Best Art Supply Stores in Austin

Artists are serious about their art supplies, so finding an Austin art supply store that has everything you need is really nothing short of amazing. When shopping, artists, and crafters consider several factors, the two most important of which are product quality and price.

If you’re going to art school or simply enjoy creating, you’ll need high-quality art supplies. While artists who have progressed beyond the “starving artist” stage may use exorbitantly priced materials to create their masterpieces, you don’t have to spend an arm and a leg on top-tier materials.

You can’t make beautiful art unless you have high-quality supplies, and these stores have a wide selection to choose from. Read More

Best Online Art Classes for Kids

Because schools have reduced extracurricular activities such as art, students may not have enough time to express their creative side. We’ve compiled a list of the best online art classes for kids. There are numerous art and craft activities in which children of various ages can participate.

These mostly free online art classes for children are for kids of all ages and provide instruction on everything from simple craft projects and beginner drawings to advanced activities like watercolor painting and portraits, using drawing videos, and generating classes that involve art that kids will actually enjoy. Read More

Austin Holiday Bazaars Craft Markets

Austin Holiday Craft Markets & Bazaars

Austin has a plethora of fun arts and crafts markets, especially this time of year! Whether you’re looking for one-of-a-kind clothes, artisanal jewelry, or Texas crafts, you’re almost certain to find what you’re looking for at one of these markets. Prepare to find the ideal gift for your children, nanny or babysitter, grandma, and all your family members just in time for the holiday season. These are our recommendations for the best holiday craft markets in Austin!

Here’s a list of the best fairs, bazaars, and markets in Austin to help you with your holiday shopping. Read More

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Best Austin Art Classes – Art Studios Austin

Top 10 Best Art Classes in Austin, TX

Art can be a fun and relaxing hobby. We all have fond memories of our children’s artwork, and many of us still have these creative works on display around the house. Where do you go when your child needs a serious glue stick and glitter session but you don’t want it all over your house? Here are a few of our favorite drop-in art classes in and around Houston that will let your child’s imagination run wild while keeping the mess in its proper place.

Art classes help to bring out the raw talent that is often hidden beneath the surface. These classes enlighten and inspire, whether they serve to refine the skills of a budding artist or to show a novice that he or she does have skills. But there’s no rule that says art is only for kids. Adults can benefit greatly from art, and many places offer lessons tailored specifically to a more mature audience. The following is a list of the best and most popular Art Classes in Austin. We put together our own list to discover the best Art Class near you in Austin.

The Contemporary Austin Art School

The Art School at Laguna Gloria, 3809 West 35th Street, Austin, TX 78703

The Art School is situated on the fourteen-acre historic Laguna Gloria site on Lake Austin, a natural setting conducive to the creation of art. We encourage you to explore the grounds while working on class projects because our studios have direct access to them.

Contemporary Austin Art School
Art School – The Contemporary Austin; image via thecontemporaryaustin.org

Our goal is to encourage your creativity, increase your visual awareness, and help you improve your technical skills in your chosen medium. Because our classes are small, you will have more opportunities to interact with our credentialed and talented faculty members.

 

Sacred Arts Studio

6001 W William Cannon Dr #305, Austin, TX 78749; Phone: (737) 529-7144

At Sacred Arts, we are committed to providing you with a high-quality art education. We will work with you to improve your artist eyes and skills, whether you are a beginner or an advanced artist. Let’s work together to make all of your artistic dreams a reality. In June and July 2021, Sacred Arts Studio is excited to offer online art classes. Classes are taught by award-winning and professional art educators with extensive teaching and artistic experience. Our online classes are in their second summer. We are pleased to report that the 2021 summer art classes were fantastic, with beautiful artwork created by the young artists. – sacredartsstudioandgallery.com

 

Amanda Lee Jones Art Studio

607 W St Johns Ave #10, Austin, TX 78752; Phone: (512) 826-1802

Many people believe that drawing and painting are impossible to “learn” before coming to the studio. Perhaps this is due to the belief that in order to be an artist, you must be born with a natural talent or ability. I disagree, and I have witnessed firsthand amazing transformations in a student’s artwork (and satisfaction with said artwork) within the first semester. I teach representational drawing and painting in my art classes.

