Painting
Classes & Workshops


Open Studio
FALL/WINTER
Photo credit: Seregam/Shuttestock
Arboretum Art Open Studio: Your place to create and converge! (125-10-03-17-03)
FALL/WINTER SERIES: 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

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

watercolor wood panel
credit Georgia Kandiko

Watercolor on Wood Panel: A Feast for the Bees (4-Class Series) (125-08-10-17)
Thursdays, August 10, 17, 24 and 31, 9:30 a.m. - noon
Georgia Kandiko, Signature member MN Watercolor Society with 30 years of teaching and painting experience.

Level: All levels
Celebrate a verdant season of gorgeous blooming flowers with watercolor in this unique 4-clas series! Each week you will produce a different piece featuring pollinator-friendly flowers selected by Arboretum horticulture staff: blazing star (Liatris spicata), New England aster (Symphyotrichum novae-angliae), butterfly weed (Asclepias tuberosa), and purple coneflower (Echinacea purpurea). Georgia will provide guidance and all supplies needed while encouraging your natural creativity to come forth; you will see your skills advance week to week in a supportive atmosphere. You will produce four complete 8" x 8" watercolors on wood. There is no need to frame these finished products: the watercolor paper is affixed to wood using archival materials, then sprayed with a UV protectant and finished with a coat of wax for durability and a fresh contemporary look. Hang your completed set together in a grid, or give individual pieces away as special gifts!
Limit 16, Snyder Building

ALL SUPPLIES INCLUDED!

register $144 member/$164 non-member, includes Arboretum admission and all materials to create four watercolors ready to hang
 




duck stamp



 

Opening Reception for Nature's Finest: The Artistry of the Hautman Brothers (125-09-07-17)
Featuring the Minnesota Premiere of the documentary Million Dollar Duck
Thursday September 7, 6:30 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.


Don't miss this extraordinary opportunity to combine art, entertainment and education as the internationally-acclaimed Hautman Brothers display their most recent artistic creations.

ART EXHIBIT & RECEPTION

Exhibit features (50) new paintings by the Hautman Brothers!
Tour the exclusive exhibit at-you-own-pace and interact with the artists and docents stationed throughout the gallery

ONE NIGHT ONLY!
All (12) winning duck stamp original paintings by the Hautmans, never before seen in public together, will be on display this evening! These are from a private collection beginning with their 1990 win to the current 2017 stamp winner.

ENJOY
Passed hors d'oeuvres
Champagne toast
Cash bar

PREMIERE MOVIE SCREENING
Million Dollar Duck (Documentary)
This film focuses on the strange and wonderful world of the Federal Duck Stamp Contest, the only juried art competition authorized by the U.S. government. It explores the eccentric nature of the contestants who enter each year for a chance at wildlife art stardom, while also reflecting upon the history and challenges facing the continued existence of this successful conservation program.

Limit 250, MacMillan Auditorium

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$30 members/ $40 non-members includes Arboretum admission, champagne toast, light hors d'oeuvres, meet the artists, artist signing.
 

 nature sketch book
credit Pam Luer

Naturalist Sketchbooks: A Visual Journal in the Arboretum with a Naturalist (125-09-09-17)
Saturdays, 9 a.m. - noon, September 9, 16 & 23
Pam Luer, artist and instructor for nearly 20 years; her art has been licensed onto products sold at Target, Crate & Barrel, Bed Bath & Beyond, and other retailers

