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Chiaki O'Brien

Japanese Weaving: SAORI (125-12-09-17)
Saturday December 9, 9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Chiaki O'Brien, SAORI Certified Instructor. Chiaki worked as an instructor for the SAORI head office in Japan before moving to Minnesota. 

LEVEL: No experience necessary
Create a delightful hand-made gift for yourself or a loved one as you enjoy a relaxing weaving experience in the Arboretum's Tea Room by the roaring fire. Your natural creativity is brought forth in this gentle, mindful and meditative process which emphasizes improvisation and creative expression. SAORI is a contemporary weaving method founded in Japan in 1913 and literally means "weaving with individual dignity." It is a meditative art form where the weaver finds themselves completely absorbed and fully immersed into the weaving in front of them. The elegantly simple foot powered loom is perfect for beginners who are freed from traditional rules and regulations employed in weaving. There are no mistakes--only opportunities and discoveries using techniques that are shared with the group. The end result is a one-of-a-kind textile perhaps a scarf, table runner or wall hanging. All supplies will be provided. Optional: bring any personal items you may wish to be woven into the work, such as handspun yarn, strips of fabric, feathers, or sticks.
Limit 9, Tea Room

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1 spot left
$89 member/ $119 nonmember,
 includes a Arboretum admission and all materials to create a take-home completed piece 


snowflake

 
Sarah Bober

Silver Snowflakes: Creating Silver Jewelry Sustainably (125-12-09-17-02)
Saturday, December 9, 10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Sarah Bober, ReFind Design, specializing in eco-friendly jewelry made from upcycled materials and is a Level One Certified Art Clay Instructor

Level: Beginner
A great holiday gift or to make for yourself...create a stunning pure silver snowflake that will outlast the cold! In this class you will design snowflake-inspired jewelry in metal clay. Students will learn how to set gemstones to add a little extra sparkle and shine to their pieces. Enough clay will be provided to create a pendant and earrings set or several pendants. Although it looks like clay, students will be working with pure silver--Art Clay Silver is an amazingly flexible medium that can be used like clay, but once fired becomes 99.9% pure silver--it is an eco-friendly product made entirely from reclaimed silver from discarded computers, medical instruments and photography supplies! Small class size ensures plenty of fun and one-on-one instructor attention. Pieces will be fired after class and available for pickup at the Arboretum within 1 week. No experience is necessary and all supplies will be included.
Limit 15, Visitor Center

register $89 member/$111 nonmember, includes Arboretum admission and all materials including 14 grams of silver clay, gemstones, firing of finished pieces, and shared use of Art Clay Syringe.
NOTE: Finished pieces will be available for pick up at the Arboretum on Dec. 16. If they choose, students can have their pieces shipped to their home for a nominal fee.  

silver

Sarah Bober

Silver Necklace with Glass Cabochon: Creating Silver Jewelry Sustainably (125-12-09-17-03)
Saturday, December 9, 2:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Sarah Bober, ReFind Design, specializing in eco-friendly jewelry made from upcycled materials and is a Level One Certified Art Clay Instructor

Level: Beginner
Learn how to incorporate dichroic glass into metal clay designs! Dichroic glass reflects multiple colors when viewed for a magnificently vibrant effect. Enough clay will be provided to create a pendant and earrings set or several pendants. Students will use stamps and various textures to create a base design to embellish with their choice of dichroic cabochon. Although it looks like clay, students will be working with pure silver--Art Clay Silver is an amazingly flexible medium that can be used like clay, but once fired becomes 99.9% pure silver--it is an eco-friendly product made entirely from reclaimed silver from discarded computers, medical instruments and photography supplies! At the end of class you will have created some beautiful pieces of jewelry to keep or give as gifts. Pieces will be fired after class and available for pickup at the Arboretum within 1 week. No experience is necessary and all supplies will be included.
Limit 15, Visitor Center

register $89 member/$111 nonmember, includes Arboretum admission and all materials, including including 14g silver clay, dichroic glass cabochons, firing of finished pieces, and shared use of Art Clay Syringe.
NOTE: Finished pieces will be available for pick up at the Arboretum on Dec. 16. Otherwise for a nominal shipping fee, pieces will be mailed to your home.

 


Photo Nina Wiskus
Wine and The Art of Floral Design: Floral Crown Workshop(200-02-08-18)
Thursday, February 8, 6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
Nina Wiskus and Channing Baker, Bloomfield Floral Designs

Enjoy some pre-Valentine's Day fun with a friend or two by learning the on-trend art of flower crowns. These deceptively simple arrangements are not just for little girls, but are a valuable skill to have for parties, gifts, or a fun way to celebrate the floral bounty of the garden later in the year. Begin with a quick introduction to some local wines, and sip and snack as Nina and Channing talk about the process and demonstrate the methods. Then gather flowers such as jasmine, waxflower and ranunculus to begin creating your own crown, with hands-on assistance from the instructors. You'll leave with a beautiful crown to wear or display at home, plus the skills needed to make more in the future. SUGGESTED: bring a box to safely bring your creation home
Limit 36, Bee Center
$65 members/$75 non-member
includes Arboretum admission and all supplies
COUPON: Register for three or more Floral Arranging classes and receive $20 off your total order! Use coupon code 20OFF 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 $65 members/$75 non-member, includes Arboretum admission and all supplies



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