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.

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.

All art class materials are included with attendance unless otherwise noted.

Reflections in Water
Regular Price: $100.00
Member Price: $80.00
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Saturday | July 27 | 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.

Take part in fun and easy step-by-step instructions to create an original oil painting with Cheryl Fecht. Get expert tips for painting water, with special attention to capturing natural reflections. Beginners and advanced painters welcome. All materials included. Limit 12.
Session Summer 2019: Sat, Jul 27, 2019 10:00AM - 2:00PM   WAIT LIST

Color My World
Regular Price: $108.00
Member Price: $86.00
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Sunday | July 28 | 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Make art for an antique scrapbook or vintage book. The finished product may be used for personal journaling, to create and store your art work, or as stand-alone pieces mounted to wood or canvas. Learn techniques for painting faces, forming unique figures, coloring and texturing backgrounds, collaging, using thematic text and stenciling. Instructor will have antique scrap books for sale at $10 each, and vintage books for sale at $3 each, with no two are alike. If you choose to bring your own book, please make sure the size is 8 ½ x 11-inches or larger. Class time includes an hour for lunch. Instructed by Cindy Kovack. Limit 12.
Session Summer 2019: Sun, Jul 28, 2019 9:00AM - 4:00PM   (2 AVAIL)

Tree Doodling
Regular Price: $98.00
Member Price: $78.00
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Sunday | July 28 | 1 - 4 p.m.

From its bright green palo verdes to its majestic ironwood tree, Arizona boasts a great variety of trees for the avid doodler. Learn a few doodling techniques that allow you to relax and let the lines flow as you produce fun and colorful trees. All materials included. Instructed by Lynn Reves. Limit 15.
Session Summer 2019: Sun, Jul 28, 2019 1:00PM - 4:00PM   (3 AVAIL)

Fairy Drawing
Regular Price: $173.00
Member Price: $138.00
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Class has four sequential sessions:
Wednesdays | July 31, Aug. 7, 14, 21 | Noon - 4 p.m.

This whimsical class in watercolor and watercolor pencils teaches you to draw the floral fairies of Cicely Mary Barker and apply them to the flowers of the Southwest desert. Additional required materials available with online listing. Instructed by Katherine Callingham. Limit 12.
Session Summer 2019: Wed, Jul 31, 2019 12:00PM - 4:00PM   (4 AVAIL)

Clay Garden Mandala
Regular Price: $129.00
Member Price: $104.00
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Saturday | August 3 | 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Learn how to transform an ordinary clay saucer into a beautiful piece of garden art through the simple application of colorful paint dots. Create your own original design on a clay saucer after learning and practicing some basic patterns. You will have your own set of paint dot tools to use and then take with you to continue your newly learned art form. All materials included. Instructed by Gail Aubel. Limit 15.
Session Summer 2019: Sat, Aug 3, 2019 10:00AM - 4:00PM   WAIT LIST

Celebrating Beatrix Potter
Regular Price: $125.00
Member Price: $100.00
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Class has three sequential sessions:
Sundays | August 4, 11, 18 | 1 - 4 p.m.

Learn drawing and painting techniques inspired by Beatrix Potter, a naturalist, illustrator and writer. This creative class will guide students of all skill levels to closely observe nature and in turn create beautiful illustrations inspired by plants and animals of the desert. All materials included. Participants should bring inspirational plant and animal photos. Instructed by Devon Meyer. Limit 15.
Session Summer 2019: Sun, Aug 4, 2019 1:00PM - 4:00PM   (7 AVAIL)

Hummingbird Mosaic Garden Stake
Regular Price: $124.00
Member Price: $99.00
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Wednesday | Aug. 7 | 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Set your love for hummingbirds in stone with this fun and easy mosaic project. Select and adhere colorful glass fragments in a hummingbird shape, then mount the piece on a stake, ready for placement in your landscape. All materials included with class attendance. Instructed by David Jarvinen. Limit 12.
Session Summer 2019: Wed, Aug 7, 2019 10:00AM - 4:00PM   (9 AVAIL)

Wildflowers in Acrylics
Regular Price: $100.00
Member Price: $80.00
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Saturday | Aug. 10 | 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.

Follow fun and easy step-by-step instructions to create a work of art in acrylic paints with Cheryl Fecht. Learn to depict the glorious spring blooms in the east valley, with the famous Superstition Mountains in the background. Beginners and advanced painters welcome. All materials included. Limit 12.
Session Summer 2019: Sat, Aug 10, 2019 10:00AM - 2:00PM   (7 AVAIL)

Concrete Leaf Prints
Regular Price: $106.00
Member Price: $85.00
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Sequential sesions:
Wednesday | Aug. 21 | 6 - 8 p.m. AND
Saturday | Aug. 24 | 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 gift. All materials included. Instructed by Lynn Reves. Limit 15.
Session Summer 2019: Wed, Aug 21, 2019 6:00PM - 8:00PM   OPEN

Watercolor Cactus
Regular Price: $80.00
Member Price: $65.00
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Saturday | Aug. 31 | 9 a.m. - Noon

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 the fun and accessible watercolor medium. All materials included. Instructed by Rachel Eskandari. Limit 12.
Session Summer 2019: Sat, Aug 31, 2019 9:00AM - 12:00PM   WAIT LIST

Jewelry from the Desert
Regular Price: $85.00
Member Price: $65.00
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Saturday | Sept. 7 | 2 - 5 p.m.

