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Get inspired and learn new skills through one of our programs in art, gardening, photography, history, science, travel and wellness.
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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, and jewelry making.

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


Cactus Collage
Regular Price: $70.00
Member Price: $60.00
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Tuesday| March 17 | 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. OR
Friday | April 17 | 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.


Learn a variety of mixed media techniques, upcycle magazines and vintage books and use them to create fresh new art. Instructed by Linda Arandas. Limit 12.

The Art of Doodling Over Watercolor: Florals
Regular Price: $53.00
Member Price: $40.00
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The Art of Doodling Over Watercolor: Florals    
Wednesday | March 18 | 10 a.m. - 1 p.m.   

      
Suitable for every level, create beautiful art by doodling flowers over a watercolor background that is frameable, scanable, mounted to cradle board, etc. Instructed by Sheryl Franklin. Limit 10.

 
Session Spring 2020: Wed, Mar 18, 2020 10:00AM - 1:00PM   CLOSED

Awesome Blossoms Mosaic
Regular Price: $112.00
Member Price: $99.00
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Wednesday | March 25 | 10:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Starting with porcelain tiles we will design and mosaic our flower studies. We then switch tools and begin to use glass tiles to complete the background.  Project measures 8x10” and is completed with a black frame and comes complete with all you need to succeed! Please bring lunch and snacks. Instructed by David Jarvinen. Limit 15.
Session Spring 2020: Wed, Mar 25, 2020 10:30AM - 4:00PM   CLOSED

Scientific Botanical Art: Prickly Pear Pen and Ink
Regular Price: $173.00
Member Price: $138.00
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Wednesdays | April 1, April 8, April 15, and April 29 | 8 a.m. - noon         

Through a variety of exercises you will develop your own style and skills to become and accomplished botanical artist with pen and ink on acetate. All skill levels welcome but class is best suited to those with some prior drawing experience or adventurous beginners. Click here for additional required materials. Instructed by Katherine Rink Callingham. Limit 15.
Session Spring 2020: Wed, Apr 1, 2020 8:00AM - 12:00PM   OPEN

Birdbath Mosaic
Regular Price: $112.00
Member Price: $99.00
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Wednesday | April 1 | 10:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Create an artistic paradise for birds with a porcelain tiled birdbath bowl. Instructed by David Jarvinen. Limit 15.
Please bring lunch or snacks.
Session Spring 2020: Wed, Apr 1, 2020 10:30AM - 4:30PM   WAIT LIST

Introduction to Gouache
Regular Price: $115.00
Member Price: $90.00
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Wednesday | April 1 and April 8 | 5:30 - 8:30 p.m.

A bit thicker than watercolors, gouache paint is a centuries-old medium that all painters should experience. This introductory class explores materials-including brushes, papers, pigments and techniques for glazing and blending colors. Students take inspiration from seasonal flowers and plants. All materials included. Instructed by Lynn Reves. Limit 12.
Session Spring 2020: Wed, Apr 1, 2020 5:30PM - 8:30PM   OPEN

Suminagashi Marbling
Regular Price: $78.00
Member Price: $65.00
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Sunday | April 5 | 1 - 4 p.m.

Psychedelic tie-dye meets meditative printmaking in the Japanese art of suminagashi, or 'floating ink.' Students are introduced to techniques of suminagashi by floating colorful inks on water to capture unique patterns on paper. All materials included. Instructed by Lynn Reves. Limit 15.
Session Spring 2020: Sun, Apr 5, 2020 1:00PM - 4:00PM   OPEN

Saguaro Moon Affirmation Mirror
Regular Price: $55.00
Member Price: $45.00
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Wednesday | April 15 | 5:30 - 8:30 p.m.

Create a beautiful Affirmation Mirror called Saguaro Moon with a power word of your choice. Seeing our reflection in the mirror while reading the “power word” or phrase offers positive repetition, which can reinforce our belief system, enhance our attitude, and even lift our mood.  We will be using mixed media, acrylic paint and drawing skills.  We will embellish the sky with glitter, faux gems and metallic paint. Think about a powerful word or short phrase to add to the finished painting. Instructed by Sheila Eastman. Limit 10. Click here for required materials list
Session Spring 2020: Wed, Apr 15, 2020 5:30PM - 8:30PM   (10 AVAIL)

The Art of Doodling Over Watercolor: Birds
Regular Price: $53.00
Member Price: $40.00
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Wednesday | April 15 | 10 a.m. - 1 p.m.
 
