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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.


Wool Cactus
Regular Price: $80.00
Member Price: $65.00
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Tuesday | May 29 | 5:30 - 8:30 p.m.

Learn basic needle-felting skills or add to your knowledge and experience. Create small cactus and succulents from wool roving. The finished items will be suitable for small pots, shadow boxes or fairy gardens. All materials included. Instructed by Lynn Reves. Limit 15.
Session Spring 2018: Tue, May 29, 2018 5:30PM - 8:30PM   OPEN

Nature Jewelry
Regular Price: $144.00
Member Price: $115.00
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Thursday and Saturday | June 7, 9
Thursday | 6 - 8 p.m.
Saturday | 2 - 4 p.m.


Create precious silver jewelry from real desert leaves. Design your own botanical jewelry as Lynn Reves guides you through the process. Once you capture leaf forms in silver, you can transform them into earrings, charms or drops. All materials included. Limit 12.
Session Summer 2018: Thu, Jun 7, 2018 6:00PM - 8:00PM   OPEN

Doodle Design Elements
Regular Price: $98.00
Member Price: $78.00
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Wednesday | June 20 | 5:30 - 8:30 p.m.

Learn fundamental doodle design elements to create stunning images, chalkboard drawings or cards. You will discover the best doodles for beginners, including frames, stars, hearts, shapes and much more. Learn how to draw these design elements on paper using colored pencils. All materials included. Instructed by Lynn Reves. Limit 15.
Session Summer 2018: Wed, Jun 20, 2018 5:30PM - 8:30PM   OPEN

Desert Monsoon Painting
Regular Price: $156.00
Member Price: $125.00
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Sundays | July 8, 15, 22 | 1 - 3:30 p.m.

Capture the drama of the desert during monsoon season in acrylics. A fun adventure with paint on canvas, this class covers the brush stroke techniques to portray the glorious monsoon cloud formations, basic color theory, composition, contrasts and textures of the desert landscape. All materials included. Instructed by Cheryl Fecht. Limit 12.
Session Summer 2018: Sun, Jul 8, 2018 1:00PM - 3:30PM   (9 AVAIL)

Desert Flowers on Scratchboard
Regular Price: $130.00
Member Price: $104.00
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Mondays | July 9, 16, 23 | 5:30 - 8:30 p.m.

The intricate petals of desert flowers make perfect subjects for scratchboard art. Scratchboard originated in the 19th century and became a popular form of engraving due to the fine, almost photographic, level of detail it allowed. Spend three days with artist Devon Meyer as you explore techniques, tools and methods to develop skills to become an accomplished scratchboard artist. Click here for additional required materals. Limit 15.
Session Summer 2018: Mon, Jul 9, 2018 5:30PM - 8:30PM   OPEN

Package Deal - Oil Pastels
Regular Price: $202.00
Member Price: $162.00
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Purchase Introduction to Oil Pastels and Desert Landscapes in Oil Pastels together as a package through June 4 and receive a 10 percent discount.

Offer expires June 5. Programs may be purchased separately at the regular price, subject to availability.


Introduction to Oil Pastels
Wednesdays | July 11, 18 | 5:30 - 8:30 p.m.

This class is designed for beginning students who wish to acquire or improve their basic skills in oil pastels. We will explore materials, including oil pastels, papers and pigments, and techniques, including blending and layering to create varied textures and images. Students will work from seasonal flowers and plants for inspiration. All materials included.

Desert Landscapes in Oil Pastels
Wednesdays | Aug. 1, 8, 15 | 5:30 - 8:30 p.m.

From cactus flowers and paloverdes to bright skies and red mountains, desert landscapes abound with richly colored subjects perfect for oil pastel art. Spend three days with artist Lynn Reves as you create a landscape that captures the desert's vivid colors using oil pastels. Click here for additional required materials. Limit 15.
Session Summer 2018: Wed, Jul 11, 2018 5:30PM - 8:30PM   OPEN

Introduction to Oil Pastels
Regular Price: $113.00
Member Price: $90.00
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Wednesdays | July 11, 18 | 5:30 - 8:30 p.m.

This class is designed for beginning students who wish to acquire or improve their basic skills in oil pastels. We will explore materials, including oil pastels, papers and pigments, and techniques, including blending and layering to create varied textures and images. Students will work from seasonal flowers and plants for inspiration. All materials included. Instructed by Lynn Reves. Limit 15.
Session Summer 2018: Wed, Jul 11, 2018 5:30PM - 8:30PM   OPEN

Desert Landscapes in Oil Pastels
Regular Price: $113.00
Member Price: $90.00
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Wednesdays | Aug. 1, 8, 15 | 5:30 - 8:30 p.m.

From cactus flowers and paloverdes to bright skies and red mountains, desert landscapes abound with richly colored subjects perfect for oil pastel art. Spend three days with artist Lynn Reves as you create a landscape that captures the desert's vivid colors using oil pastels. Click here for additional required materials. Limit 15.
Session Summer 2018: Wed, Aug 1, 2018 5:30PM - 8:30PM   OPEN

Stone Mandalas
Regular Price: $94.00
Member Price: $75.00
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Saturday | July 14 | 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Transform ordinary river rocks into works of art with the simple use of colorful paint dots. Learn how to create a design and experiment with color palettes to master the art of mandala drawing on two stones. You will receive your own set of paint dot tools to continue your newly learned art form beyond the classroom. All materials included. Instructed by Gail Aubel.
Limit 12.
Session Summer 2018: Sat, Jul 14, 2018 10:00AM - 4:00PM   (3 AVAIL)

Zen Doodle Gourd
Regular Price: $130.00
Member Price: $105.00
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Saturday | July 21 | 9 a.m. - 3 p.m.

Find a sense of Zen while doodling labyrinthine lines on a beautiful, natural gourd. Gail Aubel guides students through peaceful patterns and demonstrates techniques for applying them successfully to the gourd's shape. Transform a gourd into a colorful work of art with ink markers and colored pencils and learn how to make your own designs. All materials included. Students will receive a pre-cleaned gourd. Limit 12.
Session Summer 2018: Sat, Jul 21, 2018 9:00AM - 3:00PM   (7 AVAIL)

Watercolor on Vellum
Regular Price: $173.00
Member Price: $138.00
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Mondays | Aug. 13, 20, 27 | 5:30 - 8:30 p.m.

Learn the fine art of painting on vellum using watercolor and the traditional dry-brush technique often used for botanical painting. The inherent properties of the surface lend to creating remarkable translations in the composition of original artwork. Students will create a small composition using detailed elements of desert plants such as flowers, fruits, spines and seed pods as inspiration. Click here for additional required materials. Instructed by Lynn Reves. Limit 12.
Session Summer 2018: Mon, Aug 13, 2018 5:30PM - 8:30PM   OPEN

Mosaic Thermometer
Regular Price: $125.00
Member Price: $100.00
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Wednesday | Aug. 15 | 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Transform your thermometer into a mosaic masterpiece. Join artist David Jarvinen to bedazzle a thermometer with porcelain and glass tiles. Encased in a metal housing, the thermometer will be affixed to a 10x12-inch weatherproof panel and hanger. This project will work for all climates and is stable through freeze and thaw conditions. All materials included with class attendance. Limit 12.
Session Summer 2018: Wed, Aug 15, 2018 10:00AM - 4:00PM   (9 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. We reserve the right to substitute any instructors in the event of unforeseen circumstances. Please contact registrar@dbg.org or call 480 481.8146 (Option 2) for cancellations and refunds.