Classes


The welfare of our staff, teachers, students, and artists is critical. We are contacting students in our remaining Winter classes with sessions scheduled through 3/27 regarding re-scheduling or an option for credit. Spring 2020 classes are slated to begin on 4/13.

For those visiting the Center as artists/renters, here are some important considerations and updates regarding our daily operations in the meantime. Thank you and we hope to create art with you shortly!

    Signs of sickness include: fever, cough, or trouble breathing.
    If you’re feeling sick, stay home. If you come in sick, you will be sent home. If you show any signs of sickness (above), you will be sent home.
    Disposable gloves are placed around the center for use. Additional protective measures are put into place as they become advised by Public Health Officials.
    In the event of Center closure, a notification will be sent via social media, our web page, and email.

For the welfare of our staff, teachers, students, and artists, most of our staff will be working remotely and can be reached via email. For our list of email addresses, please visit our About page. If you need immediate assistance, please call our Google Voice number at 585-687-8215.

For the time being, we have suspended all walk-in studio services. Studio artists with keyed access are encouraged to practice safe distancing and to follow our cleaning suggestions.


Information on tuition assistance for classes at Flower City Arts Center can be found here.

If our classes aren't exactly what you're looking for, find information about our private, customizable lessons here.

We are currently inviting any teaching visual artist to instruct a one-day workshop or series of class sessions that are culturally-based to submit a short proposal for a teaching opportunity at Flower City Arts Center. Please apply today!
Deadline for Summer class sessions: April 3, 2020

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Upcoming Classes


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Paper Marbling


Session 1: January 19th - January 19th, 2020
Session 2: April 25th - April 25th, 2020

Paper marbling is a method of aqueous surface design, which can produce patterns similar to marble or other stone. It is often employed as a ... more

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Spring Break: Storytelling Slip and Score (Ages 5-8) for kids


April 6th - April 10th, 2020

In this class, kids ages 5-8 will explore some of their favorite books and use clay to make creative sculptures that engage with the story. ... more

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Viva! Short Course on Handbuilding (Ages 55+)


April 13th - May 18th, 2020

In this six-week class you will learn different methods of working with clay using slab, coil and pinch methods. You will also learn about different ... more

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Landscape Photography


April 13th - May 18th, 2020

Look at historical and contemporary landscape photography and review technical aspects and tools involved. Weekly photography assignments will be given to solidify material. Students will ... more

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Intro to the Wheel I


Session 1: April 13th - June 1st, 2020
Session 2: April 14th - June 2nd, 2020
Session 3: April 15th - June 3rd, 2020
Session 4: April 16th - June 4th, 2020
Session 5: April 17th - June 5th, 2020

For beginners, this 8-week Introduction class covers the basics of wheel-thrown, functional work. You will learn to master the cylinder, the gateway form to cups, ... more

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Jewelry Making: Broach Making


April 13th - June 1st, 2020

In this course we will be focusing on the basics of jewelry construction, working with cold connection techniques to create a wearable brooch. more

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Handbuilding


April 13th - June 1st, 2020

Learn to use traditional methods like pinching, coil, and slab to build functional and/or sculptural work. The skills learned are perfect for an absolute beginner ... more

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Go Retro with Film: Introduction to Photography


Session 1: April 14th - June 2nd, 2020
Session 2: April 16th - May 28th, 2020

Take this introductory class first to truly understand the fundamentals of photography. Experience the basic elements of photography. No camera or prior knowledge needed. Learn ... more

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Intro to Digital Photography


Session 1: April 14th - May 26th, 2020
Session 2: April 16th - May 28th, 2020

Make your digital camera work for you! Learn all the functions of your camera, including manually adjusting aperture, shutter speed, and ISO, exposure modes, lenses, ... more

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Basic Studio Lighting


Session 1: April 14th - May 19th, 2020
Session 2: April 15th - May 20th, 2020

Instruction will include various techniques in the use of the studio's White Lightning strobes in multiple lighting configurations, as well as other equipment such as ... more

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TRAC: Exploring Photography (Ages 14-17)


April 14th - June 2nd, 2020

During this 8-week class, students will have the opportunity to explore darkroom & digital photography. more

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Fundamentals of Drawing


April 14th - June 2nd, 2020

In this class we’ll focus on developing observational skills and drawing techniques, using a variety of drawing media. No prior experience with drawing is required ... more

