Sculpture & Sculpting

Classes & Workshops

Discover, learn, and practice your skills in 3-dimensions! Create beautiful and unique sculptural forms in a variety of mediums...all inspired by nature or using natural materials!

Peter Juhl

The Power of Balance: Stone Sculptures for your Garden

Select a session:
Saturday, November 3, 2018 (125-11-03-18)
9:30 a.m. - noon
Saturday, November 3, 2018 (125-11-03-18-03)
1 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Saturday, January 19, 2019 (125-01-19-19)
9:30 a.m. - noon

Peter Juhl, stone balancing artist,

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, weights, and friction to create impossible looking balances using ordinary stones. 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 or anywhere with stones. 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, Oswald Visitor Center - Azalea Classroom

This session is SOLD OUT. Register for a different session, below!
Saturday, November 3, 2018
9:30 a.m. - noon
$42 member/$55 non-member
, includes Arboretum admission

Saturday, November 3, 2018 (125-11-03-18)
1 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.
$42 member/$55 non-member
, includes Arboretum admission

Saturday, January 19, 2019
9:30 a.m. - noon
$42 member/$55 non-member
, includes Arboretum admission

Jennifer Shea Hedberg 

Making Finnish Glass Ice Lanterns

Saturday, November 17, 2018
10 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.

Jennifer Shea Hedberg, "The Ice Wrangler" and founder of Wintercraft, ice luminary artist

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. Note that this is a how-to class, but you will not leave with a completed ice lantern--you will be able to make as many as you like in the convenience of your home! For adults and youth (ages 16 and up).
Limit 30, Marion Andrus Learning Center - Garden Lab

$59 member/$82 non-member, includes Arboretum admission and all supplies

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Gifts from the Garden:
A Day of Make-and-take Seasonal Gifts

Saturday, December 1, 2018
9:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Level: all levels, no experience required!

Grab a friend and spend a day at the Arboretum-- a unique opportunity to learn new skills as you explore a multitude of artistic endeavors. Come away with 3 completed projects made by you, conveniently useful for seasonal gifting.

View projects and learn more at

Limit 80, Marion Andrus Learning Center

$99 member/$119 non-memberincludes Arboretum admission and all supplies

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