The FIA Art School offers studio art classes and workshops for students of all ages and skill levels.
This gallery in the art school presents a wide range of art created by students, and individuals associated with the art school programs. This space is named in honor of Mary Bishop's family, one of the original founders of the FIA Art School.
|Beth Howarth Glaze Lab
Beth Howarth was an active and enthusiast participant in the Art School’s Ceramic Program for more than 30 years. Originally from Nebraska, Beth retired after a long career of teaching elementary school in Linden, MI. Her creativity, curiosity and interest in the arts inspired all who met her. In 2012, Beth left a bequest to the Art School which became the impetus for the renovation and expansion of the kiln room, welding studio and glaze lab.
|Herbert J. & Dorothy W. Booth Family Learning Center
This is a hands-on studio full of creative, inventive learning stations just for families. For many years, Mrs. Booth worked in the administration of the Institute and, with Mr. Booth, created funds which continue to sustain FIA programs.
|Kathryn Sharbaugh Studio
This ceramics studio commemorates the 30th year of Ms. Sharbaugh's involvement with the Institute. Her work is represented in the FIA's permanent collection. She has served as an instructor in the studio program, lecturer, and recently coordinated the Endowment and Capital Campaigns.
|Jack W. & Virginia H. Thompson Ceramic Center
The Ceramic Center houses kiln rooms, studios and labs designed for work in clay, Dr. And Mrs. Thompson started the student booth at the Art Fair, which, to this day, raises funds to subsidize ceramics and established endowments for scholarships and lectures.
|Claire M. White Studio Wing
Since childhood Claire White has worked in the FIA studios. Years ago, her commitment to education in the visual arts made Mrs. White a driving force in establishing an endowment for the museum's school. Today, the Institute proudly honors this energtic and devoted arts advocate by designating the FIA's studio wing with her name.
For information or to register, please call 810.237.7315
FIA Art School 6th Annual LEGO Competition
March 11 • 1:00p–5:00p
Studio 1, Lecture Room, & Isabel Hall
The FIA Art School will host the sixth annual Lego exhibition and competition. This free, one-day event encourages Lego enthusiasts, grades K-12, to create and submit unique Lego sculptures. All works must be original (no copies or out-of-the-box kits, please) and will be juried in the following categories: most creative, most technically challenging, people’s choice, and honorable mention. Prizes include Art School scholarships, local merchant gift cards, Lego kits, and FIA memberships. Selected works will be exhibited in the FIA Art School the following week. Lego creations may be no more than 12 inches square and 16 inches in height.
Works are to be created in advanced and may be submitted between 1p–2:45p, followed by an awards ceremony in the FIA Theater at 4p.
LEGO® Awards Sponsors
Dr. Shawn Reiser & Dr. David Taylor