Need a fun learning activity this summer? Check out Samford’s Academy of the Arts’ programs, including photography


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It’s almost summer in Birmingham–whether you’re looking for an activity for your child or a creative outlet for yourself, Samford’s Academy of the Arts has a variety of fun options to suit your needs.

Summer camps

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If you want to get your child out of your hair the house this summer, Samford offers several types of summer camps for all ages. The Bulldog Art Camp is open for kids in first through fifth grade, and Art Studio for Teens explores several art mediums including ceramics.

If you have a singer or piano player on your hands, Adventures in Music is worth checking out. Not only are classes offered during this camp, but also private music lessons and swimming. Side note: if it’s private music lessons you’re after, Samford’s Academy of the Arts offers those year-round. Samford is also introducing a new Jazz Camp this year for sixth to twelfth-graders, where they will have access to music theory classes, sectionals and ensembles.

Preschoolers can also get in on the fun and express their creativity with Music and Art for Minis. If your child is a little older and more interested in writing than being the next Picasso or Mozart, the Writing Camp for Teens and Tweens may be the best fit.

Classes for adults

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The 18+ crowd shouldn’t have to miss out on the action! The programs below are open to anyone in the Birmingham area looking to discover their artistic side.


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If you’ve thought about trying your hand at photography, there’s a Thursday night class that will teach you the basics. If using a DSLR camera seems intimidating, there’s a class to show you how to use it so it’s intimidating no more. You can also learn how to use flash and edit your digital photos. More advanced photogs can check out the night time/low light class. Just be sure to check prerequisites for classes before signing up!

Creative writing

Storytelling is an art form. Hone your skills in this craft through fiction writing on Monday nights. Ever wondered what it takes to get your work of fiction published? Consider the Fiction Publishing 101 class.

Art classes

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Burgeoning artists can check out classes like Watercolor Travel Journal. It’s open to beginners and will teach you how to document your travels in a visual way. Further, if you’ve received a wedding invitation lately and wanted to know how to create that beautiful script, perhaps Samford’s course in Calligraphy is for you.

With a several options to get in touch with your inner artist, Samford’s Academy of the Arts has something for everyone. Classes are beginning to fill up, so be sure to register before it’s too late!

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