Elementary & Middle

High School


  • Feng Shui Workshops
  • Ukulele Orchestra
  • The Artist’s Way
  • Radio Drama Workshop and Audio Lab
  • Elements of the Prepared Actor
  • The Acting Studios
  • Improvisational Comedy
  • Improvisational Comedy Strikes Back
  • Writing for Stage and Screen
  • Rhythm and Moves
  • Hand Sewing
  • Photo Editing for Beginners
  • From Phone to Film
  • Mixed Media for the 21st Century
  • Beginning Watercolor Technique
  • Private Instruction


Declutter the New Year with Feng Shui

January 9
Saturday 1:00 – 3:00pm
Teaching Artist: Katie Rogers
Cost $27

Resolved to clean up your act for 2016?  If the idea of living a simplified, uncluttered life with less stuff sounds attractive to you, this program with certified Feng Shui consultant Katie Rogers is for you!  The benefits of owning fewer possessions are endless:  less to clean, less debt, less to organize, less stress, more money and energy, weight loss, relief from anxiety and depression.  If you’re feeling unmotivated or stuck on how to begin, Katie will offer easy to implement tips and plenty of inspiration to get you going.  It’s life-changing! (sign up for all 3 workshops for $70)

Intro to Feng Shui

January 30
Saturday 1pm – 3pm
Teaching Artist: Katie Rogers
Cost $27

Feng Shui is the ancient art and science of placement.  Your home reflects your life.  In a subtle way, it is either supporting you in a path toward a fulfilling life … or depleting and blocking you.  Whether you are new to Feng Shui or have basic knowledge., in this fun two hour workshop, Katie Rogers will provide Feng Shui cures to move you toward happiness, health and abundance. (sign up for all 3 workshops for $70)

Enchance Your Creativity with Feng Shui

February 27
Saturday 1pm – 3pm
Teaching Artist: Katie Rogers
Cost $27

If you want more play and fun in your life, this is the class for you!  Did you know that the arrangement of your home or office can affect your creative flow?  Your subconscious is always taking cues, and your space is a reflection of your psyche.  In the ancient art of Feng Shui, there is even a section of your home that represents your creativity, according to your baqua map.  Certified Feng Shui consultant Katie Rogers will provide tips and exercises shifting your space so it flows and allows for greater self-expression.

The Artist’s Way Workshop

January 19 – April 12
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!

Beginning Ukulele Orchestra

January 25 – March 21
Tuesdays 6:00 – 7:00pm
Teaching Artist: Mary Elizabeth Neal
Cost $100

BACK BY POPULAR DEMAND!!!!!!  Come “Tiptoe Through the Tulips” with ArtPlay’s first Ukulele Orchestra. Ever wanted to learn to play the ukulele? Already play the ukulele but want to get better? This is the class for you! Learn the fundamentals of ukulele playing plus lots of fun songs you can play any time, alone or with a group. Class will culminate in a group performance.

Radio Drama Workshop and Audio Lab

Ages 16 – Adult
January 23 – February 6
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!

Elements of the Prepared Actor

January 28 – April 7
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 28 – March 17
Thursdays 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

January 25 – March 14
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 19 – March 8
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

January 20 – March 23
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
January 25 – April 18
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!

Hand Sewing

Ages 16 – Adult
January 20 – February 24
Wednesdays 6:30 – 8:00 pm
Teaching Artist: Lillis Taylor
Cost $125

You don’t need a sewing machine to create functional or decorative objects from fabric.  Hand sewing is a versatile art form that allows for a variety of textile manipulations almost impossible to replicate on machine.  Each week participants will learn a new method of construction resulting in a personal sample encyclopedia for future reference.  Don’t let this addictive art form die.  The 21st century is ripe for a stitching renaissance.

Photo Editing for Beginners

Ages 16 – Adult
March 2 – April 13
Wednesdays 6:00 – 7:00 pm
Teaching Artist: Lillis Taylor
Cost $150 + Materials

What does it take to get that perfect-looking picture with a serious artistic touch?  Have you taken a wonderful photo on your smart phone that could use a little tweak?  Join teaching artist Lillis Taylor as she guides you through the basics of Photoshop to create that photographic masterpiece.

Mixed Media for the 21st Century

January 25 – April 18
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)

From Phone to Film

Ages 16 – Adult
January 28 – April 7
Thursdays 6:00 – 7:30 pm
Teaching Artist: John Richards
Cost $200

All filmmakers start somewhere.  Do you have what it takes to be the next go-to director?  Could your next smart phone video become a viral sensation?  Join John Richards as he guides you through the basics of film editing and film composition using your personal devices and ArtPlay’s media lab.  Roll the film!  Students enrolled in this class are welcome to use the media lab outside of class.

Intro to Drawing

Ages 16 – Adult
January 20 – March 23
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.

Memoir:  Better than Fiction

January 19 – February 23
Tuesdays 6:00 – 8:00 pm
Teaching Artist: Tina Braziel
Cost $120

You, your words and your stories are the focus of this class.  We read some example memoirs, but most of our time will be spent generating and crafting four of your stories.  This class is perfect for those who already have some stories in mind and for those who are seeking inspiration.

Beginning Watercolor Technique

January 25 – March 14
Mondays 6:00 – 8:00 pm
Teaching Artist: Andy Jordan
Cost $200 + Supplies

Join local teaching artist Andy Jordan as he guides you through the basics of painting with watercolors.  New images come to life as you learn washes, dry brush, and mixing & diluting techniques.  Perfect for a beginner.


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.