One-Week Workshops

* FIA members receive 20% off of tuition.

Puppets, Places, and Performance

Award-winning visual theater artists, Concrete Temple Theatre, will lead students in a workshop that combines painting, sculpture, puppetry, storytelling, and performance. The course will culminate in an original evening outdoor performance during downtown Flint’s August Artwalk.

Concrete Temple Theatre is an award-winning, multi-disciplinary company that emphasizes the creation of compelling new theatre works, incorporating drama, dance, puppetry, and the visual arts, which focus on the individual’s struggle for identity and society’s struggle for cohesion.

With Guest Artists from Concrete Temple Theatre, NYC 

8/6-8/10 (M–F)    10a–4p    Downtown

Tuition: $270* ($185 current PDP students)

Matthew Osmon


Matthew has a BFA from Columbia College in Chicago and teaches art at Mott Middle College High School. His studio practice is focused on drawing and painting. He exhibits throughout the region.

Color Portrait Drawing

Working from live model and photo references, students will focus on a realistic approach to portrait drawing, while experimenting with limited and full color palettes using conté crayons and pastels. 

8/13-8/17 (M–F)    2:30p-5:30p    Downtown

Tuition: $135*

Alla Dubrovich


Alla has an MFA and BFA from the Moscow Pedagogical University in Moscow, Russia. She is a freelance illustrator and also teaches at Mott Community College and the University of Michigan-Flint.

All-Intensive Art Week

Immerse yourself in a week of making art by drawing, painting, constructing sculpture and printmaking! Projects allow students to explore ideas and experiment with different mediums while looking at contemporary art and art movements. Working from still-life and a model, students will strengthen their observational skills, while additional projects invite students to blend photographic imagery and their imagination to cultivate ideas and communicate content. 

7/9-7/13 (M–F)    10a–4p    Downtown

Tuition: $270* ($185 current PDP students)

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.

2-D Design & Color Theory

Students will be introduced to the fundamentals of two-dimensional design through projects in a variety of media emphasizing the elements of line, shape, space, value, texture, color, and more. 

8/13-8/17 (M–F)    10a-2p    Downtown

Tuition: $185*

Alla Dubrovich


Alla has an MFA and BFA from the Moscow Pedagogical University in Moscow, Russia. She is a freelance illustrator and also teaches at Mott Community College and the University of Michigan-Flint.

Glass Blowing Workshop

Learn the fundamentals of forming molten glass into intentional forms. Students will build a strong understanding of the material and gain the skills necessary to safely navigate the studio to begin making hand blown glass objects. (ages 16–18) 

8/13-8/17 (M–F)    10a-4p    Studio 8

Tuition: $300* ($185 current PDP students)

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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Pre-College Portfolio Development Program

The FIA Pre-College Portfolio Development Program (PDP) is a multi-semester course of study that provides serious high school artists with college-level studio arts instruction. Visiting artists, presentations by college admissions representatives, and field trips to National Portfolio Day and prominent Michigan art schools expand the studio experience. 

In addition to rigorous training in drawing fundamentals, students take courses designed to expand the breadth of their skills as well as helping them begin developing a personal artistic vision. Courses include: Painting, Ceramics, Welding, Printmaking, Illustration, and Photography. Students finish the program with the Capstone course which covers final editing of their portfolios, presentation, and exhibition of their works in the Art School. 

Classes meet 2½ hours one evening each week for three ten-week sessions from September through May each year. 

Scholarship assistance, based on need, ensures the program remains merit-based. A limited number of full-tuition scholarships are available to students that reside in the city of Flint. 

Registration is currently closed for the 2017-18 year. Applications for the 2018-19 year will be available Summer 2018.