NCLAC Launches First Academy Classes

NCLAC is so excited to offer Academy Classes. The NCLAC Academy will help us better fulfill our mission in a number of ways, benefiting artists and the community alike.  

The Academy will not only offer more opportunities for professional artists to earn income through their passion; it will also offer opportunities for all ages to expand their horizons, whether simply for pleasure or to learn valuable skills.

The classes will be taught by qualified staff and will be offered in seven week cycles. If you are interested in submitting a class proposal, please download our proposal form (see Shared Files at the bottom) and mail to P.O. Box 911, Ruston, LA 71273. 

NCLAC will offer the following classes during our first session from September 7-October 25:

Tiny Tots Academy

Momma and Me
Instructor: Lou Davenport Kavanaugh
Ages: 3 & 4 with Adults
Time: Thursdays 9-11 am
Member Cost: $15 a week @ 7 weeks = $105
Cost: $20 a week @ 7 weeks = $140

Three and four-year-olds will complete artworks with their Moms! They’ll learn about famous artists, and complete art projects in the style of the artist. Picasso, Matisse, Lichenstein, Pollock, Rousseau, Van Gogh, and Louisiana’s own George Rodriquez will be featured. A snack will be provided.

Jr. Academy

Improvisation & Creative Movement
Instructor: Chris Alec Champion
Ages: 6-14
Time: Tuesday & Thursday 3:30-5:00 pm
Member Cost: $20 a week @ 7 weeks = $140
Cost: $25 a week @ 7 weeks = $175

Students will learn exercises for theatrical training, including diction, intonation, and isolations, as well as diaphragm and vocal exercises. Students will also learn proven ways to approach character roles and techniques for better comprehension of movement styles and how they aid the actor on stage.

Survey in Drawing and Painting
Instructor: Elizabeth Blackwelder
Ages: 12-14
Time: Monday & Wednesday 3:30-5:00 pm
Member Cost: $20 a week @ 7 weeks = $140
Cost: $20 a week @ 7 weeks = $140

Learn to draw with pencils, and paint with watercolors and acrylics. Students will draw and paint a variety of subjects, including animals and people, in realistic, representational, and abstract styles.

High School Academy

Creative Writing
Instructor: Chris Alec Champion
Ages: 15-18
Time: Tuesday & Thursdays 5:00-6:30pm
Member Cost: $35 a week @ 7 weeks = $245
Cost: : $40 a week @ 7 weeks = $280

Students will learn and practice free writing, discuss and brainstorm about topics, and plan and develop storylines. They will also learn ways to approach writing children’s books, stage, film, and poetry. Exercises are designed to create clear picture, distinct emotion, and spiritual awareness.

Scene Work for Teens
Instructor: Leigh Anne Chambers
Ages: 15-18
Time: Monday & Wednesday 5:00-6:30pm
Member Cost: $35 a week @ 7 weeks = $245
Cost: : $40 a week @ 7 weeks = $280

This course will introduce teens to scene work based on the acting methods of Richard Boleslavsky. The class will work scenes from popular playwrights and follow the methods outlined in the text Acting: The First Six Lessons.

Prismacolor Colored Pencils
Instructor: Joshua Chambers
Ages: 15-18
Time: Friday 3:30pm-6:30pm
Member Cost: $35 a week @ 7 weeks = $245
Cost: : $40 a week @ 7 weeks = $280

Through demonstration and guided studio exercises, students will learn how to use prismacolor pencils for portraiture, landscape, illustration, and other representational artwork.

Writing College Application Essays
Instructor: April Honaker
Ages: 15-18
Time: Monday & Wednesday 3:30-5:00pm
Member Cost: $35 a week @ 7 weeks = $245
Cost: : $40 a week @ 7 weeks = $280

Students will learn what college admission and scholarship committees are looking for in an application essay. Through various exercises and revision workshops, they can create a powerful statement that sets them apart from other applicants.

