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 $75

Clay Studio
Pottery demonstrations and Make-Your-Own clay items $75

~After School and Home School Arts Programs~

(Classes are full but you may be put on waitlist)

Time Travel Through Art

Tuesdays September 11th-December 4th
12 week session Grades 3-6

Home School Arts Program 10:00-12:00
After School Arts Program 3:15-5:15

Description:  We will mix imagination with history and make interesting and creative works of art each week, including glass works, pottery, sandcastles, and much more.  Each class will begin with a snack and a brief introduction to an artist, an art genre, or an art form.  We will take two field trips this semester.  Our first journey will be heading to the beach at the end of September to take a sand sculpture class from Sand Castle University and then in November trekking to the Graham Creek Nature Preserve for a photography experience.  We are excited for our young artists to learn about art through time from around the world and in our very own community!

Classes will be held at the Coastal Arts Center of Orange Beach, 26389 Canal Rd.
To be placed on the waitlist, please call 251-981-ARTS (2787) or email Amoreena Brewton at

~ Adult Classes ~

Flameworking Glass: Boro Basics with Gregg Hoff

November 16th
Friday 11:00- 2:00
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!
Supply List:  Supplies will be provided by the instructor and are included in the cost of class. 

Payment insures place in class and is due by November 12th.


Fused-glass Ornament with Sandra Krause

 Nov 12, 14, 16
 Monday, Wednesday, Friday 1:00-3:00

$100 per person

3 session class (class is limited to 4 people) 

Have you- been curious about fused or kiln formed glass? Learn how to cut and assemble glass pieces to create two Christmas ornaments. Also learn about the different stages involved in firing glass and about the changing properties of glass as it heats and cools. Closed toe shoes,and long pants must be worn. Safety glasses provided.

Class 1: 
-What is Fused Glass vs Blown Glass?
-The stages of Fusing in the kiln. Heating and cooling requirements.
-Cutting glass, straight lines, use of tools.
-Cleaning class and getting projects in the kiln

Class 2:
-Cut second ornament.
-smooth edges with hand sanding on first ornament if needed.
-add bail to first ornament and sign back.

Class 3:
-Finish second ornament.
-Make any finishing touches to ornaments.

Payment insures place and is due by November 7th.


Drawing 101 with Chris Murray

January 3rd, 10th, 17th, 24th
Thursdays 1:00-4:00

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!  

Payment insures place and is due by December 28th.


Beginner Watercolor Class with Dianne Murray

January 9th, 16th, 23rd, 30th
Wednesdays 1:00-4:00

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

Payment insures place and is due by January 4th.


Let's Paint with Jane Sellier

January 9th-February 27th
Wednesdays 9:30-12:00

This class is for both beginning painters & also 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! 

Payment insures place and is due by January 4th.


Intermediate Watercolor with Dianne Murray

January 3rd, 10th, 17th, 24th, and 31st
Thursdays 9:00-12:00

This class is designed for those with a basic knowledge of watercolor and materials.We will focus on expanding your skills and learning how to paint more dramatic and realistic paintings.  We will explore different painting surfaces and color mixing, as well as value, perspective, composition, and color harmony.

Payment insures place and is due by December 28th.


Demystifying Oil Painting with Chris Murray

January 7th,14th, 21st, 28th
Mondays 1:00-4:00

No medium can compare to the richness, vibrancy, and malleability of oils.  In this class we will learn the tricks, tips, and techniques developed by the Great Masters. We will delve into color theory and mixing, painting light and value, the rules of composition, various applications of paint, and proper use of materials.  We will paint from life and learn the methods and skills needed to paint beautiful still-lifes, landscapes, and portraits.  No previous experience necessary.

Payment insures place and is due by January 2nd.


Watercolor 201 with Dianne Murray

February 6th, 13th, 20th, 27th
Wednesdays 1:00-4:00

Continue your watercolor journey with us in February.  We will focus on learning new techniques and perfecting those learned in Beginning Watercolor.  This class is open to any one with basic watercolor experience and supplies.  We will look at painting on different surfaces, more color theory, as well as composition and how to add drama to your paintings.

Payment insures place and is due by 1/31.