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Screen Printing


Session 1: April 14th - April 21st, 2020
Session 2: June 2nd - June 9th, 2020

This workshop will cover the basics of screen printing process from start to finish. Creating imagery, transferring the image to the screen, printing, and clean-up ... more

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Intro to Large Format Photography


April 14th - May 5th, 2020

Learn basic camera functions including using tilts and swings to adjust perspective lines and focus, different lenses, and how to load and use 4x5 film ... more

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The Artists Intent


April 14th - May 12th, 2020

Learn the fundamental elements of how to present your photographs with intention with our Artist-in-Residence. Work with your photos to assemble a portfolio, propose a ... more

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Figurative Sculpture


April 14th - June 2nd, 2020

In this course we will focus on learning the basics of sculpting the human head from life, mirror and photographs. We will spend time building ... more

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Advanced Wheel


April 14th - June 2nd, 2020

For the accomplished potter, Kyle will provide individualized attention, with the focus on refining your craft, and enhancing your own personal style work. An area ... more

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Point and Shoot with Film


April 14th - May 5th, 2020

Artist-in-Residence Fernando Muller will teach you to forget about all the technical stuff and all the gear your think you need, and just focus on ... more

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Intro to 3D Animation


April 15th - June 24th, 2020

Learn how to make your own 3D animated superhero. Students will create 3D models for use in class projects with software like Blender and Photoshop. ... more

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TRAC: Ceramics (Ages 14-17) for kids


April 15th - June 3rd, 2020

Get on TRAC! The Rochester Art Collective is a FREE (thank you William & Sheila Konar Foundation!) 8-week afterschool program to cultivate an interest in ... more

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TRAC: Printmaking & Book Arts (Ages 14-17)


April 15th - June 3rd, 2020

Get on TRAC! The Rochester Art Collective is a FREE (thank you William & Sheila Konar Foundation!) 8-week after school program to cultivate an interest ... more

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Intro to the Wheel II


Session 1: April 15th - May 27th, 2020
Session 2: April 16th - June 4th, 2020

This class is for those who have taken a wheel class previously, and want to build on their skills. You will work skill-building exercises, and ... more

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Push or Pull: Understanding Film


April 15th - May 20th, 2020

What does it mean to have a good negative? In this class we’ll explore different exposure methods using interactive objects to ensure optimal results. We’ll ... more

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Papermaking for Artists


April 15th - April 16th, 2020

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 ... more

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Pottery Wheel: Focus on Slip and Underglaze Decoration


April 15th - June 3rd, 2020

For those with throwing experience, Andy will cover the entire process, from throwing suitable forms, to adding texture on freshly thrown and leather hard forms. ... more

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Candid Street Photography


April 16th - May 21st, 2020

In this intensive class, explore and study the works of masters, discuss how to conquer fears of taking photos of strangers, and how to best ... more

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Teen Magazine: Our Vision, Our Voice (Ages 13-17) for kids


April 17th - June 27th, 2020

"Our Vision, Our Voice" is a free program for teen girls enrolled in the Rochester City School District who are interested in learning current technology ... more

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Digital Black and White: From Vision to Print


April 17th - May 22nd, 2020

Black and white is the essence of photography: it is about texture, contrast, and above all, light. Seeing light, understanding it, and anticipating what the ... more

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Pop-Ups


April 18th - April 18th, 2020

Come satisfy your curiosity about how pop up books and cards are made. Learn basic cutting and folding techniques for wrangling a flat piece of ... more

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Studio Lighting With Gels


April 18th - April 18th, 2020

Try something new and experiment with using color gels in your studio lighting with Artist - in- Residence Cocoa Rae David. Harness the power of ... more

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Advanced Handbuilding: Focus on Alternative Techniques


April 19th - June 14th, 2020

For those with some handbuilding experience, this class will focus on more complex projects and individual explorations are encouraged. Special consideration will be given to ... more

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Introduction to Oil Painting


April 19th - June 14th, 2020

Learn about materials, fundamentals, and best practices of oil painting, with an emphasis on direct or "alla prima" techniques. Color mixing and creating a range ... more

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Urban Sketching


April 19th - June 21st, 2020

Learn to make ink and watercolor drawings in a sketchbook. During the class students will learn basic skills of ink and watercolor drawing. By the ... more

