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Secret Life of Junk

Ages 12-14

Make sculpture by combining interesting found objects such as branches, broken toys, and plastic with traditional art supplies like pen, paper, and paint!

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Contemporary Photography: Exploring Reality Through the Lens

Ages 14-18

In this exciting special offering, explore Torbjørn Rødland's exhibition, Bible Eye, currently on view at the Jones Center...

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Swirl and Splash! Natural Dye Techniques

Ages 14-18

Come discover the secrets to using natural materials to create different color dyes...

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Constructing Identity through Collage

Ages 14-18

Jump into the experimental medium of collage to create artwork using magazine clippings, pop culture findings, and decorative paper...

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Mosaics

Ages 12-14

We’ll break tiles to decorate projects such as a flowerpot, small tabletop, wall hanging, or stepping stone. Imagine, design, glue, grout, and go!

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Wire Sculpture

Ages 12-14

Thinking like a sculptor students will wind, twist, weave, and knot wire to make imaginative creations.

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Paint, Draw, Sculpt Nature

Ages 12-14

Paint, draw, and sculpt nature by creating bug sculptures, animal portraits, and landscape paintings of the history-laden land around your critters!

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Wire Sculpture

Age 9–11

Thinking like a sculptor students will wind, twist, weave, and knot wire to make imaginative creations.

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Spectacular Sculpture

Age 9–11

Invent amazing and fanciful creatures and characters in 3-D! Using the basic elements of sculpture (shape, color, scale, and texture), your work will seem to come alive!

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Explorations in Abstract Art

Age 6–8

Use a variety of media including watercolor, acrylics, oil pastels, and chalk pastels to produce an exciting array of two-dimensional abstract art.

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Fun with Frida

Age 6–8

Study Frida's paintings, especially her self-portraits, as inspiration for your own artwork. Use a variety of materials to create works that express personal and unique life experiences.

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Sea World

Age 6–8

Paint, draw, and sculpt with inspiration from our watery friends of the deep.

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Wild Things

Age 6–8

Create your own ''wild things'' and expand your skills in clay, paint, collage, and more!

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Meet the Masters: Contemporary Sculpture

Age 6–8

Explore sculpture and more while drawing inspiration from the contemporary masters' sculpture on display at Laguna Gloria.

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Digital Drawing and Painting for Teens

Ages 14-18

Develop your drawing and painting skills digitally with free phone or tablet applications.

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Kinetic Sculpture

Age 9–11

Explore, design, and construct fantastic kinetic (or moving) sculptures that look alive!

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Exploring O'Keeffe

Adults

Learn the techniques of perception Georgia O’Keeffe used to paint her incredible landscapes, cityscapes, and objects...

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Exploring Great Women Artists

Adults

Explore the basics of 2D art through guided exercises based on artworks by great women artists...

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Botanical Sketching

Adults

Learn the basics of drawing botanical subjects with beautiful Laguna Gloria and Mayfield Park as inspiration...

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Magnificent Acrylics

Adults

Enjoy the brilliant colors of fast-drying acrylics and learn to build layers of textures and washes in landscape, still life, and abstract painting.

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Photography II

Adults

Shooting assignments focus on expanding composition skills, understanding light, and becoming comfortable and confident in manipulating manual exposure.

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Drawing I: Short Form

Adults

Practice a new drawing medium in each session and enjoy drawing success from the very first class. Refine your technique in a supportive environment for beginners.

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Drawing I: Long Form

Adults

Learn about line, value, perspective, and composition as you begin to draw and then improve your skills through quick sketches and completed drawings...

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Jumpstart Your Painting

Adults

Absolute beginners or those with rusty skills will discover, strengthen, and hone painting skills during an enjoyable weekend.

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Painting I: Short Form

Adults

Discover, sharpen, and strengthen your skills to approach painting with confidence. Understand oil and acrylic paint and develop a foundation for future work.

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Painting I: Long Form

Adults

Beginners or those with minimal experience learn different ways to start paintings, use paint as a wash or with texture, and practice old master techniques.

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Watercolor Basics and Beyond

Adults

Beginners are introduced to the watercolor medium while intermediate-level students advance technique and skills through practice and critiques...

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Landscape to Abstract

Adults

Break away from traditional landscape painting and explore color, shape, and brushwork in a new class that explores the connection between landscape forms and abstract painting.

