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.
Family Activity
Martin Luther King Day: Symbols of Promise
Janaury 16 • 4p–6p
Studio 5
Free and open to the public.

Martin Luther King, Jr. continues to symbolize love, hope, and justice for people everywhere. Using these recognizable symbols, families will create a hanging piece that illustrates their promise to walk in this great man’s footsteps by keeping an open heart, sowing the seeds of justice, offering helping hands, and being an instrument of peace. Ages 5–12.
Youth Membership Activity
Vincent’s “Starry Night” Snowmen
February 11 • 1p–3p
Studio 7
Free to Youth Members. Youth Memberships can be purchased in advance or at the door for $20 per child. Three activities per year are included in our Youth Membership.

Vincent van Gogh’s Starry Night is one of the most famous paintings in history—but what if Vincent had lived in Michigan? His Starry Night painting might look very different from the one created in France. Youth members will work with acrylics, learn about Vincent’s color palette and impasto painting, and add silhouette snowmen, as a nod to Michigan winters. This is a two-hour project and participants must stay for the full time period.
Art Classes in Downtown Flint
Introductory Weaving for Teens
2.14 – 3.14 (5 weeks) • 5:00p–7:00p
Tuitiion $106
Instructor: Alice Foster-Stocum
Explore the world of fiber arts and create your own work emphasizing texture and color. Floor looms and yarn will be provided. Class enrollment is limited.
Open Studio Painting
1.16 – 3.16 (8 weeks) • 12:30p–3:30p
Tuition $106
3.13 – 5.8 (9 weeks) • 12:30p–3:30p
Tuition $189

Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
Instructor: Arla Slogor
This is a chance for concentrated studio time to work in your chosen media as you paint with like-minded artists who share your love of art. Instruction will be offered as needed in your chosen medium. Beginners will start in acrylics, but please bring your own supplies and reference materials. Teens over 16 welcome.
Large-Scale Painting
1.21 – 3.25 (10 weeks) • 9:30a–12:30p
Tuition $201
Intermediate, Advanced
Instructor: Donovan Entrekin
Go Big! Painting on over-sized surfaces presents new opportunities and challenges to artists. You will learn about choosing a size and format, surface preparation, developing a motif, blocking in, paint application, final presentation, and more. Students may work in any style or paint medium. Minimum size will be 60 inches in at least one direction. Canvas and gesso provided. Space is limited (no pun intended).
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Flint Institute of Arts
1120 East Kearsley Street
Flint, Michigan 48503
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Monday – Friday
12:00p – 5:00p
10:00a – 5:00p
1:00p – 5:00p

Huntington Free Saturdays
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