I begin by teaching students how to draw and paint what they see with greater accuracy, so that they can develop skills that can later be used to create any type of art they desire. Students will learn how to use the “tools” and “principles” to supplement and augment their natural ability to draw for each class and throughout each unit of the artistic development course. The curriculum focuses solely on drawing and painting skills and is not intended to be a replacement for other forms of art education. – amandaleejones.com

 

Cordovan Art School and Pottery Parlor

8108 Mesa Dr Suite B-102, Austin, TX 78759; Phone: (737) 300-1200

At Cordovan Art School, we see the joy that comes from creative people doing what they were born to do every day. Everyone who walks through our doors is greeted with a smile, and we hope they leave with a smile when their class is finished–that is our “smile-smile” policy. We strive to create a positive, uplifting, and enjoyable environment in which our artists can paint, draw, and learn the fundamentals of art and design. Along the way, we hope that our students and teachers will develop a greater appreciation for the arts and for one another. Cordovan employs only the best teachers. Our students have been astounded by what they have accomplished over the years. -cordovanartschool.com

 

Atelier Dojo

916 Springdale Rd building 2 suite 106b, Austin, TX 78702; Phone: (512) 220-1058

Atelier Dojo is a professional arts academy that offers classes, workshops, and open studios to the public. We serve as a hub in Austin for artists to gather, inspire one another, and grow their skills collectively in a supportive environment. Our instructors provide rigorous training in the fundamentals of classical art and are fully committed to our members’ and students’ personal growth. Atelier Dojo classes are led by nationally recognized artists in an intimate and welcoming environment, with a curriculum dedicated to the classical skills that underpin realist drawing and painting. – atelierdojo.com

 

Austin Creative Art Center

Austin Creative Art Center, 1605 West 6th Street, Austin, TX, 78703; (512) 660-3259

Students of all ages experiment with a variety of mediums such as acrylic paint, watercolor, clay, pen and ink, charcoal, pastels, and more. ACAC’s goal is to guide students through creative processes that will boost their self-confidence and artistic abilities. We believe that encouraging students to do and be their best leads to them exceeding expectations and reaching new heights. The desire to imagine, invent, produce, and communicate is innate and can be fostered through creativity. – austincreativeartcenter.org

 

Amazing Nanny a Raise

When You Can’t Afford to Give Your Amazing Nanny a Raise

You appreciate the wonderful work your nanny does. Not only does she take terrific care of your child, she also keeps your household organized and running smoothly. Plus, she’s always ready to pitch in and help whenever you need her to. She deserves a raise, but, unfortunately, it doesn’t fit into your family budget right now. So what should you do? According to this Nanny Salary Guide, here are a few tips to help you work through this tough time with your nanny. Read More

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10 Steps to Boost Your Child’s Creativity

Spark Your Child’s Creative Thinking

Raising a creative child has little to do with nature and a lot to do with nurture. Creativity isn’t “born”. We all have the capacity for creativity, and if we encourage our creativity, it will grow.

No one can guarantee that your child will become the next Picasso, buy you can give them a head start by providing them with all of the tools they need to think creatively. Art projects, building blocks, and imaginative play can help your children improve their creative thinking skills and expand their imaginations.

Here are some simple steps you can take right now to nurture your child’s creative spirit. Read More

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Play Areas for Encouraging Creativity

How to Encourage Creative Play

Preschoolers, as you may have noticed, enjoy playing. According to experts, not all play is created equal. Here are some open-ended” activities to encourage children to engage in creative, imaginative play. Creative Play can be divided into seven major categories. In no particular order, these are: Read More

Austin's Best Places for Adults to Celebrate Their Birthday

Austin’s Best Places for Adults to Celebrate Their Birthday

Best Adult Birthday Ideas in Austin, TX

Austin’s hot, and there are plenty of places to visit, see, and enjoy on your birthday. Maybe you want to have a food tour of Austin’s best restaurants. Or maybe you’re looking for a more low-key experience. In this guide, you’ll find all the different things you can do on your birthday in Austin.
Austin is the Live Music Capital of the World, so what better way to celebrate than by catching one of Austin’s famous live music shows? You can also spend your day with family at any number of Austin’s most popular museums or explore the city’s rich history at the Bullock Texas State History Museum or the Texas State Capitol Building. But if you just want to relax with some great food and drinks, try out some of Austin’s hot spots. Read More

Home-Made Play Dough Recipes

How to Make Playdough

Play Dough is a nice, quiet toy. It’s cheap, easy to make, and entertains children again and again. It’s also educational! It helps young children develop fine motor control (necessary for holding a pencil in school), eye-hand coordination, and stimulates the brain. Your child can let off some steam as he punches and pokes it. It can provide a science experience if you talk with him while you make it. Ask him how it looked before and after you cooked it. It provides sensory experiences – as he smells it, touches it, sniffs it, and tastes it. Read More

Drawing, scribbling and writing: activities for children 3-6 years

Young Children Need to Scribble

Encouraging Young Children to be Creative

Scribbling, or drawing, is an important developmental stage for children aged eighteen months to five years: it is a visual way for them to communicate and interact meaningfully with the adults in their lives, and it also helps children develop their coordination, creativity, and literacy skills.

Children generally go through specific stages as they grow and develop. They roll over before they learn to sit. They creep before they crawl. They walk before they run. It is no different with their art. The first stage is scribbling, then pre-schematic, then the schematic stage. Read More