Art School Classes Canceled for Remainder of Fall Session

Winter Registration still Open

The federal Center for Disease Control says schools are safe to open if fewer than 5% of coronavirus tests over the past week are positive.  As of yesterday, Genesee County’s 7-day average is 5.8% and quickly rising. The state’s overall rate is 4.8% and rising.

Genesee County is currently reporting 18.59 new cases per day per 100,000 people. The CDC considers this moderate risk. This rate has increased by 22% over the past seven days, which is considered the highest risk.

The FIA has been closely monitoring state and county coronavirus data to ensure that our studios and facilities remain low-risk spaces. As cases and hospitalizations in our area continue to rise precipitously, we have made the difficult decision to suspend FIA Art School classes and workshops for the remainder of the Fall session beginning Monday, October 26.

All students currently enrolled in fall classes will receive a tuition credit for any class meetings that have not yet occurred. Students may request a prorated refund instead of a credit by contacting the Art School at 810-237-7315 or

The decision to reopen the studios will be made when the following conditions have been met, putting our region back into the low-risk category:

  1. The county’s positive test results are <4% and have shown consistent decline for 14 days.
  2. The new cases per day per 100,000 population is <20 and declining by at least 5-10% over the previous 14 days.

The Winter session begins on December 7 and we are hopeful that we will be able to resume classes at that time. The Art School will continue to take Winter registrations for the time being. If Winter classes are suspended, registered students will have the option of a complete refund or tuition credit.

Thank you for your understanding. We look forward to seeing you in the studios again soon.

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

COVID-19 Information Students must wear a mask, observe social distancing, and comply with all other posted safety regulations at all times. 

All students will check in as they enter the FIA where their temperatures will be taken, and they will be asked a series of questions. If a student answers "yes" to any question(s) and/or has a temperature of 100.4 or above, they will be asked to leave and return another time. 

Registered students who are asked to leave or who must miss class due to COVID-19-related issues will be offered a prorated tuition credit. 

Students who fail to follow posted safety procedures, including mask use and social distancing, will be asked to leave and no refund or tuition credit will be granted. 

Students will receive a prorated refund or tuition credit  for any class cancellations resulting from COVID-19-related issues.

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.