Art School
Pre-College Portfolio Development Program

The Pre-College Portfolio Development Program (PDP) is designed to strengthen the foundation skills of gifted high school art students and broaden their awareness of career opportunities in the arts. Emphasis is placed on studio skills such as drawing, painting, color-theory, and sculpture.

The application period for 2016 PDP enrollment has closed. The application for 2017 will open in October 2016.

The FIA Art School offers many classes throughout the year for teens to develop their skills and strengthen their portfolios. Please contact the Art School for more information.

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Visiting Artist
Cory McAbee
January 30 • 2:00p & 7:30p

Presentation and Q&A
2:00p • FIA Theater
Free and Open to the Public
Mr. McAbee will discuss new media, DIY filmmaking, global collaboration, and crowd sourcing

Small Star Seminar
7:30p • Flint Local 432
$5 at the door
Performance and collaborative film shoot

Cory McAbee is an award-winning writer, film director, musician, actor, and illustrator. McAbee is regarded as a pioneer in new media and in 2007 he was commissioned by the GSM (Groupe Speciale Mobile) Association and Sundance Film Festival to create one of the first films ever to be distributed on mobile devices. He has given lectures, panel discussions, symposiums and masters classes on art, and alternative media worldwide.

McAbee is in Flint to engage collaborators in his project Captain Ahab's Motorcycle Club, an international arts collaborative that integrates all mediums to create a globally generated feature film. CAMC has been developed in part through the Sundance Film Festival's New Frontier Story Lab and is endorsed by the NYC Lincoln Center Film Convergence program.

Flint Local 432
124 West 1st Street
Flint 48502

Wooden Bird
Cory McAbee

Small Star Corp
Youth Membership Activity
Animals, Animals, Animals
February 20 • 1:00p–3:00p

Art School, Studio 5

It's time to meet and be inspired by Zeny Fuentes, a famous woodcarver from Oaxaca, Mexico. Zeny and his family carve and paint brightly colored whimsical animal figures. Young artists will learn about Zeny's process, create an animal sculpture out of wooden pieces and shapes, and finish with bright colors and patterns.

Students must have an FIA Youth Membership to participate. Memberships can be bought at the door for $20.
Wooden Bird
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Flint Institute of Arts
1120 East Kearsley Street
Flint, Michigan 48503
p  810.234.1695
f   810.234.1692
Monday – Friday
12:00p – 5:00p
10:00a – 5:00p
1:00p – 5:00p
American Alliance of Museums MemberCharles Stewart Mott FoundationMichigan Council for Arts & Cultural Affairsnational endowment for the arts