Sculpture & Sculpting
Classes & Workshops


switchplate
Laura Burlis 

Polymer Landscape Switchplate (125-11-11-17)
Saturday, November 11, 9:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Laura Burlis, experienced polymer clay artist and instructor who specializes in nature scenes

Beautify your home with a creative touch by making your own landscape switchplate! These little scenes are a lift for your spirits when you turn on the light in any room. Learn the fundamentals of working with polymer clay, this magical medium including making the famous "Skinner Blend"- a graduated blended background. Discover how to make a simple millefiori leaf cane to add leaf slices to your tree, and how to marble colors to make exquisite landscape elements. Finally, learn how to mimic the Italian technique of "pietra dura" to finish your landscape. All supplies are included! The switchplate (single or double standard plates) will be completed in class before you go home with the baking instructions, and knowledge to continue your adventures in the endless possibilities of polymer clay.
Place TBD, Limit 10

REGISTER $49 member/ $64 nonmember includes Arboretum admission and all supplies including base switchplate, all the clay to complete the design, and use of specialized clay tools while in class.
 

Ice Globe
Jennifer Shea Hedberg 

Ice Globe: Uniquely Stunning Thanksgiving Centerpiece (125-11-16-17)
Thursday, November 16, 6:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Jennifer Shea Hedberg, "The Ice Wrangler" and founder of Wintercraft, is an ice luminary artist and author whose passion is discovering and refining methods of creating beautiful illuminated ice creations.

Level: For All Ages - 16 and up!
Discover the magic of ICE! Make this unique centerpiece for Thanksgiving using all natural materials! The glitter and sparkle of illuminated ice surrounded by flowers and greens make a spectacular, one-of-a-kind centerpiece that will last through your Thanksgiving festivities with no mess. You will leave with a finished centerpiece including an ice globe and seasonal botanicals to keep for yourself or give as an extra special hostess gift. The skills you learn will allow you to make more memorable pieces for inside and out in the months to come. For adults and youth (ages 16 and up).
Limit 30, Learning Center

REGISTER $59 member/$82 non-member, includes Arboretum admission and all supplies ($30 value)
 

ice lanterns
Jennifer Shea Hedberg 

Making Finnish Glass Ice Lanterns (125-12-02-17)
Saturday, December 2, 10:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
Jennifer Shea Hedberg, "The Ice Wrangler" and founder of Wintercraft, is an ice luminary artist whose passion is discovering and refining methods of creating beautiful illuminated ice creations.

Join Jennifer as she instructs a technique called Finnish Glass Ice Lanterns. She will share steps and best "how-to" tips for making these elegant mini-towers of artful ice. The completed lanterns can be displayed outdoors or indoors, and they are a wintertime activity perfect for the whole family. Class includes hands-on work to practice and time to ask questions. The supplies and handout allow you to leave with everything you need to start making your own just-add-water lanterns at home. For adults and youth (ages 16 and up).
Limit 30, Learning Center

REGISTER $59 member/$82 non-member, includes Arboretum admission and all supplies ($30 value) for you to just "add water" at home.
 

 Stone Balance
credit Peter Juhl

The Power of Balance: Stone Sculptures for your Garden
Choose a session: 
Saturday, December 2, 9:30 a.m. - noon
Saturday, January 20, 9:30 a.m. - noon

Peter Juhl, stone balancing artist, www.temporarysculpture.com

Get balanced! Dazzle your friends with a new skill that looks like magic and combines elements of meditation, sculpture, and performance art. Peter will explain simple techniques using shape, weight, and friction to create impossible looking balances using ordinary stones. You'll get plenty of hands-on time and coaching to help you develop your new-found abilities and overcome obstacles. You'll also gain insights on photographing your creations, learn about design and composition, and receive helpful tips on more advanced balancing. You'll leave grounded, refreshed, and able to repeat your balancing act in your own garden. You'll never look at stones in the same way again! This workshop is designed for adults; because a general understanding of gravity and physics is discussed, suggested minimum age for this class is 12. An assortment of practice rocks will be available to use during class.
Limit 24, Snyder Building

REGISTER Saturday, December 2, 9:30 a.m. - noon (125-12-02-17-02)
$42 member/$55 non-member, includes Arboretum admission 
REGISTER Saturday, January 20, 9:30 a.m. - noon (125-01-20-18)
$42 member/$55 non-member, includes Arboretum admission

3D
Carlyn Iverson

3D Sculpting Adventure on your Computer: Art for the 21st Century (125-12-02-17-03)
Saturday, December 2, 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. AND Saturday February 3 , 1:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Carlyn Iverson, Renaissance woman, painter, author, designer, illustrator and lover of the Arboretum.

Level: Introductory, Ages 16 and up welcome
Learn how to use your computer and the free introductory digital 3D sculpting program Sculptris as you explore a new form of artistic expression for the 21st Century. (Sculptris will provide a foundation for those wishing to go further with advanced sculpting using ZBrush.) During class you will learn the history and use of 3D printers, how to create your own 3D sculpture and then output your creation to a 3D printing company. This is an introductory class...even with no prior experience you'll be amazed at what you can create! Carlyn will guide you step-by-step through the design process, and will help prepare the file for printing. The sculpture design file will be mailed to a 3D printing company and model will be returned to the Arboretum in time for the second portion of class on Saturday, February 3 to finish your model by painting it with acrylics (paints and supplies included). Finished sculpture size will be 3-5 inches tall. There will be a lunch break to give you time to go up to the Arboretum cafe or feel free to bring a bag lunch.
Limit 24, Bee And Pollinator Center

REGISTER $89 member/$119 non-members includes Arboretum admission, all model and shipping fees as well as all acrylic supplies for painting
 


WINTER
Arboretum Art Open Studio: Your place to create and converge! (125-01-09-18)
WINTER SERIES
Every Tuesday, 9 a.m. - 1 p.m. from January 9 through March 27, 2018

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
 

 

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