Art School
Pre-College Portfolio Development Program
Now Accepting Applications for the FIA Art School’s Pre-College Portfolio Development Program

The Pre-College Portfolio Development Program 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. Highly qualified art professionals assist students in producing competitive visual art portfolios for consideration by art colleges and design professions for admissions, internships, and/or scholarships.

Studio work is enhanced by a visit to the National Portfolio Day in Detroit each Fall; direct study of works in the FIA collection; and presentations from visiting artists, arts professionals, and college admissions representatives.

This three-year program furthers the career pursuits of visual arts students 2½ hours one evening each week for ten weeks from September through November and from February through April for a total of 6 courses. Scholarship assistance, based on need, ensures the program remains merit-based.

All grades may apply; freshmen will be given preference for the February 2017 start. Applications are due December 9, 2016

For details please attend the program introduction on November 14, 2016 at 5:30p in the Art School Lecture Room. Please RSVP at least three days prior.

For additional information contact the Art School at 810.237.7315 or
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PDP Form Packet

Download packet above to apply for the program.
Class Highlights
Figure Drawing
10.25 – 12.13 • 6:00p–9:00p
Members $206 • Non-Members $258
Beginner, Immediate
Instructor: Alla Dubrovich
Using the nude human figure as a subject matter, students will focus on proportions, mass conception, basic anatomy, equilibirium, foreshortening, and composition. Drawing of a head (portrait) will also be covered.
Two-Day Workshop
Painting Workshop for Teens

11.12 – 11.19 • 1:00p–3:00p
Members $49 • Non-Members $61
Ages 13–17
Instructor: Erin Mohrman
Students will learn new painting techniques as they explore a variety of paints. We will discuss and examine the techniques and materials of many of history’s greatest artists. All supplies provided.
One-Day Workshop
Japanese Stab Binding

11.19 • 1:00p–4:00p
Members $37 • Non-Members $46
Instructor: Michele Leclaire
Japanese stab binding is a traditional and beautiful form of bookmaking. Students will learn bookbinding terms, become familiar with paper and tools, and make four different books. This workshop covers Japanese stab bindings: 3-hole binding, 4-hole binding, noble binding, and tortoise-shell binding. The books are yours to take home! Teens Welcome.
One-Day Workshop
Drawing Basics

12.10 • 10:00a–12:00p
Members $24 • Non-Members $30
Ages 6–8
Instructor: Karen Sutherland
Have fun while learning basic observational drawing skills. Kids will utilize fundamental art elements such as line, shape, color, space, and texture to create original drawings from themed still-life set-ups placed throughout the room.
Visiting Artist
Geppetto: Extraordinary Extremities
Geppetto: Extraordinary ExtremitiesConcrete Temple Theatre Concrete Temple Theatre
Concrete Temple Theatre is a multi-disciplinary company that emphasizes the creation of compelling new theatre works, incorporating drama, dance, puppetry, devising, music, and the visual arts, which focus on the individual’s struggle for identity and society’s struggle for cohesion. Through touring their shows and presenting workshops in New York City, nationally, and internationally, Concrete Temple strives to bring myth and ritual back to the center of dialogue, while making connections and opportunities for diverse audiences to question and examine their place in the world.
Geppetto: Extraordinary Extremities

12.1.16 • 6:00p
FIA Theater
Free to the public

Geppetto: Extraordinary Extremities is a tale of resilience, adaptation and ingenuity that tells the story of puppet-maker Geppetto, who is attempting to perform—all by himself for the first time ever—the grand mythical love story of Perseus, who slays a sea monster to save his beloved Andromeda. During the show things begin to go haywire, and Geppetto finds himself desperately improvising to overcome the challenges of performing solo while at the same time scrambling to devise new story lines, new characters, and even new limbs.
“Geppetto shares more than a character’s name and profession with that fairy tale. This play also focuses on a longing for magic, a wish for a transformative power that could kindle life where it is lacking,” writes The New York Times.
Youth Membership Activity
Shadow Puppet Workshop

12.3.16 • 1:00p–4:00p
Studio 5
Free for FIA Youth Members

Students (ages 8–12) will work with Concrete Temple artists Carlo Adinolfi and Renee Philippi to create their own brief shadow puppet work based upon the theme: How to Replace What is Lost? Don’t miss this unique opportunity to work with master storytellers and artists.

Students must have an FIA Youth Membership to participate. Memberships can be purchased at the door for $20.
Family Activities
Halloween Happenings
October 29

Calling all dragons, witches, and princesses to join us for a day of Halloween fun at this annual celebration! Drop in anytime and enjoy art activities, a film, and a scavenger hunt through the galleries.
Free to the public
Ghosts, Goblins & Ghouls
11a–4p • Galleries

Go on a quest for treats as you search the galleries for fantastical creatures from near and far.
Willie Wonka’s Factory
11a–1p • Studios 1 & 5

Make colorful landscapes with candy flowers, chocolate rivers, marshmallow clouds, and other wonderful things.
Halloween Ghosts & Goblins: Days of the Dead
1p–4p • Studios 1 & 5

Join in the studio activities which include wax resist treat bags, dancing skeleton puppets, spider hats, Calaveras masks, and cut paper designs with flowers.
Flickering Lights: Days of the Dead
1:15p & 2:30p • Lecture Room
Take a visual journey of discovery, explore the history of the Days of the Dead and see how it is celebrated in modern times in this 23 minute film.
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Flint, Michigan 48503
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10:00a – 5:00p
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