Art Classes

From an antiques course with veteran instructor Daniel Brooks to classes in ceramics, acrylics, painting, art for teens, stained glass, calligraphy, creative writing and new classes added each semester, the Academy of the Arts offers our patrons the opportunity to explore new interests and learn from a wide variety of artists in our community. We also have art for children grades 1 through 5 and art for teens grades 6 through 8. Classes run every fall and spring as well as some classes are available over the summer.

If you do not see a class that you were expecting to be available check back soon as classes are added as they become available, or reach out to us by email.

Acting 1: Foundations
Wednesdays, 4-5 p.m., March 20-May 8
Cost: $150
Through improvisation and short scenes, students will explore acting technique, build confidence, and create characters in a collaborative, safe and caring environment. This class will culminate in a sharing experience on May 8. Location: Bolding Studio on the Samford campus.
Instructor: Laura Byland
Additional Requirements: Ages 11-13; limited to 10 students
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Antiques with Dan Brooks
Tuesdays, 2-4 p.m., February 19-March 26
Cost: $145
Veteran instructor Dan Brooks leads this popular class on an engaging journey through history, informing the present by studying the past. This course includes a number of guest lecturers and a fieldtrip(s).
Instructor: Dan Brooks
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Art for Children
Session A: Mondays, 3:30-5:00 p.m., January 7-February 25 *No class January 21
Cost: $195
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. (Supplies Provided)
Instructor: Carolyn Wass
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Art for Children
Session B: Mondays, 3:30-5:00 p.m., March 4-April 22 *No class March 25
Cost: $195
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. (Supplies Provided)
Instructor: Carolyn Wass
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Art Studio for Teens
Session A: Thursdays, 4-5:30 p.m., January 10-February 21
Cost: $175
Students in grades 7-12 will explore clay and acrylic painting activities.
Instructor: Carolyn Wass and Jimmy McGowan
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Art Studio for Teens B
Session B: Thursdays, 4-5:30 p.m., March 7-April 25 *No class March 28
Cost: $175
Students in grades 7-12 will explore clay and acrylic painting activities.
Instructor: Carolyn Wass and Jimmy McGowan
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Calligraphy
Session A: Tuesdays, 6-8 p.m., January 8-February 19
Cost: $195
Learn the art of beautiful handwriting. This is an introductory course to two of the most popular and useful lettering styles: Italic and Engravers Script. Instructions for broad pen and pointed pen lettering are included. No prior experience is required.
Instructor: Steve Logan
Additional Requirements: $15 supply fee
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Calligraphy
Session B: Tuesdays, 6-8 p.m., March 5-April 23 *No class March 12
Cost: $195
Learn the art of beautiful handwriting. This is an introductory course to two of the most popular and useful lettering styles: Italic and Engravers Script. Instructions for broad pen and pointed pen lettering are included. No prior experience is required.
Instructor: Steve Logan
Additional Requirements: $15 supply fee
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Creative Writing with a Focus on Fiction
Mondays, 6-8 p.m., January 7-February 25 *No class January 21
Cost: $195
Storytelling is a craft unto itself, and in this course, students will learn the difference between good writing and good storytelling and how to do both well—to become disciplined, “whole-brained” writers. With a focus on fiction, this creative writing course will have lessons on the essentials of story craft, including outlining, story development, character development, world building, authorial voice, wordsmithing, and more. This will be a class for the aspiring author, or anyone interested in how to tell better stories. Instructor feedback will be provided on student work, and each class will review the previous week’s material before moving on to a new lesson. Minimum age 18.
Instructor: K. B. Hoyle
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Fiction Publishing 101
Wednesdays, 6-8 p.m., January 9-February 20
Cost: $195
You've written a novel, now what? This course will cover basics of the publishing industry, including choosing the right publishing path for your manuscript (traditional, small press, indie/self, vanity), what agents are looking for and how to find and query them, how to prepare your manuscript for the querying process, and what to expect from industry professionals. Come prepared to learn how to move forward with your manuscript, to write and polish query letters, and to workshop the first fifty pages of your novel. *Students must bring laptops to class and be comfortable working with the instructor online and in social media contexts. Access to Twitter, in particular, is necessary for aspects of agent searches, as well as other online resources.
Instructor: K. B. Hoyle
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Introduction to Drawing
Mondays, 6- 8 p.m., January 7-February 25 *No class January 21
Cost: $195
Class participants will be introduced to a number of drawing mediums, techniques, and vocabulary. Participants will work on representational drawing techniques, but encouraged to explore ways of infusing with their own voice. The course will discuss classical drawing methods of sight-measuring, sight-size, triangulation, and perspective. Students will explore blind-contour, gestures, and elements of composition. The class will work from still life in first classes, with instructor demonstrations at start of classes. Later classes will give participants options of working from still life, or working from references of their choice.
Instructor: Andy Jordan
Additional Requirements: Supplies
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Introduction to Pottery
Session A: Mondays, 1-3 p.m., January 7-February 25 *No class January 21
Cost: $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.
Instructor: Carolyn Wass
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Introduction to Pottery
Session B: Mondays, 1-3 p.m., March 4-April 22 *No class March 25
Cost: $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.
Instructor: Carolyn Wass
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Novel Writing
Tuesdays, 6-8 p.m., January 8-February 19
Cost: $195
This class is part instruction, part workshop, and is a follow-up to Creative Writing: Focus on Fiction (Completion of Focus on Fiction is not a prerequisite, but recommended). Students should come to class ready to dig deep into the writing process from outlining to drafting a novel, and will need a specific novel project to work on in order to participate. Instructor help and critique will be provided on an individual basis, as needed, during class work-shopping time. There will also be opportunities for peer feedback, as well as review and expansion of concepts introduced in Focus on Fiction. Minimum age 18.
Instructor: K.B. Hoyle
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Oil Painting with Andy Jordan
Tuesdays, 6- 8 p.m., January 8-February 19
Cost: $195
Class participants will explore a number of techniques and processes that have been used with oil painting for centuries. Techniques will be introduced in demonstration and then utilized with remaining class time. These techniques will be used in a sequential manner, to address the methods used to work around oil paint’s longer curing time comparative to water-soluble paints. 
Instructor: Andy Jordan
Additional Requirements: Supplies
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Stained Glass
Thursdays, 6- 8 p.m., January 10-February 21
Cost: $195 + $60 supply fee
The course will introduce the art of stained glass. Students will learn the basics of copper-foil stained glass and create a stained glass panel of their very own. Class is limited to six students.
Instructor: Will Howard
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Watercolor Travel Journal
Mondays, 6-8 p.m., January 7-February 25 *No class January 21
Cost: $195
For beginners and intermediate Learn the basics of watercolor, drawing, mixing color and using a limited palette. A great class for beginning artist, interior designers and those who would like to keep a watercolor travel log.
Instructor: Scott Thompson
Additional Requirements: Supplies
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Instructors

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Dan Brooks
Instructor
Academy of the Arts
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Andrew Burrow
Instructor
Academy of the Arts
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Laura Byland
Instructor
Academy of the Arts
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K.B. Hoyle
Instructor
Academy of the Arts
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Andy Jordan
Instructor
Academy of the Arts
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James Knowles
Instructor
Academy of the Arts
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Steve Logan
Instructor
Academy of the Arts
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Anna McCain
Instructor
Academy of the Arts
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Jimmy McGowan
Art Coordinator
Academy of the Arts
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Scott Thompson
Instructor
Academy of the Arts
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Denise Trimm
Instructor
Academy of the Arts
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Carolyn Wass
Instructor
Academy of the Arts