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The Garden classroom stays open year-round and hosts an array of programs led by experts who draw inspiration from our plant collections and the desert environment. Mobile users: Find the members login in the menu to the right.

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Get inspired and learn new skills through one of our programs in art, gardening, photography, history, science, travel and wellness.
Gain skills and confidence to get the job done in all aspects of desert landscaping, plus earn a credential after you successfully complete all the certificate programs.
Families engage in hands-on, nature-based experiences in a fun and safe environment, and teachers can participate in professional development opportunities.
Art

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, and jewelry making.

All art class materials are included with attendance unless otherwise noted. We suggest that you bring your own snacks or lunch.


Gorgeous Gourd Gifts
Regular Price: $135.00
Member Price: $120.00
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Sunday | Dec. 1 | 9:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Sue Brogdon demonstrates techniques in alcohol inks such as dripping, stamping, painting and blending. Choose your favorite or experiment as you transform four ornament-sized gourds and two cannonballs into works of art. Finish by embellishing the gifts with beads and feathers and learn how to wire-wrap one of the ornaments. Students should bring a heat tool (optional) and a small bottle of Gorilla gel glue. Limit 12.
Session Fall 2019: Sun, Dec 1, 2019 9:30AM - 4:30PM   (1 AVAIL)

Modern Bird Illustration
Regular Price: $95.00
Member Price: $75.00
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Tuesday | Dec. 3 | 1:00 - 5:00 p.m.

Learn Modern Bird Illustration inspired by Charley Harper. This fun class will guide all students, beginners and advanced alike, to create colorful graphic illustrations of birds in a contemporary style. All materials included with class attendance. Participants are encouraged to bring bird images. Instructed by Devon Meyer. Limit 15.
 
Session Winter 2019-2020: Tue, Dec 3, 2019 1:00PM - 5:00PM   (10 AVAIL)

Sedona in Snow Inspired Oil Painting
Regular Price: $95.00
Member Price: $75.00
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Wednesday | Dec. 4 | 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Paint the majestic red buttes of Sedona in winter with oils and palette knives. Easy step-by-step instructions will lead to creating a beautiful impressionist rendition of Sedona in snow. Color theory, palette knife techniques, composition and color mixing will be taught. Beginners and advanced painters welcome. All supplies furnished. Instructed by Cheryl Fecht. Limit 15.
 
Session Winter 2019-2020: Wed, Dec 4, 2019 9:00AM - 1:00PM   (10 AVAIL)

Agave by Moonlight Mosaic
Regular Price: $250.00
Member Price: $200.00
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Monday | Dec. 9 AND Dec. 16 | 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. and 11 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Create a unique agave mosaic in this two part series class. Instructor Morrine Maltzman will supply beautiful materials to capture this elaborate design. All supplies furnished . Limit 12.
 
Session Winter 2019-2020: Mon, Dec 9, 2019 11:00AM - 4:00PM   WAIT LIST

Cactus Embroidery Sampler
Regular Price: $70.00
Member Price: $60.00
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Wednesday | Dec. 11 | 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Experience the meditative art of embroidery. Learn a variety of stitches to embroider an assortment of cacti and succulents. All supplies furnished. Instructed by Linda Arandas. Limit 12.
 
Session Winter 2019-2020: Wed, Dec 11, 2019 10:00AM - 2:00PM   WAIT LIST

Garden Critters in Oil Painting
Regular Price: $115.00
Member Price: $95.00
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Sunday | Jan. 5 AND Jan. 12 | 1 p.m. – 4 p.m.

Step-by-step instructions teach you to create a colorful oil painting of local critters. Color theory, easy tips for drawing, brush techniques, composition and color mixing with oil paints will be taught. Beginners and advanced painters welcome. All supplies furnished.  Instructed by Cheryl Fecht. Limit 12
 
Session Winter 2019-2020: Sun, Jan 5, 2020 1:00PM - 4:00PM   (9 AVAIL)

Painting with Music
Regular Price: $105.00
Member Price: $85.00
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Sunday | Jan. 5 | 1 p.m. – 5 p.m.

