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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.

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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.

For the Birds: Ceramic Birdbath Click for More

For the Birds: Ceramic Birdbath

July 16 and 23

6 p.m. - 8 p.m.

$80 ($72 for Members)

Lynn Armstrong, Both Hands Studio & Creative Arts Center Instructor

Learn slab construction methods to build and embellish your own birdbath. During the first session, you will design and construct your birdbath. During the second session, 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. Pieces will be fired at Lynn’s Studio and returned to the Arboretum for pick-up.

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Fused Art Glass Classes Click for More

Fused Art Glass Classes

Larry Pile, The Kessler Craftsman & Creative Arts Center Instructor

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.

4 Powdered Printed Glass Coasters

July 27

6 p.m. - 8 p.m.

$110 ($99 for Members)

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

Vitrograph Murrini Art Glass Bowl

August 20

6 p.m. - 8 p.m.

$130 ($117 for Members)

Make two, 5.5” Murrini Glass Bowls.

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Beginning Watercolor – Botanical Study Click for More

Beginning Watercolor – Botanical Study

July 16

9 a.m. - 1 p.m.

$90 ($81 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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GNO – Pressed Flower Cards Click for More

GNO – Pressed Flower Cards

August 3

6 p.m. - 8 p.m.

$50 ($45 for Members)

Pavlina Panova, Pavlina Art

Using small treasures from the garden, you will learn simple techniques to press material that can be used for cards or larger art pieces. Using leaves, petals, grasses and more, Pavlina will help you create your own cards to take home.

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Stroke of Genius - Watercolor Click for More

Stroke of Genius - Watercolor

August 6

9 a.m. - 3 p.m.

$110 ($99 for Members)

Jane Sawyer, Sawyer Artists

Through demonstration and one-on-one instruction, Jane will share watercolor techniques in a fun and encouraging atmosphere. All levels welcome. Supply list provided with confirmation.

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GNO – Paint Party at the Garden Click for More

GNO – Paint Party at the Garden

August 10

6 p.m. - 8 p.m.

$65 ($59 for Members)

Melanie M. Brannon, Artist

Join Melanie as she guides you step by step through a beautiful original painting inspired by the Arboretum. You bring the wine and snacks, and we’ll provide all of the supplies. At the end of class, you’ll leave with your own completed masterpiece. No painting experience necessary.

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