Arts

Arts at the Academy, formerly Samford After Sundown, offers a variety of art classes and courses, including painting, drawing, photography, calligraphy and much more. New classes are added weekly, so check back often for our latest additions.

To register for classes, call (205)726-2739 or click on the link below. Click the box next to the magnifying glass for a list of classes, then select the class you're looking for. For step by step instructions on registering, click here.

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Antiques+

Antiques with Dan Brooks

Tuesdays, 2-4PM
February 23 - March 29
Instructor: Daniel Brooks
$135
"From These Honored Walls"   Explore the world of antiques and historic architecture with another course directed by veteran instructor, Daniel Brooks.  From the walls of sacred places to period paintings, learn more about the artists and craftsmen of yesteryear. Curators and antiquarians join participants for lectures and several one day field trips in this exciting new series.
Brooks Hall,  Room 134

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Calligraphy+

CALLIGRAPHY I

Tuesdays, 6PM-8PM
January 5th- February 16th
Instructor: Steve Logan
$195

Learn a new skill that is fun, satisfying, and rewarding. This is an introductory course to broad pen and pointed pen lettering. No prior experience is required. We will concentrate on learning two of the most popular styles: Italic and Engraver's Script.  All supplies will be provided in the first class.

CALLIGRAPHY II

Tuesdays, 6PM-8PM
March 1st- April 12th
Instructor: Steve Logan
$195

This course offers basic instruction and concentrated practice in one of the most beautiful lettering styles:  Copperplate Script.  This classic style is ideal for lettering invitations and addressing envelopes for weddings and other social events.  All supplies will be provided in the first class.

To register for classes, click on the link below.

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Ceramics+

Introduction to Pottery

Saturdays:  2/27 and 3/12
9 am – 12 pm
Instructor: Carolyn Wass
$145

To register for classes, click on the link below.

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Children’s Classes+

Art for Children

Spring A: Mondays, 3- 5PM
January 11th  – February 22nd
Spring B: Mondays, 3 – 5PM
March 7th  – April 8th
Instructor: Carolyn Wass
$195

Explore sculpture, painting, pottery, drawing, printmaking with local artist Carolyn Wass.  Each course is tailored for each group of students.  Emphasis is placed on individual creativity and craftsmanship. All supplies will be provided.

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Creative Writing+

INTRODUCTION TO CREATIVE WRITING

Spring A:  Tuesdays, 6-8PM
January 5th  – February 16th
Spring B:  Tuesdays, 6 – 8PM
March 1st  – April 19th   (No Class March 29th)
Instructor: Denise Trimm
$195

Learn how to use characterization, setting, dialogue, plot, pacing and elements of voice to tell your story effectively and entertainingly.  Instruction, practice exercises, and sharing sessions provide a safe and encouraging learning environment.

CRITIQUING FICTION AND ESSAY

Spring A:  Thursdays, 6– 8PM
January 7th  – February 18th
Spring B:  Thursdays, 6 – 8PM
March 3rd  – April 21st  (No Class March 31st)
Instructor: Denise Trimm
$195

Writers share sections of their work with participants before each class.  In a warm, supportive community of writers, students offer constructive criticism and advice on improving the submissions.

To register for classes, click on the link below.

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Dean’s Patron Series+

A Patron’s Guide to Birmingham Arts

Monday, 10-11:30AM
Feb. 29; March 7, 14; April 4, 11, 18, 25
Instructor Joe Hopkins
$75

The dean of Samford’s School of the Arts teaches on subjects related to upcoming Birmingham arts events.  Special guests provide an inside perspective on the arts and how to make the most of each opportunity.The Birmingham community is filled with extraordinary music, theatre, dance, art and design events, but here is a way to better understand and enjoy these experiences. Dean Hopkins class meets Monday at 10 a.m. to preview upcoming events around our community and study subjects related to these performances, exhibits, and festivals. Special guests provide an inside perspective of the arts and how to make the most of each opportunity. All of this is in our facility on the other side of Lakeshore Drive between Covenant Presbyterian Church and Homewood High School. The beautiful colonial-style building is completely ADA compliant with convenient parking, covered portico, playground, and gardens.

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Drawing+

No drawing classes are scheduled for Spring 2016.
Please feel free to look through our other course offerings.                        

