A Birmingham gift guide for the art lover, including galleries, supplies + classes

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Sometimes you know the artist in your life better than Santa. Photo via Unsplash

Birmingham’s a gem when it comes to art. It’s the perfect spot for the artist on your gift list to flourish. While they’re busy becoming the next Monet, here are some gift ideas including where to get art locally, art supply stores and classes to help them brush up on their skills.

Where to get art locally


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If you’ve ever been driving down 2nd Avenue North and a yellow storefront caught your eye, that was Canary Gallery. As a home to over 23 different artists, you can find almost any style of art from landscapes to abstract and everything in between.

Their motto is “good art for good people”. Scan their website, meet their featured artists and pick a local piece that your art lover is going to cherish.

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In the market for a beautiful art piece? Four Corners Gallery has you covered. Photo by Hannah Williams for Bham Now

With such a large range of artists, you’re sure to find a piece that’ll go down as one of the best gifts your artist has received this year. If you’re not sure where to start, no worries. Four Corners Gallery also offers gift certificates from $25 to $1000.

Take a look at their unique collection from renowned artists.

Birmingham Art Museum

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The museum shop is open Wednesday-Saturday 11AM-4PM and Sunday 1PM-4PM. You can also shop online. Photo via Matthew Niblett for Bham Now

Did you know that the Birmingham Museum of Art had a gift shop? Their shop has art, earrings, apparel and so much more—all inspired by world-renowned artists and pieces you can find in the museum. My personal favorite is their Frida Kahlo pillow!

Shop their online store or stop by to check out their selections from a plethora of local makers.

Looking for more ideas? Check out our guide to 5 Birmingham art galleries and how you can support them now.

Your artist is going to need supplies, right?

Forstall Art Center

Paints, brushes, clay—you name it. No matter the medium the artist on your list dabbles in, Forstall has all the basics you need. They also offer custom framing for when you’re done with your masterpiece.

Alabama Art Supply

Alabama Art Supply has been throwing out deals that make even Santa jealous. With all the supplies you could dream of, here are some of their deals to keep on your radar:

  • Free gift wrapping on holiday sets + fast local delivery
  • Get a free 9×12 canvas with purchase of a gift certificate

Lessons to brush up on those skills

Have an artsy high schooler? Dabble in charcoal at Space One Eleven’s class

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Charcoal can get messy, but it’s fun to create with. Photo via Space One Eleven

Space One Eleven is a visual arts center that hosts exhibitions and teaching opportunities in Birmingham. Spring registration for their Alabama Charcoal class is now open for high school students. The class is designed to improve visual communication skills and creative thinking.

All skill levels are welcome and classes meet in person once a week.

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Da Vinci better watch out. Maybe you’ll be even better. Photo via Red Dot Gallery’s Facebook

Despite what you think, everyone can draw. All you need are the fundamental, visual skills to get you started. Maybe you’re not on the level of Leonardo da Vinci, but Red Dot Gallery’s virtual drawing class can get you a step closer.

They offer a one hour class for beginners, experts and everyone in between. Learn from instructor Dori DeCamillis via Zoom about the fundamentals. All you’ll need is a pencil, paper, eraser and pencil sharpener.

Pottery-making lesson from Samford Academy of the Arts

If the artist on your list is more into pottery and ceramics, give them the gift of knowledge with Samford Academy of the Arts’ pottery class. There is more than one course to register for, but classes are limited to 6 students and masks are required.

The class will lead you through exploring methods of hand-building, carving, glazing and decorating pottery. Who knows? Maybe you’ll find a new hobby to bring into the new year.

  • When: Session A Evening: Mondays at 6-8PM, January 11-March 1 | Session B Afternoon: Mondays at 12-2PM, March 8-April 26
  • Price: $260 (includes supplies)
  • Book your class

Paint a masterpiece at Sips n Strokes

Sips n Stokes is a casual, fun environment where customers of all backgrounds can unleash their inner Van Gogh and Bob Ross. Your instructor takes you step-by-step through the process of painting your masterpiece.

Every class is dedicated to a specific painting so everyone can follow along. Check out their calendar to see what paintings they’ll be teaching next. Of course, masks are required.

  • Location: 2233 6th Ave S, Birmingham, AL 35233 (Downtown) | 5870 Trussville Crossings Pkwy #118, Trussville, AL 35235 (Trussville)
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Chaise Sanders
Chaise Sanders
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