CAC hosts low-cost figure drawing & painting labs every Sunday. A live model will be provided for each 3 hour lab and you do not need to make a reservation.
Live Figure Drawing Sundays 10:00 am - 1:00 pm
Live Figure Painting Sundays 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm
Live model labs do not occur during the following holiday weekends:
Memorial Day, July 4, Labor Day, Thanksgiving, Christmas & New Year’s.
Click here to download our 2017 Spring Class and Workshop calendar.
You may view classes and workshops, organized by class or workshop and organized by category using the menu selections, i.e. Weekly Classes or Workshops and then selecting the area of interest.
What is the difference between the two prices listed for a class or workshop? The full price is for non-members and the discounted price is for CAC members.
What are the benefits of a membership? In addition to other benefits detailed on our Become a Member page, it entitles you to have 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 materials fee? The materials fee covers communal department expenses and varies with the class you take. These include easels, demonstration supplies that are used by the instructor, printed handouts, firing fees, gas for welding equipment and other equipment supplies. You will still need to bring your own personal art supplies as listed in your supply list or discussed the first day of class.
Do I need to purchase supplies for a workshop? Generally, all art supplies for workshops are provided. If you are asked to bring an item for the workshop, it will be detailed in the description online.
CAC has a limited number of scholarships each session for deserving students facing financial hardship. Although the materials fee is included, we are unable to provide scholarships any additional class supplies you may need. To apply for a scholarship for one session, please complete and sign the form here. Allow 2-3 weeks for your application to be reviewed.
CAC offers a 15% discount on class or workshop fees (not including materials fee) for the following groups:
Educators teaching in a public, private or university setting.
Students enrolled in a public or private high school or college.
Veterans and active duty military.
Active police officers or firefighters.
Please contact the office 214/320-1275 if you qualify and we can provide you a code to register online or enroll you in a class over the phone.
Need something for that artsy person in your life, but have no idea what might peak their interest? With a gift certificate the recipient can choose their own class or workshop! You can also purchase yearly memberships as a gift. What could be better?
Register early. Classes will be cancelled if they do not meet the minimum enrollment three (3) business days prior to the start of a new session. CAC reserves the right to cancel, combine or reschedule any class. Instructors may alter the class schedule during a session to accommodate holidays. They will discuss any changes with each class.
Registration and Policies:
Please read all registration and refund policies before you register. To ensure enrollment, please register as soon as possible and no later than one week prior to the start date of the class as class space is limited...
In celebration of our 50th anniversary, CAC its 2016 Annual Membership Exhibition at Mary Tomás Gallery this summer in the Dallas Design District. This annual juried show is as varied as the classes offered at CAC, including works of sculpture, drawing, painting, photography and ceramics. Jurors included Michael Heinlen of JM Gallery, artist Maria Teresa Pedroche and Mary Tomás, Funding is made possible by the Office of Cultural Affairs/City of Dallas and the Texas Commission on the Arts.
CAC often hosts exhibitions for community groups or schools as well as hosting our own department shows. In the past, we have hosted art shows for organizations representing homeless people, senior living centers, schools and people with mental illnesses. Our objective is to provide community awareness of social issues in which art can make an impact.
CAC has a non-collecting exhibition space featuring four department exhibitions per year. Demonstrating the breadth and depth of our arts education programming, the exhibitions include work of teaching artists as well as students.
Now in its ninth year, Camp MetalHead is a free six-week summer camp that provides relevant job skills training and quality arts instruction in metal arts and metalsmithing. Geared toward at-risk teens ages 13 to 17, Camp MetalHead includes welding instruction through metal art and jewelry classes. The focus is on skills such as shop safety through the use of tools like oxyacetylene torches, arc welders, pneumatic hammers, jewelry torches, grinders, sandblasters, polishers and other tools. It is an opportunity for these teens to learn practical and impressive job skills through fun, artistic expression. This summer we are also hosting a dedicated camp for students from Cafe Momentum, a restaurant training platform serving post-release juvenile offenders that provides a paid internship, life skills training and other social services.
Many thanks to our funders and supporters, including the Texas Commission on the Arts, the George & Fay Young Foundation, the Thomas Charitable Trust, ExxonMobil Community Summer Jobs Program and the Mayor's Intern Fellows Program. Also, a special thanks to our in-kind food supporters including Two Sister's Catering, McCalister's Deli, Hunger Busters, Empire Bakery, Panera Bread, Chipotle, Zoe's Kitchen, Sprouts, Whole Foods, Del Norte Bakery and Nothing Bundt Cakes.
