Fine Art, Crafts & Literature
Classes & Workshops


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Recurring sessions
women laughing and making art together, photo Monkey Business Images/Shutterstock

Arboretum Art Open Studio

Winter 12-Week Series
Tuesdays 9:00 a.m.-noon, January 4-March 22, 2022

Level All levels, mediums & abilities are welcome
Supplies Bring-Your-Own

Whether you are just beginning or have been practicing your art for many years, everyone benefits from this supportive, welcoming environment.
  • Tables, chairs and easy water access are available for your convenience
  • One fee per session allows admittance for all 12 Tuesdays
  • Review these Covid-19 safety protocols for attending in-person classes at the Arboretum.

Limit 20, in person at the Snyder Building - Tea Room

WAITLIST Sold out. Add your name to the waitlist, we will contact you if a spot opens! Winter 12-Week Series
Tuesdays 9:00 a.m.-noon, January 4-March 22, 2022
$59 member/$239 non-member, includes Arboretum admission for all 12 Tuesdays. 

February classes
 Tiger Lily drawing by art instructor Aryn Lill

Tiger Lily in Colored Pencils: Arboretum Inspired Drawing

Saturday, February 5, 10:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m.
Aryn Lill, Art instructor, artists and passionate about helping others on their artistic journey

Level Beginner to Intermediate
Supplies All supplies included for use in-class

Want to start drawing but don't know where to begin? Have you done a little drawing but want to grow and learn? These classes are designed for you to help you develop observation of shape, line weight, color, layering, and blending techniques. Choose just one session or both (Tiger Lily Feb 5, Cardinal Feb 12) to grow your skills!
  • Learn to draw using a 4-step breakdown instructional process. The instructor will guide each step of the way
  • Learn fundamental skills of art including shading, composition, perspective and shape
  • Discover why materials matter
  • Watch live demonstrations with plenty of time for questions and answers
  • Practice skills with a variety of drawing tools supplied in class
  • Take home handouts to assist you in practicing outside of class

Bring a sense of curiosity and adventure and a desire to tap into your creative side! Bring your own snacks/lunch, or plan to purchase from the Arb Cafe. Review these Covid-19 safety protocols for attending in-person classes at the Arboretum.

Provided for use in class Studio-quality drawing & colored pencils, white pastel pencil, kneaded & plastic eraser, blending stump, sharpener, tan-toned paper

Limit 24, in person at the Snyder Building - Snyder Auditorium


$69 member/$84 non-member, includes Arboretum admission and all supplies which will be waiting for you to use in class

circles table runner, by art instructor Leslie Granbeck

"Circles" Felted Table Runner

Saturday, February 5, 2022, 10:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.
Leslie Granbeck, Minneapolis-based feltmaker and instructor whose classes are full of color, creativity and adventure, www.fiberenvy.net

Level No experience necessary, but some physical stamina needed for felting classes
Supplies All fibers and materials included ($30 value)

Inspired by vintage penny rugs and the Russian artist Wassily Kandinsky, this design looks great in any home, office or cabin, for your table or wall!
  • Learn and practice the magic of wet feltmaking
  • Design a colorful runner or wall hanging from wool fibers and a little soapy water
  • No knitting or sewing required

Bring from home: Bag lunch/snacks/beverages, scissors, 2-3 old hand towels, 1 old bath towel and a plastic bag to carry home wet items, apron (optional)

Review these Covid-19 safety protocols for attending in-person classes at the Arboretum.
Limit 14, in person at the Learning Center - Garden Lab

Sold out. Add your name to the waitlistwe will contact you if a space opens! $89 member/$109 non-member, includes Arboretum admission and all supplies ($30 value) which will be waiting for you in class.

Acrylic expressive abstract painting by instructor Ann Solyst

Expressive Play Creating Abstracts: Acrylic Painting (Online)

Saturday, February 12, 2022, 9:30 a.m.-12:00 p.m.
Ann Solyst, Award winning painter and illustrator

Level: All levels welcome, no experience necessary
Supplies Use your own at home, see supply list

In this explorative and relaxing class students experience the joy of artistic play by creating a unique abstract acrylic painting. The instructor lead you through detailed demonstrations and help you develop your skills through exercises designed to gently prompt you to
  • develop color schemes
  • invent compositions, and
  • call forth your personal artistic voice.

Arboretum class host Arboretum Art Curator & Program Manager Wendy DePaolis, will be facilitating this class live. For webinar questions or assistance during class, contact Wendy at depao008@umn.edu or 952-334-4019.

How it works: Register 1 person with 1 email at a time. If you would like to register multiple people, please register them each separately with separate emails. Registered attendees will receive the link needed to join in their initial purchase confirmation by email. The Arboretum will also send a reminder email with the link within a few days of the start date. Simply click the link at the webinar start time to join the class via Zoom, an online interactive platform hosted by Arboretum, which allows interaction, feedback and questions.

Limit 24, Live online interactive workshop via Zoom


$49 member/$64 non-member, includes instruction, Zoom recording for future reference for 60 days, and a supportive fun environment. (Use your own supplies at home, see supply list)

cardinal drawing, by instructor Aryn Lill

Cardinal in Colored Pencil: Arboretum Inspired Drawing

Saturday, February 12, 2021, 10:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m.
Aryn Lill, Art instructor, artist who is passionate about helping others on their artistic journey

Level Beginner to Intermediate
Supplies All supplies included for use in-class

Want to start drawing but don't know where to begin? Have you done a little drawing but want to grow and learn? These classes are designed for you to help you develop observation of shape, line weight, color, layering, and blending techniques. Choose just one session or both (Tiger Lily Feb 5, Cardinal Feb 12) to grow your skills!
  • Learn to draw using a 4-step breakdown instructional process. The instructor will guide each step of the way
  • Learn fundamental skills of art including shading, composition, perspective and shape
  • Discover why materials matter
  • Watch live demonstrations with plenty of time for questions and answers
  • Practice skills with a variety of drawing tools supplied in class
  • Take home handouts to assist you in practicing outside of class

Bring a sense of curiosity and adventure and a desire to tap into your creative side! Bring your own snacks/lunch or plan to purchase from the Arb Cafe. Review these Covid-19 safety protocols for attending in-person classes at the Arboretum.

