Artlink is committed to showcasing work of the highest quality by diverse visual artists. We provide educational programming for artists and the community.

Phone: (260) 424-7195 | email us

Tues-Fri 10-5 p.m. | Sat 12-6 p.m. | Sun 12-5 p.m.

Classes & Workshops

Children’s Book Illustration Book Dummy Creation

Saturdays, March 7, 14, 21, & 28, 1 pm – 2:30 pm

Are you interested in breaking into Children’s Book Illustration?  A book dummy (or a book mockup used to pitch a book idea to publishers) is a great way to do just that!  In this class you’ll learn how to create your very own book dummy from start to finish.  Students are asked to bring their own manuscript or a fairy or folk tale with them on the first day of class.  Topics covered during this course will include character development, story pacing, plot structure, and submitting to publishers. Crash Course in Children’s Book Illustration (on February 21) is recommended.

Cost: $40 Artlink Members, $45 General Public

Teacher: Talitha Shipman, teacher of Crash Course in Children’s Book Illustration.

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Assigning Value to Art Roundtables

Thursday, February 26, 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm

Do you struggle with pricing your artwork or feel uncomfortable with raising your prices?  Do you wonder why some artists charge more than others?  Do you feel uneasy when asked to donate your artwork to a cause or fundraiser? Join us for a curated conversation about assigning value to art.  Together and in small groups, we will discuss what it means to value artwork, how to determine pricing benchmarks, brand value, how to understand the market, and how to handle donations.  Community art leaders will facilitate small group conversations.

Cost: FREE Artlink Members, $5 General Public

Facilitators: Dan Swartz, Jennifer Ford, and Tim Parsley

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DIY Product Photography

Saturday, March 7, 1 pm – 3 pm

Product photography can be a daunting task for those of us who are not photographers. However, with juried shows and internet sales, having great images is extremely important.  Sarah spent years refining the craft of photographing her work by herself, but with her help you don’t have to! In this class she’ll give you the pointers you need to start taking better images of your 3D artwork. She will suggest cameras, lighting, backdrops, and more. This class is appropriate for 3D products such as ceramics, accessories, plush, soaps, jewelry, etc. Appropriate for ages 18+.

Cost: $30 Artlink Members, $35 General Public

Supplies: Participants may bring camera and a piece of 3D artwork.

Teacher: Sarah Thompson, Sarahmics

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Thursdays, March 12 – May 7, 6:30 – 9:30 pm
Applications due March 3, 2015
CO.STARTERS is a nine-week program meeting once a week for three hours. Facilitators are experienced entrepreneurs who are well connected in the business community. Guest speakers share the challenges they faced while starting and growing businesses, and business professionals from leading accounting and law firms offer their support to program participants.

Throughout this business model discovery process, participants identify and test business assumptions through customer interactions, develop a functioning business model, and learn valuable management and marketing skills. They receive constructive feedback from advisors, peers, and former grads. At the end, you’ll have the tools, framework, and momentum you need to make your vision a reality, and the best part is you won’t be in it alone.

Cost: $250 Artlink Members, $275 General Public

Facilitator: Steve Franks


Finding Private and Public Funding Panel Discussion

Wednesday, March 25, 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm

Listen to our panelists discuss how to find public and private funds to make art.  Learn about their approaches to public funding (such as the IAC Individual Artist Program) and private funding (such as commissions).  Make sure to bring pencil and paper for note taking plus plenty of your own questions as the discussion will be open to participants with a Q & A.  Our panelists are working artists who have experience finding funding for their own artwork.

Cost: $5 Artlink Members, $10 General Public

Panelists: Sayaka Ganz, Terry Ratliff, and Lydia Gerbig-Fast

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Creative Construction with LEGO

Cost: $75 Artlink Members / $85 Public

Tuesdays, March 3, 10, 17, 24, April 7, 14, 6 pm – 7:30 pm

Artlink, Design Collaborative, and AIA present Creative Construction with LEGO, a class for kids who want to learn about creative design and construction using LEGO bricks.  Design Collaborative architect, Ron Dick, will take kids on an architectural learning experience.  Artlink will provide LEGO bricks. Kids will not be able to take LEGO bricks home, but students will receive a 10-postcard pack with images of students’ LEGO creations. Appropriate for ages 9 to 13.

Teacher: Ron Dick, AIA, Principal Registered Architect with Design Collaborative.  Ron worked on the original drawings and designs of the Auer Center when it was the gas company and again when it was renovated for Arts United in 2010.


Art for Kids: Spring Break Art Camp

 Cost: $125 Artlink Members / $135 Public

Monday, March 30 – Friday, April 3, 9 am – 4 pm
Spend a week exploring art with Artlink!  Kids will explore a variety of art forms and other activities.  Daily schedule consists of a morning visual arts project session, lunch, different planned mid-day activities, and an afternoon visual arts project session.  Planned mid-day activities include kid yoga, LEGO free-play, and a trip to the Fort Wayne Museum of Art.  Kids must bring their own sack lunch; afternoon snack of cut fruit and crackers will be provided. All supplies provided. Appropriate for grades K – 5 (Classes divided into Kindergarten-2nd Grade and 3rd-5th grade).

Teacher: Dale White and Patricia Weiss


Wheat Paste Murals for Teens and Adults

Saturdays, April 4, 11, 18, & 25, 1 – 3 pm

Participants will learn from local professional artist, Jerrod Tobias. Teens and adults are encouraged to attend this series of workshops. Jerrod will explore the technique of wheat pasting, which is an outdoor, impermanent art form.  In the class, participants will learn the technique and create their own wheat paste mural that will be installed in downtown Fort Wayne. Jerrod’s wheat pasted paintings can be seen around Fort Wayne such as on the front of the Auer Center, on the northwest corner of the Allen County Public Library, and on the back of the Firefly Coffee House. Appropriate for ages 13+.

