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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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CULTIVATING CREATIVITY

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.

WHAT’S NEW –

Registration for Fall Classes Now Available!

Pre-K

Me & You & Paint & Glue

Ages 2-3 years + Guardian

September 10-October 29

Saturdays 10-10:45 a.m.

Join Birmingham’s favorite Wacky Nanny as you create new masterpieces. These simple projects will help your child develop the artist inside, and he or she will have fun while creating with you … and glue.

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Act Your Age

Ages 3-5 years + Guardian

September 12-October 31

Monday 10-10:45 a.m.

All the world’s a stage and Ms. Haley is ready to take you on a journey through guided activities that will awaken your child’s mind. Parents will delight in a final class presentation.

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Creative Wacky Wonders

Ages 3-5

September 10-October 29

Saturdays 11-11:45 a.m.

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.

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Together Making Music

Ages 1-3 + Guardian

September 10-October 29

Saturdays 11-11:45 a.m.

A class for parents and children to enjoy making music together. Families will learn fun, easy songs paired with simple movements to increase your child’s motor skills and physical development.

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Wiggle, Giggle, Dance & Sing

Ages 3.5-5

September 10-October 29

Saturday 10-10:45 a.m.

Through a mixture of silly song, rhythm, musical games and creative dances, students will deepen their understanding and love of music while developing motor skills and making friends.

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Creative Movement

Ages 3-5

September 10-October 29

Saturdays 9-9:45 a.m.

In this class, students will use their imaginations to bring stories and characters to life through movement to music and rhythms. Activities in this class will promote body and sensory awareness, physical fitness and self-esteem. Most importantly, children will have fun!

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Elementary & Middle School

ArtPlay and Theatre UAB Musical Theatre Workshop

Ages 12-18

September 24-May 6

Saturdays 10 a.m.-3:00 p.m.

Join Theatre UAB and ArtPlay as you explore the world of musical theatre. Build your audition book, develop a character, create a resume, explore tech. This workshop will cover a lot of ground.

Our workshop will be held on Saturdays and will culminate with a trip to NYC in March/April (trip costs not included in registration).

There is also a showcase for friends and family in May at the Alys Stephens Center. Included in the workshop registration price is an opportunity to see one Alys Stephens Center and two Theatre UAB productions.

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Acting Out Theatre Workshops

Section A: Ages 7-9

September 10-November 12

Saturdays 10-11 a.m. 

Section B: Ages 10-12

September 10-November 12

Saturdays 11:10 a.m.-12:10 p.m. 

Actor and educator Darrell Revel will guide participants through the basics of theatre. Students will learn theatre games, improvisation, monologues, scene work, stage make-up application and voice & diction. Best of all, the children will get a chance to showcase their newly developed skills when the workshop culminates with a Showcase Production open to all parents and friends.

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Intro to Musical Theatre

Ages 7-12

September 8-November 11

Thursdays 5-6 p.m.

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.

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A Visual Arts Journey

Section A: Ages 7-9

September 6-November 8

Tuesdays 4:30-5:30 p.m.

Section B: Ages 10-12

September 6-November 8

Tuesdays 5:30-6:30 p.m.

Students will embark on a journey to experiment with a variety of visual arts genres, from drawing and painting to mixed media and mosaics. The class is for all skill levels and is recommended for any child interested in visual art. Class fee includes materials.

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Ukulele Orchestra for Kids!

Ages 10-14

September 12-October 31

Mondays 4:30-5:30 p.m.

Join Ms. Emmy as she shares her love for all things ukulele! This joyous art form will introduce kids to silly songs and the basics of playing music to share with family and friends. It’s cool to learn an instrument, and the ukulele might be the coolest!

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Ukulele Orchestra for Teens

Ages 13-16

September 12-November 14

Mondays 5:30-6:30 p.m.

