Artwork by Andrea HolmesNature-Inspired Mixed Media 

June 15th, 12:30pm-3:30pm register

$45 Heard Museum members, $50 non-members. All materials included. Pre-registration is required by June 12th. Class size is limited to 22. Ages 18+. All materials included. A variety of media will be used. Closed toed shoes are required as we will start the class with a walk in the sanctuary. 

Description: Participants will use their smart phones to photograph the beauty of our butterfly garden and animal ambassadors then create one of a kind collages on panel.

About Andrea Holmes:  This workshop will be led by Andrea Holmes. She is a Texas-based artist and self-proclaimed bird nerd. She has an Associates in Art from Collin College and a Bachelors degree in Arts and Technology from The University of Texas Dallas. She has been painting since 2010, and has been teaching since 2014. In 2018 she completed her 100 bird painting series which can be viewed at Patina Green in downtown McKinney or online at

fish printingGyotaku Fish Printing

June 16th 1:30-3:30 PM register 

(Please note date change.)

$5 Heard Museum members, $7 non-members. All materials included. Pre-registration is required. Class size limited to 20.

Description: Learn how to print that prize fish and amaze your friends. This hands-on workshop will explain how to prepare your catch for inking onto traditional paper. Watercolor will be available for adding a splash of color. This program is open for both adults and children. Recommendations for how to print on textiles will also be covered.

About Lynne Hubner: Hubner is the co-founder and president emeritus of the North Texas Printmakers Guild. She runs an active printmaking studio in the Historic District of McKinney, Texas where non-toxic processes are stressed. She is an independent artist, lecturer, educator and workshop facilitator. She specializes in relief printmaking in its many permutations. She is a frequent workshop presenter at the Women Printmakers of Austin and Burning Bones Press in Houston. She is also an instructor at Ghost Ranch, the Nature Printmaking Society, Wingtip Press, Flatbed Press, the Georgetown Arts Center and a featured presenter with Print Houston and Print Austin.

Natural InkNatural Ink Making

July 14, 1:15pm-3:15pm Register

$50 non-members $45 Heard Museum members. All materials included. Pre-registration is required and registration closes July 10. Class size limited to 25.

Description: Learn how to make ink from just about anything! In this class, McKinney artist Carolyn Funk shares her technique of making natural ink from foraged, local materials, and then leads students through experimentation and art-making. Watch colors change before your eyes and leave with a unique piece of art.

Carolyn Funk is an interdisciplinary artist and high school art educator. She holds a BFA in Studio Art from Baylor and an MA in Art from Texas Woman’s University. Although painting is her primary focus, recently she has been exploring natural ink-making from native plants. Carolyn, her husband, and their two young children reside in McKinney. 

TerrariumTerrarium Building

July 21, 2019, 1:30-3:30 PM  Register

$50 non-members $45 Heard Museum members. All materials included. Pre-registration is required and registration closes July 14 th. Class size limited to 25.

Description: Learn about plant selection and soil substrates for a healthy micro ecosystem. Create a personal terrarium. All materials are provided. This is a wonderful way to celebrate spring and to bring new life into your home. This program is open to ages 13 and up. 

About Jessica Villarreal: This talk will be led by Jessica Villarreal, Heard Native Plant Horticulturist. In addition to receiving dual degrees in Geography and Spanish, Jessica completed a Bridging Disciplines Program in Botany and the Environment at the University of Texas at Austin. While there, she also worked at the UT Herbarium and numerous research greenhouses on campus. She then worked at the Botanic Garden in Vina del Mar, Chile, specializing in the propagation of rare native plants from Easter Island. During her residency in New York, she spent much of her time volunteering at the Brooklyn Botanic Garden. Since returning to Texas, she has not only implemented a wildlife preserve revegetation project but also worked at two different plant nurseries that primarily focused on native herbaceous perennials.

Pictured top of page: excerpt from Cirsium altissimum entry © Maribeth Jagger