Art School Registration Now Open 

Fall 2019

FIA Members may register online, in-person, by mail, or by phone for Fall 2019 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.

Visiting Artist

Martin Blank

Martin Blank, American, born 1962. Steam Portrait, 2007. Hot-sculpted glass, stainless steel stand. 98 × 36 × 30 inches. Courtesy of the Isabel Foundation, L2017.20. Photo credit: Douglas Schaible Photography

Martin Blank creates magnificent sculptures, architectural installations, and public works ranging from abstract landscapes and figurative sculptures to monumental indoor and outdoor installations. After receiving his BFA from the Rhode Island School of Design in 1984, Blank worked with Dale Chihuly, and in the 1990s went on to start his own studio. Best known for his hot-sculpting method, Blank uses his whole body to manipulate glass. Continuing to push the boundaries of glass in contemporary fine art, Blank has established himself as one of the world’s most renowned glass sculptors.

Martin Blank, American, born 1962. Steam Portrait, 2007. Hot-sculpted glass, stainless steel stand. 98 × 36 × 30 inches. Courtesy of the Isabel Foundation, L2017.20. Photo credit: Douglas Schaible Photography

Installation Observation
October 25  •  12p–5p
Experience Martin Blank installing his large sculpture, Steam Portrait, in the Contemporary Craft Lobby.   
Artist Talk
October 26  •  3p
In this engaging talk, Blank discusses his artistic inspiration, his technique, and the ways in which his career has developed over the decades. 

Made possible in part by

Art Alliance for Contemporary Glass

Visiting Artists

Julia & Robin Rogers

November 14–17 

Julia & Robin Rogers

Julia and Robin Rogers share a passion for sculpture and molten glass. After assisting each other for ten years, they decided to create collaboratively. Ideas, techniques, and an array of materials are melded together to manifest their combined surreal vision into anthropomorphic explorations. They both hold advanced degrees in art and love teaching. Robin is the manager of the Chrysler Museum Glass Studio, and Julia teaches for Virginia Wesleyan University and Tidewater Community College in coastal Virginia. 

Finding Form Through Sculpting Workshop
Using a variety of sculpting techniques, bring visions to life in glass. Starting with basic solid sculpting and moving into bit work, garage assembly, and inside sculpting, learn how to approach sculptural projects in the hot shop. 
TH & FR  11/14-11/15 | 10a-4p
Studio 8    GL-71    Tuition $120
Beginners, Intermediate
Public Demos and Residency   
November 16 • 11a–5p
November 17 • 1p–5p
Julia and Robin will create a small body of individual work in view of FIA visitors. They will conduct free formal demonstrations throughout the day on Saturday and Sunday in the Hot Shop 

Made possible in part by

Art Alliance for Contemporary Glass

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.

Class Highlights

Color Woodcut Printmaking
Create a small edition of oil-based color woodcut prints working from your own images. Learn the basics of multiple plate relief printmaking, preparing and hand carving woodcut blocks, developing tight registration, inking, and hand printing. Students will receive individual support to develop multiple plate designs. Additional demonstrations include chine-collé and collage techniques, using stencils, monotype, and viscosity printing. Supplies included. Teens welcome. 
9/11–11/13 (WE)    2p–5p    Tuition: $270*
Drawing and Painting Portraits from Photographs 
Acquire an understanding of the basics of portraiture drawing with special attention given to the tonal and the color aspects, and particularly flesh tones. Materials include but not limited to soft pastel, oil pastel, color pencils, and watercolor. Intermediate/Advanced
9/24–11/12 (TU)    6p–8:30p    No Class 10/8  Tuition: $144* 
Intro to Acrylic Painting   
Discover the basic skills of acrylic painting through interactive demonstrations and in-class projects, with a focus on basic acrylic painting tools, rendering techniques, color theory, and composition. Still life and photography will be used as reference materials. Teens welcome. 
9/11–10/23 (WE)    12p–3p    Tuition: $173*
Pendants and Marbles   
Learn how to make borosilicate marbles and pendants by using assorted techniques on the torch. Recommended for new and returning students.
10/14–11/4 (MO)    2:30p–5:30p    Tuition: $124* 
Teambuilding Workshop Chihuly For A Day     
Learn to assist and communicate with each other while working toward shared goals. Create patterns that explore the Navajo Blanket series created by Dale Chihuly in the late ‘70s and early ‘80s. Improvisation is encouraged as you develop your designs, which will be transferred from the building area to the hot surface, where you will assist in the making process.

11/7 (TH)    10a–4p    Tuition: $60*

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