Arts Education at DAC

DAC Arts Education department provides excellent adult and youth education in the arts within a cooperative and inspiring learning environment.  In addition to the array of contemporary arts opportunities held in our fully equipped Education Studio, DAC also offers exciting performing arts and theatrical workshops in the DAC Theater.

DAC offers year-round education programs in the visual and performing arts, featuring classes, family art camps, Saturday workshops and open studios for teens, adults and children as young as two years of age. Whether engaging with professional artists in the DAC Education Studio or reaching out to local schools to strengthen arts in the classroom, DAC aspires to cultivate creativity in learners of all ages and abilities. Durango Arts Center programs curriculum correlates with Local, State and National Education Standards in CO and NM.


Family Gallery Activity Guide: learn about art and experience DAC exhibits. Art Parties for Kids & Adults: Whatever your interest – painting, ceramics, printmaking or sculpture, we have an art party for you!  DAC Docent Program: an all-volunteer group that offers tours of gallery exhibits for adults and children and the Art in the School Program for elementary school children and other groups in the community. DAC also offers docent-led gallery tours and docent-led hands-on art activities for school groups.

Cancellation Policy:

The Durango Arts Center reserves the right to cancel any class or workshop if it does not meet minimum enrollment. For a student to cancel a class or workshop and receive a refund, contact the Durango Arts Center 10 days before start of class or workshop. If the 10 day notice is given, the DAC will refund your payment less a 15% registration fee based on the tuition. NO REFUNDS will be issued for cancellations made within 10 days of the start of the class or workshop.  If you register for a class or workshop within the 10 day period, you will receive no refund for cancellation. 

For more information on youth or adult arts education, please contact Education Director, Sandra Butler at or by phone at (970) 259-2606 ext. 15.

Scholarship Information: CLICK HERE to download the After School Arts Program Scholarship Form

Find Art Classes By Category


Visual Arts Education for Youth

Young artist visual collage created at the Durango Arts Center which provide great art classes for kids. Look for our rotating shows to see more works like this in our art gallery

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DAC Applause!  Performing Arts Education for Youth

Collage of kids in our performing arts and theatre classes. Check for theater tickets for our next shows.

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Contemporary Visual Arts Classes & Workshops for Adults

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Performing Arts Education for Adults

Collage of the performing arts. Durango Arts Center has great local theatre that will entrance you to buy theater tickets to our next show!

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After School Art for Kids Program

Collage of our after school art for kids classes. We provide the best art classes for kids in Durango. Help develop your child into the artist they were born to be.

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DAC Docent Art Program 

Docent Collage

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Key Educational Programs

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Durango Arts Center Key Education Programs

The Durango Arts Centers’ education program seeks to advance and expand quality arts education, to advocate and raise awareness of the value of arts education, and to deepen and enrich the vitality of our community.

Adult classes and workshops have been offered at DAC continually since we opened the education studio in 2010. Professional teaching artists have offered classes in drawing, painting, collage, pottery, printmaking, papermaking, bookmaking and other less traditional techniques like stitching and encaustics. Theater classes available to adults include acting, scriptwriting, movement, improv and more.

After School Art is an enrichment program that started as ‘Arts Force’ in 1991 in partnership between Durango Arts Center and 9-R school district. We offer high quality classes taught by teaching artists in the visual arts at 5 elementary schools each week throughout the school year. Registrations are limited to 12 students per class in order to offer personal instruction. Scholarships are available to any student that needs assistance.



Creativity Festivity

Creativity Festivity is a celebration of learning through the arts. Art teachers are asked to choose work for an exhibit in the Barbra Conrad Gallery displayed in April. Participants in the exhibit are students from K – 12th grade in and around Durango. Activities during Creativity Festivity include an opening reception for the exhibit, writing contest for 4th and 5th grades and the Durango High School’s annual poetry slam held in the theater.

DAC Applause offers theater arts classes throughout the school year in the Durango Arts Center Theater and dance studio.


  • DAC DocentsThe DAC’s Docent Program allows volunteers to share their passion of the arts with children through 2 different programs. Docents conduct student tours, providing an orientation to gallery behavior that helps children gain a level of comfort in attending gallery exhibits and develop a love of experiencing art and artists to last throughout their life. CLICK HERE to learn more.
  • Arts in the Schools is a FREE educational program for children K-8th grades done in the classrooms. Docents present the work of an artist followed by docent guided art projects that reflect the featured artist.
  • Docents conduct student tours, providing an orientation to gallery behavior that helps children gain a level of comfort in attending gallery exhibits and develop a love of experiencing art and artists to last throughout their life.

DAC Family Activity Guide  to explore while visiting the exhibits in the Barbara Conrad Gallery.

Girls’ Opportunities through Art and Leadership (GOAL) was established in 2002 to  offer middle school girls opportunities for skill building and problem  solving in the areas of identity, creativity, and self-esteem, with an emphasis on art making and artist role models through studio art camp experiences. While developing their artistic skills, the girls learn to use the resources within themselves and in their environment to create a vision for their present and future and to work towards their goals and dreams. GOAL is offered three times a year including a two week summer camp, fall Saturday workshops and a winter camp.

Summer Art Camps are held for children aged 4 to 18 in the visual and performing arts all summer long. Camps include visual arts, musical and non-musical theater and acting workshops.