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Watercolor: Learn to Paint Flowers (125-04-30-16)
Saturday April 30, noon - 4:00 p.m.
Catherine Hearding, Award-winning painter and in-demand instructor throughout the upper Midwest
Level: All Levels
There is no better place to learn or refine watercolor skills than at the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum! With flowers as your muse, you will bring home the beauty of Spring to enjoy all year long. Participants will work from a selection of floral photographs to learn and practice a three-step watercolor process. Techniques taught in class will focus on paint application, values, and color solutions to inspire your imagination and expand the creative possibilities. Catherine is known for her ability to capture light and shadow as well as her use of rich vibrant color; she will teach you how to seamlessly introduce a little bit of sunshine into your work, too! Each student will receive the individual attention they need to feel confident and comfortable in class and for future watercolor projects. You will leave this class with a beautiful finished product as well as skills to practice with "nature's beauty" all summer long. All supplies are provided! Simply show up ready to brighten your day with flowers, fun and friendship.
Limit 24, Snyder Building Classroom 2 (Upstairs, second level)

register Sold out. Add your name to the waitlist!
$99 member/$115 non-member,
includes Arboretum admission, two 11X15 pieces of professional quality watercolor paper, foam core used as backing while painting, watercolor brush and paints.

 chinese flower

Chinese Flower Buds: Botanical Colored Pencil Workshop (125-05-11-16)
Wednesday, May 11, 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Nancy Gehrig, accomplished botanical artist and popular Arboretum instructor. Nancy has exhibited in numerous venues including the NY Botanical Garden, Royal Horticultural Society in London, the Phoenix Art Museum.
LEVEL: All Levels

In honor of the new Hsiao Chinese Garden Walk at the MN Landscape Arboretum, this class will focus on drawing flower buds found in a Chinese Garden. Join other "budding artists" for a classroom drawing experience with an emphasis on plant observation from live specimens as well as exploring the color and capabilities unique to colored pencils. Rich greens and lush petal tones will spring forth as you learn the art of layering from this experienced, hands on instructor. Offering demonstrations of techniques and characteristics of different pencil and papers, Nancy will wow you with the artistic possibilities. The class begins with an introduction to colored pencil methods and Chinese garden plants before students work on their own drawings. A small class size enables a supportive and encouraging environment with new Arboretum friends - a drawing experience that is not to be missed. No previous experience required as Nancy meets each student at the appropriate level. Participants will leave with a work of art they will be proud to display. Use the materials and skills learned to continue practicing and create additional works at home. Class supplies are not included in the fee, see supply list, provided. Bring a brown bag lunch or dine in the cafe during the half hour lunch break.
Limit 15, Oswald Visitor Center
Supply List:
Colored Pencils
Colorless blender pencil (Prismacolor has a good one)
Graphite pencils: one soft - B,2B or 3B, one hard - 2H or 3H
Pencil sharpener
Soft brush to dust away erasure debris
White plastic eraser (Sanford non-abrasive vinyl for erasing drafting film is a good choice)
Bring several sheets of drawing paper. Strathmore or Bristol vellum or smooth approximately 11X14 size.

register Sold out. Add your name to the waitlist!
$69 member/$82 non-member,
includes Arboretum admission, individual attention from instructor, in-class plant samples to use as inspiration.
 


Inspiration photo by Don Olson

Paint & Pairings: Crabapples at Sunset & Wine Pairings (125-06-03-16) 
Friday, June 3, 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!

Crabapple blossoms are always a showpiece at the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum: paint this dramatic scene filled with spring colors at sunset. Paired with wine tasting made from grapes developed right here at the University of Minnesota, this class is sure to be a festive experience where your creative juices will be set free. 
Limit 20, Learning Center

register $69 member/$89 non-member, includes wine, appetizers, Arboretum admission, all art supplies, supportive, fun environment.

Register for all three Paint & Pairings classes and receive $20 off!
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  Introduction to Chinese Painting and Calligraphy (125-07-28-16)
Thursday, July 28, 6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.

