Huntsville Museum of Art
Master Artist Workshops

Workshops are held in the Museum Academy classrooms located downstairs in the Museum. Enter on the North Patio - pond side at Big Spring Park. Look for the Museum Academy entrance! 

If you are interested in a Master Artist Workshop that is SOLD OUT, please email your name and phone number to Laura E. Smith, Director of Education/Museum Academy at to be added to the wait list. Members registration fee refers to Huntsville Museum of Art members.

Inclement Weather Policy for Workshops:

During inclement weather, the Huntsville Museum of Art’s Museum Academy schedule will follow that of the Huntsville City Schools: If the school system closes, the Museum Academy classes will also be postponedThe classes will then meet at their next regularly scheduled timeWhen camps/classes or workshops are postponed, there will be a recorded message at 256.535.6372. In the event that Museum Academy camps/classes are postponed due to inclement weather or other factors beyond our control, we will make every effort to reschedule these classes at the end of the session by adding on an additional week to the schedule.

COVID-19 UPDATE: The Huntsville Museum of Art actively follows Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) for Businesses and Employers recommendations, in addition to the recommendations from the Alabama Department of Public Health (ADPH) and local city entities with regard to holding workshops, classes and camps at the Museum. We are currently taking registrations for workshops, camps and classes. We are limiting the number of participants and in alignment with guidelines outlined by CDC and ADPH. 

Huntsville Museum of Art – Museum Academy

Please take a moment to review our Coronavirus (COVID-19) Safety Measures.

  • Entry to the Museum is not permitted if you have a fever or are exhibiting symptoms of COVID-19.
  • All Museum Academy Staff, Instructors and Students (children and adults) are required to wear masks during workshops, camps and classes. Subject to change.
  • There will be a limited number of students per classroom to allow for social distancing.
  • Wash hands frequently with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.CDC signage is located in all restrooms and classrooms.
  • Restrooms, high-traffic areas, hands-on exhibits and classrooms are thoroughly cleaned frequently throughout the day.
  • The Museum Academy is equipped with hand sanitizer containing an alcohol-based formula that kills 99.99% of the most common germs that may cause illness.
  • Guests are required to cover their cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.

For more information about what the Museum is doing to help limit the spread of disease, visit

The closest airport is the Huntsville International Airport. The airport code is HSV. Here are three places to stay near the Huntsville Museum of Art.

AC Hotel by Marriott Huntsville Downtown (within 2 blocks of Museum)
435 William Avenue SW, Huntsville, Alabama 35801
Hotel Front Desk: 1-256-836-7776

Embassy Suites Hotel & Spa (within two to three blocks)
800 Monroe Street, Huntsville, Alabama, 35801
Hotel Front Desk: 1-256-539-7373

Homewood Suites by Hilton (close to the Museum - within six blocks)
714 Gallatin Street SW,  Huntsville, Alabama 35801
Hotel Front Desk: 1-256-539-1445

SpringHill Suites Huntsville Downtown (near Museum - not in walking distance)
745 Constellation Place Drive SW, Huntsville, Alabama 35801
Hotel Front Desk: 1-256-512-0188

Note: Master Artist Workshops' cancellation policy varies with each workshop. Please refer to your email workshop confirmation PDF attachment letter. The Huntsville Museum of Art assumes no liability for non-refundable airline tickets or other expenses that cannot be used due to any classes or workshops being cancelled or schedule changes.

You can place a deposit down on a workshop, unless indicated. See link here to pay the workshop balance.

Pet Portrait Painting
Thursday – Saturday, September 16 – 18, 2021
10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Skill Level: Beginners to Advanced.

Registration is extended until September 14th!

In this three-day workshop, students will complete a beautiful, fun portrait of their favorite fur baby! Working from your own photos, you will be guided every step of the way from the drawing stage, to the painting stage, and finishing off with the perfect background. Students will learn how to make a drawing from their photos, oil painting techniques that include textures and colors for fur, capturing expression and a likeness, being bolder with color, and adding a unique background to tie it all in.

Stephanie Weaver is based out of Huntsville, AL.  She paints realistic landscapes, still life, pet and children’s portraits with a preference of oils using her own method of combining an alla prima approach with the renaissance technique of applying thin glazes.  

Stephanie is the founder of the Online Artist Community, Positive Painters. It is through this community that Stephanie envisions artists sharing experiences, sharing their art, and remove the tribal stigma of “artists are loners” in a positive and supportive environment.

You can learn more about Stephanie, her art and her purpose on her website, and on podcasts like The Sharpened Artist, Euphoric The Podcast, Winning at a Mom Life and her ¨ where she provides art and art business tips.

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Photo Courtesy of Artist: Stephanie Weaver, Pet Portrait, oil on Ampersand Gessobord panel © 2021

Price $200 deposit / $400 members / $425 non-members

Watercolor Painting
Skill Level: Beginners, Students, Hobbyists & Professional Artists
Monday, October 4 – Wednesday, October 6, 2021, 9:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.; and Thursday, October 7, 2021, 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

The workshop sessions begin as Couch completes a painting, explaining what he is doing, and why, as he paints. Students paint in the afternoons, after which Couch critiques all the day’s completed work, including his own. Anyone 18 or older is eligible to enroll. An optional slide show/lecture on the principles of design – including color and composition – will be presented in the afternoon of the first day. 

