Mixed Media
Classes & Workshops

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



Sarah Bober

Make a Pure Silver Necklace Using a Real Arboretum Leaf

Saturday, July 27
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10 a.m. - 1 p.m. 
125-07-27-19
OR
2 p.m. - 5 p.m. 125-07-27-02
Sarah Bober, ReFind Design, specializing in eco-friendly jewelry; level One Certified Art Clay Instructor

Level
No experience necessary
Supplies
All supplies included ($40 value)

Use a real leaf from home or from the Arboretum to design a beautiful pendant accented with a sparkling gemstone. Each necklace will be unique and the perfect memento of your visit to the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum. Pieces are made using Art Clay Silver which becomes pure silver once fired. Completed jewelry pieces will be fired after class and available for pickup at the Arboretum in one week or can be shipped for a small additional fee.

Limit 16, Marion Andrus Learning Center - Inside a Plant Lab
Saturday, July 27, 10 a.m. - 1 p.m. 125-07-27-19
Sold out. Add your name to the waitlist, we will contact you if a spot opens!

$89 member/$109 non-member, includes Arboretum admission and all supplies
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Saturday, July 27, 2 p.m. - 5 p.m. 
125-07-27-02
$89 member/$109 non-member, includes Arboretum admission and all supplies

 
Gretchen Wagener Burau

Fresco: History & Hands-on Workshop

125-08-03-19
Saturday, August 3
10 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Gretchen Wagener Burau, professional artist, art history instructor at the University of St. Thomas, and longtime Arboretum employee

Level
No experience necessary
Supplies
All supplies included

The oldest known painting medium, fresco, means "fresh" in Italian and refers to the process by which water-based pigments are applied to freshly laid plaster. When executed properly, frescos can last for thousands of years. Class includes
  • 1.5 hours: A virtual tour of the major frescoes of Italy, including the four Roman wall styles found in Pompeii, the Camposanto in Pisa , and numerous paintings by Italian Renaissance masters. Learn about restoration techniques and contemporary frescoes created in Minnesota as Gretchen draws upon her experience assisting internationally-renown fresco artist, Mark Balma.
  • 1.5 hours: Demonstration of buon or true fresco painting using the Italian terms associated with fresco painting.
  • 50 minutes: lunch break. Note that lunch is not included; please bring a bag lunch from home or plan to purchase in the Arboretum Cafe or local establishment.
  • 2 hours: Create your own 11" x 14" fresco using a personally selected subject inspired by reference photos. Bring your own reference photos from home or use those provided by the instructor.
Limit 15, Tashjian Bee and Pollinator Discovery Center - McVay Learning Lab

$89 member/$109 non-member, includes Arboretum admission and all supplies

Bent Willow Furniture

Saturday, August 3, 2019

Level
All levels, especially beginners!
Supplies
ALL WILLOW SUPPLIES INCLUDED!
See below for basic tools to bring from home.

Bim Willow, Bent Willow Artisan and Author

Bim Willow is coming back to the Arboretum in a tricked-out bus full of willow and you will not want to miss it! Bent willow furniture was an early American craft that is making a strong comeback. Bim is an experienced artist in this medium, and will walk you step-by-step through the willow project of your choice, resulting in a beautiful bent willow piece within a matter of a few hours--really! You will never feel more proud of the furniture building skills you didn't know you had.

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Pam Luer

Nature Sketchbooks: Garden's Last Harvest 2-Day Workshop with Pam Luer

125-09-14-19-01
Saturdays, September 14 & 21
9 a.m. - 3 p.m.

Pam Luer, professional artist and instructor for nearly 20 years, specializing in natural based designs, licensed product artist at Target, Crate & Barrel, and more

Level
All levels
Supplies
Bring-Your-Own OR All Supplies Included; see pricing options

Yearning to stay connected to the natural world through her art, Pam Luer is offering her Nature Sketchbook series two-session workshop to celebrate the waltz of the garden's last dance. As always, Pam will offer students of all skill levels some tools and tips to help them see, explore and luxuriate in the natural world more mindfully through simple sketches. Through your sketchbook and a few of your favorite drawing tools, Pam will help you slow down to concentrate on the remnants of our glorious growing season- the seeds, pods and leaves and gardens that remind us that while one season ends, there will always be another Spring. This workshop will include a private tour of the rare and beautiful books at the The Andersen Horticultural Library during the second class session. 
Note that lunch is not included; please bring a bag lunch from home or plan to purchase in the Arboretum Cafe.