Suitable for every level, create beautiful art by doodling birds over a watercolor background that is frameable, scanable or mounted to cradle board. Instructed by Sheryl Franklin. Limit 10.
Session Spring 2020: Wed, Apr 15, 2020 10:00AM - 1:00PM   WAIT LIST

The Art of Doodling Over Watercolor: Desert
Regular Price: $53.00
Member Price: $40.00
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The Art of Doodling Over Watercolor: Desert
Thursday | April 16 | 10 a.m. - 1 p.m. OR
Wednesday | May 6 | 10 a.m. - 1 p.m.


Suitable for every level, create beautiful art with desert themes by doodling over a watercolor background that is frameable, scanable, mounted to cradle board, etc. Instructed by Sheryl Franklin. Limit 10.

 

Air Plant Jellyfish
Regular Price: $68.00
Member Price: $55.00
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Sunday | April 19 | 2 - 5 p.m.

Create a nautical plant sculpture without any soil. Combine sea urchin shells with air plants dangling underneath to complete the jellyfish impression. Instructed by Lynn Reves.Limit 15.
Session Spring 2020: Sun, Apr 19, 2020 2:00PM - 5:00PM   OPEN

Copper Gourd Vessel
Regular Price: $115.00
Member Price: $105.00
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Sunday | April 19 | 9:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

This striking vessel features sea grass and straight and twisted copper strips. Students will color and seal the gourd and then learn three weaving techniques: twining, coiling and couching. Beads and a large copper embellishment will complete this unique piece. Instructor will provide a cleaned and prepped canteen gourd, dye inks, sealant, dyed sea grass, and copper wire. Students should bring lunch, a bucket, old towel, apron and a wire cutter. Instructed by Sue Brogdon. Limit 12.

 
Session Spring 2020: Sun, Apr 19, 2020 9:30AM - 4:30PM   OPEN

Monarch Embroidery
Regular Price: $70.00
Member Price: $60.00
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Monday | April 20 | 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. OR
Wednesday | April 29 | 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.


Learn a few stiches and you will be on your way to hand embroidering a stunning monarch butterfly. Also explore fabric collage techniques and create a milkweed plant for your butterfly creation. Enjoy the meditative process of contemporary embroidery as you create a unique work of art for your home. No experience needed. Instructed by Linda Arandas. Limit 12.

Macramé Wall Hanging
Regular Price: $75.00
Member Price: $65.00
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Monday | April 27 | 5:30 - 8:30 p.m. AND
Monday | May 4 | 5:30 - 8:30 p.m. (2 class sessions)


Learn how to tie basic knots to create a unique macramé wall hanging that will bring light, airy texture to your space. In this class, weave a modern macramé 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 Spring 2020: Mon, Apr 27, 2020 5:30PM - 8:30PM   OPEN

Whimsical Wind Chimes
Regular Price: $98.00
Member Price: $85.00
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Sunday | May 3 | 1 - 4 p.m.

Blend the breeze into the sensory charms of your garden or patio with a custom wind chime. Use mesquite or cholla wood to hang colorful glass beads that will make a sweet sound whenever the wind blows. All materials included. Instructed by Lynn Reves. Limit 12.
Session Spring 2020: Sun, May 3, 2020 1:00PM - 4:00PM   WAIT LIST

Cactus Flowers in Gouache
Regular Price: $115.00
Member Price: $90.00
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Wednesday | May 6, 13, and 20 | 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.

The simple geometry of most cacti makes them excellent subjects for mastering shadow and texture in gouache. And with colorful, highly pigmented petals, they lend themselves to endlessly interesting compositions. Spend three days with watercolor artist Lynn Reves as you explore techniques like wet-on-wet and dry brush methods to create exquisite cacti paintings. Click here for additional required materials Limit 12.
Session Spring 2020: Wed, May 6, 2020 6:30PM - 8:30PM   OPEN

Sonoran Desert Stitchery
Regular Price: $70.00
Member Price: $60.00
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Thursday | May 14 | 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.

Learn to stitch sunsets, cacti, and tumbleweed in this hand embroidery class. Combine colorful threads and a variety of stitches to create a stunning Sonoran desert scene. Discover why the relaxing tradition of embroidery has become so trendy! No experience needed. Instructed by Linda Arandas. Limit 12.
 
Session Spring 2020: Thu, May 14, 2020 10:00AM - 2:00PM   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 1