Provided for use in class Studio-quality drawing & colored pencils, white pastel pencil, kneaded & plastic erasers, blending stump, sharpener, and tan-toned paper

Limit 16, in person at the Snyder Building - Tea Room

Sold out. Add your name to the waitlist, we will contact you if a space opens! $69 member/$84 non-member, includes Arboretum admission and all supplies which will be waiting for you to use in class

March classes
Floral watercolor painting by instructor Sonja Hutchinson

Floral Fantasy: Explorations in Watercolor

Tuesday, March 8, 2022, 10:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.
Sonja Hutchinson, Award-winning painter and long time watercolor painting instructor

Level Some watercolor experience preferred
Supplies Bring your own supplies, see list below

In this session you will build your own bouquet full of energy and light:
  • Experiment using stencils, plastic wrap, watercolor pencils and more
  • Complete a floral composition of spring wild flowers
  • Practice with the drawing references provided for Bachelor buttons, Forget-Me-Nots, Lupine, Queen Anne's Lace and Columbine.
Bring these supplies to class:
  • Your regular watercolor paint and brushes
  • 1-2 sheets of 140# watercolor paper (9 x 12 is fine)
  • A pencil and eraser
  • Transfer paper such as Saral

Note that lunch is not included; please bring a bag lunch, beverages and/or snacks, or plan to purchase from the Arb Cafe. Review these Covid-19 safety protocols for attending in-person classes at the Arboretum.

Limit 16, in person at the Oswald Visitor Center - Azalea Classroom

WAITLIST Sold out. Add your name to the waitlistwe will contact you if a space opens! $69 member/$84 non-member, includes Arboretum admission and some additional supplies that will be waiting for you to use in class: drawing references, stencils, plastic wrap, and watercolor pencils.

 books, photo StanislavSalamanov/shutterstock

Books in the Garden Summer Series: Fresh "Takes" on Nature Writing

Toni McNaron, Ph.D., award-winning professor emerita of English, University of Minnesota

Second Wednesday of each month, Noon-1:30 p.m.
March 9, April 13, May 11, June 8, July 13 & August 10

As our natural world becomes increasingly altered by climate change and global warming, we will explore five books where authors are relating to nature or "using" nature in fresh ways. Though some of these examples are quite contemporary, others cast a long shadow in history. The titles include scientific writing, memoir, fiction, and poetry, so we will come at our theme from multiple generic perspectives.
Join us for this journey into teasing out how Nature can teach us about itself and ourselves.
  • March 9 Salt Path by Raynor Winn
  • April 13 & May 11 Finding the Mother Tree by Suzanne Simard
  • June 8 The Girl Who Sang to the Buffalo by Kent Nerburn
  • July 13 Black Nature: Four Centuries of African American Nature Poetry edited by Camille T. Dungy
  • August 10 The Paper Garden: Mrs. Delaney Begins Her Life's Work at 72 by Molly Peacock

By coming to this class, you are agreeing to our latest COVID guidelines for onsite programs. In person attendance is urged with a remote options available upon request, contact class manager Wendy at Depaolis depao008@umn.edu for details about the online option.

Limit 25, Oswald Visitor Center - Teaching Classroom


$110 member/$155 non-member, includes Arboretum admission

examples of Japanese textile art for Creative Aging class, photos/art credit: Chiaki O'Brien

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

(6) Thursdays 10:00 a.m.-1:30 p.m.: March 10, March 17, March 24, March 31, April 7, April 14, 2022

Chiaki O'Brien, Renowned textile artist/teacher for over 17 years, and Jerome Fiber artist grant recipient who learned the SAORI artform directly from the founder and then brought it to the United States. Watch an interview with the artist

Level: No experience preferred!
Supplies: All supplies included

Specially designed for ages 60 and over, this fun 6-week series will introduce you and fellow students (and soon-to-be friends) to explore the world of Japanese textile art and culture! These art forms don’t require a lot of “small motor skills,” an advantage for anyone with limited hand dexterity. No experience is necessary...in fact, no experience is preferred! Learn about the rich history of Japanese textile in art, then delve into four art forms which originated in Japan:

  • SAORI
    SAORI Weaving focuses on the process, not a "finished product." Let the weaving itself tell you what it wants to be, perhaps a scarf, vest, or shawl!
  • Kumihimo
    Japanese Braiding can be adapted in many decorative ways. Learn a "knotting" technique to make a lucky charm key chain.
  • Itajime Shibori
    Using Bengala Mud Dye, create a yard square wrapping cloth ("Furoshiki" in Japanese).
  • Bengala Mud Dye
    Learn some designing ideas and apply your own creativity to a scarf as you twist, clamp, fold, tie or combine techniques!! There will be a dozen colors to choose from.

You will have the time and space to create your art pieces in a meditative, relaxing environment which will bring out your inner creative voice. There will be much time for discussion, questions and reflection of the day’s activities. The final session is spent on evaluation and reflection along with reception and a fashion show for friends and family as you and fellow students will be able to showcase your work by walking down a classroom runway.

You may want to bring your own snacks/beverages to enjoy during class, or plan to purchase from the Arboretum Cafe. Review these Covid-19 safety protocols for attending in-person classes at the Arboretum.

Limit 12, in person at the Snyder Building - Tea Room

WAITLIST Sold out. Add your name to the waitlist, we will contact you if a spot opens! $199 member/$249 non-member, includes Arboretum admission for all (6) sessions and all supplies
Metro Regional Arts Council logo These activities are 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.

ONLINE
colorful Watercolor painting by Sonja Hutchinson

This is an ONLINE session! There is an in-person session also available on Mondy, May 16 - see separate class listing below.

Finding Your Rhythm in Watercolor (Online)

Tuesday, March 15, 2022, 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
Sonja Hutchinson, Award-winning painter and long time watercolor painting instructor

Level No experience necessary
Use your own supplies, see supply list below

This live interactive workshop (online) on Zoom will help you understand the relationships between paper, water, paint and brushes in watercolor. We will:
  • Learn the key stages of the watercolor process
  • Develop understanding of your paint properties
  • Complete a series of practice exercises to learn how to create special effects
  • Understand how to achieve the results you desire in your watercolor exploration

A video recording of the entire class will be provided that will allow you to go back to review class techniques. No need to take notes!

Supply List:
  • Watercolors (at least 4-5 colors)
  • Watercolor brushes (one flat, one round)
  • 3-4 sheets of 140# cold press paper (100% cotton, such as Arches) 9 x 12 is a good size for this
  • Water containers
  • A palette for mixing your colors

Zoom Arboretum class host: Arboretum Art Curator & Program Manager Wendy DePaolis, will be facilitating this class live. For webinar questions or assistance during class, contact Wendy at depao008@umn.edu or 952-334-4019.

