PreK-12 Programs & Educators
As a leading art museum in Michigan, the Flint Institute of Arts offers exciting opportunities to support critical thinking, creativity, and visual literacy skills with our programs from preschool through high school students. Museum visits may be scheduled for exhibitions, studio lessons, or programs combining a gallery visit and studio activity. We also offer a wide range of outreach programs for presentation in your school (limited to Genesee County schools). We look forward to helping your students develop vocabulary, explore curriculum-based themes, and develop critical thinking through world-class works of art.
Programs at the Museum
Gallery lessons are a great way to introduce students to the museum experience and develop their visual literacy skills. Students are guided in looking at, talking about, and making meaning from world-class original works of art in the museum collection. Gallery lessons are free of charge. A related studio lesson can be added so students will have the chance to create their own drawing, painting, collage, or print to take home with them. A fee of $3 per student covers art materials. Learn more
We are fully equipped to guide your students through the process of making art. Studio programs offer hands-on experience working with clay and glass. Students visit the gallery to get inspired by a work in the museum collection and then create their own work in the studios. A visit to the kiln room follows, where students learn about what will happen to their creation next. NOTE: finished work will be ready for pic-up in 2-3 weeks. A fee of $3 per student covers art materials. Learn more
Programs in Your School
Strengthen your students' literacy skills with START (Success Through ART), a program combining looking at and talking about art with listening to children's literature and making art. During the program, students will be given opportunities to develop the math, science, problem solving, and visual expression skills they need to be successful in school and in life. The multi-part program is limited to schools in Genesee County. Schools outside Genesee County are welcome to visit the FIA for the gallery/studio portion of the program. Learn more
ARTexpress links the visual arts with the core curriculum to provide a comprehensive learning experience and opportunities to express ideas and thoughts through art. Each program is available as a single visit to the FIA or a multi-part program, taking place in your school (limited to Genesee County schools) and in the FIA galleries and studios. Learn more
STEM to STEAM
Art and science go hand in hand so we are putting the A in STEM to make STEAM to explore how Art is related to Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math concepts. Each program is available as a single visit to the FIA or a multi-part program, taking place in your school (limited to Genesee County schools) and in the FIA galleries and studios. Learn more
New materials and equipment have been invented since the beginning of human history. Discover how these advances influence artists and open up new possibilities for expression. Each program is available as a single visit to the FIA or a multi-part program, taking place in your school (limited to Genesee County schools) and in the FIA galleries and studios. Learn more
Are you looking for a fun and educational experience for your after school group? We offer programs at the museum, in our studios, and at your site (limited to Genesee County schools). Students enjoy experiences that develop their creative problem solving skills and help them express ideas through visual art. Please contact the Education department at 810.237.7314 or by email.
Choose from a menu of exciting programs or work with a museum educator to create a custom experience for your scout group! Each visit lasts an hour and a half to 2 hours and combines gallery exploration with an art making activity. A fee of $4 per person covers art materials. Learn more
Services for Educators
Education staff members are available for curriculum consultations to plan special programs and ways to integrate the FIA collection with school curricula. Faculty presentations are available for a brief introduction to the FIA, its exhibitions, and educational resources. For more information, contact the Education Department at 810.237.7314 or by email.