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    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.

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    Antiques+

    ANTIQUES WITH DAN BROOKS

    Tuesdays, 2:00 PM-4:00 PM 
    September 22nd – October 27th
    Instructor: Daniel Brooks
    $135

    Veteran instructor Dan Brooks leads this popular class on an engaging journey through history, informing the present by studying the past.  This course includes a number of guest lecturers and an optional overnight field trip.

    To register for summer classes, click on the link below.

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    Calligraphy+

    CALLIGRAPHY I

    Thursdays, 6PM-8PM
    September 17th-October 29th
    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
    November 3rd- December 15th
    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 summer classes, click on the link below.

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    Ceramics+

    CERAMICS FOR ADULTS

    Mondays, 6PM-8PM
    August 10th- September 28th
    *No class 9-7-2015
    Instructor: 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.

    To register for summer classes, click on the link below.

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    Children’s Classes+

    Art for Homeschool

    Mondays, 3PM-5PM
    August 10th-September 21st
    *No class 9-7-2015
    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.

    To register for summer classes, click on the link below.

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    Creative Writing+

    INTRODUCTION TO CREATIVE WRITING

    Fall A:  Tuesdays, 6 PM-8PM
    August 25th- October 6th
    Fall B:  Tuesdays, 6 PM-8PM
    October 20th – December 1st
    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

    Fall A:  Thursdays, 6 PM-8PM
    August 27th- October 8th
    Fall B:  Thursdays, 6 PM-8PM
    October 22nd – December 10th
    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 summer classes, click on the link below.

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    Dean’s Patron Series+

    A Patron’s Guide to Birmingham Arts

    Monday, 10AM-11:30AM
    October 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.

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    Drawing+

    (NEW) LIFE DRAWING WITH A TWIST

    Thursdays, 9 AM-11 AM
    August 13th- September 24th
    Instructor: 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.

    (NEW) INTRO TO FASHION DESIGN

    Tuesdays, 6PM-8PM
    October 13th-November 24th
    Instructor: 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.

    (NEW) SketchUp: Basics                                  

    Thursday, 6pm-8pm
    September 3rd, 10th, & 17th
    Instructor: 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).

    DRAWING I  (INTRODUCTION TO DRAWING)                                 

    Fall A: Tuesdays, 6PM-8PM
    August 11th – September 22nd
    Fall B: Tuesdays, 6PM-8PM
    October 6th-November 17th
    Instructor: 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

    To register for summer classes, click on the link below.

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    Painting+

    (NEW) OIL PAINTING ON METAL I

    Tuesdays, 9AM-11AM
    August 11th-September 22nd
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    Wednesdays, 6PM-8PM
    August 12th-September 23rd
    Instructor: Erin Hardin
    $195

    Metal 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 masterpiece.

    (NEW) OIL PAINTING ON METAL II

    Tuesdays, 9AM-11AM
    October 6th- November 17th
    or
    Wednesdays, 6PM-8PM
    October 7th-November 18th
    Erin Hardin
    $195

    Continue your study of painting on metal with artist Erin Hardin.

    PAINTING I (QUICK STUDIES-COLOR MIXING AND COMPOSITION)        

    Fall A: Wednesdays, 6PM-8PM
    August 12th-September 23rd
    Fall B: Wednesdays, 6PM-8PM
    October 7th-November 18th
    Instructor: 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.

    PAINTING IMPRESSIONISTIC LANDSCAPES

    Fall A: Mondays, 6PM-8PM
    August 10th-September 28th
    *No class 9-7-2015
    Fall B: Mondays, 6PM-8PM
    October 5th-November 16th
    Instructor: 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.

    To register for summer classes, click on the link below.

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    Photography+

    (NEW) FASHION PHOTOGRAPHY WORKSHOP

    Saturday, 9AM- 2PM
    September 5th
    Instructor: 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.

    (NEW) PHOTOGRAPHING BABIES AND CHILDREN

    Monday, 6PM-8PM
    August 10th-Oct 5th
    *No class on September 7th
    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.

    PHOTOGRAPHY I:  BASIC

    Thursdays, 6PM-8PM
    October 15th-December 3rd
    *No class on 11-26-2015
    Instructor: 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.

    PHOTOGRAPHY I:  BASIC

    Tuesdays, 9:30AM-11:30AM
    October 13th-November 24th
    Instructor: Lindsey Culver
    $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 PM-8PM
    August 18th-September 29th
    Instructor: 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

    UNDERSTANDING YOUR NIKON DSLR                                            

    Tuesdays, 6PM-8PM
    August 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.

    UNDERSTANDING YOUR CANON DSLR

    Fall A:  Thursdays, 6PM-8PM
    August 13th-September 24th
    Fall B:  Tuesdays, 6PM-8PM
    October 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.

    ADOBE PHOTOSHOP BASICS

    Tuesdays, 6PM-8PM
    August 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.

    ADOBE PHOTOSHOP I

    Tuesdays, 6PM-8PM
    October 13th – November 24th
    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 Basic.

    ADOBE PHOTOSHOP LIGHTROOM

    Thursdays, 6PM-8PM
    Fall 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.

    ESSENTIAL DIGITAL COLOR PRINTING                                            

    Monday, 6PM-8PM
    August 17th – September 28th
    Instructor: 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. 

    PHOTOGRAPHIC COMPOSITION TECHNIQUES                                            

    Mondays, 6PM-8PM
    October 5th – November 23rd
    *No class Oct 12th
    Instructor: 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.

    STUDIO LIGHTING                                                                            

    Tuesdays, 6PM-8PM
    August 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.

    PHOTO JOURNALISM                                                           

    Tuesday, 6PM-8PM
    October 13th-November 24th
    Instructor: 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.

    PHOTOGRAPHING THE SACRED                                                     

    Tuesdays, 6PM-8PM
    August 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.

    To register for summer classes, click on the link below.

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