Adult Workshops & Wellness Programs

Adult Workshops & Wellness Programs

Design your own floral arrangement, sculpt a ceramic mug, or take a yoga class! Our wide variety of adult education programs encourage lifelong learning and a deeper connection to horticulture, art, and wellness. From hands-on workshops and classes to educational talks, there are always unique opportunities to develop new skills and get inspired!

Most programs require advanced registration. For questions, please contact Arielle Altenburg at aaltenburg@cheekwood.org.

Wellness Programs

SOLD OUT - Botanical Watercolors for Beginners: Orchids

Saturday, February 22, 10 AM — 1 PM
Frist Learning Center Studios

Explore the basics of botanical illustration and painting with Nashville botanical artist Mary Gwyn Bowen! You’ll learn techniques in drawing and watercolor to realistically capture the beauty of the orchid. Participants will observe and reference Cheekwood’s colorful orchids to guide their botanical paintings on watercolor paper.

All materials provided. Advanced registration required.

Not-Yet Members: $55; Members: $44

Waitlist

Mary Gwyn Bowen, (Dancing Lady Orchids), watercolor

SOLD OUT - Orchid Terrariums

Saturday, February 29, 10 AM — 12 PM
Frist Learning Center Studios

Terrariums are a simple, eye-catching way to care for orchids in your home. Curb the winter blues by creating your own tropical oasis in a jar using a variety of exotic miniature orchids and mosses. Participants will also learn how to care for their orchids in their unique terrarium ecosystem.

All materials provided. Advanced registration required.

Not-Yet Members: $45; Members: $36

Waitlist

SOLD OUT - Spring Wreaths

Saturday, March 7, 10 AM — 12 PM
Potter Meeting Room

Design your own spring wreath with the help of Cheekwood’s gardeners, Shannon Pruitt and Ginny Steadman. Using eucalyptus, dried flowers, and a variety of greenery, participants will learn how to compose and construct a beautiful wreath on a grapevine frame. Come prepared to create and celebrate spring!

All materials provided. Advanced registration required.

Not-Yet Members: $55; Members: $44

Waitlist

Introduction to Plein Air Painting

Saturday, March 7, 1 PM — 4 PM
Robinson Family Water Garden

Interested in painting “en plein air” (painting outdoors) but don’t know how to start? The Chestnut Group will guide you through the basics—from materials and color mixing, to composition and painting techniques. Participants will receive hands-on instruction and demonstrations before creating their own small oil painting. In case of inclement weather, class will be held at the Frist Learning Center.

Master Artist Tip: Join The Chestnut Group every Sunday 11 AM – 2 PM during Cheekwood in Bloom (March 7-April 5) for Drop-In Plein Air Painting! The group meets in front of the Mansion before heading into the gardens.

All materials provided. Advanced registration required.

Not-Yet Members: $58; Members: $46.40

Register

Succulent Centerpieces

Saturday, March 14, 10 AM — 12 PM
Frist Learning Center Studios

Looking for a low-maintenance way to add some greenery to your life? Succulents are your answer! Join Emily Daniel, owner of Basil & Bergamot, for guided instruction in creating a colorful and textured centerpiece using a variety of succulents and moss.

All materials provided. Advanced registration required.

Not-Yet Members: $55; Members: $44

Register

Paint & Sip: Beer and Botanical Art

Saturday, March 14, 1 PM — 4 PM
Potter Meeting Room

Get in the St. Patrick’s Day spirit with a botanical inspired paint and sip class! Led by Nashville botanical artist Mary Gwyn Bowen, participants will learn foundational watercolor painting and illustration techniques to capture the essence of Cheekwood’s colorful spring bulbs.

Alcohol will be served in this class; participants must be 21 years or older. Workshop fee includes one 12 oz. glass of wine or beer. All materials provided. Advanced registration required.

Not-Yet Members: $62; Members: $49.60

Register

Spring Wearables

Saturday, March 21, 10 AM — 12 PM
Potter Meeting Room

Jump start prom and wedding season by learning how to create beautiful floral wear for your events! Laura Bigbee-Fott, owner of Whites Creek Flower Farm, will guide participants in constructing a boutonniere, wrist corsage, and flower crown using an assortment of fresh spring greenery.

All materials provided. Advanced registration required.

Not-Yet Members: $55; Members: $44

Register

Ceramics for Beginners: Wheel Throwing and Hand Building

Saturday, March 21, 9:30 AM — 12:30 PM & 1:30 PM – 4:30 PM
Frist Learning Center Clay Studios

Get your hands dirty as you dive into the world of clay! This class offers an overview of the clay process—from forming a bowl on the potter’s wheel, to constructing vessels using a variety of hand-building methods. Participants will create 2-3 pottery dishes with the help of art instructors Heather Johnson and Sara Malinowski. All work will be glazed by the instructors and ready for pick up 1 month after class.

All materials provided. Advanced registration required.

Not-Yet Members: $58; Members: $46.40

Register for Morning Class

Waitlist for Afternoon Class

Exploring Ikebana

Saturday, March 28, 9:30 AM — 11:30 AM
Frist Learning Center Studios

Ikebana is the Japanese art of flower arranging that emphasizes respect and gratitude for nature. Learn the basic principles of Ikebana from Cheryl Takayama, a certified Ikebana instructor and member of Ikebana International. Participants will also create a simple arrangement using a container, kenzan, and a floral component.

All materials provided. Advanced registration required.

Not-Yet Members: $65; Members: $52

Register

Shibori Indigo Dyeing

Saturday, March 28, 12:30 PM — 4:30 PM
Frist Learning Center Studios

Discover the power of natural indigo dye with Kelly Savoca, owner of Cotton & Moss! Shibori is one of the oldest Japanese indigo dyeing techniques and uses folding, twisting, and bunching to create beautiful patterns on cloth. Participants will learn all about the dyeing process—from making an indigo vat, to designing and dyeing a set of cloth napkins.

All materials provided. Advanced registration required.

Not-Yet Members: $75; Members: $60

Register

Image courtesy of Kelly Savoca

Back to Top