Classes

Pre-K

Elementary & Middle

High School

Adults

  • Awaken Your Light Dream
  • Acting for Adults “Take One”
  • Acting for Adults “Take Two”
  • The Acting Studios
  • Improvisational Comedy
  • Playwriting
  • Ballet
  • Contemporary Movement
  • Beginning Sculpture
  • Mixed Media for the 21st Century
  • Beginning Painting
  • Intro to Drawing
  • Visual Art Appreciation
  • Private Instruction

Awaken Your Light Dream

All ages welcome!
April 12
Saturday beginning at 10 am
Teaching Artists: Local Artists
Cost $5

Bring art to life and light by creating wearable sculpture, illuminated musical instruments, and glowing LED wire art. Showcase your creations in the Light Dreams Parade!

Acting for Adults “Take One”

January 30 – April 24
Thursdays 6:00 – 8:00 pm
Teaching Artist: David Roby
Cost $200

Throughout this workshop, students will learn the basics of acting including theatre terminology, voice and diction, improvisation, character development, and more, through acting games, lessons, and exercises. Participants will even come away from the class with their very own prepared monologue for auditions. A showcase performance for all participants and their friends and families is scheduled at the end of the session.

Acting for Adults “Take Two”

January 22 – April 16
Wednesdays 6:00 – 8:00 pm
Teaching Artist: David Roby
Cost $200
This adult acting class will focus primarily on scene development. Students will be able to build on their basic foundation and further develop their technique. They will learn to establish realistic relationships with a scene partner, work with a director, and use positive expectations to fight towards a goal. Students will rehearse and perform full-length scenes that will explore the depth of great acting for a culminating showcase open to supportive family and friends.

The Acting Studios

January 27 – April 21
Mondays 6:00 – 8:00 pm
Teaching Artist: Susan McCain
Cost $250

Learn the acting approach that ensures the “connect” our most revered artists generate. Class follows the legendary Lee Strasberg’s design, beginning with Sensory work—heart of the Method—followed by scene and character development to empower the actor. Stage to screen, the Film Acting segments enhance concentration, accessibility, and release.

Improvisational Comedy

January 22 – March 12
Wednesdays 5:30 – 7:30 pm
Teaching Artist: Brian Barrett
Cost $180

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

Playwriting

January 21 – April 15
Tuesdays 5:30 – 7:30 pm
Teaching Artist: David Roby
Cost $200

Through class assignments and analysis of modern plays, students will learn the basic elements of playwriting in 12 sessions. Students will complete a monologue, a scene for two, a 10-minute play and an outline for a one-act or full-length play.

Ballet

Ages 16 – Adult
January 21 – April 15
Tuesdays 6:00 – 8:00 pm
Teaching Artist: Amanda Miller-Fasshauer
Cost $200

This class is for both contemporary and traditional dancers to understand the joy of movement within the structures and ideas of classical ballet.

Contemporary Movement

Ages 16 – Adult
January 27 – April 21
Mondays 6:00 – 8:00 pm
Teaching Artist: Amanda Miller-Fasshauer
Cost $200

This creative class embraces the importance of enjoying the moment and has a calming effect on one’s mental and physical state.

Beginning Sculpture

January 27 – April 21
Mondays 6:00 – 8:00 pm
Teaching Artist: Sarah Heath
Cost $225

Focus on the mold-making and casting processes through a variety of techniques. A portion of the class will take place at Sloss Furnaces to create bonded-sand molds for    your iron castings.

Mixed Media for the 21st Century

January 27 – April 21
Mondays 5:30 – 7:30 pm
Teaching Artist: Trent Thomas
Cost $200 + Materials

Topics covered in this class include:

  • Working Properties of Water-Soluble /Acrylic-Based Media and Drawing Media (acrylics, watercolor, gouache, inks, spray paint, paint markers, charcoal, graphite, soft pastels, pens)
  • Alternate Sources of Texture & Finish (gels/pastes, rubbings & washes, matte vs gloss)
  • Alternate Methods of Mark-Making (drips/splatters, resists, image transfer/collage)
  • Traditional Painting Techniques (rub-outs, blocking in, glazing, scumbling, etc)
  • Ideas in Design (form, line, shape, color, texture, composition, proportion)
  • Resolving Artist’s Concept with Media and Application (how the use of certain media and surfaces can help or hinder the translation of your concept or message)

Beginning Painting

January 21 – April 15
Tuesdays 5:30 – 7:30 pm
Teaching Artist: Trent Thomas
Cost $200 + Materials

Develop skills as a painter by mastering the fundamentals of design, explore still life, landscape and portraiture.

Intro to Drawing

January 21 – April 15
Tuesdays 5:30 – 7:30 pm
Teaching Artist: Bo Hughins
Cost $200 + Materials

Intro to Drawing introduces students to a variety of classic drawing materials and techniques. Projects include sketching, still life drawing, drawing from nature, portraiture and cartooning. Full of one-on-one attention, this course offers opportunities for improvement at any skill level.

Visual Art Appreciation

January 30 – April 24
Thursdays 6:00 – 7:30 pm
Teaching Artist: Sarah Heath
Cost $150

Gain a stronger knowledge of styles, genres, movements, techniques, and themes. Class also includes visits to local galleries and lectures from local artists.

Private Instruction

Private Instruction

ArtPlay is pleased to offer private instruction in a variety of instruments and artistic disciplines through partnerships with local instructors and music organizations. Lessons range from 30 – 60 minute increments depending on the age and preference of the student. Each instructor is available at varying times throughout the week.

Current Teaching Artist Roster:

Carlos Pino, guitar

Patricia Billups, piano

Diane McNaron, voice

Susan McCain, acting

David Roby, acting

Emanual Ellinas, percussion

 

Partnership with the UAB Department of Music

Through a partnership with the UAB Department of Music, ArtPlay is able to offer additional private instruction in trumpet, trombone, clarinet, flute, saxophone, euphonium, French horn, piano, guitar, and voice. Instructors in this program are UAB students extensively trained in music education and performance in the instrument they will teach. These students will be advised and guided by UAB Department of Music faculty.

For instructional fees, teacher availability and more information please call ArtPlay.