Published on January 10, 2017 by Ashley Smith  
Academy classes

Samford Academy of the Arts is continuing the traditions of Samford After Sundown and Preparatory Music by offering classes in antiques, languages, art, photography and music during the spring semester. 

“The Academy of the Arts is a combination of programs for all ages and disciplines,” according to Joe Hopkins, School of the Arts dean. “Our goal is to enrich the lives of people who live and work in our community as they learn and share their talents with others.” 

Each semester, the academy features classes for a wide audience with diverse interests.  The antiques class is the longest-running class and is taught by Dan Brooks, a celebrity among his followers. Hopkins instructs the Patrons of the Arts class, taking an in-depth look at upcoming arts events in Birmingham. Local artists and performers are featured guests at many sessions.  

The music program provides training from highly acclaimed instructors. More than 1,000 students annually attend the Academy of the Arts music and art classes and summer camps. Many of the precollege music students have gone on to enroll in Samford.  

The academy strives to provide the Birmingham community with a variety of classes that tap into the arts community with informative and engaging content, Hopkins said. From acrylic painting to photography, students can explore their creative passions. 

This year, the class schedule added studies in French, Italian and Spanish to help the casual traveler with basic language knowledge. Additionally, ESL classes are now part of the curriculum to provide resources for the Birmingham multilingual community. Classes are taught by local artists and musicians, as well as Samford faculty members.  

Each summer, the academy hosts camps in art, music and creative writing. Children from first through 12th grades enjoy instruction and group activities during sessions in June and July. 

The program has been part of Samford’s community outreach for more than 40 years and now resides in the Academy of the Arts building across the street from the main Samford campus between Covenant Presbyterian Church and Homewood High School on South Lakeshore Drive.  

 
Samford is a leading Christian university offering undergraduate programs grounded in the liberal arts with an array of nationally recognized graduate and professional schools. Founded in 1841, Samford is the 87th-oldest institution of higher learning in the United States. The Wall Street Journal ranks Samford 1st nationally for student engagement and U.S. News & World Report ranks Samford 66th in the nation for best undergraduate teaching and 104th nationally for best value. Samford enrolls 5,683 students from 47 states and 19 countries in its 10 academic schools: arts, arts and sciences, business, divinity, education, health professions, law, nursing, pharmacy and public health. Samford fields 17 athletic teams that compete in the tradition-rich Southern Conference, and ranks 3rd nationally for its Graduation Success Rate among all NCAA Division I schools.