Formational learning at the intersection of art & vocation.

Greenville, South Carolina


Foundational Art Education

Generative Vocational Gatherings

Practical Career Preparation

Imaginative Community Events

Vocational Events


My Life with C. S. Lewis: The Story of Douglas Gresham

7-9:15pm • Wednesday, February 27, 2019


When the World Burns: How the Art of Poetry Turns Tragedy to Song

5:00-6:45pm • Sundays
January 27 – February 17, 2019


Book Club: ‘Every Good Endeavor’ by Tim Keller

7:45-9:15AM • Mondays
January 28 – March 4, 2019


When the Bough Breaks: A New Play

7:00-9:00pm • Saturday, February 9, 2019


Flourish: Parenting Teens in an Anxiety-Ridden, Performance-Driven World

9:00am-12:00pm • February 2, 2019


Book Club: ‘Culture Making’ by Andy Crouch

7:45-9:15AM • Wednesdays
February 27 – April 3, 2019

ART Classes — Winter/Spring 2019


Beginning Drawing

5:30-7:45PM • Thursdays
Feb. 14 – Apr. 25, 2019


Beginning Oil Painting

10:00am-12:15pm • Wednesdays
Jan. 30 – Apr. 17, 2019

Receive a tuition discount of 10% for each student you refer to any class, up to 100% off.

About The Program

Leaf Institute of Art & Vocation (Greenville Institute of the Arts) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit art education pilot program for the Upstate of South Carolina. We offer classes designed especially for middle and high school students, while available to aspiring artists at every age and skill level. During our opening summer classes, we will focus especially on foundational drawing and painting, including portraits and plein air (outdoor) landscapes. In coming semesters, we plan to expand our offerings in printmaking, illustration, art entrepreneurship, art history and more.

Our instructors are trained educators and professional artists in their own right, across a variety of media and contexts. Our classes may be used as supplemental art enrichment, in partnership with an accredited secondary or vocational school, or as extended education for working professionals both within and outside the field of art.


Consider a one-time or recurring donation to support our launch.

All contributions are tax deductible.

Our Philosophy

We approach our program from a Christian faith-based perspective, while welcoming students from all backgrounds. We believe that God's beauty and genius is discovered across the full scope of the creative arts — from Renaissance master paintings and 19th-century sculpture, to contemporary printmaking, graphic novels and animation.

The Institute also assists students in setting up their careers for practical success — building a website, working with galleries, pricing work and interacting with clients.

Classroom Technology

We've partnered with the online education platform, Pathwright, to power our classroom experience. Scheduling, instructor feedback and ongoing student discussion take place through a web portal and smartphone app. In addition to project assignments, teachers will post videos and readings to enhance our in-person classroom sessions. Pathwright access comes with every class and all media and feedback may be revisited long after the semester is completed.


Our Location

Village Studios & Gallery • 1278 Pendleton Street • Greenville, SC 29611

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When I see a white piece of paper, I feel I’ve got to draw. And drawing, for me, is the beginning of everything.
— Ellsworth Kelly