About the KIA Kirk Newman Art School

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The Kirk Newman Art School is a community-based, non-degree art school offering:

  • 300+ classes for over 3,000 students each year.
  • Classes for ages 4 years through adults.
  • 12 week fall and winter terms with weekly classes.
  • Shorter courses in specialized subjects each term.
  • 6 week spring term and 8 week summer term.
  • Children's and Teen Art Camps with special theme each week.
  • Scholarships for adults, teens, and children.

Learn about Kirk Newman and the history of the Art School

Classes are offered in photography, digital media, design, sculpture, ceramics, jewelry, painting and drawing, printmaking, fiber, glass fusing, art appreciation, foreign languages and children's art.

School Facilities surpass most college and university art departments.

  • Ceramics: Electric, gas, salt, and raku kilns plus two off-site, wood burning, anagama kilns
  • Sculpture: Clay, metal welding, wood and bronze casting foundry
  • Jewelry: Fabrication equipment, vacuum and centrifugal casting, sand blaster, rolling mills and kilns
  • Printmaking: Intaglio, photo etching, woodblock, lithography and serigraphy
  • Fibers: 20 floor looms, spinning wheels, equipment for felting and dyeing
  • Photography: 12 enlargers, chemistry and systems for alternative processes
  • Computer lab: 20+ state-of-the art Macintosh computers, Epson image and film scanners and archival printers
  • Glass fusing: facilities for kiln-formed and kiln-fused glass

Faculty

View our faculty list with links to instructor websites.
Artwork by several faculty members is now for sale in the Gallery Shop.

Certificate Program

Find information about the certificate program for adults and teens

Team Building

Learn about our team building workshops for business groups

Suggestions for a course of study

If you have any questions about which classes are appropriate for your level or which classes to take next, email the Registration Office or call (269) 349-7775, ext. 3101, for guidance.

Parking

Park free in our Lovell Street and South Street lots. On-street metered parking is free after 5 p.m. and on weekends.

Lockers

Small and large lockers are available for rental through the Registration Office.