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Foundation Art Academy provides university structured art and design coursework to students of all ages and experiences. Coursework is rigorous and builds a strong foundation for future professional growth. FAA’s program offerings include small-group courses ranging in length from 4 to 12 weeks, individualized portfolio prep and professional practices tutorials, as well as short term workshop intensives focusing on special topics. FAA has the flexibility to offer both in-person and online learning.


Foundation Art Academy
is Different

There are many businesses and organizations in the Erie area, as well as innumerable online platforms, that offer the chance for students to let their creative juices flow: from art camps and craft classes, to dance studios and more. The Foundation Art Academy curricula allow students to partake in the most satisfying aspects of art making while also imparting technical and conceptual skills through scaffolded student learning objectives and extended in-studio contact hours. 

Art and design fill our lives in even the most mundane ways. Your car, your clothes, your cartoons and movies, the couch you are sitting on, the potato chip bag you are holding, the artworks that fill the museum downtown: all of these items have been created by artists and designers. They would not look, function, or feel as they do without a person, or team of people, who spent time studying the fundamental elements and principles of art and design. These elements and principles are the core of FAA’s curriculum and provide the foundation necessary for professional and creative growth.

Come One, Come All!

Foundation Art Academy courses are made for all students, including: 

  • Youth & adults with minimal experience who may like to pursue art or design as a career.

  • Creatives who want to return to art making after taking a hiatus. 

  • Current artists and designers who want to fine tune their skills.

  • Hobbyists or new artists who want to expand their professional skills and improve their exhibition or grant proposal acceptance rate.  

  • Anyone who wishes to engage with art and design practices through rigorous curricula to discover the limitless possibilities of their creativity and the multitude of tools at their disposal.

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About the Founder & Instructor

Alison Stinely was born and raised in Erie, Pennsylvania. She received her BFA from Edinboro University of Pennsylvania and her MFA from Indiana University - Bloomington. With eleven years of experience teaching in the art departments of higher education institutions ranging from community colleges and state schools, to private institutions, Alison has the knowledge and  experience necessary to assist students who may have never picked up a pencil while simultaneously challenging the more advanced. As an artist, Alison’s work has been in many juried and invitational exhibits nationally.  She has received many awards and honors and is a two-time winner of the Elizabeth Greenshields Foundation Grant. Her work has been featured in such publications as and Juxtapoz  Magazine. Alison’s work has recently been showcased in solo exhibitions at Ghost Gallery in Brooklyn, New York as well as “Gilded Splinters” at Linda Matney Gallery in Williamsburg, Virginia. Her work is in many private collections both domestically and abroad. 

To review Alison’s credentials, click here. 

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