Enjoy painting, drawing, mosaics, jewelry making and more at The Contemporary Austin!

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The natural setting at The Contemporary Austin – Laguna Gloria has been fostering creativity and enhancing visual awareness for visitors for more than 50 years, and this summer is no exception with a wide variety of programs for all ages! Highly qualified art teachers guide students in small classes (12 to 13 kids) as they learn to observe the beauty that surrounds them and appreciate it through the creation of art. We’re looking forward to artistically inspiring the more than 2,500 kids who are expected to enroll this summer in classes on the gorgeous 12-acre historic site at The Contemporary Austin – Art School at Laguna Gloria.

“The kids love exploring the grounds,” says Judith Sims, site director for the campus, which is located off MoPac on West 35th Street on Lake Austin. “In the Beautiful Bugs class, for example, four-and-five-year-olds learn how art and biology intersect and re-create the beauty and color found in nature, while in Photo and Photoshop, older kids get to know the natural landscape through the lens of their cameras, before exploring the creative possibilities of Photoshop in the studio.”

In addition to painting, drawing, mosaics, jewelry making, and more, every year brings some new ideas and new classes for kids and for teens. Younger students can join us for the new clay class Tots Making Pots, where they can use ingredients from the kitchen to make works of art that are both useful and beautiful. Or they can learn their Art ABCs, honing their visual intelligence as they explore painting, drawing, and sculpture and delve into concepts like color, pattern, and space.

While most classes take place at Laguna Gloria, this year teens can trade lakeside tranquility for the dynamic action of downtown Austin in the class Skyline Drawing. Students meet on The Moody Rooftop at the museum’s Jones Center location for an immersive new drawing class that incorporates this rich urban environment, where artist Jim Hodges’s inspiring outdoor sculpture, With Liberty and Justice for All (A Work in Progress), now hovers over the streetscape below.

“We have whimsical classes for the younger kids and more serious explorations of art-making techniques for the older kids who want to try something new or build on their skills,” Sims continued. “And all of these high-quality programs take full advantage of our beautiful locations – Laguna Gloria’s wooded beauty on Lake Austin and the Jones Center’s unique urban milieu.”

Details: Week-long summer classes begin June 5 and run through August 18. 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. A limited number of scholarships will also be available. We look forward to seeing you this summer!