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Enjoy a full range of educational classes and programs for learners of all ages!

Be inspired by your imagination and release your creativity by attending art classes at the Garden. Classes are intended to foster your artistic visions and give you the skills to bring them to life. Each class is designed to be hands-on with individualized instruction. The Garden offers programs in mosaic, gourd art, drawing and painting, bonsai, and jewelry making.

The Art of Calligraphy
Regular Price: $88.00
Member Price: $70.00
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Saturdays / June 17, 24 and July 1 / 12 - 2 p.m.

Handwritten decorative lettering is an ancient art that has many modern uses. In this class, you will be shown how to use your own handwriting to craft your own modern script. Explore the right tools and practice step-by-step calligraphy techniques such as basic letter formations and brushstrokes. Click here for additional required materials. Instructed by Devon Meyer. Limit 15.
Session Summer 2017: Sat, Jun 17, 2017 12:00PM - 2:00PM   CLOSED

An Introduction To Charcoal
Regular Price: $100.00
Member Price: $80.00
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Saturdays / July 22 and 29 / 10 a.m. - 1 p.m.

Unlike paints, charcoals do not require additives or brushes, making them an easy, expressive and versatile medium. Working with charcoal is a good way to learn gray gradients and lighting techniques. Learn how to hold your charcoal, blend and layer to create varied textures and images. All materials included. Instructed by Lynn Reves. Limit 15.
Session Summer 2017: Sat, Jul 22, 2017 10:00AM - 1:00PM   (9 AVAIL)

Garden at Night in Charcoal
Regular Price: $110.00
Member Price: $88.00
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Sundays / August 13, 20 and 27 / 1 - 4 p.m.

Join Lynn Reves and explore the various charcoal techniques and types of papers used to draw beautiful night-blooming flowers and night-time pollinators with fine detail and bold artistic expression. Click here for additional required materials. Limit 15.
Session Summer 2017: Sun, Aug 13, 2017 1:00PM - 4:00PM   (9 AVAIL)

Botanical Pillow
Regular Price: $105.00
Member Price: $84.00
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Tuesdays / August 15 and 22 / 5:30 - 8:30 p.m.

Pillows are the ultimate accent pieces. In this class, you will use fabric paint to create a vintage botanical print on a canvas pillow cover. Using desert plants and animals as inspiration, you will learn botanical illustration techniques such as line, shape and space to compose a composition. All materials included. Instructed by Lynn Reves. Limit 15.
Session Summer 2017: Tue, Aug 15, 2017 5:30PM - 8:30PM   OPEN

Desert Mosaic Tabletop
Regular Price: $188.00
Member Price: $150.00
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Wednesday / August 23 / 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Mosaic tables are a great way to express your artistic side. In this class, we will create a desert-inspired table top using colorful stained glass and glass tiles. The custom table base is constructed out of metal and measures 14 x 14-inches and 21-inches tall. Instructed by David Jarvinen. All materials included with class attendance. Limit 12.
Session Summer 2017: Wed, Aug 23, 2017 10:00AM - 4:00PM   (1 AVAIL)

Gourd Bird with Nest
Regular Price: $115.00
Member Price: $92.00
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Saturday / August 26 / 10 a.m - 4 p.m.

Learn how to use air dried clay to transform a gourd into a bird and create eggs. Let your imagination be your guide as you paint the bird and eggs. You will also weave a colorful, sturdy nest for your bird family using wire, string, fibers and yarn. All materials included. Instructed by Gail Aubel. Limit 12.
Session Summer 2017: Sat, Aug 26, 2017 10:00AM - 4:00PM   (9 AVAIL)

Concrete Leaf Prints
Regular Price: $98.00
Member Price: $78.00
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Thursday and Saturday / August 31 and September 2
Thursday / 6 - 8 p.m. / Saturday / 2 - 4 p.m.

Create an exciting foliage-inspired sculptural piece for your garden using concrete leaf casting. Join Lynn Reves as you explore ways to use concrete and colorant to create unique leaf prints to grace your garden or give as a gifts. All materials are included. Limit 15.
Session Summer 2017: Thu, Aug 31, 2017 6:00PM - 8:00PM   (8 AVAIL)


Program registration may be canceled up to two weeks prior to the start date for a $20 processing fee. If you are unable to attend a class/workshop, you may transfer your registration to an alternate participant with your confirmation. Desert Botanical Garden reserves the right to cancel programs at its discretion. Programs will run as scheduled, regardless of weather, unless participants are contacted directly by Garden staff either by phone or email. Please contact or call 480 481.8146 (Option 2) for cancellations and refunds.