Art as a Second Language is a series of free family-friendly art activities led by instructors from the Creative Arts Center of Dallas throughout the year at various venues, including the Dallas Arboretum, Klyde Warren Park and NorthPark Center.
Unseenamerica is an eight week curriculum-based free program that teaches digital photography and culminates in a wide-reaching exhibition for underserved youth and teens with the purpose of giving the students a voice in their community. The program has included 3rd, 4th and 5th grades from children at Bayles Elementary as well as teens from Youth First Texas, now a program of the Resource Center serving gay, lesbian, bisexual & transgender youth.
Unseenamerica is modeled on a program which originated in New York, under the Bread and Roses, the cultural arm of the largest labor union in the country. Exhibitions have traveled throughout the community, including schools, churches, libraries and galleries. Through the guidance of a professional photographer and the lens of donated cameras, this inspiring collection of photographs serves as testimony to their unseen lives of the participants.
This program is currently underway at Bayles Elementary for ten 3rd, 4th and 5th graders. It will culminate in an exhibition of their work in the spring of 2017.
ArtAbility is a pilot program that provides free studio opportunities and arts instruction to teens and young adults with developmental and intellectual challenges. This program is led by trained artists in the community and focuses on self-expression, self-awareness, personal growth and professional experience and exposure. The intention is to enhance development, independence and productivity to create an improved quality of life, better self-esteem, social skills and professional representation in the art community for this population. Fundamentally, this program is about changing perceptions of special needs and showing that each person has something important that they feel and want to communicate.
The last ArtAbility event this year will be Sat. Dec 3 from 2 to 4pm at CAC. Class size is limited; for more information or to reserve a spot, call 214-320-1275.
The Creative Arts Center of Dallas (CAC) is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization.
By becoming an annual CAC member, you’re supporting the success of the Center and quality art education for the thousands of people CAC impacts every year.
Individual & Household:
$35 Student/Educator/Senior (55 and above)
$75 Family (one household)
To designate a contribution to our scholarship fund click here.
To apply for a scholarship, please complete application here
The Blue Plate Special is an exciting fundraiser centered around a silent auction featuring artist-designed ceramics plates that are paired with fantastic items such as gift certificates, tickets to events, merchandise and more.
Funds raised from this event support CAC and its outreach programs. We believe strongly that through the creative process we build stronger communities helping people re-imagine their world. Our current outreach programs: Camp MetalHead, unseenamerica, ArtAbility and Art as a Second Language allow challenged and underserved children, teens and adults to build their creative confidence, transforming lives along the way.
Thank you to our funders and sponsors who champion all that we do!
CAC NEEDS YOUR TIME AND TALENT!
Working with CAC is a powerful way to help build and enrich your arts community. Each job is crucial to our success. Use your skills and interests at our organization for a fun and rewarding experience!
Come and take part in the creative energy of CAC by joining our active volunteer program! Enthusiastic volunteers are key to the success of our organization. There are so many different ways that YOU can help make CAC great!
To join our team of volunteers, simply complete this form and click submit! The minimum age to volunteer is 16. The minimum age to volunteer for CAC special events is 21. Join our team today! Complete the volunteer application here.
CAC is happy to accept in-kind donations of supplies for our programming and equipment for our studios depending on the item and space considerations. In order to make sure we are the best option for your gift, we have listed some guidelines and suggestions for what we can use.
We will gladly accept:
Drawing and painting media: oil and acrylic paint, pencils, markers, pastels, crayons
Paintbrushes: all sizes for oil and acrylic painting, foam paintbrushes
Tape: painters tape, masking tape
Glue: craft glue, hot glue, glue sticks
Paper: drawing paper, construction paper, watercolor paper, rolls of paper
Fused glass supplies: large pieces of suitable glass, glass cutters
Jewelry supplies: copper or brass sheets, solder
Books: art history books, fine arts books
Safety & general studio equipment: safety goggles, aprons, latex gloves
Select mosaic supplies such as smalti or stained glass.
What information we collect
CAC collects personal information from donors, including: amount donated, address, telephone number, donor comments and e-mail address. Tax laws in the United States and the State of Texas require CAC to keep contact information and contribution level of donors on file.
How we use that information
CAC will never publish, sell, trade, rent or share names (unless released for publication), e-mail or mail addresses, or telephone numbers of our donors. The Center will use contact information (e-mail, telephone number and address) of donors for these purposes only: