Art Classes

Intermediate Still Life Oil Painting  – Instructor Roy J. Walters  Biography for Roy J Walters

Roy J. Walters received a B.S. degree in Secondary Art Education from Alabama A&M University in Huntsville, Alabama in 1972. He taught painting and drawing at Woodham High School in Pensacola, Florida 1972–1973; and worked as a commercial artist painting backdrops, that were sold to professional photographers, at Denny Manufacturing Company Eight Mile, Alabama 1976 to 1978. Walters had a one-man showing of his original oil paintings at Galleria Francini New York, NY in 1978, and his work was also shown at Amsterdam Whitney Gallery in New York City in 2004. From 2009 to 2015 he attended studio classes, in which he drew and painted the figure in oils, at New Orleans Academy of Fine Arts New Orleans, Louisiana. Throughout his artistic career, Walters has traveled extensively viewing and studying the original paintings of artists such as Claude Monet, Pierre Renoir, Edgar Degas, Andrew Wyeth, Pablo Picasso and Norman Rockwell. Walters’ philosophy: Learning to draw and paint to your satisfaction is a multifaceted process. Some of what you learn comes from books; some from classroom or studio instruction; and some from studying the works of artists you admire, but the rest comes directly from you, and that is the majority of the process.


Class Description:

Intermediate Still Life Oil Painting

A still life display will be set up by the teacher. Students will render the still life in oils within three sessions of three hours each. Concepts such as composition, perspective, value, color theory and methods of applying paint will be explored.

Supply List:

Oil Paints (Professional Grade): Yellow, Red, Ultramarine Blue, Burnt Sienna, Titanium White, Black

Brushes: At least three Flat Bristle Brushes sizes 10, 8 and 4

Canvas: One stretched 14″ x 18″ or 12″ x 16″ canvas

Other: A palette and a palette knife, paper towels, vine charcoal, an easel if you have one

Schedule and fees:

For March the three sessions will be held on March 1st, 8th and 15th from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. The monthly fee is $150


Beginner Drawing – Instructor Naomi Anderson  Naomi Anderson Biography

Artist Bio

Naomi Anderson was born in Mobile, Alabama in 1988. She was introduced to art at an early age by her father, Paul Upchurch, who painted as a hobby and greatly influenced her imagination through his fanciful bedtime stories and by introducing her to fantasy, science fiction, and horror films as a child. Much of the imagery that was conjured from the fantastic tales of the movies and literature made its way into her art even as a small child. Fairies, monsters and other fantastical creatures were a common theme in her childhood drawings and paintings. The awe and mystery of the fantasy/horror/sci-fi genres captured her imagination as a child and never let go. This led to her interest in mythology and literary archetypes in her adult life that are prominent in the subject matter and narrative elements of her paintings today.

Four years after her father’s death in 2006, Anderson worked up the courage to pursue her passion for painting. With strong encouragement from her husband, she enrolled at the University of South Alabama where she obtained a B.F.A. in painting. She has shown her work in student art shows at the University of South Alabama, Cathedral Square Gallery in Mobile, AL., as well as completed works commissioned by family, friends, and colleagues.

Class Start Date : Saturday 02/17/2018 @ 3pm

                                                                              Beginner Drawing



Exploring the basics in drawing techniques needed to render creatively realistic representations of the world around us.

Week 1

  • Intro
  • Contour Line Drawing
  • Value Scales and Shading Techniques

Week 2

  • Two-point Perspective
  • Spatial Relationships

Week 3

  • Light and Shadow
  • Still Life Project

Week 4

  • Still Life Project

Supply List

 11X14 Sketchbook, Graphite Pencils (2B, 4B, 6B, 8B), Pink Pearl or (any brand of rubber eraser is sufficient), Kneaded Eraser, Pencil sharpener, Ruler

***pencils, eraser, and sharpener are often sold as sets for rather cheap at Micheal’s, Hobby Lobby, or Alabama Art Supply****


Class to be announced- Instructor Carolyn Greene Carolyn Greene Bio

Carolyn Greene who lives in Mobile, Alabama has been a professional artist for the past twenty plus years painting in an expressively representational style in all media.  She is a  member of the Watercolor and Graphic Arts Society of Mobile and PleinAirSouth.   Her paintings have won many awards and are in public and private collections.  Carolyn particularly enjoys painting en plein air on our beautiful Gulf Coast.

Carolyn pursued art studies from a young age at The Prew School in Sarasota, Florida; she graduated from Stuart Hall, an Episcopal preparatory school in Staunton, Virginia; she attended Salem College, Winston-Salem, N.C. and graduated from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill in art and education.  She has also studied music and dance; and mime at the New York Academy of Dramatic Art.

As the mother of two adult sons, one of whom had a near drowning accident at age two and 1/2 years, Carolyn has been dedicated to studying and implementing rehabilitative therapies for her son spending many hours in occupational, physical and speech therapy sessions.   She also studied with MOVE (Movement Opportunities Via Education) International in Bakersfield, California.   This background and the desire to enhance the lives of those with significant disabilities brought about teaching art to people with disabilities. Carolyn also has taught painting for many years to typical children and adults.

Advocating for people with disabilities is an important part of Carolyn’s life.  She is a member of the Alabama Council for Developmental Disabilities; former member of the Consumer Advisory Council at UAB Civitan International Research Center and The Alabama Respite Coalition.  She also has served on many state advocacy committees.

For several years Carolyn led the visual arts program at the Independent Living Center of Mobile for VSA Alabama.  She previously led the VSA visual arts program at the Mobile ARC and the Clarke County ARC.  She was a VSA Alabama Teaching Artist since the organization was a volunteer-run, grassroots organization.  She was awarded through VSA Alabama, The Deane Corliss Exemplary Teaching Artist Award for 2011.   This award was featured in an article in the ACDD ADVOCATE, Winter Issue 2012.

Carolyn has been employed since 2001 by the Mobile ARC as a teaching artist for their adult day programs and was awarded in 2011 for her work on the GM&O Art Project.  This historical depiction of trains for the GM&O Building in Mobile was also featured in the ACDD ADVOCATE, Spring Issue 2011.  Carolyn also currently works at the Mobile ARC in community outreach.

Carolyn was awarded the Mobile Art Educator of the Year for 2012 by the Mobile Arts Council.