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Upcoming Classes

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Spencerian Script

April 24th - May 15th, 2018

This uniquely American form of handwriting was the model used in schools and business colleges throughout the country. This running hand is a good introductory ... more

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Linoleum Block Printing

May 1st - May 22nd, 2018

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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Digital Art (Photoshop)

May 2nd - June 6th, 2018

You’ve learned the basics, now what? In this class you’ll more thoroughly explore Adobe CS6 Photoshop to create dynamic digital art projects! Included: access to ... more

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May 5th - May 5th, 2018

Join Karin Marlett Choi to create pop-ups that surprise and delight. Learn how to make dimensional cards that pop, bloom and move. She'll teach you ... more

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The Situational Portrait

May 7th - May 21st, 2018

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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Smush & Smash (Ages 3-5) for kids

May 9th - May 30th, 2018

Four weeks of fun smushing and smashing clay, for ages 3 – 5 with their caregiver/adult. Your child will get their first experience with this ... more

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May 9th - June 13th, 2018

Follow the transformative states of a copper plate, with the assistance of an acid bath. We will go over the use of grounds and their ... more

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Paper Marbling

May 9th - May 10th, 2018

In this two-day workshop, you will learn to create your own one-of-a-kind marbled papers. Paper marbling is a method of aqueous surface design, which can ... more

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Modern Calligraphy

May 10th - May 24th, 2018

Learn the basics of modern calligraphy! Students will learn how modern calligraphy differs from traditional Copperplate/ Spencerian script, correct nib pressure, a simple upper and ... more

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Friday Fling: Book Arts

May 11th - May 11th, 2018

A 3-hour whirlwind of letterpress printing, hand papermaking, and bookbinding. Leave with lots of goodies. 21+ only. Members 2 for $75 Nonmembers 2 for $95 more

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Mud, Moms, & Mimosas

May 12th - May 12th, 2018

Bring your mother, sister, daughter, or best friend and learn to throw on the wheel. We will provide a light brunch, the clay, and mimosas. ... more

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May 12th - May 12th, 2018

Monoprinting is a course that studies the fundamentals of ways of seeing line and shape. One print is pulled at a time and no two ... more

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Darkroom Toning Workshop

May 16th - June 6th, 2018

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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Origami + Paper Sculpture

May 19th - May 19th, 2018

Come explore the art of origami and paper folding. Create designs ranging from traditional crane and animal shapes to practical origami boxes and envelopes. We ... more

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Screen Printing

Session 1: May 19th - May 26th, 2018
Session 2: June 9th - June 16th, 2018

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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Creating Letterpress Plates with Adobe Illustrator

May 22nd - June 12th, 2018

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

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Papermaking for Artists

May 23rd - May 24th, 2018

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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Mold Making & Slipcasting with Peter Pincus

May 26th - May 27th, 2018

This two-day demonstration workshop will provide an in-depth look into complex slip-casting techniques. Peter will demonstrate casting plaster on and off the potter’s wheel, hand-forming ... more

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Intro to Bookbinding

May 29th - June 19th, 2018

Have you ever looked at beautiful hand-made books and wondered how they were created but didn't know where to start? If so, then this is ... more

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Hot-Shoe Flash!

May 31st - June 7th, 2018

This class will focus on the use of a hot-shoe flash for your DSLR. Have you ever taken a photo of someone where one side ... more

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Architectural Photography Workshop

June 1st - June 15th, 2018

Explore both historic and modern structures around downtown Rochester through photography. Learn how to make appropriate equipment choices, plan outings, find interesting compositions, and the ... more

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Night Photography

June 6th - June 20th, 2018

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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Friday Fling: Lighting Studio & DSLR

June 8th - June 8th, 2018

Come ready to strike a pose! Join us for an evening in our Lighting Studio where we will be giving DSLR and studio lighting demos. ... more

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Outdoor Portraiture

June 14th - June 21st, 2018

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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Sports Photography: Red Wings

June 18th - June 25th, 2018

Learn what it takes to get great action sports photographs. The first class will provide students with advice and techniques dealing with etiquette, credentials, equipment, ... more

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Lightroom Revealed

June 25th - June 29th, 2018

Lightroom is a powerful tool that offers more than basic photo editing. Topics include image import functions, along with image editing, batch processing, export functions, ... more

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Friday Fling: Ceramics

July 13th - July 13th, 2018

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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Digital Art Camp (Ages 14-17)

July 16th - July 20th, 2018

Take a dive into digital art this summer! In this weeklong camp, students will learn the basics of Adobe CS6 using Photoshop, InDesign, and Illustrator ... more

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Studio Photography for Teens (Ages 14-17)

July 23rd - July 27th, 2018

In this weeklong workshop students will design historical scenes using various toys and materials creating their own interpretation of history and identity. Students will then ... more

