The Contemporary Austin provides a number of opportunities for teachers to engage with our exhibitions and the museum and to earn professional development credit.
Take a Video Tour
Visiting the museum with your classroom? Join in the fun as students from Austin's Lee Lewis Campbell Elementary Media and Performing Arts Institute share their best tips on how to look, explore, and learn. Prepare for your trip by seeing how "Art Is Awesome"!
Also, see how Austin's Blanton Elementary students get inspired by nature and create watercolors based on the art on view during their self-guided tour of Laguna Gloria:
Teacher Workshops provide interactive training and resource materials for teachers from all subject areas and grade levels. Austin ISD, Round Rock ISD, and surrounding district teachers who attend a Teacher Workshop may receive one transportation reimbursement and one half-day substitute reimbursement for attending each workshop. Earn Continuing Professional Education credits (CPEs), receive teacher lesson plans, engage in hands-on activities, learn about booking docent-led tours, and discuss strategies for incorporating contemporary artists and their works into your classroom.
For more information or to register, please contact Emily Cayton, Associate Director of Education, email@example.com.
Upcoming Teacher Workshops
Summer Studio Spectacular
Monday, July 8 – Friday, July 12
Laguna Gloria + Jones Center
10:00A – 2:30P each day
Join fellow educators for a full week of art making and art looking. Explore new techniques, work with local guest artists, spend time with contemporary art, and enjoy lively discussions. We will celebrate being both artists and educators throughout the week. Earn CPE credit, bus and substitute reimbursement for the 2019-2020 school year.
Space is limited. Email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information and to register. Registration is $70 non-members & $60 members
Here's what participants had to say about last year's Summer Studio Spectacular:
- “I love that I was treated as an artist and art educator. Increasingly over the course of the week I became more loose with my artwork, and that was so cathartic. It was also a reminder of how my students feel when they are creating.”
- "Gave direction but did not confine. I need to do more open-ended things so students don’t ask so many questions out of fear.”
- “Being at Laguna Gloria enhanced the beauty of creating and appreciating art; The Jones Center is an amazing space to house and view contemporary works.”
- “Amazing experience! Thank you! – buffet style and overview of different artists and techniques was great and helpful – expanded my knowledge base.”
The Contemporary Austin’s tour program and teacher resources are aligned with the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS) for visual arts, along with exploring various interdisciplinary connections. For more information or to receive curriculum guides, contact Emily Cayton, Educator for Teachers and Docents, email@example.com.
To book a docent-led tour at The Contemporary Austin, contact Rigo Guerrero, firstname.lastname@example.org or 512 458 8191 x 137.
We offer dual or single-site visits, art-making activities, and more! Work with us to tailor a truly unique experience for your students. More info here.
Please book tours at least two weeks in advance; each tour is a suggested donation of $1 per child and $3 per adult.
Join us for an artist talk, film, visiting lecture, or performance! View our events here.
Art School at Laguna Gloria
The Art School at Laguna Gloria seeks qualified, experienced art teachers for a variety of classes. View requirements and application deadline details here.
Teachers are also encouraged to explore the course offerings at the Art School to expand their knowledge, perspectives, and passions.
All inquiries about teacher opportunities: