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Drawing Basics with Danielle Tickell



A basic drawing course for anyone with an interest in art!  All skill levels are welcome!

Whether you're a new artist or want to brush up on your skills this is the class for you. 

Learn the elements of drawing from skilled and accomplished artist Danielle Tickell.

Ages 12 and up

Class fee: $100/4 sessions

Spring and Summer classes now enrolling!


Click here for class supply list.




 An introductory class that offers a fun experience!  Instructor Jerry Roldan will explain the equipment and what an artist looks for when he makes a work.  Drawing is the signature of the artists....if you can write your name - you can draw!

Classes focus on individual topics such as Line Drawing - Still Life - Self Portrait

First class - Introductory Fee $10.00.  After the first class fee is $15/a session or $60 for the month 

After the first class - $25 registration fee is required.

Tuesday Evenings 6:00-7:30pm

Classes begin August 9th!

Ages 12-Adult

Music Lessons: Guitar, Harmonica, Piano, Voice through Shelby County Arts Council's Music Program

  • Learn music theory and technique
  • Professional Muscians are the Instructors
  • To read more about our Professional Instructors, please click here.
  • Call to discuss scheduling.
    • Piano lessons are offered on Tuesday and Thursday. 
    • Guitar Lessons are offered on Monday and Wednesday.
    • Voice Lessons are offered on Wednesday and Friday. 
Private lessons available on Ages 6 - Adult
Students purchase lesson books
LOCATION: Shelby County Arts Council 

$100 for Four 30-minutes private sessions 

Painting: Alisa Koch Palette Knife Landscape Workshop


Click here to learn more about Alisa Koch!



Painting: Meet the Masters


Students learn about 35 of the Greatest Artists in History.  Explore the techniques that revoluntionized the art world. 

  • Easels, canvas, and paint are just some of the tools used in this painting & art history class
  • Investigate artwork by the masters & explore various art mediums during this 4-week course  

Class Schedule:

  • After School  ages 8-12-   Wednesdays 3:30 - 4:30pm
  • Private lessons available. $25 per lesson. Call to schedule (669-0044)

Location: Shelby County Arts Council Studio – Columbiana

Young Masters 

Introduction to Art and creativity specially designed for children 5-7.

  • After School-Thursdays 3:30-4:30pm

Regular price: $70/month - 4 sessions includes all suppies



  • Relaxed Studio Class, you decide your project!  
  • No experience necessary! 
  • Personalized attention given by professional painting Instructor! 

Now Enrolling for 2017 

Classes return on February 6, 2017. 

Mondays-1-4pm OR 6-9pm-Adult painting classes

Tuesdays-6pm-9pm-Adult painting classes

4 week sessions, Ongoing Ages 15 – Adult 
Instructor: Lynn Dodson

Click Here for Supply List of Recommended Materials (Oil and Acrylic list) 

Location: Shelby County Arts Council


*For information on private lessons see instructor*

Regular price: $80/month

 Private instruction: $25hr/$100month         




  • Bring your own supplies
  • Artists are invited to come and paint in our studio.
  • Enjoy the company and encouragement of your fellow artists.
  • All mediums are welcome.



Tuesday's - 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM

Ages 15 - Adult

Open house, no instructor

$7.00 fee per day 


Painting: Throw an Arty Party

  • Get a group together and throw an Arty Party!
  • Great for a Teen Birthday Party!  We will work with you on the design of the painting to fit your party theme!
  • Great for Corporate Team Building! 
  • From beginner to advanced, students will be led through a creation of a beautiful painting!

Ages 6 – Adult

Call to schedule private arty party 205-669-0044


Regular price: $300 for up 12 people; each additional person $20 


Painting: Watercolor Florals with Danielle Tickell


Explore the medium of watercolor in a relaxing and creative environment. You will learn the fundamentals of watercolor while working through this 4 week class to create a beautiful floral or landscape painting.

 Ages 12 and up

Class fee: $100/4 sessions

Spring and Summer classes now enrolling! 

