Natural History Arts

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Spring 2019 Art Classes

Botanical Painting — Early Spring Session

Saturday afternoons, March 23, 30, and April 6, 13, and 20, 2019 from 1:30 to 4:30 p.m.

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

Last day to reserve your spot is March 15

Enrollment is limited to 6 students: 5 spots left


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.   


Creativity & Finding Your Inner Artist

Saturday mornings, April 6, 13, 20 and 27, 2019 from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

$225 Early registration special:  Register by March 15 for only $195

Last day to reserve your spot is March 29

Enrollment is limited to 8 students: 7 spots left


Unlock your creativity

We all have creativity within us, and learning how to channel it is just important for business people as it is for artists.  Creative thinking helps everyone — there’s no innovation without the initial creative spark that ignites it.  People who learn to think more creatively do better at solving complex problems and critically analyzing information.  We’re all born with creativity, but the hard part is keeping it.

In this class, you’ll learn to reclaim your creativity.  Whether you’re interested in becoming an artist or not, the exercises we’ll do are designed to bring out the natural creative powers that you’ve forgotten you have.  If you’re a beginning artist, you’ll learn ways to focus on finding yourself within your work so that you can start down the road to developing your own body of work.  If you’re not an artist, and have no desire to be one, you’ll learn to think in new ways that will enhance your work life, your hobbies, and your viewpoint on the world.  Making art is good for everyone!    

Prerequisites:  No previous experience necessary.  Contact me if you have any questions.


The Mischievous Tradition:  Mixed Media Collage

Friday mornings, May 3, 10, 17, and 24, 2019 from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

$225 Early registration special:  Register by April 13 for only $195

Last day to reserve your spot is April 26

Enrollment is limited to 8 students: OPEN

Find inspiration in scraps

Mixed media collage is popping up everywhere these days.  You’ll see it in magazine and newspaper illustrations, on book covers, in journals, and in art galleries.  A great way to experiment with ideas, collage naturally encourages playfulness.  No matter what medium you normally work in, trying your hand at this method of constructing images will help you take new approaches to composition, imagery, and use of color.

In this class, you’ll learn a variety of techniques, stretch your artistic horizons, and find your own unique style of expression.  We’ll discuss the history of collage, and you’ll discover ways to incorporate the subjects and ideas that interest you into this evocative medium.  Sign up with a friend — we’re going to have a blast!

Prerequisites:  No previous experience necessary.  Contact me if you have any questions.

Botanical Drawing

Friday afternoons, May 3, 10, 17, and 24, 2019 from 1:30 to 4:30 p.m.

$225 Early registration special:  Register by April 13 for only $195

Last day to reserve your spot is April 26

Enrollment is limited to 6 students: 3 spots left


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 — Late Spring Session

Saturday afternoons, May 4, 11, 25, and June 1 and 8, 2019 from 1:30 to 4:30 p.m.

$325 Early registration special:  Register by April 13 for only $295

Last day to reserve your spot is April 26

Enrollment is limited to 6 students: OPEN

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.   


Value Boot Camp: A Workshop for Watercolor Painters

Four days, June 19 - 22 from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

$450 Early registration special:  Register by June 1 for only $425

Last day to reserve your spot is June 10

Enrollment is limited to 6 students: OPEN

Make sure nobody ever says, “Value, value, value,” to you again

Strong values make beautiful paintings.  If you’ve struggled with value without success, this intensive workshop with acclaimed artist Terri Wentzka will help you take your skills and vision to the next level.

Designed especially for watercolor painters, this unique workshop will help you to really, finally, understand how to create paintings with eye-catching values.  We’ll work hard, but our time together will be relaxing, fun, and designed to push limits and advance your progress as an artist.  Leave your preconceived notions at the door, and be ready to come out as a better painter.

Prerequisites:  Painters with any level of watercolor experience are welcome, however this class will not cover beginning technique. 



All classes are held at Studio 300, Northrup King Building, 1500 Jackson St. N.E., Minneapolis, MN

Space in all classes is limited — reserve your spot now
Class schedules subject to change

Weather Cancellation Policy:

If the Minneapolis Public Schools are closed due to weather, 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.