Most Arboretum Adult Classes & Programs Canceled through July 31

Please check the COVID-19 Arb Classes Updates Webpage for the latest updates.

Programs that remain on this page are still open for registration!

Painting & Drawing
Classes & Workshops

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


 

Nature Sketchbooks with Pam Luer

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
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


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.



 

Arboretum Inspired Drawing: Pumpkin Still Life in Drawing Pencil

Saturday, October 3, 2020
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
Pumpkin still life, inspired by real Arboretum pumpkins in a harvest scene
Medium
2B and 6B drawing pencils
Techniques
Develop your observation skills and drawing ability as you render shape, tone, pattern and texture
Provided for use in class
Studio-quality drawing pencils, kneaded & plastic erasers, blending stump, sharpener, off-white 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
  • 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
There are (4) Arboretum-Inspired Drawing Classes; register for just (1), or multiple sessions!All (4) of the Arboretum Inspired Drawing classes Fall-Winter 2020-2021, credit Aryn Lill

Nature Sketchbooks Workshop: Garden's Last Harvest with Pam Luer

Saturday, October 10, 2020
10 a.m.-2 p.m.

Pam Luer, professional artist specializing in nature based motifs. Pam has licensed her designs with gift and home decor industries

Level All levels
Supplies Bring-Your-Own Supplies; online supply ordering option available

Yearning to stay connected to the natural world through her art, Pam Luer is offering her Nature Sketchbook workshop to celebrate the waltz of the garden's last dance. You will:
  • Learn tools and tips to help you see, explore and luxuriate in the natural world more mindfully
  • Closely observe the remnants of our glorious growing season- the seeds, pods and leaves as natures prepares for her winter sleep
  • Learn how to capture the world around you through through simple sketches
  • Discover how to use various drawing tools in a whole new way
Note that lunch is not included; please bring a bag lunch from home (refrigeration available).

Limit 15, Marion Andrus Learning Center - Garden Lab
Bring-Your-Own Supplies See supply list
Optional: purchase supplies to be shipped to your home from Dick Blick (allow 2 weeks before class for delivery).


$64 member/$84 non-member, includes Arboretum admission, bring-your-own supplies, see supply list 



Watercolor Note Cards: Crabapples in Watercolor

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 OR All supplies included; see pricing options below. Included in price for all students, watercolor note card paper and envelopes are included in the class

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
  • 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 see supply list
$69 member/$84 non-member, includes Arboretum admission
OR
All Supplies Included
$89 member/$104 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
$69 member/$84 non-member,
includes Arboretum admission

All Supplies Included
$89 member/$104 non-member,
includes Arboretum admission and all supplies which will be waiting for you to use in class

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.
Bring snacks/bag lunch, refrigeration available.

Limit 18, 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

Thursday, December 3, 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 OR All supplies included; see pricing options

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 the 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 16, Oswald Visitor Center - Azalea Classroom

Bring-your-own Supplies see supply list
$69 member/$84 non-member, includes Arboretum admission
All Supplies Included
$89 member/$104 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
$69 member/$84 non-member
, includes Arboretum admission

All Supplies Included
$89 member/$104 non-member, includes Arboretum admission and all supplies which will be waiting for you to use in class 

 

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 for in-class use: pastels, paper, pencils, blending stump, kneading eraser, and take-home sketchbook

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 (Visitor Center Cafe will also be open for purchases)

Limit 16, Snyder Building - Classroom I


$79 member/$99 non-member, includes Arboretum admission and all supplies which will be waiting for you to use in class 

 

Arboretum Inspired Drawing: Cardinal in Colored Pencil

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
All supplies included for use in class
Subject
Red Male Cardinal on white snow - a beloved Minnesota sight!
Medium
Colored pencil & white pastel
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 erasers, blending stump, sharpener, and 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
There are (4) Arboretum-Inspired Drawing Classes; register for just (1), or multiple sessions!All (4) of the Arboretum Inspired Drawing classes Fall-Winter 2020-2021, credit Aryn Lill

 

Watercolor Workshop: Pretty Primrose

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 OR All supplies included; see pricing options. All students receive Image reference and instructional handout

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

Limit 20, Snyder Building - Snyder Auditorium

Bring-your-own Supplies See supply list
$69 member/$84 non-member, includes Arboretum admission
All Supplies Included
$89 member/$104 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
$69 member/$84 non-member
, includes Arboretum admission

All Supplies Included
$89 member/$104 non-member,
includes Arboretum admission and all supplies which will be waiting for you to use in class 

 

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
There are (4) Arboretum-Inspired Drawing Classes; register for just (1), or multiple sessions!All (4) of the Arboretum Inspired Drawing classes Fall-Winter 2020-2021, credit Aryn Lill

 

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
There are (4) Arboretum-Inspired Drawing Classes; register for just (1), or multiple sessions!All (4) of the Arboretum Inspired Drawing classes Fall-Winter 2020-2021, credit Aryn Lill

 


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