Couch received a Bachelor Degree in Art from the University of Tampa, and did further work at Pratt Institute in New York. Simultaneously, he worked as an artist for Associated Press and freelance illustrator while studying watercolor painting with Edgar A. Whitney, ANA. His first book, Watercolor: You Can Do It, became North Light Publishing's all time best selling book on painting. It has been the textbook for several college art departments and has been translated into Chinese for markets overseas. A follow-up book on technique went through three printings and was translated into Japanese for that market. A third, Tony Couch’s Keys to Successful Painting was also published by North Light. His watercolor instruction articles have appeared in Palette Talk, The American Artist, Australian Artist, North Light Watercolor Magic” and “the artist” magazines. His work is included in twelve art instruction articles and publications by other artists in the US., Australia and the UK. He has produced 10 “How To” Videos and DVDs, some of which are used in colleges and in various state educational systems via television. He conducts workshops throughout the US and abroad.


Couch has won over 70 national awards and his work has been included in three annual exhibitions of the National Academy of Design. For more information, visit

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Photo Courtesy of Artist: Tony Couch, Cathy's Place, watercolor © 2016

Price $200 deposit / $500 members / $550 non-members

CHARCOAL: Expressive Mark Making, A Painter’s Approach to Drawing
Skill Level: All levels are welcome.
Friday & Saturday, November 5 & 6, 2021

9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Students will explore charcoal as the perfect drawing medium for expressive mark making.  Students will develop a personal approach to loose, aggressive mark making with a combination of additive and subtractive techniques using charcoal and erasers for mark making and developing grounds. While charcoal will be the primary medium, eventually students will be encouraged to combine other media such as conte crayon and spray paint. The class will focus upon mark making as it relates to abstraction and later students may opt to explore the different ways these same techniques can be applied to observational drawing for a provocative and beautiful fusion of abstraction and realism. 

Gary Chapman is a Professor of Art - Drawing and Painting at the University of Alabama at Birmingham and has had over 60 solo exhibitions with institutions such as The Arts Center of St. Petersburg, Florida and the Indianapolis Art Center. He has participated in national and international exhibitions, and his paintings have been purchased for numerous museums, corporate and private collections. He has a MFA from Cranbrook Academy of Art and BA and BS, Berea College. 

In 2013, Chapman was awarded and named a CALL Legacy Artist by the Joan Mitchell Foundation. Chapman’s work has received recognition and awards from such notable figures as Ned Rifkin, Dennis Barrie, John Ravenal, Annette Carlozzi and Jack Cowart. In 2008 his work was selected and published in the book Alabama Masters: Artists and Their Work. He has received numerous grants and fellowships including a 1996 National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship in Painting from the Southern Arts Federation and 2001 and 1994, Individual Artist  Fellowships from the Alabama State Council on the Arts. His work has been reviewed extensively and is published in  over 20 catalogs and books including the 3rd, 16th and 52nd editions of New American Paintings.

Paintings by Chapman have been purchased for the permanent collections of 10 museums throughout the Southeastern region. These include the Birmingham, Huntsville, Montgomery and Ogden Museums of Art. His work is also included in many corporate and private collections throughout the country. For more information, visit

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Photo Courtesy of Artist: Gary Chapman, Grid, charcoal © 2019

Price $295 members/ $325 non-members

Americana Watercolor Landscapes
Skill Level: All skill levels welcome.

Friday & Saturday, February 4 & 5, 2022

9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.


Join nationally renowned watercolor artist, Alan Shuptrine, for an in-depth Americana watercolor workshop! Focusing on Southern landscapes, barns, and hints of Americana, Alan will teach students how to create a watercolor from back to front, while providing individual guidance. Using wet and dry-brush techniques, he will also discuss how to utilize lighting and distance to create your composition, as well as attention to specific details. 

A painter known for his watercolor technical ability, sensitive and thought-provoking paintings, Shuptrine has extended his reputation from a renowned master craftsman and water gilder to a nationally acclaimed watercolorist.  His paintings are collected nationally, in both corporate and private collections.Born the son of recognized painter, Hubert Shuptrine (1936-2006), Alan has continued the legacy of realism that both Andrew Wyeth and his father Hubert established. 

A resident of Lookout Mountain, Tennessee, Shuptrine’s pursuit of the arts includes schooling at The Baylor School (Chattanooga, TN); The University of the South (Sewanee, TN); and The University of Tennessee (Knoxville, TN). His style is Realism with highly detailed and dramatic lighting in his landscapes and figurative paintings surrounded in usual fashion of his masterful framing, sometimes in carved and intricate gold leaf designs. Shuptrine’s medium is primarily watercolor which he applies and controls in various techniques, from wet-in-wet to drybrush. He prefers to handcraft, carve, and gold leaf his own frames for his paintings. 

In 2019-2020, Shuptrine kicked off a literary collaboration with National Geographic’s Adventurer of the Year, and Appalachian Trail expert, best-selling author Jennifer Pharr Davis. Davis and Shuptrine continue to provide national speaking engagements. This fine art, coffee-table book is self-published and titled I Come From A Place. The book features the collection of paintings by Shuptrine and accompanying verbiage by Pharr Davis. For more information, visit

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Photo Courtesy of Artist: Alan Shuptrine, Pride, watercolor on paper © 2021

Price $350 members /$375 non-members