Art School Registration Now Open 

Winter 2017 - 2018 & Spring 2018

FIA Members may register online, in-person, by mail, or by phone for Winter 2017-2018 classes now. FIA Members receive 20% of regular tuition. Use coupon code MEMBER at checkout to get your discount.

Art School Scholarship Application

Click the link to download the scholarship 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 scholarship well before the class you are interested in begins.

Creative Figure Drawing for Teens

Drawing a clothed, live model, students will study the human form and practice depicting its expressive gestures. Manipulating charcoal, chalk pastel or ink wash, students may choose to emphasize anatomy or more loosely represent the idea of what it is to be human.

Sun  (1 day)   3/4   11a–5p

Tuition $60* 

Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced

Rachel Reynolds


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.

Heat and Gravity: Beginning Glassblowing

Learn the fundamentals of manipulating molten glass into intentional forms. Students will build a strong understanding of the material and will gain the skills necessary to safely navigate the studio and begin making handblown glass objects.

Tuesdays  (7 weeks)   4/10-5/22  1p–4p

Tuesdays  (7 weeks)   4/10-5/22  5:30p–8:30p

Wednesdays  (7 weeks)   4/11-5/23  10a–1p

Wednesdays  (7 weeks)   4/11-5/23  3p–6p

Thursdays  (7 weeks)   4/12-5/24  1p–4p

Fridays  (7 weeks)   4/13-5/25  1p–4p

Tuition $360 (includes materials and equipment)


Brent Swanson

Glass Programs Manager

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Flameworked Beads

Discover the art of glass bead making! Using glass rods and tabletop torches, students will explore the basics of creating glass beads. Please wear cotton clothing and bring writing materials to first class. 

Tuesdays  (8 weeks)   4/3-5/22   9a–12p

Tuesdays  (8 weeks)   4/3-5/22   6p-9p

Thursdays  (8 weeks)   4/5-5/24   9a–12p

Thursdays  (8 weeks)   4/5-5/24   6p–9p

Tuition $240* (includes materials and equipment)


Anita Spencer


Anita holds a BA in Art Education from Eastern Michigan University. She taught K-6 in the Lapeer Public Schools for 30 years and exhibits fused and lamp-worked glass throughout the region.

7th Annual

Lego® Competition

This is a fun family event that everyone can participate in, observe, and enjoy.

Saturday, May 12, 2018

Free and open to the public

The Flint Institute of Arts’ Art School hosts the 7th Annual LEGO Competition on Saturday, May 12, 2018. This is a fun family event that everyone can participate in, observe, and enjoy. The Art School LEGO Competition is a day of events celebrating and encouraging creative play. Free activities include guided LEGO building sessions in the Art School studios led by the Michigan Therapeutic Lego Users Group, open LEGO building in the Art School, LEGO-themed glass blowing demonstrations in the Hot Shop, and a screening of The LEGO Batman Movie in the FIA Theater. For more information visit

Sponsored by
Flint Area School Employees Credit Union
Barnes & Noble

Dr. David Taylor &
Dr. Shawn Reiser