Painting & Drawing
Classes & Workshops

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


 

Pastel: Owl

Saturday, January 18, 2020, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. 125-01-18-20
Jan 18 session canceled due to snow. 
Registered participants a will be issued a refund or can transfer to Feb 8.

NEW DATE! Saturday, February 8, 2020, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.

Ann Solyst, Award winning painter and illustrator

Level
No experience required
Supplies
All supplies included: pastels, paper, pencils, blending stump, kneading eraser, and take-home sketchbook

Learn how to draw an owl of your choice as you explore the versatility of chalk pastels (a portable, dynamic medium with a painterly quality akin to oil painting). Whether you are familiar with chalk pastel or have never picked up a pastel in your life this is the class for you!

  • Watch a helpful demonstration from the instructor
  • Learn, practice, and experiment with pastel techniques
  • Create a refined drawing that balances line, color and composition
  • Receive individualized attention with Ann to draw at your own pace
  • Leave with a finished piece of art
Bring from Home
Bag lunch, beverages and/or snacks (Visitor Center Cafe will also be open for purchases)

Limit 16, Oswald Visitor Center - Azalea Classroom
register 1 spot left
$79 member/$99 non-member
, includes Arboretum admission and all supplies

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, 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

Paint the Arb: Winter Watercolor Workshop

125-02-26-20
Wednesday, February 26, 2020
10 a.m.-4 p.m.

Georgia Kandiko, longtime educator, award winning professional watercolor artist

Level
No experience necessary
Supplies
Bring-Your-Own OR All Supplies Included; see pricing options

Learn how to transform an image into a watercolor painting using a reference photograph of the Arboretum's iconic Red Barn.
  • Examine shape, composition, color and value
  • Learn to eliminate what does not serve your painting
  • Add aspects to enrich the landscape scene
  • Practice with the instructor before working on your finished product
  • Put your new knowledge and skills together to create your finished painting
All students will receive and use Arches 140# cold pressed watercolor paper during class.
Bring from Home
Bag lunch, beverages and/or snacks (Visitor Center Cafe will also be open for purchases)

Limit 20, Oswald Visitor Center - MacMillan Auditorium A/C 
register

Select a price option:
Bring-Your-Own Supplies
See supply list
$69 member/$99 non-member, includes Arboretum admission

All Supplies Included in a Take-Home Kit
$89 member/ $119 non-member, includes Arboretum admission
also includes metal tin filled with required paints and watercolor brush and all necessary supplies such as towels, water containers, tape and Arches 140# cold pressed watercolor paper ( $20 value)

 

Watercolor Painting Workshop: River Birch Tree

Friday, March 20
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 OR All supplies included; see pricing options
see Supply list

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.
  • 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 painting process
Leave with a finished painting and the knowledge to take you further in your creative journey.
Bring snacks/lunch or plan to purchase from the Arboretum Cafe.

Limit 20, Oswald Visitor Center - Azalea Classroom


Bring-your-own Supplies
$69 member/$84 non-member, includes Arboretum admission.
see Supply list
All Supplies Included
$89 member/$104 non-member, includes Arboretum admission and all supplies which will be waiting for you in class

 

Arboretum Inspired Beginning Drawing

Select a session
Magnolia: Saturday, March 21, 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
Lilac: Saturday, April 4, 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
Tulip: Saturday, May 16, 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
Willow: Saturday, June 20, 10 a.m.-2 p.m.

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

Level
No experience required
Supplies
All supplies included

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 once a month so you have time to practice between classes. Each month features a blooming flower, plant, or tree right here at the Arboretum.
  • Learn fundamental skills of art including shading, composition, perspective & 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 bag lunch and a sense of curiosity and adventure!

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


Magnolia: Saturday, March 21, 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
$49 member/$64 non-member,
includes Arboretum admission and all supplies

Lilac: Saturday, April 4, 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
$49 member/$64 non-member,
includes Arboretum admission and all supplies

Tulip: Saturday, May 16, 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
$49 member/$64 non-member,
includes Arboretum admission and all supplies

Willow: Saturday, June 20, 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
$49 member/$64 non-member,
includes Arboretum admission and all supplies

 

Learn to Paint with Acrylics: Forest Floor

Saturday, April 11
9 a.m.-3 p.m.

