Take a free arts lesson online from UAB’s teaching artists and staff

Online lessons in activities from hand stitching, paper crafts and visual arts to storytelling, writing and more are available now, including a Spanish “Storytime.”

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If you cannot come to arts classes and events at the University of Alabama at Birmingham, the arts will come to you as you do your part and stay home.

ArtPlay, AEIVA and Arts in Medicine now have playlists on the Alys Stephens Performing Arts Center’s YouTube channel. Virtual activities from hand stitching, paper crafts and visual arts to storytelling, writing and more are available now. New content will be added weekly, so be sure to subscribe for updates.

Teaching artists from UAB’s ArtPlay and artists-in-residence with UAB Arts in Medicine lead the lessons. A “Storytime” book-reading series is in the making and kicks off with “The Adventures of Beekle: The Unimaginary Friend” by Dan Santat, as well as a Spanish “Storytime” reading of “Llama Llama Rojo Pijama” by Anna Dewdney. Go behind the scenes with staff from UAB’s Abroms-Engel Institute for the Arts for a closer look at its permanent collection. Visit UAB’s Alys Stephens Center on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. Visit AEIVA on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

AIM activity lessons include:

ArtPlay activity lessons include:

AEIVA Behind the Scenes includes:

  • Staff Chat (Halley, P) staff members examine a work by Peter Halley, a piece found in AEIVA’s permanent art collection.
  • Objects from the Collection (Levinthal), object discussion led by Christina McClellan, the collections manager and coordinator of exhibitions and programs at AEIVA. In 2018, AEIVA presented the exhibition “David Levinthal: Playland.” The majority of works on display in “David Levinthal: Playland” came from the most recent addition to AEIVA’s permanent art collection, a gift of 59 large-format Polaroids by Levinthal recently donated to AEIVA by an anonymous collector.
  • Chat with Guest featuring Emmie Megan Hicks as she examines a work by Pablo Picasso, a piece found in the AEIVA’s permanent art collection.