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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 with additional questions.

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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. 

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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Beginning Watercolor en Plein Air

April 30

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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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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Organic Indigo: Natural Dye

May 14

12 - 3 p.m.

$80 ($72 for Members)

Sarah Westrup, Oil and Cotton

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Discover the beautiful blues that you can create using natural organic indigo on cotton. Create free formed resist patterns by clamping and tying & dyeing techniques and learn how to mix a clay resist paste that will prevent indigo dye from penetrating designed areas. 

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Paper Collage

May 14 - SOLD OUT

9 a.m. - 3 p.m.

$90 ($81 for Members)

LeAnna Markus, Collage Artist

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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Plein Air Watercolor Workshop

May 23rd-25th

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 the 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 lists provided with confirmation. 

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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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Glass Mosaic - Vase

June 4

9 - 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 a.m. - 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.