19E 4th St

 Panama City, FL 32401


Bay Arts Alliance is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) tax-exempt charitable organization  |  EIN 59-1850105


We host classes for pottery, painting, drawing, and more! Our schedule is always changing, so be sure to check back often.

And just as a note, classes are where your membership really kicks in. If you plan to take a lot of classes (or even just a few), the discounts members get on classes more than pays for your membership. Just our little way of saying thank you and encouraging you to explore your love for art!

Swing Dance Series

Ready to go beyond the basics of 6-count swing? Ben and Carrie are offering a 6-week series on the fundamentals of 8-count lindy hop, the dance that started it all!


Every Thursday, February 20 - March 26 • 6-7pm

Ages: All ages

Cost: $60 per person. Sign up by Friday, February 14.

Open Handbuild Pottery Studio

Come to our pottery studio on Saturdays to learn hand building skills to make whatever you want: a bowl, cup, plate, or sculpture. You pick the project and our pottery teacher, Sara, will teach you how to make it!

Open Studio (we can't take any new students on Saturdays until next year, but if you've already gotten a lesson, you can still come in. If you really want a lesson before next year, we may be able to find a weekday for you to come in for your lesson. Contact us at 850-640-3670.)

Every Saturday, starting November 16 • 10am–3pm

Ages: All ages. Students 12 and under must be accompanied by a paying adult.

Cost: Variable. $25 for the first day's instruction, plus a 25¢ fee per square inch of your creation. There is a one-time $17 fee for a bag of clay that can be re-used on each trip until you run out.

After your first lesson, the daily open studio fee is $10.

Wheel Throwing Evenings

This pottery class will focus on Wheel Throwing for the beginner with glazing and firing processes included. The price includes instruction from well established art instructor Sara Pearsall.

Thursdays, class is full

Wheel Throwing Mornings

This pottery class will focus on Wheel Throwing for the beginner with glazing and firing processes included. The price includes instruction from well established art instructor Sara Pearsall.

Wednesdaysclass is full



Writers Gallery: Open Mic Night

Bring your manuscript, poetry, spoken word and participate in an open mic styled sharing session. You don't have to read or speak, you are also welcome to come listen. *No hate speak or overly explicit material please. Each night has a theme. Check our Facebook Events page for more details. 

2nd Thursday, every other month •  6 - 7:30pm (doors open at 5:30pm) • next one is February 13

Ages: 16 & up • Great for all levels of writers!

Cost: Free for Members (Suggested Donation $5 for non-members) 


Painting with Victoria Bush

Bring whatever painting your working on and paint in a great atmosphere while receiving one on one attention and instruction from veteran painter, Victoria Bush. 

Tuesdays • 4 - 7pm

Ages: 16 & up

Cost: $25 Members ($30 non-members) Easels provided.

Space is limited, so please sign up in advance.

Open Studio for Painters

Fridays • 10am - 2pm

Ages: 18 & up

Cost: FREE (Members only)

Come enjoy our climate controlled class space for a change of scenery! Members who are painters, illustrators, & colorists are all welcome.



There are a few different ways you can sign up for classes!

  • Call us at 850-640-3670 to sign up and pay over the phone.

  • Come in to the Center for the Arts to sign up and pay for your class in person. 


We take all credit cards, cash, or check. Checks must be made payable to Bay Arts Alliance.

Email us at with any questions!


Come to the Center for the Arts to paint our featured ornament or magnet of the month.


Bring the whole family or come on your own to paint a snowman ornament and take it home with you that day! All supplies are provided.

$1 suggested donation per ornament


Join "That Swing Thing" on Thursday, February 6, for a swing dance lesson and social dance. No partner needed!

Admission is $10. Pay online or at the door.


7pm Basics of Lindy Hop

Ben and Carrie will teach plenty to get you out on the floor having fun.


8pm Social Dancing

Practice what you've learned and meet new friends!

There is also a new 6-week Swing Dance course available.



All ages can come to open handbuilding studio on Saturday (see Open Handbuild Pottery Studio on the adult class list), but children aged 12 and under must be accompanied by a paying adult.

Art Through The Ages

Students will join instructors Nikki Brooks and Breanna Williams to use different art mediums and explore art history beginning in ancient times.  

We will begin with a few weeks of basic art concepts to prepare for more in depth concepts in later weeks.  This series will be weekly through the end of the school year.


Thursdays, February 6 – 20 • 3:45 – 5:15pm

Ages: 7–11

Cost per class: $5 Members ($10 non-members)

February 6th - Composition
We will be using brush and ink to create high contrast artwork using composition concepts such as the rule of thirds, the use of negative space and open vs closed compositions.

February 13th - Perspective 
We will be using watercolor paint to create landscape paintings exploring the principles of perspective.  We will learn about vanishing points, foreshortening, and the use of light and shade to create the appearance of depth.

February 20th - Color Theory
We will be using acrylic paint to explore the color wheel, including the use of complimentary colors, the concepts of color mixing, and the use of color to express emotion in artwork.  

The class will then take a break the week of February 27th and return March 5th to begin an artistic journey through time, starting with Cave Drawings.