Natural History Arts

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Early Fall Classes 2019

Yes, You Can Draw

Saturday afternoons, Sept. 7, 21, 28, and October 5 and 19 from 1:30 to 4:30 p.m.

$275 — Early registration special:  Register by September 1 for only $250

Last day to reserve your spot is September 15

Enrollment is limited to 6 students: 4 spots left


Drawing is for everyone

If you’ve ever said, “Oh, I can’t draw,” or if you love art and wish you could do what artists do, this class is for you. Drawing is not only for a select few, and it’s not just for professional artists. Drawing is a skill that everyone can learn, and it offers many benefits. 

This introductory class combines Yes, You Can Draw Levels One and Two, and includes more practice time 

Artist Terri Wentzka will walk you through the basics of learning to draw in a friendly, no-stress manner. Our focus will be on doing, not on perfection. This class will be relaxing, fun, and designed to take the fear out of touching pencil to paper while developing your ability to draw what you see.  No experience necessary, no fears, and no apologies for what you can or can’t do. We’ll start wherever you are.

 Prerequisite:  None.

Beginning Watercolor

Friday afternoons, Sept. 20, 27, October 4, 18, 25, and November 1  from 1:30 to 4:30

$325  Early registration special:  Register by September 1 for only $295

Last day to reserve your spot is September 15 — Enrollment is limited to 6 students

Watercolor without fear

Learning watercolor can be intimidating.  How do you get started?  What do you really need to buy?

This class will walk you through the process from the very beginning.  You’ll learn about materials and how to use them, how to mix colors, and how to create a good composition.  There will be plenty of time for practice and help with your individual questions.

Leave your fears at the door and be ready to learn from a patient teacher in a friendly, supportive atmosphere.  Watercolor takes time to master, but this class will start you off the right way.

Prerequisite:  Yes, You Can Draw Levels One & Two; or Botanical Drawing; or the equivalent.  No painting experience is necessary, but you must have some drawing experience to take this class.  

31 Day Creative Challenge

Saturday mornings, September 21, October 5, 19, 26, and November 2  from 10:00 to 12:30, plus an optional, free kickoff work-together session on Tuesday, October 1 from 10:30 to noon.

$275  Early registration special:  Register by September 1 for only $250

Last day to reserve your spot is September 15

Enrollment is limited to 9 students: 8 spots left


Exploring a single subject for at least 30 days is a terrific way to enhance your creative thinking powers and improve your artistic skills.  Many artists have done 30, 60, or 90 day challenges — but it can be daunting to take on a lengthy project on your own.

In this class, you’ll get the support and cheerleading you need to tackle and complete 31 days of making art.  You choose the subject matter.  At each meeting we will explore different materials and techniques, and discuss ideas about creativity and art practice.  You’ll have time to work on your project in class, and will receive daily helpful prompts and ideas via email.  Make this October the month that you grow as an artist, and join us for the 31 Day Creative Challenge!  

Prerequisite:  None.


Botanical Drawing

Friday mornings, September 20, 27, October 4 and 18, 2019 from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

$225 Early registration special:  Register by September 1 for only $195

Last day to reserve your spot is September 15 — Enrollment is limited to 6 students

Learn to draw your favorite plants

The practice of botanical drawing offers a perfect way to hone your drawing skills, learn patience with yourself and with your work, and increase your observation abilities. It’s a useful working method to have in your technique arsenal, no matter what your artistic interests are.

This repeatable class will give you a foundation in the basic techniques of contemporary botanical drawing. First-timers will work on drawing simple plant materials, and students who are repeating the class will receive individual help with subjects of their choosing. We will work on composition, value, and observation, and you’ll gain not only drawing practice, but a greater appreciation for the natural world around you.

Prerequisites: This class is suitable for anyone who has either taken Yes, You Can Draw! Level One, or who has equivalent drawing experience. Contact me if you have questions about whether the class is a good fit for you.


Botanical Painting

Thursday mornings, September 26, October 3, 17, 24, and 31, 2019 from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

$275  Early registration special:  Register by September 10 for only $250

Last day to reserve your spot is September 20 — Enrollment is limited to 6 students

Learn to paint your favorite plants

Botanical painting is a relaxing, meditative way of working that helps you gain control over watercolor and develop patience with yourself and with the paint.  This practice sharpens your observation skills and opens you up to a whole new understanding of the natural world.  If you love watercolor, learning this technique will help you feel more confident with the medium, even if you normally work in a different style.

This repeatable class will give you a foundation in the basic techniques of contemporary botanical painting, with an emphasis on color, value, and composition.  First-timers will work on simple subjects while practicing basic watercolor technique, and students who are repeating the class will receive individual help with subjects of their choosing. 


Prerequisites:  Drawing skills at the advanced beginner level (either my Yes You Can Draw Level Two class, or Botanical Drawing, or the equivalent.  Some watercolor experience is helpful, but not required.  Questions about whether this class is a good fit for you?  Don’t hesitate to contact me.


Space is limited — reserve your spot now!

All classes are held at Studio 300, Northrup King Building, 1500 Jackson St. N.E., Minneapolis, MN.
Class schedules subject to change. Materials not included unless otherwise stated.

Weather Cancellation Policy:

If the Minneapolis or St. Paul Public Schools are closed due to weather, or if in my judgment driving seems unduly hazardous, my studio classes will be cancelled that day. I will work with students to reschedule for a date and time when all can attend. There is no refund for missed classes.