Botanical Arts and Crafts

The Art of Science. The Science of Art.

Get in touch with your inner artist by taking a class in botanical drawing, painting, or photography or by attending one of our hands-on, nature-inspired craft workshops. You will find options for all interests and skill levels. These classes, taught by accomplished, professional artists, will not only allow you to increase your skills but will also enhance your understanding of the natural world.

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Program Information

Location: Most classes will take place at BRIT or at the FW Botanic Garden. Some classes and workshops will be taught off campus and/or may include field trips to other locations around North Central Texas.

Cost: Class tuition varies depending on the length of the class and materials needed. Please see the individual class listings for exact prices.

Who should attend: GROW Adult Education workshops are open to and suitable for all interested members of the general public.GROW Adult Ed classes are designed for adults 18 and older. Interested children 14 and older are invited to attend classes with a parent or guardian if both individuals purchase a seat. Please don't hesitate to contact Laura Venhaus if you have any questions about this policy. 

Nice to Know: Since you never know where GROW Adult Ed might take you, we recommend that participants dress comfortably in clothes that are appropriate for both indoor and outdoor adventures. A sweater or light jacket is a good idea in case the A/C is working too well and closed toe shoes are always a good idea. Please check individual class listings for any specific requirements and, as always, don't hesitate to contact us if you have any questions. We look forward to seeing you at a GROW Adult Ed class soon! 

Point of Contact

Laura Northern Venhaus

Community Education Manager

Get in touch with your inner artist by taking a class in botanical drawing, painting, or photography or by attending one of our hands-on, nature-inspired craft workshops. You will find options for all interests and skill levels. These classes, taught by accomplished, professional artists, will not only allow you to increase your skills but will also enhance your understanding of the natural world.

Upcoming Events

Wildflower Hand Embroidery

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Come stitch with us!

GROW adult education is thrilled to welcome Colleen Duarte of And Other Adventures Embroidery who will walk you through step-by-step instructions for the 5 basic stitches used in her Wildflower Hoop.  In addition to step by step instructions, Colleen will share with you the tips and tricks she has picked up over the years and she'll get you started on your own Wildflower Hoop.

This workshop is perfect for all levels so whether you already know your way around a hoop or you have never picked up a needle before, there is a little something for everyone. Please keep in mind, hand embroidery is a slow craft that is meant to be done at a leisurely pace.  While we will have time to walk-through and practice each stitch during the class, it is expected that additional stitching time will be required at home in order to complete the project.

A full Wildflower Hoop embroidery kit  in your choice of color palette is included with your tuition. Additional kits will be available for purchase.

This class is SOLD OUT.

Please note: This class will be held at BRIT.

$60 member/$65 non-member

Texas Wildflowers in Fabric

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Carol Morrissey wildflowersJoin GROW Adult Education and the Fort Worth Garden Club for this unique opportunity to work with well known quilter, gardener, and photographer Carol Morrissey. With Carol's guidance, students will create postcard sized works of fabric art featuring her beautiful Texas Wildflower designs. Tuition includes one pattern with ten different designs and enough materials to create two wildflower postcards.

Please note: This class will be held at BRIT and is presented in conjunction with the FW Garden Club's 2019 Horticulture/Art Quilt Show. 

$60 members/$65 non-members

Additional required materials:

  • pencil
  • scissors
  • note paper
  • iron
  • ironing surface.

Introduction to Watercolor

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GROW is excited to offer this multi-week course that will serve as an introduction to transparent watercolor techniques appropriate to both beginner and intermediate artists, with a focus on learning how to control the water. Techniques include washes, glazing, dry brushing, and color theory. This course lays the foundation for creating beautiful botanical watercolor portraits. Students can expect some homework each week. 

Instructor Samantha Peters is a science illustrator based in Dallas, Texas. She received her B.S. in Biology with an emphasis in Neurobiology from the University of Texas at Austin and attended the School of Medicine at the University of Texas Health Science Center in San Antonio, leaving once she realized illustrating her study guides was more fun than actually studying them. Afterwards, while living in New York City, she discovered a love of botanical art through classes at the New York Botanical Garden, and decided to pursue science illustration full time, attending the graduate program in Science Illustration at California State University, Monterey Bay. Samantha currently works in the graphics department at the Dallas Zoo and is the President of the Guild of Natural Science Illustrators Texas Group. Member of the Guild of Natural Science Illustrators and the American Society of Botanical Artists. 

Materials list to follow.

This class will meet:
April 23, 2019
April 30, 2019
May 7, 2019

This class is SOLD OUT.

Please note: This class will be held at BRIT.