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Children’s Book Illustration

Adults

All levels are welcome in this information-packed class taught by a national award–winning children’s book author and illustrator.

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En Plein Air: Waterscapes

Adults

Come outside and paint Austin’s waterways “en plein air”

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Photography I

Adults

Learn complete manual control of a camera. While using a digital SLR is essential, you will subsequently be able to pick up any camera and make a manual exposure.

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Art ABCs

Age 4–5

Enhance your child’s innate creativity! Young artists learn to think creatively and shape ideas into art they can see, touch, and know.

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Art Safari

Age 4–5

Explore the jungles of the world and learn about the creatures living there. Create birds and beasts using feathers, fabric, cloth, and other wild materials!

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Art Around the World

Age 4–5

Children travel the world while learning about the art of other cultures...

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Beautiful Bugs

Age 4–5

Creative young artist-scientists will observe and re-create the beauty and color found in nature, especially insects, learning how art and biology intersect.

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Fabulous Fish

Age 4–5

Children learn to paint, draw, and sculpt fish and other underwater creatures and plants while exploring basic art vocabulary.

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Drawing Basics and Beyond

Age 6–8

Venture into real and imaginary worlds with the stroke of a marker, the rub of charcoal, and the glide of pastels.

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Painting Basics and Beyond

Age 6–8

Create realistic paintings and express your artistic spirit in both bold and delicate colors using skillful brushstrokes.

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Spectacular Sculpture

Age 6–8

Invent amazing and fanciful creatures and characters in 3-D! Using the basic elements of sculpture (shape, color, scale, and texture), your work will seem to come alive!

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Outer Space Art

Age 6–8

Create playful and dramatic out-of-this-world art from another universe by drawing, painting, and sculpting aliens, robots, and other imaginary life-forms!

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Cartooning

Age 9–11

Hone your drawing skills and turn doodled creations into terrific cartoon characters!

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Beyond Basic Drawing

Age 9–11

Venture into real and imaginary worlds with the stroke of a marker, a piece of charcoal, and pastels while learning more advanced design and drawing skills.

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Beyond Basic Painting

Age 9–11

Set up a palette, blend brilliant colors, and use different types of brushes. Create volume with light and make shadows in a still life, paint a landscape, and more..

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Digital Drawing and Painting

Age 9–11

Develop your drawing and painting skills digitally with free phone or tablet applications.

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Explorations in Abstract Art

Ages 12-14

Use a variety of media including watercolor, acrylics, oil pastels, and chalk pastels to produce an exciting array of two-dimensional abstract art.

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Digital Photo and Photoshop

Age 9–11

Learn to capture images, then explore the creative possibilities in Photoshop to bring out your vision as an artist.

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Digital Photo and Photoshop

Ages 12-14

Learn to capture images, then explore the creative possibilities in Photoshop to bring out your vision as an artist.

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Claymation

Ages 12-14

Make your own clay cartoon, then create a movie set and animate a mini-movie with your creature as the star!

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Claymation

Age 9–11

Make your own clay cartoon, then create a movie set and animate a mini-movie with your creature as the star. Discover secrets and tricks to make…

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Art Around the World

Age 6–8

Children travel the world while learning about the art of other cultures. We’ll explore Hopi sculpture, Japanese origami, Australian Aboriginal painting, and ancient Egyptian masks.

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Art Around the World

Age 9–11

Children travel the world while learning about the art of other cultures. We’ll explore Hopi sculpture, Japanese origami, Australian Aboriginal painting, and ancient Egyptian masks.

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Spectacular Sculpture

Ages 12-14

Invent amazing and fanciful creatures and characters in 3-D! Using the basic elements of sculpture (shape, color, scale, and texture), your work will seem to come alive!

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Level Up Your Painting

Adults

Expand your skills in fundamental painting methods!

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Cubist Collage

Adults

Explore the modern concept of collage through techniques employed by Picasso, Braque, and other Cubists.

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Pointillism, Color, and the Eye

Adults

Pointillism is an offshoot of Impressionism in which the painting technique uses dots of color to achieve the forms.

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3-D Modeling for Teens

Ages 14-18

Learn how to create amazing designs, fantastic creatures, and artistic landscapes with 3-D modeling.

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Screen Printing for Teens

Ages 14-18

Ever wanted to print your own T-shirts, posters, or cards? Master the fundamentals of screen printing so you can experiment confidently!

