Seasonal & Holiday
Classes & Workshops

Let the Arboretum help you get into the holiday spirit with seasonal classes, workshops and programs inspired by nature.

Arboretum Winter Lights Display: Photographers' Special Access Evening

Thursday, December 5, 2019
4 p.m.-9 p.m. (Arrive and depart as desired between these times)

Avoid pesky crowds that are always in the way of your dazzling shot! The Arboretum's mesmerizing Winter Lights display will be opened this evening (normally closed on Thursdays) for a special-access opportunity just for photographers! Bring-your-own equipment, explore the displays at your own pace, and photograph at your leisure as you: 
  • Have ample "photographers-only" time and space to get beautiful pictures of our winter light show, as well as the beautifully lit plants and displays inside
  • Interact with acclaimed Arboretum photography instructors Mike Shaw and Frank Meuschke as well as the Arboretum Photographers' Society to get tips and tricks for just the right shot
  • Meet other photographers and photography enthusiasts
  • Delicious treats and drinks will be available for purchase
  • Submit your favorite image from the evening to win a prize!
  • NOTE This unstructured program will be open between 4 p.m. - 9 p.m.. You can arrive and depart as desired within these times.
Limit 300, Oswald Visitor Center - Great Hall

SOLD OUT. Add your name to the waitlist
$20 member/$35 non-member
includes Arboretum admission

Make Coasters from Photographs: Dye Sublimation

Saturday, December 7, 2019
9:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m.

Dan Fenner, former Operations Manager for Mpls Photo Center, founder of Print Arts Midwest, a non-profit dedicated to helping those interested in the printed arts thrive

No experience necessary 
All supplies included, bring your own images (see details below)
Transform your favorite photographs into stunning puzzles using dye sublimation! This process transfers photographs onto a wide variety of surfaces. In this class you will turn those favorite photographs into 4 coasters to personalize any home décor or give as gifts. 
  • Understand what dye sublimation is - how and why it works
  • Follow the instructor's guidance step-by-step
  • Use specialized software and printers to transform your photographs
  • Complete 4 coasters in class
TIP: Bring several photos for a variety of coaster images!
If you'd like to continue the process at home, you'll also receive helpful resources for purchasing the equipment, software, printers, and tips on making the best products.
Bring from Home
4-7 different images sized to 4"x 4" on a USB flash drive or your computer

Limit 10, Oswald Visitor Center - Azalea Classroom
Sold out. Add your name to the waitlist, we will contact you if a spot opens!
$29 member/$49 non-member
includes Arboretum admission and all supplies

Create & Take Art Experience

Saturday, December 14, 2019
10 a.m.-2:30 p.m.

No experience required 
All supplies included to complete 2 projects
Join our most popular Arboretum instructors for a day of create-and-take art, perfect for treating yourself or giving as gifts! Custom-select your perfect day with your choice of 2 projects listed below. 
Each project lasts 2 hours; 30 minutes for lunch.

Bengala Dyed Scarf 
Chiaki O'Brien, awarded the Jerome fiber artist grant in 2013 to study the Bengala process in Japan. She is the only person in Minnesota teaching this technique.
Bengala is a natural Japanese dye made from soil, ‘environmentally safe' and fun to use! All materials are included as well as a dozen of dye colors and tools to play with.
  • Learn about the history and cultural significance bengala
  • Pre-fix the material by kneading
  • Create the scarf's patterns by knotting, folding and tie-dyeing
  • Open the dyed bundle to see your finished scarf
The final reveal of your completed scarf is the most fun--you'll feel like you are opening an unexpected present!
NOTE: this dye has natural rubber latex in it, so this is not a good class for people who have latex allergy. 

Felted Ball Bracelet 
Jean Manrique, instructor with a passion for transforming natural materials into clothing & jewelry
Make a fun, colorful and unique bracelet out of wool fibers for yourself or as a gift! Receive detailed instructions and guidance while allowing lots of room for creativity!
  • Learn & practice wet-felting
  • Use your skills to create a beautiful set of felted balls
  • String the balls together with elastic string to make a bracelet
Once you learn this technique, you'll be able to use your skills to make necklaces, earrings, cat toys, stress balls, dryer balls and more. This will be your "go to" accent piece all winter long. 

Nature Notecards
Ann Solyst, professional artist and illustrator 
Have you ever just wanted to relax and let your artistic impulses emerge? This is the session for you. Learn the basics of watercolor, acrylic and colored pencil in this fun, relaxed card making workshop. 
  • Receive instruction on mixing colors, composition and design
  • Explore properties of each medium: watercolor, acrylic paint and colored pencil
  • Create several designs with inspiration and guidance from instructor
  • Complete your own assortment of notecards & matching envelopes and/or gift tags
There will be a 30 minute lunch break. Bring a lunch from home, plan to purchase in the Arboretum Cafe, or pre-order an Optional Box Lunch (add $14)
Optional Box Lunch (add $14)
Served with potato chips, Craveworthy Cookies® and beverage, you will have your choice of sandwiches (select your preference at registration) Thai Beef Wrap; Mozzarella, Red Pepper, Balsamic & kale ciabatta; Turkey, feta, spinach & sundried tomato ciabatta

Limit 60, Check-in at Snyder Building- Fireplace Room (2nd floor)

$69 member/$89 non-member, includes Arboretum admission 


Promise of Spring: Forcing Branches to Bloom Indoors

Saturday, February 29, 2020
9:30 a.m.-11 a.m.

Jim Calkins, landscape and production horticulturist, Research Information Director - MN Nursery & Landscape Assn

After a long Minnesota winter, it's nice to be rewarded with some early spring blooms like pussy willows and forsythia! Brighten your home space with these beautiful blooming branches or gift them to a friend. In this class, you'll learn: 
  • What kinds of tree and shrub branches can be forced
  • Where to get branches for forcing, or how to wisely harvest them from your own plants
  • How to coax tree and shrub branches to bloom early and indoors
  • Take home several branches to practice what you've learned
Limit 22, Marion Andrus Learning Center - Garden Lab

$41 member/$56 non-member
includes Arboretum admission


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