Art Classes | Workshops

Classes are held year-round at the Port Aransas Art Center. “Drop-in Classes” do not require registration. But other classes and workshops do require advance registration. Questions? Contact us anytime by phone or use our secure contact form on this website.

Drop-in Classes

Prior to attending our drop-in classes, please give the office a call to confirm the program is being held, and to inquire about other information that might be helpful to you as a participant. Thank you!

Fun With Acrylics

No class on Monday, June 18 because of our youth summer camp.

Judith DeShong Hall teaches this beginner and intermediate level class. Students are asked to bring their acrylic supplies, and something to paint on. The cost for this three hour class is $18 for Center members, and $20 non-members.

Date: Mondays at 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. (held weekly – call the office to touch base).

Drop In and Draw

Our drawing class is taking a summer break. It will resume in September, 2018. Stay tuned for more information.

Pat Donohue teaches this class, which will help you learn to draw or to improve your skills. Students should bring drawing supplies (supply list is available at the front desk). The cost to register for this three hour class is $18 for members and $20 for non-members.

Date: Tuesdays at 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. (held weekly – call the office to touch base). The first Tuesday of the month is portrait drawing if that is something you would like to do, or something else, if you don’t!


Our watercolor class will take a break on Friday, June 22 because of youth summer camp.

Nancy Buskey is the primary teacher of the watercolor class. Students will learn to paint or to advance their painting skills. A supply list is available at the front desk. The Center has paints and brushes you can use to get started! The cost for all guests to register for this three hour class is $25.

Date: Fridays at 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. (held weekly – call the office to touch base).

Other Classes Offered Occasionally by the Port Aransas Art Center

We also offer art classes on other topics. When we schedule any of the following, we will post them prominently on this website. Stay tuned!

Family Art Making

Everyone in the family will enjoy this art making class!  Projects take about 30 minutes. The materials fee for children is $5.00 per class, and parents make art free!

Jewelry Making

An example of a jewelry making class is one where students learn to make a Coastal Necklace using Peruvian Opal, Amazonite, Turquoise, Cocobolo (Costa Rican Wood), pearls, crystal, sterling silver findings and a charm. The class normally lasts two hours. The cost to register is $20 plus supplies ($65), for a total of $85.

Whine, Wine & Design

Paint in simple steps guided by a special guest artist. The Port Aransas Art Center provides all materials: a 16 x 20 inch canvas, brushes, paint and wine glasses. “BYOB” and snacks, and we will provide the rest. This stress free, fun and creative event is usually held the third Sunday of each month, and it involves a $40 donation to the Port Aransas Art Center Building Fund.


Creating a Travel Memory Workshop

This six hour class is taught by Judy Hall. Refer to your personal travel photos, memories and souvenirs to create your masterpiece! Students will create a montage, a composition of memories, which will make a terrific gift for yourself or a friend. Supplies include:

  • Medium of choice: watercolor, oil or acrylic, colored pencil, etc.
  • Support for medium: watercolor paper, canvas, claybord, etc. (choose from smaller sizes such as 6×8, 8×10, 9×12, 11×14)
  • Sketch paper and a ruler/straight edge
  • Travel photos and perhaps a souvenir or two.
Easy Coil Baskets

Create wonderful baskets with the coiling method. Various twine and yarns allow for a great variety of looks, including non traditional shapes. A variety of materials create unique baskets. Coiling projects can be carried and worked on anywhere. This two-day workshop is held for two hours each day, and the registration fee for both days is $45. There is a supply list at the front desk. Easy Coil Baskets is taught by Judith Deshong Hall.

Lee Ricks‘ Two-Day Watercolor Workshop

Improve your skills or learn to watercolor with this fun and informative instructor! The two day workshop runs from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. each day, and the cost to register is $125 for both days (no single day fee available). There is a ten (10) student minimum. Each day, students will complete a watercolor painting to be proud of. The supply list is available at the front desk, or you can request the list via email. Value Sketch and Transfer Sheets will be furnished.