Botanical Arts and Crafts

Creative by nature.

All onsite educational programming and volunteer opportunities are suspended through April 22 or until further notice. If the situation allows, we will reschedule programs for a later date. If you have questions or concerns, please email tfriday@brit.org.

Nurture your inner artist with a class in botanical drawing, painting, or photography or by attending one of our hands-on, nature-inspired craft workshops. Our classes, taught by accomplished, professional artists, will allow you to increase your skills while enhancing your understanding of the natural world. 

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Program Information

PROGRAM POLICIES

GROW Adult Education programs are for adults 18 and older. BRIT and the Fort Worth Botanic Garden endeavor to offer a quality educational experience to each program participant, with class sizes supporting this policy. Registered participants may not bring an unregistered participant of any age to class. Onsite registrations, when a class is not sold out, are encouraged.

GROW members may register for courses at the discounted member rate; guests of members do not qualify for the member rate. Program registration fees include complimentary entry into the Botanic Garden the day of the program. Entry to BRIT is always free. 

Many courses are held outdoors and may require moderate walking to and from one or more locations. As such we recommend that participants dress comfortably in clothes that are appropriate for both indoor and outdoor adventures. If you have questions about physical requirements, please send an email to ewhite@brit.org. 

CANCELLATION POLICY 

To cancel your registration for a class, please email mschmidlkofer@brit.org at least ten calendar days prior to the start of that class. You will receive an 85% refund. No refunds are granted less than ten calendar days before the class starts.

If you choose, you may gift your seat in the class to a friend or family member; just send us the name and email address of the person who is taking your spot so we can add them to the roster and send them the appropriate information.

Payment for your class reserves your seat and allows us to secure the instructor. If you are late for class, your seat will be reserved; we do not transfer your seat to walk-in participants. Partial refunds or transfers are not available for unattended classes.

In the event that we must cancel a class, you will be notified email and will have several options: we can transfer your ticket to another class right away (or classes, so long as the new value does not exceed the original value), issue a credit to be applied to another class or classes in the same calendar year, or provide a refund. This applies to classes that do not meet the minimum registrant requirement, which sometimes occurs.

By registering online, over the phone, or in person, you are agreeing to GROW's ten-day cancellation policy outlined above. 

Point of Contact

Erin Starr White

Community Education Manager

All onsite educational programming and volunteer opportunities are suspended through April 22 or until further notice. If the situation allows, we will reschedule programs for a later date. If you have questions or concerns, please email tfriday@brit.org.

Nurture your inner artist with a class in botanical drawing, painting, or photography or by attending one of our hands-on, nature-inspired craft workshops. Our classes, taught by accomplished, professional artists, will allow you to increase your skills while enhancing your understanding of the natural world. 

Upcoming Events

Sketching in the Japanese Garden

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THIS CLASS HAS BEEN RESCHEDULED FOR SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 14.

In this class you will learn different techniques for drawing foliage, texture, and value, all while sketching the elegant beauty of the Japanese Garden. Artist Erika Duque Scully will demonstrate how to achieve these techniques and will share examples of other artists’ works for further inspiration. You will be encouraged to draw loosely, sketching balanced and interesting compositions of trees and other plants with confidence. Supplies are not provided (see below for a supply list)

Instructor: Erika Duque Scully is a landscape and nature-based painter who lives and works in Fort Worth, TX. Scully received her BFA at The School of the Art Institute of Chicago and her MFA in painting at Texas Christian University. She has been featured in over thirty solo and group shows throughout the Metroplex. In 2017, Scully was nominated by Ro2 Gallery for Rising Star Fundraiser at the Oak Cliff Society of Fine Arts. She is currently represented by Fort Works Art Gallery in Fort Worth.

Saturday, April 4, 2020 (11 am – 1 pm)

Registration Deadline: March 31        

$35/$30 member

Location: Japanese Garden

Supplies: Click here for the supply list. 

Wildflower Hand Embroidery

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THIS CLASS HAS BEEN POSTPONED; RESCHEDULED FALL DATE TBA. 

