Classes

Pre-K

Elementary & Middle

High School

Adults

  • Theatre Maker’s Lab
  • Acting for Adults “Take One”
  • Acting for Adults “Take Two”
  • The Acting Studios
  • Improvisational Comedy
  • Playwriting
  • Rhythm and Moves
  • Contemporary Movement
  • The Courageous Performer
  • Mixed Media for the 21st Century
  • Intermediate Mixed Media for the 21st Century
  • Intro to Drawing
  • Visual Art Appreciation
  • Beginning Knitting
  • Intermediate Knitting
  • Fabric Art
  • Do it Yourself Recording Studio
  • Advanced Audio Recording
  • Private Instruction

Theatre Maker’s Lab

July 15 – August 21
Tuesdays & Thursdays 6:30 – 8:30pm
Teaching Artist: Dane Peterson
Cost $125

In a six week course, actors and directors will have the opportunity to flex their creativity while working collaboratively on a fully staged play presented for the public at the conclusion of the process.  From auditioning, casting, table work, rehearsing and performing, participants will be guided by Dane Peterson in a nurturing, positive and productive atmosphere.  Open to all levels of experience.

Acting for Adults “Take One”

September 4 – November 20
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”

September 3 – November 19
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

September 8 – October 27
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

September 8 – October 27
Mondays 6:00 – 8:00 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

September 2 – November 18
Tuesdays 6:00 – 8:00 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.

Rhythm and Moves

Ages 16 – Adult
September 8 -November 24
Mondays 6:00 – 7:00 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!

Contemporary Movement

Ages 16 – Adult
September 2 – November 18
Tuesdays 6:00 – 8:00 pm
Teaching Artist: Amanda Miller-Fasshauer
Cost $200

Participants will learn to develop new forms of expression through movement.  Using technique derived from Rudolf von Laban, students will open and expand their own movement vocabulary.  Perfect for dancers and non-dancers, this class is also a wonderful way to lose yourself in the world of movement.

The Courageous Performer

October 15 – November 19
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

September 8  – November 24
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)

Intermediate Mixed Media for the 21st Century

September 2 – November 18
Tuesdays 6:00 – 8:00 pm
Teaching Artist: Trent Thomas
Cost $200 + Materials

Picking up where Mixed Media for the 21st Century left off, students will explore their favorite materials while working tyhrough a variety of conceptually-focused projects, designed to push their visual communications to new heights.

Intro to Drawing

September 2 – November 18
Tuesdays 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.

Visual Art Appreciation

September 18 – November 20
Thursdays 6:00 – 8:00 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.

Beginning Knitting

September 4 – October 9
Thursdays 6:00 – 8:00 pm
Teaching Artist: Mary Kaiser
Cost $130 (or $200 for Beginning and Intermediate)

Beginning knitters will learn common knitting stitches while creating a unique hat and scarf project.  Students will learn the skills to follow knitting patterns to develop their own designs

Intermediate Knitting

October 16 – November 20
Thursdays 6:00 – 8:00 pm
Teaching Artist: Mary Kaiser
Cost $130 (or $200 for Beginning and Intermediate)

Intermediate knitters will choose a project to complete that may include garments, a blanket, a shawl, socks, or gloves.  Students will develop skills such as fitting a garment using shaping techniques, knitting in the round and advanced blocking.

Fabric Art: Creating with Textiles

September 3 – October 15
Wednesdays 6:00 – 8:00 pm
Teaching Artist: Michelle Reynolds
Cost $125

Find inspiration in your surrounding, develop ideas and learn the art of telling a story with color, pattern, and texture using applique techniques with fabric.  Design, cut, layer and stitch to make a multi-layered fabric collage.  Fabric and supplies will be provided.

DIY Recording Studio

September 8 – November 24
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.

Advanced Audio Recording

September 2 – November 18
Tuesdays 6:00 – 8:00 pm
Teaching Artist: Emanual Ellinas
Cost $200

This class is for students that have a basic understanding of audio recording.  Students will learn more about important factors such as proper gain staging, compression types and applications, mic selection and placement and the proper use of EQ in a mix.  Record your own tracks!

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.