The Creative Arts Center of Dallas offers ongoing weekly studio classes in a wide range of visual arts. Ours is the largest community-based visual arts education programs in the city, offering more than 500 classes for teens and adults throughout the year.
Whether you are a novice, emerging artist or a working artist or have an interest in traditional fine art, contemporary art or fine craft, CAC has the perfect class for you.
How are classes priced?
CAC prices classes based on a few criteria: Teaching Artist pay, Department Fee, and a CAC income. We pay our Teaching Artists because teaching and creating art is hard work. Our Department Fee keeps the lights on and pays for any facility necessities (kilns, welding equipment, etc.). While CAC is a nonprofit, we try not to rely exclusively on grants or donations; this frees up those funds for community outreach rather than going to our day to day activities.
What are the benefits of a membership?
In addition to other benefits detailed on our MEMBERSHIP page, a membership entitles you to a $30 discount for all classes or workshops you take in the year after you sign up for membership. Your membership is completely tax-deductible.
Do I have to purchase my own supplies for classes even though I paid a department fee?
Our department fee covers communal department expenses and varies with the class you take. Materials include easels, demonstration supplies used by the instructor, printed handouts, firing fees, gas for welding equipment and other various equipment supplies. You may still need to bring your own personal art supplies listed in your supply list or discussed the first day of class.
What is the difference between Open Studio Time and Live Model Labs?
Open Studio Time is ONLY for students currently enrolled in those classes that offer it and are allowed 3 hours per week at scheduled times.
Live Model Lab is offered to the community on Sundays – Figure Drawing, 10:00am – 1:00pm and Figure Painting 1:30pm – 4:30pm. There is a facilitator but no formal instruction. You do not have to register or be a member to attend. The cost is $15 for members and $20 for non-member per session.
Does CAC offer classes for kids?
No, we do not offer classes for children except through our outreach programming. We do, however, take students 15 and above with parental permission in our regular programming.
Does CAC open its glass or ceramics department to the public?
No, CAC fires only the work of our currently enrolled students.
Do you offer any discounts?
Yes, we offer a discounted $35 yearly membership to students, teachers, veterans and seniors 55 and older. We also offer a 15% discount on class or workshops fees (department materials fee is not included) to qualified teachers, students and veterans.