Many Arboretum Adult Classes & Programs Postponed or Canceled

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Creative Aging for Ages 60+
Classes & Workshops

Specially designed for ages 60 and over, join a fun group of folks and inspiring instructors to explore your creative side!

 woman with her graffiti art, photo Peyton Scott Russell

This activity is made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a grant from the Metropolitan Regional Arts Council, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts and cultural heritage fund.

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Creative Aging for Ages 60+: Graffiti Arts 8-Week Series

(8) Saturdays, 1-3:30 p.m., September 18 - November 6, 2021
Peyton Scott Russell, Accomplished artist, internationally-known instructor, and Bush Fellowship recipient, Peyton Scott Russell has been involved in graffiti arts for over 30 years.

No Experience Preferred!
Specially designed for ages 60 and over, this fun 8-week series will introduce you and fellow students (and soon-to-be friends) to graffiti/street art! No experience is fact, no experience is preferred! If you feel like you have untapped creative potential and want to harness your creative voice together with similar people, this series is for you! Learn about the history and aesthetics of graffiti as you develop your aerosol arts skills. Integrate elements of the Arboretum grounds and natural environment into your art pieces. Practice a variety of art-making techniques including traditional art elements and design principles.

  • Signature-Tag™: Creation of a unique signature nickname that becomes one's tag.
  • Quickut™: A multimedia experience involving conceptual cutting of letter
  • Sprallage™: Spray/collage to create work of art 
  • Face Stencil: Use photo projection, drawing, cutting and stencils to make your own face!
  • Jam Walls™: Using name painting, sketch outlines, fill-ins & stencil

Discussion, reflection, evaluation and critique sessions each week lead to greater understanding of this unique art form, and provide an important opportunity for growth. Aprons are provided in class, but you will want to wear old clothing for painting.
Limit 13, Marion Andrus Learning Center - Inside a Plant Lab

2021 registration coming soon!

$199 member/$249 non-member, includes Arboretum admission for all (8) sessions and all supplies

 Cfreative Aging Japanese textiles series

SAVE THE DATE: Details & Registration coming December 2020

Creative Aging for Ages 60+: Japanese Textile Immersion 6-Week Series

(6) Thursdays 10 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.: April 1, 8, 15, 22, 29 & May 6

Join award winning instructor, Chiaki O'Brien as she brings out your free expression and creativity. Through a variety of textile practices rooted in Japanese practice and philosophy, you will learn art forms, Japanese culture and embrace the notion of "happy accidents" which occur with every creative process when you "let go" and let your mind soar!

$199 member/$249 non-member, includes Arboretum admission and all supplies 
Limit 11 students

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 nature sketchbooks, credit Pam Luer

SAVE THE DATE: Details & Registration coming December 2020

Creative Aging for Ages 60+: Exploring Nature through Art 6-Week Series

(6) Wednesdays 10 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.: May 12, 19, 26, June 2, 9 & 16

What better place to deeply engage with the flora and fauna than the MN Landscape Arboretum? During these six weeks, you will build a deep connection to our natural world as you learn a variety of drawing and observational techniques in the creation of your unique illuminated nature journal.

Nationally renowned sketchbook instructor and artist Pam Luer will guide you in traditional horticultural field note practices which include thoughtful communion with nature through the arts, science and writing.

You will also interact with Arboretum horticultural professionals and the rare books found in the Andersen horticultural library to ensure a one of kind experience. Leave with the knowledge and creative practice in place for future connections to nature and art which can translate into a life-long practice.

$199 member/$249 non-member, includes Arboretum admission
Limit 15 students

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Subscribe here (select Adult Classes > Fine Arts & Crafts) to receive an email notification when this and other new Art classes are added!

Get an email notification when new art classes are added!
Subscribe here (select Adult Classes > Fine Arts & Crafts) to receive an email notification when new Fine Art & Crafts classes are added!


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