Digital Programming 

In light of the recent Stay Home-Work Safe Order requiring residents to stay home as much as possible, the DAC is proud to offer free digital programming for the public.

Poet Showcase: A Virtual Art A La Carte Event

March 2, 2021 from 7:30-8:30pm
Facebook Live
ages 13 and up

New Date!  
The Dougherty Arts Center is celebrating spoken word poetry with a special Facebook live showcase, featuring renowned local writers Ebony Stewart and Joe Brundidge. Listen in as both nationally recognized performance artists, authors, and community activists share their powerful poetry as a tool for change.

Smithsonian American Women's History Initiative Lecture Series:  

Lena Richard and Julia Child: Two Women Who Changed Culinary History

Wednesday, March 10, 2021 at 7 PM EST
Free & Online

Join Smithsonian Affiliations for a look at chefs Lena Richard and Julia Child. Through their cookbooks, teaching, and television programs, these extraordinary women inspired generations of people to take cooking seriously. Featuring Paula Johnson, Curator, National Museum of American History, and Ashley Rose Young, PhD, Historian, National Museum of American History.  

Register on the Smithsonian site.

Painting on Glass with Emma Hadzi Antich

March 20, 2021

2 – 3 pm

Join Artist Emma Hadzi Antich as you she guides you through the process of painting on glass. Learn to work backwards and layer paint in a strategic way so that the completed artwork is rich in color and visually correct. Watch as bold lines, vibrant colors, and beautiful iconography unfolds before your eyes. This demo will take place via Zoom.

Register for Emma Hadzi Antich's demo. 

Creating a Visual Journal with Meena Matocha

April 10, 2021

2 – 3 pm

Explore the meditative world of visual journaling. Have pencils and paper ready as Meena Matocha guides you through this integral part of her art making process. Learn how to set yourself up for an uninterrupted, meditative style journaling session, and gain tips and techniques that move your entries from concept to finished artworks. This demo will take place via Zoom. 

Register for Meena Matocha's Demo.

Adding Depth to Underglazes with Marianne Levy

May 8, 2021

2 – 3 pm

Marianne Levy will demonstrate her glazing process that creates a muted yet surreal finish to her sculptures. Learn how she creates depth in her work by adding a copper wash to her underglazes and applies layers of sprayed glaze that add beautiful variations to a sculpture's surface. This demo will take place via Zoom. 

Register for Marianne Levy's Demo.

Creating a Diorama Collage with Marty Lewis

June 12, 2021

2 – 3 pm

Mixed media artist Marty Lewis takes you on a journey creating a diorama collage. Discover how you can use found objects and images from vintage prints to build a narrative and tell a visual story. Learn techniques that help you visually address a small three-dimensional space and apply collage materials to create a one-of-a-kind artwork. This demo will take place via Zoom. 

Register for Marty Lewis' Demo.


Adult Art Lessons

Instructor-led lessons in various different mediums of ceramics, drawing & painting, and digital arts.

