Whatever your skill level or ability, there's a class at the Arboretum that can teach you a new, creative skill.


Open Studio
Photo credit: Seregam/Shuttestock 

Arboretum Art Open Studio: Your place to create and converge! (125-10-03-17-03)
Every Tuesday, 9 a.m. - 1 p.m. from October 3 through December 18

Level: 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 Lundee-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*
*NOTE that the Oct 17 session will take place in the Fireplace Room, located on the second level above the Tea Room

register $39 member/$155 non-member includes rental room space and Arboretum admission
 

rustic fall
photo Todd Mulvihill

Wine and The Art of Floral Design: Rustic Fall Arrangement (200-09-28-17)
Thursday, September 28, 6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
Nina Wiskus and Channing Baker, Bloomfield Floral Designs

Where better than the Arboretum to learn the art of floral design while sampling local wine? Join Nina and Channing, of Bloomfield Floral Designs, to learn how to capture wistfulness and wildness of fall in a beautiful autumnal arrangement. Start the class with a quick introduction to local wines, then sip and snack as instruction begins. Nina and Channing will guide you through the basics of creating a low, wide arrangement through use of a grid, including care and prepping of flowers, color composition and unique palettes, plus natural floral arranging techniques. Then roll up your sleeves and begin creating! You will leave with a gorgeous arrangement including 20 blooms plus autumn fruits in dusky pinks, pale oranges, and bronze- as well as the skills needed to create more in the future. 
SUGGESTED: bring a box to safely bring your creation home
Limit 36, Bee Center

COUPON: Register for three or more Floral Arranging classes and receive $20 off! Use coupon code 20OFF 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.
register $89 members/$99 non-member, includes Arboretum admission, wine tasting and light appetizers, and all supplies for one medium-sized arrangement
 

felted bag
Leslie Granbeck 

Felted Tote Bag featuring High-Quality Corriedale Wool (125-10-21-17)
Saturday, October 21, 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. 
Leslie Granbeck, Minneapolis-based feltmaker and instructor whose classes are full of color, creativity and adventure, www.fiberenvy.net

Explore the fascinating art of seamless feltmaking! Create a one-of-a-kind, no-knit durable tote bag using wool fibers and traditional felting techniques using Corriedale wool. Corriedale wool is from New Zealand and is a strong, durable, high-quality product where the sheep are humanely raised, pasture-fed and are hand-sheared. You'll want to use this sturdy bag every day for anything from art supplies to books, to your laptop! You can even make it reversible. Your creativity will soar as you learn, make new friends and complete a unique bag that reflects your own personal style. Please note: some physical stamina is needed for felting classes. A variety of handle options are available for an additional fee, or you can provide your own handles. There will be a break time to go up to the Cafe for lunch or simply bring a bag lunch and enjoy the Arboretum grounds at this spectacular time of year. 
SUPPLY LIST: Bring sharp scissors, 2-3 hand towels, 1-2 old bath towels, a plastic bag to carry home wet items, and handles of your choice (optional).
Limit 10, Learning Center

REGISTER $89 member/$129 non-member, includes Arboretum admission and all high-quality wool and supplies for the bag (value $50), handles not included.

felted mittens
Leslie Granbeck 

Felted Mittens (125-11-8-17)
Wednesday, November 8, 10:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Leslie Granbeck, Minneapolis-based feltmaker and instructor whose classes are full of color, creativity and adventure, www.fiberenvy.net

Make a pair of warm woolly mittens for the cold days ahead. We use merino wool for next-to-the-skin softness. Students can choose from several styles: mittens with a cuff, fingerless mittens for texting, thick mittens for shoveling, or thin mittens for the not-so-cold days. Mittens can be made reversible, too!
No knitting, no sewing...wool fibers and warm soapy water are the only simple ingredients used. These beautiful creations will make you smile all through our Minnesota winter. Learn several surface embellishing techniques to create your own one-of-a-kind pair. All supplies are included . Why not bring a friend and make it an outing! Please note: some physical stamina is needed for felting classes. There will be a lunch break to give you time to go up to the Arboretum cafe or feel free to bring a bag lunch. SUPPLY LIST: Bring 2-3 hand towels, 1 old bath towel, sharp scissors and plastic bag to carry home wet items. 
Limit 12, Learning Center

register $69 member/$89 non-member, includes Arboretum admission and all natural wool and supplies (value $30).
 

switchplate
Laura Burlis 

Polymer Landscape Switchplate (125-11-11-17)
Saturday, November 11, 9:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Laura Burlis, experienced polymer clay artist and instructor who specializes in nature scenes

