16 art classes to register for in Birmingham during the month of October, including candle making at ArtPlay and embroidery at the Birmingham Museum of Art

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Grab your friends and head to an art class at the Birmingham Museum of Art. Photo via Birmingham Museum of Art

Keep your creativity flowing when you register for art classes in Birmingham. From pottery and ceramics to drawing painting and even embroidery, here are 16 classes to choose from.

Canvas Painting

Turn fine art into fun art this October at Painting with a Twist. During this particular class, you will paint a Harvest Moon—the perfect theme for the fall season!

When: Oct. 27
Where: Painting with a Twist. 701 Doug Baker Blvd. #106, Birmingham, AL 35242
Time: 7pm-9pm
Price: $35
Age: 21+ (15+ welcome with adult)
Register

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Paint a harvest moon at Painting with a Twist in Birmingham. Photo via Painting with a Twist

ARTfix! Mindful Clay 101

Learn to work with various stages of clay in this two-day hand-building and wheel-throwing workshop at Space One Eleven. During this exciting working you will learn:

  • Texture
  • Attachments
  • Cutting
  • Carving
  • Trimming
  • Wax resist
  • Sgraffito
  • Burnishing with terra sigllata

When: Oct 4 and 5
Where: Space One Eleven. 2409 2nd Ave N., Birmingham, AL 35203
Time: Thurs. 9am-3:30pm; Fri. – 9am-12pm
Price: $275 (includes supplies)
Age: 16+
Experience Level: No experience required.
Register

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The creation process at Space One Eleven in Birmingham. Photo via Space One Eleven

ARTfix! Figure and Portrait Drawing with Andy Jordan

Experience the challenges and rewards of drawing from a live model in this class taught by Andy Jordan. Classes consist of:

  • Short and long poses
  • Demonstrations
  • Discussions
  • Critiques

When: Every Thurs. in October
Where: Space One Eleven. 2409 2nd Ave N., Birmingham, AL 35203
Time: 6:15pm-8:45pm
Age: 21+
Price: Drop-in – $30; Student rate – $20 per class (supplies included)
Experience Level: No experience required.
Register via phone at 205.328.0553 ext. 24

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Self-portrait creations at Space One Eleven. Photo via Space One Eleven

Craft Tuesday—Embroidery with Tamara Harper

Get crafty during Craft Tuesday at the Birmingham Museum of Art. While creating an original piece of embroidery, enjoy a craft beer or complimentary beverage.

When: Oct. 23
Where: Birmingham Museum of Art
Time: 6pm-8pm
Price: $25 per session; $80 – season pass
Experience Level: No experience required.
Age: 21+
Register

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Learn to embroider during Craft Tuesday at the Birmingham Museum of Art. Photo via Birmingham Museum of Art

Kids Art 101

Does your child love art? Then immerse them in this fun and creative class at the Birmingham Museum of Art.

Students will explore a range of art-making techniques, including:

  • Drawing
  • Painting
  • Ceramics
  • Printmaking

Birmingham Museum of Art member? Receive a 20% discount on all studio classes.

When: Oct 20 and 27
Where: Birmingham Museum of Art. 2000 Rev. Abraham Woods, Jr. Blvd., Birmingham, AL 35203
Time: 10am-11am
Price: $20 for two classes; $64 – season pass
Experience Level: No experience required.
Age: 1st-5th grades
Register

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Art fun at the Birmingham Museum of Art. Photo via Birmingham Museum of Art

Clay and Pottery Class with Scott Bennett

Join instructor Scott Bennett, co-owner of the Red Dot Gallery, in this on-going clay and pottery class.

Beginning students will learn:

  • Techniques for throwing basic forms (bowls, plates, mugs, pitchers, etc.) on the potter’s wheel.
  • Hands-on building techniques (pinch, coil, slab-building)

Intermediate-Advanced students will learn:

  • To refine your existing skills.
  • Expand your possibilities of form on and off the wheel.

Where: Red Dot Gallery
When: Ongoing classes. Students can start at any time when slot is available.
Time: Mon. – 6pm-9pm; Tues. – 6pm-9pm; Wed. – 1pm-4pm and 6pm-pm; Thurs. – 6pm-9pm; Sat. – open studio for enrolled students – 9am-12pm
Experience Level: Beginner-Advanced
Price: $175 for 6 weeks + $50 supply fee
Age: 18+
Register via phone at 205.870.7608

Painting and Drawing Classes with Dori DeCammilis

Whether you’re a seasoned artist looking to sharpen your skills or have no art background at all, this class is for everyone.

Students will have the chance to explore the world of art while being guided (as needed) through the subject matter and styles of their choosing.

Students can also request to follow a tailored plan designed by the artists at the Red Dot Gallery.

When: This is an ongoing class that meets once a week. Students can start at anytime when slot is available.
Where: Red Dot Gallery. 1001 Stuart St., Birmingham, AL 35209
Time: Tues. – 6pm-8pm; Wed. – 10am-12pm, 6pm-8pm, 9am-12pm (price increase); Thurs. – 9am-11pm, 12:30pm-2:30pm
Price: $155 for 6 weeks + supply fee ($60 for painting; $45 for drawing)
Age: 18+
Experience Level: No experience required.
Register via email at dori@reddotgallery.com

Daily Painting with Kay Lewis

Jump-start your creative process and improve your technique during this painting class with instructor Kay Lewis. During this class, you’ll learn to create bold and expressive “small works” when partaking in demos, warmups and eye-sharpening exercises.