How it works: Register 1 person with 1 email at a time. If you would like to register multiple people, please register them each separately with separate emails. Registered attendees will receive the link needed to join in their initial purchase confirmation by email. The Arboretum will also send a reminder email with the link within a few days of the start date. Simply click the link at the webinar start time to join the class via Zoom, an online interactive platform hosted by Arboretum, which allows interaction, feedback and questions.

Limit 16, live online interactive workshop via Zoom


$45 member/$65 non-member, includes instruction, Zoom recording for future reference for 60 days, and a supportive fun environment.

felted vessels, by art instructor Leslie Granbeck

Felted Vessels and Bowls for Spring

Saturday, March 19, 2022, 10:00 a.m.-3:30 p.m.
Leslie Granbeck, Minneapolis-based feltmaker and instructor whose classes are full of color, creativity and adventure, www.fiberenvy.net

Level No experience necessary, but some physical stamina needed for felting classes.
Supplies Most materials included (value $25).
Bring from home: scissors, 2-3 hand towels, 1 old bath towel and a plastic bag to carry home wet items, bag lunch (optional)

Learn the fascinating art of seamless feltmaking! As one of the most versatile textiles, this soft material provides a wonderful means of artistic expression. It is malleable, durable and can transform to be manipulated into all sorts of shapes. Felt your own vessel to hold flowers, chocolates, trinkets or to simply brighten up any shelf.
  • Use fine merino wool and a variety of decorative fibers
  • Learn to "sculpt" your vessel into any shape from organic to contemporary
  • Make the vessel reversible - two for the price of one!
  • Experience the magic as you leave with your organic three dimensional felt artwork to keep or give as a gift.
Notes:
  • You'll be working with water, so dress for mess.
  • Food is not available at the Learning Center; you are welcome to bring your own bag lunch, beverages and/or snacks.
  • Review these Covid-19 safety protocols for attending in-person classes at the Arboretum.

Limit 14, in person at the Marion Andrus Learning Center - Inside a Plant Lab

Sold Out! Add you name to the waitlist, we will contact you if a spot opens. $84 member/$99 non-member, includes Arboretum admission and all listed materials (value $25) which will be waiting for you in class.

women laughing and making art together, photo Monkey Business Images/Shutterstock

Arboretum Art Open Studio - Spring 12-Week Series

Tuesdays 9:00 a.m.-noon, March 29-June 14, 2022

Level All levels, mediums & abilities are welcome
Supplies Bring-Your-Own

Whether you are just beginning or have been practicing your art for many years, everyone benefits from this supportive, welcoming environment.
  • Tables, chairs and easy water access are available for your convenience
  • One fee per session allows admittance for all 12 Tuesdays
  • Review these Covid-19 safety protocols for attending in-person classes at the Arboretum.

Limit 20, in person at the Snyder Building - Tea Room

WAITLIST

Sold out. Add your name to the waitlist, we will contact you if a spot opens! Spring 12-Week Series
Tuesdays 9:00 a.m.-noon, March 29-June 14, 2022
$59 member/$239 non-member, includes Arboretum admission for all 12 Tuesdays. 


April classes
 bird drawings by Ann Solyst
view larger image

Drawing Birds in Pastel: 4-Session Series (Online)

Mondays, April 4, 11, 18 and 25
9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

Ann Solyst, Award-winning painter and illustrator

Level: All levels welcome, those with some drawing experience will find the most benefit
Supplies: Use-Your-Own (see list below)

Four sessions to explore chalk pastels: a portable, versatile medium with a dynamic, painterly quality akin to oil painting, but without the need for harsh chemicals. Whether you are familiar with chalk pastel or have never picked up a pastel in your life this is the class for you! Join us as we use pastels to take an artistic look at four different Minnesota birds. Create a different bird each session, including a barn owl, cardinal, crow and ruby-throated hummingbird!
  • Watch helpful demonstrations from the instructor
  • Discover, practice, and experiment with pastel techniques
  • Create refined drawings that balance line, form, color and composition
  • Receive attention and step-by-step instructions to draw at your own pace in the comfort of your own home.
Supply List
  • NuPastel soft pastel colors: Black, White, Warm medium gray, Light blue, Flamingo, Emerald green, Light ochre, Raw sienna, Sepia
  • Willow Charcoal - three pieces
  • Mi-Tientes Drawing Paper
  • One light blue 19"x25" sheet, then divide each sheet into two separate 9"x12" sheets.
  • Mi-Tientes Drawing Paper
  • One sand19"x25" sheet, then divide each sheet into two separate 9"x12" sheets.
  • Sketching paper, recommended: Blick white sulphite drawing paper, 80lb 100 sheets 9x12
  • Kneaded eraser
  • HB (or no.2) drawing pencil

Limit 16, Online via Zoom


Use-Your-Own Supplies, see supply list above
$159 member/$189 non-member

 SAORI weaving students with the instructor

Contemporary Japanese Weaving: SAORI

Saturday, April 9, 9 a.m.-noon 

Chiaki O'Brien, SAORI Certified Instructor; former instructor at SAORI head office in Japan
Level No experience necessary
Supplies All supplies will be provided to make and bring home a completed weaving

Create a delightful hand-made gift for yourself or a loved one as you enjoy a relaxing weaving experience. SAORI weaving is a gentle, mindful and meditative process which emphasizes improvisation and creative expression. This contemporary weaving method founded in Japan in 1968, 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. Use a simple foot powered loom, perfect for beginners!
  • Break free of rules and regulations employed in traditional weaving
  • There are no mistakes in this style of weaving
  • As you create, opportunities, discoveries, and techniques are shared with the group
  • Complete your own unique textile, perhaps a scarf, table runner or wall hanging

Bring from home (optional): Any personal items you may wish to be woven into the work, such as handspun yarn, strips of fabric, feathers, or sticks.

You will receive a bar-code ticket for entry to the Arboretum in your email purchase confirmation. Your ticket is valid for entry on the day of your class. Present your ticket to the gate attendant as you enter the Arboretum. You may stay at the Arboretum after class as long as you want during our operating hours. Review these Covid-19 safety protocols for attending in-person classes at the Arboretum.
Limit 12


Saturday, April 9, 9 a.m.-noon
$94 member/$124 non-member
, includes Arboretum admission and all supplies
Marion Andrus Learning Center - Tree Place

skyscapes painting by Catherine Hearding

Painting Skyscapes Watercolor Workshop

Saturday, April 9
10 a.m.-4 p.m.

Catherine Hearding, Award-winning painter and in-demand instructor
Level: Some watercolor experience required.
Supplies: Bring-Your-Own (see supply list) OR All Supplies Included; see pricing options

In this workshop, learn how to use watercolor to create luminous skies, an integral part to any outdoor scene. The transparency of the medium lends itself well to the subject. Using layers of wet-into-wet watercolor, learn how to
  • apply and blend these subtle layers of color
  • create different types of clouds
  • capture the changing moods of the sky.

