Classes, Lectures & Workshops

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So many things to learn at our Classes, Lectures & Workshops!

Come and participate! At Tohono Chul we’re all about connecting our members and visitors to the amazing world around us, engaging them in new discoveries about our region. Read on to discover our rich schedule of classes and workshops. You’ll be delighted to learn about, engage and have fun with the nature, art and culture of the southwest.

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Cool Season Yoga — Indoors!

Tuesdays, January 16 to March 27 | 9am-10am | Ed. Ctr. #1
$8 members | $8 plus cost of admission for the general public (students pay instructor directly)

Feeling the post-holiday let-down or fending off the winter blahs? Join Barbara Sherman, LifeForce Yoga® practitioner and registered Yoga instructor for an hour of uplifting yoga practice. Enjoy accessible poses and breathing exercises to energize your body and ease your mind. Please bring your own mat.

T’ai Chi Chih: “Joy through Movement”

Monday-Thursday, February 12-15 and 19-22 | 12:30-1:30pm | Children’s Ramada

$90 members | $90 plus the cost of admission for the general public

To register call Laura Star at 218-590-4060 (students pay the instructor directly – cash please)

Join certified instructor, Laura Star, in the natural beauty of Tohono Chul to learn T’ai Chi Chih (tie chee cha). This set of 19 movements and one pose is a soft, flowing, moving meditation practiced by thousands of people around the world. It’s easy to learn and brings many benefits including peace of mind, improved health, balance and joy! The primary purpose of T’ai Chi Chih is to circulate and balance the body’s energy, or chi, resulting in a state of health and well-being. T’ai Chi Chih does not require a particular level of fitness or coordination. (For those with physical limitations, movements may be done seated). Please wear completely flat shoes (no athletic shoes).

Pocket Sketching for Mindful Relaxation

Thursday-Saturday | February 22-24 | 10am-4pm | Ed. Center #2 |

  • $285 Member (no supplies)
  • $325 Members (with supplies)
  • $300 General Public (no supplies)
  • $340 General Public (with supplies)

Fan favorite Kath Macaulay is back with an easy-to-learn watercolor introduction for plein air and urban sketching. Totally portable, “pocket sketching” is perfect for the beginner or the professional. Working quickly indoors or out, the equipment is so compact no one notices you. With focal point exercises, you are free to capture the magic your eye sees, filtering out the confusing background, while staying mindfully involved. Starting with sensible basics — contrast, color, focal point and linear perspective, you easily learn to use watercolor because of ease of the water soluble pen. With practice this becomes a perfect meditation with delightful results. Learn enough to play for a lifetime!

Cost includes all supplies; if you already have them, take advantage of the discounted price (list emailed on request from jfalls@tohonochul.org).

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Petscapes

Saturday, February 24 | 10am | Ed. Ctr. #1 | $6 members, $10 general public

As environmentally-conscious gardeners we think carefully about the kinds of chemicals we use in our landscapes. As safety-conscious pet parents, we have to be even more aware – our four-legged family members spend their time outdoors much closer to the ground than we do, often with their noses in the leaf litter and dirt. Jason Isenberg of REALM offers smart and safe landscape solutions for you and your pet, realizing that beyond health considerations, it is important that outdoor habitats keep cats and dogs happy as well. From non-toxic plants to dog dig pits and from pet waste composting to play structures, Isenberg has ideas for a variety of landscape situations and a variety of pets.

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Gardening for the Birds

Saturday, March 3 | 10am | Ed. Ctr. #1 | $6 members, $10 general public

Many people tempt birds into their backyards by putting out store-bought seeds or other products. But it’s healthier for the birds — and a lot more fun — to provide food the natural way by enhancing our landscapes with plant materials that provide food, shelter and cover for our feathered neighbors. Habitat loss is a primary threat to bird populations, and sanctuaries for them do not have to be very large; we can begin with our own backyards, restoring habitat one yard at a time. Explore the “rules of attraction” with naturalist/writer/gardener Lynn Hassler who has seen over 130 species of birds in her Tucson backyard.

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CHARM-ing Memories – New Pricing!

Saturday | March 3 | 1pm-5pm | Ed. Center #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. The resulting CHARM-ing memories, strung on a sterling silver chain bracelet, can then be worn for all to see. 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 Garden Mosaics – SOLD OUT | call 742-6455 x 228 to be wait listed

Saturday | March 10 | 10am-4pm | Ed. Center #2 | $80 members, $90 general public

Taking inspiration from a Southwest desert garden, mosaic artist David Jarvinen guides participants in the design and execution of a mixed media mosaic panel reflecting the bold shapes and subtleties of a landscape vignette — imagine lush plantings of aloes, penstemon and lupine living in harmony, captured forever in a luminous 8” x 10” panel. Through layering of glass and porcelain tiles, students will create texture and depth as they explore techniques relating to both materials. All materials included. Please bring brown bag lunch.

