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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Calligraphy

Calligraphy I

Thursdays, 6-8 p.m., June 1-July 13
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

Wheel/Hand Building Workshop

Mondays, 1-4 p.m., May 8-June 5 (No class May 29)
Instructor: Carolyn Wass
$185

Explore hand building and wheel throwing with local clay artist, Carolyn Wass. Students will use different clay bodies and glazing techniques. All skill levels welcome.

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Children’s Classes

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Creative Writing

Critiquing: Summer Creative Writing Workshop

Tuesdays, 6-8 p.m., June 13-July 11 (no class July 4)
Instructor: Anna McCain
$125

Writers of all levels are invited to attend this summer workshop. Each week, students will bring a piece of their own writing to be thoughtfully examined and critiqued by fellow classmates.

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Dean’s Patron Series

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Painting

Horse

Introduction to Acrylics

Tuesdays, 6-8 p.m., June 6-July 25 (No class July 4)
Instructor: Scott Thompson
$195

This is a course designed for acrylic and oil painters of all skill levels. It teaches students how to improve every aspect of a painting. Lesson plans will include: color mixing, color temperature, value relationships, working with layers, the illusion of atmosphere, depth, texture, and composition. Supplies required.

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Photography

Photography Certificate

Photography II: Advanced

Mondays, 6-8 p.m.
June 5-July 17
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. Equipment needed: DSLR camera. Prerequisites: Understanding Your Canon/Nikon DSLR; Photography I: Basic

Understanding Your Canon DSLR

Thursdays, 6-8 p.m., June 1-July 13
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.

Night Time/Low Light Photography

Tuesdays, 6-8 p.m.
June 6-July 18
Instructor: Meg McKinney
$195

Class will meet 7 weeks including July 4th. Class also includes 1 Sunday evening field trip (no cost) and other field trips during class. 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. Prerequisite: Beginning Photography

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Stained Glass

Stained Glass Jewelry Workshop

Saturday, 9 a.m.-12 p.m., June 24
Instructor: Andrew Burrow
$60

In this fun and engaging workshop, students will construct three different pieces of stained glass jewelry. Participants will learn the necessary skills for crafting these beautiful works of art and have access to the materials and tools needed. Come to learn, have fun, and then leave with beautiful jewelry!

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Teens’ Classes+

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Workshops

Wheel/Hand Building Workshop

Mondays, 1-4 p.m., May 8-June 5 (No class May 29)
Instructor: Carolyn Wass
$185

Explore hand building and wheel throwing with local clay artist, Carolyn Wass. Students will use different clay bodies and glazing techniques. All skill levels welcome.

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Critiquing: Summer Creative Writing Workshop

Tuesdays, 6-8 p.m.
June 13-July 11 (No class July 4)
Instructor: Anna McCain
$125

Writers of all levels are invited to attend this summer workshop. Each week, students will bring a piece of their own writing to be thoughtfully examined and critiqued by fellow classmates.

Register Today

Stained Glass Jewelry Workshop

Saturday, 9 a.m.-12 p.m.
June 24
Instructor: Andrew Burrow
$60

In this fun and engaging workshop, students will construct three different pieces of stained glass jewelry. Participants will learn the necessary skills for crafting these beautiful works of art and have access to the materials and tools needed. Come to learn, have fun, and then leave with beautiful jewelry!

Register Today