Build confidence in your painting skills with Catherine's painting process. Note that lunch is not included; please bring a bag lunch from home.

You will receive a bar-code ticket for entry to the Arboretum in your email purchase confirmation. Your ticket is valid for entry on the day of your class. Present your ticket to the gate attendant as you enter the Arboretum. You may stay at the Arboretum after class as long as you want during our operating hours. Review these Covid-19 safety protocols for attending in-person classes at the Arboretum.

Limit 24, Tashjian Bee and Pollinator Discovery Center - McVay Learning Lab


Choose your price at checkout:
Bring-Your-Own Supplies, see supply list
$99 member/$119 non-member,
includes Arboretum admission

All Supplies Included
$139 member/$159 non-member,
includes Arboretum admission and all listed supplies (which will be waiting for you to use in class)

 Stone balance instructor Peter Juhl

The Power of Balance: Stone Sculptures for your Garden

Saturday, April 9, 9 a.m.-11:30 a.m.

Peter Juhl, stone balancing artist, www.temporarysculpture.com
Level No experience necessary
Supplies: Use an assortment of the instructor's practice rocks during class

Dazzle your friends with a new skill that looks like magic and combines elements of meditation, sculpture, and performance art. Create impossible looking balances using ordinary stones!
  • Learn and practice simple techniques using shape, weight and friction
  • Gain insights on photographing your creations

You'll leave grounded, refreshed, and able to repeat your balancing act in your own garden or anywhere with stones.

Additional details

  • This workshop is designed for adults; because a general understanding of gravity and physics is discussed, the suggested minimum age for this class is 12.
  • You will receive a bar-code ticket for entry to the Arboretum in your email purchase confirmation. Your ticket is valid for entry on the day of your class. Present your ticket to the gate attendant as you enter the Arboretum. You may stay at the Arboretum after class as long as you want during our operating hours.
  • Review these Covid-19 safety protocols for attending in-person classes at the Arboretum.

Limit 24, Oswald Visitor Center - Azalea Classroom


Saturday, April 9, 9 a.m.-11:30 a.m.
$45 member/$60 non-member, includes Arboretum admission

Balanced Stone Sculptures: Refresher Course to Continue the Journey

Saturday, April 9
12:30 p.m.-3 p.m.

Peter Juhl, stone balancing artist, www.temporarysculpture.com
Level Adults who have previously taken the Peter Juhl's Stone Balancing class or have other stone balancing experience
Supplies Use an assortment of the instructor's practice rocks during class

Maybe you've forgotten what you learned, maybe you're ready to further your stone balancing journey, or perhaps you just would like to rekindle the excitement you felt in a previous class you attended with master rock balancer Peter Juhl. If so, this is the class for you! In this class you will:
  • Review the basics and practice foundational techniques.
  • Receive helpful tips on more advanced balancing
  • Create even more impossible-looking balances using ordinary stones
  • Learn additional techniques to preserve your creations in photography including design and composition

Bring a camera device to class. You'll leave refreshed, grounded, and able to repeat your balancing act - in your own garden or anywhere you find stones.

This workshop is designed for adults; the suggested minimum age for this class is 12.

You will receive a bar-code ticket for entry to the Arboretum in your email purchase confirmation. Your ticket is valid for entry on the day of your class. Present your ticket to the gate attendant as you enter the Arboretum. You may stay at the Arboretum after class as long as you want during our operating hours. Review these Covid-19 safety protocols for attending in-person classes at the Arboretum.
Limit 24, Oswald Visitor Center - Azalea Classroom


$45 member/$60 non-member, includes Arboretum admission

 Pansies, watercolor by Cathering Hearding

Pretty Pansies Watercolor Workshop

Tuesday, April 19
10 a.m.-4 p.m.

Sonja Hutchinson, Award-winning painter and long time watercolor painting instructor
Level: Some watercolor experience preferred
Supplies Bring-Your-Own, See supply list below

In Minnesota, pansies bring welcome color to our patios early in spring. In this class you will paint pansies with soft undulating color and delicate accents. Step-by-step demonstrations and reference materials lead you through the painting process to complete your piece.
  • Enjoy live step-by-step demonstrations
  • Practice new painting techniques from paint handling to composition
  • Develop a deeper understanding of the watercolor process
  • Receive reference materials which lead you through the entire painting process
  • Continue your painting journey with this timely class, as you observe pansies at the Arboretum or in your own backyard.
Supply list for this class
  • Your regular watercolor paint colors, including: Permanent Rose or Alizarin Crimson; Violet; Hansa or Winsor Yellow; Phthalo, Winsor or Prussian Blue
  • #10 Round Watercolor Brush and 1" wash brush and a rigger or liner brush
  • A palette for mixing your colors
  • 140# Arches watercolor paper (2 - 9 x 12 sheets)
  • A non-porous painting support surface
  • Water Containers
  • Bring your own snacks/lunch/beverages or water bottle

Note that lunch is not included; please bring a bag lunch from home.

You will receive a bar-code ticket for entry to the Arboretum in your email purchase confirmation. Your ticket is valid for entry on the day of your class. Present your ticket to the gate attendant as you enter the Arboretum. You may stay at the Arboretum after class as long as you want during our operating hours. Review these Covid-19 safety protocols for attending in-person classes at the Arboretum.

Limit 20, Snyder Building - Snyder Auditorium


$89 member/$104 non-member, includes Arboretum admission

Banner of nature sketchbook images from artist Pam Luer's website, PamLuer.com

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

(6) Thursdays 10 a.m.-1:30 p.m.: April 21 & 28, May 5, 12, 19 & 26

Pam Luer, professional artist specializing in nature based motifs. Pam has licensed her designs with gift and home decor industries. Watch a video about Pam Luer

Level: Come as you are with little or no drawing experience. This is an exploratory class to connect you more deeply with nature through observation.
Supplies: All supplies included

What better place to artistically engage with the flora and fauna than the MN Landscape Arboretum? Specially designed for ages 60 and over, this in-depth 6-week series allows you and fellow students (and soon-to-be friends) to build a deep connection to our natural world as you learn a variety of drawing and observational techniques. Each session will build on the last as you develop skills and techniques to create your unique illuminated nature journal, a tradition that stems from the ancient Greeks to famed naturalists such as Audubon, Muir and Darwin. 

