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 Watercolor effects and styles, art by Sonja Hutchinson

Finding Your Rhythm in Watercolor (Online)

Select a session
Thursday, January 28, 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
OR
Friday, February 5, 
9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
OR
Friday, March 12, 
9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

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

Level: No experience necessary
Bring your own supplies, See Basic Materials list below

This interactive live workshop on Zoom will help you understand the interactions between paper, water, paint and brushes in watercolor. We will:
  • Learn the key stages of the watercolor process
  • Develop understanding of your paint properties
  • Complete a series of practice exercises to learn how to create special effects
  • Understand how to achieve the results you desire in your watercolor exploration

A video recording of the entire class will be provided that will allow you to go back to review class techniques. No need to take notes!

Basic Materials List:
  • Watercolors (at least 4-5 colors)
  • Watercolor brushes (one flat, one round)
  • 3-4 sheets of 140# cold press paper (100% cotton, such as Arches) 9 x 12 is a good size for this.
  • Water containers

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

How it works:
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. Zoom link will be emailed to registered participants

Limit 16, live online interactive workshop on Zoom


Thursday, January 28, 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
SOLD OUT. Register for the February 5 session below.

$45 member/$65 non-member

Friday, February 5, 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
New session, just added due to demand!

$45 member/$65 non-member

Friday, March 12, 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
New session, just added due to demand!
$45 member/$65 non-member

This class has changed to a 2-day ONLINE format!
 

Watercolor Workshop: Pretty Primrose (Online)

Thursday, February 11 and Friday, February 12, 2021
10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. both days
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 Use-Your-Own, see supply list below

This live interactive, online workshop will help you capture the beautiful curvy shapes of a Primrose in bloom, using a lovely reference image. You'll receive step-by-step instruction, engage in dialogue with fellow students and instructor and watch helpful demonstrations...all from the comfort and safety of your home! This workshop will give you new confidence in your watercolor skills, and inspiration to paint the flowers you love! 

  • 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
  • Reference materials are provided which lead you through entire painting process

A video recording of the entire class will be provided which allows students to review class techniques. No need to take notes! This recording is available for 60 days after class.

Supply List
  • Watercolors: Cadmium Red (or Cadmium Red Light), Sap Green, Aureolin, New Gamboge, Cobalt Blue, Ultramarine Blue
  • Paper - 140# Arches (9 x 12)
  • Watercolor Palette
  • Brushes: Round (#8 or 10), Flat (1" or 3/4")
  • Small spray bottle
  • Paper Towels
  • Small kitchen sponge
  • Pencil
  • Transfer Paper
  • Eraser

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
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.

Limit 16, Live interactive workshop via Zoom


ONLINE via Zoom
Live online limit 16, zoom link will be emailed to registered participants
$69 member/$84 non-member



The class has moved online!
sketchbook by Pam Luer 

Nature Sketchbooks 2-Session Workshop: Finding Sanctuary in Winter (Online)

Thursdays 10 a.m.-noon, 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 however some drawing experience very helpful
Supplies Use-Your-Own (see supply list below)

This interactive online workshop encourages you to begin or continue with your sketchbook practice as we learn how to draw from life with careful observation. We will be working from live subjects (not from photos), you'll learn why this is so important. Please take this opportunity to collect stems or grasses from your own garden, or buy that fresh cut bouquet from your favorite market or flower shop. Learn and explore together as we:
  • 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 how to draw from live specimens
  • Understand the difference between drawing from life vs reference photos.
  • Discover how to build upon a theme
  • Enjoy rare books and "nature sketchbook" illustrations shared by Andersen Horticultural librarian Kathy Allen.
A video recording of the entire class will be provided which allows students to review class techniques. No need to take notes! This recording is available for 60 days after class.
Supply List
Order any supplies for convenient shipping to your home! Allow up to 2 weeks in advance to order and receive your supplies.
  • Live subject - flowers or stems from your home or purchased prior to class.
  • Sketchbook 9 x 12 or smaller. Please be sure the paper has at least 25% cotton. Pam's favorites include: Nature Sketchbook by Pentalic and Strathmore 400 series or Stillman & Birn, Delta series.
  • If you have a variety of watercolor papers, you can have them all on hand for experimentation. Paper makes a big difference in your success.
  • Various graphite drawing pencils 6B-4H
  • Derwent watercolor pencils, If you are a watercolor artist, feel free to have on hand a tiny palette
  • Pentel Art Aquash water brush
  • Various drawing markers. Pam prefers a variety of markers that are water soluble and permanent.

