Prose. Paint. Pixels. Pitch. Whether your preferred creative expression is writing, studio art, photography or music, the lectures and hands-on workshops of our Arts courses offer expert guidance and welcoming environments. Absolute beginners, serious amateurs and seasoned professionals are all invited to enhance their existing skills or learn something entirely new.

Art History

The arts are among the oldest and most universal forms of human expression. Art history provides a window into the cultures, customs and creative capacities of societies and artists throughout the millennia. Led by experts from Rice University, Houston museums and other organizations, our art history courses illuminate the enduring creative spirit of historical and contemporary artists.

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Culinary Arts

Cooking and sharing meals with others can be a great joy and an outlet for creativity. But, it can also be daunting to master new recipes and techniques and organize a meal. From planning and shopping to cooking and entertaining, our chef-led courses demystify the art of cooking. Join us for a delicious, hands-on course that will boost your culinary confidence.

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Every minute of the day our lives are shaped by spaces, things and experiences that have been designed by someone. Expand your knowledge of effective design approaches in a course led by a practicing professional. Learn how thoughtful design can enhance your world.

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Performing Arts

From great symphonic works and dazzling jazz improvisations to classic Shakespearean plays and the beloved musicals of each generation, the performing arts hold the power to move and connect people. Our expert performing arts educators invite you behind the curtain in these dynamic, accessible courses.

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Take your photography to the next level in an interactive course guided by our professional photographers and educators. Master the art and technical skill of photography in a program that’s been offering outstanding courses to the public for more than 40 years. Beginning, intermediate and advanced photographers are welcome in our engaging courses and community.

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Studio Art

Stretch yourself creatively in a hands-on studio art course exploring painting, drawing and other media. Whether you are picking up a paintbrush for the first time, rekindling a former love of art or seeking to deepen your existing art practice, we have a course for you. Our practicing artist-educators provide expert technical instruction, individual feedback and creative inspiration in a supportive group setting.