Botanical Arts and Crafts

Creative by nature.

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

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. 

Current Events

Painting the Plants and Landscapes of Texas

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Registration for this class is closed. 

In this four-week course we will focus on four different Texas landscapes (Hill Country, West Texas desert, swamp, and the coast) and the plant life that inhabits each region. Participants will draw from photographs, live plants, and plant specimens from BRIT’s herbarium. We will learn basic drawing and watercolor skills, as well as some techniques to paint with acrylic. Each class will start with a brief lecture about the day’s subject followed by a live demonstration. You will leave each class with a beautiful scientific illustration of a Texas native plant. Materials not included, but a supply list is provided.

Instructor: Erika Duque 

Wednesday, February 5, 12, 19 & 26, 2020 (6 – 8 pm)

Registration Deadline: February 3      

$165/$150 member

SUPPLIES: A supply list is available here. 

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Upcoming Events

Catching Butterflies Without a Net: Photographing Butterflies in the Garden

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Meet Edgar Miller in the Fort Worth Botanic Garden Conservatory to photograph Butterflies in the Garden!  We begin in the classroom, where you will learn the techniques and settings that will allow you to capture these ephemeral beauties in both the controlled environment of the conservatory and in open local flowerbeds.  Afterward, you’ll enjoy a full hour of private time in the exhibit, allowing you to practice what you have learned without worrying about the crowds. You will leave with amazing photos and knowledge to use on future butterfly “catching” expeditions! Bring your cameras, lenses, and tripods to create lasting memories. This workshop takes place both indoors and out. Comfortable clothes are recommended. Participants are encouraged to share their photos by using #britAdultEducation.

Instructor: Edgar Miller is a commercial and fine art photographer and educator, having earned his Bachelor of Fine Arts degree. He has taught photography and art for the last 20 years and is always looking for new ways to help his clients learn. His work has been shown and awarded in several Texas and national exhibitions, and he is a member of the Texas Photographic Society and the Texas Artists Coalition. Influenced by his late father and his college photography professor, Edgar continues to find interesting light on interesting subjects.  

Wednesday, March 4, 2020 (8:30 – 10 am) [If you can't make this session, a repeat session will be offered on March 28. Details here.]

Registration Deadline: February 27         

$38/$28 member

Location: FWBG

Supplies: Bring your cameras, lenses, and tripods.

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Butterflies in Watercolor

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In this imaginative watercolor class, butterflies are the inspiration for unique paintings informed by a variety of styles. Discover your own approach to capturing this beloved pollinator in color. Each student will take home a unique piece of butterfly-inspired art, as well as inspiration to carry them to their next watercolor project. Materials not included, but a supply list is provided.

Instructor: Swetha Kalluri 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.

Saturday, March 7, 2020 (10 am – noon)

Registration Deadline: March 3         

$40/$35 member

Location: BRIT

Supplies: A supply list is available here. 

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Photographing the Promenade of Pollinators: Butterflies, Bees, and Hummingbirds

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Explore the pollination dance of bees, butterflies, and hummingbirds in this hands-on photography class on Fort Worth Botanic Garden and BRIT grounds. Pollinators are both a calming and enlivening sight and capturing their dance brings new challenges to many photographers. Join Edgar Miller to learn tools to photograph the variety of pollinators visiting our gardens. Starting in the classroom, you will learn the techniques, settings, and equipment needed to capture the vibrant promenade of winged friends. Afterward, venture into the gardens to practice what you’ve learned. You will leave with exceptional photographs and knowledge to use on your solo adventures! Bring your cameras, lenses, and tripods and create lasting memories. This workshop takes place both indoors and out. Comfortable clothes are recommended. Participants are encouraged to share their photos by using #britAdultEducation.

Instructor: Edgar Miller is a commercial and fine art photographer and educator, having earned his Bachelor of Fine Arts degree. He has taught photography and art for the last 20 years and is always looking for new ways to help his clients learn. His work has been shown and awarded in several Texas and national exhibitions, and he is a member of the Texas Photographic Society and the Texas Artists Coalition. Influenced by his late father and his college photography professor, Edgar continues to find interesting light on interesting subjects.  

Saturday, March 7, 2020 (10:30 am – 12:30 pm)

Registration Deadline: March 3          

$35/$30 member

Location: FWBG / BRIT grounds

Supplies: Bring your cameras, lenses, and tripods. 

Register here!

Catching Butterflies Without a Net: Photographing Butterflies in the Garden

More Info >

Meet Edgar Miller in the Fort Worth Botanic Garden Conservatory to photograph Butterflies in the Garden!  We begin in the classroom, where you will learn the techniques and settings that will allow you to capture these ephemeral beauties in both the controlled environment of the conservatory and in open local flowerbeds.  Afterward, you’ll enjoy a full hour of private time in the exhibit, allowing you to practice what you have learned without worrying about the crowds. You will leave with amazing photos and knowledge to use on future butterfly “catching” expeditions! Bring your cameras, lenses, and tripods to create lasting memories. This workshop takes place both indoors and out. Comfortable clothes are recommended. Participants are encouraged to share their photos by using #britAdultEducation.

Instructor: Edgar Miller is a commercial and fine art photographer and educator, having earned his Bachelor of Fine Arts degree. He has taught photography and art for the last 20 years and is always looking for new ways to help his clients learn. His work has been shown and awarded in several Texas and national exhibitions, and he is a member of the Texas Photographic Society and the Texas Artists Coalition. Influenced by his late father and his college photography professor, Edgar continues to find interesting light on interesting subjects.  

Saturday, March 28, 2020 (8:30 – 10 am)

Registration Deadline: March 24       

$38/$28 member

Location: FWBG

Supplies: Bring your cameras, lenses, and tripods.

Register here!

Drawing in Graphite I

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This class is for the very beginner or someone what wants to brush up on their basics. Coursework will cover value, perspective, light on form, and accurate measurements, laying the foundation for realistic botanical drawings in pencil. Students can expect some homework each week. Supplies are not provided (see supply list below).

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.

Wednesday, April 1, 8, 15 & 22, 2020 (6 – 8 pm)

Registration Deadline: March 26       

$165/$150 member

Location: BRIT

Supplies: Click here for the supply list. 

Photography in the Japanese Gardens: The Zen of Bokeh

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The term bokeh comes from the Japanese and refers to the aesthetic quality of the blur created in out-of-focus parts of photograph. Join Edgar Miller as you learn to include this technique into your photographic repertoire, all amidst the carefully composed beauty of the Japanese Garden. Emphasis will be placed on recognizing the elements that make a strong photograph, such as selective framing, focus, and exposure. You will take away connections with fellow-photographers and your own “zen of bokeh” to be used in all your images. Bring your cameras, lenses, and tripods to create lasting memories. This workshop is outdoors; comfortable clothes are recommended. Participants are encouraged to share their photos by using #britAdultEducation.

Instructor: Edgar Miller is a commercial and fine art photographer and educator, having earned his Bachelor of Fine Arts degree. He has taught photography and art for the last 20 years and is always looking for new ways to help his clients learn. His work has been shown and awarded in several Texas and national exhibitions, and he is a member of the Texas Photographic Society and the Texas Artists Coalition. Influenced by his late father and his college photography professor, Edgar continues to find interesting light on interesting subjects.  

Saturday, April 4, 2020 (10 am – noon)

Registration Deadline: March 31          

$35/$30 member

Location: Japanese Garden

Supplies: Bring your cameras, lenses, and tripods.

Sketching in the Japanese Garden

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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. 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: Supply list pending. 

Wildflower Hand Embroidery

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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 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

Past Events