Adult Academy

Painting with Pastels
Instructor: Joshua Chambers
Ages: Adult
Time: Saturday 2-5pm
Member Cost: $40 a week @ 7 weeks = $280
Cost: $50 a week @ 7 weeks = $350

Learn to use soft pastels for representational art. Through demonstration and guided studio exercises, learn how to use soft pastels for portraiture, landscape, still-life, and other representational artwork.

Acting Workshop
Instructor:Geri Taylor
Ages: Adult
Time: Friday 6:30-9:30 pm
Member Cost: $40 a week @ 7 weeks= $280
Cost: $50 a week @ 7 weeks = $350

Inspired by the acting techniques of Uta Hagen, this workshop will appeal to both novice and experienced actors. Students will learn to apply “The Six Steps” discussed in her book A Challenge for the Actor, and they’ll get to watch the director, actors, and crew of Ruston Community Theatre’s Dial M for Murder as they build a play.

Experimental Water Media
Instructor: Marlen Waters
Ages: Adult
Time: Monday 5:30 pm-8:30 pm
Member Cost: $40 a week @ 7 weeks = $280
Cost: $50 a week @ 7 weeks = $350

Students will learn to use various water media to create their own compositions and explore semi-realistic and abstract themes.

Introduction to Photography & Photoshop
Instructor: Caleb Clark
Ages: Teen-Adult
Time: Friday 5 pm-7 pm
Teen Member Cost: $25 a week @ 7 weeks = $175
Teen Cost: $30 a week @ 7 weeks = $210
Adult Member Cost: $30 a week @ 7 weeks = $210
Adult Cost: $40 a week @ 7 weeks = $280

Students will learn about the history of photography, basic camera functions, lighting, technique, and composition. Later in the course, students will learn basic Adobe Photoshop and editing skills.
Students can use digital or film cameras.

How to Register

Method 1
You can download the “Academy Sign-Up Form” from our Shared Files (see bottom of page), fill it out, and mail it to us at NCLAC Academy, P.O. Box 911, Ruston, LA 71273.

Method 2
You can call us at 318-255-1450, Tuesday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Method 3
You can stop by our offices inside the Dixie Center for the Arts in downtown Ruston, 212 N. Vienna.


Payment can be made by check or cash in one or two installments. Payment is due at the first class meeting and, if paying in two installments, during the fourth week of class (Sept. 26-Oct. 1). Make checks payable to NCLAC.

For more information about the qualifications of our staff, click here!


7 thoughts on “NCLAC Launches First Academy Classes

  1. Cynthia Steele says:

    On your heading for writing admission essays, please remove the apostrophe from essays. It is not possessive. Admissions committees are particular about grammar and spelling as well as content.
    Thanks for working on the classes. I think it’s great!

    • Cynthia, Thanks so much for pointing that out! How embarrassing! I tried to get Leigh Anne to hold off advertising the blog until I’d had a chance to review everything, but she was just SO excited. Her response: “It’s a blog. It changes all the time. Let’s just go for it.” I think the classes are going to be great.

      • Anne says:

        Confused about ages of Creative Art ( by Blackwelder) Card we received in mail says ages 6-14. Your site says ages 12-14. Which is it?

      • Anne, Thanks for your inquiry. The day we sent the cards in the mail, Ms. Blackwelder called and asked that we change the ages to 12-14. She felt 6-14 was too broad of range to teach in the same classroom. We apologize for the inconsistency. –April

  2. Barbara Marrable says:

    I would be so pleased to have my granddaughter attend the Academy. She is 4 years old (will be 5 in 6 weeks). The Tiny Tots class would be an excellent opportunity. However, she will be starting Pre-K for 4-year-olds which is 7:3a to 2:3p M-F. Maybe some consideration might be given to this time conflict for upcoming classes. Perhaps an afternoon class (3:3p). As I read the blog, I was quite impressed. It sounds like a great program!

    • Thank you so much for your feedback! Right now, NCLAC has very limited space to offer our classes. We can only offer one or two at a time, and we wanted to have afterschool options for older kids. We will do our best to address this problem in the future. Our hope is that our classes will eventually be successful enough to allow us to rent more space and provide more options and times. Thank you again for your feedback!

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