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

July 2021
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 in order to bring this new […]
July 17, 2021
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August 2021
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 of your choosing. This is the third class in […]
August 7, 2021
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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 our focus, from van Gogh to […]
August 19, 2021
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September 2021
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 make pulp paintings with multi-color […]
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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Past Classes and Workshops

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.
June 15, 2021
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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.
June 15, 2021
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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.
June 15, 2021
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April 2021
Join artist and iPhone enthusiast Tuba Öztekin Köymen for a morning workshop during the bloom of spring color. Learn the best camera settings and dozens of tips for taking great outdoor photos with your smartphone amidst the colorful beauty of our Rose Garden. After class visit and photograph more of the Botanic Garden, including the Tinsley and Japanese Gardens.
June 15, 2021
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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.
June 15, 2021
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Think you can't draw? Let nature drawing change your mind! This workshop is an introduction to the art of nature drawing as a way to develop an informal art practice that connects us with the ecology of the places we inhabit.
June 15, 2021
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Point of Contact

Erin Starr White
Director of Community Education 

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