Fall Registration Now Open

The FIA Art School will resume offering a full roster of courses and workshops this fall. Studio opportunities are available for all ages and skill levels and include beginning and advanced painting, drawing, glass, ceramics, weaving, animation, and more. 

Students may register online, by calling 810.237.7315, or by emailing arted@flintarts.org. Please do not hesitate to contact the Art School at 810.237.7315 or arted@flintarts.org with any questions or concerns.


In response to updated guidance from the CDC and MDHHS, the FIA will resume a mask requirement beginning August 4, 2021. All staff, faculty, students, and visitors are required to wear a mask at all times while at the FIA. If you do not have one, masks are available at Security, the front desk, and the art school office.

Thank you for your cooperation as we seek to keep the FIA a safe environment for both staff and visitors.

Drawing at the FIA

“The teaching of drawing is the teaching of looking.” – David Hockney

From primitive marks on cave walls to the elegant contours of a clay pot to the gestural dribbled lines of Jackson Pollock, drawing is at the root of all visual art. No matter what your primary artistic interest may be, you will deepen your practice and expand your vision though drawing.

The FIA Art School offers introductory classes for curious students who have never drawn before as well as opportunities for more experienced artists to sharpen their skills and explore new techniques.

Drawing Foundations 
Amy Mahnick, Faculty
Anyone can learn to draw with proper instruction and lots of practice. Students will start at the beginning and learn the foundational skills of realistic drawing including simplification, proportion, value, and measuring. No experience necessary.
9/11-11/13  (SA)    10a-1p       Tuition: $230* 
One-Day Workshop 
Intro to Drawing
Philip Ruehle, Faculty
This one-day workshop will serve as an introduction to the fundamentals of drawing. A variety of techniques and processes will be explored with graphite and will include several brief and extended demos. No experience necessary.
11/6 (SA)    10a–4p  Tuition: $56*

Head and Portrait Fundamentals
Gabrielle Cataldo, Faculty
Working from a live model, students will learn the proportions of the head and be introduced to essential forms needed to draw facial features. Students will also learn the function of portraiture and be introduced to a variety of historical and contemporary portrait artists. Students will start with learning the fundamentals with drawing, and will later be encouraged to explore other mediums of their choosing including but not limited to such pastel, watercolor, acrylic or oil paint, and collage.
9/11-11/20 (SA)    6p-8p    Tuition: $245*

Visiting Artist One-Week Intensive

Drawing Bootcamp

Armin Mersmann, Faculty

Join renowned artist Armin Mersmann and immerse yourself into a week-long study of drawing and the art of observation. We all see the world around us, but do we really look, take in the forms, shapes, and structures as an artist does? Learn the difference between observational realism and intellectual realism by drawing what you see – not what you think you see. We will work only in graphite during this five-day workshop. Some of the topics include contour drawing, full-value rendering, negative/positive space, sight measuring (sighting) and the often-misunderstood grid system. Traditionally, observational drawing is from life and this will be emphasized but in today’s world, photo references play a very important role as long as you take your own photos. We will cover how to do this successfully and bring life into a drawing when working from a photograph.

9/27-10/1 (MO-FR)    10a-4p     Tuition: $300*

Armin Mersmann, Blues for Mama, Graphite on paper

Armin Mersmann, Blues for Mama, Graphite on paper

Art School Tuition Assistance Application

Click the link to download the tuition assistance application. You may fill out the application and email or mail it to the Art School Office. 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.

About the FIA Art School

Founded in 1928, the FIA Art School is one of the nation's largest museum art schools, offering studio classes in drawing, glassblowing, painting, photography, sculpture, ceramics, and more to people of all ages and skill levels.

Art School Policies

Registrations are valid with full payment. Register up to three business days before class online or by phone, walk-in, or mail (not by voice mail). Cash (not by mail), check, VISA, MasterCard, Discover, and American Express are accepted.  Registration confirmations are issued via email.

Refunds are not given after the second class. A 50% charge will be withheld for cancellations made within four business days prior to the start date of class.

Student Artwork not picked up within two weeks of the end of the session will be discarded.

Photo Policy The FIA reserves the right to photograph activities that occur on its premises for promotional materials.

Class Cancellations due to weather will be posted on the FIA Art School Facebook page and ABC12.com. We are not able to contact each student individually in the event of building closure. Class cancellations due to weather or faculty illness will be rescheduled based on studio and staff availability but are not guaranteed. Under-enrolled classes will be cancelled three business days prior to the first day of class.

Student Amenities

Art Supplies are discounted 20% in the FIA Museum Shop (for enrolled
students only).

Lockers may be rented in the Art School office with your own lock
for $13 per session or $35 per year. The FIA is not responsible for items lost or stolen from lockers, galleries, or studios.

Materials and Supplies

Children and Teen Courses include all required supplies, provided by the FIA.

Ceramics Courses include one bag of clay and glazes. Additional clay may be purchased from instructor as needed.

Glass and Welding Courses include required safety equipment and basic materials needed to complete the course. Specialized and optional materials, including colored glass, may be purchased from instructor as needed.

All Other Courses, unless otherwise noted, should expect to provide their own supplies. Supply lists will be provided when applicable.

Tuition Assistance

Through the generosity of many individuals and organizations, the FIA is pleased to offer tuition assistance support to those students who could not otherwise afford the cost of attendance. To apply for tuition assistance support, students must submit an application form available below and a copy of their household’s most recent federal income tax return. Tuition assistance is offered to eligible students on a first come first served basis while funding remains. 

Student Membership

FIA Members receive 20% off tuition, the FIA Magazine, free admission to exhibitions, and a 10% discount in the Palette Café and Museum Shop.

FIA Youth Membership participants (ages 2.5–12) receive discounted class fees, a 10% discount in The Palette Café and Museum Shop, mailings in their name, and three free Youth Membership Activities per year for students ages 5–12.

Become a member here.