Botanical Arts and Crafts

The Art of Science. The Science of Art.

Get in touch with your inner artist by taking a class in botanical drawing, painting, or photography or by attending one of our hands-on, nature-inspired craft workshops. You will find options for all interests and skill levels. These classes, taught by accomplished, professional artists, will not only allow you to increase your skills but will also enhance your understanding of the natural world.

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Program Information

Location: Most classes will take place at BRIT or at the FW Botanic Garden. Some classes and workshops will be taught off campus and/or may include field trips to other locations around North Central Texas.

Cost: Class tuition varies depending on the length of the class and materials needed. Please see the individual class listings for exact prices.

Who should attend: GROW Adult Education workshops are open to and suitable for all interested members of the general public. 

Nice to Know: Since you never know where GROW Adult Ed might take you, we recommend that participants dress comfortably in clothes that are appropriate for both indoor and outdoor adventures. A sweater or light jacket is a good idea in case the A/C is working too well and closed toe shoes are always a good idea. Please check individual class listings for any specific requirements and, as always, don't hesitate to contact us if you have any questions. We look forward to seeing you at a GROW Adult Ed class soon! 

Point of Contact

Laura Northern Venhaus

Adult Education Manager

Get in touch with your inner artist by taking a class in botanical drawing, painting, or photography or by attending one of our hands-on, nature-inspired craft workshops. You will find options for all interests and skill levels. These classes, taught by accomplished, professional artists, will not only allow you to increase your skills but will also enhance your understanding of the natural world.

Current Events

Drawing in Graphite I

- Sold Out -

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Join us for four Tuesdays in January and make good on your New Year's Resolution to learn something new in 2019. This class is for the very beginner or someone what wants to brush up on their drawing 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. 

Instructor Samantha Peters is a science illustrator based in Dallas, Texas. She received her B.S. in Biology with an emphasis in Neurobiology from the University of Texas at Austin and attended the School of Medicine at the University of Texas Health Science Center in San Antonio, leaving once she realized illustrating her study guides was more fun than actually studying them. Afterwards, while living in New York City, she discovered a love of botanical art through classes at the New York Botanical Garden, and decided to pursue science illustration full time, attending the graduate program in Science Illustration at California State University, Monterey Bay. Samantha currently works in the graphics department at the Dallas Zoo and is the President of the Guild of Natural Science Illustrators Texas Group. Member of the Guild of Natural Science Illustrators and the American Society of Botanical Artists.

Dates for this class are: 
1/8/2019
1/15/2019
1/22/2019
1/29/2019

Please note: This class will be held at BRIT.

This class is SOLD OUT.

Materials list:

For the first class, please have:

• Paper pad: 9”x12” or 11”x14” of ONE of the following:

  • Strathmore 400 Series Drawing paper (brown cover)
  • Strathmore 500 Bristol Vellum surface
  • Stonehenge 250 GSM Vellum surface
  • Fabriano Studio Watercolor 140 lb HOT PRESS (Orange/red cover) (DO NOT BUY COLD PRESS PAPER) If you’re planning to take a bunch of classes or aren’t sure whether you want to focus on a specific medium, I’d recommend this paper. It works well for pencil, colored pencil, and watercolor

• Pencils: 2H, H, and HB graphite pencils, mechanical pencils, or lead with holder. Please bring your own handheld or battery-operated sharpener as needed. Derwent, Staedtler-Mars Lumograph, and Tombow are all good brands.

• Tracing paper: Strathmore 300 series tracing or similar

• Kneaded eraser

• White vinyl eraser (Magic Rub or similar)

• 6” or 12” ruler (clear ones are great!)

• Large fluffy clean brush or feather; new makeup brushes work great

• Drafting tape

• Saral graphite transfer paper

• Divider tool: 5-1/2" or 6"; [Alvin #560 economy divider, Staedtler Masterbow] looks like a compass but with 2 needle points

Upcoming Events

Colored Pencil Bootcamp

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Join us for this one day introduction to the medium appropriate for both beginning and intermediate artists. Students will learn techniques for colored pencil success including layering, color theory, and special considerations for various colored subjects.

