Many Arboretum Adult Classes & Programs Postponed or Canceled

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Painting & Drawing
Classes & Workshops

Develop and improve your skills with 1,200 acres of natural inspiration!


Watercolor Note Cards: Crabapples in Watercolor
Live Online OR In-Person class!

Thursday, October 15, 2020
10 a.m.-4 p.m.

Sonja Hutchinson, Award-winning painter and long time watercolor painting instructor

Level Some watercolor experience preferred
Supplies Bring-Your-Own. see supply list, watercolor notecards are included
Choose your preferred attendance for the class

  1. Attend in-person in the Arboretum's Bee Center with your own work table and ample physical distance spacing, OR
  2. Attend online where you can watch, participate, and interact with the students and instructor just like you're there.
Class will lead you through completion of 4 small-scale paintings and knowledge to take you further in your creative journey:
  • Enjoy live step-by-step demonstrations
  • Practice new painting techniques from paint handling to composition
  • Develop a deeper understanding of the watercolor process
  • View and closely observe actual crabapples
  • Receive reference materials which lead you through entire painting process

Arboretum class host
Arboretum Art Curator & Program Manager Wendy DePaolis will be facilitating this class live. For technical questions or assistance during class, contact Wendy at depao008@umn.edu or 952-334-4019.

How it works: In-Person Option

  • Arrive at the Bee Center (special Red Barn Arboretum entrance off of 82nd street) between 9:30-10 a.m.
  • Bring your own snacks/lunch/beverages or water bottle
  • Review these safety protocols for attending in-person at the Bee Center
  • Included notecards will be waiting for you in class
How it works: Live online option
  • Registered participants will be emailed a link to join the class via Zoom, an online interactive platform hosted by Arboretum, which allows interaction, feedback and questions.
  • Included notecards and envelopes will be mailed to you (deadline for mailing Monday Oct 5) or can be picked up at the Arboretum Gift Shop.

ONLINE via Zoom
Live online limit 10, zoom link will be emailed to registered participants
$69 member/$84 non-member

IN-PERSON
In-Person Limit 8, Tashjian Bee and Pollinator Discovery Center - McVay Learning Lab
$69 member/$84 non-member,
 includes Arboretum admission

This In-Person Workshop is scheduled to run in safe, physically-distanced learning format!

Watercolor Painting from Photographs: Workshop with Jim Turner

Saturday, October 31, 2020
10 a.m.-3 p.m.

Jim Turner, Award Winning watermedia painter and experienced instructor

Level Some experience with the watercolor medium
Supplies Bring-Your-Own supplies See supply list

Photographs offer us unlimited references for painting. This class will help you improve your design and compositional skills and give you the opportunity to experiment with a variety of techniques. Learn to create worthwhile photographs and then translate those images into works of art. Subject matter (landscape, floral, wildlife, and/or people) is completely up to you; bring multiple photographs to work with. You will:
  • Learn to take better photographic images to use in painting
  • Understand which photos make effective references for painting
  • Discover how to combine multiple photos into one image
  • Grasp the critically important element of design surrounding the photo image
  • Watch demonstrations using the latest in technology and camera screens
  • Leave with a completed painting and new skills to support your continued enjoyment of the watercolor process.
Please review these safety protocols for attending this in-person program.
Bring snacks/bag lunch, refrigeration available.

Limit 15, Tashjian Bee and Pollinator Discovery Center - McVay Learning Lab


 $74 member/$89 non-member, includes Arboretum admission, bring your own supplies


Colors of Winter: Watercolor Workshop with Catherine Hearding

Saturday, November 21, 2020
10 a.m.-3 p.m.

Catherine Hearding, Award-winning painter and in-demand instructor

Level Some watercolor experience preferred: Student is familiar with the medium, but may want more instruction and/or a refresher on fundamental techniques, developing design and composition skills
Supplies Bring-Your-Own OR All Supplies Included; see pricing options

Join us for a fun and relaxing day-long workshop. You will practice watercolor techniques to paint a beautiful light-filled, snow-covered landscape.
  • Work on composing a good landscape beginning with painting a value study
  • Focus on shapes, values and color
  • Find color solutions for your painting, while learning a three-step wash approach to watercolor painting
Bring your own snacks/lunch.

