Gulf Coast Arts Alliance - Saturday Class Schedule
Winter 2017


Call the GCAA at (251) 948-2627 to reserve a space.

225 East 24th Avenue, Gulf Shores, AL



  • Digital Photography Tips and Tricks


    Winter Plumage

    Saturday, January 14 from 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM, $20

    Every Saturday, January 21 - February 18 from 11:00 AM - 12:00 noon, $20

    This is a hands-on photography class designed to help you take advantage of more features of your digital camera. We will learn about the camera controls and work on overcoming common problems. Come get to know your camera better and improve your photography.

    Each participant should bring their digital camera, charged batteries, a camera memory card, and the camera manual (if available).

    Tips and Tricks handout

  • Map to True Treasure


    Editing Digital Photographs—Adobe Photoshop Elements


    Saturday, January 21, 10:00 AM-11:00 AM, $20


    Learn to edit your images on the computer using Adobe Photoshop Elements (the home version of Adobe Photoshop). We will cover the basics of cropping, correcting exposure, straightening the picture, capturing and moving parts of the picture, combining several pictures, and other image editing skills.

    If you have a laptop computer, bring it to class.

    Photoshop Elements handout


  • Exposure: Capturing Ligh and Motion


    Saturday, January 28, 10:00 AM-11:00 AM, $20


    Exposure and focus are key elements in digital photography. In this class we will explore the following questions: How does shutter speed affect the image? How can I determine what will be in focus? What is the best lighting for my photographs?

    Exposure is the SCIENCE of photography.

    Each participant should bring their digital camera, charged batteries, a camera memory card, and the camera manual (if available).



    Amazon Sunset

  • Composition: The Art of Photography



    Beach Chorus

    Saturday, February 4, 10:00 AM-11:00 AM, $20


    What is the difference between a snapshot and a photograph?

    In this class we apply the elements and principles of design to emphasize the photograph's subject. Learn how to add interest and drama to your digital pictures. Photo composition is the ART of photography.

    Each participant should bring their digital camera, charged batteries, a camera memory card, and the camera manual (if available).


  • Photographing birds



    Saturday, February 11, 10:00 AM-11:00 AM, $20


    It can be challenging to get good pictures when your subjects won't hold still or are hidden deep in a tree. Here are some hints on photographing the beautiful birds of the Alabama Gulf Coast.

    Each participant should bring their digital camera, charged batteries, a camera memory card, and the camera manual (if available).


    Egret Profile

  • Mardi Gras Bead Crafts


    Saturday, February 18, 10:00 AM-11:00 AM, $20


    Mardi Gras Throw Bead Crafts

    Do you have a bag of throw beads left over from Mardi Gras? Come learn how to turn them into glittering holiday decorations, bowls, garlands, jewelry and tiny animals.

    Come join the fun!


  • Design your own class


    Interested in learning more about photography or image editing?

    If I have expertise in the areas you wish to cover, we can design your own class.

    The cost is $20 per person per hour.

    Contact me by email, dorie_parsons@hotmail.com or by telephone, (251) 948-8922, to make arrangements.



    Dorie Parsons