Art School
The FIA Art School is a community school where people of all ages and abilities take part in a wide variety of activities. All are welcome, whether beginners or experienced artists.

We're sure that you will find a class or two to sharpen your skills, introduce you to something new, expand your understanding of the visual arts, or give you an opportunity to try your hand at making art. The Art School is here to serve you and we look forward to seeing you in class!
Youth Membership Activity
Calder's Big Fish

Calder's Big Fish

February 21

Art School Studios
A wizard with wire, Alexander Calder created mobiles, portraits, jewelry, and even toys. Throughout his life, Calder was inspired by and used the solar system and nature as recurring themes in his artwork. His signature use of primary colors and balanced simple shapes in motion make his mobiles highly recognizable feats of engineering. Calder's fish mobiles glide and sparkle in space catching light and casting shadows. Using wire and found objects, Youth Members will draw, design and create a big fish of their own.

Free to Youth Members or become a Youth Member for $20 (includes three events per year).

Art School Endowment
Summer Camp

The FIA Art School was founded in 1928. Since then, it has become the 11th largest Museum Art School in the United States. The School runs year round from 9:00a until 9:00p, and provides hands on experiences for people of all ages in disciplines including painting, drawing, sculpture, ceramics, photography, and much more. Thousands of people utilize the school and receive one-on-one support from professional instructors.

The Art School Endowment Fund provides an annual distribution to assist operations of the studio program. These funds pay for equipment, maintenance, utilities, Bishop Gallery exhibitions, security and administration. In the past nine years the Art School has grown from three to nine studios. Just last year, the Art School expanded its welding lab, glaze lab, and kiln room. With this tremendous growth, the Endowment must grow as well.

Spurred by contributions to the Art School Endowment Fund in memory of Claire Mott White, a life long participant in the studio program, the FIA also wishes to encourage the community to support this endeavor.

Your support will allow the Art School to continue its leading role as the creative pulse of the Flint Community. Your contribution is the perfect way to ensure that future generations enjoy the Flint Institute of Arts just as you have.

For information on the variety of ways you can direct your support, please contact Kathryn Sharbaugh at 810.234.1695 or by .


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Flint Institute of Arts
1120 East Kearsley Street
Flint, Michigan 48503
p  810.234.1695
f   810.234.1692
Monday–Wednesday & Friday
12:00p – 5:00p
12:00p – 9:00p
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