Classes


The welfare of our staff, teachers, students, and artists is critical.

We are working hard to resume in person classes as quickly and safely as we can. Many of our classes listed below are virtual, offering live student-instructor interaction, using the Zoom platform. As we are able to offer in person classes, class sizes will be small so as to ensure social distancing, and everyone will be required to wear face coverings at all times within the Center. In order to accommodate as many students as may be interested, we will be offering hybrid classes with an in person option as well as a virtual option. The classes described below will indicate whether they are virtual, in person, or hybrid with either an in person or virtual option.

We are pleased to announce a series of week-long summer youth camps. The camps will be for ages 5-7, 8-11, 13-17 and 12-18. They will be small groups (generally no more than 6) in order to maintain social distancing, and will be a mix of indoor and outdoor art activities. Students and staff will all be required to wear face coverings and practice all required hygiene and social distancing. Sign up soon as they are sure to fill up quickly.

We will be opening for limited in Center activities beginning Saturday, June 27, 2020 under the Governor's Phase 4. When you come into the Center, you must observe all posted requirements. You must not enter the building, or must leave immediately, if you have any COVID-19 symptoms (i.e., fever or chills, dry cough, shortness of breath, sore throat, fatigue, muscle or body aches, etc.). You must wear a face covering at all times or you will be denied entry and asked to leave. You must follow all directional signs and practice social distancing while inside the Center. And, you must practice all CDC recommended hygiene procedures. We take your health and safety - and the health and safety of our staff, instructors, artists, studio artists, and visitors - very seriously.

The majority of the time our staff continues to work 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, walk-in studio services remain suspended. Studio artists with keyed access are required to wear face coverings, to practice safe distancing and to follow our hygiene and cleaning postings.


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.

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Upcoming Classes


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Lovin’ Letterpress


July 6th - August 24th, 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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Handbuilding 101


July 6th - August 24th, 2020

This online course is perfect for anyone who would like to dip their toes into hand building with clay at home. Whether you're new to ... more

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Intro to the Wheel I


Session 1: July 6th - August 24th, 2020
Session 2: July 8th - August 26th, 2020
Session 3: July 8th - August 26th, 2020
Session 4: July 10th - August 28th, 2020

You’ll learn all the basics of throwing on the wheel; how to wedge, center, and create beautiful cups and bowls for your home. No experience ... more

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Intro to the Wheel II


July 7th - August 25th, 2020

For those with some experience, Harriet will refine your skills and bring you to the next level! more

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Handbuilding


July 7th - August 25th, 2020

Handbuilding is a great class for absolute beginners to clay. It offers skills that can be used to explore making either functional or sculptural work. ... more

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Advanced Handbuilding: Using Slump Molds at Home


July 7th - August 25th, 2020

This online course is ideal for those who enjoy handbuilding and would like to stretch their creativity. You will learn how to use household objects ... more

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Screen Printing


July 7th - July 14th, 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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A Taste of Landscape Drawing


July 7th - July 15th, 2020

Each class will meet at an outside location near the FCAC. The class will cover necessary gear, techniques, and best practices for drawing outside. If ... more

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Calligraphy: Engraver’s Script


July 7th - July 28th, 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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Create Your Own Garden Planter!


July 8th - August 26th, 2020

Summer is in full swing and let's face it, plants are in style! This online course is for anyone who loves plants and would like ... more

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Alternative Process Kallitype


July 8th - July 29th, 2020

Kallitype images have a richer tonal range and are completely archival. Instructor Jon Merritt will teach you to create detailed, specialized negatives using your own ... more

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Intro to Bookbinding- Online Class


July 8th - July 29th, 2020

In this four session class, learn basic bookbinding structures that are perfect for notebooks, journals, and sketchbooks. Learn which tools, materials, and techniques are necessary ... more

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Working LARGE on the Wheel Demo (the Onggi method)


July 10th - July 10th, 2020

This class will be a demonstration on making large pots on the wheel, while using a Korean altered coiling technique called Onggi. Students will learn ... more

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Alternative Process: Cyanotype


July 10th - August 14th, 2020

Cyanotype, named for its beautiful blue image, is one of the first photographic processes ever used. Instructor Jon Merritt will teach you how to create ... more

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Monoprinting


July 11th - July 11th, 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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Freedom of the Press


July 11th - July 25th, 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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Color Film Developing Workshop


July 11th - July 11th, 2020

This SPECIAL one-day workshop will teach you how to process your own color film! Topics include preparing the solutions, the three steps process (Developer, Blix ... more

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Hard Cover Coptic Binding - Online Class


July 11th - July 25th, 2020

Learn the history and brilliance of the Hardcover Coptic Book Structure. This highly functional book is sewn with an exposed stitch to allow the pages ... more

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My Epic Summer Art Journal (ages 8-11) for kids


July 13th - July 17th, 2020

Throughout this multi-disciplinary camp youth will explore processes such as hand building in ceramics, printmaking, basic book binding, and alternative photographic processes. With each and ... more

