Contemporary Austin Laguna

Kids develop skills and a love for art while connecting with Austin’s creative spirit at The Contemporary Austin!

Unlock the magic of the potter’s wheel. Draw a portrait of yourself, your favorite animal, or even a robot from your imagination. Paint landscapes along the banks of Lake Austin. Design a video game. Explore Austin’s urban environment through photos or sketches from a rooftop deck overlooking downtown. Cut, grind, and weld a steel sculpture. These are just some of the many options at The Contemporary Austin Art School.

Perched along the Colorado River just south of Mt. Bonnell, the 14-acres of the Contemporary Austin –  Laguna Gloria house the majority of the Art School’s summer program. And, with nearly 200 classes for all ages from preschool to high school, there is something for everyone.

“Many of the classes for our youngest students revolve around a creative theme or subject matter to draw them into a love of making art,” explains the school’s director, Matt Hoggle.

In Art Around the World, kids travel the world while learning about the art of native cultures, from Hopi sculptures, to Japanese origami, to Egyptian masks, and more. In Dynamic Dinosaurs, budding artists uncover, gather, and exhibit their own dino treasures, including plaster casts, newspaper bones, and clay artifacts. “Space Voyagers, Beautiful Bugs, The World of Dr. Seuss, Castles, Kings, and Queens … There is a class that will build on the interests of nearly any child,” Hoggle continued.

Older kids spend more time focusing on specific mediums or movements. In classes like Cartooning, Digital Photo and Photoshop, Claymation, or Mosaics, students can explore different facets of a particular medium or process, while classes like Fun with Frida, Explorations in Abstract Art, Classical Drawing and Painting, and So Surreal immerse them in the world of a particular artist or style.

“We’re an Art School that caters to beginners and experienced artists alike, so for the high schoolers, we try to offer classes suited to young people with a general interest in art, as well as those who are ready to begin developing their portfolio,” Hoggle explained. “In that sense, The Contemporary Austin – Art School is a particular good choice regardless of your level.” 

Experienced teen artists may advance their skills in Life Drawing for Teens, Working with Wood and Steel, and other advanced classes, while artists of any experience level can jump into Painting for Teens, Mural Painting for Teens, Ceramics for Teens, and more.

The Contemporary Austin is home to both Laguna Gloria—an inspiring art-in-nature site and home to a contemporary sculpture park—and the dynamic downtown museum the Jones Center on Congress Avenue. For the urbanites, our downtown Jones Center location also offers a handful of classes in the summer, including Urban Photography and Skyline Drawing on the Moody Rooftop.

The unique settings of Laguna Gloria and the Jones Center bring special opportunities for The Contemporary’s students. Classes regularly take advantage of guided tours offered by the museum’s staff and docents, allowing them to see and discuss contemporary sculpture and installations from world famous artists – inspiring and thought-provoking installations by Ai Wei Wei, Jim Hodges, and Terry Allen are just some of the art currently on view.

“It’s important that our kids not just learn and create, but that they have fun doing it,” Hoggle continued. “The skills learned in our classes can benefit future engineers just as much as they can inspire future artists and architects. Our goal is to provide a broad, exciting, and enriching experience for every student.”

Details: Weeklong summer classes begin the day after Memorial Day (May 28), and run through August 16. Classes are held weekdays 9 a.m. until noon, and 1 pm until 4 p.m. Classes fill quickly, so don’t wait to sign up! Register online at www.thecontemporaryaustin.org, or by calling 512-323-6380. We look forward to seeing you this summer!

Kids develop skills and a love for art while connecting with Austin’s creative spirit at The Contemporary Austin!

Unlock the magic of the potter’s wheel. Draw a portrait of yourself, your favorite animal, or even a robot from your imagination. Paint landscapes along the banks of Lake Austin. Design a video game. Explore Austin’s urban environment through photos or sketches from a rooftop deck overlooking downtown. Cut, grind, and weld a steel sculpture. These are just some of the many options at The Contemporary Austin Art School.

Perched along the Colorado River just south of Mt. Bonnell, the 14-acres of the Contemporary Austin –  Laguna Gloria house the majority of the Art School’s summer program. And, with nearly 200 classes for all ages from preschool to high school, there is something for everyone.

“Many of the classes for our youngest students revolve around a creative theme or subject matter to draw them into a love of making art,” explains the school’s director, Matt Hoggle.

In Art Around the World, kids travel the world while learning about the art of native cultures, from Hopi sculptures, to Japanese origami, to Egyptian masks, and more. In Dynamic Dinosaurs, budding artists uncover, gather, and exhibit their own dino treasures, including plaster casts, newspaper bones, and clay artifacts. “Space Voyagers, Beautiful Bugs, The World of Dr. Seuss, Castles, Kings, and Queens … There is a class that will build on the interests of nearly any child,” Hoggle continued.

Older kids spend more time focusing on specific mediums or movements. In classes like Cartooning, Digital Photo and Photoshop, Claymation, or Mosaics, students can explore different facets of a particular medium or process, while classes like Fun with Frida, Explorations in Abstract Art, Classical Drawing and Painting, and So Surreal immerse them in the world of a particular artist or style.

“We’re an Art School that caters to beginners and experienced artists alike, so for the high schoolers, we try to offer classes suited to young people with a general interest in art, as well as those who are ready to begin developing their portfolio,” Hoggle explained. “In that sense, The Contemporary Austin – Art School is a particular good choice regardless of your level.” 

Experienced teen artists may advance their skills in Life Drawing for Teens, Working with Wood and Steel, and other advanced classes, while artists of any experience level can jump into Painting for Teens, Mural Painting for Teens, Ceramics for Teens, and more.

The Contemporary Austin is home to both Laguna Gloria—an inspiring art-in-nature site and home to a contemporary sculpture park—and the dynamic downtown museum the Jones Center on Congress Avenue. For the urbanites, our downtown Jones Center location also offers a handful of classes in the summer, including Urban Photography and Skyline Drawing on the Moody Rooftop.

The unique settings of Laguna Gloria and the Jones Center bring special opportunities for The Contemporary’s students. Classes regularly take advantage of guided tours offered by the museum’s staff and docents, allowing them to see and discuss contemporary sculpture and installations from world famous artists – inspiring and thought-provoking installations by Ai Wei Wei, Jim Hodges, and Terry Allen are just some of the art currently on view.

“It’s important that our kids not just learn and create, but that they have fun doing it,” Hoggle continued. “The skills learned in our classes can benefit future engineers just as much as they can inspire future artists and architects. Our goal is to provide a broad, exciting, and enriching experience for every student.”

Details: Weeklong summer classes begin the day after Memorial Day (May 28), and run through August 16. Classes are held weekdays 9 a.m. until noon, and 1 pm until 4 p.m. Classes fill quickly, so don’t wait to sign up! Register online at www.thecontemporaryaustin.org, or by calling 512-323-6380. We look forward to seeing you this summer!