Elementary & Middle

High School


  • The Artist’s Way: A Workshop
  • Elements of the Prepared Actor
  • The Acting Studios
  • Improvisational Comedy
  • Improvisational Comedy Strikes Back
  • Screenwriting
  • Rhythm and Moves
  • Book Arts
  • The Courageous Performer
  • Mixed Media for the 21st Century
  • Hand Sewing: A Community Quilt
  • Intro to Drawing
  • The Art of Batik
  • Secrets of Beautiful Photography
  • Creating with Acrylics
  • Poetry 101
  • Do it Yourself Recording Studio
  • Private Instruction

The Artist’s Way: A Workshop

January 13 – April 7
Tuesdays 6:00 – 8:00pm
Teaching Artist: Elizabeth Vander Kamp
Cost $100

For 12 weeks, in a prepared and safe environment, we will walk the path of the Artist’s Way, exploring the daily writing exercises, artist dates, and other creative adventures.  If you have been considering living a more creative life and wondering how to make that happen, not to fear, ArtPlay is here.

Elements of the Prepared Actor

January 14 – April 8
Thursdays 6:00 – 8:00 pm
Teaching Artist: David Roby
Cost $200
A workshop intensive focusing on the power and presence of the prepared actor. Shifting away from apprehension and uncertainty to untapped energy and specificity, the prepared actor learns the dynamics and economy of shape, time, emotion, movement and story. Prepare to grow weekly in this inspiring and challenging course. Prior acting classes or experience is required.

The Acting Studios

January 26 – March 16
Mondays 6:00 – 8:00 pm
Teaching Artist: Susan McCain
Cost $180

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 26 – March 16
Mondays 6:00 – 8:00 pm
Teaching Artist: Chris Davis
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.

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!

Rhythm and Moves

Ages 16 – Adult
Section A:  January 12 – April 13
Mondays 6:00 – 7:00 pm
Section B: January 15 – April 9
Thursdays 6:30 – 7:30 pm
Teaching Artist: Ashley Booker
Cost $160

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!

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.

The Courageous Performer

January 14 – February 18
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.

Mixed Media for the 21st Century

January 26 – April 27
Mondays 6:00 – 8:00 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)

Hand Sewing: A Community Quilt

January 15 – April 9
Thursdays 6:00 – 8:00 pm
Teaching Artist: Lillis Taylor
Cost $200 

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!

Intro to Drawing

January 14 – March 18
Wednesdays 6:00 – 8:00 pm
Teaching Artist: Tym Davis
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.

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!

Creating With Acrylics

January 20  – April 14
Tuesdays 6:00 – 8:00 pm
Teaching Artist: John Lytle Wilson
Cost $200 + Materials

Join John Lytle Wilson and explore the medium, experiment with various techniques and subjects. From basic approaches for beginners to advanced criticism for the serious student. Join us and learn how to express yourself with acrylic.

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.

DIY Recording Studio

January 26 – March 23
Mondays 6:00 – 8:00 pm
Teaching Artist: Emanual Ellinas
Cost $200

The DIY Recording class will focus on making the very best recordings with whatever equipment you have!  A program on a phone or tablet, a laptop or even an old cassette deck will do!  Each student will be able to bring in the setup and learn the most efficient way to obtain the very best studio recording possible.

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.