Our Creative Arts programs at the Arboretum give you and opportunity to gain hands-on experience in a number of fun and inspired classes. Using the garden for inspiration, these classes will let you expand your photography skills, bring out you imaginative side by building a birdbath or learn to watercolor in the great outdoors. Try one of these classes and you are sure to join us for more!
Capture the beauty of the Arboretum as you dive in to the creative process of collage. LeAnna Markus, collage artist and painter, will share basic collage techniques and show you how to stain oriental and lace papers to incorporate in your collages. You will paint, cut, tear, design, and glue two collages during class, which reflect your interpretation of your Arboretum experience. The exciting possibilities for combining colors, patterns and textures in this spontaneous medium are nearly endless. Please bring a sketchbook, pen/pencil, digital camera (opt) and apron to class.
May 18, 9am –3 pm; SOLD OUT
$62 or $56 for Members
Since prehistoric times, bottle containers were created from clay or asphaltum sealed woven containers. Join Emily Riggert from Oil and Cotton, as she shows you how to use a glass cutter, a combination of cold and hot water, fine grit polishing paper, and electric palm sanders to make drinking glasses from recycled bottles. The bottle necks may used to make light fixtures, funnels, or paint brush holders. You are invited to bring bottles to class. Be sure the bottles are round, clean and all paper labels are removed. Additional bottles will be provided.
May 18, 12pm – 3pm;
$89 or $80 for Members
The Art of Chinese Brush Painting
This ancient Chinese art, once used to record history, has been in practice for thousands of years. Wendy Koay, well-known and experienced artist, will use a step-by-step approach to teach and demonstrate this beautiful art. Students will learn the techniques of using brush with ink and watercolors to paint on rice paper as well as the fundamental brush strokes used to create expressive flowers, birds, fish, bamboo and more from nature. You will be amazed at what you are able to paint in just one day! No previous painting experience is required.
June 1, 9am – 3pm;
$110 or $99 for Members
Nuno Felted Silk Scarf
Suzanne Morgan, Fiber Artist & teacher, will help you create a fabulous wearable composition starting with a piece of hand dyed silk and adding beautiful wools and other textures.
June 1, 9am – 3pm; $83 or $75 for Members
|The Artists’ Garden
Join us on Wednesday evenings during “Wind Down Wednesdays” for a tour of the gardens led by Dallas artists Alison Jardine and Erika Jaeggli. These tours offer their interpretation of the Arboretum, and coincide with their gallery exhibit and artist residency entitled, “The Artists Garden”, which opens on June 5th. Tours will begin in the classroom with a brief slide show of the artists’ work at the Arboretum as well as famous artists who used nature as their subject matter. Then, Jardine and Jaeggli will share their view of the garden as well as the inspirations for the exhibit on display in the Rosine Hall gallery through June 30.
Visitors will be encouraged to view the gardens through a different lens. The focus will be on artistic concepts such as light, shadow, reflection, line and color as a way to enhance the understanding of plants and flowers. All levels of art appreciation are welcome. This is a unique opportunity to view the beloved gardens with a new perspective. Join us on June 5th for the opening reception as Alison and Erika give an overview of the exhibit and share the inspiration for their work. Click here for more details about the exhibit, or to register for a tour.
June 5 – reception (no tour), June 12, June 19 or June 26; 6 pm – 7 pm
$15 or $10 for Members
Ruffled Edge Basket
Using natural materials, Anna Barry, owner of The White Rock Weaving Center, will show you step-by-step how to create a small basket that can be used for dinner rolls, napkins or other small treasures
June 8, 9am – 12pm;
$55 or $49 for Members
Watercolor Painting on Silk
Learn how to create a stunning and colorful piece of art. Linda Disosway, accomplished fiber artist and owner of Designs-n-Disosway, will teach you basic silk painting techniques, design layout, color mixing and other special effects to help you create your own unique work of art. No special artistic skills are necessary and all supplies will be provided.
June 8, 9am-3 pm;
$80 or $72 for Members
|All About Art with the Creative Arts Center of Dallas
An incredible resource for hands-on art programs for the budding and experienced artist, the Creative Arts Center of Dallas has partnered with the Dallas Arboretum to bring you a series of classes that will give you an opportunity to work with some of their wonderful artists and bring out the artist in you. Try one of these fun glass, felting or mosaic classes, and when you are ready to expand your skills check out the Creative Arts Center for one of their in depth art programs!
Nuno Felted Silk Scarf
Create a fabulous wearable composition starting with a piece of hand dyed silk and adding beautiful wools and other textures. Suzanne Morgan, Fiber Artist & teacher, will help you create a unique silk felted scarf that you can wear or give as a gift! This is a fun and easy class, however, making felt requires that you be able to stand and roll, using your upper body for an hour or more. Instructor will provide composition ideas. Students should bring a lunch, two towels and some fabric scissors.
June 1, 9am – 3pm;
$83 or $75 for Members
Easy Ways to Register
It’s easy to enroll. Complete a registration form and use one of the methods listed below. If space is available, reservations will be confirmed upon receipt of payment. All confirmations are sent by email. If a class is cancelled, we will contact you by email.
Direct questions to: firstname.lastname@example.org.
1. Online Registration
2. By Phone: Call our reservations hotline. 214.515.6540 or 214.515.6615
3. By Fax: 214.515.6578. Print registration from website and fax.
4. By Mail: Fill out a registration form and mail it to the return address.
Cancellations, subject to a $10 processing fee, can be made up to five (5) business days prior to the class. Refunds cannot be issued for missed classes or cancellations made less than five business days prior to class and must be sent in writing to email@example.com.