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. 

Upcoming Events

Flora in Western Art: A Brief History

Online Class (Zoom)

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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. Did we mention flowers?  Artists from the Western artistic tradition will be our focus, from Raphael to O'Keeffe, and beyond. 

Instructor: Erin Starr White is an art historian, curator, environmentalist, and gardener. She serves as Community Education Manager for BRIT / FWBG and brings over a decade of experience as a museum educator to her role. Erin is passionate about working with adult learners, having led the docent corps at the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth. She has served on the UTA Fort Worth Gallery Advisory Committee and written extensively about art of all types. 

Saturday, August 1, 2020 (10 – 11:30 am)

Registration Deadline: July 30      

$18/$15 member

Location: This is an online class; you will receive an email the day prior to class with the Zoom class code and password. 

Pinch Pot Planter Workshop

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Back by popular demand! Join local artist Kendall Davis to learn the earliest method of forming clay. This method begins with a ball of clay, which is pinched into a cup form. There will be the option to turn the cup into a planter with a drainage hole. Supplies and clay are provided. Finished pieces will be taken to Kendall’s studio to be fired and glazed; they can then picked up from her store.

Instructor: Kendall Davis, Kendall Davis Clay

Thursday, August 13, 2020 (6 - 8 pm)

Registration Deadline: August 11       

$70/$60 member

Location: BRIT

Materials: Provided. Class size will remain small to accommodate proper social distancing, and masks and hand sanitizer will be available. 

Introduction to Modern Calligraphy

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Learning the art of calligraphy allows us to slow down and appreciate the simple act of holding a pen. In this increasingly digital world, calligraphy will truly help you to unwind and find yourself. Join artist Swetha Kalluri as she teaches the mesmerizing art of writing beautifully. All supplies are included; kits will be available for purchase at the end of class for you to continue your practice. No prior experience is required. 

Instructor: Swetha Kalluri (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.

Saturday, September 12, 2020 (10 am – 1:00 pm)

Registration Deadline: September 10  

$65/$55 member

Location: BRIT

Materials: Provided. Class size will remain small to accommodate proper social distancing, and masks and hand sanitizer will be available. 

Prickly Wonders: Drawing and Painting the Cactus Collection

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If you’ve always wanted to spend time studying the fascinating shapes and colors of cacti, and create art in the garden, this experience is for you! Join artist-educator Avery Kelly to learn drawing and watercolor techniques in this unique outdoor class. We will explore various methods of approaching what we see and translating that to drawings and watercolor paintings. Class will take place outdoors in the Cactus Garden and Greenhouse. Beginners are welcome. 

Instructors: Avery Kelly is a native of Fort Worth, where she currently lives and makes art. She teaches at local colleges and enjoys outdoor pursuits. Avery earned her MA and MFA in Studio Art from the University of Texas at Tyler, a BFA in Painting from Texas Christian University, and a BA in Environmental Studies from the University of Redlands, California. In her work, Avery brings together her love of creating images with her love for the outdoors, focusing especially on animals, their perceptions, and relationships within the landscape. She has taught art for ages kindergarten through college level and enjoys outdoor pursuits.

Saturday, September 19, 2020 (10 am – 12 pm)

Registration Deadline: September 17      

$35/$30 member

Location: FWBG Cactus Garden and Greenhouse (in the case of inclement weather, class will take place with potted cacti indoors)

Materials: A full list of necessary materials will be emailed upon registration and should be brought to class by the student; the basic materials include a pencil, eraser, simple watercolor set, synthetic watercolor brushes, and watercolor paper. Class size will remain small to accommodate proper social distancing, and masks and hand sanitizer will be available. 

Succulent Topiary Pumpkins

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Succulents are made for topiary, with their unique shapes and full, fleshy leaves. And combining these low-water and easy-to-care-for plant powerhouses with pumpkins makes for the perfect autumnal centerpiece. This class welcomes you to explore the artist within as you work with a wide range of colorful succulents, creating a beautiful and festive topiary to take home and enjoy.

Instructors: Wanda Stutsman, Tarrant County Master Gardener

Saturday, September 19, 2020 (10:30 am – 12 pm)

Registration Deadline: June 17     

$40/$35 member

Location: BRIT

Materials: Provided. Class size will remain small to accommodate proper social distancing, and masks and hand sanitizer will be available. 

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, November 14, 2020 (11 am – 1 pm)

Registration Deadline: November 12        

$35/$30 member

Location: Japanese Garden

Supplies: Click here for the supply list. Class size will remain small to accommodate proper social distancing, and masks and hand sanitizer will be available. 

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