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.

Antiques

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Antiques with Dan Brooks

Tuesdays, 2-4 p.m.
September 12-October 24
Instructor: Daniel Brooks
$145

Continue the celebration of the 45th Anniversary of the Samford Antiques Class with an exciting course devoted the Bicentennial of the Alabama Territory. Follow rivers and the old Federal Road, as veteran course coordinator, Daniel Brooks takes participants on an antiques journey to the past. Samford alum Sarah Bliss Wright and other antiquarians join Brooks for a creative semester of lectures, field trips and new adventure. This special seven weeks course includes a day trip to exceptional plantation houses in Talladega County and the "possibility" of "winning" a seat on the unforgettable two-night excursion to historic Milledgeville, Georgia. Class begins earlier than usual. Mark your calendars for Tuesday, September 12.

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Calligraphy

Calligraphy I

Session A: Thursdays, 6-8 p.m., August 24-October 5
Session B: Tuesdays, 6-8 p.m., October 24-December 5
Instructor: Steve Logan
$195 + $15 supply fee

Learn the art of beautiful handwriting. This is an introductory course to two of the most popular and useful lettering styles – Italic and Engraver’s script (also known as copperplate or roundhand). No prior experience is required. All supplies will be provided in the first class.

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Ceramics

Pottery

Session A: Mondays, 1-3 p.m., August 21-October 9 (No class September 4)
Session B: Mondays, 1-3 p.m., October 23-December 4
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

Children learning to create pottery.

Art for Children

Session A: Mondays, 3:30-5:30 p.m., August 21-October 9 (No class September 4)
Session B: Mondays, 3:30-5:30 p.m., October 23-December 4
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

Writing professor and class

Creative Writing

Session A: Mondays, 6-8 p.m., August 21- October 9
Session B: Mondays, 6-8 p.m., October 23- December 4
Instructor: Anna McCain
$195

This course is designed for the basics of both creative nonfiction and fiction writing.

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Drawing

Pencil drawing of a monkey holding a Mona Lisa

Drawing

Session A: Thursdays, 6-8 p.m.
August 24- October 5
Session B: Thursdays 6-8 p.m.
October 26- December 14 (No class November 23)
Instructor: Scott Thompson
$195/session

Join Scott Thompson to learn the basics of drawing or to refresh your skills. All levels welcome. Supplies Required.

Urban Sketching Workshop

Saturday, 9 a.m.-2 p.m.
TBA
Instructor: Michael Dudley
$100

Students will combine History, Architecture, and Drawing into a site visit to one of Birmingham’s historical churches.

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Painting

cat painted in liquid acrylics

Acrylic Painting

Session A: Mondays, 6-8 p.m.
August 21- October 9 (No class September 4)
Session B: Mondays, 6-8 p.m.
October 23- December 4
Instructor: Scott Thompson
$195/session

This course provides and environment with individualized instruction where the student sets the pace.

Abstract Painting with Liquid Acrylics

Session A: Thursdays, 6-8 p.m.
August 24-October 5
Session B: Thursdays, 6-8 p.m.
October 19-December 7 (No class November 23)
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 to unleash their imagination and incorporate images into their paintings. Supplies required.

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Photography

Photography Certificate

Photography I: Basic

Thursdays, 6-8 p.m.
October 26-December 14
Instructor: Chris Bisset
$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/Nikon DSLR

Understanding Your Nikon DSLR

Thursdays. 6-8 p.m.
August 24-October 5
Instructor: Mike Nelson
$195

This course is designed to help you understand the available options and unlock the vast potential of your digital Nikon. The course begins with basic camera settings, advances to auto focus, exposure compensation, and flash options, and concludes with customizing your camera for your needs. Bring Equipment needed: Nikon DSLR, manual

Understanding Your Canon DSLR

Session A: Thursdays, 6-8 p.m., August 24-October 5
Session B: Tuesdays, 6-8 p.m., October 24-December 5
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.

Adobe Photoshop Basics

Tuesdays, 5:30-7:30 p.m., August 31- October 12
Instructor: Bo Doss
$195

This is a complete introduction to Photoshop. This course helps you unwrap the 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. Equipment needed: DSLR camera, camera cable or card reader and USB storage device (2GB minimum)

Adobe Photoshop - Being Creative

Tuesdays, 5:30-7:30 p.m.
TBA
Instructor: Butch Oglesby
$195

This is a continuation of Adobe Photoshop Basics. You will develop Photoshop skills using artistic tools and techniques. Prerequisite: Adobe Photoshop Basics

Essential Digital Color Printing

Saturday, TBA, 9 a.m.-2 p.m.
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 learn about the art of presenting the print which will include paper choice, matting, and framing.

(NEW) Crime Scene Photography Techniques

Mondays, 6-8 p.m.
August 21- October 9 (No class September 4)
Instructor: Dan Matteo
$195

Crime scene photography techniques just like the police agencies use. Prerequisite: Basic SLR knowledge. Equipment needed: SLR camera or iPhone with a slow shutter speed app (Slow Shutter or Manual Camera), tripod, Flash with Remote Cord or Strong Flashlight.

Exploring Photography

Mondays, 6-8 p.m.
August 21- October 9 (No class September 4)
Instructor: Cliff Brane
$195

Are you a casual photographer who just wants to take better photos or do you have something more serious in mind? This seven week course touches on many aspects of photography and includes classroom work and several field trips. It is meant more as an overview of photography rather than a deep dive into any single element of the hobby/profession. There are no pre-requisite Samford classes for this introductory class, but the student should possess at minimum a mid-level digital camera and/or an iPhone and have some working knowledge of how to use them.

Photojournalism: Story Telling in Words and Pictures

Tuesdays, 6-8 p.m.
August 22- October 3
Instructor: Meg McKinney
$195

Apply the basics of photojournalism by developing and focusing story ideas, executing them as assigned, and editing the assignments into a storytelling group of images. You will gain a better understanding of photojournalism, how it impacts your life and how to apply its principles and practices. The course will discuss the law as it relates to photography, ethics and the role of the photojournalist. Bring story ideas to first class.

Prerequisite: Basic SLR knowledge. Equipment needed: SLR camera

(NEW) Wedding Photography Like the Pros

Tuesday, 6-8 p.m.
October 17- November 28
Instructor: Mike Nelson
$195 + $25 Modeling Fee

Prerequisite: Basic SLR knowledge. Equipment needed: DSLR camera

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Stained Glass

Please check back soon for upcoming courses.

Teens’ Classes+

Teens learning pottery.

Art Studio for Teens

Session A: Thursdays, 4-5:30 p.m., August 24-September 21
Session B: Thursdays, 4-5:30 p.m., October 26-December 7 (No class November 23)
Instructors: Carolyn Wass and Jimmy McGowan
$175/session

In this six week class, students in grades 7-12 will explore clay by hand building and wheel throwing. Students will also take a still life from drawing to acrylic painting.

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Upholstery

Tuffet Making coming this fall. Check back for details.

Workshops

Please check back soon for upcoming workshops.