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Expressions Art Class Creates Accessible Space for Local Artists

Six individuals participated in The Disability Network’s fall art class held at the Flint Institute of Arts. Expressions Inclusive Art Class, which ended in late-October, gave students experience with oil pastels, pottery, and acrylic paints over four sessions.

The smaller class produced a number of pieces on canvas and with clay. The final project concluded with winter and holiday scenes painted with acrylics. The Disability Network plans to feature one of the artist’s works on their annual holiday card as they have in past years and is asking the community to vote on their favorite piece on Facebook.

Students paint at their tables while the instructor prepares to pour teal paint out for one of the artists.

This is the third year that The Disability Network has offered the accessible art classes at the Flint Institute of Arts and supported by Blick Art Materials. The classes are free and open to the public.

Originally scheduled for six sessions, the class ended earlier than scheduled due to rising public health concerns. Expressions is typically offered four times a year and is expected to run in January 2021 depending on the health and safety of the community. Masks and social distancing will be required. To learn more about Expressions Art Class, please contact Carrie Gerdeman or for more information about recreational therapy and independent living skills, contact Amario Rice at 810-742-1800.

Gallery of Expressions Inclusive Art Class Images