Island Lessons: Artscapes

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.

Art Space

Art Space 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


Art studio


Other Art Galleries

Alchemaille 419 E. Maxan St.
Port Isabel, TX 78578
(909) 553-8604 Website
Art Sea Gallery and Goods 423 E. Maxan St.
Port Isabel, TX 78578
(956) 943-3200 Website
Hunter Gallery 5800 Padre Blvd #105
South Padre Island, TX 78597
(956) 772-8140 Website
Indigo Art & Apparel 412 E. Queen Isabella Blvd.
Port Isabel, TX 78578
(956) 943-7070 Website
Kingfisher Gallery and Taxidermy 1800 Padre Blvd.
South Padre Island, TX 78597
(956) 639-2785 Website
Rio Bravo Gallery 203 W. Queen Isabella Blvd.
Port Isabel, TX 78578
(956) 346-5747 NA
Seas the Day 421 E. Maxan St.
Port Isabel, TX 78578
(956) 203-3040 Website
Tesori 407 E. Maxan St.
Port Isabel, TX 78578
(956) 943-7281 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