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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, bonsai, and jewelry making.


Garden at Night in Charcoal
Regular Price: $110.00
Member Price: $88.00
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Sundays / Aug. 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   CLOSED

Botanical Pillow
Regular Price: $105.00
Member Price: $84.00
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Tuesdays / Aug. 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   CLOSED

Desert Mosaic Tabletop
Regular Price: $188.00
Member Price: $150.00
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Wednesday / Aug. 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   WAIT LIST

Gourd Bird with Nest
Regular Price: $115.00
Member Price: $92.00
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Saturday / Aug. 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   (8 AVAIL)

Concrete Leaf Prints
Regular Price: $98.00
Member Price: $78.00
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Thursday and Saturday / Aug. 31 and Sept. 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   WAIT LIST

Introduction to Crochet
Regular Price: $105.00
Member Price: $85.00
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Monday and Thursday / Sept. 11 and 14 / 5:30 - 8:30 p.m.

Learn the art of crochet by experimenting with a sampler of stitches. Students learn to read and follow basic patterns and explore yarn types and sizes. All materials included. Instructed by Lynn Reves. Limit 15.
Session Fall 2017: Mon, Sep 11, 2017 5:30PM - 8:30PM   OPEN

Cyanotype Silk Scarves
Regular Price: $110.00
Member Price: $88.00
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Create a beautiful silk charmeuse scarf using one of the oldest photographic printmaking processes--cyanotype. Participants learn how to apply botanical elements to create white impressions on the distinctive Prussian blue color of cyanotype on a pretreated scarf. All materials included. Instructed by Laszlo Layton. Limit 10.

Polymer Clay Garden Markers
Regular Price: $120.00
Member Price: $96.00
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Sunday / Sept. 17 / 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Learn how to make your own garden markers out of polymer clay. Discover creative ways to make your own one-of-a-kind garden markers to identify your favorite plants. Learn how to blend clay colors, sculpt and shape your markers and use a variety of stamps to label your plant. Students will be able to make three unique garden markers and learn to the skills to make a variety of markers that are useful in the garden or provided as gifts. Click here for additional required materials. Instructed by Julie Blankenship. Limit 12.
Session Fall 2017: Sun, Sep 17, 2017 10:00AM - 4:00PM   (10 AVAIL)

Experimental Watercolor
Regular Price: $131.00
Member Price: $105.00
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Mondays / Sept. 18, 25, Oct. 2 and 9 / 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.

Learn techniques to create texture and design when composing your paintings using watercolor or acrylic mediums. Work on watercolor paper and Yupo using masking pen, tar gel, modeling paste, gessos, stencils and stamps. After experimentation, use your newfound skills to create your own masterpiece. Click here for additional required materials. Instructed by Sue Hunter. Limit 12.
Session Fall 2017: Mon, Sep 18, 2017 6:30PM - 8:30PM   (8 AVAIL)

Gourd with Teneriffe Weaving
Regular Price: $144.00
Member Price: $115.00
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Saturday / Sept. 23 / 9 a.m. - 3 p.m.

Learn the artful designs of teneriffe to create radiating spokes by weaving loose and colored threads in a cutout on the gourd. Vintage designs will also be available, or create your own distinctive pattern to add to your gourd. All materials included. Students will receive a pre-cleaned gourd. Instructed by Paula Gregg. Limit 12.
Session Fall 2017: Sat, Sep 23, 2017 9:00AM - 3:00PM   (3 AVAIL)

Bird Doodling
Regular Price: $98.00
Member Price: $78.00
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Sunday / Sept. 24 / 1 - 4 p.m.

The Zentangle method of art is an easy-to-learn, relaxing way to create beautiful images by drawing structured patterns. It increases focus and creativity and provides artistic satisfaction. Students learn how to draw desert birds in the Zentangle style, adding a wash of color using watercolor or colored pencils. All materials included. Instructed by Lynn Reves. Limit 15.
Session Fall 2017: Sun, Sep 24, 2017 1:00PM - 4:00PM   OPEN

Package Deal - Pastels
Regular Price: $188.00
Member Price: $151.00
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Package Deal: Purchase both classes by Labor Day and receive an exclusive 10% discount!

Offer expires Sept. 4. Programs may be purchased separately, subject to availablity.

Series instructed by Lynn Reves. Limit 15.