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

Bring-your-own Supplies see supply list
$99 member/$114 non-member, includes Arboretum admission
All Supplies Included
$139 member/$154 non-member, includes Arboretum admission and all supplies which will be waiting for you to use in class

Bring-your-own Supplies see supply list
$99 member/$114 non-member,
includes Arboretum admission
All Supplies Included
$139 member/$154 non-member,
includes Arboretum admission and all supplies which will be waiting for you to use in class

Watercolor Painting Workshop: River Birch Tree
Live Online OR In-Person class!

Tuesday, December 1, 2020
10 a.m.-4 p.m.

Sonja Hutchinson, Award-winning painter and long time watercolor painting instructor

Level Advanced Beginner to Experienced; Some experience with the watercolor medium preferred.
Supplies Bring-Your-Own see supply list

Choose your preferred attendance for the class

  1. Attend in-person in the Arboretum's Bee Center with your own work table and ample physical distance spacing, OR
  2. Attend online where you can watch, participate, and interact with the students and instructor just like you're there.
The intriguing bark of the river birch enlivens our landscapes all year. Paint a young tree in rich warm color against a crisp Minnesota sky. Leave with a finished painting and the knowledge to take you further in your creative journey.
  • Enjoy live step-by-step demonstrations
  • Learn new painting techniques, from paint handling to composition
  • Develop a deeper understanding of the entire watercolor process
  • Take home reference materials which lead you through the painting process

Arboretum class host
Arboretum Art Curator & Program Manager Wendy DePaolis will be facilitating this class live. For technical questions or assistance during class, contact Wendy at depao008@umn.edu or 952-334-4019.

How it works: In-Person Option

  • Arrive at the Bee Center (special Red Barn Arboretum entrance off of 82nd street) between 9:30-10 a.m.
  • Bring your own snacks/lunch/beverages or water bottle
  • Review these safety protocols for attending in-person class at the Arboretum

How it works: Live online option

  • Registered participants will be emailed a link to join the class via Zoom, an online interactive platform hosted by Arboretum, which allows interaction, feedback and questions.

ONLINE via Zoom
Live online limit 10, zoom link will be emailed to registered participants
$69 member/$84 non-member

IN-PERSON
In-Person Limit 8, Tashjian Bee and Pollinator Discovery Center - McVay Learning Lab
$69 member/$84 non-member
, includes Arboretum admission

 

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: pastels, paper, pencils, blending stump, kneading eraser, sketchbook
Safe class format Attend in-person in the Arboretum's Bee Center with your own work table, ample physical distance spacing, and personal set of take-home supplies

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

Review these safety protocols for attending in-person classes at the Arboretum

$79 member/$99 non-member, includes Arboretum admission and all supplies
Limit 12, Tashjian Bee and Pollinator Discovery Center - McVay Learning Lab

 

Arboretum Inspired Drawing: Cardinal in Colored Pencil
Live Online OR In-Person class!

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

Level  Beginner to Intermediate
Supplies Bring-Your-Own, see Dick Blick shopping-supply list
Medium 
Colored pencil & white pastel
Techniques Close observation of shape, line weight, color, layering, and blending techniques
Choose your preferred attendance for the class

  1. Attend in-person in the Arboretum's Bee Center with your own work table and ample physical distance spacing, OR
  2. Attend online where you can watch, participate, and interact with the students and instructor just like you're there.

Want to start drawing but don’t know where to begin? Have you done a little drawing but want to grow and learn? This class is designed for you as you draw a red male Cardinal on white snow - a beloved Minnesota sight! Bring a sense of curiosity and adventure and a desire to tap into your creative side!

