Mixed Media
Classes & Workshops

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

Rebeccas Bird Gardens

Make a Grapevine Wreath Bird Bath 

Saturday, April 21
9:30 a.m. - noon

Reba Berge, Owner: A Precious Petals Florist, floral designer, graduate of North Dakota State University

Hanging grapevine bird baths are attractive and practical! This eco-friendly project is a great way to create bird baths for birds to drink from and to take a dip in. All birds will appreciate this additional water source and you will be happy with its natural look and feel in your garden all season long. You can hang it from a tree or shepherd hook in any outdoor space. Materials provided will be grapevine, a hanger, permanent saucer, artificial berries, seeded eucalyptus, other permanent botanicals, and an "S" hook to hang the bird bath.
Limit 30, Bee Center

$75 member/$90 non-memberincludes Arboretum admission and all supplies

Sarah Bober

Origami Earrings

Thursday, May 3
6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.

Sarah Bober, ReFind Design, specializing in eco-friendly jewelry; Level One Certified Art Clay Instructor

No experience necessary
To usher in the spectacular summer exhibition "Origami in the Garden," join us for a fun, educational evening that will allow you show off your new-found (or long held) origami skills. You will learn the folding techniques as you work on pieces from origami and chiyogami paper. To finish the project, seal the earrings with a durable coating and attach the jewelry wires. Wear these beautiful one-of-a-kind earrings or give as gifts (Mother's Day is right around the corner). Just bring yourself; all materials are included to make and bring home a unique pair of origami earrings.
Limit 30, Tashjian Bee and Pollinator Discovery Center - McVay Learning Lab 

$29 member/$59 non-member, includes Arboretum admission and all supplies

Nancy Sheridan 

Origami for Adults at the Arboretum

Saturday, May 12
9:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.

Kathleen Sheridan, Highly sought-after international Origami artist and instructor

No experience necessary
Discover the magic of paper. People of all ages can benefit from learning the art of Japanese paper folding. Traced back to monks from 6th Century Japan and made popular as an art form in the Edo Period (1603-1868) , this mentally and physically stimulating practice involves hand-eye coordination, fine motor skills and mental coordination. Join experienced instructor and professional artist Kathleen Sheridan as she helps you create a number of nature-inspired works. Whether you have never folded paper before or are looking for a new challenge, you will love this class! Kathleen will not only give you step-by-step instruction for in-class works but she will also provide inspiration to ensure you can continue your paper folding adventure outside of the classroom walls. With a greater appreciation for the folded paper process, step outside and enjoy the monumental sculptures in the Arboretum's summer exhibition "Origami in the Garden," derived from the same techniques learned in this class! Simply show up ready for fun as all supplies are included; you will leave with a variety of origami art works and inspiration to do more. Watch WCCO's Natalie Nyhus and Mike Augustyniak try their hands at origami with instructor Kathleen Sheridan at http://minnesota.cbslocal.com/video/3393628-express-yourself-with-origami/
Limit 20, Snyder Building - Classroom 1 

NOTE: This class takes place during the annual Arboretum Auxiliary Plant Sale!You may want to make time after class to shop the sale. Although the Plant Sale is located at the Bee Center, we do expect heavier traffic than normal at the Arboretum Gatehouse as well. Please allow extra time for Arboretum entry and parking. More details

$39 member/$69 non-memberincludes Arboretum admission and all supplies

Japanese Weaving: SAORI

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Saturday, May 19
9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.  

Saturday, July 14
9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. 

Chiaki O'Brien, 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. Weather permitting, these classes may be held outdoors to enjoy the peacefulness and beauty of the Arboretum's natural surroundings. All supplies will be provided to make and bring home a completed weaving. After class, stroll through the new "Origami in the Garden" summer exhibit to gain a deeper appreciation of Japanese-inspired art and aesthetics. 

 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

1 Spot Available
Saturday, May 19
9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

Tashjian Bee and Pollinator Discovery Center - McVay Learning Lab (outside, weather permitting)
$89 member/$119 non-memberincludes Arboretum admission and all supplies 

Sold out, add your name to the waitlist
Saturday, July 14
9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

Snyder Building - Tea Room Terrace (outside, weather permitting)
$89 member/$119 non-member, includes Arboretum admission and all supplies

Sheryl Tuorila

Agate Landscapes - Glass-on-Glass Mosaics Weekend Workshop

Saturday, June 2
10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Sunday, June 3
noon - 4:00 p.m.

Sheryl Tuorila, Professional artist and instructor whose work can be found in countless private homes as well as many hospitals, libraries, and the MSP Airport

No experience necessary
Glass is an incredibly diverse medium for mosaic work! Join other art enthusiasts for a two-day weekend workshop that will result in your own beautiful 9"x11" framed window hanging featuring a stunning Brazilian agate slice. On the first day, award winning instructor Sheryl Tuorila will present an introduction to glass-on-glass mosaic, and walk you through designing your mosaic. You will finish out the day by cutting and adhering design onto the glass. On the second day, you will grout and polish your project. This two-day class is filled with fun and laughter. You won't believe how the time flies as your creativity soars! Leave with a spectacular finished project and the enthusiasm and knowledge to continue working in this medium.
Limit 15, Tashjian Bee and Pollinator Discovery Center - McVay Learning Lab 

$175 member/$195 non-memberincludes Arboretum admission and all supplies

Linda Conroy

Coiled Basketry: Pine Needles, Sweet Grass and Broom Corn

Friday, August 24
9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Linda Conroy, Moonwise Herbs, educator for 20 years, speaker throughout the U.S.