Ceramics: Ceramic Trays

Ceramics: Pinch Pots to Sculptures

Ceramics: Raku at the Dougherty Arts Center

Ceramics: How Make A Mug with Clay Slabs

Ceramics: Basic Coil Construction for Sculptures

Ceramic: Make a Clay Bowl

Ceramics: Adding Form to Coil Vessel

Ceramics: Making Clay Texture Stamps Part 1

Ceramics: Making Clay Texture Stamps Part 2

Ceramics: Hand Building a Sheep Planter with Saucer

Ceramics: Making a Bowl on the Potters Wheel

Ceramics: Clay Surface Design

Ceramics: Adding Details to Sculptures with Jon Nelson Video 3

Ceramics: Trimming a Bowl

Ceramics: Rhyton Part 1 - Handbuilding the vessel

Ceramics: Rhyton Part 2 - Decorating the vessel

Ceramics: Hand Building a Dog Food Bowl

Ceramics: Hand Building a Cat Food Bowl

Ceramics: How to Make a Plate on the Wheel

Ceramics: How to Trim a Plate

Ceramics: Texture Glazing Ceramics - Video 4

Ceramics: Learn How to Make an Oil Bottle

Ceramics: How to Make A Vase on the Potters Wheel

Ceramics: Make a Cup on the Wheel

Ceramics: Make a Ring Holder on the Potters Wheel

Ceramics: Make a Coffee Pour Over

Ceramics: Make a Flower Brick part 1

Ceramics: Make a Flower Brick part 2

Ceramics: Make a Large Serving Dish

Ceramics: Trim a Large Baking Dish

Ceramics: Make a Teapot Part 1

Ceramics: Make a Bird House

Ceramics: Make a Teapot Part 2

Ceramics: Make a Bird Bath & Feeder

Ceramics: How to Reclaim Clay Scraps

Ceramics: Trimming With a Chuck

Ceramics: Make Screen Printed Decals

Ceramics: Make a Clay Pumpkin on the Potter's Wheel

Ceramics: Pinch Pot Clay Pumpkin

Ceramics: Basic Clay Wedging

Ceramics: How to Pull Cup Handles

Ceramics: Glazing a Mug: Two Ways

Ceramics: Spiral Clay Wedging

Ceramics: Make Mug Handles

Ceramics: Cut and Slam Wedging

Ceramics: Make a Lidded Jar

Ceramics: What Are Pyrometric Cones?

Ceramics: Firing Ceramics 101

Drawing: Portrait Drawing From Photos

Drawing: Intro to Graphite Pencils

Drawing: Implied Line Exercise

Drawing: Practicing Contour Line Drawings (PDF)

Drawing: Observable Landscape Studies (PDF)

Drawing: Practicing Value Shading Techniques (PDF)

Drawing: Using a Paintbrush and Brush Pen

Drawing: Ink + Water - Washes and Layers

Drawing: Portrait Drawing Hacks

Drawing:Urban Sketching in Your Yard

Drawing: The Five Aspects of Light

Drawing: Hatching & Cross-Hatching - Pen & Ink Shading Techniques, Part I

Drawing: Stippling & Scribbling - Pen & Ink Shading Techniques, Part II

Drawing: Drawing on Book Pages

Drawing: How To Start Drawing a Portrait

Drawing: Grid Drawing

Drawing: Drawing Drapery

Drawing: Ditch Your Eraser: Hand Lettering

Drawing: Additive and Subtractive Drawing

Drawing: Developing a Daily Drawing Practice

Drawing: Using Notan as a Composition Tool

Drawing: Ditch Your Eraser: Embracing Mistakes

Drawing: Tips & Tricks: Thumbnails

Drawing: Gesture Drawing: How and Why

Drawing: Drawing Hair In Portraits

Drawing: Using Perspective To Draw The Human Head

Drawing: Tips & Tricks: Urban Sketching Trees & Shrubs

Drawing: 2B or not 2B: The Pencil Code

Drawing: Tips & Tricks: Sharpening Art Pencils

Drawing: Tips & Tricks: Walnut Ink

Drawing: Squint: What’s a Value Study?

Drawing: Face It: Using Value Shapes To Draw The Human Face

Drawing: Hands Up- Drawing Hands

Drawing: Why Perspective Is Hard To Get Right Part 1

Drawing: Sketching Clouds in Pen & Ink

Drawing: Why Perspective is Hard to Get Right? Part 2

Drawing: Blind Contour Drawing

Painting: Indigo Hills Watercolor

Painting: Monochromatic Still Life Study

Painting: Birchwood Blizzard Watercolor

Painting: Mushroom and Eggplant Watercolor

Painting: Sunflower Watercolor

Painting: Landscape Color Study

Painting: Lavender Field Watercolor

Painting: Basics - The Painter's Sketchbook

Painting: Glass Bottles in Watercolor

Painting: A Guide to Abstract Painting

Painting: Riverbank Scene in Watercolor

Painting: Pink Water Lily Watercolor

Painting: Creating a Watercolor Study

Painting: Blending & Dry Brushing

Painting: Seascape in Watercolor

Painting: Highlights and Edges

Painting: Tips for Beginning Acrylic Painters

Painting Basics: Color Theory

Painting: Discover Watercolor Crayons

Painting: Color Theory

Painting Basics: The Self-Critique

Painting: Exploring Color in Neutral Tones

Painting: Watercolor Crayon Still Life

Painting Basics: Oil or Acrylic?