Level: All levels
The sketchbook has long been favored as a visual journal by natural artists for its portability, flexibility and the freedom to experiment. This three-session workshop will allow you to take your art with you-in your backyard, to the park, or on your next vacation. All you need is a love of nature, an inquisitive eye, and a few carefully selected drawing tools! Each session will include a walk with a naturalist, who will help sharpen your observational skills as you explore the flora and fauna of the Arboretum. Additionally, with Pam's expert artistic guidance, participants will learn to observe and draw in new ways while expanding their understanding of the natural world. Put skills to use right away and enjoy the rewards of documenting the everyday beauty that is all around.
Supply List
- Sketchbook 9 x 12 or smaller, please be sure the paper has at least 25% cotton. You may want to use watercolor paper. I like Nature Sketch book by Pentalic. If you have a variety of papers, bring them along to experiment with.
- Collection of various drawing pencils. 6B-4H
- Derwent watercolor pencils-small set
- Derwent Dark Wash 8B Pencil
- Derwent Inktense black 2200 pencil and or a variety of Intense pencils
- Pentel Art Aquash water brush. You can find these on line in a set of three sizes.
- Various drawing markers to try. I prefer Tombow along with a variety of markers that are water soluble and permanent.
- Very small portable folding chair if needed
Limit 12, Visitor Center

register $99 member/$159 non-member, includes Arboretum admission for all three sessions
 

 blueberry
Suz Galloway

Blueberry Botanical in Watercolor (125-09-11-17)
Mondays 12:30 p.m. - 3:00 p.m., September 11, 18, 25, October 2, 9, and 16 
Suz Galloway, botanical art instructor for 20 years and member of the American Society of Botanical Art

Level: some watercolor experience preferred
Join Suz for a six-week journey in watercolors that will guide you along the continuum of creating beautiful botanical work from beginning to end. Using a limited palette of watercolors, Suz will teach you to paint a delicate blueberry branch in full detail using techniques such as underpainting, glazing, stippling, and negative painting. The end result will be your own well-formed, vibrant, textured and realistic final image; The reward will be the ability to create realistic and scientifically accurate fine art.
Limit 12, Oswald Visitor Center

register $172 member/$187 non-member, includes a Kolinsky sable #4 detail brush and Arboretum admission
 

WATERCOLOR NOTECARDS
Are you interested in watercolor, but intimidated by a full size canvas or put off by the amount of time it takes to finish? Dip your toe in the water, so to speak, by focusing on a smaller project: a notecard! Georgia's supportive teaching methods are sure to renew your excitement for watercolor and result in beautiful finished cards for you to send to friends and family.

landscape
Georgia Kandiko

Landscape Notecards in Watercolor (125-09-27-17)
Wednesday, September 27, 9:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Georgia Kandiko, longtime educator, award-winning professional watercolor artist, and Arboretum devotee

Level: all levels
In this welcoming studio class, Georgia will help you bring your favorite landscapes to life. Practice a variety of watercolor techniques as you explore composition, values, colors and shape in this fun, all-day workshop. By working in a small card format you will be able to explore and express yourself without fear of ruining a more monumental piece. You will enjoy the camaraderie of other watercolor painters and go home with (8) hand-painted cards filled with landscapes, professional watercolor paper and brush, and the skills to continue painting at home! This class is tailored to all levels--whether you've never picked up a brush or been painting for years, Georgia has the exceptional ability to help you get to your next level. Bring bag lunch or purchase lunch in the Arboretum Café during break.
Limit 16, Oswald Visitor Center

COUPON: Register for 2 or more notecards classes 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 $59 member/$89 non-member, includes Arboretum admission, supplies needed to paint cards during class, plus paper and brush to take home
 

harvest
Georgia Kandiko 

Harvest Notecards in Watercolor (125-10-11-17-02)
Wednesday, October 11, 9:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Georgia Kandiko Award Winning painter and longtime Arboretum educator

Level: all levels
Celebrate the season by painting nature's bounty! Use vibrant watercolors to render pumpkins, apples and squash on notecards. Practice a variety of watercolor techniques as you explore composition, values, colors and shape in this fun, all-day workshop. You will enjoy the camaraderie of other watercolor painters and go home with (8) hand-painted cards filled with harvest scenes, professional watercolor paper and brush, and the skills to continue painting at home! This class is tailored to all levels--whether you've never picked up a brush or been painting for years, Georgia has the exceptional ability to help you get to your next level. Bring bag lunch or purchase lunch in the Arboretum Café during break.
Limit 16, Oswald Visitor Center

