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, 2-4 p.m.
September 20-October 25

Instructor: Daniel Brooks
$135


Explore the world of antiques and culture with an exciting new series taught by veteran instructor Daniel Brooks. Climb "to greater heights" as the Samford Antiques Class marks Brooks' thirtieth anniversary with lecture topics and field trips embracing Palladio, Thomas Jefferson, regional collections and Tennessee architecture. Ron Sanders, Olivia Alison, Anne Monfore, Julie Whiting and other antiquarians join Brooks for another outstanding semester. Session includes: 1 two-night field trip and 1 one-day field trip.
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Calligraphy+

Calligraphy I

Tuesdays, 6-8 p.m.
September 1-October 13
Instructor: Steve Logan
$195 + $15 supply fee

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.

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Calligraphy II

Tuesdays, 6-8 p.m.
October 25-December 6
Instructor: Steve Logan
$195 + $15 supply fee

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.

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Ceramics+

Introduction to Pottery

Session A: Mondays, 1-3 p.m., August 29-October 17 (no class September 5)
Session B: Mondays, 1-3 p.m., October 31-December 12
Instructor: Carolyn Wass
$195

Explore hand building and wheel throwing with local clay artist, Carolyn Wass. We will be using different clay bodies and glazing techniques. All skill levels welcome.

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Children’s Classes+

Art for Children

Session A: Mondays, 3:30-5:30 p.m., August 29-October 17 (no class September 5)
Session B: Mondays, 3:30-5:30 p.m., October 31-December 12
Instructor: Carolyn Wass
$195/session

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. 

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Creative Writing+

Introduction to Fiction

Check back later for Fall 2016 update

Critiquing Fiction and Essay

Check back later for Fall 2016 update

Dean’s Patron Series+

A Patron’s Guide to Birmingham Arts

Monday, 10-11:30 a.m.
September 26-November 14 (no class October 10)
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. 

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Drawing+

Thursdays,  6-8 PM
May 5 – June 23
Instructor: James Knowles
$195

This is a drawing class for beginners. In this class we will focus on the elements of drawing : lines, shapes, value and perspective.

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Painting+

Open Studio for Painting

Summer A: Tuesdays 6– 8PM
May 3 - June 14
Summer B: Tuesdays, 6– 8PM
June 28 - August 9
Instructor: Scott Thompson
$195/session

Open Studio provides a class environment with individualized instruction where the student sets the pace. Students will explore techniques in 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)

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Open Studio for Painting

(Fall) Session A: Wednesdays 6-8 p.m., August 31-October 12
(Fall) Session B: Wednesdays, 6-8 p.m., October 26-December 7
Instructor: Scott Thompson
$195/session

This class provides an environment with individualized instruction where the student sets the pace. Subject matter can include landscapes, still life and portraits. Supplies required.

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(New) Abstract Painting with Liquid Acrylics

Session A: Tuesdays 6-8 p.m., September 1-October 13
Session B: Tuesdays, 6-8 p.m., October 27-December 15 (no class November 24)
Instructor: James Knowles
$195/session

This class is an introduction to abstract painting techniques using liquid acrylics. Students will learn how to pour and manipulate the paints to create beautiful abstract designs. Students will also learn how unleash their imagination and incorporate images into paintings. Supplies required.

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Photography+

Lightroom

Thursdays, 6 – 8PM
June 16 - July 28
Instructor: Mike Nelson
$195

Lightroom is the perfect software for beginners and experts alike because it is completely safe and nondestructive to your original images. Prerequisite: Basic computer skills.

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Photographing Fireworks - Workshop

Saturday, 6-8 PM
June 25th
Instructor: Chris Bisset
$100

Fireworks are often one of those “ya–gotta-be-there” subjects, because the pictures do not seem to capture magic of the moment. To better capture the moment, this workshop will teach you techniques and help you understand the gear needed to photographing a challenging subject.

