The Flint Institute of Arts Art School is among the largest museum art schools in the United States. It serves more than 2,000 students ranging in age from children to seniors in a variety of mediums each year in 15 fully-equipped studio classrooms. Learn more about the dynamic studio spaces at the Flint Institute of Arts below and browse our latest course catalog online.
Studio 2 is a ceramics studio used for classes and workshops serving adults and teens.
Studio 3, the Beth Howarth Glaze Lab, is a ceramics glaze laboratory used to safely store and mix glazes and materials. The lab also serves as a teaching space for advanced ceramics students to learn glaze chemistry and theory.
Studio 5, the Kathryn Sharbaugh Sheppy Dog Studio, is a ceramics studio used for classes and workshops serving adults, teens, and children.
The Kiln Room features two large gas kilns, eight electric kilns, sand blasters, air compressors, clay reclamation equipment, and more.
Studio 6, the Welding Lab, houses eight MIG welders and is used to teach sculptural welding techniques and 3-D design for teens and adults.
Studio 7, the Bishop Sculpture Studio, is used to teach a range of 3-D courses for teens and adults including Figurative Clay Sculpture, Multi-Media Sculpture, Mold-Making, and Glass Fusing.
Studio 8, the Hot Shop, features stadium-style seating so visitors can observe glass artists at work. In addition to public demonstrations, this comprehensive hot glass studio hosts Art School classes and workshops in which people of all skill levels can learn to gather molten glass from the 2,100-degree furnace, and then manipulate the malleable glass into artistic and functional forms.
Studio 9, the Cold Shop, features equipment that allows glass artists to manipulate and finish cold glass using specialized grinders, cutters, and polishers.
Studio 15, the Sahar Abdullah Flameworking Studio, is a specially equipped studio used for torch-based glass art classes and workshops as well as jewelry design.
Studio 11 is a general-purpose space used for two-dimensional art such as drawing, watercolor, photography, and printmaking. It features flat tables, a drying rack, and letterpress.
Studio 14 is a large drawing and painting studio equipped with easels, tables, model stands, and still-life objects and props. It is used to teach a variety of painting and drawing classes and workshops for people of all ages and skill levels.
Studio 13 is a drawing and painting studio equipped with easels and a model stand. Classes include portrait and figure drawing and painting.
Studio 12, a weaving studio, is used to teach traditional fibers classes using full-sized looms.
Spaces for Children
Studio 1, the Herbert J. & Dorothy W. Booth Family Learning Center, is a general-purpose art studio equipped for young children and used for family programs, children’s classes, outreach, home school programs, programs for our public school partners, and select programs for adults and teens.
Studio 10, the Diana Cavett Studio, is a general-purpose art studio equipped for young children and used for family programs, children’s classes, outreach, home school programs, programs for our public school partners, and select programs for adults and teens.
Art School Meeting Room
The Art School Meeting Room, designated by the Sheppy Dog Fund, is an attractive, technology-infused multi-purpose room for meetings, lectures, classes, and workshops.