Educating and inspiring all to create and enjoy the visual arts.

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The Rochester Arts Center is a community of makers, from the established artist to dabbler. Connect with us by joining as a member or enrolling in a class today.


adult courses


kids courses

Papermaking for Artists

We consider hand papermaking an art in itself. However many artists want handmade paper for use in other processes. Everyone knows how much handmade paper ...


This 6 week class will follow the transformative states of a copper plate, with the assistance of an acid bath. We will go over the ...

Drypoint Etching

Be the first Rochester printmakers to work on the Centers new etching presses! Artists will begin by drawing directly onto a zinc plate using a ...

DIY Studio Lighting

Learn how to set up an inexpensive studio at home for small product photography. This workshop is especially useful for people posting on eBay, Etsy, ...

Fresh Squeezed: Breakfast Edition

This workshop focuses on making a hand juicer capable of shredding even the toughest lemons, limes, and oranges. Basic throwing and hand building skills are ...

& Events

Richard Nickel

Sep 04th - Sep 26th

An exhibition of work from ceramicist Richard Nickel. 

Richard Nickel Reception

September 04th, 6 p.m.

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Flower City Pottery Invitational

October 09th, 6 p.m.

Save the date for the Flower City Pottery Invitational, featuring 20 of the country's premiere ceramic artists. Curated by Richard Aerni, Matthew Metz, and Peter Pincus, this event will feature ...

This project is funded by a grant from the Arts & Cultural Council for Greater Rochester through support received from Rochester Area Community Foundation.