Classes

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 lesson $85

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


ATTENTION SNOWBIRDS~ Check out the winter class selection below!  We will be adding more classes so keep checking.  Feel free to sign-up now and beat the rush!


~Children's After School and Home School Arts~

January 28th-April 28th
Tuesdays 
3rd-6th grade
$150

Home School Arts will meet from 10-12 and After School Arts will meet from 3-5.

Ignite your child's creative side at the Gulf Coast's premier children's art program!  Our focus this year will be on collaborative arts, including team-building and art energizers!  Students will be in The Hot Shop and The Clay Studio, as well as working on projects together that include wintertime "snow" ball fights and springtime en plein air paintings. Students will paint, fire, mold and build stuff!   We hope to grow your child's understanding, as well as their love for all things art!

Click HERE for Home School Arts info/registration OR click HERE for After School Arts info/registration 

For scholarship information please email Amoreena Brewton- abrewton@orangebeachal.gov


~ Adult Classes and Open Studio ~

For most 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


Evening "Paint Your Art Out" with Casey Scott 

January 3, Friday ~ Trees in Season
January 16, Thursday ~ Life's a Beach
January 30, Thursday ~ Extra Salty Margarita              

$35 ~cash or check~All Art Supplies Included!

Bring your friends and a favorite beverage while creating a fun 11x14 canvas painting!  This is a class with a high level of fun and a low level of stress, with a teacher that will keep you laughing the whole time.  Register for one or all of our upcoming classes or call to reserve a date for your group.  Perfect for a date night, mom's night out, bachelorette party, shower, birthday or just because!  Each class includes the supplies and step-by-step instructions to create your very own masterpiece.

Click HERE for sample images and to sign-up!

Please pay cash or make checks payable to Casey Scott.    Space is limited to 14 and payment insures place.  Call with any questions: 251-981-2787

Payment is due one week before class, but please call if past the due date for availability...you may get lucky!


Jewelry-Making with Tara Gifford of Blue Girl Bead, Co.

January 16th and/or February 13th
9:30-12:30
$40 each class or take both for $75~cash or check
All supplies included

Join Tara Gifford, one of our most successful jewelry artists, and make something beautiful for yourself or someone you love.  Learn the art of knotting, twisting, and bending, using cords, copper wire  and beads to make a cuff or a bracelet.  All materials provided.  Plan to have fun and leave with something new to wear home!

Click HERE for more info/images and to sign-up!


Master Class in Watercolor with Dianne Murray
January and/or February

Session 1
January 8, 15, 22, 29 
Wednesdays 1-4pm
$120~cash or check

Session 2
February 5,12,19, 26
Wednesdays 9-12 am
$120

Save $20 and take both sessions for $220

Join us this January and February while we explore the process of creating beautiful paintings from conception to completion. We will discuss finding subjects, refining the subjects to form a strong composition and focusing on values and lighting. We will also explore Realism and Impressionism and finding your style. Students will be allowed to choose their own subjects and will take the painting to full completion. We will cover matting and choosing frames. This advanced class will utilize your current skills and lift your abilities even further!  

Click HERE for more info and to sign-up!


Beginning Watercolor with Dianne Murray

February 5, 12, 19, 26
Wednesdays 1:00-4:00
$120~ cash or check

Enjoy the excitement of watercolor with this beginner's class where no experience is required. Anyone can learn to paint with this beautiful medium.  We will learn about new materials and techniques, as well as color mixing and color theory. Plan to produce vibrant paintings using a split primary palette.  

Click HERE for more info and to sign up


Flameworking Glass: Boro Basics

Appointments
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 bthomley@orangebeachal.gov or 251-981-2787  
or Greg Hoff at  flameworkerg@gmail.com

SIGN-UP HERE


Let's Paint with Jane Sellier 

January  13, 27
February 3, 10, 17, 24  
Mondays 9:30-Noon
$100~cash or check

This class is for both beginning painters & those who have a little more experience.  If you're just starting, you'll be shown the basics in step-by-step demonstrations so you can learn to enjoy the process of painting. No drawing or previous art experience is necessary or even preferred. You'll end up saying "So that's how it's done. I can do that, too!"

For painters with a bit more experience, bring your painting stuff, a picture to use as a painting reference & any size canvas. This class encourages you to express your own style. Help is provided in approaching the subject & using the tools but interpretation is up to the artist.  This is an energetic class so come prepared to have a good time.  If you want a teacher with decades of experience and a wry sense of humor, Jane Sellier's class is for you.

Click HERE for more info and to sign-up


Drawing 101 with Chris Murray 

January 9, 16, 23,30
Thursdays 1-4
$100 cash or check

Do you want to learn how to draw but are not sure how to get started? Then this class is for you! Starting with the fundamentals, we will explore the basics of form, value and shading, perspective, and composition by drawing from life. We will learn how to see with an artist's eye and build the knowledge base to insure confidence in your drawing skills. No previous experience necessary!  

Click HERE for more info and to sign-up


Abstract Mixed Media with Theresa Mirabile

January 14th and/or February 14th
Tuesday 9-3 and/or Friday 9-3
$55 for each class or $100 for both~cash or check
Each class requires an additional $15 class fee for supplies

Have fun painting while learning about color, compostion, texture, layering and design.  The supply fee covers watercolor paper, canvas, paints and the use of all tools needed to complete project.  Feel free to bring an item from home that you would like to add to your canvas as a part of you creation...an old photo or a treasure of some sort. Bring a lunch and as always--hope for the best,but dress for a mess!  

Click HERE for more info and to sign-up


Watercolor on Watercolor Canvas with Autry Dye
Intermediate-level class

February 27th
Thursday 10-4
$50~cash or check (2 canvases and finishing spray provided)

This class is for the water colorist looking to explore and expand their knowledge in a one-day workshop. The painter uses their regular watercolor paints, but on specially prepared canvas that is receptive to the water media, allowing for easy corrections. There is no need for mats, nor protective glazing. There is no glare and your finished painting is light weight.  With instruction including design and color tips, as well as ample question and answer time, this class can help move you towards better results in your painting, as well as a deeper understanding and appreciation of the medium.  

Clcik HERE for more info, sample images and to sign-up