Mixed Media
Classes & Workshops

Create art inspired by nature using a variety of natural materials and products.

Kiln Glass Discovery: Floral Dish

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Saturday, February 15 MORNING 10 a.m.-11:30 a.m. (125-02-15-20-01)
Saturday, February 15 AFTERNOON 1 p.m.-2:30 p.m (125-02-15-20-02)
Trish Gardiner, Glass instructor for Foci - Minnesota Center. Studied with world-renowned master glass artists from Ireland and Czech Republic

All levels
Supplies All supplies included
Get introduced to kiln-fired fused and slumped glass! Create a glass tile that will be transformed into a lovely floral dish to be displayed in your home or given as a gift.
  • Learn properties of glass and kiln-firing
  • Understand how glass changes form and reacts to changing temperatures
  • Learn the basics of cutting and assembling sheet glass
  • Create and assemble your own floral design on a 5"x 5" glass tile
Your design will be fused together off-site in a kiln, and will be available to be picked up 2 weeks after class at the Arboretum. You may choose to have your dish fired a second time in order to achieve a bend or "slump" in the glass (no extra cost).

Limit 10, Marion Andrus Learning Center - Inside a Plant Lab

Sold out. Add your name to the waitlist, we will contact you if a spot opens!
Saturday, February 15 MORNING 10 a.m.-11:30 a.m. 
$69 member/$89 non-member

includes Arboretum admission

register Sold out. Add your name to the waitlist, we will contact you if a spot opens!
Saturday, February 15 AFTERNOON 1 p.m.-2:30 p.m
$69 member/$89 non-member

includes Arboretum admission


The Power of Balance: Stone Sculptures for your Garden

Saturday, February 15, 2020
9:30 a.m.-noon

Peter Juhl, stone balancing artist, www.temporarysculpture.com

No experience necessary 
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 including design and composition
  • Receive helpful tips on more advanced balancing
You'll leave grounded, refreshed, and able to repeat your balancing act in your own garden or anywhere with stones. 
NOTE This workshop is designed for adults; because a general understanding of gravity and physics is discussed, suggested minimum age for this class is 12. 
Limit 24, Learning Center - Tree Place
$42 member/$57 non-member
includes Arboretum admission 

Nature Sketchbooks: Finding Sanctuary in Winter

Thursdays 10 a.m.-2 p.m., February 20 & 27, 2020
Pam Luer, professional artist specializing in nature based motifs. A licensed product designer for the gift and home decor industry

All levels welcome 
Bring-Your-Own OR Supply Kit Included; see pricing options 

This workshop will introduce you to a sketchbook practice - Learn how to draw from life with careful observation. Collect impressions that help capture your subjects for later exploration or contemplation. 
Begin to work in a sketchbook as an artistic practice 
Become inspired from new tips and techniques using very few tools
Learn about orchids from Ricky Garza, our Arboretum orchid specialist
Enjoy rare books and illustrations shared by Horticulture Librarian Kathy Allen
Enjoy the lush tranquility of the Meyers -Deats conservatory and the spectacular blooms from this year's flower show as you learn to observe and draw in new ways while expanding your understanding of the natural world.
Bring from Home 
Bag lunch, beverages and/or snacks (Visitor Center Cafe will also be open for purchases)

Limit 12, Oswald Visitor Center - MacMillan Auditorium A/C 

view video of a similar Pam Luer workshop in 2017

Pam Luer's Minnesota Landscape Aboretum Class Feb 15 & 22, 2017 from Gary B on Vimeo.

register Select a price option:
Bring-Your-Own Supplies 
See supply list
$79 member/$99 non-member,
includes Arboretum admission

All Supplies Included in a Take-Home Kit (value $60)
supply kit will be waiting for you in class
Registration Deadline for this option is Saturday, February 1
$139 member/$159 non-member


Gerbera Daisy Tile in Cast Glass: Pâte de Verre

Saturday, February 29, 2020
9:30 a.m.-4 p.m.

Donna Rice, Fine art glass sculptor who has created glass for Tiffany, featured artist of the 2020 Arboretum Flower Show

No experience required
All supplies included
Pâte de Verre (French, meaning "glass paste") is an ancient form of kiln casting that involves the careful placement of colorful, crushed glass into refractory plaster molds. Explore this process as you create your own 4" x 4" x .25" cast glass Gerbera Daisy tile that can be displayed in a small stand or framed.
  • Pre-select one of 4 cheerful colors when you register: Red, Orange, Yellow or Pink
  • Learn the process and history pâte de verre
  • Observe and practice the wax and plaster modeling process
  • Cast your own one-use plaster mold from a silicone Gerbera Daisy
  • Fill your unique mold with powdered glass and prepare your tile for kiln firing
Tiles will be kiln-fired and finished off-site and returned to the Arb for pick-up within 2-3 weeks.
Bring from Home
Bag lunch, beverages and/or snacks (Visitor Center Cafe will also be open for purchases)

Limit 14, Oswald Visitor Center - Azalea Classroom
$99 member/$129 non-member
includes Arboretum admission and supplies

Contemporary Japanese Weaving - SAORI

Saturday, March 14, 10 a.m.-1 p.m. (125-03-14-20)
Chiaki O'Brien, SAORI Certified Instructor; former instructor at SAORI head office in Japan

No experience necessary 
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
Feel free to bring any personal items you may wish to be woven into the work, such as handspun yarn, strips of fabric, feathers, or sticks.

Limit 10, Marion Andrus Learning Center - Tree Place

Sold out. Add your name to the waitlist, we will contact you if a spot opens!
Saturday, March 14, 10 a.m.-1 p.m.

$89 member/$119 non-member
includes Arboretum admission and all supplies


Wood Chip Carving: 2-Session Workshop

Saturday, July 18, Noon-3 p.m. AND
Saturday, July 25, Noon-3 p.m.

Bart Dunning, Chip carver for 20 years, instructor for 5 years

Introductory Level

All supplies provided (value $24), including your own high-quality chip carving knife and 2 wood blanks

Chip carving is a centuries-old form of folk art practiced around the world. In this two-session course you'll use wood carving tools to remove chips of wood in a single piece. These patterns can be in a free form style or based on simple geometric figures, such as triangles, circles, simple lines and curves.
  • Discover the history and art of chip carving
  • Understand the best type of wood used for chip carving
  • Learn how to care for, sharpen and use the chip carving knife
  • Practice safe handling of tools
  • Learn to make various cuts as you develop a feel for the wood
  • Watch demonstrations on how to accomplish free hand and geometric cuts, compass drawing and curved cuts
  • Get creative! Draw a border design and make your first cuts
  • Learn important finishing steps

Leave with your own beautiful folk art style piece.

Limit 12, Tashjian Bee and Pollinator Discovery Center - McVay Learning Lab

$89 member/$104 non-member, includes Arboretum
admission and all supplies



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