Painting: Beginning Watercolor: Abstract with India Ink

Painting Basics: Setting Up a Still Life

Painting: Abstract Art: What’s Going On Here?

Painting: Beginning Watercolor: Stormy Sky

Painting: Tips & Tricks: Composition

Painting: Watercolor: Using Expressive Color

Painting: Tips & Tricks: DIY Painting Set Up

Painting: Beginning Watercolor: Mixed Media Collage

Painting: Watercolor - Oil Pastels with Watercolor

Painting: Beginning Watercolor: Painting Trees

Painting: Beginning Watercolor: How to Paint Clouds

Painting: Painting a Starry Sky With Ink

Painting: Beginning Watercolor: Brush Basics

Painting: Painting Clouds With Gouache

Beginning Watercolor: Falling Leaves

Watercolor: Bounced Color

Digital: Introduce Yourself to Photoshop

Digital: Photoshop Layers Panel

Digital: Photoshop Brushes

Digital: Photoshop Selecting

Digital: Photoshop - Creating a Brush

Digital: Photoshop Adjustments

Digital: Photoshop Masks

Digital: Photoshop - Clone Stamp

Digital: Photoshop - Blending Modes

Digital: Introduction to Illustrator

Craft: Paper Quilling

Craft: Upcycle! Plastic Bag Coil Basket

Craft: Papier-Mâché Cactus Sculpture

Craft: Trellis Ladder for your Garden

Craft: Frank Lloyd Wright inspired Squirrel Feeder

Craft: Cross Stitch Earring Holder

Craft: Hypertufa Planters

Craft: Make a Peephole Diorama

Craft: Make a Tunnel Book

Craft: Make Paper Flowers

Craft: Upcycled Wine Cork Board

Craft: Tips & Tricks: Cutting Collage Elements

Crafts: Upcycled Lawn Chair

Crafts: Bat Macrame Wall Hanging

Crafting: Folded Book Art

Crafting: Upcycled Toy Frame

Crafting: Upcycled Tinsel Tree

Crafting: DIY Stamped Wrapping Paper

Mixed Media: A Template for Working With Mixed Media

Mixed Media: Blackout Poetry on Book Pages

Mixed Media: Reviving an Abandoned Drawing

Mixed Media: Curating Collage Elements

Photography: DIY Camera Obscura

Photography: Make a Paraxinoscope

Photography: Smartphone Photography: How to Tune Your Image

Photography: Natural Light Photography

Photography: Smart Phone Photography: How to Remove Unwanted Content

Smartphone Photography: How to Rotate and Crop an Image

Smartphone Photography: Adding Shallow Depth of Field

Smartphone Photography: Creating a Black and White Image with the Subject in Color

Studio Tour with Robin Gary

Studio Tour with Jennifer Hill

Studio Tour with Andrea Patin

Studio Tour with Adrienne Hodge

Starting and Maintaining Creative Momentum Video 1

Starting and Maintaining Creative Momentum Video 2

Starting and Maintaining Creative Momentum Video 3

Starting and Maintaining Creative Momentum Video 4

Starting and Maintaining Creative Momentum Video 5

Starting and Maintaining Creative Momentum Video 6

Art Happens Here: 2 Minute Studio Tours

DAC 2020 Artists give the audience an inside look of their work spaces and where they create.

Linda Wandt

Layla Luna

Amar Gupta

Veronica Ceci

Marianne Levy

Melanie Hickerson

Cara Jackson

Rhea Pettit

Nancy Wood

Sarah Luna

Leticia Mosqueda

Nora McMillen Burke

Youth Art Lessons

Instructor-led lessons in various different mediums of visual, performing, and digital arts.