Experience the rhythms and sounds of music, and explore color, texture and mark-making in a guided, free-flowing, no-rules series of experiments in painting with opaque watercolor (gouache). Everyone will go home with a set of materials to continue their practice. All levels welcome; bring your beginner’s mind. All supplies furnished Instructed by Joan Waters. Limit 12.

Session Winter 2019: Sun, Jan 5, 2020 1:00PM - 5:00PM   (9 AVAIL)

Package Deal: The Art of Calligraphy
Regular Price: $173.00
Member Price: $153.00
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PACKAGE DEAL: Purchase Calligraphy: An Introduction and Advanced Calligraphy as a package by Jan. 2 and receive a discount.

Offer expires Jan. 3. Programs may be purchased separately, subject to availablity.

Instructed by Devon Meyer. Limit 15.

Calligraphy: An Introduction
Wednesdays | Jan. 8, 15 and 22 | 5:30 - 8:30 p.m.
Decorative hand lettering is an ancient art that has many modern uses. In this class, combine your own handwriting with a few new techniques and tools to create an elegant modern script. Click here for additional required materials.

Advanced Calligraphy: Design,Layout and Embellishment
Tuesdays | Feb. 18, 25 and March 3 | 5:30 - 8:30 p.m.
Build on lettering skills as and gain enhanced expertise in the advanced forms of modern calligraphy. Learn to incorporate designs and layouts with beautiful embellishments and take away a finished card, quote or other project. Click here for addtional required materials.
Session Winter 2019-2020: Wed, Jan 8, 2020 5:30PM - 8:30PM   OPEN

Calligraphy: An Introduction
Regular Price: $110.00
Member Price: $90.00
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Wednesday | Jan. 8, Jan. 15 AND Jan. 22 | 5:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.

Decorative hand lettering is an ancient art that has many modern uses. In this class, combine your own handwriting with a few new techniques and tools to create an elegant modern script. All skill levels welcome. Click here for additional required materials. Instructed by Devon Meyer. Limit 15.

 
Session Winter 2019-2020: Wed, Jan 8, 2020 5:30PM - 8:30PM   OPEN

Hummingbirds in Colored Pencils
Regular Price: $110.00
Member Price: $90.00
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Thursday | Jan. 9, Jan. 16 AND Jan. 23 | 5:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.

Hummingbirds are unrivaled in their beauty and iridescence. Explore hummingbirds using colored pencil techniques, including stippling, hatching, layering and grisaille. Use these techniques to achieve rich, luminous depth to your drawings. Click here for additional required materials. Instructed by Devon Meyer. Limit 15.
Session Winter 2019-2020: Thu, Jan 9, 2020 5:30PM - 8:30PM   (7 AVAIL)

Watercolor Cactus
Regular Price: $80.00
Member Price: $65.00
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Saturday | Jan. 11 | 1 p.m. – 4 p.m. OR Thursday | Feb. 13 | 5:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.

The spiky thorns and angular ridges of cacti often create unique interplays of light and shadow against the plants’ smooth green surfaces, all of which make them perfect subjects for watercolors. Learn how to capture these desert icons in watercolor. All materials included. Instructed by Rachel Eskandari. Limit 12.

Agave and Aloe Soaps
Regular Price: $95.00
Member Price: $75.00
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Sunday | Jan. 12 | 2 p.m. – 5 p.m.

Learn to make beautifully handcrafted soaps with aloe and agave ingredients. Instructor Lynn Reves will show how to use ingredients with southwest roots to create, melt and pour custom soaps. Types of base ingredients and additional custom ingredients will be taught. All supplies furnished. Limit 12.
 
Session Winter 2019-2020: Sun, Jan 12, 2020 2:00PM - 5:00PM   WAIT LIST

Mormon Lake Inspired Acrylic Painting
Regular Price: $95.00
Member Price: $75.00
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Wednesday | Jan. 15 | 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Color theory, brush techniques, composition and color mixing with acrylics will be instructed. Beginners and advanced painters welcome. All supplies included. Instructed by Cheryl Fecht. Limit 12.
 
Session Winter 2019-2020: Wed, Jan 15, 2020 9:00AM - 1:00PM   OPEN

Botanical Collage
Regular Price: $70.00
Member Price: $60.00
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Wednesday | Jan. 22 | 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. OR
Saturday | Jan. 25 | 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.


