Dougherty Adult Arts photos

The Dougherty Arts School's adult arts program is dedicated to enriching the Austin community with hands-on artistic opportunities. The school hires skilled artists that are committed to sharing their knowledge and exploring new ideas with students. Classes provide the springboard for students wishing to experience creativity and personal growth.

Register Online

Registration is offered online. Online registration ends several days before classes begin. Early registration is encouraged to ensure classes meet their minimum enrollment and to have the best chance to secure a space before the class is full.

Welcome to the Future! Live Stream Adult Classes!

We can’t wait to see everyone back in our studios being creative and connecting with other artists. Until then, we are now offering live, online classes with our talented instructors in different media. Join in on the fun and get connected again with other students. We do not have the ability to register students over the phone, if you have issues registering online, please contact our registration office via email:

Registration Start Date January 6 at 10am 

Spring 1 classes start January 19 

Spring 2 classes start march 29 

Register here


Clay Vessels Instructor Jennifer Hill 

Clay Talk Instructor: Ryan McKerley 

Hand Building for Form and Function: Instructor: Robin Gary 

Hand Building at Home Instructor: Morghan Gray 

Surface Techniques on Clay Instructor: Morghan Gray


Adobe Creative Suite Instructor: Dan Wolff 

Smart Phone Photography 1 Instructor: Shelley Wood 

Smart Phone Photography 2 Instructor: Shelley Wood


Beginning Drawing Instructor: Dave Thornberry 

Drawing Fundamentals Instructor: Adrienne Hodge 

Drawing Portraits in Charcoal Instructor: Dave Thornberry 

Ink + Water Instructor: Adrienne Hodge


Stitch Circle Instructor: Cidnye Stott

-- Classes require students to purchase their own supplies.
-- One student per registration, each household with more than one student will need to register each student to participate.
-- Students will need a digital device: computer, iPad, digital phone, etc.
-- To make sure the class is an enjoyable experience, students are required to have their cameras on during the class.
-- Internet Access that connects to the device you are using. Classes are held over Zoom so the free Zoom App and Free Zoom login required.


Teen Request
Two forms are required for students under the age of 18; these must be completed and signed by guardian before the student can attend class. Only ages 15 -17 considered. Request must be submitted at least 5 business days before the class begins. Requests to attend classes with descriptions that state students must be at least 18 years old will not be approved.
Teen Request Form (Parent Completes)
Teen Reference Form (Adult Reference Completes)

Account creation, online registration & faq

Full payment is required at the time of the registration and to secure a spot in a class, unless otherwise noted. Registrations will be accepted online,  by phone at 512-974-4040 or in person at the Dougherty Arts Center front desk. No registrations will be accepted prior to 10AM on the first day of each registration date (refer to registration dates prior to submittal).

Registrations received prior to 10AM on the first day of registration will be returned without being processed.

Click to view Adult Registration Policies & Procedures

Adult Policies & Procedures covers:

  • Cancellation / Refunds
  • Emergency Cancellation / Bad Weather Closures
  • Safety / Conduct
  • Transfers
  • Minimum Enrollment
  • Waiting Lists