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 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

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 your scheduling requirments and class fees. 
Private lessons available on Ages 6 - Adult
Students purchase lesson books
LOCATION: Shelby County Arts Council 

$100 for Four 30-minutes private sessions 

Painting - Vibrant Abstracts Workshop

Entertaining and informative workshop on creating bright, colorful abstracts.   Her simple instruction includes sketching tips, loose application of paint, unique color schemes, blending, proportion study, and building a balanced composition.

Click here to learn more about the Artist: Kellie Newsome

  • Canvas for painting (8x10 or larger)
  • Paints provided
  • Wear your "paint clothes"

Saturday, June 6, 2015

10am-4pm.  Bring a lunch

Workshop Fee:  $115.00

Painting: Alla Prima Painting with Terry Strickland

Alla Prima Still Life:

Saturday, June 13, 10 am-4 pm ( 30 minutes for lunch and 30 minutes for a wine gathering and valuable critique/suggestions from Terry)

minimum of 8 max. 10

$135 includes The Incognito Project Book, (Terry’s signed, limited edition book about her award winning portrait series) or $100 no book

About the Workshop:

Alla Prima, quick sketch paintings done in a single session, is an art form unto itself.

Terry will demonstrate each step to help you create your own little jewel of a painting. She will demonstrate her methodology of drawing, palette layout, color stings, transparency/opacity and edge control. Incorporating these techniques allow for quick decision making and bravura brush work that is the beauty and fun of alla prima. 
Terry will bring an assortment of objects to paint, and students can also bring their own simple still life subjects. 
The session will conclude with a critique of the day’s paintings with a Workshop Wine Down

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  • 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.

CALL the SCAC to reserve your spot!

Tuesday's - 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM

Ages 15 - Adult

Open house, no instructor

$7.00 fee per day 



  • Great class for first time painters!  Teachers goes step by step through the process!
  • -Portrait Painintg Focus on skin tones and facial features
  • No drawing necessary - tracings and photos provided
  • Paint your own subjects when you feel comfortable with the basics
    (Instructor will project the image of your photo onto tracing paper and bring it to class)


Instructor: Pat Hall

Class Schedule: Monthly Classes.  Begin the first Tuesday

Tuesday Afternoons: 1:00-4:00pm - MAY 2015

$80/Session:  4 classes per Sesson

Ages 15 and up! 
Location: Instructor's home.  Limited to 5 students per meeting time.
Materials provided: 11 x 15 Sheet of 300lb Cold Press Paper .  Professional grade watercolor paint  Bring your brushes if you have any 


Regular price: $80

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:

  • Homeschoolers - Wednesdays 1:30-2:30pm
  • After School -   Wednesdays 3:30 - 4:30pm
  • Private lessons avaiable.  Call to schedule (669-0044)
  • Location: Shelby County Arts Council Studio – Columbiana

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


Painting: Open Studio with Bruce Andrews


Open Studio with Bruce Andrews

Most Friday's from 10:00 to Noon.  

Call to confirm class time 205 669 0044 



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

Now Enrolling for 2015 Sessions:  


August-November- 2015

Mondays, 1:00 – 4:00pm OR 6:00pm  - 9:00pm

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

Supply List of Recommended Materials Provided Upon Request

Location: Shelby County Arts Council

Regular price:



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 


Photography: Capturing Memorable Images

How do you capture what you intended to when you press the shutter?

How do you go from taking snap-shots to capturing images which have that WOW factor?

This class is designed to introduce the student to basic concepts in photography and digital camera operations including:

Ø  Image Capture - understanding the light, know your camera, develop techniques

Ø  Image Transfer - set up the computer, manage your image files, accessories

Ø  Image Processing - software available, capabilities, techniques

Ø  Image Sharing - E-mailing, WEB sites, printing


Whether you've got a simple "POINT-AND-SHOOT" digital camera or a more complex Digital SLR, you can gain skill and confidence in your ability to capture memorable images.

Course Length - Two 3  hour sessions

Dates:  April 18 and April 25 from 9am - Noon

Need to bring: your digital camera and  your camera's users manual

Photography: CLICK! Basic Digital PHOTOGRAPHY for adults

 4 week sessions (Feb 5-26, March 5-26, April 9-30, May 7-28)

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. 

Regular price: $100/Session

Photography: SCAC Photography Round Table

If you can answer yes to any of these questions then this forum is for you!

1. I'm interested in theme photgraphy. 
2. I want to develop my photography style.
3. I want honest feedback on my photography.
4. I'm not sure my photographs capture the mood I want.
5. I am ready to advance from amatuer to professional.
6. I want advice on my equipment, lighting, and tools.

Time: 6:00 - 8:00pm
Meets the first Wednesday of each month.

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Facilitator: Hank Siegel
Location: Shelby County Arts Council in Columbiana

Only $5!
Ages 12 and up.

