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Ypsilanti Area Art Society

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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)
10:00am - 12:00pm
Mondays, January 11 – February 22 (No class 2/1)

Exploration of Art: Homeschool Zoom (Ages 5 & up)
3:30pm - 4:30pm
Mondays, January 11 – February 22 (No class 2/1)

Learning Perspective Drawing Zoom (Ages 12 & up)
1:00pm - 3:00pm
Fridays, January 15 – February 19

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.

Acrylic Painting Zoom (Ages 14 & up)
10:00am - 12:00pm
Thursdays, January 21 – February 18

Imaginative Drawing with Colored Pencils (Ages 5 - 10)
10:00am - 10:40am
Saturdays, January 16 - February 6

Sketching for Kids Online: (Ages 5 - 10)
11:00am - 11:40am
Saturdays, January 23 – February 14

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


Corry BuckwalterCorry Buckwalter

Corry Buckwalter is a local landscape designer, art instructor, practicing artist and author. Corry studied painting with established realist painter Elaine S. Wilson, and is committed to teaching art as a systematic process for artistic confidence for each student. She has shown and sold her paintings in juried exhibitions in Southeast Michigan for more than 10 years. Corry holds a Master of Landscape Architecture and a Master of City and Regional Planning from Cornell University, and wrote feature and news articles about the environment and city planning issues for numerous magazines since 2007. Teaching students observational drawing and painting, as well as, hands-on landscape design and indoor plant care, is a true passion for Corry. Visit www.climateconsciousdesign.com to learn more.

Introduction to Botanical Illustration in Graphite: (Age 12 & up)
10:00am - 12:00pm
Wednesdays, January 20 – February 24

Beginner Acrylic Still Life Painting: (Age 12 & up)
3:00 - 5:00pm
Wednesdays, January 20 – February 24

Intro to Garden Design: (Age 18 & up)
12:30pm - 1:30pm
Fridays, February 5 – March 26

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