COUPON: Register for 2 or more notecards classes 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 $59 member/$89 non-member, includes Arboretum admission, paper and brush to take home, plus supplies needed to paint cards onsite
 

bird
KarenCox_Flikr

Bird Notecards in Watercolor (125-11-08-17-02)
Wednesday, November 8, 9:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Georgia Kandiko, longtime educator, award winning professional watercolor artist, and Arboretum devotee

Level: all levels
Join Georgia for a fun day of painting birds in watercolor! From owls to songbirds, Georgia will show you how to use a variety of watercolor techniques such composition, values, colors and shape to render each specimen in your own unique way. By working in a small card format you will be able to explore and express yourself without fear of ruining a more monumental piece. You will enjoy the camaraderie of other watercolor painters and go home with (8) hand-painted bird cards, professional watercolor paper and brush, and the skills to continue painting at home! This class is tailored to all levels--whether you've never picked up a brush or been painting for years, Georgia has the exceptional ability to help you get to your next level. Bring bag lunch or purchase lunch in the Arboretum Café during break.
Limit 16, Oswald Visitor Center

COUPON: Register for 2 or more notecards classes 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 $59 member/$89 non-member, includes Arboretum admission, paper and brush to take home, plus supplies needed to paint cards onsite
 

winter card
Georgia Kandiko 

Winter Scene Notecards in Watercolor (125-12-06-17)
Wednesday, December 6, 9:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Georgia Kandiko, longtime educator, award winning professional watercolor artist, and Arboretum devotee

Level: all levels
‘Tis the season of sending holiday cards, and the Arboretum provides the opportunity to help you create your own beautiful hand-painted notecards for your special friends and relatives! With attentive instruction using watercolors (all supplies included), learn to ‘see' and capture shadows and colors on the dramatic winter landscape using a variety of watercolor techniques including composition, values, colors and shape. You will enjoy the camaraderie of other watercolor painters and go home with (8) hand-painted cards filled with winter scenes (ready for framing or to send as charming handmade cards), professional watercolor paper and brush, and the skills to continue painting at home! Georgia's painting classes are guaranteed to be filled with fun and laughter! This class is tailored to all levels--whether you've never picked up a brush or been painting for years, Georgia has the exceptional ability to help you get to your next level.
Limit 16, Oswald Visitor Center

COUPON: Register for 2 or more notecards classes 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 $59 member/$89 non-member, includes Arboretum admission, paper and brush to take home, plus supplies needed to paint cards onsite
 

octoberfest

 
This program features beer tastes! 

Paint and Pairings: Oktoberfest in the Art Studio (125-10-20-17)
Friday, October 20, 6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
Georgia Kandiko, longtime educator, award winning professional watercolor artist, and Arboretum devotee

Level: All levels
"Tap" into your creative side as you paint an autumnal Arboretum scene while sampling local beer! 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. Local craft beer samplings will be presented by a local proprietor who will share information about the brewing process and their suite of brews.
Limit 20, Tashjian Bee and Pollinator Discovery Center

register $69 member/$89 non-member, includes 2oz beer samplings, light snacks, Arboretum admission, and all supplies for one canvas
 


paint your pet
Marilyn Jacobson 

Portrait of your Pet in Acrylics (125-01-15-18)
Monday, January 15, 9:00 a.m. - noon
Marilyn Jacobson, Professional artist and experienced instructor

Level: All levels
Spend a morning capturing the essence of a cherished furry (or feathery) family member in acrylics. Before class, Marilyn will work from your favorite photograph of your pet to pre-sketch the portrait on canvas for you (bring the same photo to class to reference color and light). Class will begin with light refreshments as Marilyn walks you through helpful acrylic painting techniques. You will enjoy the camaraderie of other pet lovers and painters while Marilyn guides you from sketch to finished portrait. You will leave with an expressive finished 16 x 20" canvas and an enthusiasm to paint more.
IMPORTANT TO-DO: your pet will be pre-sketched on a canvas for you by Marilyn. Email your favorite photo of your pet to portraitsbymarilyn@gmail.com when you register, NO LATER THAN Monday, January 8.
REGISTRATION DEADLINE: This class is for pre-registration only. Last day to register for this class will be Monday, January 8.
Limit 15, Oswald Visitor Center

register $74 member/$96 non-member, includes Arboretum admission, refreshments and all supplies
 

winter
Catherine Hearding

Watercolor workshop: Learn to paint the Winter Landscape (125-02-03-18-02)
Saturday February 3, 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Catherine Hearding, Award winning painter and in-demand instructor

