The beach is always a fantastic place for artistic inspiration. On the Alabama Gulf Coast, you’ll find something that inspires in the Gulf Shores area. Every year, Gulf Shores’ white sand beaches and emerald waters call artists from around the country to participate in festivals, camaraderie, and artistic reflection.
Luckily, many artists call this area home throughout the year and some are in residence at the Coastal Arts Center in Orange Beach. They share passions with us through classes and individual instruction as well as on display and for sale at this beautiful location on Wolf Bay.
Here are just a few of the creative options you can take advantage of at the Art Center:
• Hot Glass demonstrations and Make-Your-Own fused/blown glass in The Hot Shop
• Pottery demonstrations and Make-Your-Own clay items in The Clay Studio
• Painting classes at the Yellow Art Cottage
• A Gift Shop area with original unique items by local and regional artists
• Summer Art Camps
• Birthday parties with art projects included
• Visual Arts classes
Enjoy an evening with friends and family at Casey Scott’s “Paint Your Art Out.” Bring your favorite people and create a painting with step-by-step instructions. You will be able to create your very own masterpiece, and all supplies are provided. Space is limited so sign up today!
If you are looking for a more intensive class, come create an entire work of art in one day with the instruction of Tara Kellner, Mixed Media Artist. Mixed Media gives you the freedom to create something beautiful and interesting that can include materials that are meaningful to you. It doesn’t matter if you are a beginner or advanced, each class includes instruction with a specific theme and how to incorporate everyday items into your very own acrylic mixed-media masterpiece.
If you are interested in exploring the process of creating beautiful paintings from conception to completion be sure to sign up for a Master Class in Watercolor with Dianne Murray. The class will discuss finding subjects, refining the subjects to form a strong composition and focusing on values and lighting. You will also explore Realism and Impressionism and while finding your own personal style. Students will be allowed to choose their own subjects and will take the painting to full completion.
If you are a beginner painter or even have a little more experience, sign up for Let’s Paint with Jane Seller. You will be shown the basics in step-by-step demonstrations to learn 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!” This is an energetic class so come prepared to have a good time.
As you can see, there’s no end to the fine art experiences you can have when you plan a visit to the Coastal Arts Center during your next visit. Read more about exhibits on display, the artists in residence or the center itself through the links below. To get more information or sign up for classes call 251-981-ARTS (2787) or click here.