Adults

Adult Non-Credit Studies 

Adult courses are designed for all students, regardless of skill level, who are ages 18 and up who posess an eagerness to develop their visual art and design skills! Three types of courses are offered throughout the semester: liberal arts, digital, and hands-on fine art studio courses. All schedules are accommodated daytime, evening and weekend course offerings. Two sessions of course start dates are offered each semester to allow students to easily enroll in multiple courses.

While taking our courses, you will be surrounded by peers in various stages of life who share a similar investment in their creative practice and eagerness to learn. Join KCAI Continuing Education for upcoming courses and you will find the most elevated and accessible fine art instruction provided by esteemed fine art instructors in Kansas City.

Mary says: "I retired 2 years ago and finally had time to spend on artwork. I have taken at least two classes a year. I have had terrific teachers, all professional artists who are enthusiastic and inspiring. I appreciate the sense of community that KCAI provides and the opportunity to work alongside fellow artists."

Conversational Art History

Conversational Art History, formerly titled 'Art Sofa' is perfect for lifelong learners aiming to become well versed in art history from a conversational perspective. This engaging, accessible and empowering environment encourages and inspires learners from all backgrounds! A core series of courses are offered ranging from the Ancient World to Contemporary in addition to complimentary electives each semester every year.  Additional community building opportunities are offered including visits to local, private collections, museums and an annual road trip to the Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art in Bentonville, Arkansas. 

Core Courses include:

  • The Ancient World
  • Medieval through Renaissance
  • Mannerism through Realism
  • Impressionism through Surrealism
  • Modern and Contemporary 

Join the Conversational Art History community at the Kansas City Art Institute and discover your inner art appreciator! All courses meet two hour sessions for the span of six weeks. Students are welcome to take courses in any order, completing the courses in chronological order is not required.

"This is a wonderful class. With little prior knowledge of art history, these presentations were exiting! I am stimulated to dig deeper into the context of art history. Well done!" -Student John in Medieval through Renaissance 

Non-credit Fine Arts Certificate

The Fine Arts Certificate program is designed to to provide skill development in visual arts to adults. The 10-class certificate will provide students with an opportunity to explore, develop and express their own visual skills. Even if you are new to creative self-expression, these classes will help you acquire new skills and an understanding of the fundamentals of fine arts. No prior art or design experience is required to enroll.

Prior to enrolling in classes, students must complete a certificate application and submit a one-time $35 application fee. Fill out an online certificate application here. This certificate is non-credit, so these classes will not be listed on your transcript.

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Degree Courses for the Community

The community is invited to enroll in KCAI's degree courses during the summer (June and July) intersessions. Liberal arts courses meet Monday through Thursday and studio courses meet Monday through Friday. A variety of unique and exciting courses are offered that can't be found anywhere else. June and July options are posted with our summer offerings. See our current listings.

Adult art classes

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