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 –
WINTER/SPRING CLASSES ARE NOW AVAILABLE FOR REGISTRATION!
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
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.
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
Teaching Artist: Dennis McLernon
Students will learn an acting process that allows them to reveal self through trust and ensemble building.
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
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
Teaching Artist: Brian Barrett
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
Teaching Artist: David Roby
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
Teaching Artist: Laura Stacy
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
Teaching Artist: Carl DelFavero
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!
Teaching Artist: Tina Braziel
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
UAB’s Alys Stephens Performing Arts Center proudly unveils ArtPlay, a new arts education and outreach initiative for our community.
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!
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.
22 Feb 15 // Birmingham, AL 35205
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
Order tickets online today at www.alysstephens.org