  • Learn traditional horticultural field note practices which includes thoughtful communion with nature through the arts, science and writing
  • Experiment with a variety of materials
  • Explore a wide range of artistic ways to record nature
  • Visit with Arboretum horticultural professionals and tour the rare books in the horticultural library to deepen your knowledge and appreciation of nature, and the art of recording it.

Reflect at the end of each session with this community as you develop a deeper portal to the natural world. Leave with the knowledge and creative practice in place for future connections to nature and art which can translate into a life-long practice.

You may want to bring your own snacks/beverages to enjoy during class, or plan to purchase from the Arboretum Cafe. Review these Covid-19 safety protocols for attending in-person classes at the Arboretum.

Limit 16, in person at the Snyder Building - Tea room

2 financial scholarships are still available for those who are would otherwise not be able to attend. Please contact the Learning Center office at ArbEdu@umn.edu or 612-301-1210 to inquire.
register
Sold out. Add your name to the waitlist, we will contact you if a spot opens! $199 member/$249 non-member, includes Arboretum admission for all (6) sessions and all supplies
Metro Regional Arts Council logo These activities are 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.

May classes
Felted Fox, Laura Berlage

Needle Felting: An Adorable Fox (Online)

Thursday, May 5
1 p.m.-4 p.m.

Laura Berlage, Fiber artist and in-demand instructor, Laura weaves classical art training with her fundamental need to create works that liberate the creative soul.

Level All Welcome
Supplies Materials kit Included, shipped to you! Each kit contains enough materials to make two foxes and includes: Wool from Berlage's sheep, felting needles, a foam work pad, and any necessary beads, thread, kabob stick, pipe cleaner, or other accoutrements necessary for the project. The kit also includes a link and password to pre-recorded tutorials hosted on Laura's studio website. You may want to watch prior to class, as a backup or review.
Supplies needed at home: Scissors, stable work space with good lighting and a comfortable chair, ability to connect to Zoom

Needle felting is fun! You will be guided step-by-step through the process to transform hand-dyed wool from the instructor's flock of sheep from her family's century-old homestead farm outside Hayward, Wisconsin into your very own adorable felted fox!
  • A complete materials kit will be mailed from the instructor's Wisconsin farm directly to the address you specify at checkout.
  • The included materials kit comes with enough wool to make two foxes, so you can perfect your technique on the second one after class
  • Experience the magic of needle felting with tips to add to your growing skillset
  • Enjoy the process of creating a cute, wooly friend, fun to keep or give as a gift!
How it works:
  • When you register, there will be a special question asking which address you want the materials kit mailed to. Enter this address carefully! Important note: the kits are shipped via UPS, so we need an actual physical address, we cannot ship to PO boxes.
  • Registered participants will be emailed a link to join the class via Zoom, an online interactive platform hosted by Arboretum, which allows interaction, feedback and questions.
  • Arboretum Art Curator & Program Manager Wendy DePaolis will be facilitating this class live. For technical questions or assistance during class, contact Wendy at depao008@umn.edu or 952-334-4019.
  • You will receive a recording of the live class which is available for 90 days following the class.
  • Arboretum Art Curator & Program Manager Wendy DePaolis will be facilitating this class live. For technical questions or assistance during class, contact Wendy at depao008@umn.edu or 952-334-4019. You will receive a recording of the live class which is available for 90 days following the class.

Limit 12, online via Zoom


Mailed-to-You: $94 member/$114 non-member, includes materials kit valued at $25 mailed to your home address (Registration deadline: April 21, noon)

 

Eco-Print Scarf: Wear the Arboretum

Saturday, May 14
10:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m.

Jean Manrique, Experienced high-end fiber artist and instructor specializing in natural dyes and eco printing

Level No experience necessary
Supplies All materials are included to make and bring home a natural hand dyed silk scarf

Learn how to imprint foliage, leaving a permanent imprint of the plant material intact on the silk scarf. Explore the chemistry of the plants and learn sustainable methods of harvesting materials for this art form. This process requires no external dyes, inks or paints.
  • Understand the history, process and outcomes of eco-printing
  • Select your custom combination of foliage
  • Create your design using elements of composition, shape, and color
  • Bundle and steam to extract pigment

Unroll your piece to reveal a one-of-a kind gift from nature! After a final wash and iron you'll have a beautiful scarf to wear or give as a gift. Feel free to bring your own items for home to use if you like. (You receive an approved list of plant materials upon confirmation of registration) Note that food is not available at the Learning Center; you are welcome to bring your own beverages and/or snacks. This small class ensures one-on-one attention as you work through your project from start to finish.

You will receive a bar-code ticket for entry to the Arboretum in your email purchase confirmation. Your ticket is valid for entry on the day of your class. Present your ticket to the gate attendant as you enter the Arboretum. You may stay at the Arboretum after class as long as you want during our operating hours. Review these Covid-19 safety protocols for attending in-person classes at the Arboretum.

Limit 12, Marion Andrus Learning Center - Garden Lab


$89 member/$109 non-member, includes Arboretum admission and all supplies

Watercolor effects and styles, art by Sonja Hutchinson

This is an IN PERSON session! There is an online session also available on March 16 - see separate class listing above.

Finding Your Rhythm in Watercolor

Monday, May 16
9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

Sonja Hutchinson, Award-winning painter and long time watercolor painting instructor

Level No experience necessary
Bring your own supplies, See supply list below

Understand the interactions between paper, water, paint and brushes in watercolor. We will:
  • Learn the key stages of the watercolor process
  • Develop understanding of your paint properties
  • Complete a series of practice exercises to learn how to create special effects
  • Understand how to achieve the results you desire in your watercolor exploration
Bring these supplies to class
  • Watercolors (at least 4-5 colors)
  • Watercolor brushes (one flat, one round)
  • 3-4 sheets of 140# cold press paper (100% cotton, such as Arches) 9 x 12 is a good size for this.
  • Water containers
  • A palette for mixing your colors

You will receive a bar-code ticket for entry to the Arboretum in your email purchase confirmation. Your ticket is valid for entry on the day of your class. Present your ticket to the gate attendant as you enter the Arboretum. You may stay at the Arboretum after class as long as you want during our operating hours. Review these Covid-19 safety protocols for attending in-person classes at the Arboretum.

Limit 16, Snyder Building - Tea Room


$59 member/$74 non-member, includes Arboretum admission

June & July classes
Shadow watercolor painting by Catherine Hearding

Painting Sunlight and Shadow with Watercolor

Saturday, June 18
10 a.m.-4 p.m.