When: Oct 2 and 16
Where: Forstall Art Center. 215 20th St. N., Birmingham, AL 35203
Time: 9:30am-12:30pm
Price: $124 for 4 weeks
Experience Level: Some color-mixing experience preferred.
Register via phone at 205.870.0480

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Learn the excitement of art at Forstall Art Center in Birmingham. Photo via Forstall Art Center

Gestural Figures with Kay Lewis

Paint from photos and a live model in this two-session class that’s devoted to gestural figures. Learn to simplify the light and dark pattern, while focusing on what the body is doing, i.e., motion and gesture.

When: Oct. 30 and Nov. 6
Where: Forstall Art Center. 215 20th St. N., Birmingham, AL 35203
Time: 9:30am-12:30pm
Price: $70 for 2 weeks
Experience Level: Beginner-Advanced
Register via phone at 205.870.0480

Visual Art Sample at ArtPlay

Delve into the basics of watercolor, drawing and calligraphy/lettering with local artist Bo Hughins. You’ll be sure to find your new artistic passion.

When: Oct. 3-Nov. 14
Where: Alys Stephens Performing Arts Center – ArtPlay House. 1600 19th St. S., Birmingham, AL 35205
Time: 6pm-8pm
Age: 16+
Price: $150 + materials
Register

Candle Making

Nothing says fall like a warm sweater and candles. Alongside professional candle makers from Loyalty Scents, you can make your very own fall-scented candle—perfect for the autumn season!

When: Oct.6
Where: Alys Stephens Performing Arts Center – ArtPlay House. 1600 19th St. S., Birmingham, AL 35205
Time: 1pm-3pm
Price: $25
Register

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Make your own candle during the candle-making workshop at ArtPlay in Birmingham. Photo via Alys Stephens Center/ArtPlay

Platter Workshop

How cute are these platters? (Featured below.) So cute, right? Sign up for this workshop to create your very own platter from raw clay. (Platters are dishwasher and oven safe.)

When: Oct. 2
Where: Thrive Clay Studio. 2821 2nd Ave S., Birmingham, AL 35233
Time: 6:30pm-8:30pm
Price: $50
Experience Level: No experience required.
Register

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Make a platter at the platter workshop at Thrive Clay Studio in Birmingham. Photo via Thrive Clay Studio

Pitcher Workshop

Make your own pitcher? I’m game! During this one-time, two-hour session, you’ll choose from a variety of textures and patterns and choose a glaze color to be applied to your creation.

Your pitcher’s not just for decoration either. It will be both dishwasher and oven safe so you can actually use it. Score!

When: Oct 16
Where: Thrive Clay Studio. 2821 2nd Ave S., Birmingham, AL 35233
Time: 6:30pm-8:30pm
Price: $60
Experience Level: No experience required.
Register

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Create a pitcher during the pitcher workshop at Thrive Clay Studio. Photo via Thrive Clay Studio

Pottery Wheel Class

Taught by Lana Hobbs—certified visual arts teacher in Alabama—you’ll learn all the must-knows to master the potter’s wheel and to create unique pieces.

When: Oct. 24-Dec. 5 – 9:30am-11:30am; Oct. 25-Dec. 6 – 6:30pm-8:30pm
Where: Thrive Clay Studio. 2821 2nd Ave S., Birmingham, AL 35233
Price: $225 (supplies included)
Experience Level: Beginner-Intermediate
Register

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Pottery at Thrive Clay Studio in Birmingham. Photo via Thrive Clay Studio

Wood + Metal Table (6-week course)

Woodworking and welding are combined in this six-week course offered at MAKEbhm. Led by UAB professor and sculptor Sarah Heath (she’s totally awesome!) , you will learn basic techniques, design considerations and basic safety.

What will you build? An end table or plant stand. How cool is that!

Where: MAKEbhm. 4000 3rd Ave S., Birmingham, AL 35222
When: Oct. 9-Nov. 13
Time: 6:30pm-9pm
Price: $415 (supply fee included)
Experience Level: No experience needed, but welding experience is helpful)
Age: Kids 15+ are welcome if signed up with an adult
Register
6 weeks

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Wood creations at MAKEbhm. Photo via MAKEbhm

Intro to Ceramics (4-week course)

Learn the basics of ceramics from Marika Austad at MAKEbhm. During this four-week course, learn:

  • How to throw clay on the potter’s wheel
  • Trim your creations
  • Glaze your work

When: Oct 10-Nov. 7
Where: MAKEbhm. 4000 3rd Ave S., Birmingham, AL 35222
Time: 6:30pm-8:30pm
Price: $120
Supply Fee: $10 (includes up to 10lbs of clay)
Experience Level: No experience required.
Age: Kids 12+ are welcome if signed up with an adult

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Ceramics at MAKEbhm. Photo via MAKEbhm

Know of more art classes happening in Birmingham during the month of October? Let us know what we missed!