  • 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
  • Take home handouts to assist you in practicing outside of class

Arboretum class host
Arboretum Art Curator & Program Manager Wendy DePaolis will be facilitating this class live. For technical questions or assistance during class, contact Wendy at depao008@umn.edu or 952-334-4019.

How it works: In-Person Option

  • Arrive at the Bee Center (special Red Barn Arboretum entrance off of 82nd street) between 9:30-10 a.m.
  • Bring your own snacks/lunch/beverages or water bottle
  • Review these safety protocols for attending in-person class at the Arboretum

How it works: Live online option

  • Registered participants will be emailed a link to join the class via Zoom, an online interactive platform hosted by Arboretum, which allows interaction, feedback and questions.


ONLINE via Zoom
Live online limit 10, zoom link will be emailed to registered participants
$39 member/$54 non-member

IN-PERSON
In-Person Limit 5, Tashjian Bee and Pollinator Discovery Center - McVay Learning Lab
$39 member/$54 non-member, includes Arboretum admission

 

Watercolor Workshop: Pretty Primrose
Live Online OR In-Person class!

Thursday, February 11, 2021
10 a.m.-4 p.m.

Sonja Hutchinson, Award-winning painter and long time watercolor painting instructor

Level Some watercolor experience preferred: Student is familiar with handling of materials and paint, but may want more instruction and/or a refresher fundamental techniques
Supplies Bring-Your-Own See supply list

Choose your preferred attendance for the class

  1. Attend in-person in the Arboretum's Bee Center with your own work table and ample physical distance spacing, OR
  2. Attend online where you can watch, participate, and interact with the students and instructor just like you're there.
Capture the beautiful curvy shapes of the Primrose bloom using a lovely reference image. You'll receive step-by-step instruction and watch helpful demonstrations in class.
  • Learn how to paint luminous flower petals
  • Practice glazing to build depth and color saturation in our form
  • Carefully observe edges and values to make refinements
  • Take home reference materials which lead you through entire painting process

You'll leave with new confidence in your watercolor skills and inspiration to paint the flowers you love! 

Arboretum class host
Arboretum Art Curator & Program Manager Wendy DePaolis will be facilitating this class live. For technical questions or assistance during class, contact Wendy at depao008@umn.edu or 952-334-4019.

How it works: In-Person Option

  • Arrive at the Bee Center (special Red Barn Arboretum entrance off of 82nd street) between 9:30-10 a.m.
  • Bring your own snacks/lunch/beverages or water bottle
  • Review these safety protocols for attending in-person class at the Arboretum

How it works: Live online option

  • Registered participants will be emailed a link to join the class via Zoom, an online interactive platform hosted by Arboretum, which allows interaction, feedback and questions.

ONLINE via Zoom
Live online limit 10, zoom link will be emailed to registered participants
$69 member/$84 non-member


IN-PERSON
In-Person Limit 5, Tashjian Bee and Pollinator Discovery Center - McVay Learning Lab
$69 member/$84 non-member, includes Arboretum admission

 

Arboretum Inspired Drawing: Howling Wolf in Pastel

Saturday, February 13, 2021
10 a.m.-2 p.m.

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

Level
Beginner to Intermediate
Supplies
All supplies included for use in-class
Subject
Wolf howling in winter; an iconic nod to Minnesota's Northwoods
Medium
Pastel & drawing pencil
Techniques
Learn how to render shape, textures and tones
Provided for use in class
Studio-quality drawing pencils, white pastel pencil, kneaded & plastic erasers, blending stump, sharpener, black-toned drawing 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 (black-toned paper by Strathmore, 400 series, white soft pastel pencil by General's, kneaded eraser by General's, mars plastic eraser by Staedtler, small blending stump, pencil sharpener
  • 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

 

Nature Sketchbooks 2-Session Workshop: Finding Sanctuary in Winter

Thursdays 10 a.m.-2 p.m., February 18 & 25
Pam Luer, professional artist specializing in nature based motifs. Pam has licensed her designs with gift and home decor industries

Level All levels welcome
Supplies Bring-Your-Own OR order Supply Kit see pricing and ordering 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 by new tips and techniques using very few tools
  • Learn about flowers and plants in the 2021 February Flower show from an Arboretum gardener
  • Enjoy rare books and illustrations shared by Andersen Horticultural librarian Kathy Allen which will focus on "color," the 2021 February flower show theme
  • 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)
Bring-Your-Own Supplies See supply list
Optional: purchase supplies ahead of class from Dick Blick (allow 2 weeks for delivery).

