Photos of Ceramic, painting, and darkroom photo projects in progress.

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.

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Spring 2022 Adult Classes

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Spring 2022 Registration Started December 15

Our Adult Spring programoffers 3 six-week sessions; the first session begins the week of January 10.

Spring 1: January/February

Spring 2: March/April

Spring 3: April/May

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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. We have limited ability to register students over the phone, if you have issues registering online, contact our registration office at 512-974-4040 or via email at

Programming is subject to change.

Program Information 

Ceramic arts instructor assists student with wheel throwing exercise


Our Ceramics Program provides an enriching and rewarding experience for each student through continued arts education. We believe all skill level classes create a supportive atmosphere where students learn from each other. Advanced students are welcome in any class to work on refining and improving their skills. Instructors provide self-paced demos throughout class time and will work with students based on their interests in learning wheel, hand building, sculpture or figurative work. Instructors also provide proper glazing, decoration techniques and most importantly developing your artistic expression. 

Painting student works on a painting study of an autumn tree from a photograph of the same.

Painting and Drawing Program 

The focus of the Painting and Drawing Program is on traditional mediums such as drawing, pastel, acrylic and oil painting, watercolor, and a variety of mixed media. Skilled instructors work with varying levels of experience and provide feedback to take you to the next level. Small classes ensure enough space and quality instruction. Our 700 square foot studio provides: easels, worktables and still life objects. 

Weaving loom, yarn and other textile equipment rests on a table

Darkroom and Textiles

Our darkroom classes are organized to help you learn how to create your own unique darkroom prints. For the beginner or advanced professional we have different opportunities for students interested in using our darkroom.

The goal of the Textile Program is to provide an enriching and rewarding experience for each student working with textiles. Small classes ensure enough space for quality instruction.

Examining negatives for darkroom photograph development

Guest Artist Program

The Dougherty is pleased to host Guest Artist classes in order to enrich and expand our programming. Our Guest Artists are Community Contract Instructors who take registration and payment directly from their students. Students do not register with the Dougherty Arts Center.

Residency Program

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The Dougherty Arts Center's Visual Artist Residency Program is a volunteer work exchange that provides visual artists with the space, facilities, time, and professional interaction to help them develop as practicing artists in exchange for creating outreach opportunities within our community. Residency is open to visual artists who live in the Austin area (within Bastrop, Blanco, Burnet, Caldwell, Hays, Travis, or Williamson counties). For more information, visit


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.


Account creation, payment, online registration questions 

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.

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