• John Pocopanni
    John Pocopanni Pottery Instructor
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    • Pottery Instructor

    John is a certified instructor of art for Pre K – Junior College. He earned a Bachelor of Science in Art and a Master of Art Education from the University of Montevallo. Both degrees allowed for the development and mastery of three primary disciplines: Ceramics, Photography/New Media and Oil Painting. In
    addition to his academic career John has accrued nearly 7 years of work experience in the field through various marketing and promotional companies and has had work featured in publications both in Alabama and nationally. In the classroom John aims to create an environment that is not only laid back
    and relaxed but also challenging, both creatively and personally, in the hope that each student gains a better understanding of their artistic capabilities as well as how themselves as individuals and artists can influence their work.

  • Lynn Dodson
    Lynn Dodson Painting Instructor
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    • Relaxed, Creative, Productive Painting class for adults
    • Private Instruction

    Lynn’s love for painting began over 25 years ago. As a student at the University of Montevallo, Lynn was honored two consecutive years with the “Excellence in Painting” Award.  She graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Montevallo in 1997.  Since that time, Lynn has been working full time as a freelance artist, receiving commissions from both private and corporate patrons.  She has also enjoyed teaching art classes to adults and children.

  • Parastoo “Paris” Farzad
    Parastoo “Paris” Farzad Photography Instructor
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    • Basic Digital Photography for youth and adults

    Paris graduated from the Rochester Institute of Technology with a BFA in Commercial Photography. She is an internationally published and award-winning photographer. Her company, Paris Photographics, specializes in wedding, portraits, and event photography. She is also the owner and head instructor of the Birmingham School of Photography located in Homewood, Alabama.

  • Candye Lundy
    Candye Lundy Pottery Instructor
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    Candye Lundy is a beginning hand-building pottery instructor for the SCAC.  She specializes in creating large serving vessels and funcational pottery pieces.  Under Candye’s guidance you will learn the basics of utilizing clay to create funcational art. Candye lives with her husband, Don, at the tranquil Horsefeathers Farm.  She has a background in interior design.

  • Amy Pickens
    Amy Pickens Creating in Community Pottery Instructor
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    Amy Pickens – local artist on Willow Island Road, Shelby, Alabama. Amy spent many years working in the jewelry design industry.  An art school graduate, Amy is ready to share her talent and insights with her students.  She lends her skills in leading our Creating in Community – Sculpture/Pottery evenings.
  • Edna Sealy
    Edna Sealy Painting Instructor
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    • Meet the Masters
    • Acrylic Painting for Seniors

    Edna Sealy attended Auburn University where she completed her Bachelor of Arts, Masters of Education, and Education Specialist degrees. Edna has taught in public schools for 26 years and presently she teaches Art at Coosa Valley Academy. Her students have won numerous awards at the state level. She has continued her artistic education by taking courses at UAB, the Birmingham Museum of Art, and studied under artist Linda Vance. Her awards & achievements include: Selected to paint “In the Park” at Seaside, Florida. Former Hoover Art Show winner. Recipient of the Shelby County Teacher of the Year Award.

  • Calliope Pettis
    Calliope Pettis Music Instructor
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    • Private Lessons
    • Music Workshops

    Calliope is a classically trained vocalist and self-taught instrumentalist. Though she is a performer at heart, off-stage, she has a strong desire to enable others to create. Since 2015 she has taught private lessons and lead Music Workshops for young adults with special needs. Calliope uses her quirky original music as a vehicle to reassure students that “there is no right or wrong way to create”! Her goal as an educator is to give students the confidence to be themselves, the tools to express what they are feeling and the patience to convey challenging emotions in a creative way.

  • Nita Terrell
    Nita Terrell Pottery Instructor
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    Nita Terrell is a graduate of the University of Montevallo where she received a Bachelor of Fine Arts (B.F.A) degree. She currently resides in Alabaster, Alabama, with her husband David and son Eli.

    Nita started working again in ceramics in 2009.  She finds joy in creating functional pieces that become a part of someone’s everyday-life or special occasion’s pieces. Much of her work is created by incorporating and combining both wheel-thrown and hand-building components to create subtle but basic design.  All of her unique ceramic pieces are food-safe, lead free, microwave and dishwasher safe, yet maintain her signature designs that have simplistic yet elegant lines.  She started teaching ceramics in 2012 to children and adults, and today continues to share her enthusiasm and knowledge of ceramics. Through teaching these classes she has evolved as an artist and is constantly changing and improving her ceramic process.


  • Danielle Tickell
    Danielle Tickell Children's Pottery/Drawing Instructor
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    Danielle Tickell is a BFA graduate of the University of Montevallo and a local artist with a laid back teaching style. She recently completed a Masters in Art Education at the University of Montevallo. Her objective is to help students improve their skills and knowledge of art.  Danielle is a drawing instructor focusing on the the elements of contrast, depth, and tangible atmosphere of various drawing mediums. She also teaches the children’s wheel-throwing class which focuses on wheel-thrown and hand-built pottery. 

  • Ellen Tweiten
    Ellen Tweiten Piano Instructor
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    Ellen Tweiten received Bachelor and Masters degrees in piano performance  at the University of Michigan.  She did post graduate work at The Peabody Conservatory in Baltimore  and the University of Texas at Austin. She has held several college teaching positions including that of Adjunct Professor of Piano at Birmingham Southern College.  She was the pianist for the Alabama Symphony for sixteen years and and has performed in numerous solo and chamber music recitals.  In her spare time she enjoys training horses and gardening.

