By Kelly Baughman

The Coastal Arts Center in Orange Beach is the area’s premier way to tap into your inner artist this summer! With a campus that overlooks scenic Wolf Bay and offers many artistic experiences with a breathtaking view, the stunning 10,000-square-foot fine art gallery features a spacious two-story building displaying a variety of beautiful pieces by local artist in all media.
Home to The Hot Shop, Alabama’s premier hot glass blowing studio where you can make your own glass piece, and the Clay Studio, where you can throw on the wheel or hand build your own creation, the Coastal Arts Center has many different options for those just starting out in the art world, or those who are seasoned veterans.
Or just stop by to browse the art and watch the art in action for free.
Upcoming Kids classes include:

Pop-Up Art Classes for Kids – Tuesdays 10-Noon $10 July 23rd, and 30th. No appointment needed!
Adult Art Classes are available and space is limited. 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 in the class.

Upcoming Adult Classes Include:
Evening “Paint Your Art Out” with Casey Scott –
Sip your favorite beverage while creating a fun 11×14 canvas painting! Register for one or all of our upcoming classes or call to reserve a date for your group. Perfect for a date night, a mom’s night out, a bachelorette party, a shower, a birthday or just because! Each class includes step-by-step instructions to create your very own masterpiece and all the supplies needed.
July 12 – Flamingo
July 19 – Starfish
July 26 – Oyster
All classes 6-8 pm
$45 cash or check with all supplies included

Painting Family Fun Monday Nights with Casey Scott –
July 22 Palm Tree
All classes 6-8 PM
$60 for One Parent and One Child. All Supplies included.

Mixed Media with Tara Kellner –
Come create an entire work of art in one day with the instruction of Tara Kellner. Mixed media gives you the freedom to create something beautiful and interesting that can include materials that are meaningful to you.
Mixed Media Day-Class. Tuesdays 10-1. $55 per class cash or check with all supplies included.
July 23rd- “Seahorse Mosaic” Working with acrylic paint, water, modeling paste, glass, shells, and other recycled items to create your own 9×12 canvas painting of a colorful seahorse.
July 30th- “Blue Crab” Working with acrylic paint, paint skins, rubbing alcohol, and other recycled items to create your own 9×12 canvas painting of a crab or fish, your choice.
July 18 – Date Night or Friend’s Night Out – Thursday 5:30-8 pm. $55-$95 cash or check with all supplies included.
“Sea Scape” 16×20 painting. You will be able to do a matching painting for $95 for two people, or you can come by yourself and create 2 matching paintings for $80. Create one painting for $55.

August 4 – Sunday Funday with Kids – Sunday 3-5 pm. $55-$90 cash or check with all supplies included.
This is an adult/child class (8 and up) where you each make a painting. This class will create a 9x12in your-choice sea-life painting (crab, jellyfish, seahorse, fish). There will be cut outs to use as a pattern if you or your child would like. This class is $90 for a parent and a child or $55 for just child. Parent must stay with child and participate even if not making their own painting.

Drawing 101 with Chris Murray –
July 18, 25, and August 1. Thursdays 1-4 pm. $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. You 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.

Flameworking Glass: Boro Basics –
Aug 16, 23, 30. Fridays 9:00 -12:00 pm (Offered Most Fridays year-round). $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, you 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.
Appointments are required for The Hot Shop & The Clay Studio. All art classes can be reserved by calling 251-981-ARTS (2787).
Office Gallery/Gift Shop Hours are Monday – Friday 9:00 am – 4:00 pm, the Coastal Arts Center is closed on Saturday and Sunday.
For more information, visit www.orangebeachal.gov/facilities/art-center.