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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
Hypertufa Workshop – Draped Forms | SOLD OUT | call 742-6455 x 228 to be wait listed
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.
Agave Mandala in Glass
Friday | May 25 | 10am-4pm | Ed. Ctr. #1 | $90 members, $100 general public
Mandalas as tools for focus and meditation have been around for centuries. David Jarvinen and the Mosaic Guys have created their own 14” x 14” mandala that reflects a similar circular design, but their “meditation” will be to imagine this as an agave form. Think about the view seen when looking into an agave or aloe plant from above! The spiral of leaves and the geometric layout are perfect companions for our contemporary take on a classic subject. Learn nipping and fitting techniques related to BOTH glass & porcelain tile mosaics. All materials provided. Please bring brown bag lunch/snacks for a full day of fun and learning.
Birds of the Desert . . . in glass
Wednesday | June 13 | 9:30am-4:30pm | Ed. Ctr. #1 | $90 members, $100 general public
Birds fascinate many people and we desert dwellers know they are an integral part of our local ecosystem. In this glass mosaic workshop we will identify our color pallets, make a story card and learn to see the different nuances in the shading and structure of our subjects. Choose from several predetermined macro (portrait-like) bird images to create your mini 5” x 7” masterpiece — Verdin, Quail, Cardinal, Bluebird and others. Mosaics simplified and sure to be a great learning experience for beginner or experienced. All materials provided. Please bring a brown bag lunch.
3-D Aloe Vera Sculpture
Friday | July 6 | 10am-4pm | Ed. Ctr. #1 | $90 members, $100 general public
In this original mosaic workshop with David Jarvinen of the Mosaic Guys, learn to add dimension to your project with a simple armature made of readily available materials and mosaic with a variety shimmering, transparent iridized glass tiles. This is a great beginner class or for anyone wanting to learn a new and fun way to create mosaics. We create five leaves and “plant” in a small terracotta pot (6” x 6” x 8”) for “transplanting” to a container of your choosing later- or leave as is – it will be beautiful either way! All materials provided. Please bring a brown bag lunch.