Classes, Lectures & Workshops

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The learning never stops at Tohono Chul – discover this for yourself in our Classes, Lectures & Workshops!

We’re all about connecting our members and visitors to the amazing world around us, offering them opportunities to make their own discoveries about the nature, art and culture of our region. Read on for our latest listings of classes, lectures and workshops designed to engage and delight!

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“Fall” Back to Yoga!

Tuesdays, September 18-November 13 | 8:30am-9:30am | Children’s Ramada
$8 members | $8 plus cost of admission for the general public (students pay instructor directly)

Get back into a healthy routine by joining Barbara Sherman, registered yoga instructor, for an hour of gentle yoga practice in the outdoors! Open your senses to an understanding of our connection to the earth. Stroll the park afterwards or visit the Garden Bistro for a healthy breakfast. Please bring your own mat.

Mindfulness and Meditation: Techniques and Practices

Saturday, October 6 | 9am-12pm | Ed. Ctr. #2 | $30 members | $40 general public

Discover simple ways to create health, joy and connection in your life, in the beautiful landscape of Tohono Chul as Lynn Blankinship and Marley Beard share why researchers, medical practitioners and educators are promoting mindfulness and mediation. Let them guide your exploration of modern practices including: sitting and walking meditation, journaling, mindful eating and drinking, and body and sensory awareness.  Discover the techniques that are most effective for you.

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Establishing Young Trees in the Landscape

Saturday, October 6 | 10am | Ed. Ctr. #1 | $6 members | $10 general public

How big should I dig the hole? Do I need to amend the soil? To stake or not to stake? These are just some of the many questions we’ve all had to deal with when introducing new trees to the landscape. Join Jason Isenberg, owner/principal designer of REALM and ISA Certified Arborist, as he walks you through the what, when, where, why and how of proper tree planting and initial pruning/shaping. Whether you are installing yourself, or just want to tell your landscaper how to do it better, this is the class for you!

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Fruit Tree Pruning

Saturday, October 20 | 10am | Ed. Ctr. #1 | $6 members | $10 general public

Whether you nurture your fruit trees for yourself, or you willingly share the bounty with your friendly neighborhood critters, it’s important to provide them the proper care they need. Even if you have just one fruit tree in your yard, you’ll benefit from this class on how to prune so that your trees are as happy and as productive as can be. Join Jason Isenberg, owner/principal designer of REALM and ISA Certified Arborist, as he discusses the particulars, timing and techniques to help you get the most out of your fruit trees.

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Desert Impressions in Silver | SOLD OUT | call 742-6455 x 228 to be wait listed

Saturday, October 20 | 9am-12pm | Ed. Ctr. #2 | $100 members | $115 general public

Lovers of the Sonoran Desert can join award-winning artist Lyle Rayfield and learn how to capture its beauty in silver metal clay using prickly pear and cholla skeletons, mesquite beans and other organic materials found in and around Tucson. Students can choose from an assortment of desert materials to create a pair of earrings, a pendant or charm. Learn to use a two-part mold mix to capture the impression of your selected sample and recreate its shape in silver metal clay. You’ll also learn to use a simple butane torch to fire your pieces, so you can continue to use organic materials to make interesting jewelry without having to buy a kiln. Microscopic particles of pure silver are combined with an organic binder to produce the clay-like substance known as silver metal clay. When fired at high temperatures, the binder burns off and the metal particles fuse into a solid piece of silver. No experience is necessary and all skill levels are welcome. Demonstrations and instruction will cover how to properly roll, texture, shape, refine, fire, and finish metal clay creations. All materials supplied, but please bring a magnifying glass and an apron if you have them.

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Mosaic Garden Flower Stake

Friday, October 26 | 10am-4pm | Ed. Ctr. #1 | $100 members | $115 general public

Looking for something special to add a splash of color to your garden? Mosaic Guy David Jarvinen is back to help you create a beautiful glass mosaic floral garden stake (10”x10”x36” when complete). Choose from a variety of colorful glass tiles and learn nipping and fitting techniques for crafting glass tile mosaics. Our ceramic base is suitable for use indoors or out and attaches to a custom metal stake for display. All materials provided. Please bring a brown bag lunch.