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Intro to Woodworking

Ages 12-14

Get acquainted with basic woodworking techniques, machine and tool operation, and safe studio practices!

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3-D Modeling

Ages 12-14

Learn how to create amazing designs, fantastic creatures, and artistic landscapes with 3-D modeling.

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Meet the Masters: Contemporary Art

Age 9–11

Explore painting, sculpture, and more while drawing inspiration from the contemporary masters on view at Laguna Gloria!

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Nature Journaling in Watercolor at the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center

Adults

Let's get out of the studio and experience nature!

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Digital Photo and Photoshop for Teens

Ages 14-18

Get the most out of your digital camera! Move step-by-step through the important manual digital camera functions as you begin to understand the importance of light and...

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Experimental Printmaking with Collage

Adults

Explore the fundamentals of relief printing through traditional printmaking tools and chine-collé.

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Painting Large

Adults

Learn how working large loosens up individual style and enables artists to make a powerful statement.

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Watercolor Basics and Beyond at the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center

Adults

Beginners are introduced to the watercolor medium while intermediate-level students advance technique and skills through practice and critiques...

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Personal Maps of the Imagination

Adults

Inspired by various artists that use "maps" in their work, create your own "map of the imagination" based on your experiences and fantasies.

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Creating with Collage

Adults

Explore the open-ended and fun medium of collage to create unique works of art!

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Continuing with Collage

Adults

Integrate book making, printmaking, and hand-painted papers into your collages!

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Intro to Art: 2-D

Adults

A hands-on tour of drawing, painting, watercolor, and collage, including foundational principles and language that can be used across disciplines.

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Bird Illustration

Adults

Bird lovers! Learn to draw birds from your own photos or images from the internet. Teacher demos and handouts will help you observe and simplify...

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Botanical Illustration

Adults

Enjoy and examine the native plants in your own backyard/local parks and trails/(or florist) as your subjects.

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Colored Pencil Painting

Adults

Add color to your repertoire by drawing with colored pencils. Explore layering, burnishing, and dissolving the waxy pencil to create luminous works of art.

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Gesture, Volume, Giacometti

Adults

Explore a succession of techniques using instructor Katherine Amman’s four-step process: Gesture, Volume...

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Portrait Drawing

Adults

Expand your visual acumen through study of the proportions, contours, volumes, and details of the head and face.

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Life Drawing I

Adults

Absolute beginners use a variety of materials including charcoal and Conté crayon and employ basic principles of drawing while working from a live model.

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Life Drawing II

Adults

Perfect your ability to render the human figure and expand upon basic drawing skills, through a variety of different nude models and lengths of poses.

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Vacation Sketching

Adults

Total beginners and experienced students: make vivid landscapes and cityscapes in a vacation sketchbook to enhance trip memories.

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Botanical Illustration at the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center

Adults

Enhance drafting skills through drawing plant forms while exploring the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center.

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Nature Journaling in Watercolor

Adults

Let's get out of the studio and experience nature!

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20 Oil Techniques

Adults

Explore options, gain clarity on tools and techniques for both realistic and abstract styles, and learn practical skills and time-saving tips.

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Abstract Painting

Adults

Conquer a variety of abstract painting techniques, including abstracting real objects, intuitive painting, and gestural works.

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Portrait Painting

Adults

Work from a live model or personal photographs to expand your skills through study of the proportions, contours, volumes, and details of the head and face.

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Jumpstart Your Watercolor

Adults

Beginners and those needing a refresher course alike will gain insight into the wonderful medium of watercolor during an enjoyable, challenging weekend.

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Watercolor II

Adults

This workshop-style class picks up where Watercolor Basics and Beyond leaves off, featuring new exercises and demos that focus on value, pattern, and color.

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Representational Watercolor

Adults

Explore composition, form, value, and color mixing through painting objects in a realistic style.

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Getting Weird with Watercolor

Adults

Students will leave with a series of spontaneous and unique watercolor paintings.

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Watercolor Portraits

Adults

Learn how to approach portraiture in watercolor!

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Relief Printmaking: Woodcut and Linoleum

Adults

Learn to prepare blocks, draw, carve, and print while examining the history of relief printmaking with an emphasis on contemporary art.

