Classes


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Upcoming Classes


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Meet the Flower City Arts Center


Session 1: April 11th - April 11th, 2019
Session 2: May 7th - May 7th, 2019
Session 3: June 12th - June 12th, 2019

Get to know the Flower City Arts Center! Check out our firehouse and see behind the scenes with our Executive Director. Learn about our history ... more

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Intro to Digital Photography


Session 1: April 17th - May 29th, 2019
Session 2: April 29th - June 24th, 2019
Session 3: April 29th - June 17th, 2019

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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Ceramics 101 for Teens


April 23rd - June 11th, 2019

In this 8 week class you will cover the basics of working with clay, from handbuilding techniques to throwing on the wheel. This is geared ... more

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Teen B&W Photography (Ages 13-16)


April 23rd - June 11th, 2019

Experience how fun the darkroom can be! No camera or prior knowledge needed. Learn how to use a 35 mm FILM camera to understand f-stops, ... more

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Go Retro with Film: Introduction to Photography


April 24th - June 5th, 2019

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 Bookbinding


April 24th - May 15th, 2019

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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Friday Fling: Ceramics


April 26th - April 26th, 2019

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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Worldwide Pinhole Photography Day Workshop


April 28th - April 28th, 2019

Join us for Worldwide Pinhole Photography Day! During this five hour workshop you will create and decorate your own pinhole camera from an oatmeal box ... more

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Desk Top Name Holder


April 28th - April 28th, 2019

Using a tabletop platen press and a selection of metal type and ornaments you’ll make a letterpress nameplate for desk or door, using state of ... more

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Intro to Photoshop


April 29th - June 24th, 2019

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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Communing with the Elements: Earth


April 30th - April 30th, 2019

Earth grounds, nourishes, transforms and gives birth to new life. It represents a solid foundation, fertility, and abundance. Spend the afternoon learning how connecting with ... more

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Basic Studio Lighting


April 30th - June 4th, 2019

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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Smush & Smash (Ages 3-5) for kids


May 2nd - May 23rd, 2019

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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Viva! Short Course Intro to the Wheel


May 2nd - May 23rd, 2019

This is the perfect opportunity to give ceramics a try. You will throw on the wheel, get a taste of handbuilding, and learn how to ... more

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Creating Letterpress Plates with Adobe Illustrator


May 2nd - May 23rd, 2019

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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Intro to China Painting


May 3rd - June 7th, 2019

Learn the foundations of the historical art of china painting in this 6-week course. Kyle will teach overglaze decoration on provided bisqueware, and how building ... more

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Pop-Ups


May 4th - May 4th, 2019

Come satisfy your curiosity about how pop up books and cards are made. Karin Marlett Choi will teach you basic cutting and folding techniques for ... more

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365 Day Journal + Calendar


May 5th - May 19th, 2019

In this introductory course, you will learn how to make a journal with a 2018 calendar signature included from start to finish with assistance along ... more

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Encaustic Painting


May 5th - May 26th, 2019

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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Viva! Scanning Family Photos


May 7th - May 28th, 2019

Preserve your family memories! Learn how to scan photographs, slides, and negatives then edit them digitally using basic Photoshop tools. You will walk out of ... more

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Zine Workshop


May 7th - May 7th, 2019

Through collage, drawing, and juxtaposing images with text, zines (short for fanzine or magazine) students will learn to make their own small circulation, self-published works. ... more

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Drawing Celtic Knots


May 8th - May 8th, 2019

Celtic knots are one of the most well-known graphics designs dating back to the 14th century. Today it is a classic Celtic design seen on ... more

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Mud, Moms, & Mimosas


May 11th - May 11th, 2019

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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Communing with the Elements: Air


May 14th - May 14th, 2019

Air is the quality of the mind and the intellect. Air directs communication, thoughts, attitudes, and beliefs. Learn ways to connect with the element of ... more

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Photo Zine Workshop


May 14th - May 21st, 2019

Through this 2-day intensive workshop students will learn to make their own small circulation, self-published photo zines using their own photographs. Workshop will include digital ... more

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Push or Pull: Understanding Film


May 14th - June 18th, 2019

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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Intaglio


May 15th - June 19th, 2019

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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Paper Marbling


May 15th - May 16th, 2019

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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Friday Fling: Book Arts


May 17th - May 17th, 2019

Start your weekend off right! Create with us while you sip your favorite adult beverage. A 3-hour whirlwind of letterpress printing, hand papermaking, and bookbinding. ... more

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Screen Printing


Session 1: May 18th - May 25th, 2019
Session 2: June 8th - June 15th, 2019

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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The Situational Portrait


May 23rd - June 6th, 2019

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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Historical applications of clay bodies (Or who used what, where & why)


May 23rd - May 23rd, 2019

Kyle will talk about the historical and cultural uses of porcelain, terra cotta, and stoneware. There will be a clay bar, with 12-15 different types ... more

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Linoleum Block Printmaking with Laura Wilder


May 25th - May 25th, 2019

You love block prints, and you would love to try block printing. But you hesitate to take this class because you’ve never done any printmaking. ... more

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Monoprinting I


May 25th - May 25th, 2019

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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Communing with the Elements: Fire