$110 members/$135 non-members

Required Materials:

  • Paints: Look for professional grade watercolors. Winsor Newton and Daniel Smith are good brands. I prefer tubes, but half pan kits are very good.
    • Basic/Primary Palette: Winsor lemon, Winsor yellow, scarlet lake, quinacridone rose, french ultramarine, Prussian blue. Daniel Smith makes a kit of the six primaries (https:// www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00WT5VRF6/ref=ox_sc_act_title_2? smid=A2CK5NG72UVSTT&psc=1) which would work well for this class.
    • Also useful: sap green, quinacridone gold, quinacridone magenta, burnt sienna, neutral tint
  • Brushes: Round watercolor brushes with good points. Size 0 and 6 are good sizes, but this depends on your preference. Windsor Newton, Daniel Smith, Sceptre Gold, and Princeton are good brands. Look for a sable or synthetic/sable blend with a good point.
  • Watercolor paper: HOT PRESS 140 lb or higher — look for Fabriano or Arches brand. • DO NOT BUY COLD PRESS PAPER.
  • Mixing palette: white porcelain plates are available for a few dollars at Target. Can also use plastic palettes with multiple wells – look for one with a lid.
  • Plastic tubs for water - empty cream cheese or butter tubs work well!
  • Viva brand paper towels — look for paper towels without a printed pattern or design (no “quilting”)

The following supplies will be helpful, but are optional. If you’ve taken a drawing class before, you probably have all of these:

  • Saral graphite transfer paper
  • Tracing paper
  • Pencils: 2H, H, and HB graphite pencils, mechanical pencils, or lead with holder.
  • handheld sharpener as needed
  • kneaded eraser, white vinyl eraser (Magic Rub or similar)
  • 6” or 12” ruler (clear ones are great!)
  • drafting tape

 

Hypertufa

The fun way to make gorgeous garden accents.

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Hypertufa was developed in the 1930’s to replicate the stone troughs used by English gardeners in the late 19th and early 20th centuries.  Using basic molds and 4 ingredients you can create a rustic, textured pot as easy as making mud pies! This fun process results in containers that are lighter than cement, yet porous and practical in the garden.

Instructor Nancy Curl has been a Tarrant County Master Gardener since 2007. She has served on the board of the TCMGA for 4 years and as president for 2 years. She was named Tarrant County Master Gardener of the Year and State Master Gardener of the Year, large counties in 2012.

As a Greenhouse, Oak Wilt, Propagation, and Rain Water Harvesting Advanced Trainer, she teaches gardening and garden- related topics at the Botanic Garden, TCC, Home & Garden shows, the Union Gospel Mission and garden clubs. She is the Education Coordinator for the TCMGA and the Water Works Learning Center at the Resource Connection of Tarrant County and she volunteers as a docent at the Botanic Garden Japanese Garden, Butterflies in the Garden, and with the BG/BRIT GROW Education Series.

Please note: This class will be held at the FWBG.

$40 members/$45 non-members

 

 

Photo from https://www.mein-schoener-garten.de/.

Botanical Hand Lettering

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Join us for this special hands-on workshop that will cover the basics of hand-lettering and introduce a variety of delightful botanical borders, flourishes, and embellishments. We’ll use both medieval sources, such as the Book of Kells and some Books of Hours, as well as modern sources for inspiration. Tuition includes one hand lettering pen and pre-cut hot-press water color paper to complete in-class projects.

Instructor Mary DeChellis is a professional calligrapher and hand letterer in the D/FW area. A creative writer at heart, she received a B.A. in English Literature from the University of Tennessee and post-graduate Teaching Certificate from the State of Texas. In 2008 she discovered a different kind of writing, calligraphy, and since then has studied under some of today’s best calligraphers as a part of the vibrant Fort Worth Calligraphers Guild. In 2018, she was named a winner in the Graceful Envelope Contest for which her entry is currently on display in the National Association of Letter Carriers headquarters building in Washington, D.C. Mary combines her experience in teaching with her knowledge of calligraphy and her enthusiasm for creative expression through artistic hand lettering to create a one-of-a-kind classroom experience.

Please note: This class will be held at BRIT.

$40 members/$45 non-members

Flower Pounding

Printing fabric with natural elements.

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Create a lovely piece of art on prepared fabric using the natural pigments from flowers and leaves that you'll harvest from the BRIT campus.  Gardeners can preserve the colors of summer or a special flower while reliving some stress!

Instructor Nancy Curl has been a Tarrant County Master Gardener since 2007. She has served on the board of the TCMGA for 4 years and as president for 2 years. She was named Tarrant County Master Gardener of the Year and State Master Gardener of the Year, large counties in 2012.

As a Greenhouse, Oak Wilt, Propagation, and Rain Water Harvesting Advanced Trainer, she teaches gardening and garden- related topics at the Botanic Garden, TCC, Home & Garden shows, the Union Gospel Mission and garden clubs. She is the Education Coordinator for the TCMGA and the Water Works Learning Center at the Resource Connection of Tarrant County and she volunteers as a docent at the Botanic Garden Japanese Garden, Butterflies in the Garden, and with the BG/BRIT GROW Education Series.

Please note: This class will be held at BRIT.

$30 members/$35 non-members

 

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