Limit 15, Oswald Visitor Center - Azalea Classroom

Bring-Your-Own Supplies See supply list 
$79 member/$99 non-member,
includes Arboretum admission 

Paint & Sip: Tulips at the Arboretum

Thursday, February 25, 2021
6-8 p.m.

Ann Solyst, Award-winning painter and illustrator

Level All levels, no painting experience required
Supplies All supplies included for use in class: acrylic paints, brushes, 11x14" canvas

The Arboretum is known for the 36,000 tulips which come to life each Spring. Enjoy a fun, friendly, relaxed indoor setting to sip wine made from University of Minnesota developed varietals and use acrylic paints to create a lovely Arboretum tulip scene!
  • Learn as you are guided step-by-step through the acrylic painting process
  • Discover the joy of acrylic painting, a forgiving medium
  • Enjoy a feeling of satisfaction from 11" x 14" blank canvas to completed painting
Bring a friend, make it a date night or come to make new friends.

Limit 20 Marion Andrus Learning Center - Inside a Plant Lab and Tree Place

$69 member/$89 non-member, includes Arboretum admission, all art supplies, wine tastes, and a supportive fun environment. 

 

Arboretum Inspired Drawing: Tiger Lily in Colored Pencils

Saturday, March 13, 2021
10 a.m.-2 p.m.

Aryn Lill, Art instructor, artists and passionate about helping others on their artistic journey

Level
Beginner to Intermediate
Supplies
All supplies included for use in-class
Subject
Tiger Lily: This striking perennial is found throughout Minnesota in gardens and wild areas blooming in summer
Medium
Colored pencil & white pastel pencil
Techniques
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 eraser, blending stump, sharpener, 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

woman with her graffiti art, photo Peyton Scott Russell
This activity is made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a grant from the Metropolitan Regional Arts Council, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts and cultural heritage fund.

Metro Regional Arts Council logo

Creative Aging for Ages 60+: Graffiti Arts 8-Week Series

MOVED TO FALL 20201, NEW DATES!
(8) Saturdays, 1-3:30 p.m., September 18 - November 6, 2021

Peyton Scott Russell, Accomplished artist, internationally-known instructor, and Bush Fellowship recipient, Peyton Scott Russell has been involved in graffiti arts for over 30 years.

No Experience Preferred!
Specially designed for ages 60 and over, this fun 8-week series will introduce you and fellow students (and soon-to-be friends) to graffiti/street art! No experience is necessary...in fact, no experience is preferred! If you feel like you have untapped creative potential and want to harness your creative voice together with similar people, this series is for you! Learn about the history and aesthetics of graffiti as you develop your aerosol arts skills. Integrate elements of the Arboretum grounds and natural environment into your art pieces. Practice a variety of art-making techniques including traditional art elements and design principles.

  • Signature-Tag™: Creation of a unique signature nickname that becomes one's tag.
  • Quickut™: A multimedia experience involving conceptual cutting of letter
  • Sprallage™: Spray/collage to create work of art 
  • Face Stencil: Use photo projection, drawing, cutting and stencils to make your own face!
  • Jam Walls™: Using name painting, sketch outlines, fill-ins & stencil

Discussion, reflection, evaluation and critique sessions each week lead to greater understanding of this unique art form, and provide an important opportunity for growth. Aprons are provided in class, but you will want to wear old clothing for painting.
Limit 13, Marion Andrus Learning Center - Inside a Plant Lab

2021 registration coming soon!
$199 member/$249 non-member, includes Arboretum admission for all (8) sessions and all supplies
 
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