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With classes for every age group plus educational events for the whole family to enjoy, ArtPlay aims to connect our community with the arts like never before. Check out our classes, workshops and performances, and start creating today!

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ArtPlay, the education and outreach initiative of UAB’s Alys Stephens Performing Arts Center, endeavors to educate, inspire, and nurture creative growth and self-expression in people of all ages by providing innovative arts education programming in a collaborative and holistic environment.



Make a New Year’s Resolution to explore your creativity.

ArtPlay is proud to announce the following new classes for the Winter/Spring Semester.

Creative Wacky Wonders

Ages 3 - 5
January 17 – March 7
Saturdays 9:00 – 9:45 am
Teaching Artist: Alley Bulka
Cost $120

This mixed media art class with the Wacky Nanny focuses on imagination and creation.  Children will be led through projects that will open their creative minds and allow them to make their ideas come to life.

Musical Theatre

Ages 7 – 12
January 15 – March 19
Thursdays 5:00 – 6:00 pm
Teaching Artist: Red Mountain Theatre Company
Cost: $150

Sing and dance in Broadway-style numbers while discovering the rich history of the American musical theatre tradition.  Learn to become a triple-threat by honing your skills in acting, singing and dancing.

The Courageous Performer

Ages 16 – Adult
January 14 – April 8
Wednesdays 6:00 – 8:00 pm
Teaching Artist: Dennis McLernon
Cost $100

Students will learn an acting process that allows them to reveal self through trust and ensemble building.

Book Arts

Ages 16 – Adult
January 14 – February 18
Wednesdays 6:30 – 8:00 pm
Teaching Artist: Lillis Taylor
Cost $150 + Materials

A book can be more than a vehicle for stories. It is a tactile conduit of creativity between the maker and the user. Participants in this Book Arts class will utilize a variety of methods to create a few personalized, hand-sewn blank books. We will also discuss how to craft, bind and ornament art books to fit the use or user: gardening journals, cookbooks, albums, poetry folios, sketchbooks and more.

Hand Sewing: A Community Quilt

Ages 16 – Adult
January 15 – March 19
Thursdays 6:00 – 8:00 pm
Teaching Artist: Lillis Taylor
Cost $200 + Materials

This quilting class is for beginners and veterans alike, and fuses research, technique and composition into a richly pieced experience. Students will practice different sewing techniques, while learning about quilting traditions rooted in Alabama to contemporary quilters who are redefining the boundaries of the medium. The class will then combine the squares into a finished quilt. No sewing experience is necessary!

Improvisational Comedy Strikes Back

January 13 – March 3
Tuesdays 6:00 – 8:00 pm
Teaching Artist: Brian Barrett
Cost $180

Beginning improv was such a hit, we had to have a sequel. In this intermediate level class, Brian Barrett takes you beyond the basics of improv to improve your knowledge and understanding of this hilarious art form.

The ABC’s of Screenwriting

January 14 – April 8
Wednesdays 6:00 – 8:00 pm
Teaching Artist: David Roby
Cost $200

Do you have that perfect idea for a movie? You know it would be a great short film or maybe full-length feature. But how do you start? How do you leap over that first big hurdle? hrough a series of guided coursework, The ABC’s of Screenwriting gives you the proper tools and necessary encouragement to jump in and finally your brewing ideas in your mind to paper!

The Art of Batik

January 14 – February 18
Wednesdays 6:00 – 8:00 pm
Teaching Artist: Laura Stacy
Cost $160 + Materials

Batik, or resist dying, is wax drawing combined with hand painting using dye to create colorful designs on fabric. Messy and fun, batik is as easy or as difficult as you want it to be. In this class we will batik cotton canvas with your design that can later be a wall hanging, a pillow cover, or anything else you wish.

Secrets of Beautiful Photography

January 13 – February 17
Tuesdays 6:00 – 8:00 pm
Teaching Artist: Carl DelFavero
Cost $160

Secrets Of Beautiful Photography is designed for the casual photographer who wants to improve their photography and take the look and feel of their images to another level. We will learn some basic techniques to immediately improve the look of your images and then hone finer skills to take your snapshots and make them great shots! Bring your camera for this new class!

Poetry 101

January 20 – February 17
Tuesdays 6:00 – 8:00 pm
Teaching Artist: Tina Braziel
Cost $120

In this beginning class, students will learn how to develop original poems from imitating the moves made by master poets. Students will complete four poems developed in this way. In addition, students will develop the skill for developing poetry exercises from closely reading published poems.


UAB’s Alys Stephens Performing Arts Center proudly unveils ArtPlay, a new arts education and outreach initiative for our community.

Upcoming Events

  • Community Sewing Day – Celebrate Civil Rights with March Quilts!

    30 Jan 15 // Birmingham, AL 35205

    UAB collaborates on “The March Quilts” to celebrate Alabama’s civil rights legacy
    Join us in this fantastically fun upcoming event, COMMUNITY SEWING DAY @ ArtPlay – this Friday, January 30th.

    Volunteers of all sewing skills and experience are welcome!

  • Master Class – Jazz Essentials: Bebop with Branford Marsalis

    3 Feb 15 // Birmingham, AL 35205

    Join us for the third installment of The Essentials as we continue our journey through jazz and explore Bebop with NEA Jazz Master and renowned award winning saxophonist, Branford Marsalis.

  • ArtPlay's "Make it Happen" Performing Ensemble presents "The Clever George Washington Carver"

    22 Feb 15 // Birmingham, AL 35205

  • ArtPlay's "Make it Happen" Performing Ensemble presents "The Clever George Washington Carver"

    22 Feb 15 // Birmingham, AL 35205

    Join the multitalented young actors of ArtPlay’s “Make it Happen” Performing Ensemble as they celebrate the life of Alabama’s own Dr. George Washington Carver. This entertaining and educational play is written and directed by ArtPlay’s own Alicia Johnson-Williams. Through poetry, song and dance, The Clever Dr. George Washington Carver, is a snapshot tribute of this remarkable man, his life and his legacy. While no story can truly encapsulate his infinite contributions to science and agriculture, this performance is sure to offer a wonderful introduction to his life and work. The Clever Dr. George Washington Carver is sure to educate and entertain audiences of all ages.

    Tickets – Adults: $11 · Kids: $9

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