, 6:30 p.m. - 9 p.m.
Carlyn Iverson, botanical artist and illustrator for more than 200 textbooks and publications
Level: Beginner to Intermediate

Begin your adventure in field sketching by exploring objects with texture at the Arboretum using the eye of the artist. Then you'll refine your focus and select a subject to portray in more detail. You'll prepare detailed sketches, transfer selected sketches to a final sketch, and the delve into rendering detail using the magic of carbon dust as explained and demonstrated by acclaimed botanical illustrator Carlyn Iverson. Carbon dust is a turn of the 19th century technique that is easy to use and beautiful to view. With simple tools of carbon and graphite, stump and eraser, the technique captures the rich tones and sparkling highlights of the subject beingportrayed. You'll be thrilled with the results and relish the time spent experiencing this forgiving and flexible medium that brings three-dimensional depth to your subject.

Supply List

Limit 15, Visitor Center

register $99 member/$115 non-member, includes Arboretum admission 

 Watercolor Vellum
Credit: Carlyn Iverson

Watercolor Painting on Vellum Two-Day Intensive Workshop (100-09-19-15)
Saturday, September 19, 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. AND Sunday, September 20, 2015, 1 p.m. - 5 p.m.
Carlyn Iverson, botanical artist and illustrator for more than 200 textbooks and publications
Level: Intermediate to Advanced

You've been wanting to try your hand at painting on vellum, but have been a little intimidated to take the first step. In this new fine art class with popular instructor Carlyn Iverson, start painting on vellum with confidence and success. Following the methods of traditional botanical painting, explore the science and aesthetics of painting on vellum, a natural material made from hides that has been used for centuries as a painting surface that withstands the test of time. You will learn time-proven techniques for how to render on this amazing surface in watercolors and explore the use of color harmony systems. You will sketch on vellum, prepare the initial washes, use gum arabic for glazing, and apply brush detailing. Ample subject material from the Arboretum will be on-hand, including live plant "models" from the greenhouse. During the Saturday portion of the class, you will take a rare insider-tour of the Andersen Horticultural Library to view precious botanical art treasures rarely brought out from careful storage. Vellum included in the class fee. Bring your own lunch or purchase at the Arboretum Restaurant.

Supply List

Limit 15, Visitor Center

register $198 member/$230 non-member, includes Arboretum admission, vellum, and insider tour of the Andersen Horticultural Library 

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. You can also view the Spring/Summer 2015 Classes Catalog  to see the full class offerings and use the registration form.

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.

Art Exhibit and Sale: All 2015 Arboretum Fine Art and Photography class participants are invited to participate in the Arboretum Student Exhibit and Sale, date TBD December2015. Details and registration coming soon!