Art Classes

From an antiques course with veteran instructor Daniel Brooks to classes in ceramics, acrylics, painting, art for teens, tuffet-making, 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.

Antiques with Dan Brooks
Tuesdays, 2-4 pm, September 18-October 23
$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: Daniel Brooks
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Art for Children
Session A: Mondays, 3:30-5:30 p.m., August 20-October 8
$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, 3:30-5:30 p.m., October 22-December 3
$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 Teens
Thursdays, 4:00-5:30 p.m., August 23-October 4
$175
In this class students in grades 6-8 will explore clay by hand building and wheel throwing. Students will also take a still life from drawing to acrylic painting.
Instructor: Jimmy McGowan and Carolyn Wass
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Calligraphy
Session A: Tuesdays, 6-8 p.m., August 28-October 9
$210 (includes supplies)
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.
Instructor: Steve Logan
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Calligraphy
Session B: Tuesdays, 6-8 p.m., October 23-December 4  
$210 (includes supplies)
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.
Instructor: Steve Logan
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Creative Writing with a Focus
Tuesdays, 6-8 pm, October 23-December 4
$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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Introduction to Drawing
Mondays, 6- 8 p.m., August 20-October 8 * No class Labor Day
$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. Likewise 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
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Novel Writing
Mondays, October 22 - December 3 6:00 - 8:00 PM
$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., October 23 – December 4
$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, as to address the methods used to work around oil paint’s longer curing time comparative to water-soluble paints. 
Instructor: Andy Jordan
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Patrons of the Arts with Joseph Hopkins
Wednesdays, 1-2 pm, September 26-November 17
$85
Join School of the Arts Dean Joseph Hopkins as he lectures on subjects related to upcoming Birmingham arts events. Special guest musicians, actors and artists provide an inside perspective on the arts and how to make the most of each event. This is a super opportunity to connect with arts and music friends from the community. Convenient parking at the Academy of the Arts one-level facility on South Lakeshore Drive between Covenant Presbyterian Church and Homewood High School.
Instructor: SOA Dean Joseph Hopkins
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Pottery
Session A: Mondays, 1-3 p.m., August 20-October 8
$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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Pottery
Session B: Mondays, 1-3 p.m., October 22-December 3
$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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Stained Glass
Thursdays, 6- 8 p.m., October 25–December 6
$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: William Howard
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Watercolor Travel Journal
Tuesdays, 6- 8 p.m., October 23 – December 4
$195
 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
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Instructors

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Andrew Burrow
Instructor
Academy of the Arts
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Anna McCain
Instructor
Academy of the Arts
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Carolyn Wass
Instructor
Academy of the Arts
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Dan Brooks
Instructor
Academy of the Arts
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Denise Trimm
Instructor
Academy of the Arts
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James Knowles
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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Steve Logan
Instructor
Academy of the Arts