Pastels: An Introduction
Tuesdays / Sept. 12 and 19 / 5:30 - 8:30 p.m.


Unlike paints, pastels do not require additives or brushes, making them an easy, expressive and versatile medium. Pastels come in a variety of pigment strengths and forms, including soft, hard and oil. Understanding these qualities helps you gain, control over this wonderful medium. Learn how to hold your pastel, and blend and layer to create varied textures and images. All materials included.

Succulents in Pastel
Mondays / Oct. 16, 23 and 30 / 5:30 - 8:30 p.m.


Create works that capture the delicate and subtlly colored leaves, stems and flowers of succulents, an ideal subject for pastel artwork. Explore various pastel techniques using both oil and chalk pastels, building on techniques learned in Pastels: An Introduction. Click here for additional required materials.
Session Fall 2017: Tue, Sep 12, 2017 5:30PM - 8:30PM   OPEN

Pastels: An Introduction
Regular Price: $110.00
Member Price: $88.00
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Tuesdays / Sept. 12 and 19 / 5:30 - 8:30 p.m.

Unlike paints, pastels do not require additives or brushes, making them an easy, expressive and versatile medium. Pastels come in a variety of pigment strengths and forms, including soft, hard and oil. Understanding these qualities helps you gain control over this wonderful medium. Learn how to hold your pastel, and blend and layer to create varied textures and images. All materials included. Instructed by Lynn Reves. Limit 15.
Session Fall 2017: Tue, Sep 12, 2017 5:30PM - 8:30PM   OPEN

Mosaic Planter Pot
Regular Price: $125.00
Member Price: $100.00
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Wednesday / Sept. 27 / 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Why buy planting containers when you can create unique pieces yourself? Using porcelain tiles, learn the basic techniques for creating colorful containers with mosaic tiles. All materials included with class attendance. Instructed by David Jarvinen. Limit 12.
Session Fall 2017: Wed, Sep 27, 2017 10:00AM - 4:00PM   (3 AVAIL)

Clay Garden Mandala
Regular Price: $118.00
Member Price: $95.00
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Sunday / Oct. 1 / 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 12.
Session Fall 2017: Sun, Oct 1, 2017 10:00AM - 4:00PM   (7 AVAIL)

Origami Garden
Regular Price: $50.00
Member Price: $40.00
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Sunday / Oct. 8 / 1 - 3 p.m.

Discover the ancient Japanese art of origami, or intricate paper folding, with a modern twist. Create beautiful garden flowers and plants using colorful, imported Japanese origami papers. These origami flowers and plants make a lovely decoration or a special handmade gift. All materials included. Instructed by Doris Asano. Limit 15.
Session Fall 2017: Sun, Oct 8, 2017 1:00PM - 3:00PM   (6 AVAIL)

Wool Pumpkin
Regular Price: $80.00
Member Price: $65.00
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Monday / Oct. 9 / 5:30 - 8:30 p.m.

Learn the art of needle felting or expand your skills by transforming fluffs of wool and shaping them into pumpkins. Use step-by-step instructions to construct core elements for creating a pumpkin house. Learn techniques for creating a base structure, layering and color blending. All materials included. Instructed by Lynn Reves. Limit 15.
Session Fall 2017: Mon, Oct 9, 2017 5:30PM - 8:30PM   OPEN

Desert Bracelet
Regular Price: $62.00
Member Price: $50.00
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Sunday / Oct. 15 / 12 - 3 p.m.

Design a unique bracelet that reflects the colors and textures of the desert. In this class, learn basic jewelry-making techniques including making your own beads, simple wire wrapping and assembling the finished bracelet using a fascinating collection of beads that you can add to your creation. No jewelry experience is necessary, but the project does require the ability to use pliers. All materials included. Instructed by Shari Keith. Limit 12.
Session Fall 2017: Sun, Oct 15, 2017 12:00PM - 3:00PM   (1 AVAIL)

Succulents in Pastel
Regular Price: $100.00
Member Price: $80.00
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Mondays / Oct. 16, 23 and 30 / 5:30 - 8:30 p.m.

