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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.

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    Acting+

    The Art of Pretending

    Jane Caswell
    June 8 – July 20
    6 p.m.–8 p.m.                                     
    $200

    Course Description

    This course highlights quick and powerful ways to develop a more natural and spontaneous acting style. It teaches tangible, practical skills to help set aside self-consciousness, focus on the moment and create fun, compelling performances. All experience levels are welcome, ages 18 and up. 

    To register for summer classes, fill out the form found in the link below and return it to:

    Samford’s Academy of the Arts
    800 Lakeshore Drive
    Birmingham, AL 35229

    Registration Form 

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    Antiques+

    ANTIQUES IN YOUR OWN BACKYARD

    This class is already in session. Please check back for future offerings.

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    Calligraphy+

    Summer

    CALLIGRAPHY II

    Steve Logan
    Thursdays, 6–8 p.m.
    July 23–September 3
    This course offers basic instruction and contracted 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. $200

    To register for summer classes, fill out the form found in the link below and return it to:

    Samford’s Academy of the Arts
    800 Lakeshore Drive
    Birmingham, AL 35229

    Registration Form  

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    Ceramics+

    This class is already in session. Please check back for future offerings. 

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    Children’s Classes+

    Register for Classes

    Art for Children: 110

    Carolyn Wass
    Thursdays, April 2–16
    4:00–5:30 p.m.
    Cost: $90 

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    Creative Writing+

    Fiction and Essay Critiquing

    Denise Trimm
    June 4–July 16
    6–8 p.m.
    $200

    To register for summer classes, fill out the form found in the link below and return it to:

    Samford’s Academy of the Arts
    800 Lakeshore Drive
    Birmingham, AL 35229

    Registration Form 

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    Culinary+

    This class is already in session. Please check back for future offerings. 

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    Dean’s Patron Series+

    A Patron’s Guide to Birmingham Arts

    February 9 – March 30 (No class March 16): $75

    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.

    Register Today

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    Drawing+

    Summer Classes

    DRAWING 1

    Scott Thompson
    MON   6–8 p.m.
    June 1–July 13
    This class focuses on basic shapes made up of light, shadow, composition, balance and imbalance.  Perspective and principles of design are also covered.  $200  

    To register for summer classes, fill out the form found in the link below and return it to:

    Samford’s Academy of the Arts
    800 Lakeshore Drive
    Birmingham, AL 35229

    Registration Form  

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    Painting+

    PAINTING AND IMPRESSIONISTIC LANDSCAPES

    Scott Thompson
    Thursdays, 6–8 p.m.
    June 4–July 16
    Using  a limited palette of acrylics, learn how to paint spontaneous landscapes from photographs.  This course focuses on color mixing, lighting, simple shaping and editing photographs to develop a painting. $200

    PAINTING I—QUICK STUDIES:  COLOR MIXING AND COMPOSITION

    Scott Thompson
    Wednesdays, 6–8 p.m.
    June 3–July 15
    Produce quick painted studies.  Paintings in acrylic focus on color theory, creative composition, paint handling and indication of subject. $200

    To register for summer classes, fill out the form found in the link below and return it to:

    Samford’s Academy of the Arts
    800 Lakeshore Drive
    Birmingham, AL 35229

    Registration Form 

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    Photography+

    Summer Classes

    WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHY

    Michael Nelson
    Thursdays, 6–8 p.m.
    June 18–July 30 
    Thinking about wedding photography? This course will help you take a look into the realm of wedding photography. We will take you from the engagement session and pre-wedding preparation all the way through to post-production method. We will take a look at the various types of equipment required as well as legal contracts, marketing strategies and pricing.  $200

    UNDERSTANDING YOUR CANON DSLR  

    Chris Bisset
    Mondays, 6–8 p.m.
    June 15–July 27
    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 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.  $200

    NIGHT TIME/LOW LIGHT PHOTOGRAPHY

    Meg McKinney                     
    Tuesdays, 6–8 p.m.
    June 16–July 28
    Explore the world around us—at sunset, dusk, after dark.  Learn to use camera settings and controls to create images for time exposure, light painting, etc.  Must have tripod, cable release, DSLR, lens(es), strobe flash, flashlight, digital downloading to show photos in class. Field trips TBD during class, including one Friday and one Sunday evening. $200
    Prerequisite: Beginning Photography

    ESSENTIALS OF DIGITAL PRINTING

    Abbie  Wiersma
    Mondays, 6–8 p.m.
    June 15–July 27
    This class takes you from the original concept of your picture to the finished image in a digital environment. Learn the workflow through the digital darkroom while discussing file sizes and resolution, printer basics and fundamental issues regarding paper and ink choices.  Discuss color calibration and management, an output of the finished digital image.  200
    Prerequisite:  Good working knowledge of Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Photoshop Elements or Adobe Photoshop Lightroom.       

    To register for summer classes, fill out the form found in the link below and return it to:

    Samford’s Academy of the Arts
    800 Lakeshore Drive
    Birmingham, AL 35229

    Registration Form