Art Classes | Workshops

Art classes for all ages 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. This page discusses adult art classes. To learn about art classes for youth, follow this link. Questions? Contact us 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

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 – please call the office to touch base).

Drop In and Draw

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!

Open Studio Time

Come join fellow artists and art students for Open Studio Time at the Port Aransas Art Center. This event is held Wednesday mornings from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. (starting July 11, 2018). Bring your favorite media and the supplies you need to work on your art, while enjoying fellowship and idea-sharing with fellow artists. The coffee pot will be “on,” and bring a snack if you wish.


Open Studio will take a break on November 21 through the holiday season, and will return in January. Hope to see everyone then!

Open Studio Time is free to Port Aransas Art Center Members, and a donation is appreciated from those who are not current Members. Come be inspired, and hopefully you will inspire someone else! We look forward to seeing you there.


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

We also offer art classes on other topics. When we schedule them, we will post them on this website. Stay tuned and be sure to check the margin of our website for updates.

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. This class is also an “event,” so it appears here and on the event page of our website.


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.