Arts & Culture

Master Your Craft This Summer With UK Fine Arts Institute

photo of hands work on ceramic vase - Fine Arts Institute
photo of 3 students drawing - Fine Arts Institute
2 photos of students in learn to paint class - fine arts institute
photo of black and white film strips - Fine Arts Institute
photo of Shibori dyed felt - Fine Arts Institute


LEXINGTON, Ky. (July 1, 2019) The University of Kentucky Fine Arts Institute returns with several classes and workshops for its second summer session this July. Get creative this summer by choosing offerings from a wide scope of art mediums ranging from photography to fiber arts. These noncredit courses are available to adults 18 and over in the Central Kentucky community. Registration for the summer second session is open now.

Four times a year, UK Fine Arts Institute offers weekly classes as well as weekend workshops on the university's visual arts campus. The courses, ranging from ceramics to painting, meet once a week. For those with less time available, the institute offers workshops in fiber arts, digital image editing and photography that take place on the weekends. Classes and workshops will be held at UK's Art and Visual Studies Building.

Summer Session 2 will run from July 15-Aug. 25. Registration is now open for this session and includes the following classes:


  • Beginning Ceramics with Jill Coldiron, 6-9 p.m. Thursdays, beginning July 18, and
  • Taking Ceramics to the Next Level with Coldiron, 6-9 p.m. Tuesdays, beginning July 16.


  • Explorations in Drawing with Christine Kuhn, 6-9 p.m. Tuesdays, beginning July 23, and
  • Foundational Portrait Drawing with Thomas Baker, 6-9 p.m. Mondays, beginning July 15.


  • Learn to Paint with Christine Kuhn, 6-9 p.m. Wednesdays, beginning July 24.


  • Black & White Darkroom Printing with Carey Gough, 6-9 p.m. Thursdays, beginning July 18.

Individuals interested in classes in the second session may register up until noon the Friday before the course begins.

The following workshops related to photography and the fiber arts are being offered during Summer Session 2 to offer more abbreviated class experiences in a workshop format:

Digital Image Editing

  • One-Day Photoshop Crash Course with Lennon Michalski, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, July 27.


  • Embroidery With a Twist with Morgan Shipps, 10 a.m.-4p.m. Saturday-Sunday, Aug. 24-25;
  • Handmade Felted Fabric with Laverne Zabielski, 10 a.m.-noon Saturday, July 20 or Aug. 10;
  • The Art of Shibori Silk Dyeing with Zabielski, 10 a.m.-noon Saturdays, July 27-Aug. 3 or Aug. 17-24; and
  • Unexpected Jewels with Shipps, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday-Sunday, July 20-21.


  • One-Day Digital Photography with Michalski, 10 a.m.-3 p.m., Saturday, July 20.

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

Registration for the UK Fine Arts Institute courses is available online at

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.

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