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Pocket Sketching Refresher

Tuesday-Thursday, March 13-15 | 10am-4pm | Ed. Ctr. #2 | $285 members, $300 general public

Kath Macaulay wanted to offer something different for those who have previously taken classes with her. Not only a review, this workshop includes instruction in sketching those elusive images you asked for — clouds, running water, glass and people in their environment. New are the use of pencil with wax, and the ballpoint or Micron pen with the Pilot pen (for the best of both worlds, allowing sketches in just five minutes when traveling), working from memory and under duress, plus any other requests during class. The third day will be spent outdoors on the grounds, putting all the new techniques into practice. This is an advanced class, so bring your Pocket Sketching supplies, a pencil, a ballpoint pen and lunch to the first session. Additional supplies will be available for purchase.

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Tucson’s El Presidio Historic District | Talk

Tuesday | March 20 | 7pm | Ed. Ctr. #1 | $6 members, $10 general public

Local historian and preservationist, Ken Scoville is passionate about Tucson and its past. Whenever development threatens the Old Pueblo, Scoville is there to argue for the streets, the buildings and the history that cannot speak for themselves. This evening talk peels back the layers of culture, architectural styles and citizen’s attitudes and reveal why Tucson is the city it is today. Talk is included in the registration for the walking tour on March 21.

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Sculptural Gourd Vessel

Saturday | March 24 | 9am – 4pm | Ed. Center #2 | $90 members, $100 general public

Sue Brogdon’s latest gourd design features openwork detailing both front and back, so you can showcase it in front of a mirror or on a freestanding piece of furniture. Once you’ve made your color choice, using ink dyes, you’ll be heading outdoors to stipple the gourd. The final step will be couching bear grass around the sensuous curves and circular focal point and lining the gourd with handmade mulberry paper. (Students will complete most of the weaving during the class session, but will have to paper the gourd at home.) All materials provided. Students are asked to bring latex or plastic gloves, a dremel or power carver with large ball cutting bur (if you have one), bucket, old towel and a small container of mod podge. And don’t forget your brown bag lunch!

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Hypertufa Workshop – The Basics – SOLD OUT | call 742-6455 x 228 to be wait listed

Saturday | March 31 | 9am-12pm | Ed. Center #2 | $40 members, $50 general public

Tufa is a natural, porous limestone that has been carved into planters troughs and garden ornaments for centuries; difficult to come by and expensive. Hypertufa on the other hand is “rock” you can make and shape with your glove-covered hands to craft planters and pots perfect for succulents. Lightweight and impervious to even the harshest weather, hyperfufa is made by combining cement, water and porous materials (perlite of vermiculite) and natural fibers (peat moss or coconut coir). In this beginners workshop led by Propagation Manager, Nicole Paschal, and Tohono Chul Volunteer, Pam Olson, participants will learn the basics of mixing hypertufa, selecting appropriate molds and forming pots and planters. Each student will make two pots during the class and prepare their pieces for the start of the curing process, necessitating their return after two weeks to unmold and continue the process at home. Come prepared to get dirty! All materials and instruction provided. Those with a mold they’d like to try, bring it along.

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Considering Congress Street| Talk

Tuesday | April 3 | 7pm | Ed. Ctr. #1 | $6 members, $10 general public

As a warm-up to his walking tour on April 4, local historian Ken Scoville celebrates Tucson’s avenue of commerce – Congress Street and examines how this single stretch of pavement answers so many of our questions as to why Tucson is the city it is today. From the Fox Theater to the train depot, he explores not just downtown history, but architectural traditions, historic personalities and political decisions that have shaped this “street of dreams,” and indeed, our entire downtown community. Talk is included in the registration for the walking tour on April 4.

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Glass Hummer

Saturday | April 7 | 10am-4pm | Ed. Center #2 | $100 members, $115 general public

Hummingbirds are an integral part of the desert garden, as pollinators and even as insect control. Beyond that, they are just plain fascinating to watch. David Jarvinen’s Hummingbird Mosaic Sculpture may not do them justice, but it will be a stunning addition to your home or garden. The custom metal base has a generous wingspan and height of 12” x 12”. Using a variety shimmering and matte glass tiles, each participant will create a pattern of their own choosing; use David’s samples for inspiration or create your very own species! Come have fun and learn about glass mosaics. All inclusive, but please bring a brown bag lunch.

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Hypertufa Workshop – Draped Forms

Saturday | April 14 | 9am-12pm | Ed. Center #2 | $40 members, $50 general public

Tufa is a natural, porous limestone that has been carved into planters troughs and garden ornaments for centuries; difficult to come by and expensive. Hypertufa on the other hand is “rock” you can make and shape with your glove-covered hands to craft planters and pots perfect for succulents. Lightweight and impervious to even the harshest weather, hyperfufa is made by combining cement, water and porous materials (perlite of vermiculite) and natural fibers (peat moss or coconut coir). In this beginners workshop led by Propagation Manager, Nicole Paschal, and Tohono Chul Volunteer, Pam Olson, once participants have learned the basics of mixing hypertufa, instead of turning to hard-sided molds like shoeboxes or buckets, they will be working with fabric to free-form planters with an attitude. Each student will make two draped pots during the class and prepare their pieces for the start of the curing process, necessitating their return after one week to unmold and continue the process at home. Come prepared to get dirty! All materials and instruction provided.

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