Bob Schmitt, owner of Laughing Waters Studio; professionally trained in the study and practice of traditional Chinese landscape painting and calligraphy with 50 years of experience as an Asian brush painter and teacher
LEVEL: All levels, great for beginners!

Learn how to grind ink, and load a brush in the proper Chinese style. Then put brush and ink to paper and begin with basic techniques! Bob's teaching style includes plenty of demonstration, encouragement and assistance as he guides participants in the beautiful techniques used to create Chinese characters and important Chinese landscape features such as rocks and trees. Take home your own Chinese-style painted treasure as a memory of this fun, sociable class, created to honor the Arboretum's upcoming Chinese Garden and 'A Brush with Beauty: Painting in the Chinese Tradition' exhibition running from July - September 2016.
OPTIONAL: Make it an evening! Arrive early and bring your own picnic or pre-order a boxed dinner to enjoy in the gardens before class begins. $12 pre-ordered boxed dinner includes sandwich (turkey or vegetable), chips, whole fruit, salad and cookie; available for pickup beginning at 5:30 p.m. in classroom.
Limit 20, Visitor Center
register $64 member/$76 non-member, includes all art materials and Arboretum admission
or
$76 member with box dinner/$88 non-member with box dinner
 
 
 weaving

Japanese Weaving: SAORI Outdoors (125-07-30-16)
Saturday July 30, 9:00 a.m. - noon
Chiaki O'Brien, SAORI Certified Instructor. Chiaki worked as an instructor for the SAORI head office in Japan before moving to Minnesota.
Due to popular demand we are adding and expanding this class for weavers and non-weavers alike. This weaving workshop called SAORI is a contemporary weaving method founded in Japan in 1913 -- a meditative art form where the weaver finds themselves completely absorbed and fully immersed into the weaving in front of them. With no set up and not constrained by patterns, this unique SAORI process allows you to begin weaving your one of a kind project in a gentle, mindful and meditative manner right away. This particular session leaves opportunity to enjoy the Arboretum setting - weather permitting- allowing participants to weave outdoors with the natural beauty all around. The master instructor helps to facilitate the vibrant in-class community as individuals embrace natural beauty and are encouraged to pursue the unknown. The end result is a one of kind handmade textile - perhaps a scarf, wall hanging, or table runner - filled with humanity inspired by nature that no machine could duplicate.
NOTE: No experience is necessary and all supplies will be provided. Optional: if you have any materials or personal items you would like to be woven into the work, such as yarn, strips of fabric, feathers, or sticks, please feel free to bring them along.
Limit 9, meet in the Oswald Visitor Center

register 1 spots left
$89 member/$99 non-member,
includes a Arboretum admission and all materials to create a take-home completed piece.
 

Pollinators Botanical Drawing Class: Pollinators in Colored Pencil (125-08-06-16)
Saturday, August 6, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Nancy Gehrig, nationally recognized artist, illustrator and instructor whose work has been exhibited with the Royal Horticultural Society, the NY Botanical Garden and the ASBA/HSNY International Exhibit.
Levels: All Levels
In honor of the important addition of the Tashjian Bee and Pollinator Discovery Center to the Arboretum, this colored pencil class will focus on the flora and insects that play a crucial role in the pollination process. Welcoming and approachable for all participants, Nancy has the ability to bring out the best from an artist at any level. Begin with a review of pencil types and how paper surfaces affects drawing, then study and observe live flowers and photographs to understand the intricacies of the plants and insects that are essential to our survival (you may bring your own photo to work from or use one provided by the instructor). The beauty of the flower and the detail of the pollinator will be the focus of your drawing as you use colored pencils and the layering technique to capture rich colors and textures. Hands-on instruction and individual attention are a signature element of this class: through continued guidance, Nancy will show you refined techniques like how to make your light tones soft and lush, how to achieve deep values, and how attention to texture and edges will make all the difference in your realistic drawing. To further your understanding of the nature of pollinators, you will also receive information, including diagrams, that will enhance your work as you better understand the process of collection of pollen and nectar. Be prepared to take your drawing skills to a new level in a supportive, friendly atmosphere!
Limit 15, Learning Center