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Mindfulness and Meditation: Sensory Techniques and Practices

Saturday, October 27 | 9am-12pm | Ed. Ctr. #2 | $30 members | $40 general public

Explore ways our senses enrich mindfulness and meditation practices . . . in the beautiful setting of Tohono Chul! Spend the morning with Marley Beard and Lynn Blankinship exploring body awareness and mindfulness techniques that can shift how we relate to the world. Using the gifts of our senses as doorways and windows to our world, we can develop new meaning, growth and healing in our lives. Deepen your capacity to be a keen observer and expand your creativity through playful mindful techniques! (Note to those with sensitivities to fragrances, natural essential oils and organic herbs are used in some practices.)

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Mature Tree Care

Saturday, October 27 | 10am | Ed. Ctr. #1 | $6 members | $10 general public

Mature trees have their own special needs, especially when it comes to pruning. Remember, you can’t un-prune a tree, so it is important to “read” your tree and get it right the first time. Whether you’re planning to do the pruning yourself, or want to be able to direct your landscaper in a better job, join Jason Isenberg, owner/principal designer of REALM and ISA Certified Arborist, and learn the best way to care for those irreplaceable mature trees.

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Personal Sugar Skulls at Chiles, Chocolate and Day of the Dead | November 2

Friday, November 2 | 9am, 11am, 1pm or 2:30pm | Overlook | $15 members | $18 general public (plus cost of admission to the event)

Fabric and paper artist Jennifer Eschedor is inspired by the artistic traditions surrounding El Día de los Muertos, creating pieces that reflect and celebrate this borderland custom. Join her for a one-hour mini-workshop and start your own tradition by crafting a unique and personal “sugar skull” for your own ofrenda (altar). Starting with a blank white papier mache skull, participants will work with paint, paint markers and transparent glitter to design and decorate their personalized skull. Eschedor provides lots of design examples for inspiration. All materials provided. It is suggested that you pre-register online as only a limited number of walk-in spots will be available at the Chiles event.

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Personal Sugar Skulls at Chiles, Chocolate and Day of the Dead | November 3

Saturday, November 3 | 9am, 11am, 1pm or 2:30pm | Overlook | $15 members | $18 general public (plus cost of admission to the event)

Fabric and paper artist Jennifer Eschedor is inspired by the artistic traditions surrounding El Día de los Muertos, creating pieces that reflect and celebrate this borderland custom. Join her for a one-hour mini-workshop and start your own tradition by crafting a unique and personal “sugar skull” for your own ofrenda (altar). Starting with a blank white papier mache skull, participants will work with paint, paint markers and transparent glitter to design and decorate their personalized skull. Eschedor provides lots of design examples for inspiration. All materials provided. It is suggested that you pre-register online as only a limited number of walk-in spots will be available at the Chiles event.

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Landscape Design for Newcomers and Residents Alike

Saturday, November 10 | 10am | Ed. Ctr. #1 | $6 members | $10 general public

Multiple award winning, Master of Landscape Architecture, Shelly Ann Abbott, MLA, shows Tucson newcomers as well as longtime residents how they can create stunning, colorful desert landscapes using her unique landscape design concepts. Please feel free to bring photos, old plans, or measurements etc. and “ask the expert!”

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The “Electrocuted” Gourd

Saturday, November 10 | 9am-4pm | Ed. Ctr. #2 | $90 members | $100 general public

Every gourd artist/enthusiast needs an electrocuted gourd in their collection — the perfect conversation starter! With gourd artist Sue Brogdon as your guide, the morning begins outdoors, cleaning up the “electrocuted” areas and the insides of your gourds. Next up, you will be using dye inks to color and then seal the vessel, finally adding multi-level, coiled pine needle, wire-lashed rim. Prepped vase-shaped gourd, black spray paint, dye inks, sealant, black pine needles, wire and a gage are provided. Please bring an electric drill and a gourd cleaning ball (if you have these tools), dust mask or respirator, an old tooth brush, steel wool, an old towel and a bucket. Note: there will be power towels to share if you do not have your own.

