MBS Bonsai Workshops

Our opportunity to participate, learn and refine our bonsai skills.

Workshops give bonsai enthusiast the opportunity to participate, learn and refine their bonsai skills by offering high-quality bonsai training in an encouraging and professional atmosphere with world-class artist. The educational workshops and demonstrations at MBS are substantive and interesting.
The training workshops and programs are varied in location, content and skill level. You can participate in one or more workshops geared for beginner, intermediate, or advanced ability. Some workshops include bonsai material so you can grow your collection. Workshop participants are a group of people who have a passion for bonsai, learning and a sense of adventure.  Programs and participants promote a friendly and social atmosphere, you'll be surprised how quickly you make new friends.

Artist Workshops

Outdoor Workshop with Suthin

Artist workshops are usually held on weekends and consist of a small groups usually around 6 to 8 and the instructor. The workshop fee is determined by the cost of the room, material if provided and the visiting artist. Workshop enrollment is limited and is filled on a first come first served basis. Each student provides his/her own tools, wire, potting materials and, unless it is a material-provided workshop, which includes a plant or tree to work on. MBS typically holds several artist workshops every year.

Beginner Workshop

Beginner Class

Our Beginner Workshop was designed primarily for adults seeking to learn how to create and maintain their first bonsai. While it is a sometimes referred to as a workshop, it gives you everything you need to get started on your journey. Members of the Milwaukee Bonsai Society are on hand to help with the creation of your first Bonsai ‘masterpiece’! Usually held in Fall and sometimes in early Spring as well.

Open Workshops

hands on workshops

We host several open workshops every year usually held on weekends scattered throughout the year. Open workshops are free for all MBS members and ussually have theme such as repotting or getting your tree ready to show. We bring experienced members and new members together to help repot, discuss your tree, and work together on our trees. To participate expect to bring your tree, pot, soil, wire if needed, scissors, and something to work in to help keep the area clean (a black pan works great). You will also need a pail to take the old soil with you and towels for clean-up.

Special Workshops

Diaza critics

MBS also hold special workshops. In the past we have traveled to Upper Pennisula to collect larches, to Bay View to collect ginkos, to Sarah Raynors studio to see her potting studio. We have held several Kusamono workshops where members create exquisite companion plantings. We held workshops for making a table size turn-table, cleaning pots, sharpening tools and as pictured above making viewing stone diaza. Watch the schedule and website for special interest workshops like focusing on wiring, grafting or even collecting.

Workshop Sign-ups