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Screen Printing

Adults

Have you ever wanted to print your own T-shirts, posters, or cards? Master the fundamentals of screen printing so you can experiment confidently.

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Botanical Block Printmaking

Adults

Learn three approaches to drawing images of plants and flowers. Then, using your drawings, create color block prints.

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Art Bikes

Adults, Ages 14-18

Customize your own “art bike” in this exciting workshop in collaboration with the Austin Yellow Bike Project!

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Beginning Metalworking

Adults

Learn the basics of manipulating and joining metal to create objects from simple tables to conceptual sculpture.

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Heat Forming

Adults

Bring the heat in this exciting class that combines MIG and oxy-acetylene welding with forging.

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Metals 2.0

Adults

Expand your skills, practice MIG (metal inert gas) welding techniques, and become more familiar with oxy-acetylene and hot form steel.

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Working with Wood and Metal

Adults

Fabricate a wood and metal project as you familiarize yourself with material attributes, proper tool usage, and shop safety while learning the basics of welding and woodworking.

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Beginning Ceramics

Adults

Using stoneware clay, gain a working knowledge of techniques such as slab construction, classic coil, pinched vessels, and throwing elemental wheel forms.

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Ceramics: Beginning and Beyond

Adults

Beginners cover the basics of hand building and wheel throwing, while experienced students build on previous lessons, refine techniques, and create vessels.

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Wheel Throwing and Beyond

Adults

Beginners will be introduced to basic shapes while experienced potters will expand skills and explore forms such as lidded jars and large objects.

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Wheel Throwing with Soda and Raku

Adults

Beginners and experienced students will enjoy this welcoming class. Learn the basics of centering, opening, and pulling clay on the potter’s wheel…

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Pots Off the Wheel: Hand Building Functional Pottery

Adults

Explore inventive hand-building techniques for making functional pottery in this fun and informative class.

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Intermediate Ceramics: Wheel Throwing, Hand Building, and Glazing

Adults

Expand your understanding of stoneware or porcelain, under-glaze colors, and high-fire glazes.

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Digital Photo and Lightroom I

Adults

Take better photographs and learn the best techniques in the revolutionary photo editing program Adobe Lightroom CC.

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Photoshop I

Adults

Learn the basics and develop your editing skills to transform your photos into richer, more visually interesting images.

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iPhoneography Workshop

Adults

Explore the potential of the iPhone camera, including the best apps for creating artistic images and amazing examples of work by professional photographers.

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Claymation

Age 6–8

Make your own clay cartoon, then create a movie set and animate a mini-movie with your creature as the star!

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Tots Making Pots

Age 4–5

Using ingredients from the kitchen, we’ll make our own clay to form brilliant creatures, and then move on to air-drying, oven hardening, and ceramic clay in the kiln.

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Whimsical Clay

Age 6–8

Boost your art confidence while exploring basic ceramic skills, building with rich clay materials, and using a variety of glazes.

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Cartooning

Age 6–8

Turn those doodled creations into terrific cartoon characters. Explore cartooning, craft your own cartoons, and practice lettering, perspective, timing, and expression.

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Life Drawing for Teens

Ages 14-18

Advance your skills drawing the human form. Create drawings that incorporate movement, large structural relationships, proportions, and line.

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Artist Explorers

Age 4–5

Students will create maps, sketches, and watercolor paintings of birds, fish, and plants as they explore the ecology of Laguna Gloria and Mayfield Park next door!

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Working with Wood and Steel for Teens

Ages 14-18

Learn the basics of welding and woodworking. If your interest is to work with wood or metal or you just want to get comfortable using power tools, this course is for you!

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Clay Creatures

Age 6–8

Adventure into the amazing world of animals, including the jungle, zoo, and even imaginary realms, using clay forms.

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Mask Making

Age 6–8

Create clay molds of mask shapes (animals and fantasy characters), then cover them with nontoxic, biodegradable papier-mâché.

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Meet the Masters: Contemporary Art

Age 6–8

Explore painting, sculpture, and more while drawing inspiration from the contemporary masters on view at Laguna Gloria!

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Mexican Folk Art

Age 6–8

Journey to Mexico by creating a variety of folk art projects designed to expand your art skills!

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Secret Life of Junk

Age 6–8

Make sculpture by combining interesting found objects such as branches, broken toys, and plastic with traditional art supplies like pen, paper, and paint!

