Arts & Culture

Let Your Inner Artist Spring Forth at UK Fine Arts Institute

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LEXINGTON, Ky. (Jan. 22, 2020)  The University of Kentucky's Fine Arts Institute returns this spring with visual arts classes open to the public. From fan favorites like Weaving and Black & White Darkroom Printing to new classes in graphic design and sketching, there is something sure to pique the interest of your inner artist.

UK Fine Arts Institute classes are presented as noncredit art courses and are ideal for adults with busy work schedules. The institute takes the beginner to more advanced student in a variety of mediums.

Four times a year, UK Fine Arts Institute offers weekly classes as well as weekend workshops in the visual arts to accommodate various types of schedules for individuals hoping to better their skills in the field. Most classes meet once a week during the evening for anywhere between three to 12 weeks. This spring's classes and workshops will be held in UK’s Art and Visual Studies Building and the Metal Arts Building.

Registration is now open for the spring session and includes the following 14 classes:


  • Beginning Ceramics with Jill Coldiron, 6-9 p.m. Thursdays, beginning Feb. 13; and
  • Taking Ceramics to the Next Level with Coldiron, 6-9 p.m. Tuesdays, beginning Feb. 11.

Digital Image Editing

  • Explorations in Graphic Design with Rowe Moser, 6-9 p.m. Wednesdays, beginning Feb. 19.


  • Explorations in Drawing with Christine Kuhn, 6-9 p.m. Tuesdays, beginning Feb. 11; and
  • Sketching Lexington: A Survey Drawing Class of Lexington Sites with N E Brown, 2-5 p.m. Saturdays, beginning April 4.


  • Embroidery: Fabric Manipulation with Morgan Shipps, 6-9 p.m. Tuesdays, beginning Feb. 25; and
  • Weaving with Shipps, 6-9 p.m. Wednesdays, beginning Feb. 26.


  • Metalworking with Jeremy Colbert, 6-9 p.m. Tuesdays, beginning Feb. 11.

Mixed Media

  • The Figure: From Drawing to Painting with N E Brown, 2-5 p.m. Saturdays, beginning Feb. 15.


  • Explorations in Painting with Christine Kuhn, 6-9 p.m. Wednesdays, beginning Feb. 12; and
  • Oil Painting: Adult Independent Study with Lina Tharsing, 2-5 p.m. Saturdays, beginning April 11.


  • Black & White Darkroom Photography and Printing with Carey Gough, 6-9 p.m. Thursdays, beginning Feb. 20.


  • Woodworking Joinery for Beginners with Lynn Sweet, 6-9 p.m. Tuesdays, beginning Feb. 11; and
  • Woodworking Joinery for Veterans with Sweet, 6-9 p.m. Tuesdays, beginning Feb. 11.

Can’t do weekly classes? The following workshops during the spring session will offer more abbreviated class experiences in a one- or two-day workshop format:

Digital Image Editing

  • One Day Crash Course in Photoshop with Lennon Michalski, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Sunday, April 19.


  • Handmade Felted Fabric – Session 1 with Laverne Zabielski, 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 22;
  • Handmade Felted Fabric – Session 2 with Zabielski, 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday, March 21;
  • Handmade Felted Fabric – Session 3 with Zabielski, 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday, April 11;
  • One Private FeltLOOM Lesson with Zabielski, 10 a.m.- 8 p.m., Feb. 10-May 3 by appointment; and
  • The Art of Shibori Silk Dyeing with Zabielski, 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday, March 28 and April 4.


  • One-Day Digital Photography with Lennon Michalski, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, April 18.

For more information on any of these classes or workshops and their instructors, including cost and specific class times, visit the institute online at or visit the institute’s Facebook page.

The Fine Arts Institute, an outreach program of the School of Art and Visual Studies at the UK College of Fine Arts, offers all the resources and classrooms that the school has to offer through these noncredit art classes. All courses and workshops are open to the public.

Registration for UK Fine Arts Institute courses is available online at, by calling the institute at 859-218-5984, or by emailing Carey Gough at

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