Elementary & Middle

High School

  • Radio Drama Workshop and Audio Lab
  • Audition Prep for Young Actors
  • A Visual Arts Journey
  • Beginning Knitting
  • Intermediate/Advanced Knitting
  • Comic, Character, Creation
  • Improvisational Comedy for Teens
  • Rhythm and Moves
  • Write Your Own Musical
  • Book Arts: The Basics
  • Book Arts: The Art Journal
  • Textile Design
  • Intro to Drawing
  • The Art of Music Production
  • Printmaking- Linocut
  • Beginning Ukulele Orchestra
  • Roots Music 101: Blues/Folk Harmonica
  • Private Instruction




Audition Prep for Young Actors

Ages 14 – 18
September 10 – October 29
Thursdays 5:00 – 6:00 pm
Teaching Artist: Susan McCain
Cost $150

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.

Radio Drama Workshop and Audio Lab

Ages 16 – Adult
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!

Comic, Character, Creation

Ages 10 – 14
September 9 – November 11
Wednesdays 5:00 – 6:00 pm
Teaching Artist: Andy Jordan
Cost $160

Learn the basics of cartooning and rendering characters of a wide variety, from caricatures to comic books. Students will learn to recreate existing characters and design from their own imagination and bring a new character to life. Class fee includes materials.

A Visual Arts Journey

Ages 12 – 15
September 8 – November
Tuesdays 6:30 – 7:30 pm
Teaching Artist: Daisy Winfrey
Cost $180

Students will embark on a journey to experiment with a variety of visual arts genres, from drawing and painting to mixed media and mosaics.  The class is for all skill levels and is recommended for any student interested in visual art.  Class fee includes materials

Improvisational Comedy for Teens

Ages 13 – 17
September 14 – November 2
Mondays 5:00 – 6:00 pm
Teaching Artist: Chris Davis
Cost $160

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

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!

Write Your Own Musical

Ages 10 – 14
September 14 – November 16
Mondays 5:30 – 6:30 pm
Teaching Artist: Mary Elizabeth Neal
Cost $150

Students will work together to construct stories, compose lyrics and write music for a three-to five-song musical based on an exceptional day.  Original songs will be recorded in our state-of-the-art media lab.  Students will premiere their work in the final class.

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)

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 Music Production

Ages 16 – Adult
September 9 – November 11
Wednesdays 6:00 – 8:00 pm
Teaching Artist: Emanual Ellinas
Cost $200

This 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.

Printmaking – Linocut

Ages 16 – Adult
September 10 – October 15
Thursdays 6:00 – 8:00 pm
Teaching Artist: Sarah Heath
Cost $120 + Materials

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

Beginning Ukulele Orchestra

Ages 16 – Adult
September 14 – November 16
Mondays 6:30 – 7:30 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:  Blues/Folk Harmonica

Ages 16 – Adult
September 10 – October 8
Thursdays 6:00 – 7:30 pm
Teaching Artist: Bruce Andrews & George Dudley
Cost $120 + Instrument

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.

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 Teacher Roster: Emanual Ellinas, percussion  Carlos Pino, guitar Patricia Billups, piano Diane McNaron, voice David Roby, acting and Susan McCain, acting.   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.