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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 2015 classes is now open.

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

Suzanne Kelley Clark,SMU-CAPE Instructor

This five-day intensive workshop welcomes beginners as well as more advanced students for a focused painting experience working on site at the Dallas Arboretum. You’ll develop strong fundamental painting skills and will be able to experiment with a variety of approaches and solutions to the challenges of painting outdoors. Each day will begin in the classroom for lecture, group discussion or demonstrations; students then will work at various locations throughout the Arboretum and will receive guidance and individual critique from the instructor throughout the day. Multiple opportunities for individual and group learning will contribute to your experience and growth over the course of this unique class. Not ready for the intensive five-day workshop? Join Suzanne in May for a series of three-hour painting sessions in the garden. Supply list provided upon registration.


Half Day Workshops

May 6, May 8, May 13, May 15 | 2-5 p.m.

$350 ($315 for Members & SMU Alumni)


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Colors of the Garden – Glass on Glass Mandala (SOLD OUT) Click for More

May 9 | 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. SOLD OUT

$86 ($77 for Members)

Katrina Doran, Doran Studio Mosaics and Creative Arts Center Instructor


Let the beauty of the spring garden inspire you as you create a glass-on-glass mosaic mandala. Katrina will help you create a pattern, learn how to work with the various types of glass, as well as how to adhere and grout your piece.

Beginning PMC Pendant (SOLD OUT) Click for More

May 30 | 9-11 a.m. SOLD OUT

$90 ($81 for Members)

Robin Oldham, Owner of Smashing Times


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

Expressive Abstract Painting en Plein Air Click for More

Robert Moore, Creative Arts Instructor

Learn to feel bold and confident as Robert guides you through the process of painting tulips and roses in a more expressive and slightly abstracted method. These workshops will be conceived plein air on the grounds of the Arboretum. Students may paint in either acrylic or oil paints. Each workshop is designed for new and experienced artists. Supply list provided with registration.

May 30 | 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. 

$110 ($99 for Members)


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To Dye For: Shibori Fabric Dying Click for More

February 28 | 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. Rescheduled

June 6 | 9 a.m. - 3 p.m.

$95 ($86 for Members)

Linda Disosway, Designs-n-Disosway

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This ancient Japanese technique of dying fabric was once used to create beautiful designs on kimonos. Linda Disosway will show you how to create one-of-a-kind works of art. Using resist-dying techniques, you will learn how to stitch, fold and bind your fabric to create beautiful handmade designs on silk. No experience necessary and all supplies will be provided.

Beginning Watercolor En Plein Air Click for More

June 6 | 12-2 p.m.

$65 ($59 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, a favorite style of the Impressionists. Students will receive all materials necessary to get started – a brush, paints, and practice paper – as we learn the basics of watercolor painting. Join us for a relaxing day outdoors and a lovely painting to display.

Glass Mosaic Vase Click for More

June 6 | 9-11 a.m.

$70 ($63 for Members)

Robin Oldham, Smashing Times


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Robin will share the process of creating a unique and beautiful mosaic vase. You will choose from a wide variety of tumbled glass and colorful tiles to create your masterpiece. Join us for a smashing good time! All materials provided. 

Altered Book Workshop Click for More

June 13 | 9 a.m. - 12 p.m.

$50 ($45 for Members)

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


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Explore the wonderful world of bookmaking as Brett discusses this art form and showcases a variety of artist’s books. He will demonstrate a variety of processes and techniques using a wide range of media that you can use to transform your own book into an amazing work of art.

Altered Book Workshop Click for More

June 13 | 9 a.m. - 12 p.m.

$50 ($45 for Members)

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


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Explore the wonderful world of bookmaking as Brett discusses this art form and showcases a variety of artist’s books. He will demonstrate a variety of processes and techniques using a wide range of media that you can use to transform your own book into an amazing work of art.

Nature’s Sketchbook Click for More

June 13 | 12-2 p.m.

$48 ($43 for Members)

Cristie Campo, Creative Arts Center Instructor


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Fall in love with Mother Nature as you learn to capture her beauty on paper. Cristie will share drawing techniques and color theory in this informal atmosphere. Spend time sketching in the garden and sharing your experiences with other students. Sketchbook and pen provided. You are welcome to bring watercolors, pencils or other tools for sketching.

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