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Creative Arts Classes

Creative Arts classes at the Dallas Arboretum give you an 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 creative skills and bring out your imaginative side. For more general information about adult classes, visit the Adult Programs main page. Please contact with additional questions.

For the Birds: Ceramic Birdbath Click for More

April 8 & 15 | 6-8 p.m.

$66 or $60 for Members

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Bring the songbirds to your garden with this stunning handmade birdbath. Lynn Armstrong, owner of Both Hands Studio and ArtScape artist, will teach slab construction methods to build and embellish your own birdbath. During the first week of class, you will design and construct your birdbath. During the second week of class, you will finish embellishing and glazing your birdbath. Each piece will be a unique work of art that you can proudly display or give as a gift! Space is limited.

Spring Garden Ornaments Click for More

April 15 | 6-8 p.m.

$50 or $45 for Members

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It is time for spring blooms, and what better way to decorate your garden than with ceramic garden ornaments? Join Lynn Armstrong, owner of Both Hands Studio, as she helps you create one-of-a-kind ornaments to adorn your garden this spring.

Petite Fleurs - Mosaic Flowers Click for More

May 10 | 9 a.m.-3 p.m.

$95 or $86 for Members

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Join Katrina Doran, mosaic artist and owner of Doran Studios, as she helps you make a distinctive piece of art from your very own imagination. The smallest of Doran’s mosaic flower creations measures about three inches per petal length. They are of a unique variety and reminiscent of old fairy tales and nursery rhyme illustrations. These flowers are bejeweled with antique jewelry, miniature doll parts, beads, petite glass tiles, millefiori, pearls and more. Supplies provided.

Concrete Leaf Casting Click for More

May 10 | 9-11 a.m.

May 17 | 9-11 a.m. Sold Out

$60 or $54 for Members

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Let Joanne Durbin, concrete leaf artist, show you how to transform a piece of nature into a beautiful decoration for your garden. Using leaves from the garden and a few simple ingredients, Joanne will show you how to create your own concrete casting. Your unique finished work of art will show the beauty of Mother Nature’s work through the veins, leaf texture and shape of the leaves. Durbin will show you how to embellish your piece using paint so that you may finish your piece at home once it has dried. Space is limited.

Soft Block Carving - Inspired by my Garden Click for More

May 17 | 9 a.m.-4 p.m.

$55 or $50 for Members

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Bring the outside in and use your garden, or dream garden as inspiration to turn your designs, sketches or photos into Soft Block carving blocks to print or stamp into garden journals, sketchbooks, artwork, and paper or fabric projects. Sheila Cunningham, of the Creative Arts Center, will show you that carvings can be as simple as a single image stamp or complex with garden and nature-inspired scenes. You will be exploring basic carving and printing techniques during this innovative class.

Felted Soap Click for More

June 7 | 9 a.m.-noon

$40 or $36 for Members

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Ever thought about making that bar of soap in your guest bathroom more attractive? Learn to make a felted soap with Suzanne Morgan, fiber artist. She will introduce new and different types of wool and how to felt around a bar of soap. You will leave the class with a beautiful felted piece to share with your guests. Please bring sharp scissors and wear clothes that can get a little wet.

Painting Flowers and Landscapes in Watercolor Click for More

June 14 | 9 a.m.-3 p.m.

$110 or $99 for Members

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Brush up on your painting skills in this fun two day workshop. Join award winning artist, Carol Vystrcil Scott, as she introduces you to the wonderful world of watercolor painting. During the workshop learn how to translate your vision from the real world to the canvas. By using photographs and still life, you will begin the process of planning and sketching your work of art. Supply list will be provided upon registration. Space is limited.

Mixed Media - Inspirations, Dreams and Gardens Click for More

June 21 | 9 a.m.-1 p.m.

$60 or $54 for Members

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What inspires you? A beautiful garden? Poetry? Holidays? Bring your dreams to life with Kay Goodman, creator of Mixed Media Workshops, in a fun, relaxed and free-flowing, mixed-media experience. We’ll take a short walk through the divine spring garden and then dive into several techniques that will create a foundation to illustrate your dreams and inspirations. We’ll use gesso, acrylics, stencils, collage and embellishments. Use your new skills for greeting cards, framed art, gifts or art journaling. Come translate your dreams into beautiful creations.

Painting From Your Heart & Soul Click for More

June 21 | noon-3 p.m.

$66 or $60 for Members

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Join Tina Alvarez, award winning artist and Touch Drawing facilitator, who will help you open the gateway to your inner creative landscape. Dive in and learn a fun and easy process of painting and drawing. Using the unique and easy to learn Touch Drawing technique, you will leave with 15-30 images that you can use in your creative work as you learn to enhance your images at home. No experience necessary and all skill levels welcome. Supplies provided.

Painting Flowers in Oils Click for More

June 21 | 9 a.m.-3 p.m.

$110 or $99 for Members

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Join award winning Texas artist, Nancy Medina for a day of making brilliant flowers bloom in oils. Open to all levels and those who work in water-based oils and acrylics. Medina begins with a demonstration and continues with a step-by-step paint-along session. Students will bring home a completed flower painting and tips needed to create paintings they will love for years to come. Bring lunch or pick up something at the dining terrace. Supply list will be provided.

Dallas Arboretum
and Botanical Garden

Open Daily 9am - 5pm
Closed Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day, and New Year's Day
Administrative Office Open Monday Through Friday, 8:30am - 5pm