Limit 15, Marion Andrus Learning Center - Garden Lab

Bring-Your-Own supplies see supply list
$99 member/$139 non-member, includes Arboretum admission
All Supplies Included
$159 member/$199 non-member, supply kit will be waiting for you in class. Deadline for ordering supply kit is Friday, September 6

Watch video of last year's Fall workshop with Pam Luer

Pam Luer's Nature Sketchbook Workshop at the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum Fall 2018 from Gary B on Vimeo.


Make a Mug Rug: Intro to Rug Hooking!

125-09-28-19
Saturday, September 28
10 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Laurie Lausen, Founder of The Wooly Red Rug, has been designing and hooking rugs and other fiber arts since the 1970's

Level
No experience necessary
Supplies
Some supplies included: linen, wool, rug hook and class notebook (value $25)
Bring from home: a 10", 12" or 14" Quilt Hoop, small scissors and pen/pencil
Optional: Quilt Hoops will be available to purchase in class for $20

Learn the early method of rug hooking using a simple hook to pull loops of wool fabric through a linen backing. Students will create a simple mini rug of their own design, perfect to use as a mug mat, coaster or trivet. These mug rugs are sure to be conversational items in your home and will fit into any decor! Inspired by "hygge," a Danish term defined as "a quality of cosiness and comfortable conviviality that engenders a feeling of contentment or well-being." 
Please Note: lunch is not included; please bring a bag lunch from home (refrigeration is available)

Limit 15, Tashjian Bee and Pollinator Discovery Center - McVay Learning Lab

$79 member/$99 non-member,
 includes Arboretum admission and all listed supplies
register


 

Make Puzzles from Photographs: Dye Sublimination

125-11-09-19
Saturday, November 9, 2019
9:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m.

Dan Fenner, former Operations Manager for Mpls Photo Center, founder of Print Arts Midwest, a non-profit dedicated to helping those interested in the printed arts thrive

Level
No experience necessary
Supplies
All supplies included, bring your own images (see details below)

Transform your favorite photographs into stunning puzzles using dye sublimination! This process transfers photographs onto a wide variety of surfaces.
  • Understand what dye sublimation is - how and why it works
  • Follow the instructor's guidance step-by-step
  • Use specialized software and printers to transform your photographs
  • Complete three 120-piece puzzles with matching gift bags
If you'd like to continue the process at home, you'll also receive helpful resources for purchasing the equipment, software, printers, and tips on making the best products.
Bring from Home
3-5 of your favorite images sized to 8" x 11.5" on a USB flash drive or your computer.

Limit 10, Oswald Visitor Center - Azalea Classroom
register

$45 member/$65 non-member
includes Arboretum admission and all supplies

Make Coasters from Photographs: Dye Sublimination

125-12-07-19
Saturday, December 7, 2019
9:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m.

Dan Fenner, former Operations Manager for Mpls Photo Center, founder of Print Arts Midwest, a non-profit dedicated to helping those interested in the printed arts thrive

Level
No experience necessary
Supplies
All supplies included, bring your own images (see details below)
Transform your favorite photographs into stunning puzzles using dye sublimination! This process transfers photographs onto a wide variety of surfaces. In this class you will turn those favorite photographs into 4 coasters to personalize any home décor or give as gifts.
  • Understand what dye sublimation is - how and why it works
  • Follow the instructor's guidance step-by-step
  • Use specialized software and printers to transform your photographs
  • Complete 4 coasters in class
TIP: Bring several photos for a variety of coaster images!
If you'd like to continue the process at home, you'll also receive helpful resources for purchasing the equipment, software, printers, and tips on making the best products.
Bring from Home
4-7 different images sized to 4"x 4" on a USB flash drive or your computer

Limit 10, Oswald Visitor Center - Azalea Classroom
register

$29 member/$49 non-member
includes Arboretum admission and all supplies

Create & Take Art Experience

125-12-14-19
Saturday, December 14, 2019
10 a.m.-2:30 p.m.

Level
No experience required
Supplies
All supplies included to complete 2 projects
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Join our most popular Arboretum instructors for a day of create-and-take art, perfect for treating yourself or giving as gifts! Custom-select your perfect day with your choice of 2 projects listed below. 
Each project lasts 2 hours; 30 minutes for lunch.

Bengala Dyed Scarf
Chiaki O'Brien, awarded the Jerome fiber artist grant in 2013 to study the Bengala process in Japan. She is the only person in Minnesota teaching this technique.
Bengala is a natural Japanese dye made from soil, ‘environmentally safe' and fun to use! All materials are included as well as a dozen of dye colors and tools to play with.
  • Learn about the history and cultural significance bengala
  • Pre-fix the material by kneading
  • Create the scarf's patterns by knotting, folding and tie-dyeing
  • Open the dyed bundle to see your finished scarf
The final reveal of your completed scarf is the most fun--you'll feel like you are opening an unexpected present!
NOTE: this dye has natural rubber latex in it, so this is not a good class for people who have latex allergy.