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Poetry, Pottery, & Paper for kids

August 6th - August 10th, 2018

In this collaboration between Writers & Books and the Flower City Arts Center, your child will have a unique opportunity to merge visual arts with ... more

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Writing with Light (Ages 12–14)

August 13th - August 17th, 2018

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

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ArtSmart Camp (Ages 10 – 13) for kids

August 13th - August 17th, 2018

Your child will learn bookbinding, Lego printing and monoprinting in our newly developed printmaking area, and get a chance to try the potter’s wheel in ... more

Active Classes

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Advanced Wheel Throwing

April 14th - June 9th, 2018

For the accomplished potter, Chea will provide individualized attention, with the focus on refining your craft and enhancing your own personal expression and style. Lidded ... more

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Mud Slingers I (Ages 6-9) for kids

April 15th - May 20th, 2018

Mudslingers will give the young artist a complete understanding of the hand-built ceramic process, from working the clay to creating and glazing their own unique ... more

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Mud Slingers II (10-13) for kids

April 15th - May 20th, 2018

Mudslingers will give the young artist understanding of handbuilt ceramic process, from working the clay to creating and glazing their own unique visions! Included: 10 ... more

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Fundamentals of Drawing

April 16th - June 4th, 2018

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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Intro to Illustrator

April 16th - June 11th, 2018

Learn to create your own graphic images using Adobe Illustrator CS6! Discover how to incorporate drawing, photography, and typography into vector artwork by learning essential ... more

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Lovin’ Letterpress  

April 16th - June 11th, 2018

Immerse yourself in the black art that is letterpress printing. Learn to handset type from California Job cases. We have hundreds of fonts to choose ... more

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Intro to DSLR Photography

Session 1: April 16th - May 21st, 2018
Session 2: April 17th - May 22nd, 2018
Session 3: April 18th - May 30th, 2018

Make your digital single–lens reflex (DSLR) camera work for you! Learn all the functions of your camera, including manually adjusting aperture, shutter speed, and ISO, ... more

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Intro to the Wheel I

Session 1: April 16th - June 4th, 2018
Session 2: April 17th - June 5th, 2018
Session 3: April 18th - June 6th, 2018

For beginners, this 8 week Intro 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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Intermediate DSLR Photography

Session 1: April 17th - May 29th, 2018
Session 2: April 19th - May 31st, 2018

Take your DSLR photography skills to the next level! From the camera to the computer you will gain a more thorough understanding of shutter speed, ... more

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Illustrator Projects Workshop

April 17th - May 15th, 2018

In this intensive workshop students will work on a specific personal project with the guidance of the instructor. Only 3 students per session. Included: access ... more

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One Step Beyond with your DSLR

April 17th - May 29th, 2018

Through an in-depth analysis of what your camera can and cannot do, shooting assignments, critiques, and examples from famous photographers, you will expand your knowledge ... more

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Intro to Photoshop

April 17th - June 5th, 2018

Learn the basics of Adobe Photoshop CS6 such as tools including move, crop, marquee, rubber stamp, paint bucket, etc.; functions including exposure, brightness/contrast, and color ... more

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April 17th - June 5th, 2018

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

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Intermediate Wheel Throwing

April 17th - June 5th, 2018

For those with some experience, the Intermediate class will broaden your knowledge base with more complicated projects, lidded forms, plates, and handles. Included: 25 pounds ... more

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Doodle to Poster (Illustrator)

April 18th - April 25th, 2018

Learn how to take your doodle and turn it into a large format poster! Using Adobe CS6 Illustrator, students will learn how to use various ... more

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Intro to InDesign

April 18th - June 6th, 2018

Create professional layouts for business cards, newsletters, posters, or books. Learn basic tools and commands, methods of combining text, graphics and images, and how to ... more

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Landscape Photography: Seeing Straight

April 18th - May 23rd, 2018

Take your landscape photography to a new stage. Develop your technique, try various pictorial solutions, and let intuition guide your compositions. See what others do ... more

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Alternative Process: Kallitype

April 18th - May 9th, 2018

The art of making the wet print is revived in this fusion of digital printing and ancient photographic process. You'll create highly detailed, specialized negatives ... more

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Intro to the Wheel II

Session 1: April 19th - June 7th, 2018
Session 2: April 19th - June 7th, 2018

This class is for those who have taken a wheel class previously and want to build on their expertise. You will work on refining your ... more

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Intro to Video Editing

April 19th - June 7th, 2018

Learn to edit video like a pro! In this introductory class, students will learn how to cut video files, add text and audio, color correct, ... more

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Basic Studio Lighting

April 19th - May 24th, 2018

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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Go Retro with Film: Introduction to Photography

April 19th - May 31st, 2018

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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Teen Wheel for kids

April 21st - June 2nd, 2018

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