Bring own supplies. See list below:
•Colored pencils, Pencil sharpener
•Colorless blender pencil (Prismacolor has a good one)
•Graphite pencils: one soft - B, 2B or 3B, one hard - 2H or 3H
•Magnifying lens, reading glasses or loupe to study the detail
• Soft brush to dust away erasure debris
•White plastic eraser (I like Sanford non-abrasive vinyl for erasing drafting film)
•Paper: bring several sheets of paper you normally like to draw on
•Subjects: Bring your own favorite photos of pollinators on a flowers or use instructor provided ones
Instructor will provide:
•Sample paper: Strathmore smooth finish and vellum finish, tracing paper
•Sample of masking film (we will use this like an eraser)
•Sandpaper to hone a pencil point

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

 

 
  Chinese One-Stroke Painting Workshop (125-08-20-16)
Saturday, August 20, 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.

Bob Schmitt, owner of Laughing Waters Studio; professionally trained in the study and practice of traditional Chinese landscape painting and calligraphy with 50 years of experience as an Asian brush painter and teacher
LEVEL: All levels

Strength, elegance, beauty and spontaneity can all be characterized in the creation of one-stroke paintings. Working with traditional Chinese painting materials, participants will discover the enlightening process of making an entire painting from one single brush stroke: Create a simple circle, a Chinese character, a season or maybe an entire year in one mindful stroke. Learn the techniques and care that it takes to specially load a brush for a one-stroke painting in a way that achieves several tones of ink or different color inks expressed together in one fluid brush stroke. Allow the accomplished instructor to guide you to the present moment when the mind and the hand come together to create your Chinese masterpiece, then experience the sweep of pure and energized expression as you artistically communicate in a way you've never done before. You will leave with an intensely personal work of art as a memory of this fun, sociable class, created to honor the Arboretum's upcoming Chinese Garden and the 'A Brush with Beauty: Painting in the Chinese Tradition' exhibition running from July - September 2016. All supplies are included.
OPTIONAL: During the lunch break, bring your own picnic, dine in the Arboretum Cafe, or skip the line and pre-order a boxed dinner to enjoy in the gardens. $12 pre-ordered boxed lunch includes sandwich (turkey or vegetable), chips, whole fruit, salad and cookie.
Limit 20, Visitor Center
  register $99 member/$112 non-member, includes Arboretum admission and all art materials
or
$111 member with box lunch/ $124 non-member with box lunch


 

The Hungry, Hungry Plant: Capturing the Carnivorous plant in Watercolors (125-08-27-16)
Saturday, August 27, 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Carlyn Iverson, botanical artist and illustrator for more than 200 textbooks and publications, NOAA artist and talented instructor.
Level: All levels encouraged to attend
Join this class for an artistic exploration of a unique group of plants who make their living by trapping insects for lunch. Learn about the behavior, anatomy and environment of Minnesota's Sundew and Pitcher plants, as you get up close and personal to live plant specimens that will serve as your muse. Carlyn's professional instruction includes essential "tips" will assist you in creating a one of kind watercolor painting. This class, inspired by the 'Savage Gardens' exhibit at the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum, is sure offer you new perspectives on the beauty and mystery surrounding carnivorous plants. You will leave with a beautiful painting, new skills, a new perspective for observing the natural world, and memories of a day filled with fun, laughter and learning. 
Bring a bag lunch or purchase lunch/snack in our cafeteria 
Suggested supply list:
Pink Pearl Eraser, Graphite pencil #2, Red sable round watercolor brush size 2, Well pallet with cover, Watercolor paint (tubes) Cobalt Blue, Watercolor paint (tubes) Cadmium Red, Watercolor paint (tubes) Cadmium Yellow
Limit 20, Oswald Visitor Center

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$79 members / $91 nonmembers, fee includes various watercolor papers and Arboretum admission



Inspiration photo by Lester Hughes-Seamans

Paint & Pairings: Autumn Trees & Beer Pairings(125-10-06-16)
Thursday, October 6, 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!