Beautify your home with a creative touch by making your own landscape switchplate! These little scenes are a lift for your spirits when you turn on the light in any room. Learn the fundamentals of working with polymer clay, this magical medium including making the famous "Skinner Blend"- a graduated blended background. Discover how to make a simple millefiori leaf cane to add leaf slices to your tree, and how to marble colors to make exquisite landscape elements. Finally, learn how to mimic the Italian technique of "pietra dura" to finish your landscape. All supplies are included! The switchplate (single or double standard plates) will be completed in class before you go home with the baking instructions, and knowledge to continue your adventures in the endless possibilities of polymer clay.
Place TBD, Limit 10

REGISTER $49 member/ $64 nonmember includes Arboretum admission and all supplies including base switchplate, all the clay to complete the design, and use of specialized clay tools while in class. 
 

 Ice Globe
Jennifer Shea Hedberg 

Ice Globe: Uniquely Stunning Thanksgiving Centerpiece (125-11-16-17)
Thursday, November 16, 6:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Jennifer Shea Hedberg, "The Ice Wrangler" and founder of Wintercraft, is an ice luminary artist and author whose passion is discovering and refining methods of creating beautiful illuminated ice creations.

Level: For All Ages - 16 and up!
Discover the magic of ICE! Make this unique centerpiece for Thanksgiving using all natural materials! The glitter and sparkle of illuminated ice surrounded by flowers and greens make a spectacular, one-of-a-kind centerpiece that will last through your Thanksgiving festivities with no mess. You will leave with a finished centerpiece including an ice globe and seasonal botanicals to keep for yourself or give as an extra special hostess gift. The skills you learn will allow you to make more memorable pieces for inside and out in the months to come. For adults and youth (ages 16 and up).
Limit 30, Learning Center

REGISTER $59 member/$82 non-member, includes Arboretum admission and all supplies ($30 value)
 

ice lanterns
Jennifer Shea Hedberg 

Making Finnish Glass Ice Lanterns (125-12-02-17)
Saturday, December 2, 10:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. 
Jennifer Shea Hedberg, "The Ice Wrangler" and founder of Wintercraft, is an ice luminary artist whose passion is discovering and refining methods of creating beautiful illuminated ice creations.

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. For adults and youth (ages 16 and up).
Limit 30, Learning Center

REGISTER $59 member/$82 non-member, includes Arboretum admission and all supplies ($30 value) for you to just "add water" at home. 
 

holiday wreathe

Wine and The Art of Floral Design: Holiday Wreath Making (200-12-07-17)
Thursday, December 7, 6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. 
Nina Wiskus and Channing Baker, Bloomfield Floral Designs

Come to the Arboretum to create a show-stopping holiday wreath and sample local wines! You will begin with a quick introduction to local wines, then sip and snack as Nina and Channing instruct you in how to prep the foliage and elements for the wreath, wreath construction techniques, and how to use unique natural elements for holiday decor beyond pinecones and holly. Then it's time to begin creating your masterpiece from silvery materials such as fir, cotton bolls, lunaria and snow berries. You will go home with a beautiful creation perfect for welcoming holiday visitors, and the skills needed to make more wreaths in the future. A fun annual tradition! SUGGESTED: Bring gloves and pruners, and a box to bring your creation home.
Limit 36, Bee Center

COUPON: Register for three or more Floral Arranging classes and receive $20 off! Use coupon code 20OFF 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.
register $89 members/$99 non-member, includes Arboretum admission, wine tasting and light appetizers, and all supplies for one grapevine-based wreath

weaving
Chiaki O'Brien

Japanese Weaving: SAORI (125-12-09-17)
Saturday December 9, 9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Chiaki O'Brien, SAORI Certified Instructor. Chiaki worked as an instructor for the SAORI head office in Japan before moving to Minnesota.

LEVEL: No experience necessary
Create a delightful hand-made gift for yourself or a loved one as you enjoy a relaxing weaving experience in the Arboretum's Tea Room by the roaring fire. Your natural creativity is brought forth in this gentle, mindful and meditative process which emphasizes improvisation and creative expression. SAORI is a contemporary weaving method founded in Japan in 1913 and 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. 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, Tea Room

register $89 member/ $119 nonmember, includes a Arboretum admission and all materials to create a take-home completed piece 

pineappls
Theresa Mieseler 

Williamsburg Pineapple Centerpieces (200-12-09-17)
Saturday, December 9, 10:00 a.m. - Noon (Backup: Saturday, Dec 9, 1:30 - 3:30 pm)
Theresa Mieseler, Arboretum Horticulture and Botanical Workshop Specialist, Retired owner of Shady Acres Herb Farm

