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

Calligraphy I

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

Two adults making pottery on a wheel

Pottery

Session B: Mondays, 1-3 p.m., October 23-December 11 (No class November 20)
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 B: Mondays, 3:30-5:30 p.m., October 23-December 11 (No class November 20)
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 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 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.

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Pencil drawing of structure at Sloss Furnace

Urban Sketching Workshop

Saturday, October 21, 10 a.m.-3 p.m.
Sloss Furnaces
Instructor: Michael Dudley
$100

First two hours (10 a.m.-12 p.m.) at Samford Academy of the Arts for drawing instruction.
12-1 p.m. - Lunch and travel
Second part of the workshop will be onsite at Sloss Furnaces (1-3 p.m.)
Supplies required: Sketchbook, drawing supplies, folding chair for Sloss.

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Painting

mountain painted in acrylics

Acrylic Painting

Session B: Mondays, 6-8 p.m.
October 23- December 4
Instructor: Scott Thompson
$195/session

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

cat painted in liquid acrylics

Abstract Painting with Liquid Acrylics

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

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Exploring Photography

Tuesdays, 6-8 p.m.
October 24- December 5
Instructor: Cliff Brane
$195

This course covers photo composition, the digital darkroom and more. There will be introductions to Lightroom, Photoshop, software like Topaz, Macphun and NIK, printing and the equipment you need to create various types of photos from HDR, landscape and family photos to sports photography. We will talk about and use apps like VSCO, Snapseed, Lens Distortions and Lightroom Mobile. We will introduce and discuss how to compose better photos and put the lessons into practice with exercises and field trips with our cameras. Requires iPhone or DSLR and some basic knowledge of how to use them. Class goal will be to make you a better photographer now and set a future direction for continued growth in your skills. No prerequisites.

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 Canon DSLR

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.

Lensbaby: Changing Your Perspective

Tuesdays, 6-8 p.m., October 23 – December 11 (No class October 30)
Instructor: Meg McKinney
$195

For off-beat, creative direction, learn about Lensbaby to see the world with a changeable perspective that you select. First class will cover Lensbaby equipment, accessories, purchase options. A Lensbaby lens is necessary for assignments after first class; class skips a week following first class, to accommodate purchases. Field trips offered outside of class.

Prerequisites: Basic Photography. Equipment required: DSLR camera, Lensbaby, tripod, cable release, digital storage to display images.

Adobe Photoshop Basics

Thursdays, 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

Session B: Tuesdays, 6-8 p.m., October 17-November 28
Instructor: Butch Oglesby
$195

Explore the creative option of Photoshop.

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Exercise in Photo Composition

Saturday, October 21, 9-11 a.m.
Instructor: Cliff Brane
Free

In this two-hour free seminar, we will talk about 22 different elements of composition. That will be followed by a slide show viewing of photos taken by a successful commercial photographer, wedding photographer, official photographer for the marching band at the University of Alabama and other local photographers who have let us use their images for discussion. Attendance is free and you are welcome to bring up to 10 of your own large Jpeg images on a thumb drive for review. Although there is no cost to this seminar, registration is required.

Essential Digital Color Printing

Saturday, October 21, 9 a.m. – 3 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 begin with color management settings in the camera and scanner to 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 printer profiles.

Wedding Dress

(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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Teens’ Classes+

Teens learning pottery.

Art Studio for Teens

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

Tuffets

Tuffet Making

Tuffet Making class is offered. Contact us for more details at 205-726-2739.

 

 

 

 

Workshops

Pencil drawing of structure at Sloss Furnace

Urban Sketching Workshop

Saturday, October 21, 10 a.m.-3 p.m.
Sloss Furnaces
Instructor: Michael Dudley
$100

First two hours (10 a.m.-12 p.m.) at Samford Academy of the Arts for drawing instruction.
12-1 p.m. - Lunch and travel
Second part of the workshop will be onsite at Sloss Furnaces (1-3 p.m.)
Supplies required: Sketchbook, drawing supplies, folding chair for Sloss.

Baseball player signing autographs for 3 boys

Exercise in Photo Composition

Saturday, October 21, 9-11 a.m.
Instructor: Cliff Brane
Free

In this two-hour free seminar, we will talk about 22 different elements of composition. That will be followed by a slide show viewing of photos taken by a successful commercial photographer, wedding photographer, official photographer for the marching band at the University of Alabama and other local photographers who have let us use their images for discussion. Attendance is free and you are welcome to bring up to 10 of your own large Jpeg images on a thumb drive for review. Although there is no cost to this seminar, registration is required.

Essential Digital Color Printing

Saturday, October 21, 9 a.m. – 3 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 begin with color management settings in the camera and scanner to 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 printer profiles.

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