Create works that capture the delicate and subtlly colored leaves, stems and flowers of succulents, an ideal subject for pastel artwork. Explore various pastel techniques using both oil and chalk pastels, building on techniques learned in Pastels: An Introduction. Click here for additional required materials. Instructed by Lynn Reves. Limit 15.
Session Fall 2017: Mon, Oct 16, 2017 5:30PM - 8:30PM   OPEN

Creative Painting in the Garden
Regular Price: $124.00
Member Price: $99.00
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Tuesday and Wednesday / Oct. 17 and 18 / 9 a.m. - 12 p.m.

Capture the feeling of the moment with acrylics as you paint at the gorgeous setting of the Garden. In this class, learn brush control, composition and mixing correct colors to capture the desert. Then, head into the Garden and paint the wonderful flora and fauna in a loose, fast style of painting with acrylics. Click here for additional required materials. Instructed by Cheryl Fecht. Limit 12.
Session Fall 2017: Tue, Oct 17, 2017 9:00AM - 12:00PM   OPEN

Hummingbirds in Colored Pencils
Regular Price: $100.00
Member Price: $80.00
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Wednesdays / Oct. 25, Nov. 1 and 8 / 5:30 - 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 Fall 2017: Wed, Oct 25, 2017 5:30PM - 8:30PM   (3 AVAIL)

Wire-Wrapped Agate on Gourd
Regular Price: $144.00
Member Price: $115.00
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Saturday / Nov. 11 / 9:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Alcohol inks can be mixed, blended or washed together to create a plethora of vibrant colors. Join Sue Brogdon as she demonstrates multiple techniques using bold colors, like dripping, outlining, stamping, painting and blending. Use these new skills to create your own gourd, then learn how to wire wrap an agate and attach it, with decorative beads covering drill holes. Click here for additional required materials. Students will receive a pre-cleaned gourd. Limit 15.
Session Fall 2017: Sat, Nov 11, 2017 9:30AM - 4:30PM   WAIT LIST

Macrame Wall Hanging
Regular Price: $108.00
Member Price: $86.00
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Monday and Wednesday / Nov. 13 and 15 / 5:30 - 8:30 p.m.

Learn how to tie basic knots to create a unique macrame wall hanging that will bring light, airy texture to your space. In this class, you will weave a modern macrame wall hanging using rope strung from a mesquite branch. This woven wall hanging measures 24 x 44 inches. All materials included. Instructed by Lynn Reves. Limit 15.
Session Fall 2017: Mon, Nov 13, 2017 5:30PM - 8:30PM   (10 AVAIL)

Watercolor Blooms
Regular Price: $80.00
Member Price: $65.00
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Thursday / Nov. 16 / 5:30 - 8:30 p.m.

This class focuses on watercolor painting a variety of desert plants including prickly pear and barrel cactus. The Garden is a perfect location to inspire your creativity. Experiment with basic watercolor techniques including color mixing, brushwork and materials. Learn how to apply your new painting skills to create a beautiful final piece on an 11 x 14 inch sheet of cold-press watercolor paper. All skill levels are welcome. All materials included. Instructed by Rachel Eskandari. Limit 12.
Session Fall 2017: Thu, Nov 16, 2017 5:30PM - 8:30PM   WAIT LIST

Cholla Earrings
Regular Price: $63.00
Member Price: $50.00
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Saturday / Dec. 2 / 10 a.m. - 1 p.m.

Learn how to create a unique pair of earrings from the lightweight, lacy skeletons of cholla. The woody parts of cholla are beautifully aged and students sand, stain and embellish them with beads. These earrings make a great gift for yourself or someone special for the holidays. No jewelry experience is necessary, but the project does require the ability to use pliers. All materials included. Instructed by Shari Keith. Limit 12.
Session Fall 2017: Sat, Dec 2, 2017 10:00AM - 1:00PM   (10 AVAIL)

Mosaic Ornaments
Regular Price: $108.00
Member Price: $86.00
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Tuesday / Dec. 5 / 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Join mosaic artist David Jarvinen as you create a set of three mosaic ornaments. Design and create your very own wreath, star and chili pepper using glass tiles on a ceramic base. These one-of-a-kind ornaments make unique gifts or decorations for your home. All materials included with class attendance. Limit 12.
Session Fall 2017: Tue, Dec 5, 2017 10:00AM - 4:00PM   (7 AVAIL)

CANCELLATION POLICY

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 registrar@dbg.org or call 480 481.8146 (Option 2) for cancellations and refunds.