Catherine Hearding, Award-winning painter and in-demand instructor

Level: Advanced beginners and beyond
Supplies Bring-Your-Own (see attached list) OR All Supplies Included; see pricing options

  • Learn how to better create luminosity for painting light
  • Understand how to use values, color temperature, and intensity to create the contrast that represents light
  • Create darks for maximum contrast while maintaining the full transparency and beauty of watercolor
  • Discover how to paint luminous shadows.

Note that lunch is not included; please bring a bag lunch from home.

You will receive a bar-code ticket for entry to the Arboretum in your email purchase confirmation. Your ticket is valid for entry on the day of your class. Present your ticket to the gate attendant as you enter the Arboretum. You may stay at the Arboretum after class as long as you want during our operating hours. Review these Covid-19 safety protocols for attending in-person classes at the Arboretum.

Limit 24, Tashjian Bee and Pollinator Discovery Center - McVay Learning Lab


Choose your price at checkout:

Bring-Your-Own Supplies see supply list
$99 member/$119 non-member, includes Arboretum admission

All Supplies Included
$139 member/$159 non-member, includes Arboretum admission and all supplies (which will be waiting for you to use in class)


Kaleidoscope Discovery: Create Your Own Heirloom

Select a session
Adults only
Thursday, June 23, 6 p.m.-8 p.m.

FAMILY session, for ages 8 and up, together with an adult
Saturday, July 30, 9:30 a.m.-11:30 a.m.

Craig Vanderwaal, Creator of Kaleidoscope classes with a dream to improve the experience one achieves through viewing the kaleidoscope, for over 30 years; AND Eric Wischmann, A kaleidoscope enthusiast and nature photographer

Level No experience necessary
Supplies All supplies included ($90 value)

Have you ever been enthralled by the beauty seen through the kaleidoscope optical lens? It is magical and entrancing. Join this class to make your own ever-changing art piece that is as beautiful on the inside as it is on the out, and can be handed down for generations.
  • Learn about kaleidoscope history, technology, science, reflection and refraction
  • Watch demonstrations explaining techniques and design elements
  • Choose from handcrafted wood pieces to build your heirloom wood exterior
  • Assemble the component parts such as the mirrors, eyepiece and object cup
  • Custom choose the objects that will go into your kaleidoscope's oil cell and dry cell
  • You will leave with a complete finished kaleidoscope to keep or give as a one of a kind gift.

Once you leave class you can continue to modify your kaleidoscope experience by changing the internal objects.

How it works: You will receive a bar-code ticket for entry to the Arboretum in your email purchase confirmation. Your ticket is valid for entry on the day of your class. Present your ticket to the gate attendant as you enter the Arboretum. You may stay at the Arboretum after class as long as you want during our operating hours. Review these Covid-19 safety protocols for attending in-person classes at the Arboretum.

Limit 15, Tashjian Bee and Pollinator Discovery Center - McVay Learning Lab



Adults only
Thursday, June 23, 6 p.m.-8 p.m.
$134 member/$154 non-member, includes Arboretum admission and all supplies


FAMILY session, for ages 8 and up, together with an adult
Saturday, July 30, 9:30 a.m.-11:30 a.m.
$134 member/$154 non-member
, includes Arboretum admission and all supplies. Each youth+adult pair will create one kaleidoscope together


August classes
Stone balance instructor Peter Juhl

The Power of Balance: Stone Sculptures for your Garden

Wednesday, August 17, 9 a.m.-11:30 a.m.

Peter Juhl, stone balancing artist, www.temporarysculpture.com
Level No experience necessary
Supplies: Use an assortment of the instructor's practice rocks during class

Dazzle your friends with a new skill that looks like magic and combines elements of meditation, sculpture, and performance art. Create impossible looking balances using ordinary stones!
  • Learn and practice simple techniques using shape, weight and friction
  • Gain insights on photographing your creations

You'll leave grounded, refreshed, and able to repeat your balancing act in your own garden or anywhere with stones.

Additional details

  • This workshop is designed for adults; because a general understanding of gravity and physics is discussed, the suggested minimum age for this class is 12.
  • You will receive a bar-code ticket for entry to the Arboretum in your email purchase confirmation. Your ticket is valid for entry on the day of your class. Present your ticket to the gate attendant as you enter the Arboretum. You may stay at the Arboretum after class as long as you want during our operating hours.
  • Review these Covid-19 safety protocols for attending in-person classes at the Arboretum.

Limit 24, Oswald Visitor Center - Azalea Classroom

Wednesday, August 17, 9 a.m.-11:30 a.m.
$45 member/$60 non-member, includes Arboretum admission

September classes
Felted canada goose by Laura Berlage

Needle Felting: Canada Goose (Online)

Thursday, September 8
1 p.m.-4 p.m.

Laura Berlage, Fiber artist and in-demand instructor Laura weaves classical art training with her fundamental need to create works that liberate the creative soul.

Level All Welcome
Supplies Materials kit Included, shipped to you! Each kit contains enough materials to make two geese and includes: Wool from Berlage's sheep, felting needles, a foam work pad, and any necessary beads, thread, kabob stick, pipe cleaner, or other accoutrements necessary for the project. The kit also includes a link and password to pre-recorded tutorials hosted on Laura's studio website. You may want to watch prior to class, as a backup or review.
Supplies needed at home Scissors, stable work space with good lighting and a comfortable chair, ability to connect to Zoom

Needle felting is fun! You will be guided step-by-step through the process to transform hand-dyed wool from the instructor's flock of sheep from her family's century-old homestead farm outside Hayward, Wisconsin into your very own adorable felted goose:
  • A complete materials kit will be mailed from the instructor's Wisconsin farm directly to the address you specify at checkout.
  • The included materials kit comes with enough wool to make two geese, so you can perfect your technique on the second one after class
  • Experience the magic of needle felting with tips to add to your growing skillset
  • Enjoy the process of creating a cute, wooly friend, fun to keep or give as a gift!
How it works:
  • When you register, there will be a special question asking which address you want the materials kit mailed to. Enter this address carefully! Important note: the kits are shipped via UPS, so we need an actual physical address, we cannot ship to PO boxes.
  • Registered participants will be emailed a link to join the class via Zoom, an online interactive platform hosted by Arboretum, which allows interaction, feedback and questions.
  • Arboretum Art Curator & Program Manager Wendy DePaolis will be facilitating this class live. For technical questions or assistance during class, contact Wendy at depao008@umn.edu or 952-334-4019.
  • You will receive a recording of the live class which is available for 90 days following the class.

