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Georgia Kandiko

Acrylic Abstract Workshop

125-01-23-19
Wednesday, January 23, 2019
9:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.

Georgia Kandiko, longtime educator, award winning professional watercolor artist, and Arboretum devotee

ALL SUPPLIES INCLUDED
No experience necessary

The acrylic medium is modern, luminous, simple and direct. Many of the most famous Abstract Expressionist painters - Jackson Pollock, Willem de Kooning and Robert Motherwell - embraced acrylic paints because it allowed them to experiment, painting quickly and intuitively in multiple layers using radical techniques. In this class, Georgia will guide you in a wide range of approaches providing a wealth of creative potential for artistic innovation and fresh new ideas. Georgia is uniquely qualified to guide both beginners and experienced students through the process to make these one-of-a-kind paintings. Each student's personal style will be revealed in the painting process. You will have plenty of time in this all-day workshop to consider color design, practice new techniques, and make new friends.

Just bring yourself; all supplies included to make this definitively contemporary piece ready to hang at home! The work will be produced on 11x14 artist quality paper and adhered to canvas.

BRING FROM HOME
This is a long class that takes place over the lunch hour. Please bring lunch, beverages and/or snacks you may need. (The Visitor Center Cafe will also have food/beverage available for purchase)

COUPON
Register for 2 or more select Abstract Art classes with instructor Georgia Kandiko and receive $15 off your total order! Use coupon code DISCOUNT15 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.

Abstract Art classes that Apply:
Mixed Media - Collage Using Watercolor, Acrylic & Found Materials (11/14/18)
Painting - Acrylic Abstract Workshop (1/23/19)
Painting - Watercolor Semi-Abstract & Abstract Workshop: Apples or Pears (2/13/19)

Limit 16, Oswald Visitor Center - Azalea Classroom

$79 member/$99 non-member, includes Arboretum admission
register 



Georgia Kandiko

Watercolor Semi-Abstract & Abstract Workshop: Apples or Pears

125-02-13-19
Wednesday, February 13, 2019
9:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.

Georgia Kandiko, longtime educator, award winning professional watercolor artist, and Arboretum devotee

ALL SUPPLIES INCLUDED
Level:
All levels
Create a painted patchwork of semi-abstract and abstract techniques, with a still life fruit theme! "Semi abstract" painted objects are recognizable, but are not intended to be photographic realism; "Abstract" is completely unrecognizable patterns and colors. Choosing apples or pears as your muse, begin with with a light design then progress by alternating the background with the fruit image using watercolor. Then get ready for a fun process where you make up the rules as you go along--Georgia will ensure that you have fun as you push the boundaries of technique and materials. You will have plenty of time in this all day workshop to play with color, design, perspective and angles and make new friends along the way. At the end of class you will have an 11x14 piece on quality watercolor paper that can be adhered to canvas (included) or framed (not included) and ready to hang.

Just bring yourself; all supplies included to make this contemporary post-patchwork aesthetic piece!

BRING FROM HOME
This is a long class that takes place over the lunch hour. Please bring lunch, beverages and/or snacks you may need. (The Visitor Center Cafe will have food/beverage available for purchase)

COUPON
Register for 2 or more select Abstract Art classes with instructor Georgia Kandiko and receive $15 off your total order! Use coupon code DISCOUNT15 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.

Abstract Art classes that Apply:
Mixed Media - Collage Using Watercolor, Acrylic & Found Materials (11/14/18)
Painting - Acrylic Abstract Workshop (1/23/19)
Painting - Watercolor Semi-Abstract & Abstract Workshop: Apples or Pears (2/13/19)

Limit 16, Oswald Visitor Center - Azalea Classroom

$79 member/$99 non-member, includes Arboretum admission
register



Ann Solyst 

Pastel: Owl (2-session class)

125-02-16-19-01
2 Saturdays, 10 a.m. - 1 p.m.
February 16, 2019
February 23, 2019

Ann Solyst, Award winning painter and illustrator

Level: no experience required
This two week class will be a hoot! Owls are intriguing birds that easily capture the attention and curiosity of birders. Many different species are found here at the Arboretum. Explore the versatility of chalk pastels (a portable, dynamic medium with a painterly quality akin to oil painting) while learning how to draw an owl of your choice. Whether you are familiar with chalk pastel or you have never picked up a pastel in your life, this class will provide you with helpful techniques to explore this medium. After a demonstration and experimentation with pastel techniques, set to work creating a refined drawing that balances line, color, and composition. Receive individualized attention with Ann to draw at your own pace - with time to practice in-between classes on learned techniques. You will leave with a finished piece, and supplies to continue working with pastels. Supplies include eight pastel colors, professional paper, sketchbook, pencils, blending stump and kneading eraser.

