Art School Registration Now Open 

Fall 2018

FIA Members may register online, in-person, by mail, or by phone for Fall 2018 classes now. FIA Members receive 20% of regular tuition. Use coupon code MEMBER at checkout to get your discount.

Art School Tuition Assistance Application

Click the link to download the tuition assistance application. You may fill out the application and drop it off anytime in the art school office, Monday through Friday, 9a to 5p. Don't forget to include the additional documents required when dropping off the application. Be sure to submit your application well before the class you are interested in begins.

Adult Activity

Studio Parties 

Art School Studio Parties are a great way for you and your friends to try your hand at something new in a fun, social environment. Many different media and projects are available, including welding, glassblowing, painting, ceramics, drawing, and flameworking. Prices begin at $35 per person and include a three-hour studio session with one of our teaching artists and all necessary materials.

Kinetic Storytelling: Animation Workshop

Three-Day Workshop

“Animation is the Illusion of spontaneity.” Students are introduced to animation from the perspective of the artist. As artists, they find their own voice through the discipline of animation as a medium for self-expression. Students will be immersed in the theory and practice of animation in a hands-on, process-oriented laboratory for creative inquiry into time-based media. Covering direct and handmade process/techniques, students will develop animation concepts and skills using Zoetropes, Flipbooks, Spin cycle and Pixilation, the Exquisite corpse (Anijam), Under-light Sand to Paper Cut-Out Collage, Clay, and Shadow Puppets. Emphasis will be placed on creativity, imagination, and self-expression in both individual and group projects. 

Beginners, Intermediate, Advanced

12/7–9  (FR, SA,SU)    10a–5p     

Tuition: $189

FIA members receive 20% off tuition.

Gary Schwartz

Art School Instructor

Gary Schwartz is an Academy Award nominated filmmaker, as well as an animator, director, artist & educator. Gary has produced, designed & directed animation for Disney, Sesame Street, MTV, Fox Television, & PBS. He currently teaches at UM’s Stamps School of Art & Design.

Intro to Figure Drawing: Long Pose

Students learn how to draw the figure from life utilizing a classical perspective. Working from the same model and pose each session, students strengthen their understanding of anatomical structure and bring their drawings to a high degree of finish. Each class includes demonstrations showing each step of the classical drawing method and one-on-one coaching. 

Beginners, Intermediate, Advanced

12/6-2/21 (TH)    6p–9p

No Class 12/27 

Tuition: $314

FIA members receive 20% off tuition.

Rebecca Gray

Art School Instructor

Rebecca Gray has studied at the Florence Academy of Art in Italy, the Gage Academy in Seattle, and in New York City, where she completed the four-year program at the Grand Central Atelier under Jacob Collins.

Musical Art

Make your own musical instrument using household materials. Students will use a variety of mixed media to cover and then decorate their instruments while listening and playing along to music from all over the world. 

Ages 9–12

1/5-2/23 (SA)    11a–12p

No Class 12/29 & 1/5

Tuition: $80

FIA members receive 20% off tuition.

Elizabeth Sevick

Art School Instructor

Elizabeth Sevick received her MFA in Painting from the Kendall College of Art and Design of Ferris State University, and her BFA in Painting from the University of Michigan-Flint. She has exhibited throughout the country, most recently in the Rochester Contemporary Arts Center, Rochester, NY.

Circus Books!

The circus is coming to town! Students explore printmaking and bookmaking techniques while learning about the circus. Books will feature clowns, elephants, lion tamers, and more! 

Ages 3–5 with adult

1/19–2/9 (SA)    10a–11:30a     

Tuition: $54

FIA members receive 20% off tuition.

Michele Leclaire


Michele Leclaire has an MFA in Painting from the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts. Her focus is on works on paper, especially painting and printmaking. 

Transfer 101

One-Day Glass Bootcamp

The transfer is a vital step in the formation of glass objects. Students practice attaching a punty to the bottom of a blown piece and breaking it free from the blowpipe in this one-day workshop, designed to give students the opportunity to focus on a single technique or form to learn and improve their skills. 

Beginners, Intermediate

2/23 (SA)    6p–9p    Studio 8 

Tuition: $75

FIA members receive 20% off tuition.

Brent Swanson

Glass Programs Manager

Brent Swanson is a working artist as well as an educator. Swanson infuses his passion for glass working into both the pieces he creates and his classroom approach, in part because he sees glass as a magical medium, one that holds a special place in his heart. His work experience—which ranges from glass factory production to demonstrating glassblowing at Dearborn, Michigan’s Greenfield Village to teaching at his alma mater, College for Creative Studies—is as vast as what he fashions from molten material: elegant stemware, upscale lighting, and indoor/outdoor sculpture, some of which mix in other media, underscoring his education in craft of all kinds. Swanson’s unconventional, innovative approach defines not only his art, but also his attitude toward teaching, leading gallery owners nationwide to display his work.

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Painting Flowers

One-Day Workshop

Explore the color, shape, texture, and drama of the flower as subject matter for painting. Students will learn to mix color and manipulate acrylic paint by experimenting with various application techniques. Work in response to fresh cut flowers, from your imagination, or using stencils, photographs and found images to create one to two paintings. 

Beginners, Intermediate, Advanced

1/27 (SU)    11a–5p    Studio 11 

Tuition: $64

FIA members receive 20% off tuition.

Rachel Reynolds Z


Rachel holds a BFA from the College for Creative Studies and earned an MFA from Vermont College of Fine Arts. She exhibits throughout the region.