Shelby County Arts Council's Photography Round Table will be facilitated by Hank Siegel, a professional photographer who has earned his Certificate for Completion of Digital Photography Program with Paris Farzad, SCAC's very own Basic Digital Photography Instructor. This group is not a class; it is a casual but informative venue for amateur to expert level photographers to come together to share their ideas, tips, advice, tricks, and knowledge with each other. This group is highly recommended for those who are planning to take or who have already taken our "Click! Intro to Basic Digital Photography" class offered on Thursday evenings with Paris Farzad or comparable. 

Pottery - Beginning Hand Building with Amy Pickens Tuesday Morning

  • Perfect Class for Beginners....If you have always wanted to try pottery now is the time!
  • Develop and improve skills and become more accomplished in the art of ceramics
  • Supply list will be provided, but no need to bring anything to the first class. Clay supplies can be bought at class.
  • Students will be given over-view of glazes to order for use on projects
  • Small class size! Space is limited to 6 students

Sessions -

May 12 - June 16, 2015 Next Session  

Instructor: Amy Pickens

Tuesdays, 10:30am - 1:00 pm

6 Weeks

Ages 15 – Adult


Regular price: $115


Pottery - Beginning Handbuilding Class with Candye Lundy


Hand-building Pottery Class

Instructor:  Candye Lundy

  • Monday Evenings 6-8:30, June 1-22
  • Thursday Mornings 10:00-12:30, June 11-July 2

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, requires minimum of 4 students for class to make

This class uses Cone 6 clay.  Supplies(clay/glazes)  not included in class fee.  Bring your own clay (Cone 6) to class or we have Standard 112 available for purchase.  


Pottery - Sculpture Class with Nelson Grice

Example of Student's Work from last class

Professional Potter - Nelson Grice - Will lead the class through the process of transferring clay into a sculpture. 

This class is designed for the intermediate pottery student looking to expand their skills. Students should have completed a beginning handbuilding class prior to enrollment.

Visit his website:

Monday June 22 through July 13

  • Turn a block of clay into a work of art
  • Learn to create expressive  features
  • The world of sculpture ceramics is nearly limitless

Cost:  $100 (includes firings).  Bring your own supplies.


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


 Build, Throw, Fire! 

Pottery: Build, throw, Fire! Thursday evenings with Nita Terrell

Six-weeks 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.
  • Learn about glazing, and select what color combination works for your projects.
  • Personal training time is plentiful due to our small class size (limited to 6 students minimum of 2)
  • Supplies:  Supply lists will be provided at our first meeting, with some supplies available for purchase at that time.   
  • We will throw on the wheel for the first class so bring an old towel if you can.


April 23 - June 4th - No class week of May 14th - Thursday Evenings

June 11- July 16 - Evening in Summer 

July 21 - August 25 - Evening - Summer

 Instructor: Nita Terrell

Thursday, 5:00 - 7:30pm

6 Weeks

Ages 15 – Adult 

Regular price: $115

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. 

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!  Studio Guidelines will be posted. 

Studio Hours:  Monday 1-9pm, Tuesday Afternoon 1:30 until 6pm and Thursday Morning 10am-4pm.


Private Visual Art Tutoring for Youth

  • One-on-one tutoring for youth is one of the best ways for a serious young artist to exercise their creative and technical muscles.
  • Our private students are encouraged to create works based on themes or in a series, to think critically about art, and investigate work by the masters and explore and experiment with new art mediums.

Ages 8-18
Lessons are $25/hour
Call SCAC to schedule. 205.669.0044
Location: Shelby County Arts Council
Studio - Columbiana
Minimum 4 lessons
Available instructors: Lynn Dodson, Edna Sealy, Jerry Roldan, Deanne Thorn, Bruce Andrews 

Regular price: $25/hour

Summer Art Camp: Passport to Fun!

Our 2015 Summer Camp will focus on artists from around the globe!

Get your passport stamped in Italy, France, Japan, Mexico and beyond!

  • Taught by Professional artists
  • Various art techniques learned - painting with plastic Palette-knives
  • Making mosaics
  • Creating with clay
  • Great take home projects at the end of camp.
July 20 - 20, 2015, 8:30am - 12, 5 - 8 year olds $125 for the week per child + $25 registration fee (if not already enrolled in classes at SCAC). 
July 27 - 31, 2012, 8:30am - 3pm, 9 - 12 year olds $195 for the week per child + $25 registration fee (if not already enrolled in classes at SCAC)
  ages 5-8

 ages 9-12

Summer Theater Camp: JUNGLE BOOK with Missoula Children's Theather


  • A fun and exciting camp for students who love the stage!  
  • Missoula Children's Theatre will work with 50-60 campers to produce to FULL SCALE musical performance in just ONE WEEK! 
  • All children will have a role in the production!  
  • The camp will help reinforce educational components such as memorization and interpersonal relationship skills - all the while having FUN! 
  • Cost: $95.00 per student 

Location: Shelby County High School 

Date/Time: Monday, June 22 - Friday June 26 - Time:  10am-2:00pm, 

Saturday, June 27 Performance date, Time: 4:00pm