A crucible of molten bronze being poured in a ceramic mold

Fire Arts Center of Chicago

The Fire Arts Center of Chicago began 27 years ago as a not-for-profit school for sculptors. Our primary mission is the preservation of traditional sculpture technique by offering high-quality training to artists, students and others seeking to learn or perfect their skills. Our secondary mission is to provide teaching, working, and exhibition opportunities for artists, as well as technical advice and facilities to artists and institutions.

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What’s New

We’ve got a new address

The Fire Arts Center of Chicago has moved to a new location. Our new address is

1830 N Kostner
Chicago, IL 60639

Enter the building on Cortland and Kenneth.

Stop by and visit us and check out the great new space.

One-Year Intensive Programs

Check out our new one-year intensive programs which offer you the chance to immerse yourself in the study of traditional methods and techniques of sculptors as well as the technical skills relevant to those just looking to develop a new trade. Check out the program page for more information or contact us with questions.

Payment Plans and Discounts

We at the Fire Arts Center of Chicago are not immune to the challenges of a difficult economy. Our mission has always been to preserve the traditional methods and techniques of sculptors as well as the technical skills relevant to those just looking to develop a new trade. In order for us to meet that mission we need to provide our classes to as many people as we can. However, when times are tough, finding the money to pay for classes like this is hard. For that reason we have been offering a 1/2-down payment plan to make it easier to pay for classes. Now, in addition to that discount, we are introducing a bartered services option to reduce class prices.

How does it work?

Do you have experience with fund-raising and think you can lend a hand? Maybe accounting or legal experience? Do you work somewhere that tosses out scrap metal which could be reused by us? The possibilties are endless. The Fire Arts Center is always looking for tips and materials to help us grow, and we want to offer you ways to learn for less.

How do I take advantage of the payment plans and discounts?

Call us at 773.544.9908. It’s as simple as that. Call and let us know what you have to trade and we can work out a discount plan for you.

Class Length Changes

We are now offering various class lengths to accommodate your schedule better. Now you can choose between 8 week and 16 week courses in forging, jewelry, foundry, furniture, and metal sculpture.

As always our class registration is rolling which means you can join at any time. The classes are small and the instructors help you work at your pace. So no matter when you start you will be walked step-by-step through the process with the personal attention you need. Join when you want and stay for as long as you need.

Check out all of our classes.