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Intermediate Wheel Throwing


April 19th - June 7th, 2020

For those with some experience, the Intermediate class will broaden your knowledge base with more complicated projects, lidded forms, plates, and handles. The class fee ... more

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Lovin’ Letterpress - Spring 2020


April 20th - June 15th, 2020

Immerse yourself in letterpress printing. Choose from our hundreds of fonts and learn to handset type from California Job cases. Print from a variety of ... more

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Sculpture: Artistic Expression in Wire & Plaster


April 21st - May 5th, 2020

Learn how to see with your hands and make beautiful, three dimensional artwork with wire and plaster in an open and creative environment. Working in ... more

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Intro to Inkjet Printing


April 21st - May 5th, 2020

Learn the basics of inkjet digital printing in this introductory class. We will cover preparing files in Photoshop, types of paper, basig printer maintenance, and ... more

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Calligraphy: Engraver’s Script


April 21st - May 12th, 2020

Learn the art of graceful pointed pen engravers script. Also known as Copperplate or Engrosser's Script, this elegant letter form is applicable for making personalized ... more

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Creating Letterpress Plates with Adobe Illustrator


April 23rd - May 14th, 2020

Create photo polymer plates for letterpress printing using Adobe Illustrator. After spending two weeks in the digital lab learning some Illustrator basics and how best ... more

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Intro to Risograph Printing (Digital Screen Printing)


Session 1: April 25th - April 25th, 2020
Session 2: May 6th - May 13th, 2020
Session 3: June 13th - June 13th, 2020

Create an edition of 10 prints of your own design using our RISO digital duplicator! Learn how the RISO works and how you can quickly ... more

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Intro to Pastel Painting


April 25th - May 16th, 2020

Pastel, those beautiful sticks of pure color, create exciting, fun and expressive works of art. Through informational discussions, demonstrations, and plenty of opportunities for the ... more

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Linoleum Block Printing


April 27th - May 18th, 2020

Learn the basics of linoleum block printing to create cards, fine art prints, or to add your own imagery to your letterpress work. Students will ... more

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Beer + Film: Experimental Film Processing Workshop (21+)


May 2nd - May 2nd, 2020

Join us for a refreshing cerveza or two during an evening of experimental film processing! Process up to two rolls of black & white 35mm ... more

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Smush & Smash (Ages 3-5) for kids


May 7th - May 28th, 2020

Have fun smushing and smashing clay, for ages 3 to 5 with their caregiver/adult. Your child will get their first experience with this expressive material, ... more

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Mud, Moms, & Mimosas


May 9th - May 9th, 2020

Bring your mom, your grandma, your aunt or your best friend for a morning spent sipping mimosas and playing in the mud. Our instructors will ... more

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Freedom of the Press


May 9th - May 23rd, 2020

Learn a brief history of letterpress printing and how the process has been a tool for social change. Examine how leaders in Rochester such as ... more

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Learning to See: Translating Visual Scenes into Drawings


May 11th - June 1st, 2020

Learn how to see shapes, lines, and color and translate them into drawings on paper. We will start with fun exercises to help let go ... more

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Darkroom Toning Workshop


May 12th - June 2nd, 2020

Transform your silver gelatin prints using toners! Explore Selenium, Sepia, Copper and Iron Blue to achieve rich burgundy, brown, peach, and blue tones. The class ... more

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Make Your Own House Numbers


May 16th - May 30th, 2020

Make your home even more unique by designing your own house numbers in clay, using our vintage wood type as a stamp! No experience is ... more

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Youth/Family Wheel for kids


May 17th - June 21st, 2020

See how fun the potter’s wheel can be! In this 6-week class, parents and children will learn how to center, pull a cylinder, make beautiful ... more

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Mini Journal Fling


May 17th - May 17th, 2020

Learn how to make mini journals for yourself or to give as gifts. In this introductory course, you will learn how to make a journal ... more

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Mud Slingers I (Ages 6-9) for kids


May 17th - June 21st, 2020

Mudslingers will give young artists an understanding of the handbuilding process, from working the clay, to creating and glazing their own unique visions! Included: clay ... more

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Encaustic Painting


May 17th - June 14th, 2020

Encaustic painting, also known as hot wax painting, dates back to the Romano-Egyptian Fayum mummy portraits from the 1st Century BC. Today’s artists work with ... more

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Mudslingers II (Ages 10-13) for kids


