The process of being mentally stimulated to do or feel something, especially to do something creative.


The use of the imagination or original ideas, especially in the production of an artistic work.


A feeling of deep pleasure or satisfaction derived from one's own achievements, the achievements of those with whom one is closely associated, or from qualities or possessions that are widely admired.


Our Mission

The mission of Art Works Austin! is to assemble a team of skilled, experienced teachers to guide our students in expressing the art and creativity that is within each of them.


Our Story

In 2009, Vanessa Huff, the founder of Art Works Austin! had an idea— she could bring the magical experience of creating art to any person, young or old, skilled or unskilled. She established a business, Art and Soul, and in time offered classes in a location at the Mueller Development in Austin. While this was a successful venture, Vanessa began to realize she could serve a broader and more worthwhile purpose than her business model and location allowed.

In 2018, Vanessa formed the nonprofit Art Works Austin! and, supported by her board, generous donors and a team of experienced teachers, began to take the art experience directly to the students. Serving seniors through Aging is Cool and youth through the Montessori Schools, Art Works Austin! is growing and ready to serve diverse participants throughout Austin. If you would like to bring our services to your site or group, please contact us below.


Our Program

Our classes range from 1 session up to 15, depending on the capacity of the facility and the needs of group served. In each, students will learn about an artist, work in an art medium and create a work of art. No expertise is necessary, we bring out the artist within students of all ages and at all levels of experience. Our students will take away their own work of art, as well as an appreciation for their own Creativity, Inspiration and Pride.



In a drawing class, students use various instruments, such as pens, pencils or markers, to create art on paper or another two-dimensional medium. 




Students apply oil or acrylic paints to a solid surface, usually paper or canvas. A brush is most commonly used to add the paint, but other tools, such as palette knives or sponges may also be used.



In Graphic Art classes, students design a work by creating and combining symbols, images and text to form visual representations of ideas and messages they wish to convey.


MIXED MEDIA and collage

This technique offers the opportunity to create artwork made by assembling different forms and materials, thus creating a new whole.



The process of making art by printing is normally done on paper. The prints created in our classes are not copies, each has an element of originality.


September 2018

Creativity is allowing yourself to make mistakes. Art is knowing which ones to keep.

Scott Adams, creator of the comic strip Dilbert



Get Involved

Art Works Austin! provides the teacher, skilled in the medium to be studied, as well as the supplies and materials for our classes. Students keep their original work of art. We can provide classes in locations citywide, including community centers, schools, churches, health care and social service facilities and housing developments, such as apartments and senior living communities. Fees vary depending on the class size and the medium studied. Please contact us for a quote for your group.


If you would like to view our current class calendar or would like us to offer a class at your site, please contact us on one of the links below.


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