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!

Jewelry & Wearable Art
Classes & Workshops

Wear your love of nature! Create beautiful wearable art inspired by the Arboretum, and using natural materials!

Contemporary Japanese Weaving - SAORI

Saturday, September 26, 10 a.m.-1 p.m.
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. 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.

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
Weather permitting, these classes may be held outdoors to enjoy the peacefulness and beauty of the Arboretum's natural surroundings.

Limit 10, Snyder Building - Tea Room

Saturday, September 26, 10 a.m.-1 p.m.
$94 member/$124 non-member
, includes Arboretum admission and all supplies


Eco-Print Scarf: Wear the Arboretum

Saturday, October 10
10 a.m.-1 p.m.

Jean Manrique, Experienced high end fiber artist and instructor specializing in natural dyes and eco printing

No experience necessary

All supplies included. Optional: Bring your favorite leaves from home if you like.
See suggested leaf list

Learn how to impress foliage, leaving the colors and shapes of the plant material intact on the silk scarf. Explore the chemistry of the plants and learn sustainable methods of harvesting materials for this art form. This process requires no external dyes, inks or paints.

  • Understand the history, process and outcomes of eco-printing
  • Select your custom combination of foliage, including options from the Arboretum, the instructor, or from your own plants
  • Create your design using elements of composition, shape, and color
  • Bundle and steam to extract pigment
  • Unroll your piece to reveal a one-of-a kind gift from nature!

After a final wash and iron you'll have a beautiful scarf to wear or give as a gift.
This small class ensures one-on-one attention as you work through your project from start to finish.

Limit 12, Marion Andrus Learning Center - Inside a Plant Lab

$89 member/$109 non-member, includes Arboretum admission

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Arboretum Members may invite non-members to attend a class with them at the discounted member rate! Simply register for all participants at the same time in the same order and select the "member" rate for each person at checkout.

The best chance of being enrolled in a sold out class is to add your name to the waitlist. Click the orange "waitlist" button and complete the form, or call 612-301-1210. There is no obligation to register if a spot opens. If the waitlist shows enough demand, additional class sessions may be added.


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