Limit 16, Oswald Visitor Center - Azalea Classroom

$89 member/$104 non-member, includes Arboretum admission and all supplies 
register



Pam Luer

Nature Sketchbooks & Spring Vignettes : All-Day Workshop with Pam Luer

125-02-21-19
Thursday, February 21, 2019
10 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Pam Luer, BFA in Studio Arts from the U of M and full-time artist and instructor for nearly 20 years, licensed product artist at Target, Crate & Barrel, and more

SUPPLIES NOT INCLUDED, SEE BELOW FOR SUPPLY LIST OPTIONS BELOW
No experience necessary
 
Held in the lush oasis of the Meyers-Deats Conservatory as well as the Oswald Visitor Center, this sketchbook workshop "is for anyone who wants to take their art with them-from the backyard, to the park or on their next vacation," explains instructor Pam Luer. Coinciding with the Arboretum Flower Show, the beautifully installed spring floral vignettes are the perfect combination of blooming spring colors, dreamy fragrances and art....and a great February escape from the bleakest days of winter. As an outdoors person and traveling artist, Pam has always favored sketchbooks for their portability, flexibility and the freedom to experiment. Says Pam, "You don't need an easel and a studio to be a satisfied artist, all you need is a love of nature, an inquisitive eye, and a few carefully selected drawing tools. Our goal with sketchbooks is not to create a museum-quality finished piece. It's about using your sketchbook as a visual journal-something you can be inspired by and treasure for years to come. There's no right or wrong answer with a sketch, it's just an artistic impression that helps us capture a moment or catalog an idea for later exploration. Let's go see what's out there."

BRING FROM HOME
This is a long class that takes place over the lunch hour. Please bring lunch, beverages and/or snacks you may need. (The Visitor Center Cafe will have food/beverage available for purchase)

SUPPLIES
Either bring your own supplies (see supply list below)
or
purchase the $60 kit with this order which will be waiting for you on your first day of class. 

SUPPLY LIST 

  • Bring your own, or purchase a complete supply kit for $60 
  • Sketchbook 9 x 12 or smaller, please be sure the paper has at least 25% cotton.  Some of Pam's favorites include: 
    • Nature Sketchbook by Pentalic, and 
    • Strathmore 400 series Stillman & Birn Dela series. 
  • If you have a variety of watercolor papers, bring them along to experiment with. 
  • Collection of various drawing pencils. 
  • 6B-4H Derwent watercolor pencils, (small collection) 
  • Pentel Art Aquash water brush: you can find these on line, at Michaels and Blicks. They usually come in a set of three. Another option is to bring a couple brushes and a small water container. 
  • Various drawing markers- I prefer a variety of markers that are water soluble and permanent. 
  • Backpack or bag for all your materials. Keep it portable and easy- you'll be moving about with your gear! 
  • If you are a watercolor artist, feel free to bring a tiny palette. 
Limit 12, Oswald Visitor Center - Azalea Classroom

2 spots left
$79 member/$99 non-member
, includes Arboretum admission
register

$60 Nature Sketchbook Supply Kit 
(Optional)
Supply kit will be waiting for you at the first day of class.


 
Georgia Kandiko

Landscape in Sumi-e: All-Day Workshop

125-03-27-19
Wednesday, March 27, 2019
10 a.m. - 4 p. m.

Georgia Kandiko, longtime educator, award winning professional watercolor artist, and Arboretum devotee

ALL SUPPLIES INCLUDED
Level: No experience necessary
Sumi-e is the Japanese word for Black Ink Painting. Sumi-e landscapes are fun and easy, and result in interesting compositions while enjoying a relaxing and spontaneous artistic experience. Start with masa paper from Japan which offers texture to your work. Crinkle it and unfold it letting the lines of the paper be your guide. Georgia will demonstrate how a landscape appears. By working naturally with your materials, rivers, mountains lakes and trees all come forth as you paint on the sumi-e ink. You will work with a variety of sizes and will leave with many small works and one large finished piece of artwork. You have the option to add watercolor to some of your pieces or leave them in the more traditional Asian-style landscape.

All supplies included: Masa paper, Chinese watercolor and ink. Additionally, you will take home a Bamboo sumi brush to help continue your sumi-e journey.

BRING FROM HOME
This is a long class that takes place over the lunch hour. Please bring lunch, beverages and/or snacks you may need. (The Visitor Center Cafe will have food/beverage available for purchase)

Limit 16, Oswald Visitor Center - Azalea Classroom

$45 member/$69 non-member, includes Arboretum admission and all supplies
register 


 


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