Painting+

Open Studio for Acrylic Painting

Spring A: Mondays, 6– 8PM
January 11th  – February 22nd
Spring B: Mondays, 6– 8PM
March 7th  – April 18th
Instructor: Scott Thompson
$195

Open Studio provides a class environment with individualized instruction where the student sets the pace. Students will explore techniques in acrylic painting using a limited palette while choosing their own subject matter. Landscapes, portraits and still life are offered as well. For beginners, intermediate and advanced. (Supplies Required)

(NEW) Luminous Oil Painting

Spring A: Thursdays, 12-2PM
January 7th  – February 18th    
Spring B: Thursdays, 6- 8PM
March 3rd  – April 21st                                                
Instructor: Erin Hardin
$195

Paintings by the Old Masters are often known for their luminosity - an effect achieved both by the surfaces they chose and by their techniques. In this two-part class, artist Erin Hardin will help give you the tools to create beautiful paintings in your own style using classical glazing techniques on a variety of surfaces. (Supplies Required)

This is Your Life - Watercolor Journaling

Saturday, 9AM – 2PM
March 19th
Instructor: Erin Hardin
$175

Ever feel like days are slipping by without attention? Would you like a way to record moments and feelings- whether momentous or everyday? Consider watercolor journaling. Using a combination of simple drawing, watercolor, and journaling techniques, artist Erin Hardin will help you start a lovely keepsake of your life. The first few classes will be taught in a classroom setting. Later classes will include group outings and the chance to create on location. (Supplies Required)

Introduction to Watercolor Painting

Mondays, 6– 8PM
Jan 11th  – Feb 22nd
Instructor: Carolyn Wass
$195

This course is for anyone who wants to learn to paint using watercolors. The basics will be covered, as well as how to set up to start painting. (Supplies Required)

Beginning Watercolor Painting

Mondays, 6– 8PM
March 7th  – April 8th                                     
Instructor: Carolyn Wass
$195

This class will be a continuation of the Introduction to Watercolor course. Feel free to join the class for a time of painting. (Supplies Required)

 

To register for classes, click on the link below.

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Photography+

Photography I:  Basic

Thursdays, 6 - 8PM
March 10th - April 21st 
Instructor: Mike Nelson
$195

This course is designed to help you make effective images using the capabilities of your DSLR camera. Topics include exposure, selecting the appropriate aperture and shutter speed, lens choices, lighting options, and basic principles of framing and composition.  Equipment needed:  DSLR camera.  Prerequisite:  Understanding Your Canon or Nikon DSLR.

Photography II: Advanced

Tuesdays, 6 – 8PM
March 8th - April 19th
Instructor: Chris Bisset
$195

This advanced course is designed take you beyond photography basics and will increase your skills so you can take your images to the next level. You will learn advanced composition and lighting techniques. You will be encouraged to begin developing a personal style.  Prerequisites:  Understanding Your Canon/Nikon; Photography I: Basic

Understanding Your Nikon DSLR      

Thursdays, 6 – 8PM
January 14th - February 25th  
Instructor: Mike Nelson
$195

This course is designed to help you understand the available options and unlock the vast potential of your digital Nikon.  Begin with basic camera settings; advance to auto focus, exposure compensation and flash options; and conclude with customizing your camera for your needs. Bring your camera and manual to class.                    

Understanding Your Canon DSLR

Spring A:  Thursdays, 6 – 8PM
January 14th - February 25th
Spring B:  Thursdays, 6 – 8PM
March 10th  – April 21st
Instructor: Chris Bisset
$195

Are you intimidated by your camera?  Don’t settle for photographs that are less than what your camera is capable of delivering and don’t be left in the dark concerning the vast array of features that you can use to take professional quality images.  Learn to navigate the menus, submenus, options, and settings of Canon digital SLRs to your best advantage.  Beginning with the basic camera controls and progressing to the most advanced options, learn to unlock your camera’s potential to suit your individual needs. Bring your camera and manual to class.

Adobe Photoshop Basics

Tuesdays, 6 – 8PM
January 12th  – February 23rd
Instructor: Bo Doss
$195

This is a complete introduction to Photoshop.  The course helps you unwrap this immense software and explains in detail all the tools, buttons and menus.  Learn tips and tricks for installation, setting up your personal workspace, and how to navigate around the program.  Hands-on lessons show you how to develop, manipulate, and print photographs in the digital darkroom. 

Adobe Photoshop I

Tuesdays, 6-8PM
March 8th  – April 26th 
Instructor: Butch Oglesby
$195
 
This is a continuation of Photoshop Basics. You will develop Photoshop skills using artistic tools and techniques. Prerequisites: Photoshop Basics

Close-Up and Macro Photography                                            

Mondays, 6– 8PM
March 7th  – April 18th                                                        
Instructor: Jean Dent
$195

Explore the exciting and rewarding world of close-up and macro photography. Learn to use the tools of close-up photography to discover a new world of texture, pattern and color in details that usually go unnoticed. Composition, light modification and close-up flash technique are covered.  Field trips, weekly assignments and in-class shoots enhance classroom instruction.  Equipment needed: A fully adjustable SLR camera. A tripod is strongly recommended. Some type of close-up equipment such as a lens reversing ring ($10-20), extension tubes ($50-90), a close-up lens filter ($100-150), or a macro lens ($400 and up) will be needed, but students may wish to postpone acquiring such equipment until after the first class meeting. Prerequisites: Basic SLR Photography.  Flash Photography for Canon or Nikon would be helpful.