"Tap" into your creative side as you paint an autumnal Arboretum scene! The golds and yellows provide a wonderful contrast to the monumental trunks in the foreground. The same colors can be found in the delicious local craft brews you will be sampling and learning about in this popular class.

register $69 member/$89 non-memberincludes beer, snacks, Arboretum admission, all art supplies, conducted in an entertaining, creative atmosphere. 

Register for all three Paint & Pairings classes and receive $20 off! 
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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.

Register for all three Paint & Pairings classes and receive $20 off! 
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WRITING AND LITERATURE

books in the garden

SPRING/SUMMER 2016 

Books in the Garden SPRING/SUMMER SERIES 2016: Digging Deeper into Gardens and Gardening (100-04-13-16)
Second Wednesdays April - September, noon - 1:30 p.m.
April 13, May 11, June 8, July 13, August 10, September 14

     * April 13: Writing the Garden
PART 1
     * May 11:  Writing the Garden PART 2
     * June 8: The Botany of Desire 
PART 1
     * July 13:  The Botany of Desire PART 2
     * August 10: The Morville Year 
PART 1
     * September 14: 
The Morville Year PART 2 

Toni McNaron, Ph.D., award-winning professor emerita of English, University of Minnesota

In these meetings, we will explore in a leisurely fashion three books about the intricacies of garden-making and plant/flower life. We'll read approximately half of each book for each month's session before having our usual lively and productive discussions.

April and May: Writing the Garden: A Literary Conversation Across Two Centuries by Elizabeth Barlow Rogers
June and July: The Botany of Desire: A Plant's-eye View of the World by Michael Pollan
August and September: The Morville Year by Katherine Swift

Limit 24, Snyder Building - Fireplace Room

register 5 spots left
$98 member/$130 non-member
for the 6 sessions, includes Arboretum admission 

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STONE BALANCING

 stone balance

Read an article about Peter Juhl in Midwest Living Magazine

Watch a clip about Peter Juhl in Kare11 Land of 10,000 Stories with Boyd Huppert

View a photo gallery of Peter Juhl's Work in the Star Tribune

The Power of Balance: Stone Sculptures for Your Garden 
Saturday, May 21, 2016, 9:30 a.m. - Noon (100-05-21-16) Visitor Center
OR
Saturday, May 21, 2016, 1 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.
 (100-05-21-16-02) Visitor Center
OR
Saturday, July 30, 2016, 9:30 a.m. - Noon (100-07-30-16) Visitor Center
OR
Saturday, July 30, 2016, 1 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. (100-07-30-16-02) Visitor Center

Peter Juhl
, stone balancing artist, www.temporarysculpture.com
Get balanced! Dazzle your friends with a new skill that looks like magic, but is closer to meditation or art. Peter will show you 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 of "coaxing a rock into position" using principles of physics (and some patience) to create your own sculpture. 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


register

Sold out. Add your name to the waitlist, or register for a different session, below! Saturday, May 21, 9:30 a.m. - Noon (100-05-21-16) Visitor Center
$42 member/$55 non-­member, includes Arboretum admission 

Register Saturday, May 21, 1 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. (100-05-21-16-02) Visitor Center
$42 member/$55 non-­member, includes Arboretum admission 
 
register Saturday, July 30, 9:30 a.m. - Noon (100-07-30-16)  Visitor Center
$42 member/$55 non-­member, includes Arboretum admission
 
Register Saturday, July 30, 1 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. (100-07-30-16-02)  Visitor Center
$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. 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.
 

December Art Exhibit and Sale
All 2015 Arboretum Fine Art and Photography class participants are invited to participate in the Arboretum's
Artistry of Nature Student Exhibit and Sale
Saturday, December 5, 2015: 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.
&
Sunday, December 6, 2015: 11 a.m. - 4 p.m
.
Students, visit the Exhibitor Information page to register for your table at the show!
Exhibitor registration for this event is closed. We hope to see you at the show!