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.
Tuesdays, 2:00 PM-4:00 PM September 22nd – October 27thInstructor: Daniel Brooks$135
Thursdays, 6PM-8PMSeptember 17th-October 29thSteve 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.
Tuesdays, 6PM-8PMNovember 3rd- December 15thSteve 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.
Mondays, 6PM-8PMAugust 10th- September 28th*No class 9-7-2015Instructor: Carolyn Wass
Explore hand built sculpture and pottery with local clay artist, Carolyn Wass. We will be using different clay bodies and glazing techniques. All skill levels welcome. Projects will be individualized.
Mondays, 3PM-5PMAugust 10th-September 21st*No class 9-7-2015Carolyn 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.
Fall A: Tuesdays, 6 PM-8PMAugust 25th- October 6thFall B: Tuesdays, 6 PM-8PMOctober 20th – December 1stInstructor: 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.
Fall A: Thursdays, 6 PM-8PMAugust 27th- October 8thFall B: Thursdays, 6 PM-8PMOctober 22nd – December 10thInstructor: 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.
Monday, 10AM-11:30AMOctober 5th-November 30th(No class October 12th or November 23rd)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 will teach a class entitled A Patron’s Guide to Birmingham Arts. The class will meet each Monday at 10 a.m. to preview upcoming events around our community and study subjects related to these performances, exhibits and festivals. Special guests will provide an inside perspective of the arts and how to make the most of each opportunity. All of this will be in our new 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.
Thursdays, 9 AM-11 AMAugust 13th- September 24thInstructor: Anna Flowers$195
Looking for something a little different? Come join a mixed group of amateur and experienced artist in a live figure drawing group. Figures will be clothed in fun unique costumes, offering a fun twist on the traditional life drawing class.
Tuesdays, 6PM-8PMOctober 13th-November 24thInstructor: Anna Flowers$195
Intro to Fashion Design explains the qualities and skills necessary to become a fashion designer. You’ll learn about the many related career opportunities available in addition to that of fashion design and gain an inside look into today’s fashion business.
Thursday, 6pm-8pmSeptember 3rd, 10th, & 17thInstructor: Charles Ford$120
This course is for those individuals, with little to no experience, who would like to learn to use a 3D modeling computer program for a wide range of drawing applications. Required: Personal laptop and mouse; installed SketchUp Make (download the free version of SketchUp).
Fall A: Tuesdays, 6PM-8PMAugust 11th – September 22ndFall B: Tuesdays, 6PM-8PMOctober 6th-November 17thInstructor: Scott Thompson$195
Drawing serves as the foundation for most forms of two dimensional art. In this class we will focus on the following: Basic shapes made up of light and shadow, compositional balance and imbalance, perspective and principles of design. Supplies needed: 1(one) Bright white Strathmore or Canson drawing pad 11x14, 4 (four) 6b pencils, 1 (one) kneaded eraser, 1(one) package of hand wipes
Tuesdays, 9AM-11AMAugust 11th-September 22ndor Wednesdays, 6PM-8PMAugust 12th-September 23rdInstructor: Erin Hardin$195
was a popular painting surface for many of the old masters. Those
works remain among the most beautiful and well-preserved. The
smoothness of the surface allows for a luminosity often hard to achieve
on canvas, however it also means that special techniques are required.
Artist Erin Hardin will teach those to you and help you complete a
Tuesdays, 9AM-11AMOctober 6th- November 17thor Wednesdays, 6PM-8PMOctober 7th-November 18thErin Hardin$195
Continue your study of painting on metal with artist Erin Hardin.
Fall A: Wednesdays, 6PM-8PMAugust 12th-September 23rdFall B: Wednesdays, 6PM-8PMOctober 7th-November 18thInstructor: Scott Thompson$195
In this class, students will produce quick painted studies. Paintings in acrylic will focus on color theory, creative composition, paint handling and indication of subject. Subject matter to include landscapes, still life, portrait, and situation and environment.