Ann Solyst, Award-winning painter and illustrator

Level
All levels welcome
Supplies
All supplies included

The ground we walk on tells stories of life, growth, and decay. It can tell us which trees are growing above, which animals travel to and fro, and even identify the season. It's also a canvas for nature, an opportunity for different colors, patterns, and textures to settle amongst each other in a natural composition.
  • Develop an understanding of how to work with acrylics
  • Expand your understanding of line, form, and color
  • Look closely at the forest floor and discover what makes a good natural composition
  • Take your own photograph or use one supplied as reference for your painting
  • Create your own composition with acrylics on 16" x 20" canvas
Bring snacks/lunch or plan to purchase from the Arboretum Cafe.

Limit 16, Oswald Visitor Center - Azalea Classroom


$69 member/$74 non-member, includes Arboretum admission and all supplies which will be waiting for you to use in class

 

Watercolor Note Cards: Crabapples in Watercolor

Friday, May 15
10 a.m.-4 p.m.

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

Level
Some watercolor experience preferred
Included in Price
Watercolor note card paper and envelopes are included in the class fee
Supplies
Bring-Your-Own OR All supplies included; see pricing options
see Supply list

This class will warm your palette with fresh spring color as we paint blooming crabapple trees on note cards.
  • Enjoy live step-by-step demonstrations
  • Practice new painting techniques from paint handling to composition
  • Develop a deeper understanding of the watercolor process
  • View actual crabapples blooming (if mother nature cooperates) and maybe even paint en plein aire
  • Take home reference materials which lead you through entire painting process
Leave with 4 finished small-scale paintings and knowledge to take you further in your creative journey.
Bring snacks/lunch or plan to purchase from the Arboretum Cafe.

Limit 20, Oswald Visitor Center - MacMillan Auditorium

Bring-your-own Supplies
$69 member/$84 non-member, includes Arboretum admission.
see Supply list
All Supplies Included
$89 member/$104 non-member, includes Arboretum admission and all supplies which will be waiting for you in class

 

Watercolor Painting from Photographs: Workshop with Jim Turner

Saturday, May 30
10 a.m.-3 p.m.

Jim Turner, Award Winning watermedia painter and experienced instructor

Level
Beginner to Intermediate
Supplies
Bring-Your-Own (paper, paint & brushes) OR All supplies included; see pricing options
see supply list

Photographs offer us unlimited references for painting. 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.
Bring snacks/bag lunch.
Limit 18, Tashjian Bee and Pollinator Discovery Center - McVay Learning Lab


Bring-your-own Supplies
$74 member/$89 non-member, includes Arboretum admission.
see supply list
All Supplies Included
$94 member/$109 non-member, includes Arboretum admission and all supplies which will be waiting for you in class

 

Pastel: Red Fox

Saturday, May 30
10 a.m.-3 p.m.

Ann Solyst, Award winning painter and illustrator

Level
All levels welcome

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

Learn to draw a fox as you explore the lush delicacy of chalk pastels-- a portable, versatile medium with a painterly quality akin to oil painting, but without the need for harsh chemicals.
  • Watch live demonstrations
  • Choose your subject from a variety of photographs
  • Learn to approach your drawing using line, form, and color
  • Experiment with new techniques to help unlock the artist within

Bring snacks/lunch or plan to purchase from the Arboretum Cafe.

Limit 16, Oswald Visitor Center - Azalea Classroom


Bring-your-own Supplies
$69 member/$74 non-member, includes Arboretum admission.
see supply list
All Supplies Included
$89 member/$94 non-member, includes Arboretum admission and all supplies which will be waiting for you in class

 

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

register
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
register
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

WatercolorSpringTrees, painting CatheringHearding, brushes Evgenia_088/Shutterstock 

Watercolor Painting Workshop: Arboretum Spring Trees with Catherine Hearding

Saturday, June 13
10 a.m.-3 p.m.