Make desert-inspired pendants and earrings, using pieces of the woody skeletons of a cholla cactus or the ribs of a saguaro that have been weathered by our harsh desert climate. Accent your pieces using stone and glass beads. No jewelry-making experience is necessary, but the project does involve using pliers. Instructed by Shari Keith. Limit 15.
Session Fall 2019: Sat, Sep 7, 2019 2:00PM - 5:00PM   OPEN

Long-Legged Gourd Birds
Regular Price: $135.00
Member Price: $115.00
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Sunday | Sept. 15 | 9 a.m. - 3 p.m.

Design your own long-legged bird sculpture using a pre-cleaned gourd, limited only by your imagination. Choose a pose or attitude for your beaky buddy as you design the wings, head, legs and tail feathers. Choose a colorful paint palette and add final touches to your creation. Instructed by Gail Aubel. Limit 12.
Session Fall 2019: Sun, Sep 15, 2019 9:00AM - 3:00PM   OPEN

Desert Sunset in Oils
Regular Price: $155.00
Member Price: $135.00
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Sundays | Sept. 15, 22 | 2 - 6 p.m.

Lose yourself in the magic of Arizona’s desert sky as you explore the expressive medium of oil paints. Learn painting techniques including color theory, stroke, palette knife techniques, composition and much more. Beginners and advanced painters welcome. Instructed by Cheryl Fecht. Limit 15.
Session Fall 2019: Sun, Sep 15, 2019 2:00PM - 6:00PM   OPEN

Tree of Life Mosaic
Regular Price: $250.00
Member Price: $200.00
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Sunday | Sept. 22 | 11 a.m. - 3 p.m. AND
Sunday | Sept. 29 | 11 a.m. - 2 p.m.

Create an 8x10-inch mosaic inspired by mythic stories of “the tree of life.” Interpret freely and creatively as you incorporate stained glass, gems, cabochons, metal and chains in your elaborate design. Embellish your creation with beads, sand, glitter and specialized glass. Instructed by Morrine Maltzman. Limit 12.
Session Fall 2019: Sun, Sep 22, 2019 11:00AM - 3:00PM   OPEN

Birds in Watercolor
Regular Price: $113.00
Member Price: $90.00
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Wednesdays | Sept. 25, Oct. 2, 9 | 6 - 8 p.m.

Learn how to capture the essence of desert birds while mastering basic skills for painting in watercolor. Wet on wet and dry brush are just a couple of techniques explored in this class. Beginners and skilled students welcome. Instructed by Lynn Reves. Limit 15.

See what inspiring creations others have made in this exciting medium.
Session Fall 2019: Wed, Sep 25, 2019 6:00PM - 8:00PM   OPEN

Drawing Pollinators
Regular Price: $110.00
Member Price: $88.00
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Thursdays | Oct. 17, 24, 31 | 9 a.m. - Noon

Pollinators pop with many of the same colors as the flowers they call food. Explore the various colors and textures of hummingbirds, bees and butterflies 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 Fall 2019: Thu, Oct 17, 2019 9:00AM - 12:00PM   OPEN

Fused Glass Pendants
Regular Price: $105.00
Member Price: $85.00
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Tuesday | Oct. 22 | 10 a.m. - Noon

Create a brilliantly colorful glass pendant that makes a beautiful addition to your jewelry collection. Beth Maggio demonstrates techniques and skills to fuse pieces of glass using pretreated molds. Participants select from a colorful array of glass and mold shapes to design their unique pendant. Students can pick up their final creation one week after the class. Limit 15.
Session Fall 2019: Tue, Oct 22, 2019 10:00AM - 12:00PM   OPEN

Desert Birds in Acrylics
Regular Price: $155.00
Member Price: $135.00
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Wednesdays | Oct. 23, 30 | 1 - 5 p.m.

Develop acrylic paint skills as you depict a charming Gambel’s quail, a native to Arizona and regular Garden sight. Focus on fine details, colorization and composition during this fun two-session class. Beginners and advanced students are welcome. Instructed by Cheryl Fecht. Limit 15.
Session Fall 2019: Wed, Oct 23, 2019 1:00PM - 5:00PM   OPEN

Calavera Ornament
Regular Price: $75.00
Member Price: $55.00
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Sunday | Oct. 27 | 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Celebrate Día de Muertos by creating a marvelously macabre calavera hanging. Use a coconut shell to create a skull ornament that reflects the folk-art style of big, toothy smiles and glittery adornments. Learn paper clay application, acrylic painting and adornment methods. Instructed by Cindy Kovack. Limit 10.
Session Fall 2019: Sun, Oct 27, 2019 10:00AM - 4:00PM   (9 AVAIL)

Wire-Wrapped Stone Bracelet
Regular Price: $95.00
Member Price: $75.00
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Wednesday | Nov. 6 | 5:30 - 8:30 p.m.

Learn to turn polished stone shapes into mini works of art by wrapping them in wire patterns. Design a proper base structure from wire to hold the shaped stone place, then select a stone cabochon to suit your style and utilize sturdy wrapping techniques to create a bracelet. Instructed by Lynn Reves. Limit 12.
Session Fall 2019: Wed, Nov 6, 2019 5:30PM - 8:30PM   OPEN

Ornamental Gourd Wreath
Regular Price: $135.00
Member Price: $120.00
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Sunday | Nov. 17 | 9:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

This flamboyant wreath features small ornamental gourds colored with water-based and alcohol inks. Add in some devil’s claw and and botanical materials from the broader Southwest. Learn to wire your ring into a sturdy finished piece and coat it with a preserving sealant. Students should bring an 18-inch grapevine wreath, wire-cutter and a heat tool (optional). Instructed by Sue Brogdon. Limit 12.
Session Fall 2019: Sun, Nov 17, 2019 9:30AM - 4:30PM   OPEN

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   OPEN

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 either by phone or email. We reserve the right to substitute any instructors in the event of unforeseen circumstances.

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 480.481.8146/480.481.8121.