Cost: $55 Artlink Members, $65 General Public

Supplies: All supplies provided.

Teacher: Jerrod Tobias

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LEGO Exploration Junior

Cost: $50 Artlink Members / $60 Public

Tuesdays, April 21, 28, May 5, 12, 6 – 7 pm

Collaborate with other kids and complete awesome LEGO projects! Kids will learn new stuff about LEGO bricks and work on creative projects. Artlink will provide LEGO bricks. Kids will not be able to take LEGO bricks home, but students will receive a 10-postcard pack with images of students’ LEGO creations.

Appropriate for ages 5 – 8.

Teacher: Paul Demaree, artist


Saturday Art Session: Basics of Acrylic Painting I

Saturday, April 18, 10am – 1pm

This class will be great for the new painter or for the experienced painter wanting a refresher.  Karen will go over everything students need to know to start their first acrylic painting.  She will cover substrates and surfaces, paints and their characteristics, general acrylic painting techniques, and how to set up your palette.  Participants will learn by painting a simple still life in this class.

Cost: $40 Artlink Members, $45 General Public

Supplies: Artlink will provide student grade materials.  Participants are welcome to bring their own acrylic painting materials if they have them.  Materials include: canvas board, acrylic paints, brushes, palette, etc.

Teacher: Karen Moriarty

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Saturday Art Session: Basics of Acrylic Painting II

Saturday, April 25, 10am – 1pm

This basics of acrylic painting class will be great for the new painter or for the experienced painter wanting a refresher.  This class will build on Basics of Acrylic Painting I, but that class is not a prerequisite.  Karen will briefly cover paints and their characteristics and general acrylic painting techniques.  In this class, she will go more in depth about color mixing, paint application, design, and basic painting history.  Participants will learn by copying a master print in this class.

Cost: $40 Artlink Members, $45 General Public

Supplies: Artlink will provide student grade materials.  Participants are welcome to bring their own acrylic painting materials if they have them.  Materials include: canvas board, acrylic paints, brushes, palette, etc.

Teacher: Karen Moriarty

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Linoleum Block Printing

Sunday, April 26, 1 pm – 4 pm

This is a great introductory class to the art of printmaking. During this class you will learn how to create a successful image for relief printing, how to transfer that image onto a linoleum block, multiple carving techniques, and finally how to print multiple colors and layers from one key block. You will have the opportunity to pull five high quality prints during the class but will also learn how to create more prints in your own home! Please come prepared with a 5×7 drawing, photo, or image that you wish to make into a relief print, and we will go from there!

Cost: $40 Artlink Members, $45 General Public

Supplies: All supplies provided.  Participants should bring a 5×7 drawing, photo, or image they wish to make into a relief print.

Teacher: Julie Wall Toles, Hedgehog Press

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Beginner’s Screen Printing

Saturday & Sunday, May 23 & 24, 1 pm – 3 pm

Artist Leigha VandeZande will teach participants the Drawing Fluid and Screen Filler method of screen printing.  This basic method is a good introduction for anyone interested in the art of screen printing. Participants will “draw” on the screen with a brush and drawing fluid to create an image they will print.  Leigha will show different techniques for printing on paper or fabric.  She will also teach how to heat set the ink with a heat gun and iron.  Participants will bring their own items to print upon, and they will take home the screen they make.  Appropriate for ages 18+.

Cost: $40 Artlink Members, $45 General Public

Supplies: Supply fee of $30 per participant for screens, inks, and non-toxic chemicals.  Participants must bring their own items to screen print on such as t-shirts, hoodies, totes, paper, etc.

Teacher: Leigha VandeZande, check out her shop on Etsy: VandiArtFW

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Peer to Peer Critique

Artlink is hosting a peer group critique for artists. Bring one or two of your own pieces of art to discuss in a respectful and constructive environment.  No Artlink staff will be in the group or offer suggestions on artwork. Come ready to discuss your work and the work of others. Critique groups are moderated by Michael Poorman and Karen Moriarty.  This is a free program. 
This program takes place on the last Saturday of  each month, 1 – 3 pm.  Call ahead to check dates.

Ongoing Figure Drawing Sessions

For adults:ongoing figure-drawing sessions are held twice weekly at Artlink. Sessions are intended for professional and amateur artists, and university students. Held Monday & Thursday evenings from 6:30-9:30 p.m., a minimal charge of $3 per hour covers the cost of the model. Call Suzanne for more information, 260.424.7195 
Costumed Figure Art Sessions:
Costumed model to draw, paint, sculpt, photograph or whatever art process you choose. One Saturday morning a month 9:30 am -12:30 pm.  $3 per hour
Costumes provided by Stoners Fun Stores, 712 S Harrison St, Fort Wayne


Artist Talk Series

Lectures will be held at 6pm on most opening reception evenings.
Artists and curators will present a walk through the exhibitions beginning at 6pm on most opening reception nights. Please call the gallery for more details. Funds from the Flora Dale Krouse Foundation and Edward D and Ione Auer Foundation have made the lecture series possible.



The Auer Center for Arts and Culture is under construction until December 2013. Due to the building expansion there is limited parking in the parking lot closest to the corner of Lafayette and Main Street. Building visitors may park at the Arts United Center parking lot on Main Street directly across from the Auer Center.

Metered parking on Barr St, until 5 p.m., after 5 and weekends, parking at meters is free.

Garage parking is also available off of Barr St. Artists delivering a large piece of artwork or a large quantity should call the gallery before arriving.