Summer Camps

Children from around the Birmingham area enjoy the variety of activities at the Academy of the Arts camps. They learn art and music as well as enjoy the benefits of the beautiful Samford campus and swimming facilities. Each year there are music, art, and writing camps available for ages 4-17.

Art Camps

The Academy of the Arts will offer two art camps this summer, including one (June 25-29) for students who have completed first through fifth grade and another (June 4-8) for middle school students who have finished grades six through eighth. Summer Art Camp is one week full of inspiration and creative expressions in art. With the help of our experienced art instructors, the students will see, touch, hear and feel the vocabulary of art by incorporating color, line, shape, texture, space, value, form, balance and rhythm. The young art students will use various art media, including paint, clay and crayon. The middle school art students will work with various art media including ceramics. We are looking forward to seeing you at Art Camp 2018!

Art Studio for Teens 

June 4-8, 2018 (Grades 6-8)
9 a.m. - 12 p.m.
$200

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Bulldog Art Camp

June 25-29, 2018 (Grades 1-5)
9 a.m. - 2 p.m.
$250

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Music and Art for Minis

Ages 4–6
July 16-20, 2018
$250

A fabulous learning experience for preschoolers! This camp is for four, five and six-year-old children who have not attended the first grade.

Taught by our experienced preschool faculty, campers meet daily 9:00–2:00 p.m. Activities will include singing, movement, listening skills, art projects, instruments, games, music history, recreation and daily snack. Campers bring their own lunch. Space is limited to 40 campers in order to provide an excellent student-teacher ratio.

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Music Camps

Adventures in Music Summer Camp

Grades 1 – 12
Session I: June 11 – 15, 2018 – Piano Only
Session II: July 9 – 13, 2018 – Piano or Voice
$375

Adventures in Music is open to students who are interested in continuing their studies in piano and voice. It features two sessions for grades 1–12. Each session meets daily from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m. All Adventures in Music students and faculty eat lunch together. Time for swimming in the campus pool is also included. Participants will be directed by faculty members and university student assistants for class changes, practice times, breaks, and meals. Participants will have their own schedule, including four private 30-minute lessons, music literature, ensemble, theory, practice time, break, lunch, guest artist, and swimming.

Friday is filled with excitement and musical activity. The day challenges campers to test their knowledge with various team and individual games and relays. On Friday, there is a solo recital in the afternoon and an ensemble recital in the early evening. The Adventures in Music Gala Recital highlights students from the camp as they play the ensemble pieces learned throughout the week. Two of the games played on Friday are a Scavenger Hunt that takes place across the entire campus, and Who Wants to be a Music Millionaire game testing students on knowledge gained throughout the week. Pianists must have completed a minimum of three months instruction prior to camp and will attend ensemble classes. Vocalists must be at least 10 years old and will attend ensemble and stage technique classes.

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Music and Art for Minis

Ages 4–6
July 16-20, 2018
$250

A fabulous learning experience for preschoolers! This camp is for four, five and six-year-old children who have not attended the first grade.

Taught by our experienced preschool faculty, campers meet daily 9:00–2:00 p.m. Activities will include singing, movement, listening skills, art projects, instruments, games, music history, recreation and daily snack. Campers bring their own lunch. Space is limited to 40 campers in order to provide an excellent student-teacher ratio.

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Theater Camps

Just for Fun

One-Week Camp Series for Grades 1-5
Maximum Enrollment: 15 campers per class
Student will receive a t-shirt and daily snack
Time:  9–11:30 a.m.
Session One: June 11-15
Session Two: June 18-22
Tuition: $150 per session

Group One: The Rascal Club

Rising Grades 1-2

What do Monkey, Papagayo and Anansi all have in common?  They are members of the Rascal Club. Join us as we make creative discoveries, play the characters and recreate stories from great folk heroes of the world. With the guidance of a teaching artist, the students will write the lines for a play, create a costume and then perform their creation on the Harrison Stage.  In addition, students will participate in theatre games and activities.

Group Two: The Super Hero Club

Rising Grades 3-5

What do Batman, Wonder Woman, and Spiderman have in common?  They are all members of the S.H.C -Super Hero Club.  Join us as we establish the Birmingham Chapter of S.H.C.  The members will create their own super hero identity (complete with super powers), design their costume, and create a story of epic proportions.  With the guidance of a teaching artist, the students will write the lines for a play, create a costume and then perform their creation on the Harrison Stage.  In addition, students will participate in theatre games and activities.

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The Magic Circle

Two-Week Camp for Rising Grades 6–12
No Audition Required
Maximum Enrollment: 20
Student will receive a camp t-shirt, bottled water, a daily snack and lunch in the SU Cafeteria
Time: 9 a.m.–3 p.m.
Two-Week Session: June 11-15 & 19-22, 2018
Tuition: $545

With the assistant of teaching artists, campers will plan, create and participate in a production of The Odyssey, A Comedy by Tom Smith, based on the epic by Homer.

Synopsis: Odysseus and his crewman Pete must overcome many perils on their long voyage home from Troy, including an awkward teenage Cyclops named Polly, some Sirens crooning elevator music, and various other gods and monsters.  Along the way, they both learn some hard lessons in trust, humility, and the power of brains over brawn.

The performance will take place on the Harrison stage, June 22 at 7 pm.  In addition, campers will participate in theatre games, master classes and other camp activities. 

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Writing Camps

Writing Camp for Tweens and Teens

Ages 11–15
Session I: June 18-22, 2018
Session II: July 23-27, 2018
$200

Are you that kid who writes poetry in math class? Want to learn how to write better and enter contests and publications? This is the class for you. We will practice finding the perfect words, imagery and details that will make everyone want to read your journals! Boundless creativity lives in these small classes, which offer teacher feedback and sharing with peers.

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