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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.

Register for any adult education class here

Using the garden for inspiration, these classes 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.

Registration for Fall Adult Education programs opens September 1. Call 2143.515.6539 for more info.

Beginning Watercolor, A Botanical Study Click for More

Beginning Watercolor, A Botanical Study

November 5, 9 -1pm, $110 ($99 for Members)

Emily Riggert, Oil & Cotton

Get inspired by the natural beauty of the gardens as we journey into this wonderful medium. Students will receive all materials necessary to get started – a brush, paints and practice paper – as we learn the basics of watercolor painting.

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New! Introduction to Colored Pencil Click for More

Introduction to Colored Pencil

November 12, 9am-3pm, $125 ($112 for Members)

Noriko DeWitt, Award winning Colored Pencil Artist and instructor

This one day workshop is a great start to using colored pencils. Through lecture, time in the garden, and studio work, Noriko will show you tools and techniques to create beautiful works of art. All levels welcome. All supplies provided.

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Eco-Printing on Silk Click for More

Eco-Printing on Silk

November 12, 9am-3pm, $110 ($99 for Members)

Suzanne Morgan, Creative Arts Center Instructor

Transform a piece of nature into a stunning silk scarf using leaves from the garden. Suzanne will walk you through the process of eco-printing as you experiment with various bark, leaves and flowers. You will also make sample prints on paper to begin your eco-color library.

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Plein Air Painting at the Arboretum with SMU CAPE Click for More

Plein Air Painting at the Arboretum with SMU CAPE

December 3-5, 9am-3pm, $375 ($338 for Members & SMU Alumni)

Suzanne Kelley Clark, SMU CAPE Instructor

This three-day intensive workshop welcomes beginners and more advanced students for a focused, on-site painting experience at the Arboretum. Develop strong, fundamental painting skills and experiment with a variety of approaches and solutions to the challenges of painting outdoors. Each day begins in the classroom for lecture, group discussion or demonstrations. Working at various locations throughout the Arboretum, you will receive guidance and individual critique from the instructor. Supply list provided upon registration.

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Fused Art Glass Classes Click for More

Fused Art Glass Classes

Larry Pile, The Kessler Craftsman & Creative Arts Center Instructor

This spring whet your appetite for this versatile and magical medium. All fused glass pieces will be fired offsite and returned to the Arboretum for pick-up. Classes fill quickly so register soon.

New! Woven Fused Glass Stringer Plate

October 12, 6-8pm, $121 ($110 for Members)

Using a glass stringers, you will weave a beautiful pattern to create an 8”x8” plate.

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Four Powdered Printed Glass Coasters

October 29, 12-2pm, $110 ($99 for Members)

Create a set of four, 4”x4” coasters using artist supplies powder-printed floral inspired glass blanks.

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New! Fused Floral Frit Slurry Bowls

November 12, 9-11am, $121 ($110 for Members)

Make a set of four, 6” floral-themed bowls.

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Holiday Plate and Ornament

December 10, 9 -11am, $121 ($110 for Members)

Using a variety of colorful glass pieces, you will make an 8”x8” plate and a unique

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