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nature sketchbook

Feedback from previous Pam Luer Series:

I am so grateful to have been able to take Pam Luer's Nature Sketching class. She is an excellent teacher and combined with the addition of people invited to talk with us about viewing natures, the whole experience was excellent...Such wonderful color and so many beautiful plantings!...Thank you again for all of the time and effort you put into the arts program at the Arboretum. Pam is a real treasure to have as part of that agenda.
-JoAnn 

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, Tea Room, 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

click to view this class' painting

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



Arboretum Watercolor Break-Out Sessions
Blow out the boundaries of your watercolor painting, literally! Experience the sense of freedom you get as you think about artwork in a new way. You will have plenty of time in these all day watercolor workshops to practice new techniques, evaluate design and make new friends. At the end of class you will have a piece that needs no matting and will be ready to hang.


Arboretum Watercolor Break-Out Session: Landscapes (125-03-14-18)
Wednesday, March 14, 9:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Georgia Kandiko, longtime educator, award winning professional watercolor artist, and Arboretum devotee

Level: No experience necessary
Create a unique and beautiful painting that literally "breaks out" of canvas boundaries! From tree tops to shore side rocks, this unique watercolor piece explores the beauty of the Minnesota landscape. Georgia will guide you and other artists- both beginners and experienced students- through the process to make this one-of-a-kind painting. Each student's personal style will be revealed in the painting process, and interesting additions can be made along the way. Just bring yourself; all supplies included to make a watercolor piece ready to hang at home!
Limit 20, Oswald Visitor Center - Azalea Classroom

COUPON 
Register for 2 or more Watercolor Break-Out classes and receive $8 off each class! Use coupon code 8OFF 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 $69 member/$99 non-member, includes Arboretum admission and all supplies and take-home watercolor brush 



Arboretum Watercolor Break-Out Sessions
Blow out the boundaries of your watercolor painting, literally! Experience the sense of freedom you get as you think about artwork in a new way. You will have plenty of time in these all day watercolor workshops to practice new techniques, evaluate design and make new friends. At the end of class you will have a piece that needs no matting and will be ready to hang. 

Arboretum Watercolor Break-Out Session: Magnolias (125-04-04-18-01)
Wednesday, April 4, 9:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.

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

Level: No experience necessary
Create a unique and beautiful painting that literally "breaks out" of canvas boundaries! All too often people consider magnolias to be tender, southern plants. In reality, you can grow a number of magnolias in Minnesota. Join us just in time for the flower buds to appear at the Arboretum! In this all-day workshop, you will examine these spectacular tree blossoms as instructor Georgia Kandiko leads you step-by-step in creating an innovative watercolor masterpiece. Just bring yourself; all supplies included to make a watercolor piece ready to hang at home!
Limit 20, Oswald Visitor Center - Azalea Classroom

COUPON 
Register for 2 or more Watercolor Break-Out classes and receive $8 off each class! Use coupon code 8OFF 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  $69 member/$99 non-member, includes Arboretum admission and all supplies and take-home watercolor brush 



Arboretum Watercolor Break-Out Sessions
Blow out the boundaries of your watercolor painting, literally! Experience the sense of freedom you get as you think about artwork in a new way. You will have plenty of time in these all day watercolor workshops to practice new techniques, evaluate design and make new friends. At the end of class you will have a piece that needs no matting and will be ready to hang.  

Arboretum Watercolor Break-Out Session: Red-winged Blackbird (125-05-02-18)
Wednesday, May 2, 9:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Georgia Kandiko, longtime educator, award winning professional watercolor artist, and Arboretum devotee

Level: No experience necessary
Create a unique and beautiful painting that literally "breaks out" of canvas boundaries! Red-winged blackbirds are one of the most widespread birds in Minnesota, even though they winter in the southern U.S. The first hint of spring brings mature males north, and their distinctive song and the bright red shoulder patches make them easily recognizable in marshes and along reedy lake edges. Spend the day painting the bird itself as well as the cattail environment in a creative composition. On a break or after class head into the Arboretum to find one of these beauties in its natural habitat! Just bring yourself; all supplies included to make a watercolor piece ready to hang at home!
Limit 20, Oswald Visitor Center - Azalea Classroom

COUPON
Register for 2 or more Watercolor Break-Out classes and receive $8 off each class! Use coupon code 8OFF 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 $69 member/$99 non-member, includes Arboretum admission and all supplies and take-home watercolor brush 


David Smith

Beautiful Skies: Full Day Watercolor Workshop with David Smith (125-05-05-18)
Saturday, May 5, 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

David Smith, signature member of the MN Watercolor Society and Northstar Watermedia Society, over 20 years' teaching experience

Level: Some experience preferred
Watercolor is the perfect medium to explore and create the endless variety skies: stormy, still, gray or blue, sun sets and sun rises, along with the variety of cloud formations. Create the perfect backdrop for your watercolor landscape or seascape by learning multiple approaches to painting beautiful skies: wet-into-wet, wet on dry, pouring, and spattering. Watercolor is the perfect medium to explore and create the endless variety skies: stormy, still, gray or blue, sun sets and sun rises, along with the variety of cloud formations. Come and enjoy the possibilities at the Arboretum's new Tashjian Bee and Pollinator center with ample light and space to take your artwork to the next level.
See attached supply list for materials.
Limit 24, Tashjian Bee and Pollinator Discovery Center - McVay Learning Lab

register  $99 member/$129 non-member, includes Arboretum admission 


Mark MacClennan 



 This program features wine tastes!