May 28th - May 28th, 2019

Fire has the power to transform; whatever goes through the flame is transformed completely. Think of the Phoenix. Think of passion, drive, creativity, and motivation. ... more

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Quilling 101


May 30th - June 13th, 2019

Quilling, also known as paper filigree, is a form of art involving paper strips. These stripes can be curled, cut, shaped, and glued into just ... more

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Slipcasting Cups with Colored Slip


June 1st - June 1st, 2019

Learn the basics of slipcasting during this 3-hour hands-on workshop. Kelly will teach how to mix colored casting slip using commercial stains. Each participant will ... more

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Victorian Hair Wreath History and Craft


June 2nd - June 16th, 2019

The art of making jewelry and wreaths out of human hair flourished in the Victorian time period. Hair is one of the most unique and ... more

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Intro to Large Format Photography


June 3rd - June 24th, 2019

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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Viva! Creating Personal Stationery


June 4th - June 25th, 2019

Create your own stationery from recycled paper. Participants will make their own envelopes and stationary in our Paper Lab, then personalize them using letterpress. The ... more

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Copper Photo Transfers


June 4th - June 4th, 2019

Photo transfers are a fun and beautiful way of honoring a meaningful image. From digital file to emulsive photo transfer to copper plating--using fire and ... more

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Engraver’s Script 


June 4th - June 25th, 2019

A type of calligraphy also known as Copperplate or Engrosser’s Script, this elegant letter form is readily applied to making personalized cards and envelopes, wedding ... more

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Sewn Board Bookbinding


June 4th - June 5th, 2019

In this class, each student will make a beautiful hardbound book with a flexible spine. The book lies flat when opened, making it perfect for ... more

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Lith Printing Workshop


June 5th - June 26th, 2019

Learn to create prints that jump off the page! In this 4-day workshop, you will be working with your own black and white negatives over-exposing ... more

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Night Photography


June 5th - June 19th, 2019

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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Communing with the Elements: Water


June 11th - June 11th, 2019

Water is the realm of the unconscious and powers of the psyche. Water cleanses, supports and represents our emotions while connecting us to our primordial ... more

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Outdoor Portraiture


June 11th - June 18th, 2019

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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Papermaking for Artists


June 12th - June 13th, 2019

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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Mini Journal Fling


June 23rd - June 23rd, 2019

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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Digital Art Camp (Ages 14-17)


July 15th - July 19th, 2019

Take a dive into digital art this summer! In this week-long 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 22nd - July 26th, 2019

In this weeklong workshop, students will design “living dioramas” using flora and fauna they will gather during a neighborhood walk. Students will then learn how ... more

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


August 5th - August 9th, 2019

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 12th - August 16th, 2019

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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Mud Slingers I (Ages 6-9) for kids


March 31st - May 5th, 2019

Mudslingers will give the young artist a complete understanding of the handbuilt 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


March 31st - May 5th, 2019

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

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TRAC: After School Visual Art Program (Ages 14-17) for kids


April 9th - June 25th, 2019

Young Artists—get on TRAC! The Rochester Arts Creatives (TRAC) is a 12-week afterschool program to cultivate an interest in visual arts by providing learning and ... more

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Meet the Flower City Arts Center


Session 1: April 11th - April 11th, 2019
Session 2: May 7th - May 7th, 2019
Session 3: June 12th - June 12th, 2019

Get to know the Flower City Arts Center! Check out our firehouse and see behind the scenes with our Executive Director. Learn about our history ... more

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Advanced Wheel: Focus on Surface


April 13th - June 15th, 2019

Ali will work with experienced potters on skill enhancement and refinement, and share tools for personal expression. Learn techniques like carving, inlay, sgraffito and glazing ... more

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Youth/Family Wheel for kids


April 13th - May 25th, 2019

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 ... more

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Intro to the Wheel I


Session 1: April 15th - June 10th, 2019
Session 2: April 16th - June 4th, 2019
Session 3: April 17th - June 5th, 2019
Session 4: April 22nd - June 24th, 2019

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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Fundamentals of Drawing


April 16th - June 4th, 2019

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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Linoleum Block Printing


April 16th - May 7th, 2019

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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Intermediate Wheel Throwing


April 16th - June 4th, 2019

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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Hot-Shoe Flash!


April 16th - April 23rd, 2019

Have you ever taken a photo of someone where one side of his or her face is brightly lit while the other is darkened by ... more

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Handbuilding


April 16th - June 4th, 2019

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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Alternative Process: Cyanotype


April 16th - May 7th, 2019

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 Illustrator


April 17th - June 5th, 2019

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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Intro to Digital Photography


Session 1: April 17th - May 29th, 2019
Session 2: April 29th - June 24th, 2019
Session 3: April 29th - June 17th, 2019

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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Intro to the Wheel II


Session 1: April 18th - June 6th, 2019
Session 2: April 18th - June 6th, 2019

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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Introduction to Oil Painting


April 18th - June 6th, 2019

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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Intermediate Digital Photography


April 18th - May 16th, 2019

Take your digital 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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Lovin’ Letterpress  


April 22nd - June 17th, 2019

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