Wednesdays: 10:15am-12:15pm

Click here for class information and supply list.



Photographing your Art with Hank Siegel



Photographing your Art Workshop with Hank Siegel

When: Saturday, June 3rd


Where: Shelby County Arts Council

Bring a lunch!



Photography: CLICK! Basic Digital PHOTOGRAPHY for adults

 Ages 14 - Adult


You have bought your first Manual-Exposure digital camera and you have now become overwhelmed and confused how to make the best out of your equipment, then this is the course for you. Come and let us help you to understand the different aspects of photography! You will be exposed to:

-Image sizing and resolution
-How to best store and backup your images
-The difference between erasing your card and formatting it
-Image Quality- Raw vs. Jpeg
-Concept of Aperture Openings/F-stops, Shutter speeds, ISO/ film Speeds on a digital camera
-The different exposure modes and shooting modes on the camera
-How to find correct exposures indoors and outside
-How to correctly compose your images
-The gray-making property of your cameras lightmeter and how to overcome it.
-Learn how to correctly expose your images using a gray card or the palm of your hand
-How to calibrate your meter for perfect exposures
-The metering modes on the camera and what they do
-The drive modes on your camera
-The Autofocus and Manual Focus settings on your camera
-The Drive Modes on the camera
-The White Balance functions on your camera

You will also be shown how to improve your images by using PhotoShop image editing software. You will have personalized attention from the instructor, so that you may reach the goals that you set out for yourself in this course.


Session dates:

March 9-30
April 6-27
May 4-25
June 8-29
July 6-27
August 10-31
September 7-28
November- 2-30 (No class on the 23rd- Thanksgiving Day)

Regular price: $100/Session

Pottery - Beginning Handbuilding Class with Candye Lundy


Hand-building Pottery Class

Instructor:  Candye Lundy

Beginning January 2017  

*No class July 2017*

  • Tuesday Mornings   12:30 am - 3:00 pm    
  • Thursday Mornings  10:30 am - 1:00 pm

A fun, relaxed class focusing on creating large serving pieces made from clay! 

Learn the basics of handbuilding from SCAC Pottery Collective member Candye Lundy.

Class Fee:  $115, 4 Classes per month 

This class uses Cone 6 clay.  Supplies(clay/glazes)  not included in class fee.  Bring your own clay (Cone 6) to class, available locally through Alabama Art Supply and Forstall Art Center in Birmingham. 


Pottery: Build, Throw, Fire! Wheel-class with Nita Terrell


 Build, Throw, Fire!  

Pottery: Build, Throw, Fire!  Evenings with Nita Terrell

Beginning Wheel Throwing-Monday Nights

Pottery class- majority wheel throwing with some hand building

  • Learn pottery techniques through productively working; on the wheel or through hand-built pieces

  • Learn new skills or develop and improve skills by explore wheel throwing and hand-building techniques in a fun and relaxing environment

  • Personal training time is plentiful due to our small class size (limited to 5 students minimum of 2)

Supplies:  The studio fires Cone 6 clay and glazes for class. Supplies are not included in class fee.  Purchase clay prior to class.  We will talk about glazes so you can wait on it if you like. Supplies are available locally through Alabama Art Supply or Forstall Art Center in Birmingham. 

We will throw on the wheel for the first class so bring an old towel if you can. 


Intermediate and Advanced Wheel Throwing

Tuesday Evening Wheel Throwing – with Nita Terrell  

Pottery Class for intermediate and advanced wheel throwing students, I will help you refine your existing skills and expand your possibilities of form on and off of the wheel.

  • Improve pottery techniques through productively working; on the wheel or through hand-built pieces
  • Improve and develop new skills by exploring wheel throwing and hand-building techniques in a fun and relaxing environment
  • Personal training time is plentiful due to our small class size (limited to 4 students minimum of 2)

Supplies:  The studio fires Cone 6 clay and glazes for class. Supplies are not included in class fee.  Purchase clay prior to class.  We will talk about glazes so you can wait on it if you like. Supplies are available locally through Alabama Art Supply or Forstall Art Center in Birmingham. 