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Night Time / Low Light Photography

Mondays, 6-8 PM
June 13 – July 25 (includes July 4th)
Instructor: Meg McKinney
$195

Explore our world - after dark. Capture the beauty, with technical know-how, and photograph at dusk, sunset, evening. Class subjects include photographing fireworks, low-lit scenes, light painting, small strobe lighting, light in motion, night portraits, and more. Required: a 35mm DSLR camera, tripod, cable/shutter release, digital or print capability to show assignments in class. Class includes one field trip on a Sunday evening (no cost) and other field trips during class.  Prerequisite: Beginning Photography 

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Photography I: Basic

Tuesdays, 6-8 p.m.
October 25-December 6
Instructor: Mike Nelson
$195

This course is designed to cover all aspects of beginning photography. You will learn proper exposure and appropriate use of shutter speed and aperture as well as lens choices and lighting options. You will learn many methods for creating strong compositions. This course will teach you how to create beautiful images – not just snap photos. You will see lots of image examples demonstrating each technique. Equipment needed: DSLR camera. Prerequisite: Understanding Your Canon or Nikon DSLR.

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Understanding Your Nikon DSLR

Thursdays, 6 – 8 p.m.
September 1-October 13
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.

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Understanding Your Canon DSLR

Session A: Thursdays, 6-8 p.m., September 1-October 13
Session B: Thursdays, 6-8 p.m., October 27-December 15 (no class November 24)
Instructor: Chris Bisset
$195/session

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.

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Adobe Photoshop Basics

Tuesdays, 6-8 p.m.
August 30-October 11
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. Prerequisite: DSLR & camera cable or card reader. USB Jump Drive (2GB minimum).

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Adobe Photoshop I

Tuesdays, 6-8 p.m.
October 25-December 6
Instructor: Butch Oglesby
$195

Develop Photoshop skills using such artistic tools & techniques as: Selections, layers, hand-tinting, filters, masks, multiple imaging, sharpening, blurring, dodging, and other image adjustments. Prerequisite: Photoshop Basics.

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Essential Digital Color Printing

Saturday, 9 a.m.-3 p.m.
August 27
Instructor: Chris Bisset
$175

This class is designed to help the photographer and artist create a good print and learn the qualities of a good print. Participants will begin with color management settings in the camera and scanner to 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.

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(New) Stereo Photography 3D Techniques

Tuesdays, 6-8 p.m.
October 25-December 6
Instructor: Chris Bisset
$195

This class will introduce you to the world of the 3D photograph. In class you will learn how to take 3D photographs, process stereo images and print a 3D lenticular image. There will be field trips.

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Studio Lighting

Mondays, 6-8 p.m.
August 29-October 17 (no class September 5)
Instructor: Lindsey Culver
$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 and tripod.

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Lensbaby: A Different Way to View the World

Tuesdays, 6-8 p.m.
August 30-October 18
Instructor: Meg McKinney
$195

See the world with a changeable perspective, one that you select to create unique images. The first class covers different Lensbaby models and accessories. After the first class, a Lensbaby is necessary for assignments that cover landscapes, portraits, events and more. Equipment needed: DSLR Camera, Lensbaby, Tripod, Cable release and Digital storage to display images. Prerequisite: Basic SLR Photography. * A field trip will be scheduled in class.

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Photographing Babies and Children

Mondays, 6-8 p.m.
October 24-December 5
Instructor: Lindsey Culver
$195

This course will introduce basic concepts and principles of photographing babies and children. Through demonstration and practice, students learn lighting and composition techniques. Equipment needed: Camera

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 Photography Certificate Requirements

Stained Glass+

Introduction to Stained Glass

Session A: Wednesdays, 6-8 p.m., August 31-October 12 (no class September 5)
Session B: Wednesdays, 6-8 p.m., October 26-December 14 (no class November 23)
Instructor: Andrew Burrow
$195 + $60 supply fee/session
The course will introduce the art of stained glass. Students will learn the basics of copper-foil stained glass and create a stained glass panel of their very own. Class is limited to six students.

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Workshops+

Photographing Fireworks - Workshop     

Saturday, 6-8 PM
June 25th
Instructor: Chris Bisset
$100

Fireworks are often one of those “ya–gotta-be-there” subjects, because the pictures do not seem to capture magic of the moment. To better capture the moment, this workshop will teach you techniques and help you understand the gear needed to photographing a challenging subject.

To register for classes, click on the link below.

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