Wet Paint Day 

Plein Air at Applewood • July 29, 2017

Registration Deadline EXTENDED 

July 22, 2017

Registration Fee • $30 by check or credit card

Make checks payable to Flint Institute of Arts. 

Mail checks to: FIA Art School | Flint Institute of Arts | 1120 East Kearsley Street | Flint, Michigan 48503


For this day-long event, the Flint Institute of Arts (FIA), the Ruth Mott Foundation and the Flint Institute of Music (FIM) are partnering to host Plein Air artists of all media from 9a until 3p at the beautiful Applewood Estate.  

Applewood, built in 1916 as a gentleman’s farm for the Charles Stewart Mott family, is listed on the National Registry of Historic Places. The 34-acre grounds include the home, the quaint original gatehouse, barn and chicken coop, an orchard with 29 varieties of apples, and 18 acres that are extensively landscaped. Gilkey Creek runs along the south edge of Applewood’s property as it makes its way to the Flint River.

The public will be able to tour the grounds from 11a to 3p to view the artists at work. The completed paintings will be framed onsite and then be installed down the road at the FIM Atrium, where an evening reception will allow the public to meet the artists, view and purchase their work.

Event Details
8a–9a  Artists sign in at Applewood, blank canvases, etc. will be date-stamped
9a–3p Artists paint & draw at Applewood 
3p–4p Artists sign and frame artwork 
4p–5p Artists arrive at FIM to display their artwork* 
5p–7pPublic reception & Wet Paint sale 

* Artists must provide their own frames. Easels to be provided by FIA.

Acceptance will be limited to the first 40 artists to register.

Make checks payable to Flint Institute of Arts. Mail checks to:

FIA Art School | Flint Institute of Arts 1120 East Kearsley Street Flint, Michigan 48503

Art School Scholarship Application

Summer 2017

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.

FIA Member Registration Now Open 

Summer 2017

FIA Members may register online, in-person, by mail, or by phone for Summer 2017 classes now. Registration for non-members opens  May 1.

Art Walk Events

2nd Friday Art Walk happens every month throughout downtown Flint. Stop by the Art School’s Auxiliary Studio to see demonstrations and try your hand making art! All events are free and will be held from 6–9p in the Auxiliary Studio, 124 W. 2nd St. in Flint.

May 12

Wheel Throwing Demonstration 

Stop by to see Art School faculty member Jeff Hageman demonstrate basic clay wheel throwing techniques. Watch as crude lumps of clay are transformed into elegant vessels by a highly-skilled artist.

June 9

Pastel Demonstration

Art School faculty member Alla Dubrovich will demonstrate pastel portrait painting techniques using a photograph as a reference.

July 14

Gesture Drawing

Gesture drawings are rapid sketches made to capture the movement and posture of a model. Stop in and try some quick drawing from a live model. Art School Director Donovan Entrekin will be on hand to give tips and demonstrate techniques. Drawing materials are provided.

Art School

Class Highlights

Summer 2017

Open Studio Painting

5.22 – 7/31 (9 weeks) • 12:30p–3:30p

Tuition $189

Downtown Auxiliary Studio 

Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced

This is a chance for concentrated studio time to work in your chosen media as you paint with like-minded artists who share your love of art. Instruction will be offered as needed in your chosen medium. Beginners will start in acrylics, but please bring your own supplies and reference materials. Teens over 16 welcome.

Arla Slogor


Arla earned her BFA in Painting from the University of Michigan-Flint. She is currently teaching painting and drawing for VSA artist-in-residence at GISD Schools.

Large-Scale Painting

Fridays 5.26 – 7.21 (8 weeks) • 12:00p–4:00p

Tuition $259

Intermediate, Advanced

Go Big! Painting on over-sized surfaces presents new opportunities and challenges to artists. You will learn about choosing a size and format, surface preparation, developing a motif, blocking in, paint application, final presentation, and more. Students may work in any style or paint medium. Minimum size will be 60 inches in at least one direction. Canvas and gesso provided. Space is limited (no pun intended).

Donovan Entrekin

Director of the Art School

Donovan holds an MFA from the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts. His undergraduate concentration was painting and printmaking; and graduate studies painting and sculpture.

Prior to joining the Flint Institute of Arts, Donovan served at Interlochen Center of the Arts for seven years, most recently as Assistant Director of Admission and Financial Aid. In addition to his administrative work, Donovan has exhibited, lectured and taught art at summer camps, community centers, and universities.

Email Donovan