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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 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 education@dallasarboretum.org with additional questions.


Registration for Spring and Summer programs is now open.

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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. 


Set of 4 Square Curved Plates

February 6

9-11 a.m.

$130 ($117 for Members)

Make a set of four 6”x6” gently curved square kiln glass plates.


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Woven Glass Plate: 2 Session

March 8 & 15

6 - 8 p.m.

$175 ($158 for Members)

Make an 8”x8” woven flat or curved plate full of color, texture & dimension.


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Kiln Carved Plate

April 16

9 - 11 a.m.

$120 ($108 for Members)

Using thick ceramic fiber paper, you will cut a design in relief, select transparent kiln glass and make a beautiful, colorful, dimensional 8” x 8” curved plate or flat tile in kiln glass.


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4 Powdered Printed Glass Coasters

May 14

9 - 11 a.m.

$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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PMC Pendant

February 13

9 a.m. - 12 p.m.

$95 ($86 for Members)

Robin Oldham, Owner of Smashing Times

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Using Precious Metal Clay (PMC), you will transform a piece of nature into a stunning pendant using leaves from the garden, molds and stamps. Materials include enough silver clay to make one or two pendants, depending upon size. No experience is necessary and all supplies will be provided.

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Mosaic Garden Gnomes

February 13

9 a.m. - 3 p.m.

$ 85 ($77 for Members)

Katrina Doran, Doran Studio Mosaics and Creative Arts Center Instructor

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Using recycled glass tiles on slate, you will create an adorable gnome and learn how to apply your mosaic to any surface. 

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Beginning Watercolor En Plein Air

March 5

9 a.m. - 1 p.m.

$90 ($81 for Members)

Emily Riggert, Oil & Cotton

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Get inspired by the natural light in the gardens as we journey into plein-air painting. 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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Easter Egg-Shaped Basket

March 15

6 - 8 p.m.

$60 ($54 for Members)

Anna Barry, White Rock Weaving Center

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Using natural materials and a whimsical painted base, you will make a small basket in the shape of an egg (approx. 5”x7”x2.5”). No prior experience needed and all materials included. 

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Painting Brilliant Flowers

$110 ($99 for Members) each session

Nancy Medina, Nancy Medina Art


Learn to loosen your approach to the floral still life while painting in oils and acrylics. Work from a transparent background to make flower paintings that look authentic and beautiful. Nancy begins with a demonstration and continues with a step-by-step paint-along session. A supply list provided with confirmation.



Oils

March 12

9 a.m. - 3 p.m.


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Acrylics

April 2

9 a.m. - 3 p.m.

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Mixed Media Mural

April 23

9 a.m. - 3 p.m.

$110 ($99 for Members)

Brett Dyer, Art Professor at North Lake College & Creative Arts Center Instructor

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Join us Artscape weekend for a unique workshop on mixed media. Using the techniques learned while creating a 4’x10’ mural, you will also create individual pieces to take home. 

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Watercolor Painting: The Rose

May 7

9 a.m. - 2 p.m.

$110 ($99 for Members)

Liana Yarckin, Liana Yarckin Watercolors


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Capture the unique beauty of this beautiful May bloom. Through demonstration and one-on-one instruction, Liana will share watercolor techniques in a fun and encouraging atmosphere. All levels welcome. Supply list provided with confirmation.

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Paper Collage

May 14

9 a.m. - 3 p.m.

$90 ($81 for Members)

LeAnna Markus, Collage Artist

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Capture the beauty of the Arboretum as you learn basic collage techniques. You will paint, cut, tear, design and glue as well as stain oriental and lace papers to include in the two collages you create during class.

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Plein Air Painting at the Arboretum with SMU CAPE

May 21-23

9 a.m. - 3 p.m.

$375 ($338 for Members & SMU Alumni)

Suzanne Kelley Clark, SMU CAPE Instructor

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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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Glass Mosaics – Lamp

May 21

9 a.m. - 3 p.m.

$110 ($99 for Members)

Leta Durrett, Mosaic Artist

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Make use of wonderful translucent and transparent qualities of glass as you design a beautiful mosaic lamp. Learn about cutting, scoring, breaking and setting glass mosaics as you create a beautiful lamp. 

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Plein Air Watercolor Workshop

May 23-25

9 a.m. - 3 p.m.

$330 ($297 for Members)

Liana Yarckin, Liana Yarckin Watercolors

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Through demonstration and one-on-one instruction, you will expand your watercolor skills during this three-day workshop. Painting outside allows you to see your subject and better understand how to express what you see onto paper. All levels welcome. Supply list provided with confirmation.

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Glass Mosaic Vase

June 4

9 a.m. - 11 a.m.

$55 ($50 for Members)

Robin Oldham, Smashing Times

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Create a beautiful mosaic vase using a wide variety of tumbled glass and colorful tiles. All materials provided. 

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Modern Calligraphy

June 11 

9 - 11 a.m.

$65 ($59 for Members)

Lyndsay Wright, Lyndsay Wright Design

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Learn how to sharpen your lettering skills to artfully add text to greeting cards, place cards, scrapbooks, journals and more. Lyndsay will show you simple techniques to get started in this popular art form.