Explore the art of collage and discover a variety of mixed media techniques to create a unique, botanically-themed work of art. All materials included. Instructed by Linda Arandas. Limit 12.
 

Botanical Card Making
Regular Price: $40.00
Member Price: $30.00
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Monday | Jan. 27 | 10 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

Instructor Beth Maggio will teach how to use die-cutting and embossing to make greeting cards with a botanical theme. Bring your own favorite pointed scissors. All other materials included. Limit 20.
 
Session Winter 2019-2020: Mon, Jan 27, 2020 10:00AM - 12:30PM   OPEN

Wild Rising Watercolors
Regular Price: $80.00
Member Price: $65.00
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Saturday | Feb. 1 | 9 a.m. – noon

Inspired by Wild Rising by Cracking Art at the Garden, explore painting several animals using watercolor. Learn basic techniques and experiment with different color palettes to create a watercolor version of the fun, colorful animals.  All materials included. Instructed by Rachel Eskandari. Limit 12.
 
Session Winter 2019-2020: Sat, Feb 1, 2020 9:00AM - 12:00PM   (9 AVAIL)

Felted Cactus
Regular Price: $85.00
Member Price: $65.00
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Saturday | Feb. 1 | 2 p.m. – 5 p.m.

Learn to use wool roving to felt little cactus and succulents to perch on a cholla branch or arrange in a pot. Tools and techniques to design and create the plants will be demonstrated. All supplies furnished. Instructed by Lynn Reves. Limit 12.
 
Session Winter 2019-2020: Sat, Feb 1, 2020 2:00PM - 5:00PM   (10 AVAIL)

Botanical Pillow
Regular Price: $115.00
Member Price: $95.00
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Monday | Feb. 3 AND Feb. 10 | 5:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.

Create a desert botanical inspired canvas pillow cover in this two-part series. Learn painting techniques and embellishments to make a one of a kind home accent. All supplies furnished. Instructed by Lynn Reves. Limit 12.
 
Session Winter 2019-2020: Mon, Feb 3, 2020 5:30PM - 8:30PM   (10 AVAIL)

Nature Journaling with Watercolor
Regular Price: $150.00
Member Price: $120.00
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Wednesday | Feb, 12, Feb.19 AND Feb. 26 | 5:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.

Learn drawing and watercolor painting techniques to capture the world around you. This three-part class will guide all skill levels to closely observe nature and in turn create beautiful illustrations inspired by plants and animals of the desert. All materials included. Instructed by Devon Meyer. Limit 15.
 
Session Winter 2019-2020: Wed, Feb 12, 2020 5:30PM - 8:30PM   (7 AVAIL)

Advanced Calligraphy
Regular Price: $110.00
Member Price: $90.00
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Tuesday | Feb. 18, Feb. 25 AND Mar. 3 | 5:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.

Build on your lettering skills and gain enhanced expertise in the advanced forms of modern calligraphy. Learn to incorporate designs and layouts with beautiful embellishments and take away a finished card, quote or other project. Click here for additional required materials. Instructed by Devon Meyer. Limit 15.
 
Session Winter 2019-2020: Tue, Feb 18, 2020 5:30PM - 8:30PM   OPEN

Ammonite Gourd Vessel
Regular Price: $105.00
Member Price: $85.00
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Sunday | Mar. 1 | 9:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

The ammonite, a fossilized sea squid from Madagascar, makes a wonderful focal point when integrated into the body of a canteen gourd. Color and dye the gourd and then stipple during this session. There will be an option to color stippled areas with a variety of different products. The latter portion of the day will be spent lashing the pygmy date palm onto the gourd.  All supplies furnished. Instructed by Sue Brogdon. Limit 12.
 
Session Winter 2019-2020: Sun, Mar 1, 2020 9:30AM - 4:30PM   WAIT LIST

CLASS CANCELLATIONS | 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. We reserve the right to substitute any instructors.
REFUND POLICY | To receive a refund, you must send a written request at least 14 days before the scheduled date of your class or program. Please send your written request to registrar@dbg.org. For more information call 480.481.8146.
AGE REQUIREMENTS | Children under 10 may not attend. Ages 10-14 may attend education programs with an adult and both must pay fees. Those 15 and older may attend without an adu