Paint and Wine: The Japanese Garden in Bloom (125-05-17-18)
Thursday, May 17, 6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
Georgia Kandiko, longtime educator, award winning professional watercolor artist, and Arboretum devotee

Level: No experience necessary
In conjunction with the recent opening of the Arboretum summer show "Origami in the Garden" join us for a fun, relaxing and educational evening. Begin with an introduction to art as well as wine made from grapes developed at the University of Minnesota. Learn tips and techniques from Georgia that will turn your blank canvas into one of the most beloved locations in the Arboretum - The Japanese Garden! Even though you are guided step-by-step, Georgia encourages each student own unique perspective to shine through. Bring a friend, make it a date night or come to make new friends. No painting experience required! Come early and enjoy "Origami in the Garden," an outdoor sculpture exhibition created by American artists Jennifer and Kevin Box. Just bring yourself; all materials are included to make and bring home a ready-to-hang painting.
Limit 24, Tashjian Bee and Pollinator Discovery Center - McVay Learning Lab

register  $69 member/$89 non-member, includes Arboretum admission and all supplies 


Pam Luer

Nature Sketchbooks: All-Day Workshop with Pam Luer (125-06-02-18)
Saturday, June 2, 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

Pam Luer, artist and instructor for nearly 20 years, licensed product artist at Target, Crate & Barrel, and more

No experience necessary
What better way to learn to draw the Arboretum surroundings than under the guidance of a professional artist who specializes in natural-based designs? Begin class with a nature walk alongside a certified Master Naturalist or Master Gardener who will help sharpen your observational skills as you explore the flora and fauna of the Arboretum. At the same time, with Pam's expert guidance, participants will learn to observe and draw in new ways while expanding their understanding of the natural world. You will learn how to closely observe nature which will not only help you grow as an artist but expand your experiences in nature as well. This all-day workshop is for anyone who wants to add an element of art while "on the go" - in your backyard, park, or on your next vacation. All you need is a love of nature, an inquisitive eye, and a few carefully selected drawing tools. Put skills to use right away and enjoy the rewards of documenting the everyday beauty that is all around. Either bring your own supplies (see attached supply list) or purchase the $60 kit with this order which will be waiting for you on your first day of class.

Limit 12, Oswald Visitor Center - Azalea Classroom

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 my 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

register  $59 member/$89 non-member, includes Arboretum admission
$60 Supply Kit (Optional) The kit will be there for you at your first day of class



Arboretum Watercolor Break-Out Sessions
Blow out the boundaries of your watercolor painting, literally! Experience the sense of freedom you get as you think about artwork in a new way. You will have plenty of time in these all day watercolor workshops to practice new techniques, evaluate design and make new friends. At the end of class you will have a piece that needs no matting and will be ready to hang.  

Arboretum Watercolor Break-Out Session: Iris (125-06-06-18)
Wednesday, June 6, 9:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Georgia Kandiko, longtime educator, award winning professional watercolor artist, and Arboretum devotee

Level: No experience necessary
Blooming primarily in May and June, the Iris Garden at the Arboretum contains over 500 cultivars of this exquisite perennial. Named for the greek goddess of the rainbow, iris flowers come in a spectacular range of colors. Spending all day artfully depicting the flower and foliage will give you a better understanding of these gifts from nature and perhaps inspire you to come record other species as they break out in bloom at the Arboretum! Just bring yourself; all supplies included to make a watercolor piece ready to hang at home!
Limit 20, Oswald Visitor Center - Azalea Classroom

COUPON 
Register for 2 or more Watercolor Break-Out classes and receive $8 off each class! Use coupon code 8OFFat 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  $69 member/$99 non-member, includes Arboretum admission and all supplies and take-home watercolor brush 


Susan Frame
Sumi-e: Ink Painting Summer Splendor (125-06-09-18-01)
Saturday, June 9, 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Susan Frame, painter, poet, published author, and teacher