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Mosaics

Age 9–11

We’ll break tiles to decorate projects such as a flowerpot, small tabletop, wall hanging, or stepping stone. Imagine, design, glue, grout, and go!

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Paint, Draw, Sculpt Nature

Age 9–11

Paint, draw, and sculpt nature by creating bug sculptures, animal portraits, and landscape paintings of the history-laden land around your critters!

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Wonderful Weavers

Age 6–8

Learn to weave natural fibers and discover amazing colors, design patterns, and textures!

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Awesome Clay Sculptors

Age 9–11

Build strong foundations with clay to create a life-size 3-D sculpture of a favorite person, creature, or character!

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Wheel Throwing

Age 9–11

Use basic clay throwing techniques such as centering, pulling, and finishing. Learn to throw cylinders and turn them into one-of-a-kind works of art.

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Drawing: Beyond Basics

Ages 12-14

Venture into real and imaginary worlds with the stroke of a marker, a piece of charcoal, and pastels while learning more design and drawing skills.

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Painting: Beyond Basics

Ages 12-14

Set up a palette, blend brilliant colors, and use different types of brushes. Create volume with light and shadow in a still life.

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So Surreal

Ages 12-14

Enter the inventive and fabulous world of Surrealism—beyond realism—and use it as a springboard for creativity!

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Awesome Clay Sculptors

Ages 12-14

Build strong foundations with clay to create a life-size 3-D sculpture of a favorite person, creature, or character!

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Digital Drawing and Painting

Ages 12-14

Develop your drawing and painting skills digitally with free phone or tablet applications.

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Kinetic Sculpture

Ages 12-14

Explore, design, and construct fantastic kinetic (or moving) sculptures that look alive!

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Urban Photography

Ages 12-14

Explore the urban environment in and around downtown Austin and embark on a shooting adventure to a different destination each day.

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Beginning Metalworking for Teens

Ages 14-18

Learn the basics of welding and explore the possibilities of steel as more than an industrial material.

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Mural Painting for Teens

Ages 14-18

Make your mark at the museum! Create a large-scale group mural on the exterior of the Art School buildings at Laguna Gloria.

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Skyline Drawing from The Moody Rooftop

Ages 14-18

Working beneath the open-air, covered canopy of the Jones Center, students will use the immediacy of drawing to render views of the city.

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Urban Photography

Ages 14-18

Explore the urban environment in and around downtown Austin and embark on a shooting adventure to a different destination each day.

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Paint, Draw, Sculpt Nature

Age 6–8

Paint, draw, and sculpt nature by creating bug sculptures, animal portraits, and landscape paintings of the history-laden land around your critters!

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Wheel Throwing

Ages 12-14

Use basic clay throwing techniques such as centering, pulling, and finishing. Learn to throw cylinders and turn them into one-of-a-kind works of art!

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Painting 1.5

Adults

Expand your skills in fundamental painting methods. Instead of rushing into advanced theories and techniques, keep things simple and paced for comfort, ease, and comprehension...

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Summer Splash

Adults

Create dramatic compositions in watercolor inspired by...

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Wonderful Weavers

Age 9–11

Learn to weave natural fibers and discover amazing colors, design patterns, and textures!

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Painting for Teens

Ages 14-18

Become familiar with acrylic painting materials, techniques, and terminology. Experiment with landscape, portrait, and figure painting using a foundation of basic drawing techniques.

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Screen Printing Workshop

Adults

Learn the building blocks of screen printing in this workshop-style version of our longer screen printing series.

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Exploring Hockney

Adults

Learn the artist’s distinctive style and create works based on his pool paintings, portraits, and landscapes.

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Abstract Painting 1.5

Adults

Through unusual subject matter and practicing new abstraction techniques, learn to perceive even realistic subjects abstractly.

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Lightroom I

Adults

Learn to perfect your photos by correcting or refining color and exposure, removing blemishes, smoothing out skin, and removing unwanted…

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Classical Drawing and Painting (ages 9–14)

Age 9–11, Ages 12-14

Study drawing and painting, exploring form, color, perspective, texture, value, and composition using a realistic approach. Build the skills needed to capture subject matter convincingly!

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Ceramics for Teens

Ages 14-18

Using earthenware clays, gain a working knowledge of techniques such as press molding, slab and-coil construction, and throwing cylinder and bowl forms.

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