Limit 12, Online via Zoom


Mailed-to-You: $94 member/$114 non-member, includes materials kit valued at $25 mailed to your home address (Registration deadline: August 25, noon)


 Crabapple notecards. Art: Sonja Hutchinson; Photo: AlexandreNunes/Shutterstock

Crabapple Notecards in Watercolor

Tuesday, September 13
10 a.m.-4 p.m.

Sonja Hutchinson, Award-winning painter and long time watercolor painting instructor
Level: Some watercolor experience preferred
Supplies Bring-Your-Own, see supply list below
Included in price for all students: watercolor note card paper and envelopes

This class will lead you through completion of 4 small-scale notecard-sized paintings and knowledge to take you further in your creative journey:
  • Enjoy live step-by-step demonstrations
  • Practice new painting techniques from paint handling to composition
  • Develop a deeper understanding of the watercolor process
  • View and closely observe actual crabapples
  • Receive reference materials which lead you through the entire painting process
Bring these supplies to class:
  • Your regular watercolor paint colors, including a warm and cool version of red, yellow and blue in addition to Paynes Grey. (i.e. Cobalt and Ultramarine blue, Aureolin and New Gamboge yellow, Cadmium Scarlet and Alizarin Crimson)
  • #10 Round Watercolor Brush
  • 140# Arches watercolor paper (2 - 9 x 12 sheets)
  • Masking tape
  • Painting support surface
  • Water Containers
  • A palette for mixing your colors
  • Two sided tape or glue to affix paintings to notecards
  • Bring your own snacks/lunch/beverages or water bottle

You will receive a bar-code ticket for entry to the Arboretum in your email purchase confirmation. Your ticket is valid for entry on the day of your class. Present your ticket to the gate attendant as you enter the Arboretum. You may stay at the Arboretum after class as long as you want during our operating hours. Review these Covid-19 safety protocols for attending in-person classes at the Arboretum.

Limit 24, Snyder Building - Snyder Auditorium


$89 member/$104 non-member, includes Arboretum admission


 

Arboretum Art Open Studio - Fall 12-Week Series

Tuesdays 9 a.m.-noon, September 13 - November 29

Level All levels, mediums & abilities are welcome
Supplies Bring-Your-Own

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 for one-of-a-kind observational nature opportunities. Maybe you will be inspired to draw with friends in the conservatory or take in a new display in the Great Hall. On chilly mornings a fireplace will provide the warmth needed to get those creative juices flowing. Whether you are just beginning or have been practicing your art for many years, everyone benefits from this supportive, welcoming environment.
  • Tables, chairs and easy water access are available for your convenience
  • One fee per session allows admittance for all 12 Tuesdays
  • Review these Covid-19 safety protocols for attending in-person classes at the Arboretum.

Limit 20, Snyder Building - Tea Room


$59 member/$239 non-member, includes Arboretum admission

Yes, this really is the price difference for 12 sessions (gate admission fee is included in registration for non-members); Membership has its benefits! Consider becoming a Member and take advantage of the Art Studio Member pricing!


SAORI weaving students with the instructor

Contemporary Japanese Weaving: SAORI

Wednesday, September 14, 9 a.m.-noon

Chiaki O'Brien, SAORI Certified Instructor; former instructor at SAORI head office in Japan
Level No experience necessary
Supplies All supplies will be provided to make and bring home a completed weaving

Create a delightful hand-made gift for yourself or a loved one as you enjoy a relaxing weaving experience. SAORI weaving is a gentle, mindful and meditative process which emphasizes improvisation and creative expression. This contemporary weaving method founded in Japan in 1968, 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. Use a simple foot powered loom, perfect for beginners!
  • Break free of rules and regulations employed in traditional weaving
  • There are no mistakes in this style of weaving
  • As you create, opportunities, discoveries, and techniques are shared with the group
  • Complete your own unique textile, perhaps a scarf, table runner or wall hanging

Bring from home (optional): Any personal items you may wish to be woven into the work, such as handspun yarn, strips of fabric, feathers, or sticks.

You will receive a bar-code ticket for entry to the Arboretum in your email purchase confirmation. Your ticket is valid for entry on the day of your class. Present your ticket to the gate attendant as you enter the Arboretum. You may stay at the Arboretum after class as long as you want during our operating hours. Review these Covid-19 safety protocols for attending in-person classes at the Arboretum.
Limit 12

Wednesday, September 14, 9 a.m.-noon
$94 member/$124 non-member
, includes Arboretum admission and all supplies
Snyder Building - Tea Room

October classes
 

Books in the Garden Short Fall Series: Fresh "Takes" on Nature Writing

Second Wednesday of each month, Noon-1:30 p.m.
September 14, October 12, and November 9

Toni McNaron, Ph.D., award-winning professor emerita of English, University of Minnesota

Join other literature aficionados for thoughtful discourse led by Toni McNaron. Join us for another round of this engaging topic. There were too many great selections for one session. Whether you were a part of the 2022 Spring/Summer session or brand new to Book Club it doesn't matter! We welcome you and look forward to your participation in this exceptional experience in our Fall session. In these three books, we find new ideas for how to garden differently than we have in the past, some extremes to which some people "take" Nature as they follow their own pet projects, and a deeply spiritual explanation of life on this planet earth.
  • September 14 New Garden Ethic by Benjamin Vogt
  • October 12 The Ghost Wall by Sarah Moss
  • November 9 Dwellings: A Spiritual History of the Living World by Linda Hogan

Review these Covid-19 safety protocols for attending in-person classes at the Arboretum. In person attendance is urged with a remote option available upon request, contact class managerWendy at Depaolis depao008@umn.edu for details about the online option.

Limit 24, Oswald Visitor Center - Teaching Classroom


$59 member/$105 non-member, includes Arboretum admission


 Fox drawing by Ann Solyst

Drawing Mammals in Pastel: 4-Session Series

Thursdays, September 15, 22, 29 and October 6
9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

Ann Solyst, Award-winning painter and illustrator

Level: All levels welcome, those with some drawing experience will find the most benefit
Supplies: Bring-Your-Own or all supplies included, see pricing options

Explore chalk pastels: a portable, versatile medium with a dynamic, painterly quality akin to oil painting, but without the need for harsh chemicals. Whether you are familiar with chalk pastel or have never picked up a pastel in your life this is the class for you! Throughout the series you will take an artistic look at four different Minnesota mammals and create a different one each session, including a red fox, bobcat, cottontail rabbit, gray squirrel.
  • Watch helpful demonstrations from the instructor
  • Discover, practice, and experiment with pastel techniques
  • Create refined drawings that balance line, form, color and composition
  • Receive individualized attention and step-by-step instructions to draw at your own pace

Review these Covid-19 safety protocols for attending in-person classes at the Arboretum.

