The Coastal Art Center's creative options include: 

  • Glass Blowing
  • Pottery
  • Visual Arts
  • Kids' Programs
  • Teen Workshops

Appointments are required for The Hot Shop & The Clay Studio:  251-981-ARTS (2787)

Hot Shop - Hot Glass demonstrations and Make-Your-Own fused/blown glass lessons:  $85

 Private Glass Blowing Class:  $185 per hour  (Available after taking the general class lesson. Minimum Age 8+ to blow glass)

Clay Studio - Pottery demonstrations and Make-Your-Own clay items: $85

*If you are under 16 years of age you must be accompanied by an adult.

Coastal Arts Student Academy (CASA)

2 hour classes weekly/12 sessions 
Grades 3-6

Registration for SPRING semester is open! Morning classes are from 10-noon and afternoon classes are from 3-5.  Classes begin January 18th and 19th!


Adult Classes and Open Studio

For most (but not all) classes under this section the payments are made payable by cash or check (no cards accepted) directly to the artist.  Please bring your payment to the gallery by due date to insure your place! 
Please check for full instructions on the sign-up portion for the class you are registering for.  If you have any questions, don't hesitate to call us at 251-981-2787.

Coastal Arts Center
26389 Canal Road
Orange Beach, Alabama 36561


Acrylic Painting for Beginners with Tommy Vogel

January 7, 14, 21, 28
Fridays 10-12pm
$200 with all supplies provided; cash or check only

In this beginners' class you will learn the foundational techniques of acrylic painting from an artist who loves teaching.  Tommy Vogel will provide you with the tools and teach you the skills to begin your creative journey in acrylics.  No experience necessary and no supplies needed on your part--just show up ready to have fun!

For more info and to register click HERE!

Beginning Watercolor with Dianne Murray

February 7, 14, 21, 28
Mondays 1:00-4:00
$150 cash or check only

Enjoy the excitement of watercolor with this beginner's class. No experience required. Anyone can learn to paint with this beautiful medium.  We will explore materials, techniques, and learn how to produce vibrant paintings using a split primary palette.  We will also introduce color theory and color mixing. Students will produce several paintings. 

For more info and to register click HERE!

Oil Painting Workshops with Kristin Pierre

January 7th   Beach Day                                                                                              February 4th  Cherry Blossoms
Friday 1:30-4                                                          AND/OR                                        Friday 9-11:30                                              
$80 some supplies provided                                                                                       $80 some supplies provided

                                                             TAKE BOTH CLASSES FOR $150

Join fine artist, Kristin Pierre, as she takes you on an adventure in oils.  You will learn the fundamentals of oil painting and practice using various tools to create your own work of art.  The goal of this class is to get you comfortable with the medium and to have fun being creative.  Many supplies will be provided but each class will require a small number of oil paints and brushes be brought to class. 

For more info and to register click HERE!

 Beach Day                                        Blossoms

Paint Pour Tray with Jane Lee 

This class is currently full but you may sign up to be on the wailist
February 18th
Friday 10-noon
$100 all supplies provided
Cash or check only

Experience the beauty and joy of a paint pour class with Jane Lee!  As you mix colors and combine elements from the beach, you will see this wholly unique creation come to life. Feel free to bring your own small shells to include if you like!  Resin will be poured over your tray and will take 24-48 hours to harden so the final product can be picked up Monday.  

For more info and to register click HERE!

Blue Girl Beading Bracelets with Tara Gifford  

 (January 14th class is now on a waitlist--you may sign up and we will text you if a spot opens!)
January 14th AND/OR February 25th
Friday 1-4
All supplies provided
$45  each or both classes for $80 ~ cash or check only

Class 1: Join one of the island's premier jewelers, Tara Gifford, and learn the Japanese art of Kumihimo braiding to make a beautifully beaded bracelet.  Plan to have fun while creating something to treasure.

Class 2:  In this class, Tara will teach you to stamp, knot and wrap using copper, cords and beads to make a four strand bracelet personalized by you.  Make something for yourself or as a gift for a friend or family member. 

For more info and to register click HERE!

  Kumihimo bracelet      Stamp/Knot/Wrap bracelet

Mixed Media Artistic Journaling with Melinda Hicks

January 27 & February 3, 10, 17
Thursdays 9:30-Noon
$100 all supplies included but please bring personal mementos of your liking    

Come join the fun as we create individual journals that will reflect each participant's personality.  We will paint, draw, collage, and write around a weekly topic.  Each participant will leave with a journal started that they can continue to update and add to once they finish the class.  Participants should bring memorabilia, poems, Bible verses, photos, and other items they want to include in their journals.  All other supplies will be provided

For more info and to register click HERE!

Advanced Watercolor with Dianne Murray

February 3, 10, 17, 24
Thursdays 1-4

This class is designed for those with a basic knowledge of watercolor or who have taken the beginner class. We will explore different painting surfaces and color mixing as well as value, perspective, composition and color harmony. Students will produce several paintings including a poured watercolor.  You are in good hands with this experienced painter and teacher!

For more info and to register click HERE!

Mixed Media Abstracts with Crawford McWilliams

(This class is full, but please sign up to be on the wailtist and we will contact you if a spot opens up!)
February 21-23 
Monday-Wednesday 9-noon
$150 with all supplies provided
Learn how to make your very own “Lightning Strike” abstract paintings in this mixed media workshop taught by local Orange Beach artist, Crawford McWilliams.  Learn to layer the textures of selenite crystals, tissue paper , acrylic paint, and high gloss resin to make 2 of your very own 12 x 12 gallery wrapped paintings.

For more info and to register click HERE!

Color Theory in Any Medium with Dianne Murray 

March 3, 10, 17, 24
Thursdays 1-4
$150 (cash or check only)

The best painters have a working knowledge of color theory and color harmony. We will explore the importance of value, color harmony, color mixing and perspective.  We will also cover the properties of color, the color wheel and the importance of color balance while using a limited palette.  Students will produce several paintings.

For more info and to register click HERE!

Evening "Paint Your Art Out" with Casey Scott 

Check back for new classes!
$35 ~cash or check~All Art Supplies Included!

Bring a friend and grab your favorite beverage to sip while creating a fun 11x14 canvas painting with professional artist, Casey Scott!  Perfect for a date night, a dude's night out, a bachelorette party, a shower, a birthday or just because!  This class includes step-by-step instructions to create your very own masterpiece and all the supplies needed to do so.  Expect lots of fun with low stress!

Please pay cash or make checks payable to Casey Scott. Your payment insures your spot!  Call with any questions: 251-981-2787.

Space is limited!

Click HERE to register!

Flameworking Glass: Boro Basics

Fridays 9:00 -12:00 (Offered most Fridays year-round)
Cost:  $110 ~ cash or check.
Limit of six students per class.

Discover the thrill of working with molten glass in this one-day introduction to the art of flameworking! Flamework, also referred to as lampwork, is the process of melting glass tubes and rods in front of an oxygen/propane torch. Flameworking borrows many of the same techniques used in the hot shop, but in a much smaller and intimate setting. The craft allows for a high level of detail, perfect for glass bead making and sculptural work. In this beginner level class, we will explore the basics of working with borosilicate glass in front of the flame. Topics will include: studio safety, basic tool use, use of a torch and compressed gasses, and melting clear and colored glass. Students can expect to take home several pieces of their own creation!
Supplies will be provided by the instructor and are included in the cost of class. 

Please make checks payable to Greg Hoff.  

For more info, please contact Brandy at or 251-981-2787  
or Greg Hoff at