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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.

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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.


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


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