School may be out for the summer, but that doesn’t mean the learning has to end. Luckily, Dallas and Fort Worth offer plenty of arts workshops and programs throughout the summer so you (and the kids) can keep the creative juices flowing.
Oil and Cotton
837 W. 7th St.
Dallas, TX
(214) 988-9189For a year now, Oil and Cotton has been a creative haven for artsy types. Offering hands-on classes and adult workshops in multidisciplinary art practices, students get the chance to interact with professionals in a collaborative and positive space, and learn crafts like spinning and weaving.

handspinning Summer Art Classes & Programs In North Texas

(credit: Oil and Cotton website)

Handspinning Fibers
July 30, 11 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Did you know that Gandhi was a notable practitioner of handspinning? Now you too can learn the craft of spinning. Handspinning is the art of twisting fiber into a continuous thread by hand or by using a spinning wheel. The thread can be spun thick or thin, plyed or unplyed, and can later be dyed or left natural. Handspun yarn can be used for knitting, and weaving projects. You can also use unspun fiber for knitting, weaving and felting. This class offers a carousel of methods and materials for everyone to try. Spindles and at least two kinds of wheels will be available for experimentation. Fibers will include cotton, wool and silk in roving as well as raw form.

navajo Summer Art Classes & Programs In North Texas

(credit: Oil and Cotton website)

Miniature Navajo Rug Weaving
August 6, 11 a.m. – 2 p.m.

In this introductory class, instructors June Covington and Anita Mills will guide students as they begin a (6″x9″) Navajo rug on a wooden frame-loom using traditional methods and materials. Learn terms and skills used in frame-loom weaving get the chance to use Churro wool to weave on the frame with a yarn weft and cotton warp. Weaving tools including shuttles, beaters, yarn needles, tensioner devices and heddles will be used. explore tapestry weave, warp faced-weaving, plain weave and learn tensioning, joining, tying-up, warping the loom, planning the design.

silkdyedscarf Summer Art Classes & Programs In North Texas

(credit: Oil & Cotton website)

Shibori Dyed Silk Scarf
August 14, 11 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Make a beautiful dyed silk scarf this summer and show it off in the fall. Shibori is a Japanese term for several methods of dyeing cloth with a pattern by binding, stitching, folding, twisting, compressing it, or capping. Students will use thread to stitch a resist pattern in a silk scarf. In this workshop, you’ll learn how to make an indigo vat and use the dye to color the silk scarf.

dallasopera Summer Art Classes & Programs In North Texas

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Baritones & Beachballs Discussion Series: “Inlaws from Hell: Family Dynamics & Opera”
Dallas Opera
Thursday, August 18 – 6:30 p.m.
AT&T Performing Arts Center: Hamon Hall (Winspear Opera House)
Dallas, Texas
2403 Flora Street Dallas, TX
(214) 443-1044
Free, RSVPs recommended at

Love opera? Want to learn more about the backstories of some of the most beloved operas? Attend this free discussion and you’ll be “in the know” while you marvel at the orchestral music, chorus work, theatrical stagecraft, costuming and dance of this season’s productions. Tied to the Dallas Opera’s upcoming productions of Donizetti’s Lucia di Lammermoor and Mozart’s The Magic Flute, this discussion features Dr. Kevin Salfen, a Professor of Music History from SMU’s Meadows School of the Arts and Dallas-area Clinical Psychologist Dr. Neil Ravella.

arturosart Summer Art Classes & Programs In North Texas

(credit: Dallas Museum of Art website)

Dallas Museum of Art : Arturo’s Art & Me
1717 North Harwood
Dallas, TX
(214) 922-1200
“Get Into Shape”
Wednesday, August 3, 11:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Thursday, August 4, 11:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Saturday, August 6, 11:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

This summer, 3-5 year-olds (and a favorite adult) can get their art on–and get fit! Adults and young children will work together to look at works of art, read a related story in the galleries, do an art-making activity in the studio, and learn some yoga moves. Taught by Museum education staff, class size is limited to fifteen pairs.

summerschool Summer Art Classes & Programs In North Texas

(credit: Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth)

Summer School
Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth
3200 Darnell Street
Fort Worth, TX
(817) 738-9215

August 14 – Dr. Cathy Caesar, art historian and assistant professor of art, University of Dallas

September 11 – Dr. Michael Corris, artist and chair of the Division of Art, Meadows School of the Arts, Southern Methodist University

Now this is one summer school we don’t mind attending. In this series of talks and discussion, scholars in art and art history lead gallery talks that cover the fundamentals of the Modern’s permanent collection. Each hour-long tour will introduce participants to an art movement exemplified by works on view. Held on the second Sunday of each summer month at 1 p.m, the course does not require advance registration and is free with the price of admission to the galleries.

picasso kimbell Summer Art Classes & Programs In North Texas

(credit: Kimbell Museum website)

The Friday Workshop: Cubist Guitars and Candlesticks

Kimbell Museum of Art
Friday, August 5, 2 – 4 p.m.
3333 Camp Bowie Boulevard
Fort Worth, TX (817) 332-8451
$15 ($12 for Kimbell members)There’s no better time to spark creativity than a Friday afternoon (just in time for the weekend!). As part of the Kimbell Museum’s series that combine thematic gallery tours with hands-on art activities for adults, participants will get to view the world through the eyes of Cubist innovators Pablo Picasso and Georges Braque and create a still-life collage incorporating faux wood-grain paper, shaded shapes, and textual clues. A light snack from the Buffet Restaurant is included.

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