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CHARM-ing Memories

Saturday, November 17 | 9am-12pm | Ed. Ctr. #2 | $100 members | $115 general public

Charms can hold special memories for many of us — they may commemorate a significant event, a special trip, an enjoyable experience, or celebrate a momentous occasion. Some are even lucky charms. Discover how to capture your memories in silver metal clay with award-winning artist Lyle Rayfield.  Microscopic particles of pure silver are combined with an organic binder to produce the clay-like substance known as silver metal clay. When fired at high temperatures, the binder burns off and the metal particles fuse into a solid piece of silver. Students learn basic metal clay techniques and create personalized bracelet charms, from stamping clay with descriptive words or symbols, to capturing fingerprints, to making molds for charm replication. No experience is necessary and all skill levels are welcome. Demonstrations and instruction will cover how to properly roll, texture, shape, refine, fire, and finish metal clay creations. All materials supplied, but please bring a magnifying glass and an apron if you have them.

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Desert Colors Mosaic Triptych

Friday, November 30 | 10am-4pm | Ed. Ctr. #1 | $115 members | $125 general public

The desert is painted with an amazing array of colors, both bold and subtle. In this workshop with tile artist David Jarvinen, create three glass mosaic abstract panels (6”x6”) inspired by the colors of the desert that surround us every day. Chose stained glass to begin our journey, evoking feeling and movement, and then chase it with meanderings of colorful glass tiles, weaving your own desert story. Will it be the quintessential tans, ochres, reds and greens of the landscape? Or maybe the blues, oranges and yellows of a sunset? Come and explore texture and movement in glass. All materials provided. Please bring a brown bag lunch.

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Nifty, “Gifty” Gourds

Saturday, December 8 | 9am-4pm | Ed. Ctr. #2 | $75 members | $90 general public

Alcohol inks, when mixed, blended or washed together create a plethora of vibrant colors and gourd artist Sue Brogdon is on hand to demonstrate more than a dozen different ways to utilize these bold colors – dripping, outlining, stamping, painting, and blending, to name a few. With some additional insights into color theory, students then have the opportunity to try their hand at each technique. In the afternoon it’s time for free-form wire wrapping and embellishing their gourds, “cannonballs” and ornament-sized as well. Please bring plastic or latex gloves, heat tool (if you have one), fast-drying gel glue such as Gorilla glue, scissors, flat nosed pliers and a wire cutter. Instructor provides two “cannonball” and four small gourds, alcohol inks, dye inks, brushes, sealant and embellishments such as feathers, beads and rocks to complete each of custom-designed pieces.

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Circle of Light

Saturday, January 5 | 10am-4pm | Ed. Ctr. #1 | $100 members | $115 general public

Explore depth and space in this unique workshop with mosaic artist David Jarvinen while creating your personalized “circle of light” (8”x8”) with a variety of colored glass tiles on a clear glass substrate. Open to all levels of experience, David teaches students how to create a design that will be seen on both sides of the glass, cutting tiles in shapes like flower petals, leaves or the branches of a tree. Each circle will be completed with a half-moon metal stand for display. All materials provided. Please bring a brown bag lunch.

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Glass Mosaic Birdbath

Saturday, February 2 | 10am-4pm | Ed. Ctr. #1 | $90 members | $100 general public

Need something for your feathered friends? This 10” round birdbath/saucer is just the thing for your bird-friendly garden. Learn nipping and fitting techniques related to porcelain tiles from mosaic artist David Jarvinen, choosing from a variety of colors to complete your mosaic design. Consider simple, graphic images, or just fill the space with a kaleidoscope of color — either way it will be beautiful and the birds will like it too! All materials provided. Please bring a brown bag lunch.

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