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Ypsilanti Area Art Society

YAAS Color LogoThe Ypsilanti Area Art Society or Y.A.A.S. for short was created by the Ypsilanti Township Recreation Department in coordination with local artists to create a space to connect and collaborate with other students, instructors and organizations.

As this group grows, the goal is for this page is to create an accessible network and resource for local and visiting artists to instruct, create, and collaborate on all things art centered.

Recreation Programs & Registration

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Tina HotchkissTina Hotchkiss

Tina received her Bachelors of Art from Ohio State University. In her 15 years working as a residential designer, she grew her love of Art by working with a variety of designers with excellent drawing skills. She decided then she wanted to share the skills she learned and teach drawing to people with a mutual love of the arts. She has now expanded her skills to watercolor, color pencils, and pastels. Her goal is to experience more forms of art, expand her horizons, and at the same time, share those skills with others.

Watercolor Splash Zoom (Ages 12 & up)
Mondays 10:00am - 12:00pm, September 14 – November 9
(No class 9/28, 10/5, 11/2)

Exploration of Art: Homeschool Zoom (Ages 5 & up)
Mondays 3:30pm - 4:30pm, September 14 – November 9
(No class 9/28, 10/5, 11/2)

Working Studio Zoom (Ages 12 & up)
Fridays 10:00am - 12:00pm, September 18 – October 23

Learning Perspective Drawing Zoom (Ages 12 & up)
Fridays 1:00pm - 3:00pm, September 18 – October 23

Private or Pod Lessons: Available to register for Mondays 1:00pm - 3:00pm or Fridays 3:00pm - 5:00pm


Payton CookPayton Cook

Payton Cook has been living in the Ann Arbor-Ypsilanti area and teaching art for the past four years. Originally, from North Carolina, she received her BFA in Studio Art with a concentration in Painting from The University of North Carolina at Asheville. Payton is passionate about art, whether she is creating a new painting, reading about art history, teaching art classes, or wandering around an art gallery. In her own art, she examines the concept of liminality, depicting a variety of spaces that represent the in-between. Payton primarily works in acrylic paint, though she often combines it with other media, creating a variety of mixed media artwork. She also enjoys working with watercolors and oil paints as well as teaching painting and drawing classes that focus on other 2D media.

Outdoor Acrylic Painting: Ford Lake Park (Ages 12 & up)
Thursdays 9:00am - 10:45am, September 10 – October 8

Outdoor Sketching for Beginners: Ford Lake Park (Ages 12 & up)
Thursdays 11:00am - 12:45pm, September 10 – October 8

Sketching for Kids Online: (Ages 5 - 10)
Saturdays 11:00am - 11:40am, September 12 – October 10


Pod Lessons: If your homeschool group is looking for time each week for art instruction, email   to set up time with our qualified Artists. They will create a curriculum based on the group’s needs and goals to help progress your child’s education

Ypsilanti Area Art Society

Charter Township of Ypsilanti Community Center •  2025 E. Clark Rd. Ypsilanti, Mi 48198  •  (734) 544 - 3800

Mon. - Fri., 8:00am - 8:00pm  •  Sat., 9:00am - 6:00pm • Sun., Closed