Some of your favorite artists are performing and recording music on the ukulele! Mary Elizabeth Neal is hip to what’s exciting in music and will guide you through a musical journey. This class will end with a mini-recital for parents and friends.

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Comic, Character, Creation

Ages 10-14

September 7-November 9

Wednesdays 5-6 p.m.

Learn the basics of cartooning and rendering characters of a wide variety, from caricatures to comic books. Students will learn to re-create existing characters or design one from their own imagination and bring it to life. Price includes materials.

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High School

ArtPlay and Theatre UAB Musical Theatre Workshop 

Ages 12-18

September 24-May 6

Saturdays 10 a.m.-3:00 p.m.

Join Theatre UAB and ArtPlay as you explore the world of musical theatre. Build your audition book, develop a character, create a resume, explore tech. This workshop will cover a lot of ground.

Our workshop will be held on Saturdays and will culminate with a trip to NYC in March/April (trip costs not included in registration).

There is also a showcase for friends and family in May at the Alys Stephens Center. Included in the workshop registration price is an opportunity to see one Alys Stephens Center and two Theatre UAB productions.

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The Acting Studios for Young Actors

Ages 14-18

September 7-October 26

Wednesdays 5-6 p.m.

Teaching artist Susan McCain follows legendary Lee Strasberg’s design, beginning with Sensory work – the heart of the method – to focus on nailing that tricky audition piece.

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Ukulele Orchestra for Teens

Ages 13-16

September 12-November 14

Mondays 5:30-6:30 p.m.

Some of your favorite artists are performing music on the ukulele! Mary Elizabeth Neal is hip to what’s exciting in music and will guide you through a musical journey. This class will end with a mini-recital for parents and friends.

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Comic, Character, Creation

Ages 10-14

September 7-November 9

Wednesdays 5-6 p.m.

Learn the basics of cartooning and rendering characters of a wide variety, from caricatures to comic books. Students will learn to re-create existing characters or design one from their own imagination and bring it to life. Price includes materials.

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Improvisational Comedy for Teens

Ages 13-17

September 12-October 31

Mondays 5-6 p.m.

This class will teach the fundamentals of long-form improvisation, including how to create strong characters, play at the top of one’s intelligence, and build strong comedic scenes together out of thin air.

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Rhythm and Moves

Ages 16-Adult

September 12-November 28

Mondays 6-7 p.m.

This fun and unconventional adult dance class will contain a colorful blend of styles influenced by street dance, new style and popular music. Lively choreography will be taught during each class, then danced a few times through with all the style and flavor you can muster!

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Beginning Charcoal and Soft Pastel

Ages 16-Adult

September 6-November 8

Tuesdays 6-8 p.m.

ArtPlay delights when teaching artists teach their passion. Now, you can join local artist Andy Jordan as he guides you through the basics of working with charcoal and soft pastels. New images come to life as you explore new techniques and create wonderful works of art. Perfect for the beginner.

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Intermediate Hand-Sewing

Ages 16-Adult

October 19-November 23

Wednesdays 6-8 p.m.

Have you tried your hand at embroidery or cross-stitch? Have you made a quilt or two? If you’ve got a love for fabrics and hand work and you are savvy with the principles of sewing, you are ready to turn your skills into a work of art. In this class, you will create a wall-hanging using fabric-folding, appliqué, Sashiko and other textile techniques. Turn those long-lost home-ec skills into unique fiber art in this six-week class.

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Machine-Sewing: The Basics

Ages 16-Adult

September 7-October 12

Wednesdays 6-8 p.m.

Forget those times you tried sewing with your mother (unless the memories are good) and forget failing Home Economics – this class puts the fun back into sewing by demystifying the machine and sewing patterns. This crash course will make you and your machine fast friends, and you’ll have a few products to prove it! This class is geared toward participants who would like to learn to love machines they already own. If, however, you’d like to take the class and don’t have a machine to work with, please contact the instructor.