Essential Digital Color Printing

TBA   Check back later for details.
TBA
Instructor: TBA
$195

This class is designed to help the photographer and artist learn and create the qualities of a good print.  Participants will begin with color management settings in the camera and scanner, then progress through the monitor, software, printer, and paper.  Focus will be on simplifying the interpretation of each device as the original image is processed from the camera to the paper and will include a discussion on monitor calibration and printer profiles.  Test strips will be used to determine how different print settings affect the print.  File preparation for printing discussions include: Sizing, basic adjustment, black and white conversions, toning, incorporating filters and textures, as well as output adjustments such as sharpening to enhance images.  Monitors, printers, and ink will also be discussed for those interested in setting up a digital lab.  There will be a time spent “hands-on” with wide format professional printers. Participants will learn about different substrates for printing and will use photo papers, fine art papers, and canvas during class.  The final class will cover the art of presenting the print which will include paper choice, matting, and framing.

Basic Flash Photography for Nikon

Tuesdays, 6 – 8PM
January 12th  – February 23rd
Instructor: Mike Nelson
$195

Learn about the use of portable electronic flash in a variety of lighting conditions for Nikon cameras. Topics will include TTL and Manual modes, plus the Nikon CCL (Creative Lighting System) for use of remote flash units. We will discuss synch speeds, exposure adjustments, understanding Guide Numbers, use of bounce and fill flash, plus off camera flash techniques.
Equipment needed:  A Nikon digital DSLR camera and a Hot Shoe mounted flash (not a pop up flash). Prerequisites: Photography I: Basic

Studio Lighting  

Wednesdays, 6 – 8PM
January 13th  - February 24th                          
Instructor: Angela Karen
$195

This course will introduce basic concepts and principles of lighting for photography.  Through demonstration and practice in studio, the students learn the fundamentals of recognizing and controlling both natural and studio lighting.  Students will study and produce still life and portrait photographs using strobe lighting equipment. Equipment needed: Camera.

Architectural Photography

Tuesdays, 6 – 8PM
March 8th  – April 19th
Instructor: Meg McKinney
$195

Join us as we discover architectural photography. The emphasis will be on composition, lighting, and challenges faced when on location. Field trips will be discussed at first class meeting. Prerequisite:  Basic SLR Photography.    

(NEW) Photographing Babies and Children

Spring A: Mondays, 6 – 8PM
January 11th - February 22nd                                   
Spring B: Mondays, 10AM -12PM
March 7th  – April 18th                                      
Instructor: Lindsey Culver
$195

This course will introduce basic concepts and principles of photographing babies and children. Equipment needed: Camera                                            

CAPSTONE COURSE

Tuesday, 6 – 8PM
March 8th
Instructor: Mike Nelson
$300

This is the capstone course for those seeking the photography certificate and have completed all the core and elective courses. A student will be required to enroll one time in this course, even though the work may not be completed in one 7-week session. The course will be run as an independent study with no formal class meeting times. Each student will meet one-on-one with his/her advisor to review and critique his/her body of work, discuss what should be included in a portfolio, suggest additional post processing and additional images to complete the portfolio, and advise on the selection and preparation of images for the judging of his/her portfolio. The mentor will guide the student in writing the artist's statement.        

Photography Certificate Requirements

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Stained Glass+

Introduction to Stained Glass

Session B: Wednesdays, 6-8 p.m.
March 2-April 20 (no class March 30)
Instructor: Andrew Burrow
$195 + $60 supply fee
Tools are provided. No experience needed. Limit six students per class

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Workshops+

Making Money With Photography - Workshop

Sunday, 1– 5PM
April 10th                                                                                     
Instructor: Mike Nelson
$125

This workshop will explore the options for making money with photography.

Linoleum Block Printing - Workshop     

Saturday, 9AM – 2PM
March 5th                                                                    
Instructor: Chris Bisset
$175

Learn a craft that is both useful and immensely important to the human endeavor of communication and preservation of ideas. Print making offers the chance to make something beautiful which can be also be broadcast to the many. In the class, one will learn how to cut a printing block along with how to pull a print from your own block. (Supplies Required)

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