When people think of South Padre Island, the first thing that probably comes to mind is the beach. It's true that our beach is the best in Texas, but the Island has much more to offer than just sun, sand, and surf. You may be surprised to know that South Padre Island and Port Isabel (our neighbors just over the Queen Isabella Causeway) are home to many talented artists — using different mediums and bringing their own flavor to each piece they create. So why not take a class with one of our local artists while you're here? Nurturing your creative side is essential to your well-being — not to mention lots of fun! Unleash your inner artist and let the Island be your muse to create a one-of-a-kind souvenir.
ArtSpace is a vibrant creative learning place where every level of artistic expression is thoughtfully explored. It is a working art studio and a community of artists with diverse interests, talents, and experience. Classes are available in everything from various painting techniques and acrylic pours, to ceramics, kids' camps, and much more.
1817 Padre Blvd., Ste. 1 (South Padre Island) | (956) 761-2112 | Website
Seaside Art Studio
Seaside Art Studio was established to give artists a spacious area to spread out and have room to paint on large canvases. Shop, paint, and attend the various classes they offer. Artists can even rent space and store their materials at the studio while they are visiting the Island!
33256 State Park Rd. 100 (South Padre Island) | (956) 346-3994 | Website
Laguna Madre Art Gallery
The Laguna Madre Art Gallery is a non-profit artist co-op gallery featuring 21 local artists. The gallery features paintings, jewelry, photography and provides a venue for art education, workshops, and demonstrations. Other fine art activities offered include music, theatre, and dance.
405 E. Maxan St. (Port Isabel) | (956) 943-1407 | Website
Island Insider Tip:
If you're looking for a way to combine beach time with an art class, a popular art form on South Padre Island is sand sculpting. Here at the Sandcastle Capital of the World, you can take a sandcastle lesson with a local professional who will help you build the sandcastle of your dreams! Whether you want to build a traditional sandcastle, an animal, a cartoon character, or even your very own sand throne…our local sand sculptors will show you how it’s done. You don’t need any artistic ability, just be ready to have fun! Learn more