Pineapples can be found on doorknockers, in foyers, and on welcome mats... they have been a symbol of hospitality for centuries. Learn more about their history and symbolism, while also making a cheerful centerpiece to greet your holiday dinner guests in style. Theresa will begin with a history of this tradition, straight from Colonial Williamsburg. You will then watch and participate, step by step, as Theresa leads you in creating a beautiful 18th-century centerpiece using fresh evergreens, boxwood, ivy, crabapples, small cones, ribbon and a fresh pineapple. Please bring a pruning shears and a pair of gardening gloves to this session. 
SUGGESTED: bring a box to safely bring your creation home
Limit 36, Bee Center

COUPON: Register for three or more Floral Arranging classes and receive $20 off! Use coupon code 20OFF 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.
register $65 members/$75 non-member, includes Arboretum admission and all supplies to make one centerpiece
 


WINTER
Arboretum Art Open Studio: Your place to create and converge! (125-01-09-18)
WINTER SERIES
Every Tuesday, 9 a.m. - 1 p.m. from January 9 through March 27, 2018

Level: 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 Lundee-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
 

diapered blackwork technique

Embroidery Studio - Embroidered Rose Greeting Card: Diapered Blackwork Technique (125-03-24-18)
Saturday March 24, 10:00 a.m. - noon
Peg Deppe, Ph.D UofMN College of Design, gardening enthusiast and textile history scholar

Level: All levels
Explore the intricate and historical craft of blackwork (a form of embroidery generally using black thread, historically used on shirts in England from the time of Henry VIII). Our charming pattern is inspired by the sleeve of Elizabeth's gown as portrayed in her portrait, c. 1590, housed at Jesus College, Oxford. The rose was an emblem of nobility and grace; its wild cousin, the briar or "dog" rose, also known as Eglantine, was a symbol of modesty. From simple techniques arise spectacular results--the hands-on applications are suitable for beginners and experienced stitchers alike. You will leave with a silk embroidered rose on fabric inserted into a card with envelope, ready to save or give as beautiful gift. After class move to Snyder Auditorium for the introductory lecture Elizabeth's Garden: Floral Embroidery in the English Court by Dr. Deppe.
Limit 15, Oswald Visitor Center

COUPON: Register for both 3/24 Embroidery Studios and receive $7.50 off each class! Use coupon code 15OFF 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.
register $39 member/$59 non-member includes Arboretum admission, all supplies and free admission to Dr. Deppe's lecture entitled Elizabeth's Garden: Floral Embroidery in the English Court (value $5/$20)

lecture

Lecture - Elizabeth's Garden: Floral Embroidery in the English Court (125-03-24-18-02)
Saturday March 24, 1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Peg Deppe, Ph.D UofMN College of Design, gardening enthusiast and textile history scholar

Enjoy a brief history of the House of Tudor and understand the social and economic changes that occurred during the Renaissance in England which allowed embroidered clothing and gardens, in parallel, to become fashionable among the Tudor royals and associated nobility. The lecture also introduces the social system in which floral emblems-executed in blackwork and polychrome embroidery-were used to communicate personal virtue, social status, and political inclination, and how embroidered items functioned within this system.
Limit 50, Snyder Building

register $5 members/$20 non-member, pre-registration required
 

strawberry 
Peg Deppe

Embroidery Studio - Strawberry Sprig Trinket Bag: Polychrome Technique (125-03-24-18-03)
Saturday March 24, 2:30 p.m.- 4:30 pm
Peg Deppe, Ph.D UofMN College of Design, gardening enthusiast and textile history scholar

Level: All levels
The strawberry represents purity and righteousness. On embroidered items, it is often accompanied by borage, as the two were typically planted together. It was believed that the strawberry plants would bear sweeter fruit when emboldened by the presence of the borage, a symbol of courage. Our pattern is inspired by an early 17th century pattern book by Richard Shorleyker. This hands-on portion of the course is suitable for beginners and experienced stitchers alike. Chain stitch, detached buttonhole stitch, and laced chain stitch are simple stitches which are combined for spectacular results. Leave with a finished drawstring linen trinket bag approx 4'x5", adorned with splendor silk and gold passing thread.
Limit 12, Oswald Visitor Center

COUPON: Register for both 3/24 Embroidery Studios and receive $7.50 off each class! Use coupon code 15OFF 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.
register $42 member/$64 non-member, includes Arboretum admission, all supplies and free pass to Dr. Deppe's lecture entitled Elizabeth's Garden: Floral Embroidery in the English Court (value $5/$20) 


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