Life on the lake is the good life, but art makes it the great life!

Tallapoosa School of Art

Tallapoosa School of Art is located near Dadeville, a small town in Central Alabama, on the shores of Lake Martin, a pristine 44,000-acre reservoir on the Tallapoosa River.  The studio, accommodations, and surrounding acreage are nestled in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains. Our workshops include plein air oil painting, watercolor painting, and studio painting lessons taught by some of the country’s finest teachers and artists.

Plein air workshops are offered in the fall and spring when the weather is temperate and the lake is quiet. Here you will experience painting outdoors in calm, colorful, undisturbed pine and hardwood forests that surround the still waters of the lake, which boasts 750 miles of shoreline.

Studio workshops and artist demonstrations are held in our rustic mountainside studio, with northern light-facing windows and panoramic prospects of woods and water. All classes are limited to 10 students.

Our full-service approach to art workshops makes Tallapoosa School of Art a unique pleasure. Plein air easels, in-studio art tables, and table easels are supplied, and for students who lodge in the Blue Heron, no driving is required after arrival. The studio is on-site and we will enjoy catered meals together or provide transportation to local restaurants that we visit during your stay. When we go off-site to paint, our capable staff will ferry students around the lake on our own pontoon boat. Lovely mountain views are just a short stroll from the studio. Dinner is typically served at 7:00 p.m., with lunch at our plein air setting of the day. Kayaks and canoes are available for our Blue Heron guests before and after classes. Bring your own adult beverages for relaxing on the docks and porches.

Painting sites include pristine sloughs where birdlife blends with other aquatic and woodland species. The lake and property surrounding the studio offer great vistas as well. The full moon rising over the lake at the Blue Heron provides a mystical setting for nocturnal plein air painters.