Level: Intermediate
Proper handling of light is the key to capturing winter landscapes. To do so takes special skills and knowledge. Catherine excels in her use of light as applied to winter paintings, and her work was featured in the Arboretum's Winter Wonderland gallery show in 2015. Catherine will reveal tips and techniques to increase your prowess at capturing depth, shadows, atmospheric conditions, color combinations and values. At the end of the day you will walk away with your own winter landscape painting as well as new skills to continue your journey. All supplies are provided or bring your own for a reduced price. Bring a bag lunch.
Limit 24, Bee Center

register Bring your own supplies: $99 members/$119 non-members, see supply list
OR
Supplies included: $139 member/$152 non-member,
includes Arboretum admission and all supplies
 

nature sketchbook 

Nature Sketchbooks: Sketch in the Conservatory with Pam (125-02-15-18)
Thursdays 10:00 a.m. - 2:30 p.m., February 15 AND 22
Pam Luer, artist and instructor for nearly 20 years, licensed product artist at Target, Crate & Barrel, Bed Bath & Beyond and other retailers

Level: All levels
Held in the lush oasis of the Arboretum's Meyers-Deats Conservatory, this 2-session workshop is for anyone who wants to take their art with them-from their backyard, to the park, or on their next vacation. In the spirit of John James Audubon, the sketchbook has long been favored as a visual journal by natural artists for its portability, flexibility and the freedom to experiment. All you need is a love of nature, an inquisitive eye, and a few carefully selected drawing tools. Under Pam's expert guidance, participants will learn to observe and draw in new ways while expanding their understanding of the natural world and sharpening observation skills. Unique to this class will be time spent with the Arboretum's orchid specialist Ricky Garza as he reveals some of the mysteries and history of these beloved flowering plants. Put skills to use right away and enjoy the rewards of documenting the everyday beauty that is all around. Feel free to bring a brown bag lunch or purchase in cafe.
Limit 12, Snyder Building
Supply List:
Sketchbook 9 x 12 or smaller, please be sure the paper has at least 25% cotton. You may want to use watercolor paper. I like Nature Sketch book by Pentalic. If you have a variety of papers, bring them along to experiment with.
Collection of various drawing pencils. 6B-4H
Derwent watercolor pencils-small set
Derwent Dark Wash 8B Pencil
Derwent Inktense black 2200 pencil and or a variety of Intense pencils
Pentel Art Aquash water brush. You can find these on line in a set of three sizes.
Various drawing markers to try. I prefer Tombow along with a variety of markers that are water soluble and permanent.
Very small portable folding chair if needed

Pam Luer's Minnesota Landscape Aboretum Class Feb 15 & 22, 2018

register $72 member/$94 non-member, includes both sessions and Arboretum admission
 

wine and chocolate




 This program features wine tastes!

Paint and Pairings: Winter Scene, Wine and Chocolate (125-02-23-18)
Friday, February 23, 6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
Georgia Kandiko, longtime educator, award winning professional watercolor artist, and Arboretum devotee

Level: All levels
Paint a seasonal scene of the Arboretum while enjoying wine and chocolate pairings: a fun way to make new friends! Join others in a relaxed, warm 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. Paired with delicious chocolates and 2oz wine tastings made from grapes developed at the University of Minnesota, this class is sure to be a festive experience. Bring a friend, make it a date night or come to make new friends. No painting experience required!
Limit 24, Tashjian Bee and Pollinator Discovery Center

register $69 member/$89 non-member, includes Arboretum admission, all materials, wine and chocolate tastes
 


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