Sessions -Beginner Students-Monday Evening, 5:00-7:30pm (5 students max)

Advanced Students-Tuesday Evening, 5:30 - 8:00pm (4 students max)


Ages 15 – Adult / Five student maximum per class

2017 Class Session Dates

April 4 - May 9  - CLASS IS FULL 


Summer Class Schedule:

Beginners-Monday Night

May 22-June 26

July 10-Aug 21 (No class on July 31)


Advanced-Tuesday Night

May 23-June 27

July 11-Aug 15

Regular price: $115.00




Pottery: Creating in Community



Faciliated by Amy Pickens, Creating in Community is an evening to join fellow pottery artists to share ideas, create and fellowship. 

  • It's  fun to create with a Community of Artists 
  • No set class project; you create whatever you would like 
  • Faciliator is there for guidance 
  • Fee includes use of studio space, tools and firing fee 
  • Participants must have completed a minimum of three pottery classes to attend 
  • Limited to 8 artists 

Fee:  $50/Month 

Thursday Evenings from 5-8pm 


Pottery: Open Studio

Open Studio at the SCAC! 

Our pottery studio will be open for use!  The monthly fee includes use of space, tools, wheels and firing in the kiln. 

Non-students must have completed a minimum of three hand-building and/or wheel throwing classes to participate in the open studio and receive recommendation from the teacher. You must be self sufficient to work during open studio hours.  

You must supply your own clay and glazes!  We bisque fire at  Cone "04" and glaze fire at  Cone "6".  

Monthly Fee is $50.00 and must be paid in advance! 

Click to read studio guidelines - this explains studio use and firings 

January 2017 

Mondays – 10:00 am – 5:00pm

Tuesdays – 10:00am-12:30pm  


Wednesdays – 11:00 am - 3:00 pm

Thursdays - 1:00 pm -5:00 pm 


Summer Camp: Inspire.Imagine.Create


Fine Art Camp 2017: Inspire.Imagine.Create

What inspires artists? What inspires you? Discover different ways of making art and engage in your own creative process. Create in a fun and relaxed atmosphere with Miss Edna . Youth will explore the works of Vincent Van Gogh and Alexander Girard.  Local and Regional Artists will visit throughout the week for special projects. Creativity and self expression are encouraged in this Fine Art Camp.


  • Every camper receives a free Create Camp t-shirt.  
  • Exploring art and nature through - Clay techniques, Sculpture, Drawing, Painting, Collage, Printmaking and Music
  • Week End Wrap Up Party - Parents Invited!

Click to register for Week One - Ages 5-8

Click to register for Week Two - Ages 9-12 

Summer Theater Camp: The Tortoise and the Hare with Missoula Children's Theather


Dates:  June 26 to July 1, 2017 


This year the Shelby County Arts Council theater camp welcomes back Missoula Children's Theatre (MCT) for a production of The Tortoise Versus the Hare  at the Shelby County High School.  

Campers will participate in auditions on Monday, June 26th from 10:00 am-Noon. All campers will be asked to stay after auditions (pack a lunch complete with drink). Part of the campers will participate in rehearsal immediately following the audition; the remaining cast members will stay to help with publicity and other activities. The camp will take place Monday – Saturday.  Monday –through Friday hours are 10:00 am- 2:30 pm.  Saturday, dress rehearsal will take place at 1:00pm with the production at 4:00 pm.   


The Missoula Children's Theatre touring productions are complete with costumes, scenery, props and makeup.  MCT Tour Actor/Directors will conduct rehearsals throughout the week from June 26, 2017 to July 1, 2017 each day. The Final production will be presented on July 1 at 4:00pm at the Shelby County High School. The Missoula Children's Theatre residency in Columbiana is brought to you by The Shelby County Arts Council with The Alabama State Council on the Arts and The Daniel Foundation. For more information, call the Shelby County Arts Council at 205-669-0044.

Click Here to Register for Camp