WELCOME to our Fine Art Classes.
Founded in 2009 by Austin artist Monica Araoz, ART plus Academy is dedicated to improving students drawing and painting skills. We offer fine art classes and art summer camps for children as young as four years old, teens and adults.
In Art Plus Academy, we believe drawing and painting are two important skills which support the creative and innovative thought process. Helping art students to learn how to “see” beyond the obvious, appreciate subtle differences in shade or color and dare to experiment are just a few examples of our passions.
We provide instruction in dry media like pencil, charcoal, soft-pastel and oil pastel, as well as in watercolor, acrylic, ink and oil.
- HOME SCHOOL
- SUMMER CAMP
- AFTER SCHOOL
We are an Austin-proud business and currently offering classes at two locations:
Art Plus Academy at Spicewood Springs Rd
Our main location is conveniently located in Northwest Austin at the intersection of southbound Hwy183 and Spicewood Springs Road (Big Lots shopping mall).
Art Plus Academy in Cedar Park
Our newest location is located at the intersection of FM 1431 and Toro Drive at the entrance of the Sports Plaza (same complex as Nitro Swimming and Soccer Zone).
- Monica Araoz
- Marcia Breternitz
- Marlene Llanes
- Len Di Salvo
- Dana Diaz
- Rachel Sellers
- Rosemarie Good
- Morgan Keefer
- Erin Johnston
- Sarah Steele
- Chaya Henry
- Stacy Klawunn
- Anita Laurentz
"I took Monica's class with the belief that drawing was not in my DNA, but her class and her technique proved me wrong. After a couple of weeks, to my surprise and amusement, I was drawing. Monica is a gifted art teacher that has the patience and ability to guide students, to build their confidence and to explore their abilities. You would love her classes, I know I did!"
Marcela L. Garces, Ph.D.
“Monica, I am really learning a lot from your art class. You teach in a way so the student is having a good time and learning a lot about art; in this case drawing. I am more aware now of things that I see, and ask myself how would I draw that?"
"Ms. Monica helped me improve my art in two weeks and I enjoyed charcoal drawing."
Rishi - 9 years old
"Monica is an excellent teacher: organized, patient and well-informed. I have been looking for several years for a workshop of this type; this was exactly what I needed. I recommend Monica and this workshop to anyone interested in advancing their skill level."
We provide ongoing art instruction from September to May on a monthly tuition basis. Our classes are small and organized by age groups. Because our groups are small, we can integrate new students throughout the school year. We teach children, teens and adults, both beginners and experienced students.
When can I enroll in a class?
You can enroll at anytime as long as we have space in the class. The tuition for the first month will be prorated based on your enrollment date. Tuition fees listed in the schedule cover four classes.
What is your missed Class Policy?
If you need to miss a class, you can make it up by attending another class. You will need to contact us to schedule your makeup class. However, there is ABSOLUTELY NO PRORATING NOR REFUND for missed classes. Missed classes cannot be used as a "class credit" for the next session.
What material do I need?
Once you are enrolled, we will contact you to discuss your level and objectives for the class and we will let you know about the materials you need.
Do you have other locations?
We have two locations conveniently located in Northwest Austin and Cedar Park.
How young can a student be to attend a class?
We accept students as young as four years old depending upon their level of maturity (how the child handles being without Mom or Dad at their side). For more information or special requests, please contact us.
How is Art Plus Academy different from other art classes?
Our continued class approach (as opposed to a one-time class), small groups and focus on technique, allows us to take each student from a beginner level to an intermediate or advanced level. Through skill development and freedom, we foster individual creativity.
Do you offer scholarships or reduced tuition?
We believe in providing the best instruction by offering a small student-to-teacher ratio. Unfortunately, we cannot afford to offer reduced tuition or scholarships.
Please feel free to send an email or call us. We’d love to hear from you and provide the information you need!
If a student misses a class, they can attend another regular class providing there is room available. However, there is ABSOLUTELY NO PRORATING NOR REFUND for missed classes. Missed classes cannot be used as a "class credit" for the next session.
Payment is due the first week of the month. Please call us if you have any questions about payment, discounts or special offerings.
DISCOUNT POLICY FOR WEEKLY CLASSES
Additional Family Members will receive $5 off their monthly tuition for the second family member and $10 off monthly tuition for the third or additional member. An enrollment discount of 20 percent is offered for students enrolled in more than one class. Refer a friend and receive a $10 credit in your account.
CANCELLATION POLICY FOR WEEKLY CLASSES
A minimum of two weeks advance notice before the class starts is required to receive a full refund. Cancellations made after the two week advance notice period will be refunded less a $20 cancellation fee. Cancellations made THREE days or less before the class starts ARE NOT eligible for a refund.