Back by popular demand, instructor Colleen Duarte will walk you through step-by-step instructions for the five basic stitches used in her Wildflower Hoop. Colleen will also share her special tips and tricks to help you begin your own Wildflower Hoop. This workshop is perfect for all levels. 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, additional stitching time at home will be required to complete this project. 

Instructor: Colleen Duarte of And Other Adventures Embroidery brings her love of embroidery, books, and flowers to the world through her online shop and workshops. 

Saturday, April 4, 2020 (1 – 4 pm)

Registration Deadline: March 31  

$65/$60 member

Location: BRIT

Supplies: A full Wildflower Hoop embroidery kit in your choice of color palette is included; additional kits will be available for purchase.

 

Beginner's Class: Welcome to Watercolor!

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In the perfect class for beginner's, students learn watercolor techniques including creating flat and graded washes, dry brushing, and basic color theory. We will cover foundational watercolor basics such as brush selection, color mixing, layering, and the interaction of paint, water, and paper. Enjoy the expertise of instructor and longtime watercolorist, Samantha Peters, and leave with inspiration to continue your journey in watercolor.

Instructor: Samantha Peters is a science illustrator based in Dallas. She received her B.S. in Neurobiology from the University of Texas at Austin and attended the School of Medicine at the UT Health Science Center in San Antonio, leaving once she realized illustrating her study guides was more fun than actually studying them. She discovered a love of botanical art through classes at the New York Botanical Garden and decided to pursue science illustration full time, receiving a graduate certificate in Science Illustration from California State University, Monterey Bay. Samantha currently works as an Exhibit Graphic Designer at the Dallas Zoo and was the founding President of the Guild of Natural Science Illustrators Texas Group.

Saturday, May 9, 2020 (10 am – 3 pm)

Registration Deadline: May 5     

$95/$85 member

Location: BRIT

Supplies: Click here for the supply list. 

 

Beginner's Class: Modern Calligraphy & Botanical Watercolor

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Join us in this introduction to modern calligraphy, a mindful activity that offers the opportunity to slow down and sink into the moment. Learn to create beautiful letterforms that can be used on hand-made greeting cards, botanical watercolor paintings, and more. All supplies are included; kits will be available for purchase at the end of class for you to continue your practice.  

Instructor: Swetha Kalluri of Printable Ink Art lives in Frisco and is committed to providing students with fun and valuable workshops. Formerly working in the financial sector, she left to pursue her dream of teaching and inspiring creativity. Swetha teaches students how to paint in watercolor and practice modern calligraphy. She has also carefully curated her popular signature watercolor and Modern Calligraphy kits, which help students use the knowledge and inspiration they gain in class.

Wednesday, May 13, 2020 (10 am – 1 pm)

Registration Deadline: May 7      

$65/$60 member

Location: BRIT

Supplies: Provided

Spring Flower Pounding: Printing Fabric with Natural Elements

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Looking for a way to prolong your spring flowers and create art at the same time? Join Nancy Curl to create a lovely piece of fiber art on prepared fabric using natural pigments from flowers and leaves. Flower pounding is a wonderful way for gardeners to preserve the colors of the garden while relieving stress and creating beauty. 

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 FWBG/BRIT adult education classes. 

Saturday, May 16 (10:30 am – 12:30 pm)

Registration Deadline: May 12

Location: BRIT    

$35/$30 member

Supplies: Provided

Summer Date Nights

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Learn and connect, with the plant world and each other, at this 3-month adult summer class series! In June, create plant-based sushi and enjoy it with your special someone; learn the art of mounting plant specimens side-by-side in BRIT's world-renowned Herbarium in July; and make pinch pot planters together, led by a local ceramicist, in August. With refreshments at the start of each class, this fun, light summer series will engage your mind, enliven your creativity, and give you quality time with your sweetheart this summer. Each hands-on class is from 6 - 8 pm. All three classes are included in the class fee; an à la carte option is not available. 

Classes & Instructors:

  • June 11 – Making (and Eating!) Plant-Based Sushi with Dixya Bhattarai, Registered Dietitian & Food and Nutrition Expert
  • July 9 – Exploring BRIT's Herbarium with Tiana Franklin Rehman, Herbarium Collections Manager
  • August 13 – Creating Pinch Pot Planters with Kendall Davis, Kendall Davis Clay

Past Events