Mixed Media
Classes & Workshops

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

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

Kiln Glass Discovery: Floral Dish

Select a session
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)
Jon Rees, artist/educator: Foci - Minnesota Center for Glass Art

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

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



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