Art School Registration Now Open 

Spring 2018

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

Visiting Artist

Painterly Portraits in Pastel Workshop

September 11–13 • 9:30a–4:30p

Studio 14 | Tuition – $400 members, $480 non-members 

Learn how to light, pose, sketch, and photograph the subject, and work from studies and photographic reference materials to create life-like painterly portraits in pastel. Following demonstrations, students will sketch from a live model, creating exploratory studies, compositional approaches, and color notes. We will cover effective techniques for refining the portrait and end with constructive critique. Leave feeling empowered with the working knowledge to create painterly portraits from photographs.

Alain Picard

Alain J. Picard is an award-winning artist, instructor, author, and speaker. His acclaimed pastel and oil paintings have been exhibited throughout the U.S., Europe, China and the UK. Alain’s work and writing have been featured in The Artist’s Magazine, The Pastel Journal, and Practique des Arts. Picard has written three instructional books, including Mastering Pastel and Beginning Drawing, and stars in a growing collection of instructional art videos. He has lectured and demonstrated for The Metropolitan Museum of Art, the National Arts Club in New York City, Vose Galleries in Boston, MA, the IAPS Convention in Albuquerque, NM, and the Biennial International Pastel Art Exhibition at Ming Gallery in Suzhou, China.


Basics of Glass Cane

Expand your flameworking skills by learning to make fancy, colorful soft glass canes. You will be introduced to a variety of cane pulling processes and techniques, focusing on even, consistent pulls. Demonstrations will include making encased stringer, striped cane, flat “ribbon” cane and more complex canes, and the application of these canes. 

7/27 (F)    10a-6p    Studio 15
Tuition: $120 (members 20% off)

Kim Fields

Kim Fields’ work is in the Corning Museum of Glass, N.Y., The KOBE Lampwork Museum, Japan; and many private collections throughout the world. Kim has taught and demonstrated at many glass studios throughout the United States and internationally. 


Plein Air Painting at Applewood Estate


Reception & Wet Paint Sale at FIA Art School

Enjoy the beautiful setting of Applewood, the Charles Stewart Mott Estate, while artists from across the state paint en plein air. Meet the artists and watch them paint while they create works of art based on the blooming gardens and historic buildings of Applewood Estate. While on site, enjoy live music, family friendly activities, and free guided house, and garden tours — no reservation required. 

Open and free to the public.

McLaren Free

Glassblowing Demonstration Days

Free glassblowing demonstrations thanks to McLaren Health Care.

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Saturdays • 11:00a–4:00p

Join us in the Hot Shop every Saturday to see the Art School’s professional glass artists gather molten glass from our 2,100 degree furnace and manipulate the glowing material into elegant forms and vessels. Learn about the techniques used to create many of the works shown in the FIA’s new Contemporary Craft Galleries. Thirty minute demonstrations are held every hour on the hour.