July’s Contemporary Classroom instructors are Sophia Dawson and Andrea Arreguin. Sophia’s focus is on applying critical analysis when viewing and making art. Andrea is going in depth into printmaking with lessons in Spanish. 

Click here to see Andrea’s printmaking lessons.

Lesson 1 | July 7, 2020
Learn about the power and importance of public art as Sophia Dawson shares her artistic career and its relationship to social justice. In this lesson students will explore inspirational images with a social justice narrative.

Lesson 2 | July 14, 2020

Utilizing digital media students will investigate essential questions, big ideas and themes in personally relevant ways.

Lesson 3 | July 21, 2020
Lesson three serves as a continuation of lesson two and offers several material alternatives

Lesson 4 | July 28, 2020
This lesson emphasizes the development of basic drawing skills and critical analysis skills for responding to the works of other artists.

Contemporary Classroom

Contemporary Classroom is a program that teaches children (K - 12) about various artistic mediums in accordance with the Fine Arts National Standards of Excellence. Local practicing artists facilitate a monthly art project where children will explore past and current exhibitions, create original artworks, and showcase their work in a Zine or digital platform. As a virtual program these lessons will be published every Tuesday.

Click here to watch the the whole playlist of Contemporary Classroom videos on YouTube.


Sophia Dawson

Sophia Dawson is a Brooklyn-based artist who discovered her gift after painting a portrait of her father while studying at Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School for Music, Art and Performing Arts. At that very young age of sixteen, she witnessed that her work moved and touched people from all walks of life. Fifteen years later, Sophia continues to develop her craft as a visual artist and muralist for justice work. In 2015 and 2016 she worked with Amnesty international to develop a mural that focused on individuals who are politically incarcerated on an international scale. The mural was a part of the organization’s annual Write for Rights event which encourages tens of thousands of members to write letters in support of these individuals throughout a day of advocacy. Although Sophia works independently as a fine artist, she often returns to her first love… teaching. Last year she had the privilege of leading workshops for adolescents ages 16 and 17 who are detained at Rikers Island. Each workshop provided the space for her to bring her creative process to the classroom while simultaneously allowing youth to voice their feelings towards social justice issues of their choice. Sophia Dawson is currently a resident in the Whitney Independent Studio program.


Click here to watch the Contemporary Classroom videos on YouTube.

Upcoming Events

October 8 / 12:00pm
Contemporary Talks

BLDGS Talk + Tour

Presented by Atlanta Design Festival

Grab a coffee and explore the historical Atlanta Contemporary building with the BLDGS, the architecture group behind the 2013 renovation of the galleries. This tour is part of the Atlanta Design Festival tour series with MA! Architecture Tours.

October 12 / 10:00am
Contemporary Off-Site

Callanwolde Gallery Tour

Members Only


Members will tour the fine art gallery located at Callanwolde Fine Arts Center.

October 13 / 6:00pm
Contemporary Talks

Andres Serrano’s Insurrection


Atlanta Contemporary hosts a screening of Insurrection, followed by a Q+A with the filmmaker, Andres Serrano.

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