Many Arboretum Adult Classes & Programs Postponed or Canceled

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Programs that remain on this page are still open for registration!

For the Birds
Classes & Workshops

From bird-watching walks to bird-themed arts and crafts, let your inspiration take flight at the Arboretum.


Drawing with Pastels: Crow

Thursday, December 10, 2020
9:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m.

Ann Solyst, Award-winning painter and illustrator

Level No pastel background required. All levels welcome
Supplies All supplies included for in-class use: pastels, paper, pencils, blending stump, kneading eraser, and take-home sketchbook 

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 crows, an intelligent bird with all black plumage, found year-round in Minnesota. 
  1. Watch helpful demonstrations from the instructor
  2. Discover, practice, and experiment with pastel techniques
  3. Create a refined drawing that balances line, form, color and composition
  4. Receive individualized attention and step-by-step instructions to draw at your own pace
You'll settle in for a relaxing and fulfilling day of art and nature at the beautiful Minnesota Landscape Arboretum, and leave with a complete work of art!
Bring from Home Bag lunch, beverages and/or snacks (Visitor Center Cafe will also be open for purchases)

Limit 16, Snyder Building - Classroom I

$79 member/$99 non-member, includes Arboretum admission and all supplies which will be waiting for you to use in class 


Arboretum Inspired Drawing: Cardinal in Colored Pencil

Saturday, January 16, 2021
10 a.m.- 2 p.m.

Aryn Lill, Art instructor, artist who is passionate about helping others on their artistic journey

Beginner to Intermediate
All supplies included for use in class
Red Male Cardinal on white snow - a beloved Minnesota sight!
Colored pencil & white pastel
Close observation of shape, line weight, color, layering, and blending techniques
Provided for use in class
Studio-quality drawing & colored pencils, white pastel pencil, kneaded & plastic erasers, blending stump, sharpener, and tan-toned paper

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. Choose just one session or all four to grow your skills! Classes are scheduled no more than once a month so you have time to practice between sessions. Each month features a specimen gleaned from nature - a blooming flower, plant, animal or tree.

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

$49 member/$64 non-member, includes Arboretum admission and all supplies which will be waiting for you to use in class


Creating Habitat for Birds and Butterflies in your Yard & Garden

Saturday, February 6, 2021
10:30 a.m.-noon

Julie Boden, Gardener and Nature Enthusiast

Are you interested in attracting more birds and butterflies to your garden or patio? Come learn everything you need to know to invite a stunning variety of these winged visitors into your own backyard sanctuary! 
  • Food, water and shelter
  • Which plants will best fit your location to provide food or shelter
  • Which species are attracted to different plants
  • Simple non-plant additions are helpful to meet the needs of birds and butterflies
Limit 50, Tashjian Bee and Pollinator Discovery Center - McVay Learning Lab

register $25 member/$40 non-member, includes Arboretum admission


Wool Sculpture: Needle Felted Birds

Saturday, March 6
Select a session or choose both!
Chickadee 9 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
Warbler 1-4:30 p.m.

Karen Englebretson, A fiber artist and instructor with a lifelong passion for birds in their habitat

Level: Some needle felting experience helpful, but not necessary 
Supplies: All supplies included (value $35)

Learn the craft of needle felting as you create a beautiful three-dimensional chickadee and/or warbler from corriedale wool and merino prefelt. Small class size allows for ample time for practice and one-on-one guidance from the instructor.
  • Watch demonstrations to learn how to create form and build density
  • Practice shaping and attaching head and tail
  • Apply characteristics using merino prefelt
  • Finish the eyes and mount to hang
  • Go home with supplies, knowledge and confidence to make a second bird on your own!
The boxed supply kit ($35 value) will contain all materials to make two birds, one in class and one in your own: Corriedale wool roving, merino prefelt, merino roving. Thread, glass beads for eyes, materials for mounting as an ornament, Foam block, Triangle needle felting needles, wooden needle holder, beading needle, cotton darner, written instruction booklet and resources list

Limit 12, Marion Andrus Learning Center - Tree Place


Chickadee 9 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
$89 member/$109 non-member, includes Arboretum admission and all supplies which will be waiting for you in class.


Warbler 1-4:30 p.m.
$89 member/$109 non-member, includes Arboretum admission and all supplies which will be waiting for you in class.

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