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. For step by step instructions on registering, click here.

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Antiques+

Antiques with Dan Brooks

Tuesdays, 2-4PM
Instructor: Daniel Brooks
Check back later for Fall 2016 schedule.
Explore the world of antiques and historic architecture with another course directed by veteran instructor, Daniel Brooks. 
Brooks Hall,  Room 134

Calligraphy+

CALLIGRAPHY I

Tuesdays, 6PM-8PM
May 3 - June 14
Instructor: Steve Logan
$195 + $15 supply fee

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.

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Ceramics+

Introduction to Pottery

Saturdays:  April 9 & 23
9 am – 12 pm
Instructor: Carolyn Wass
$145

To register for classes, click on the link below.

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Children’s Classes+

Art for Children

Check back later for our Fall 2016 course schedule.

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. All supplies will be provided.

Creative Writing+

INTRODUCTION TO FICTION

Summer : Tuesdays, 6-8PM
May 3  – June 21 (No Class June 14)
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.

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CRITIQUING FICTION AND ESSAY

Summer:  Thursdays, 6– 8PM
May 5  – June 23 (No Class June 16)
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.

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Dean’s Patron Series+

A Patron’s Guide to Birmingham Arts

Monday, 10-11:30AM
April 4, 11, 18, 25
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 class meets Monday at 10 a.m. to preview upcoming events around our community and study subjects related to these performances, exhibits, and festivals. Special guests provide an inside perspective of the arts and how to make the most of each opportunity. All of this is in our 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+

Thursdays,  6-8 PM
May 5 – June 23
Instructor: James Knowles
$195

This is a drawing class for beginners. In this class we will focus on the elements of drawing : lines, shapes, value and perspective.

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Painting+

Open Studio for Painting

Summer A: Tuesdays 6– 8PM
May 3 - June 14
Summer B: Tuesdays, 6– 8PM
June 28 - August 9
Instructor: Scott Thompson
$195

Open Studio provides a class environment with individualized instruction where the student sets the pace. Students will explore techniques in painting using a limited palette while choosing their own subject matter. Landscapes, portraits and still life are offered as well. For beginners, intermediate and advanced. (Supplies Required)

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Photography+

Making Money With Photography - Workshop

Sunday, 1-5 p.m.
April 10th
Instructor: Mike Nelson
$125

This workshop will explore the options for making money with photography.

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Understanding Your Canon DSLR

Thursdays, 6 – 8PM
May 26 - July 7
Instructor: Chris Bissett
$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. Bring your camera and manual to class.

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Lightroom

Thursdays, 6 – 8PM
June 16 - July 28
Instructor: Mike Nelson
$195

Lightroom is the perfect software for beginners and experts alike because it is completely safe and nondestructive to your original images. Prerequisite: Basic computer skills.

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Photographing Fireworks - Workshop

Saturday, 6-8 PM
June 25th
Instructor: Chris Bisset
$100

Fireworks are often one of those “ya–gotta-be-there” subjects, because the pictures do not seem to capture magic of the moment. To better capture the moment, this workshop will teach you techniques and help you understand the gear needed to photographing a challenging subject.

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Night Time / Low Light Photography

Mondays, 6-8 PM
June 13 – July 25 (includes July 4th)
Instructor: Meg McKinney
$195

Explore our world - after dark. Capture the beauty, with technical know-how, and photograph at dusk, sunset, evening. Class subjects include photographing fireworks, low-lit scenes, light painting, small strobe lighting, light in motion, night portraits, and more. Required: a 35mm DSLR camera, tripod, cable/shutter release, digital or print capability to show assignments in class. Class includes one field trip on a Sunday evening (no cost) and other field trips during class.  Prerequisite: Beginning Photography 

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 Photography Certificate Requirements

Stained Glass+

Introduction to Stained Glass

Tuesdays, 6-8 p.m.
March 1-April 19 (no class March 29)
Instructor: Andrew Burrow
$195 + $60 supply fee
Tools are provided. No experience needed. Limit six students per class

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Introduction to Stained Glass

Session B: Wednesdays, 6-8 p.m.
March 2-April 20 (no class March 30)
Instructor: Andrew Burrow
$195 + $60 supply fee
Tools are provided. No experience needed. Limit six students per class

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Workshops+

Making Money With Photography - Workshop

Sunday, 1– 5PM
April 10th                                                                                     
Instructor: Mike Nelson
$125

This workshop will explore the options for making money with photography.

Photographing Fireworks - Workshop     

Saturday, 6-8 PM
June 25th                                                                    
Instructor: Chris Bisset
$100

Fireworks are often one of those “ya–gotta-be-there” subjects, because the pictures do not seem to capture magic of the moment. To better capture the moment, this workshop will teach you techniques and help you understand the gear needed to photographing a challenging subject.

Registration available mid-April.

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