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

Level
Some watercolor experience preferred

Supplies
Bring-Your-Own Supplies, see supply list

Spring and early summer in Minnesota gives us a look at an amazing variety of green in the landscape. Work with flowering trees and the new leaves of summer to create a finished painting.
  • Learn a three-step approach to watercolor to help you break down the process
  • Discover how to mix a wide variety of seasonal green shades
  • Focus on shapes and values to ensure success
  • Understand how to use color intensity and temperature to make your painting come alive
Leave with a finished painting and new skills to help refine your painting process.

Bring lunch, beverages and/or snacks you may need. (The Bee Center does not have food/beverage for purchase)

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


$99 member/$114 non-member, includes Arboretum admission.
Bring-your-own Supplies
see supply list


 

Watercolor Workshop: Leafscapes of the Black Walnut Tree

Friday, July 24
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 OR All supplies included; see pricing options
see supply list

Create a rhythmic painting featuring the leaf patterns and fruit orbs of the handsome Black Walnut tree.

  • Enjoy and learn from step-by-step demonstrations
  • Practice new painting techniques including negative painting, paint handling, and composition
  • Develop a deeper understanding of the entire watercolor process
  • Take home reference materials that guide you through entire painting process

Leave with a finished painting and knowledge to take you further in your creative journey.
Bring snacks/lunch or plan to purchase from the Arboretum Cafe.

Limit 20, Oswald Visitor Center - MacMillan Auditorium

Bring-your-own Supplies $69 member/$84 non-member, includes Arboretum admission
see Supply list
All Supplies Included $89 member/$94 non-member, includes Arboretum admission and all supplies which will be waiting for you in class


Bring-your-own Supplies
$69 member/$84 non-member, includes Arboretum admission.
see Supply list
All Supplies Included
$89 member/$104 non-member, includes Arboretum admission and all supplies which will be waiting for you in class


Botanical Watercolor Painting Dry-Brush Techniques: Pollinators & Plants with Wendy Brockman

Saturday, August 29
10 a.m.-4 p.m.

Wendy Brockman, Award-winning botanical painter, professional nature artist and long time instructor

Level
Intermediate to Advanced

Supplies
Bring-your-own supplies, see details below & supply list

Learn to create structure, form, and detail using botanical watercolor painting tips and techniques.
  • Watch demonstrations of dry-brush processes on high-tech screens
  • Learn through discussion, demonstration, handouts, and individual instruction
  • Be inspired by the hives, bees, and plants surrounding the Bee Center
  • Apply your new skills as you work on the drawing you brought with you
Leave with new knowledge, tips and techniques to carry you along your creative journey.
Bring-your-own supplies
  • Bring a completed drawing on hot press watercolor paper (5" x 7" or smaller)
  • Your plant/animal specimens
  • Watercolor supplies, see supply list
  • Lunch, beverages and/or snacks you may need (the Bee Center does not have food/beverage for purchase)
Limit 16, Tashjian Bee and Pollinator Discovery Center - McVay Learning Lab


$79 member/$94 non-member, includes Arboretum admission.
Bring-your-own Supplies
see supply list


 

Painting Wooden Barn Quilts for Beginners

Saturday, September 26
Noon-4 p.m.

Jill Dalbacka, Barn enthusiast and experienced barn quilt painting instructor

Level
No experience necessary

Supplies
All supplies included

A barn quilt is wood painted to look like a quilt block used to adorn homes, buildings, and barns. The simple geometric shapes and bold beautiful colors of this American folk art often reflect particular meanings.
  • Learn the history and significance of barn quilts
  • Choose to paint on a 12" or 24" wooden square
  • Choose from a variety of templates to graph your pattern
  • Receive guidance on techniques to paint a beautiful quilt
  • Use acrylic paints to create your design using techniques taught in class
Leave class with your own quilt square ready to hang or give as a gift!

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



$69 member/$84 non-member, includes Arboretum admission and all supplies.



 


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