Gain a greater appreciation for native natural materials, and the artistry by which they are transformed into baskets! Learn to make a coiled basket with a variety of natural materials. Explore the creative possibilities of this ancient art form as you design and complete your own basket. This class is for students of all levels- Linda will provide plenty of individualized attention to ensure you succeed. You will learn a variety of stitches as well as decorative options for this ancient style of basketry. You will leave with a completed coiled ~5" diameter basket, and the skills to make more baskets at home. Lunch is not provided, please bring your own to class or dine in the Arboretum Cafe. 
BRING FROM HOME: small pair of scissors, a thimble and reading glasses (if needed), bag lunch (optional).
Limit 20, Snyder Building - Tea Room 

$95 member/$110 non-member, includes Arboretum admission and all supplies except those noted above 

Jean Manrique

Eco-Print Table Runner

Saturday, August 25
10 a.m. - 1 p.m.

Jean Manrique, Experienced high end fiber artist and instructor specializing in natural dyes and eco printing.

No experience necessary
Dress your home with the natural beauty of the Arboretum, permanently impressed in a lovely silk noil table runner. Accompany the instructor through the Arboretum grounds to find just the right combination of leaves and blossoms to create your unique art work. This natural sustainable process is possible due to the unique anatomy of the leaves and requires no external dyes, inks or paints. You will explore the chemistry of the plants you choose to use and learn the sustainable methods of harvesting materials for this art form. In the classroom, Jean will introduce the artistic elements of composition, design and color as you create the masterpiece for your home. Your final product is produced by bundling and steaming to extract pigment. As something unexpected and beautiful emerges from the bundle, the result seems magical. A final washing and ironing completes the process. This small class ensures one-on-one attention as you work through your project from start to finish. All materials are included to create and take home a one-of-a-kind table runner. Come dressed for a nature walk and prepared to have fun! 


SUGGESTED (OPTIONAL): Bring your own favorite leaves from home; see supply list for suggestions
Limit 12, Marion Andrus Learning Center - Inside a Plant Lab

$99 member/$119 non-member, includes Arboretum admission and all supplies

Leslie Granbeck

Felted Slippers

Saturday, September 8
10 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Leslie Granbeck, Minneapolis-based feltmaker and instructor whose classes are full of color, creativity and adventure, www.fiberenvy.net

No experience necessary
Custom-made, cozy and warm, felted slippers are great for the colder months ahead!. Using fine, soft Corriedale wool provides long silky fibers that feel smooth next to your skin. Learn to layer colorful wool fibers over a custom pattern made from your own feet. Then, explore traditional wet felting techniques and transform the fibers into durable felted slippers. Perhaps you will want to decorate with a variety of plant fibers available such as bamboo, rose, corn and silk. You can even make them reversible! We're on our feet a lot in felting classes, some physical stamina is needed. All supplies included to create and take home one pair of slippers. 

BRING FROM HOME:2-3 hand towels, 2 old bath towels, sharp scissors, pair of flip flops (or similar) to wear between "fittings" and a plastic bag to carry home wet items. 

SUGGESTED (OPTIONAL): apron, bag lunch as the Bee Center has no food options on-site.

Limit 12, Tashjian Bee and Pollinator Discovery Center - Honey House

$99 member/$139 non-memberincludes Arboretum admission and all supplies

Jean Manrique

Make Your Own Eco-Print on Paper

Saturday, September 22
9:00 a.m. - noon

Jean Manrique, Experienced high end fiber artist and instructor specializing in natural dyes and eco printing.

No experience necessary
Preserve the foliage of summer and fall in a decorative, sustainable way! Achieve incredible designs and color directly from nature and infuse them on paper through a steaming and bundling process called Eco Print on Paper. Start with a relaxing walk around the Arboretum grounds scouting out leaves and flowers and finish with a unique gift from nature. With the expert help of Jean Manrique you will be able to figure out which leaves and blooms provide the most stunning results. Through the "mordant" process, you prepare the paper to accept pigments from plants followed by a steam process which allows the natural colors of the plans to permanently transfer. When your uniquely custom paper is complete, you will learn how to turn your pieces into framed art or cards. Plants will be gathered at Arboretum or (if desired) brought from home. 

BRING FROM HOME: rags and old absorbent towels, paper towels and a roll of aluminum foil. 

SUGGESTED (OPTIONAL): Colorful blooms and foliage from home. Most any will do!

Limit 15, Marion Andrus Learning Center - Garden Lab 

$59 member/$84 non-memberincludes Arboretum admission and all supplies except for the requested "bring from home" items listed 



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