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The Contemporary Austin Launches ‘The Contemporary from Home’ Web Site And Live, Online Art School Classes



Jim Hodges, With Liberty and Justice for All (A Work in Progress), 2014–2016. Stainless steel, Dichrolam, acrylic, enamel paint, and LED lights. Installed, 84 x 1,737 x 10 inches. Installation view, The Contemporary Austin – The Moody Rooftop at the Jones Center, Austin, Texas, 2017. Artwork © Jim Hodges. Courtesy the artist and Gladstone Gallery, New York and Brussels. Image © The Contemporary Austin. Photograph by Brian Fitzsimmons.

The Contemporary Austin—comprised of The Contemporary Austin – Laguna Gloria on the shore of Lake Austin and The Contemporary Austin – Jones Center on Congress Avenue—announces a broad range of new, online experiences addressing the community’s need for escape, reflection, and distance learning. These include a content-rich new website—which is online now—and live, online classes for adults, teens, and kids taught through the museum’s art school beginning next week.


The Contemporary from Home is a place where visitors can find content including art making activities, streamable performances and lectures, in-depth lesson plans, and quiet explorations of individual works of art. Content at will continue to grow, and is divided into four areas:


Providing easy-to-follow video and text-based art making demonstrations for all ages, including instructions for some of the museum’s most popular activities like Second Saturdays Are for Families, and more ideas to activate art at home.

Every Friday morning the museum releases a new art making demonstration video via Instagram (@ContemporaryATX), Twitter (@ContemporaryATX), Facebook (facebookcom/thecontemporaryaustin, and on the website).

The title of the project and a supplies list is released in advance, on Tuesdays, via the same channels.

Explore & Reflect

Offering ways to enjoy The Contemporary’s galleries and sculpture park digitally through art and nature video snapshots, tours, and quiet moments of reflection and escape.

Watch & Listen

Highlighting past performances and new happenings at the museum, including artist talks, lectures, lists of films to stream, and playlists for our current moment.

Teach & Learn

Providing cross-curricular lesson plans based on art at the museum and other resources for educators, parents, and caregivers.


Beginning the week of April 12, The Contemporary Austin – Art School is proud to offer a selection of online classes for adults, teens, and children, including drawing, painting, ceramics, and more, taught in real time by the museum’s professional Art School faculty. A list of classes can be found at

Capacity is limited to ensure small class sizes and to maximize interaction with instructors and classmates. Students will learn together, with additional opportunities for one-on-one time and individual feedback from instructors, just like in an in-person class.

Upon registration, students receive detailed information on how to order supplies, which can be either shipped directly or picked up locally.

“Engaging with art is even more important at a time like this,” said Margie Rine, Interim Director of the Contemporary Austin. “From parents looking to enrich their children’s learning to adults seeking a thoughtful escape from the news cycle, we hope that everyone will find The Contemporary remains a reliable source for inspiring content and meaningful encounters with contemporary art during this unprecedented moment.”

Showcasing two renowned and architecturally unique locations, The Contemporary Austin brings multidisciplinary exhibitions, engaging programs, and enticing special events to the city's visual arts landscape.

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october 2021