Art School
Pre-College Portfolio Development Program
Now Accepting Applications for the FIA Art School’s Pre-College Portfolio Development Program

The Pre-College Portfolio Development Program is designed to strengthen the foundation skills of gifted high school art students and broaden their awareness of career opportunities in the arts. Emphasis is placed on studio skills such as drawing, painting, color-theory, and sculpture. Highly qualified art professionals assist students in producing competitive visual art portfolios for consideration by art colleges and design professions for admissions, internships, and/or scholarships.

Studio work is enhanced by a visit to the National Portfolio Day in Detroit each Fall; direct study of works in the FIA collection; and presentations from visiting artists, arts professionals, and college admissions representatives.

This three-year program furthers the career pursuits of visual arts students 2½ hours one evening each week for ten weeks from September through November and from February through April for a total of 6 courses. Scholarship assistance, based on need, ensures the program remains merit-based.

All grades may apply; freshmen will be given preference for the February 2017 start. Applications are due December 9, 2016

For details please attend the program introduction on November 14, 2016 at 5:30p in the Art School Lecture Room. Please RSVP at least three days prior.

For additional information contact the Art School at 810.237.7315 or
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PDP Form Packet

Download packet above to apply for the program.
Youth Membership Activity
My Nest is Best
April 15 • 1p–3p
Studio 7
Free to Youth Members. Youth Memberships can be purchased in advance or at the door for $20 per child. Three activities per year are included in our Youth Membership.

Another long winter has passed, and even though it’s still a bit chilly, it’s time to celebrate the signs of spring! Days are longer, the sun is shining, tiny buds poke through the soil, and little birds are frantically gathering nesting materials. Youth members will design a bird house cottage along with the birds that might nest therein while learning about faux finishes and cottage history. This is a 2-hour project and participants must stay for the full time period.
Class Highlights
Intro to Sculptural Welding
Learn to manipulate steel through bending, hammering, cutting and welding to create a unique sculptural form. We will cover cutting and shaping metal, MIG welding, and finishing techniques. Students will be supplied with enough metal to complete at least one project and possibly more. Teens Welcome.
Paul Hauth, Instructor
Fri (5 wks) 3/3-3/31 or 4/7-5/5 1p–4p
Tuition $230 (20% off for FIA members)
Clay Animals & Space
To boldly go where no man has gone… Imagine you’re an alien or astronaut lost in space! You and your special one will take an imaginary trip, come back to Earth and create your very own alien, space rocket, and planets all out of clay. Come and get messy rolling, patting and pounding your space-tastic art!
Karyn Konkel, Instructor
Tue (6 wks) 3/14-4/25 9:30a–11a
No class 4/14
Tuition $195 (20% off for FIA members)
(ages 3–5)
After School Clay Wheel Throwing/Hand Building
Together, parents and children will learn basic wheel throwing and hand building techniques to create a variety of functional bowls and cups decorated with colorful underglazes. Experienced students are free to explore and develop their skills with the direction of the instructor.
Karyn Konkel, Instructor
Tue (6 wks) 3/14-4/25 4p-5:45p
No class 4/4
Tuition $214 (20% off for FIA members)
(ages 6–12 with adult)
1-Day Workshop
Celebrating “Women of a New Tribe” Through Drawing
Respond to imagery from this exhibition, or use your own photographs as reference material for drawing. You will learn to manipulate pastel and charcoal to re-create figurative images or more ethereal black-and-white subjects such as billowing clouds or smoke. With development of contrast and value, the illusion of 3D form comes to life on paper. Teens are welcome.
Rachel Reynolds, Instructor
Fri (1 week) 3/10 10a–5p
Tuition $128 (20% off for FIA members)
(beginner, intermediate, advanced)
1-Day Workshop
Linear Perspective in Drawing
This workshop will help you learn to better represent realistic space in your paintings and drawings. Essential principles of one-, two-, and three point perspective will be covered. The workshop will include exercises from rectilinear objects and photo references. Please, bring graphite pencils and drawing paper. Teens are welcome.
Alla Dubrovich, Instructor
Mon (1 week) 3/27 12p–5p
Tuition $53 (20% off for FIA members)
(beginner, intermediate, advanced)
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Flint Institute of Arts
1120 East Kearsley Street
Flint, Michigan 48503
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Monday – Friday
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10:00a – 5:00p
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Huntington Free Saturdays
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