Mixed Media
Classes & Workshops

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


Nature Sketchbooks: Finding Sanctuary in Winter

125-02-20-20
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

Level 
All levels welcome 
Supplies 
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, LOCATION CHANGE! Now in the Snyder Building - Tea Room

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

125-02-29-20
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

Level
No experience required
Supplies
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
register $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

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
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
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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

 

Wool Applique Journal Cover

Saturday, May 16
10 a.m.-1 p.m.

Laurie Lausen, Founder of The Wooly Red Rug, has been designing and hooking rugs and other fiber arts since the 1970's

Level
All levels. Previous hand stitching is helpful but not required.

Supplies
All supplies included ($35 value) 

Creative inspiration is more likely to strike when your journal is a thing of beauty! Design and stitch a journal cover that reflects your creativity and encourages your muse, or just makes your daily list-making more enjoyable. 
  • Choose from a colorful selection of provided threads and wool fabrics
  • Use templates provided or draw freehand to create your composition
  • Embellish with a variety of basic and more decorative stitches
  • All supplies are included: hardbound journal, all materials, threads, directions and stitch diagrams
Take home a personalized journal cover to inspire your future writing adventures
Consider these additional classes for ideas and inspirations to fill your journal:
  • PoeTree: Poetry Workshop on the Intersection of Art & Nature, August 22
  • Nature Sketchbooks with Pam Luer, June 6 or August 8
  • Arboretum Inspired Beginning Drawing, March 21, April 4, May 16 and/or June 20 p.m.
Limit 15, Marion Andrus Learning Center - Inside a Plant Lab

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$79 member/$94 non-member, includes Arboretum admission

 

Nature Sketchbooks with Pam Luer

Select a session
Spring: Saturday, June 6, 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
Summer: Saturday, August 8, 10 a.m.-2 p.m.

Pam Luer, professional artist specializing in nature based motifs. A licensed product designer for the gift and home decor industry

Level 
No experience necessary

Supplies
Bring-Your-Own OR All supplies included; see pricing options
see supply list

What better way to explore the Arboretum's surroundings than under the guidance of a professional artist whose signature inspiration is nature? All you need is a love of the outdoors, an inquisitive eye, and a few carefully selected drawing tools to capture on-the-go images. New tips and techniques will allow you to become a more accomplished artist whether you've been at it for years or are just beginning. 
  • Begin with a nature walk and learn to sharpen your observational skills
  • Use your sketchbook to closely observe the plants, trees, and flowers at their peak during this season
  • Try new techniques without concern for creating a polished finished work of art
  • Take home new and improved skills to use right away and every day.
Bring lunch, beverages and/or snacks you may need. (The Learning Center does not have food/beverage for purchase)

Limit 15, Marion Andrus Learning Center - Tree Place

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Spring: Saturday, June 6, 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
Select a price option:
Bring-Your-Own Supplies
See supply list
$69 member/$84 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 Thursday, May 21
$129 member/$144 non-member
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Summer: Saturday, August 8, 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
Select a price option:
Bring-Your-Own Supplies
See supply list
$69 member/$84 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 Thursday, July 23
$129 member/$144 non-member

 

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

Level
Introductory Level

Supplies
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

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


 

 


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