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Art School Registration Now Open 

Spring 2020

FIA Members may register online, in-person, by mail, or by phone for Spring 2020 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.

9th Annual

Lego Competition

April 18 •  1:00p–5:00p

Studio 1, Lecture Room, & Isabel Hall

Free and Open to the Public.

The FlA Art School hosts the ninth Annual LEGO Competition on Saturday, April 18, 2020. Free and open to the public, the Art School LEGO Competition celebrates and encourages creative play and allows everyone to observe, enjoy, and participate! Free, family-friendly activities include guided LEGO building sessions led by the Michigan Therapeutic LEGO Users Group in the Art School studios, open LEGO building in the Art School, and a screening of The LEGO Movie in the FIA Theater. LEGO enthusiasts ages 9–12 can check out our new LEGO Animation class below.

FIA Art School Accolades will be awarded in four (4) categories
Grades K-2  |  Grades 3-5  |  Grades 6-8  |  Grades 9-12  
Memberships and Scholarships will be awarded to 
Most Creative  |  Most Technically Challenging  |  People’s Choice 
• Entries must be an original creation designed and completed by the participant. 
• Participants must use their own LEGO or “lego-type” brick.
• Direct copies of LEGO designs or “out-of-the-box” kits, copies from the internet, or printed publications are not eligible for entry.
• Work submitted must be on a foundation no larger than 12 in x 12 in and no more than 18 inches in height.
• One entry per person. 

Works must be submitted between 
1:00p–2:45p in the FIA Art School, Saturday, April 18, 2020. Jurors will review works from 3:00–4:00, followed by an award’s ceremony at 4:00p. Entries must be taken home following the award’s ceremony. Awarded designs may be exhibited in the Bishop Gallery for one week.

*LEGO is a trademark of the LEGO Group companies and does not authorize, endorse, nor sponsor this event.
Award Sponsors
Drs. Bobby & Nita Mukkamala
Sovita Credit Union
Dr. Shawn Reiser & Dr. David Taylor

Visiting Artist One-Week Workshop

Drawing Boot Camp

May 18 – 22

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Armin Mersmann, Visiting Artist sample artwork

Immerse yourself into a week-long study of drawing and the art of observation with Armin Mersmann. Learn the difference between observational and intellectual realism by drawing what you see, not what you think you see. Working exclusively with graphite, students will explore contour drawing, full-value rendering, negative/positive space, sight measuring, and the grid system. We will also cover how to take your own reference photos. 

Armin Mersmann, mainly known for his intense naturalistic graphite drawings, has exhibited nationally with dozens of solo and major group exhibitions. He has taught drawing, the creative process, iPhoneography, and advanced critique at the American Academy of Art, Chicago; the Colorado Academy of Art, Boulder; Northwood University, Midland, MI; and countless workshops throughout the country. His work is included in more than 350 private, corporate, and public collections. 

5/18–5/22 (MO–FR)    10a–4p    Tuition: $300*

* FIA members receive 20% off tuition.

Class Highlights

The FIA Art School offers more than 100 classes and workshops each session for students of all ages and skill levels. Please see our website for a complete listing of opportunities.
LEGO Animation
Make your own Lego animated movie. Single-frame animation techniques will be taught using a tablet and a webcam. Animation history including flip-books will also be covered. Bring your own Legos or use the FIA’s.
 Ages 9–12
 4/2–5/7 (TH)    4:30p–6p    Tuition: $62*
Printmaking for Teens
Investigate the basics of printmaking and explore the potential of creating in multiples. Learn to carve linoleum blocks and set up a simple printing system to produce experimental variations of your own images. Embark on a collaborative “exquisite corpse” project in which students draw, carve, and print a single part of the human figure, assembled together later, that collectively creates a whole.
Ages 13–17
3/21–4/25 (SA)    12p–2:30p    Tuition: $150*
Flameworking: Introduction & Beyond
Get encouragement and assistance in the construction of flameworked projects using borosilicate glass. Good for students with no flameworking experience as well as those who are looking to further their glass skills.
3/9–5/11 (MO)    2:30p–5:30p    Tuition: $270*
3/11–5/13 (WE)    6p–9p    Tuition: $270*
Two-Day Workshop 
Hands-on Animation
Learn to animate from the perspective of the artist! Find your voice using animation as medium for self-expression from a materials-based point of view. Produce a complete animated short, ready for the festival circuit, in an environment that’s fun for everyone. No previous experience required. Teens 15+ welcome.
4/4–4/5  (SA & SU)    10a–5p    Tuition: $150*
* FIA members receive 20% off of tuition.

Adult Activity

Studio Parties 

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

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 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.

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