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Adult Classes

Back to the Uke-ture

September 12-November 14

Tuesdays 6:30-7:30 p.m.

For returning Ukulele Orchestra Students. Relive the magic!

Get Up, Stand Up … Comedy

September 12-November 14

Mondays 6-8 p.m.

Is your life full of good material? Have you ever had the dream of performing your own comedy set in front of an audience? Join local stand-up comedian and actor Christopher Davis as he guides you through the process of creating your own material for stand-up! While he can’t teach you to be funny, he can teach you methods of delivery, elements of writing your own material, and the joy of taking risks.

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Intermediate Hand-Sewing

Ages 16-Adult

October 19-November 23

Wednesdays 6-8 p.m.

Have you tried your hand at embroidery or cross-stitch? Have you made a quilt or two? If you’ve got a love for fabrics and hand work and you are savvy with the principles of sewing, you are ready to turn your skills into a work of art. In this class, you will create a wall-hanging using fabric-folding, appliqué, Sashiko and other textile techniques. Turn those long-lost home-ec skills into unique fiber art in this six-week class.

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Machine-Sewing: The Basics

Ages 16-Adult

September 7-October 12

Wednesdays 6-8 p.m.
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Forget those times you tried sewing with your mother (unless the memories are good) and forget failing Home Economics – this class puts the fun back into sewing by demystifying the machine and sewing patterns. This crash course will make you and your machine fast friends, and you’ll have a few products to prove it! This class is geared toward participants who would like to learn to love machines they already own. If, however, you’d like to take the class and don’t have a machine to work with, please contact the instructor.

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The Acting Studios

September 8-November 10

Wednesdays 6-8 p.m.

Teaching artist Susan McCain follows legendary Lee Strasberg’s design, beginning with Sensory work – the heart of the method – to focus on nailing that tricky audition piece.

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Beginning Charcoal and Soft Pastels

Ages 16-Adult

September 6-November 8

Tuesdays 6-8 p.m.

ArtPlay delights when teaching artists teach their passion. Now, you can join local artist Andy Jordan as he guides you through the basics of working with charcoal and soft pastels. New images come to life as you explore new techniques and create wonderful works of art. Perfect for the beginner.

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The Art and Craft of Hand-Sewing

September 12-November 14

Mondays Noon-1 p.m.

Join us for ArtPlay’s first lunchtime learning option for adults. You don’t need a sewing machine to create functional or decorative objects from fabric. Hand-sewing is a versatile art form that allows for a variety of textile manipulations almost impossible to replicate on a machine. Each week, participants will learn a new method of construction resulting in a personal sample encyclopedia for future reference. Don’t let this addictive art form die. The 21st century is ripe for a stitching renaissance.

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Beginning Bookbinding

September 12-October 17

Wednesdays 6-8 p.m.

Book arts are all around us in the form of journals, cookbooks, sketchbooks and more. Join Trent Thomas as he teaches you how to first construct a book out of a single sheet of paper and moves on to make your own unique journals, sketchbooks or scrapbooks. The possibilities are endless.

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Rhythm and Moves

Ages 16-Adult

September 12-November 28

Mondays 6-7 p.m.

This fun and unconventional adult dance class will contain a colorful blend of styles influenced by street dance, new style and popular music. Lively choreography will be taught during each class, then danced a few times through with all the style and flavor you can muster!

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The Acting Studios: On Stage

Ages 16-Adult

September 8-November 10

Thursdays 6-8 p.m.

Join acting favorite Susan McCain as she uses her joy in “the method” and guides students in presenting an actual production. The class will meet for nine weeks, and then on the 10th week the students will present their piece for friends and family.

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 Memoir: Better than Fiction

August 30-September 27

Tuesdays 6-8 p.m.

You, your words and your stories are the focus of this class. We read some example memoirs, but most of our time will be spent generating and crafting four of your stories. This class is perfect for those who already have some stories in mind and for those who are seeking inspiration.

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