Botanical Arts & Crafts

Explore your creative side with a classes such as nature drawing, botanical painting, or garden photography, or by attending one of our nature-inspired craft workshops. You’ll build your artist’s eye, meet a community of creatives, and play in the natural world.

Header image courtesy Brenda Ciardiello

Upcoming Classes and Workshops

September 2021
This workshop is sold out. From plants to pulp to paper – learn how to make paper with plants from the Botanic Garden, specifically invasive plants. Produced sustainably and archivally, we will create paper as it has been done for centuries. In this workshop, you will form sheets of paper from various pulps and learn to […]
September 18, 2021
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Join artist Brenda Ciardiello as she leads students in composing and painting watercolor studies inspired by the serene atmosphere and landscape of the Japanese Garden. Open to all levels, and perfect for the beginner, this workshop includes a brief review of materials and basic techniques in watercolor. Students will engage in a discussion of the […]
September 22, 2021
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October 2021
Create beautiful and ephemeral floral adornments in this hands-on creative workshop. Participants will learn basic techniques for crafting and designing living flower jewelry. We will use fresh and dried flowers, as well as botanical bits of texture occurring in seed pods, tendrils, succulents, herbs, and tropical greenhouse favorites as we create whimsical hair combs, and […]
October 9, 2021
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Explore our homage to painter Frida Kahlo’s verdant garden at Casa Azul through the medium of watercolor. Instructor Samantha Peters will share her expertise in the medium while students experiment with line, form, layering, and most of all, color! A tour of the exhibit and plenty of time with Frida’s favorite plants will enliven watercolorists […]
October 9, 2021
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Registration opens September 3. Artist Juan Velázquez will give a 45 minute talk (with time for Q&A) on his newest murals, installed in two locations in the Garden in honor of ¡Celebramos!, our celebration of Hispanic creativity and culture. You’ve probably seen Velázquez’s vibrant murals in the Near Southside and the Stockyards. Enjoy seeing a […]
October 16, 2021
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Deborah Paris, artist and author, will read and discuss her book Painting the Woods: Nature, Memory and Metaphor, published by Texas A&M University Press in 2020. The book chronicles her time working in Lennox Woods, a rare old growth southern hardwood forest near her home in northeast Texas. A place-based meditation on nature, art, memory […]
October 21, 2021
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Past Classes and Workshops

August 2021
Registration for this class is closed.  Humans have always been drawn to plants, and the history of art is full of depictions of vegetation of all types. Join art historian Erin Starr White in this spirited exploration of art whose subject includes flowers, stems, leaves, and trees. Artists from the Western artistic tradition will be […]
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This workshop has been cancelled due to low registration.  Take the skills learned in Introduction to Watercolor and Watercolor: Next Steps and apply them to the plant portrait of your choosing. In this three hour class you will learn some basic tips for drawing for watercolor, and begin to paint the leaves, stem, and flower […]
September 17, 2021
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July 2021
Registration for this workshop is closed.  Artist Henri Matisse loved spending time in the garden. Some of his most celebrated and well-known works were created in his later years when he began producing what is now known as his cut-outs. In fact, many of Matisse’s masterpieces were originally cut and pinned directly onto his walls […]
September 17, 2021
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May 2021
Enjoy a live demonstration building an herbal topiary using a small armature, then try one for yourself! You’ll have fragrant culinary herbs and and green and variegated ivy to use, and can take your topiary home and continue enjoying its fragrance and beauty. The workshop ends with a brief tour through The Garden's topiary exhibit, installed throughout the grounds.
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01:00 pm - 03:00 pm
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In this workshop you will learn to create botanical cyanotype prints. You will learn how artists made the first photographs of plants and flowers using this camera-less technique. Enjoy experimenting to make unique compositions using local flora from the Garden or bring your own plant specimens.
September 17, 2021

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10:00 am - 12:00 pm
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Continue your watercolor learning journey with this intermediate class, building on the skills learned in Introduction to Botanical Watercolor. Students will learn tips for composition and watercolor techniques emphasizing realism of botanical subjects, and will learn "insurance policies" to fix many common watercolor mistakes.
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Point of Contact

Erin Starr White
Director of Community Education 

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