May 17th - June 21st, 2020

Mudslingers will give young artists an understanding of the handbuilding process, from working the clay, to creating and glazing their own unique visions! Included: clay ... more

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Building a Photobook


May 19th - June 23rd, 2020

This production class is designed for photographers and artists who would like to build a publishable book. Students will learn the techniques of image capture ... more

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Photoshop for Photographers


Session 1: May 20th - June 24th, 2020
Session 2: May 20th - June 24th, 2020

This course covers techniques used in making and editing photographs to gain efficiencies and quality improvements. Students will learn the appropriate skills and techniques to ... more

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Intaglio Printmaking II


May 20th - June 24th, 2020

This class is a continuation of Intaglio I or for those who have some experience. Students will explore additional techniques and effects. Included $100 for ... more

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Intaglio I


May 20th - June 24th, 2020

Follow the transformative states of a copper plate, with the assistance of an acid bath. Learn the use of grounds and their different effects. Explore ... more

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MudBooks Project: The Class


May 28th - June 25th, 2020

Be a part of the MudBooks project. You can not only write the book, but make it as well! In this innovative 5 week class ... more

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Intro to Bookbinding


June 3rd - June 24th, 2020

In this introductory course, you will learn several hand-sewn book structures perfect for making pocket notebooks, address, journals, sketchbooks, and more. You’ll leave with the ... more

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Night Photography


June 3rd - June 17th, 2020

Explore various aspects of photographing at twilight and at night. Using a digital SLR or film camera, students will shoot outdoors as a group at ... more

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The Situational Portrait


June 4th - June 18th, 2020

Learn how to take better portraits without owning a studio. Using natural and available light, you will discover techniques to help you improve your images ... more

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VIVA! Photographing Plants and Flowers


June 5th - June 26th, 2020

In this class we will spend time photographing plants and flowers. Learn some tips and tricks for better pictures and get out to enjoy nature! more

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Projections As Backdrops


June 6th - June 7th, 2020

Learn the different methods of creating and using gobos by using Photoshop and printing stencils; then project your patterns on backdrops for studio portraits. Required: ... more

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Monoprinting


June 6th - June 6th, 2020

One print is pulled at a time and no two prints are alike with this painterly printmaking method. Techniques include transfer, reductive and additive, plus ... more

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Digitizing Basics


June 11th - June 25th, 2020

This class will cover the basics of digitization . We will discuss which method is best for digitizing a variety of mediums including paintings, prints, ... more

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Friday Fling: Ceramics


June 12th - June 12th, 2020

The perfect date night – come to the studio and learn to throw a bowl! We provide the clay, the tools, and of course the ... more

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Outdoor Portraiture


June 16th - June 23rd, 2020

Learn to take pleasing outdoor portraits in harsh lighting conditions. Learn to use reflectors, lighting diffusers, natural shading, full and fill flash. Course will consist ... more

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Friday Fling: Hand Coloring Photographs


June 19th - June 19th, 2020

Hang out, have a sip, and get creative. Experiment with some fun hand coloring techniques on black & white photos. We will provide paints, brushes, ... more

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Summer Camp: Poetry, Pottery, & Paper (Ages 8-11) for kids


August 3rd - August 7th, 2020

In this collaborative experience with Writers & Books, you will handbuild a ceramic book, write pottery-inspired poems, interview real artists, make paper, and use a ... more

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Writing with Light (Ages 12–14) for kids


August 10th - August 14th, 2020

The word photography literally means “writing with light”. Combine the magic of film-based photography with the power of your words. Using a 35mm film camera ... more

Active Classes


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Lovin’ Letterpress


January 13th - March 9th, 2020

Immerse yourself in letterpress printing. Choose from our hundreds of fonts and learn to handset type from California Job cases. Print from a variety of ... more

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Paper Marbling


Session 1: January 19th - January 19th, 2020
Session 2: April 25th - April 25th, 2020

Paper marbling is a method of aqueous surface design, which can produce patterns similar to marble or other stone. It is often employed as a ... more

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Intaglio


February 26th - April 1st, 2020

Follow the transformative states of a copper plate, with the assistance of an acid bath. Learn the use of grounds and their different effects. Explore ... more

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Ethiopian Book Structure


March 18th - April 1st, 2020

The Ethiopian Book Structure is based on the historic binding that has been made in Ethiopia since the 4th century. The book features hardwood covers ... more