Classes

Pre-K

Elementary & Middle

High School

Adults

  • Walking in this World Workshop
  • Elements of the Prepared Actor
  • Audition Prep for Adults
  • Improvisational Comedy
  • Improvisational Comedy Strikes Back
  • Writing for Stage and Screen
  • Rhythm and Moves
  • Book Arts: the Basics
  • Book Arts: the Art Journal
  • Textile Design
  • Mixed Media for the 21st Century
  • Beginning Knitting
  • Intermediate Knitting
  • Intro to Drawing
  • The Art of Batik
  • Secrets of Beautiful Photography
  • Painting with Acrylics
  • Poetry 101
  • The Art of Music Production
  • Beginning Ukulele Orchestra
  • Roots Music 101: Blues/Folk Harmonica
  • Visual Art Appreciation
  • Printmaking – Linocut
  • Private Instruction

Walking in the World Workshop

September 1 – November 17
Tuesdays 6:00 – 8:00pm
Teaching Artist: Elizabeth Vander Kamp
Cost $100

This 12-week workshop is for artists of every stripe.  In a prepared and safe environment, we will travel the lands and seas of creativity.  The basic tools from the book The Artist’s Way, will be our guide along with new tasks and adventures.  Consider this quote from Julia Cameron:  “We need a more artful world, and that means we need you and the specific contribution that you and you alone can make.”  Join us for the journey.

Elements of the Prepared Actor

September 9 – November 11
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.

Audition Prep for Adults

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

The Acting Studios teaching artist Susan McCain follows legendary Lee Strasberg’s design, beginning with Sensory work – the heart of the method – focuses on nailing that tricky audition piece.

Improvisational Comedy

September 14 – November 2
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

September 8 – October 27
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.

Writing for Stage and Screen

September 8 – November 10
Wednesdays 6:00 – 8:00 pm
Teaching Artist: David Roby
Cost $200

Do you have that perfect idea for a movie or play? You know it would be a great short film or maybe full-length stage play. But how do you start? How do you leap over that first big hurdle? Through a series of guided coursework, Writing for stage and screen 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:  September 14 – November 30
Mondays 6:00 – 7:00 pm
Section B: September 3 – November 19
Thursdays 7:00 – 8:00 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!

Book Arts: the basics

Ages 16 – Adult
September 2 – October 7
Wednesdays 6:30 – 8:00 pm
Teaching Artist: Lillis Taylor
Cost $150 + Materials

Whether you’re an avid book arts enthusiast or a novice, this class is perfect for learning or relearning the basics.  Learn simple techniques such as accordion fold and stab-binding to create a collection of small blank books.  Basic supplies provided. (Register for both book arts classes for a discounted price of $250)

Book Arts:  The Art Journal

Ages 16 – Adult
October 14 – November 18
Wednesdays 6:30 – 8:00 pm
Teaching Artist: Lillis Taylor
Cost $150 + Materials

Go beyond the blank book with this book arts class.  In the first weeks of this class, we will create a hardcover, cloth-bound art journal and then create mixed-media entries to being your art-journaling experience.  The perfect class for readers, dreamers, sketchers, painters, doodlers and organizers.  Supplies will not be included.  (Register for both book arts classes for a discounted price of $250)

Mixed Media for the 21st Century

September 14 – November 16
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)

Textile Design

Ages 16 – Adult
September 10 – October 22
Thursdays 6:00 – 7:00 pm
Teaching Artist: Lillis Taylor
Cost $150 + Materials

Have you ever wanted to design your own fabric? In this class, you learn basic Photoshop skills to take your favorite photos or artwork and create textile designs perfect for making pillows, scarves, clothes, and more.  You will design a textile, have it printed and make a finished product by the end of the class.  No sewing or Photoshop skills are necessary, though a basic understanding of computers is recommended.  Fabric printing fees are not included.

Intro to Drawing

Ages 16 – Adult
September 9 – November 11
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

September 9 – October 14
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.

Radio Drama Workshop and Audio Lab

September 12, 19, 26
Saturdays 1:00 – 4:00 pm
Teaching Artist: Radio Free Alabama
Cost $150

In this exciting workshop, teens and adults will explore the world of radio drama.  Led by Radio Free Alabama, this workshop will have you writing and performing pieces just lie the the podcasts and radio programs that you listen to daily.  In the exciting final session, groups will record their own radio dramas!

Painting With Acrylics

September 14 – November 16
Monday 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

September 8 – October 6
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.

Beginning Ukulele Orchestra

September 9 – November 11
Mondays 6:00 – 8:00 pm
Teaching Artist: Mary Elizabeth Neal
Cost $100 + Instrument

Come “Tiptoe Through the Tulips” with ArtPlay’s first Ukulele Orchestra.  Have you ever wanted to learn to play the ukulele?  Do you already play the ukulele and want to get better?  This is the class for you!  Learn the fundamentals of ukulele playing plus fun songs you can play any time, alone or with a group.  Class will culminate in a group performance.

Roots Music 101:  Blue/Folk Harmonica

September 10 – October 8
Thursdays 6:00 – 7:30 pm
Teaching Artist: Bruce Andrews & George Dudley
Cost $120

Learn about the roots of American music from Muddy Waters and Jimmie Rodgers to Jimi Hendrix and Johnny Cash and the basics of Blues/Folk Harmonica in the process.  This class will be taught in a fun, fast-moving environment.  No music reading skills are required.  This class, taught by seasoned performing duo 2BLU, is perfect for beginners to intermediate.  Each class will be a half performance/education of blues and folk music and half basic instruction on the diatonic harmonica.  Students will need to purchase a 10-hole diatonic harmonica in the key of “A” prior to the first class.  Call ArtPlay for more information.

Visual Art Appreciation

September 14 – November 16
Mondays 6:30 – 8:00 pm
Teaching Artist: Sarah Heath
Cost $150 + materials

Gain a stronger knowledge of artists, styles, genres, movements, techniques and themes.  This course will address the nature of art, question the definition of art, and examine the reasons why artists and cultures create art.  Class also includes visits to local galleries and lectures from visiting artists.

Printmaking – Linocut

September 10 – October 15
Thursdays 6:00 – 8:00 pm
Teaching Artist: Sarah Heath
Cost $120 + Supplies

Join 2014 Magic City Art Connection Emerging Artist Sarah Heath for this introductory printmaking class exploring block printing.

Beginning Knitting

September 3 – October 8
Thursdays 6:00 – 8:00 pm
Teaching Artist: Mary Kaiser
Cost $130

Learn common knitting stitches while creating a unique hat and scarf project as well as the skills to follow knitting patterns to create personal designs.  (Register for Beginning and Intermediate Knitting for a discounted price of $200)

Intermediate Knitting

October 15 – November 19
Thursdays 6:00 – 8:00 pm
Teaching Artist: Mary Kaiser
Cost $130

Intermediate knitters will choose a project to complete that may include a garment, a blanket, a shawl, socks, or gloves.  Students will develop skills such as fitting a garment using shaping techniques, knitting in the round, garment construction and advanced blocking. (Register for Beginning and Intermediate Knitting for a discounted price of $200)

The Art of Music Production

September 9 – November 11
Wednesdays 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.

The Art of Music Production

September 9 – November 11
Wednesdays 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.