Giacometti Sculptures with Mr. Jon

Martian Finger Puppets with Mr. Adam

Patterns & Presents with Mr. Kyle

Acrylic Skins with Mr. George

Shadow Box Theater with Ms. Jules

Paint Pouring with Ms. Sydney

Magic Scroll with Mr. Kyle

Marbled Flower Pot with Ms. Sydney

Wooden Architecture with Mr. Jon

Downloading & Using Twine with Mr. Kyle

Make a Beat in Drumbit with Mr. Matt

Collagraph Fish with Ms. Claire

Nature-Inspired Pattern Making with Ms Jules

Origami UFO with Mr. Jon

Paint like Miro with Mr. George

Pet Portrait Pt 1: Backgrounds with Mrs. Carina

Pet Portraits, Part 2: The Pet with Mrs. Carina

Making a Song in Song Maker with Mr. Matt

Cube Planet with Mr. Kyle

Monotype Printmaking with Ms. Claire

Downloading Piskel with Mr. Kyle

Paint like Sonia Delaunay with Mrs. Carina

Rock Store Animated Music Video with Mr. Matt

Matisse & Warhol Inspired Cutouts with Mr. George

Downloading MagicaVoxel with Mr. Kyle

Virtual Exhibits

Fall 2020 Exhibits

Discover the artists who were scheduled to exhibit during the Fall of 2020. Due to COVID-19, their shows have been postponed but you can still explore their art practice on our Fall Exhibits page.
Whether they are looking to the past to inspire the future of the arts, imagining a future without human, or celebrating the presence of tradition, artists Jonathan Paul Jackson, Emma Hadzi Antich, and Leticia Mosqueda create worth that not only causes a viewer to reflect, but urges them to act.
Enter Fall Exhibits Page Here

Encuentra la versión en español aquí.

FotoATX 2020 Exhibits

Visit our interactive webpage to learn more about photographers Amar Gupta, Sarah Luna, and Michelle Gardella. Enjoy beautiful images celebrating the concepts of being, belonging, and community.


Summer 2020 Exhibits

Visit our interactive webpage to learn more about exhibiting artists, Nora McMillen Burke, Jon Nelson, and Marianne Levy and explore works including whimsical sculptures and paintings rich with symbolism


West 2020 Exhibits

Delve into the work of Cara Jackson, B. Shawn Cox, and Layla Luna and view artworks ranging in media from acrylic and flashe paint to origami and fiber.


Spring 2020 Exhibits

Learn more about Susannah Haddad, Austin Community College, and Nancy Wood and explore works ranging from ceramic Sriracha bottles and abstract landscape views, to digital renderings of the Texas Hill Country.


Artist Professional Development

The Artist Resource Center is pleased to host free monthly professional development workshops for artists. Covering a different topic each month, our workshops give artists the tools to develop and advance their careers in the arts.

Artist Resource Center Professional Development Workshops

Art is Everywhere Map

Art is Everywhere and we have proof. Check out the DAC's complete interactive guide to art you can safely enjoy from the comfort of your car. Use this map to plan out your next Sunday afternoon drive, go on an art scavenger hunt and more! Do you have a spectacular yard sculpture in your front yard or business you want to include on the map and share with the public?

Check out the link to find out how you can participate. Art is Everywhere Map

Austin Art-O-Rama: Virtual Vendor 2 Minute Studio Tours

Dougherty Arts Center’s Austin Art-O-Rama artists show you where the art happens! Learn more about the virtual vendors and explore their studio spaces with these two-minute video tours.

Austin Art-O-Rama: Lisa McPike Smith Studio Tour

Austin Art-O-Rama: TJ Maclaskey Studio Tour

Austin Art-O-Rama: Marcie Dodd Studio Tour

 Austin Art-O-Rama: Luis Coss Studio Tour

 Austin Art-O-Rama: Vickie Flaugher Studio Tour

 Austin Art-O-Rama: Gary Swenor Studio Tour

 Austin Art-O-Rama: Bonnie Brushwood Studio Tour

 Austin Art-O-Rama: Cynthia Bloom Studio Tour

Paper Pandemonium

Paper Pandemonium Webpage

The Austin Parks and Recreation Department is taking the next steps toward moving the Dougherty Arts Center out of the beloved naval center and into a newly envisioned building to be constructed on Butler Shores Park.

DAC Replacement Project Webpage