Art School Registration Now Open 

Fall 2018

FIA Members may register online, in-person, by mail, or by phone for Fall 2018 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.

Adult Activity

Studio Parties 

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

Beginning Glassblowing: Heat and Gravity

Fundamental glass blowing: Students will learn the fundamentals of forming molten glass into intentional forms. Students will build a strong understanding of the material and will gain the skills necessary to safely navigate the studio and begin making hand blown glass objects.

Beginners, Intermediate

9/12–10/31 (WE)    6p–9p    Studio 8 

Tuition: $360*

Matt Kolbrener


Matt Kolbrener earned a BFA from the College for Creative Studies, Detroit and also studied at Penland School of Crafts and Pittsburgh Glass Center. He has worked as a glassblower at Axiom Glass Studio and The Henry Ford Museum. 

Beginning Fusion

Students will gain insight into the possibilities of combining hotglass and flameworking. Students will have creative freedom in composition and what story they would like to tell. More than half of the course will be spent flameworking objects to then encase within the hot cast glass.

Beginners, Intermediate

9/14–11/2 (FR)    1p–5p    Studio 8 & 15 

Tuition: $416*

Brent Swanson

Glass Programs Manager

Brent Swanson is a working artist as well as an educator. Swanson infuses his passion for glass working into both the pieces he creates and his classroom approach, in part because he sees glass as a magical medium, one that holds a special place in his heart. His work experience—which ranges from glass factory production to demonstrating glassblowing at Dearborn, Michigan’s Greenfield Village to teaching at his alma mater, College for Creative Studies—is as vast as what he fashions from molten material: elegant stemware, upscale lighting, and indoor/outdoor sculpture, some of which mix in other media, underscoring his education in craft of all kinds. Swanson’s unconventional, innovative approach defines not only his art, but also his attitude toward teaching, leading gallery owners nationwide to display his work.

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Kinetic Storytelling: Animation Workshop

Three-Day Workshop

Students are immersed in the theory and practice of animation in a hands-on, process-oriented laboratory for creative inquiry into time-based media. Covering direct handmade process/techniques, students develop animation concepts and skills using a number of different animation types. Creativity, imagination, and self-expression are emphasized. Teens welcome.

Beginners, Intermediate, Advanced

9/14–9/16 (FR, SA, SU)    10a–5p    Studio 10 

Tuition: $189*

Gary Schwartz


Fundamentals of Jewelry

Students will learn the basics of bench working, including sawing, piercing, soldering, and the forming of non-ferrous metals (copper, brass, silver, gold). Students will also practice a bezel-setting technique for cabochon (flat-bottomed stones or similar found objects).


9/12–10/10 (WE)    6p–9p    Studio 15

10/17–11/14 (WE)    1p–4p    Studio 15

10/17–11/14 (WE)    6p–9p    Studio 15 

Tuition: $16* 

Paul Hauth


Paul has a BFA in Jewelry Design from Buffalo State College in Buffalo N.Y. and an MFA in Metalsmithing from the Cranbrook Academy. Paul teaches at Mott Community College and works summers with the Chautauqua Institution in New York.

Drawing Pets

One-Day Workshop

Animals offer a boundless variety of unique shapes, colors, patterns and textures to respond to and play with when making art. Exploring the subject of animals or pets, students will learn various methods to develop imagery using charcoal, oil pastel and soft pastel. Creating several small to medium drawings, students will enjoy trying out different styles or approaches to depiction, from realistic representation to graphic, pop-art style, to imaginative abstraction. Teens welcome.

Beginners, Intermediate, Advanced

9/15 (SA)    11a–5p    Studio 14 

Tuition: $60*

Rachel Reynolds Z


Rachel holds a BFA from the College for Creative Studies and earned an MFA from Vermont College of Fine Arts. She exhibits throughout the region.

Incredible Inflatables

Workshop for Teachers

Learn how a huge visquene inflatable whale is made by making one. Using a roll of clear visquene, packing tape, and a square box fan, construct a whale large enough to swallow your entire class of students. You will feel confident tackling globes, space stations, and even animals with your students after this workshop.

Beginners, Intermediate, Advanced

12/6 (TH)    6p–8:30p    Downtown 

Tuition: $25*

Craig Hinshaw


Craig has a BS in art education from Ball State University, and an MFA from Cranbrook Academy of Art. He has been teaching elementary art in Michigan schools for 30 years. 

Clay Together

Child and adult learn the basics of working with clay through fun, age-appropriate projects.  

Ages 3–5 w/Adult 

9/25–10/16 (TU)    10a-11:30a    Studio 5

Tuition: $54*

Ages 6–8 w/Adult 

9/24–10/15 (MO)    4p-5:30p    Studio 5

Tuition: $54*

Ages 9–12 w/Adult 

9/26–10/24 (WE)    4p-5:30p    Studio 5

Tuition: $68*

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.

Let’s Make Books

Celebrate autumn with your child by making picture books. Students have fun stamp printing apple orchards, pumpkin patches, and fall leaves into their own handmade books.   

Ages 3–5 w/Adult 

10/17–11/7 (WE)    10a-11:30a    Studio 14

Tuition: $54*

Ages 6–8 w/Adult 

10/16–11/6  (TU)    10a-11:30a    Studio 11

Tuition: $54*

Michele Leclaire


Michele Leclaire has an MFA in Painting from the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts. Her focus is on works on paper, especially painting and printmaking.