Supply list (for Bring-Your-Own-Supplies price option)
  • NuPastel colors: Black, White, Warm medium gray, Raw sienna, Olive green, Sepia, Coral, Flamingo
  • Willow Charcoal - three pieces
  • Mi-Tientes Drawing Paper Two sheets of light blue 19"x25" sheet, then divide each sheet into two separate 9"x12" sheets resulting in four pieces
  • Sketching paper, recommended: Blick white sulphite drawing paper, 80lb 100 sheets 9x12
  • Kneaded eraser
  • Blick kneaded eraser
  • HB (or no.2) drawing pencil

Limit 16, Oswald Visitor Center - Azalea Classroom


Choose your price option at checkout:

Bring-Your-Own Supplies (see supply list above)
$159 member/$189 non-member
, includes Arboretum admission

All Supplies Included
$199 member/$229 non-member,
includes Arboretum admission and all supplies (which will be waiting for you to use in class)


 Tree of Life pendant by Sarah Bober

Jewelry Making: Tree of Life in Copper or Silver

Saturday, October 1
10 a.m.-1 p.m.

Sarah Bober, ReFind Design, specializing in eco-friendly jewelry

Level All Levels
Supplies All supplies and tools provided

The Tree of Life symbolizes personal growth, strength, and beauty. Create your own tree from silver or copper metal clay. Pieces are made using your choice of Art Clay Copper or Silver which becomes pure metal once fired. Use your finished design to create your own pendant, charm or earrings.
  • Explore and learn about the tools and materials (provided)
  • Watch step-by-step demonstrations to learn the proper techniques
  • Choose from different tree designs to create a pendant, charm, or earrings.

Pieces will be fired off-site and available 1 week after class in the Arboretum gift shop. Add these jewelry pieces to your personal collection or give as a gift. You will receive a bar-code ticket for entry to the Arboretum in your email purchase confirmation. Your ticket is valid for entry on the day of your class. Present your ticket to the gate attendant as you enter the Arboretum. You may stay at the Arboretum after class as long as you want during our operating hours. Review these Covid-19 safety protocols for attending in-person classes at the Arboretum.

Limit 16, Marion Andrus Learning Center - Garden Lab


Choose your price option at checkout:

Copper $79 member/$94 non-member, includes Arboretum admission and all supplies (supply value $25)

Silver $109 member/$124 non-member, includes Arboretum admission and all supplies (supply value $40)


 Metal stamped pendant by Sarah Bober

Jewelry Making: Metal Stamping

Saturday, October 1
2 p.m.-5 p.m.

Sarah Bober, ReFind Design, specializing in eco-friendly jewelry

Level All Levels
Supplies All supplies and tools provided to make several pieces

This fun, hands-on workshop will introduce you to metal stamping, an easy way to make custom jewelry and accessories!

  • Learn about metalworking tools and materials (provided)
  • Choose from a variety of stamping blanks
  • Learn how to stamp, oxidize, and finish your jewelry for wearing
  • Stamp out meaningful designs, names, dates, or inspiring sentiments
  • Create your choice of necklaces, earrings or charms.
  • You will leave with multiple pieces ready to wear or give as gifts!

You will receive a bar-code ticket for entry to the Arboretum in your email purchase confirmation. Your ticket is valid for entry on the day of your class. Present your ticket to the gate attendant as you enter the Arboretum. You may stay at the Arboretum after class as long as you want during our operating hours. Review these Covid-19 safety protocols for attending in-person classes at the Arboretum.

Limit 16, Marion Andrus Learning Center - Garden Lab


$69 member/$84 non-member, includes Arboretum admission and all supplies (supply value $25)


Nature sketchbook page by Pam Luer

Nature Sketchbooks Workshop: Garden's Last Harvest

Saturday, October 8
10 a.m.-2 p.m.

Pam Luer, professional artist specializing in nature based motifs. Pam has licensed her designs with gift and home decor industries

Level: All levels
Supplies: Bring-Your-Own, see supply list below

Yearning to stay connected to the natural world through her art, Pam Luer is offering her Nature Sketchbook workshop to celebrate the waltz of the garden's last dance. You will:
  • Learn tools and tips to help you see, explore and luxuriate in the natural world more mindfully
  • Closely observe the remnants of our glorious growing season- the seeds, pods and leaves as nature prepares for her winter sleep.
  • Learn how to capture the world around you through simple sketches.
  • Discover how to use various drawing tools in a whole new way.

Note that lunch is not included; please bring a bag lunch from home. There is refrigeration available. You will receive a bar-code ticket for entry to the Arboretum in your email purchase confirmation. Your ticket is valid for entry on the day of your class. Present your ticket to the gate attendant as you enter the Arboretum. You may stay at the Arboretum after class as long as you want during our operating hours. Review these Covid-19 safety protocols for attending in-person classes at the Arboretum.

Supply List

  • Sketchbook 9x12" 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.
  • Derwent watercolor pencils (small collection)
  • Pentel Art Aquash water brush: you can find these on line at outlets such us Dick Blick or Amazon. May also be found at Wet Paint in St. Paul and at Michaels. They usually come in a set of three. Another option is to bring a couple brushes and a small water container.

Limit 15, Marion Andrus Learning Center - Inside a Plant Lab


$74 member/$89 non-member, includes Arboretum admission


Circles table runner by Leslie Granbeck

"Circles" Felted Table Runner

Saturday, October 8
10 a.m.-3 p.m.

Leslie Granbeck, Minneapolis-based feltmaker and instructor whose classes are full of color, creativity and adventure, www.fiberenvy.net

Level No experience necessary, but some physical stamina needed for felting classes
Supplies All fibers and materials included ($30 value)

Inspired by vintage penny rugs and the Russian artist Wassily Kandinsky, this design looks great in any home, office or cabin, for your table or wall!
  • Learn and practice the magic of wet feltmaking
  • Design a colorful runner or wall hanging from wool fibers and a little soapy water
  • No knitting or sewing required

Bring from home: Bag lunch/snacks/beverages, scissors, 2-3 old hand towels, 1 old bath towel and a plastic bag to carry home wet items, apron (optional)

You will receive a bar-code ticket for entry to the Arboretum in your email purchase confirmation. Your ticket is valid for entry on the day of your class. Present your ticket to the gate attendant as you enter the Arboretum. You may stay at the Arboretum after class as long as you want during our operating hours. Review these Covid-19 safety protocols for attending in-person classes at the Arboretum.

Limit 14, Marion Andrus Learning Center - Garden Lab


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


 
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