Arts & Culture

Find your inner artist at UK Fine Arts Institute


LEXINGTON, Ky. (June 22, 2023) — Central Kentuckians are invited to find their inner Monet at the Fine Arts Institute, a community art space located in the School of Visual Arts at the University of Kentucky. During the summer and academic year, the FAI offers classes and workshops for the local art loving community.

Anyone 18 or older is welcome to join the various programs that FAI has to offer. The courses cover various mediums and topics: ceramics, drawing, fiber, metalworking, mixed media, painting and photography. Depending on the class, these courses can last anywhere from three to 12 weeks. They usually meet once a week in the evening. The workshops feature local artists and creatives such as Lennon Michalski, a Lexington-based painter, and last one to three days.

The FAI Summer 2 session kicks off the last week of June. Register now at More information for the sessions such as class fees, location and description is at

Here is the course list:

  • “Black and White Darkroom Photography and Printing 2," 6 to 9 p.m. Thursdays, June 29 to Aug. 3 with Carey Gough.
  • “Beginning Ceramics 2,” 6 to 9 p.m. Wednesdays, June 28 to Aug. 2 with Jill Coldiron.
  • "Taking Ceramics to the Next Level 2,” 6 to 9 p.m. Mondays, June 26 to July 31 with Jill Coldiron.
  • “Brass Silver Gemstone Ring Fabrication 2,” 6 to 9 p.m. Wednesdays, June 28 to Aug. 2 with Rachel Savané.
  • “Full Metal Alchemy 2,” 6 to 9 p.m. Tuesdays, June 27 to Aug. 1 with Mary Bietz.
  • “Mixed Media,” 6 to 9 p.m. Tuesdays, June 27 to Aug. 1 with Jason Sturgill.

During the summer FAI also offers smaller session workshops, here is the schedule:

Workshops taught by Lennon Michalski:

  • “One-day Digital Camera,”10 a.m. to 3 p.m., June 24

Workshops taught by Dustin Cecil:

  • “Introduction to Broom Making Workshop: Cobweb Broom,” 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., June 24 with Dustin Cecil
  • “Intermediate Broom Making Workshop: Mid-Sized Floor Sweeper,” 2 to 5 p.m., June 24.
  • “Introduction to Broom Making Workshop: Cobweb Broom 2,” 10 a.m. to 1p.m., July 29
  • “Intermediate Broom Making Workshop: Capped Cobwebber,” 2 to 5 p.m., July 29

More information for the workshops such as fees, location and description will be located at

If you are interested in any of these workshops or classes, register as soon as possible, some of them fill up very fast so secure your spot with this link:

The FAI gives extra opportunities for college students and adults to experience new art forms and expand their knowledge. Prices depend on the class and material lists are given once you sign up. You can register for classes at and if you have any questions, contact the institute at

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