Art School Registration Now Open 

Fall 2017

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

Art School Scholarship Application

Fall 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.

Class Highlights

Open Figure Drawing Sessions

Take advantage of these uninstructed sessions with a live model to hone your observation skills, try out new media and techniques, or to simply enjoy the camaraderie of fellow artists drawing together. All skill levels and non-photographic media are welcome.


Wed  (11 weeks)   9/6–11/15   5:30p–8:30p

Tuition $72 (20% off for FIA members)

Drop-in $8 per session

Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced

The Demo Series

Students have the rare opportunity to observe full-length, in-depth demonstrations covering a range of traditional approaches in oils and pastels. These demonstrations are ideal for artists still in the early learning stages, as well as for anyone curious about, the process of painting. Teens are welcome.

Seascape & Clouds in Oil | Sat (1 day)   11/4   10a–2p

The Portrait in Pastel | Sat (1 day)   11/11   10a–2p

The Landscape in Pastel | Sat (1 day)   11/18   10a–2p

Tuition $25 per demonstration (20% off for FIA members)

Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced

2-Day Workshop 

Portrait Miniatures

Often only a couple of inches in size, portrait miniatures were very popular throughout Europe from the 16th century to the mid-19th century. While this form of painting was practiced in a variety of media, this course will focus on the use of oils.

Sun  (2 weeks)   11/12 & 11/19   10a–4p

Tuition $98 (20% off for FIA members)

Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced

Philip Ruehle


Philip received a BFA & MFA in painting from Kendall College of Art and Design. Ruehle's artistic output ranges from wildlife to abstract painting to sculpture, with recognition for miniature figurative painting.

1-Week Intensive 

Painting Practices & Personal Painting

Join Philadelphia-based artist Jeanine Leclaire for this special one-week intensive. Topics will include color theory, identifying values, working from observation, planning composition, and how best to exploit your medium. Projects will include fast skill-building lessons and extended self-expression explorations. Teens are welcome.

Mon–Fri  (1 week)   11/13–11/17   10a–4p   

Tuition $206 (20% off for FIA members)

Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced

Jeanine Leclaire


New Space

Art School Gallery 

The new Art School Gallery, located in the retail corridor, opens September 15, 2017. This gallery highlights some of the best work being made by faculty and students in the FIA’s art studios. Works are for sale and represent many disciplines, including painting; drawing; ceramics; sculpture; printmaking; photography; glass; jewelry; and more.

Art Walk Events

Second 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.

Check back soon for more events.

Art School

Class Highlights

Fall 2017

Anatomy for Artists

Mondays 9.11 – 11.20 (8 weeks) No Class 10.23, 10/30, & 11/6 • 12:30p–3:30p

Tuition $201

Instructor: Arla Slogor

Art School Studio 6

Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced

Learn about the human body through the eye of an artist and bring more convincing structure to your figurative drawing, painting, and sculpture. This is an academic course with a strong emphasis on learning the bones and muscles that make up the human body. Course time each week will be divided between academic study and drawing with a live model.

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.

Beginning Pottery

Wednesdays 9.13 – 11.15 (10 weeks) • 5:30p–8:30p

Tuition $244

Instructor: Jeff Hageman

Art School Studio 2

Beginner, Intermediate

Start with the basic skills needed to throw clay on the pottery wheel. Fundamental techniques will be demonstrated and practiced as we develop toward more advanced methods.

Jeff Hageman

Instructor & Art School Technician

Jeff has a BFA from the Kansas City Art Institute in ceramics. Jeff specializes in teapots and sculptures constructed from thrown parts.

Master iPhone Photography Techniques

Saturdays 10.7 – 10.21 (3 weeks) • 9:30a–12:30p

Tuition $75

Instructor: Ellyn Sudow

Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced

Art School Lecture Room

Take better photos using your smartphone. Learn lighting, composition, organizing, editing, sharing, and printing. Course will focus on capturing the essence of people photography. We will do a "photo walk" and exchange ideas with photographers in the class.

Ellyn Sudow


Ellyn holds an MFA in Photography from George Washington University and also studied at the Corcoran Gallery of Art. Her experimentation includes the artistic potential of smartphones.