Instructor Samantha Peters is a science illustrator based in Dallas, Texas. She received her B.S. in Biology with an emphasis in Neurobiology from the University of Texas at Austin and attended the School of Medicine at the University of Texas Health Science Center in San Antonio, leaving once she realized illustrating her study guides was more fun than actually studying them. Afterwards, while living in New York City, she discovered a love of botanical art through classes at the New York Botanical Garden, and decided to pursue science illustration full time, attending the graduate program in Science Illustration at California State University, Monterey Bay. Samantha currently works in the graphics department at the Dallas Zoo and is the President of the Guild of Natural Science Illustrators Texas Group. Member of the Guild of Natural Science Illustrators and the American Society of Botanical Artists.

Please note: This class will be held at BRIT.

This class is SOLD OUT.

$85 members/$95 non-members.

Materials List:

• Paper pad: 9”x12” or 11”x14” of ONE of the following:

  • Strathmore 500 Bristol Vellum surface
  • Stonehenge 250 GSM Vellum surface
  • Fabriano Studio Watercolor 140 lb HOT PRESS (Orange/red cover) (DO NOT BUY COLD PRESS PAPER) If you’re planning to take a bunch of classes or aren’t sure whether you want to focus on a specific medium, I’d recommend this paper. It works well for pencil, colored pencil, and watercolor.

• Portable, battery operated pencil sharpener

• Tracing paper: Strathmore 300 series tracing or similar

• Pencils: 2H, H, and/or HB graphite pencils, mechanical pencils, or lead with holder. Derwent, Staedtler-Mars Lumograph, and Tombow are all good brands.

• Kneaded eraser (new and unused)

• White vinyl eraser (Magic Rub or similar)

• 6” or 12” ruler (clear ones are great!)

• Drafting tape

• Large fluffy clean brush or feather; new makeup brushes work great

• Colored pencils: Please choose artist-grade pencils; I recommend purchasing the largest set you can afford. Prismacolor Premier and Faber-Castell Polychromos are excellent brands. If purchasing open-stock, please bring at least the following (Prismacolor codes and names are listed, or the FC equivalent):

  • Lemon Yellow: PC 915
  • Canary Yellow: PC 916
  • Sunburst Yellow: PC 917
  • True Blue: PC 903
  • Denim Blue: PC 1101
  • Tuscan Red: PC 937
  • Crimson Red: PC 924
  • Poppy Red: PC 922
  • Process Red: PC 994
  • Apple Green: PC 912
  • Grass Green: PC 909
  • Dark Purple: PC 931
  • Greyed Lavender: PC 1026
  • Black Cherry: PC 1078
  • Black Grape: PC 996
  • Sienna Brown: PC 945
  • Dark Brown: PC 946
  • Terra Cotta: PC 944
  • White: PC 938
  • Black: PC 935
  • Cream: PC 914
  • A selection of French, warm, or cool greys: I like 10% and 50% French grey (1068 and 1072), and 10% cool grey (1059), but choose however many you like
  • colorless blender: PC 1077
  • Please have your pencils sharpened prior to the first class!

Terrariums

Build your own tropical habitat.

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Join Begonia experts in creating your own terrarium using begonias from the nationally recognized Begonia Species Collection at the Fort Worth Botanic Garden.  Students will learn how to create and care for their own miniature tropical habitat populated with rare and exotic species and hybrids.  All materials are provided and students will take home their glass terrarium for instant color.

Instructor Bobbie Price is a 20-plus year volunteer in the nationally recognized Begonia Species Bank along with Don Miller who has spent his life searching for new species and conserving rare begonias. Debbie Garrett, the staff curator for the collection, studied horticulture at the University of North Texas.  Her love for begonias centers on the conservation of the species.

Please note: This class will be held at the FWBG.

$30 members/$35 non-members

 

Nature Sketching

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Feeling inspired by a grassland or forest but can't quite capture your experience into one succinct image or painting? By shifting our lens and adapting a looser style, we can illustrate our inspiration through sketching and storytelling. Our nature sketching workshop will combine a visual method of storytelling with a keen eye for the natural world to give our artwork context for our interest and inspiration to share. We will use pencils and watercolors to do some on-site sketching of botanical specimens around BRIT and do a little research about our chosen specimens to more fully illustrate their story.

