Thank you for joining us for Austin Museum Day, Austin Museum Partnership's annual citywide cultural celebration! We are proud to present Busy Bodies: Exploring Figurative Art and Movement at The Contemporary Austin.
From oil paintings to bronze sculptures, to vinyl murals and performance art, the figure has inspired artists throughout the centuries. Learn about contemporary artists whose work uses the human form as a jumping off point, then get creative and make some body-centered artwork of your own!
Scroll to enjoy art projects, virtual tours, conversations with educators, and more, all inspired by works on view at The Contemporary!
Here's a welcome from our Studio Coordinator, Izobeau Loureiro!
Download and print collage activity
Learn about Deborah Roberts’s artistic process by making your very own collage portrait! Inspired by the newly installed mural Little man, little man, on view on the 7th Street facade of the Jones Center on Congress Avenue as part of the upcoming exhibition Deborah Roberts: I'm.
Step-by-Step Video Guide
IMAGE: Deborah Roberts, Little man, little man, 2020 (artist rendering). Artwork © Deborah Roberts. Courtesy the artist, Vielmetter Los Angeles, and Stephen Friedman Gallery, London. Image courtesy the artist. Commissioned by The Contemporary Austin.
See Katherine Vaughn interpret one of our most mysterious sculptures in this video, made specially for Museum Day!
Hear about one of our favorite figure-inspired works of art!
What is this person up to? Dig into Watching!
DIY Drawing Tools
Use your whole body to make art with unique tools!
Get into "moving art" with these paddling figures!