Pastel Painting

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.

2014 Adult Education Classes are sponsored by HD Metal Prints

Using the garden for inspiration, these classes let you expand your creative skills and bring out your imaginative side. Registration for fall 2014 classes is now open. For more general information about adult classes, visit the Adult Programs main page. Please contact with additional questions.

Fused Art Glass Classes Click for More

Instructor: Larry Pile, The Kessler Craftsman & Creative Arts Center Instructor

Using assorted pieces of colorful glass you will use various techniques and materials to create a flat blank which will then be fused and slumped into a beautiful floral shaped vessel that can be uses as a vase or a candleholder.

Art Glass Sushi Plate

October 28 | 6-8 p.m.

$99 ($90 for Members)

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Imagine serving guests on a versatile handmade sushi plate that you created! Starting with pre-cut blanks, glass shapes and assorted pieces, you will artfully create a 10” x 10” square plate.

Holiday Ornament & Plate

December 13 | Noon-2 p.m.

$99 ($90 for Members)

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You will be everyone’s favorite gift giver this season when you show up with a beautiful fused glass holiday themed plate and ornament. Using a variety of colorful glass pieces, you will an 8”x8” plate and a unique ornament to go along with it.

Painting Flowers in Oils Click for More

October 25 | 9 a.m.-3 p.m.

$110 ($99 for Members)

Instructor: Nancy Medina, Nancy Medina Art

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In this fun workshop, you will learn to loosen your approach to the floral still life and work from a transparent background to make your flower paintings look authentic and beautiful. Nancy begins with a demonstration and continues with a step-by-step paint-along session. A supply list will be emailed upon registration.

The Rose: Introduction to Watercolor Click for More

November 1 | 9 a.m.-2 p.m.

$110 ($99 for Members)

Instructor: Liana Yarckin, Liana Yarckin Watercolors

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In this one-day workshop, Liana will introduce you to a variety of watercolor techniques. Through demonstration, you will follow along step-by-step as Liana shows you how to paint a beautiful rose that you can almost smell. Beginner – Intermediate painters welcome, drawing skills necessary. Supply list provided with confirmation.

Felted Holiday Cards Click for More

November 1 | 9 a.m.-Noon

$75 ($68 for Members)

Instructor: Suzanne Morgan, Presence: One of a Kind Fabrics and Creative Art Center Instructor

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Using wet felting techniques, Suzanne Morgan will help you translate your vision of the fall garden into multiple felted pieces to embellish note cards. Suzanne will bring a bounty of beautifully colored fibers and help you select the perfect palette to create a set of six cards to keep or give as gifts.

Mad About Mosaics Click for More


November 8 | 9 a.m.-3 p.m.

$75 ($68 for Members)

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Jolly Holiday Mirror

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

$75 ($68 for Members)

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Instructor: Leta Durrett, Mosaic Artist

Make use of wonderful translucent and transparent qualities of glass in these unique project-specific classes. In each workshop, you will learn about cutting, scoring, breaking and setting glass mosaics as well as techniques for working with glass-on-glass and three-dimensional objects. On November 8, you will create a beautiful mosaic lamp that will glitter with reflection and refraction of light. On December 6, explore mosaics and collage as you create a one-of-a-kind 12”x12” holiday inspired mirror. This fun mixed media project will add a little glitz and glamour to your holiday!

Nature’s Sketchbook Click for More

November 15 | 9-11 a.m.

$48 ($43 for Members)

Instructor: 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. Supplies Provided. You are welcome to bring watercolors, pencils or other tools for sketching.

Fiber Scarf Weaving Click for More

November 15 | 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Sold Out

$99 ($90 for Members)

Instructor: Emily Ramos, Fiber Finch Weaving

Cooler weather is coming and what better way to celebrate than with a handmade scarf that you can wear all winter long. Using pre-warped looms, Emily will help students create a one-of-a-kind wearable art piece using a variety of colorful fibers. No prior knowledge of weaving is necessary.

Pastel Painting Click for More

December 6 | 9 a.m.-2 p.m.

$110 ($99 for Members)

Instructor: Karen Vanderpool-Haerle, Vanderpool Studios

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Pastel painting is a great medium for beginning artists to explore and achieve wonderful results. Karen will introduce you to the basics of pastels and takes you from beginning sketch to final pastel painting while as you learn about materials, form and color blending. This class is suitable for all skill levels and all supplies will be provided.

Eco-Printing on Silk Click for More

December 13 | 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Sold Out

$75 ($68 for Members)

Instructor: Suzanne Morgan, Presence: One of a Kind Fabrics and Creative Art 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.  

Dallas Arboretum
and Botanical Garden

Closed Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day, and New Year's Day
Administrative Office Open Monday Through Friday, 8:30am - 5pm