Fall A: Mondays, 6PM-8PMAugust 10th-September 28th*No class 9-7-2015Fall B: Mondays, 6PM-8PMOctober 5th-November 16thInstructor: Scott Thompson$195
Using a limited palette of acrylics, learn how to paint spontaneous landscapes from photographs. This course focuses on color mixing, lighting, simple shapes and editing photos to develop a good painting.
Saturday, 9AM- 2PMSeptember 5thInstructor: Angela Karen$175
Techniques for photographing people for
portraits or fashion purposes. Portrait and fashion lighting for both
studio and location are covered. Film or digital capture may be used.
This course also covers, shooting in–studio and on–location, lighting
techniques, and model direction. Completed assignments will be used to
create a professional portfolio. Equipment needed: Camera and tripod. Prerequisite: Basic SLR Photography.
Monday, 6PM-8PMAugust 10th-Oct 5th*No class on September 7thInstructor: Lindsey Culver$195
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.
Thursdays, 6PM-8PMOctober 15th-December 3rd *No class on 11-26-2015Instructor: Mike Nelson
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.
Tuesdays, 9:30AM-11:30AMOctober 13th-November 24th Instructor: Lindsey Culver$195
Tuesdays, 6 PM-8PMAugust 18th-September 29thInstructor: Chris Bisset$195
This advanced course is designed to 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
Tuesdays, 6PM-8PMAugust 18th-September 29th 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.
Fall A: Thursdays, 6PM-8PMAugust 13th-September 24thFall B: Tuesdays, 6PM-8PMOctober 13th- November 24th 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.
Tuesdays, 6PM-8PMAugust 11th –September 22nd 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: Basic computer skills.
Tuesdays, 6PM-8PMOctober 13th – November 24thInstructor: 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 Basic.
Thursdays, 6PM-8PMFall A: August 27th-October 8th Instructor: Mike Nelson$195
Learn to streamline your workflow by importing, organizing, and postprocessing your images within one fast application. Photoshop Lightroom integrates with other postprocessing software programs such as Adobe Photoshop and Adobe Photoshop Elements and is safe and nondestructive to your original elements. Prerequisite: Basic computer skills.
Monday, 6PM-8PMAugust 17th – September 28thInstructor: Abbie Wiersma$195
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.
Mondays, 6PM-8PMOctober 5th – November 23rd*No class Oct 12thInstructor: Bo Doss$195
Good photographic composition is critical to creating dynamic and impressionable images. The focus of this course is to expose students to a diversity of perspectives and techniques related to image composition. Techniques and perspectives to be evaluated include: Bird and Worm’s Eye Perspectives, Panoramas, Rule of Thirds and the Golden Ratio, Forced Perspective, Shadows & Silhouettes, Multiple Exposures and more. Students should have a working knowledge of their DSLR and basic image editing experience. Adobe Photoshop experience preferred, but not required. Equipment needed: Camera and tripod.
Tuesdays, 6PM-8PMAugust 11th-September 22nd 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 and tripod.
Tuesday, 6PM-8PMOctober 13th-November 24thInstructor: Meg McKinney $195
Learn to tell stories with your photographs. Students will apply the basics of photojournalism by developing and creating story ideas, executing them, and editing the image into a story-telling group of images. Prerequisite: Basic SLR Photography.
Tuesdays, 6PM-8PMAugust 18th-September 29th Instructor: Jean Dent $195
Explore the beauty and spiritual power of some of Birmingham’s most sacred locations. Learn to capture their mystery and what draws us to them. Interpret what you feel is sacred through the lens. Discover how different types of light and the time of day or night affect the mood and experiences of these locations and monuments. This class photographs on location at churches, cathedrals, cemeteries, memorial parks, and ceremonies. This course includes field trips that may require meeting outside normally scheduled class time due to available access. Equipment needed: Camera and tripod.