Instructor Owen Curtsinger is a comic artist and scientific illustrator based in Fort Worth, Texas. For years he created and self-published comics and zines in Seattle's thriving independent comics scene, usually focusing on scientific research topics such as narwhal evolutionary biology, the science of neon signs, and solar magnetism. In 2016 he received a Certificate in Natural Science Illustration from the University of Washington, which introduced him to more technical methods of observation and illustration of plants and animals. Since moving to Texas in 2017 he has become fascinated with the botany and ecology of Texas' many ecoregions, and he is now focused on botanical illustration while striving to connect botany to the narrative storytelling thread found in comics and sequential art.

Required materials:

Your favorite pencil and/or pen.
A sketchbook with quality paper or a block of watercolor paper.
A small travel watercolor set with appropriate brushes (waterbrushes are great for mobility but not required) or a set of quality colored pencils if that is your preferred medium.
A digital camera or a mobile phone with a camera.
Clothing appropriate for the weather (we'll be outside for part of the time!).

Please note: This class will be held at BRIT.

$85 members/$95 non-members

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Texas Wildflowers in Fabric

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Carol Morrissey wildflowersJoin GROW Adult Education and the Fort Worth Garden Club for this unique opportunity to work with well known quilter, gardener, and photographer Carol Morrissey. With Carol's guidance, students will create postcard sized works of fabric art featuring her beautiful Texas Wildflower designs. Tuition includes one pattern with ten different designs and enough materials to create two wildflower postcards.

Please note: This class will be held at BRIT and is presented in conjunction with the FW Garden Club's 2019 Horticulture/Art Quilt Show. 

$60 members/$65 non-members

Additional required materials:

  • pencil
  • scissors
  • note paper
  • iron
  • ironing surface.

Introduction to Watercolor

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GROW is excited to offer this multi-week course that will serve as an introduction to transparent watercolor techniques appropriate to both beginner and intermediate artists, with a focus on learning how to control the water. Techniques include washes, glazing, dry brushing, and color theory. This course lays the foundation for creating beautiful botanical watercolor portraits. Students can expect some homework each week. 

Instructor Samantha Peters is a science illustrator based in Dallas, Texas. She received her B.S. in Biology with an emphasis in Neurobiology from the University of Texas at Austin and attended the School of Medicine at the University of Texas Health Science Center in San Antonio, leaving once she realized illustrating her study guides was more fun than actually studying them. Afterwards, while living in New York City, she discovered a love of botanical art through classes at the New York Botanical Garden, and decided to pursue science illustration full time, attending the graduate program in Science Illustration at California State University, Monterey Bay. Samantha currently works in the graphics department at the Dallas Zoo and is the President of the Guild of Natural Science Illustrators Texas Group. Member of the Guild of Natural Science Illustrators and the American Society of Botanical Artists. 

Materials list to follow.

This class will meet:
April 23, 2019
April 30, 2019
May 7, 2019

Please note: This class will be held at BRIT.

$110 members/$135 non-members

Registration opens soon!

 

Hypertufa

The fun way to make gorgeous garden accents.

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Hypertufa was developed in the 1930’s to replicate the stone troughs used by English gardeners in the late 19th and early 20th centuries.  Using basic molds and 4 ingredients you can create a rustic, textured pot as easy as making mud pies! This fun process results in containers that are lighter than cement, yet porous and practical in the garden.

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 the BG/BRIT GROW Education Series.

Please note: This class will be held at the FWBG.

$40 members/$45 non-members

 

 

Photo from https://www.mein-schoener-garten.de/.

Botanical Hand Lettering

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Join us for this special hands-on workshop that will cover the basics of hand-lettering and introduce a variety of delightful botanical borders, flourishes, and embellishments. We’ll use both medieval sources, such as the Book of Kells and some Books of Hours, as well as modern sources for inspiration. Tuition includes one hand lettering pen and paper to complete in-class projects.

Instructor Mary Dechellis is a sought after calligrapher and hand letterer in the D/FW area. 

Please note: This class will be held at BRIT.

$40 members/$45 non-members

Flower Pounding

Printing fabric with natural elements.

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Create a lovely piece of art on prepared fabric using the natural pigments from flowers and leaves that you'll harvest from the BRIT campus.  Gardeners can preserve the colors of summer or a special flower while reliving some stress!

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 the BG/BRIT GROW Education Series.

Please note: This class will be held at BRIT.

$30 members/$35 non-members

 

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