  • Krista Wendle
    Krista Wendle Voice Instructor
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    Krista has been a professional vocalist for 30 years. She toured the Southern United States with various musical groups for more than 8 years, playing such venues as the Hard Rock Cafe, US Virgin Islands & Universal Studios, Orlando. She has opened for top acts like, David Lee Roth, formerly of Van Halen, and played with several groups local to Vermont, Florida, and Alabama. Krista is experienced in many vocal styles, including jazz, country, top 40, and rock. Her teaching is not only aimed at making you a better singer, but also a more effective performer.

  • William Yarbrough
    William Yarbrough Guitar Instructor
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    With southern roots William A. Yarbrough was born and raised just outside of Birmingham, Alabama. His talent as a guitarist and singer/ songwriter has developed over the last 19 years. William currently serves as Guitarist at Canterbury United Methodist Church and Lead Guitarist at Independent Presbyterian Church Birmingham, Alabama

  • Courtney Harvey
    Courtney Harvey Guitar Instructor
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    • Guitar Instructor

    Courtney was born and raised in Columbia, MS. She has been learning music since she was five years old. She started her lessons at Gospel Singers of America (GSA) and has not stopped learning since! During all of her years learning music she has learned multiple instruments including guitar, mandolin, and piano. She has led worship for churches since she was sixteen years old and has performed with a couple of bands. Courtney started teaching guitar and vocal lessons in 2017. Since then she has moved to Birmingham with her husband, Rustin, to pursue an education in music ministry. Courtney is also pursuing a career as a singer/songwriter. With a passion for music, Courtney hopes to share her love of music with her students, in an encouraging environment.

  • Bruce Andrews Executive Director
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    Bruce Andrews wide array of experience includes:

    • Singer-song writer and Inductee in the Alabama Blues Hall of Fame with 40 plus years of performance experience.

    • Grant writing and Arts program planning

    • Venue management and coordination with artists including event promotion

    • Commercial Music marketing with The Benson Music Group (now Provident Music

    • Extensive Mural painting experience working in concert with interior designers

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  • Sharon Rogers
    Sharon Rogers Piano Instructor
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    Piano Instructor, Sharon Rogers, teaches at Elvin Hill Elementary during the day and for us on Thursday Afternoons. Sharon studied at Samford University. A resident of Chelsea, Alabama, she is married and has two children.

  • Brian Hodges
    Brian Hodges Music Instructor
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    • -Clarinet, Flute and Saxophone Lessons-all ages
    • -Piano Lessons-ages 5 through 10


    Brian has thus far had an adventurous and varied career as a musician and
    performer. The son of an Air Force trumpeter, he has been around music his entire life. Brian began playing saxophone in middle school and added clarinet and flute to his studies not long after. After receiving a full music scholarship, Brian attended the University of Louisville where he studied woodwinds. Upon
    completing his degree in Music Education in 2004, Brian quickly found himself in demand as a woodwind instructor as well as performer in the Louisville area.
    There he found much success performing with Aretha Franklin, Michael Bolton, Johnny Rivers, Crystal Gale, Ronnie Milsap, the Louisville Orchestra, various big bands and Broadway-style musicals. In 2008, Brian left Louisville to travel the world as a musician performing on cruise ships. In 2009, he relocated to Alabama and began a five-year tenure at Arts Music in Montgomery repairing woodwinds and teaching private lessons. From 2014-2019, Brian was the choral director and piano studies coordinator at Wetumpka High School. During that time, he also completed his Master’s degree in Music Education at Auburn University. Having recently relocated to the Birmingham area, Brian is thrilled to be back to teaching woodwinds one-on-one!

  • Nelson Grice
    Nelson Grice Pottery/Sculpture Instructor
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    Nelson earned a BFA and an M.Ed from the University of Montevallo and has been teaching in the public schools since 1996. His professional career as a sculptor compliments his role as a teacher. Through hard work and his love for art, Nelson’s sculptures have continued to evolve and grow with each passing group of students. He sees the students as an inspiration. “Teenagers live in an imaginary world,” he says, “and it’s that imagination that inspires me”. Nelson is known for his whimsical and entertaining animal sculptures and paintings. He has had multiple corporate and museum purchases. 


  • Byron Thomas
    Byron Thomas Music Instructor
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    • -Private Lessons
    • -Group Classes
    • -An emphasis on Jazz/Blues/Gospel


    Born and raised in Selma and Montgomery, Alabama, Byron Thomas is one of the best kept musical secrets in the south. He has played for a wide range of people, from world dignitaries to famous entertainers to inspirational speakers. He has dedicated his life and love to the practice and performance of music, earning his Bachelor of Arts degree in Music Performance from Stillman College in 2004. It is this love and pursuit that has made him a southern music phenomenon.

    Byron plays for several different artist and groups within the city of Birmingham including, Belinda Peoples and Smooth Blend , Jose Carr and Pizzaz, The Official Clutch Band, Aretta Woodruff, Elnora Spencer and countless others.

    Currently he is and Minister of Music at Bethel Baptist Church of Pratt City and president of Morfingarz Music. He the loving and devoted husband to his wife and biggest supporter, Mrs. Deidra Brown-Thomas