Felted Ball Bracelet
Jean Manrique, instructor with a passion for transforming natural materials into clothing & jewelry
Make a fun, colorful and unique bracelet out of wool fibers for yourself or as a gift! Receive detailed instructions and guidance while allowing lots of room for creativity!
  • Practice using needle-felting and wet-felting
  • Use your skills to create a beautiful set of felted balls
  • String the balls together with elastic string to make a bracelet
  • Accent your bracelet with a selection of decorative beads
Once you learn this technique, you'll be able to use your skills to make necklaces, earrings, cat toys, stress balls, dryer balls and more. This will be your "go to" accent piece all winter long.

Nature Notecards
Ann Solyst, professional artist and illustrator
Have you ever just wanted to relax and let your artistic impulses emerge? This is the session for you. Learn the basics of watercolor, acrylic and colored pencil in this fun, relaxed card making workshop.
  • Receive instruction on mixing colors, composition and design
  • Explore properties of each medium: watercolor, acrylic paint and colored pencil
  • Create several designs with inspiration and guidance from instructor
  • Complete your own assortment of notecards & matching envelopes and/or gift tags
There will be a 30 minute lunch break. Bring a lunch from home, plan to purchase in the Arboretum Cafe, or pre-order an Optional Box Lunch (add $14)
Optional Box Lunch (add $14)
Served with potato chips, Craveworthy Cookies® and beverage, you will have your choice of sandwiches (select your preference at registration) Thai Beef Wrap; Mozzarella, Red Pepper, Balsamic & kale ciabatta; Turkey, feta, spinach & sundried tomato ciabatta

Limit 60, Check-in at Snyder Building- Fireplace Room (2nd floor)

$69 member/$89 non-member, includes Arboretum admission

register

Kiln Glass Discovery: Floral Dish

Select a session
Saturday, February 15 MORNING 10 a.m.-11:30 a.m. (125-02-15-20-01)
Saturday, February 15 AFTERNOON 1 p.m.-2:30 p.m (125-02-15-20-02)
Jon Rees, artist/educator: Foci - Minnesota Center for Glass Art

Level
All levels
Supplies All supplies included
Get introduced to kiln-fired fused and slumped glass! Create a glass tile that will be transformed into a lovely floral dish to be displayed in your home or given as a gift.
  • Learn properties of glass and kiln-firing
  • Understand how glass changes form and reacts to changing temperatures
  • Learn the basics of cutting and assembling sheet glass
  • Create and assemble your own floral design on a 5"x 5" glass tile
Your design will be fused together off-site in a kiln, and will be available to be picked up 2 weeks after class at the Arboretum. You may choose to have your dish fired a second time in order to achieve a bend or "slump" in the glass (no extra cost).

Limit 10, Marion Andrus Learning Center - Inside a Plant Lab
register

Saturday, February 15 MORNING 10 a.m.-11:30 a.m. 
$69 member/$89 non-member

includes Arboretum admission
register

Saturday, February 15 AFTERNOON 1 p.m.-2:30 p.m
$69 member/$89 non-member

includes Arboretum admission

 

Gerbera Daisy Tile in Cast Glass: Pâte de Verre

125-02-29-20
Saturday, February 29, 2020
9:30 a.m.-4 p.m.

Donna Rice, Fine art glass sculptor who has created glass for Tiffany, featured artist of the 2020 Arboretum Flower Show

Level
No experience required
Supplies
All supplies included
Pâte de Verre (French, meaning "glass paste") is an ancient form of kiln casting that involves the careful placement of colorful, crushed glass into refractory plaster molds. Explore this process as you create your own 4" x 4" x .25" cast glass Gerbera Daisy tile that can be displayed in a small stand or framed.
  • Pre-select one of 4 cheerful colors when you register: Red, Orange, Yellow or Pink
  • Learn the process and history pâte de verre
  • Observe and practice the wax and plaster modeling process
  • Cast your own one-use plaster mold from a silicone Gerbera Daisy
  • Fill your unique mold with powdered glass and prepare your tile for kiln firing
Tiles will be kiln-fired and finished off-site and returned to the Arb for pick-up within 2-3 weeks.
Bring from Home
Bag lunch, beverages and/or snacks (Visitor Center Cafe will also be open for purchases)

Limit 14, Oswald Visitor Center - Azalea Classroom
register

$99 member/$129 non-member
includes Arboretum admission and supplies

 

 


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