Level: No experience necessary, beginners to advanced painters welcome
Sumi-e is the Japanese word for Black Ink Painting. Spring and summer bring dazzling flowers and birds to Minnesota. Learn to paint irises and egrets in the sumi-e way. Using sumi (black ink), Chinese tube colors, rice paper and bamboo brushes , Susan Frame, the author of "Japanese Ink Painting: A Beginner's Art Guide to Sumi-e" will guide you in this small class setting. You will learn and refine your skills in a non-intimidating, fun environment with lots of encouragement as you develop your own personal approach. Class includes demonstration plus open painting time. Beginners through advanced artists welcome -- Watercolorists and other painters will also find this useful. Before or after class, stroll through the new "Origami in the Garden" summer exhibit to gain a deeper appreciation of Japanese-inspired art and aesthetics.
Limit 12, Oswald Visitor Center - Teaching Classroom

BRING FROM HOME

Photos of iris and egrets for inspiration.
Newspaper or white wool felt or tightly woven light colored wool for undersurface.
Blotting towel or paper towels.
2 water containers for rinsing brushes, the size of large yogurt containers
At least 5 small white/light colored plates (not bowls) for mixing ink. Saucer size is good.
Bag lunch, or purchase lunch in the Arboretum Cafe during class break

register  $79 member/$109 non-member, includes Arboretum admission, two bamboo brushes, rice paper, shared ink, shared color 


Catherine Hearding

Painting Trees in Watercolor (125-06-09-18)
Saturday, June 9, 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Catherine Hearding, Award-winning painter and in-demand instructor

Level: No experience necessary
There is no better place to learn or refine watercolor skills, especially with the subject of trees, than at the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum! How do you paint a landscape when it is so green here in Minnesota? This watercolor workshop will focus on painting trees in different settings, including groups of trees, flowering trees, background trees and close-ups. Students will learn how to use value, intensity and color temperature to paint realistic looking trees and will learn how to mix a wide range of natural looking greens. Includes all supplies needed to complete a finished masterpiece to take home.
Limit 24, Tashjian Bee and Pollinator Discovery Center - McVay Learning Lab

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


Mark J MacLennan



 This program features beer tastes!

Paint and Craft Beer (125-07-19-18)
Thursday, July 19, 6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
Georgia Kandiko, longtime educator, award winning professional watercolor artist, and Arboretum devotee

Level: No experience necessary
Unmapped Brewing Co. in Minnetonka is the featured brewery for this Paint & Pint session. Join friends new and old in this fun, interactive night out. Georgia has a special knack for bringing out the best in each student as you paint a unique MN Landscape Arboretum scene with acrylic on canvas, featuring Spring Peeper Meadow. Rudbeckia hirta or Black-eyed Susan is one of hundreds of native wildflowers, grasses, and sedges to germinate on this restored property brought back to its history as a sedge meadow in April of 1997. All materials and supplies are included to sip, make, and take a finished masterpiece. You will be amazed by the tips and techniques you learn, Georgia will have you confident and exploring your own style in no time. Just show up, ready for fun. Includes beer samples, light snacks and all art supplies to create a finished acrylic on canvas work of art.
Limit 24, Tashjian Bee and Pollinator Discovery Center - McVay Learning Lab

register  $69 member/$89 non-member, includes Arboretum admission and all supplies 


Craig Challgren 
Beginning Asian Brush Painting (125-09-08-18-02)
Saturday, September 8, 9 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Dee Teller, Internationally known artist famous for her Asian brush painting and calligraphy. Her Asian name is Ding Teller - which means "Happy Teacher."

Level: No experience necessary
Come to the Arboretum for a day immersed in Japanese art and culture. Inspired by the Arboretum's "Origami in the Garden" exhibition, learn about traditional Asian painting, calligraphy, and even a little bit of tai chi will be practiced to change breath and improve energy. Students will be introduced to the four treasures of Asian brush painting: the brush, the ink, the paper, and the ink stone. You will be taught the correct way to hold a sumi-e (black ink painting) brush and go home with your very own set of three bushes and sumi ink to continue practicing. Learn to write "horse" six different ways in Asian calligraphy using traditional sumi-e black ink and rice paper. Then practice the simple horse form using charcoal, as demonstrated by Dee. Once you are comfortable, Dee will take you step-by-step through painting an ink horse on rice paper. Each student will leave with a complete Asian brush horse painting. There will be plenty of time to ask questions and derive inspiration from this experienced artist/instructor. Don't forget to stop by the special outdoor exhibition and view the monumental origami horse on display-all included in your admission!
Limit 20, Tashjian Bee and Pollinator Discovery Center - McVay Learning Lab

BRING FROM HOME: roll of paper towels, washed and empty plastic container and lid (such as a large yogurt container), cardboard paper towel tube.
SUGGESTED (OPTIONAL): camera, sketchbook, photos of horses that you have taken or have permission to use.

register  $119 member/$149 non-member, includes Arboretum admission plus rice paper, a set of three pointed-hair handmade brushes,and a bottle of traditional sumi-e black ink. ($40 value)

 

 


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