Upcoming Events  

La Peña and Javier Jara Music present Epoca Dorada: The Golden Age of Latin Big Band Music featuring Javier Jara and Felipe "El Tiburon" Borrero and His Big Band

La Peña and Javier Jara Music present Epoca Dorada: The Golden Age of Latin Big Band

Thursday, April 11, 2024

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La Peña and Javier Jara Music present a memorable night of Golden Era Big Band Music featuring Javier Jara and grammy-award-winning musician Felipe "El Tiburón" Borrero with his big band. Come enjoy incredible Latin classics and a few new favorites in this one-night only event!

This project has been financed in part by the City of Austin’s Elevate Grant Program.


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Creativity Unleashed: Conquering Your Inner Critic

Free Workshop for ages 18+
Saturday, April 13, 2024

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Explore ways to integrate creativity into your daily routine with DAC Resident Artist Chelsea Biggerstaff.

Through interactive activities and discussions, learn how to overcome early challenges in starting a creative practice, while also exploring the power of clay as a tool for self-expression by creating inner critic masks.

This workshop is free, but space is limited. Pre-registration is required.


DAC Nights: Flower Power Wednesday April 17, 2024 7-9pm

DAC Nights: Flower Power

An In-Person Event
Wednesday, April 17, 2024

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Spring may have come early this year, but April is the month to celebrate flower power! At DAC Nights: Flower Power, experiment with several approaches to flower dye, including making flower tie dye (bring your own shirt!), dye drawings, and (best of all) flower crushing. 

This event is free! Registration is encouraged, but not required.


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Artist Talk with Ziesook You

Wednesday, April 17, 2024

Learn firsthand the processes, inspiration, and techniques of artist Ziesook You. 

Learn more about the exhibit "Scent of Austin" at the Julia C. Butridge Gallery webpage.


Soulful Sounds Love and Laughs Presented by Acute Inflections New York's Jazzy R& B Duo

Acute Inflections presents Soulful Sounds in Austin!

Friday, April 19, 2024 at 7:30pm
Saturday, April 20, 2024 at 7:30pm

Ticketing information at Acute Inflections’ Eventbrite page.

This New York's Jazzy R&B duo might remind you of Lucy & Ricky, and if you like everything from Erykah Badu to Billie Holiday, you'll love grooving to their Soulful Sounds.


Graphic depiction of a light bulb and a mirror with the textwith the text 'The Austin City Ballet in collaboration with The Dougherty Arts Center presents: Performance Project 2024 The Process of the Art and Snow White and the Magic Mirror.'

Austin City Ballet presents "Snow White and the Magic Mirror" and "Performance Project 2024: The Process of the Art"

Friday, April 26, 2024 at 7:30pm
Saturday, April 27, 2024 at 2:30pm & 7:30pm

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The Austin City Ballet presents their annual Performance Project and an original story ballet called "Snow White and the Magic Mirror". The performance is broken into two acts, with the first act exploring Snow White’s relationship with the Evil Queen as reflected through the Magic Mirror. The second act, “The Process of the Art”, features local singers, dancers, actors, and musicians sharing their process in performance.

Austin City Ballet is part of the Artist Access Program, through the City of Austin’s Parks and Recreation Department, Division of Museums and Cultural Programs, and the Dougherty Arts Center.


Art In Cahoots A Pop-Up Arts Experience for Caregiver & Child

Art in Cahoots

A Pop-Up Arts Experience for Caregiver & Child
Friday, May 3, 2024

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Art in Cahoots is a free one-hour event designed for prekindergarten-age students with an accompanying adult caregiver. Each will include sensory, multi-disciplinary, process-based arts activities for children and caregivers to experience together. Children can build social-emotional skills, familiarize themselves with a classroom setting, and learn while still under the wing of a trusted caregiver.


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DAC Nights: Ob-la-di Ob-la-DAC

An In-Person Event
Wednesday, May 15, 2024

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The Dougherty Arts Center Theater will be transformed into a dance hall on Wednesday, May 15 for DAC Nights: Ob-la-di Ob-la-DAC! A professional dance instructor will review best practices and guide participants through some of the wedding season’s most popular crowd-pleasers, including songs like The Cupid Shuffle and Copperhead Road. Wear clothing and shoes you feel comfortable moving in. Footwear is required in the theater. 

This event is free and everyone is welcome! Registration is required, as space is limited.


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Artist Talk: Bernie Diaz and Katie Conley

Wednesday, May 22, 2024

Learn firsthand the processes, inspiration, and techniques of artists Bernie Diaz and Katie Conley.

Learn more about their exhibits "Paper Trails" and "Parts to Whole" at the Julia C. Butridge Gallery webpage.

Digital Programming 

The DAC is proud to offer free digital programming for the public.

Adult Art Lessons

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

Ceramics: Ceramic Trays

Ceramics: Adding Form to Coil Vessel

Ceramics: Making a Bowl on the Potters Wheel

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 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: Basics - The Painter's Sketchbook

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

Watercolor: The 10 Minute Field Sketch

Watercolor Sketchbook: Simplifying a Complex Subject

Paint a Purple Iris

Digital: Photoshop - Clone Stamp

Digital: Photoshop - Blending Modes

Digital: Introduction to Illustrator

Craft: Paper Quilling

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

Crafting: Upcycled Sweater Mittens

Crafting: DIY Pajaki

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

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 Workshop

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