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

How it works
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. The Zoom link will be emailed to registered participants.

Limit 16, Live online interactive workshop on Zoom


Use-Your-Own Supplies
Live online via zoom, zoom link will be emailed to registered participants
$59 member/$79 non-member

Pastel drawing of a crow, Ann Solyst

Drawing with Pastels Workshop: Crow (Online)

Saturday, February 20, 2021
9:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m.

Ann Solyst, Award-winning painter and illustrator

Level: Some drawing experience preferred, no pastel background required

Supplies: Use-Your-Own, See supply list below. For convenient ordering of supplies click this Dick Blick order list (approximately $20, allow up to 2 weeks for delivery)

This live, interactive online workshop will 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! From the comfort and safety of your home, 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:
  • Begin with helpful demonstrations and exercises
  • Learn about shape, form, layering and blending with pastel
  • Follow along with instructor balancing line, form, color and composition
  • Work in small breakout groups (online) and receive direct instructor feedback
  • Watch demonstrations to execute detailed finishing touches on your crow.

A video recording of the entire class will be provided which allows students to review class techniques. No need to take notes! This recording is available for 60 days after class.

Use-Your-Own Supplies for class

  • NuPastel (I prefer Prismacolor) colors: White, Warm medium gray, Light blue, Black
  • Willow charcoal
  • Tortillion
  • Kneaded eraser
  • Sketching paper (several sheets) - White sulphite drawing paper 9 x 12, 60 lb
  • Drawing paper (1 sheet) - Moonstone colored Canson Mi-Teintes drawing paper 19' x 25'

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

How it works
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. The Zoom link will be emailed to registered participants.

Limit 16, Live online interactive workshop on Zoom


Use-Your-Own Supplies
$59 member/$79 non-member 

This class is moving online!

Paint & Sip: Tulips at the Arboretum (Online)

Thursday, February 25, 2021
6-8 p.m. 
Central time, join at 5:30 pm for Conversation & Introductions 
Ann Solyst, Award-winning painter and illustrator

Level All levels, no painting experience required
Supplies Use your own (see list below)

This fun, interactive online workshop invites you to paint and socialize with your beverage of choice from the comfort of your own home! Attend solo and make new friends, or invite your friends and family from far and wide to register and paint together with you! The Arboretum is known for its 36,000 tulips that come to life each spring. Discover the joy of acrylic painting, a forgiving medium, as step-by-step instruction guides you to create your own lovely Arboretum tulip scene!
  • Learn how to paint with acrylics as you are guided step-by-step through the process
  • Transform your 11" x 14" blank canvas into a completed painting
  • Receive a recording of the class (available for 60 days) so you can practice the scene again on your own or finish your artwork after class.
Supply List
Household supplies:
  • Paper plate or similar surface for mixing paint.
  • Jar of water (something that can get paint in it)
  • Paper towels or rags that can be thrown away
  • Shirt that can get paint on it.

Art supplies
Order any supplies you need for convenient shipping to your home! Allow up to 2 weeks in advance to order and receive your supplies.

  • Acrylic paint colors: Red, Yellow, Blue, White and black (optional)
  • Brushes (1 of each): 1" brush, 0.5" brush, 0.25" brush. Instructor note: use brushes that feel comfortable to you. The sizes listed will work for the canvas size we are working with but brushes come in different styles and the style is, I think, a bit of personal preference.
  • Canvas: 11"x14"

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

How it works
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. The Zoom link will be emailed to registered participants.

Limit 26, Live online interactive workshop on Zoom

COUPON
Save up to $25
 
Register 2 or more people for this class and save $5 off each registration. Use coupon code TAKE5 at checkout or call 612-301-1210.

Limit 5 registrations. Registrations must be purchased at the same time in the same order. Individual names and emails must be provided for each separate registrant in the order. Not valid on previous purchases or with other discounts. No cash value.



$39 member/$59 non-member, includes instruction, Zoom recording for future reference for 60 days, and a supportive fun environment.

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 2021, 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


$199 member/$249 non-member, includes Arboretum admission for all (8) sessions and all supplies
 
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