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Tessellating Tile Class


July 13th - August 24th, 2020

This class covers all aspects of making a 12” x12” unique tile wall piece. You will design the prototype, you ‘ll learn to convert your ... more

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Figurative Sculpture: The Seated Pose


July 14th - September 1st, 2020

The seated pose is a classic in art history – it is contemplative and serene. This class is for anyone interested in figurative art – ... more

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Intro to Inkjet Printing


July 14th - July 28th, 2020

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

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Photoshop for Photographers


July 15th - August 19th, 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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Go Retro with Film: Introduction to Photography


Session 1: July 16th - August 27th, 2020
Session 2: July 16th - August 27th, 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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Youth/Family Wheel (ages 10+) for kids


July 18th - August 22nd, 2020

RESCHEDULED! 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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Digital Photography for Teens (Youth Ages 13-17)


July 20th - July 24th, 2020

Digital photography for teens is an opportunity for students to learn the fundamentals of digital photography with a professional digital camera. They will learn about ... more

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A Taste of Landscape Painting


July 21st - July 29th, 2020

Painting outside has its own challenges and opportunities! Each session we will discuss the gear, paints, palettes, brushes etc. that you need for painting outside ... more

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Intro to Digital Photography


July 21st - September 15th, 2020

Make your digital camera work for you! Learn all of the important functions of your camera, at a steady pace. In this class we will ... more

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Intro to Large Format Photography


July 21st - August 11th, 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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Pop-Ups


July 25th - July 25th, 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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Intro to Risograph Printing (Digital Screen Printing)


Session 1: July 25th - July 25th, 2020
Session 2: August 15th - August 15th, 2020
Session 3: August 22nd - August 22nd, 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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Color Film Developing Workshop


July 25th - July 25th, 2020

This SPECIAL one-day workshop will teach you how to process your own color film! Topics include preparing the solutions, the three steps process (Developer, Blix ... more

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Art at the Barn! for kids


Session 1: July 27th - July 31st, 2020
Session 2: August 10th - August 14th, 2020
Session 3: August 24th - August 28th, 2020

This camp is perfect for horse and nature-loving kids! The mornings are spent making art at the barn. We will draw from life, make anthotypes ... more

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Exploring Photography: Nature Edition! (Youth Ages 13-17)


July 27th - July 31st, 2020

Having spent months inside, we are delighted to offer this week long, half day camp, which will provide students an opportunity to both delight in ... more

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Videography: Creating a Powerful PSA (Youth Ages 12-18)


July 27th - July 31st, 2020

Public Service Announcements address important issues, educate audiences and bring awareness to issues in order to inspire social change. During this one-week PSA Youth Summer ... more

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Drawing with Walnut Ink: Online Class


August 2nd - August 9th, 2020

If you love to explore new media, or you want a short class that introduces you to some drawing technique, this is the class for ... 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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Painting the African Diaspora (Youth Ages 12-18)


August 3rd - August 7th, 2020

During this one-week program students learn about the significant impact African art plays on art history through examples of painting found within the diaspora. The ... more

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S.T.E.A.M. - Building a Functional Chair Out of Cardboard (Youth Ages 12-18)


August 3rd - August 7th, 2020

Students will discover how to incorporate science, technology, engineering, art and mathematics to design, build and create a state -of- the art custom built chair ... more

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Ceramic Image Transfer


August 5th - August 26th, 2020

There is a trend in contemporary ceramics towards highly individualized, richly graphic surface art. This 4-week survey class is perfect for anyone who wants to ... more

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Night Photography


August 5th - August 19th, 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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Building the Box!


August 7th - August 21st, 2020

Potters, ever get tired of making round objects? Here is your chance to make something square! We will learn to how to make a slab ... more

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Papermaking for Artists


August 8th - August 9th, 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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Writing with Light (Youth Ages 12–14)


August 10th - August 14th, 2020

Writing With Light is a virtual summer camp in partnership with Writers & Books! The word “photography” means, "writing with light". Combine the magic of ... more

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Digital Art: Inspiration to Production! (Youth Ages 13-17)


Session 1: August 17th - August 21st, 2020
Session 2: August 24th - August 28th, 2020

In this week-long workshop students will use the art of James Welling, presented by George Eastman Museum in the exhibition Choreograph, as a jumping off ... more

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Sculpture: Artistic Expression in Wire & Plaster


August 17th - August 31st, 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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Guided Black and White Printing


August 21st - August 21st, 2020

Bring your own negatives and photo paper for a guided gelatin silver printing session with darkroom staff. Ilford value pack is available for $30 + ... more

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Paper Marbling


August 22nd - August 22nd, 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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Mini Journal Fling


August 23rd - August 23rd, 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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Basic Studio Lighting


August 24th - August 28th, 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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Advanced Handbuilding: Focus on Alternative Techniques


September 13th - November 8th, 2020

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

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Intermediate Wheel Throwing


September 13th - November 8th, 2020

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

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Mud Slingers I (Ages 6-9) for kids


September 13th - October 25th, 2020

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

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Mudslingers II (Ages 10-13) for kids


September 13th - October 25th, 2020

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

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Intro to the Wheel I


Session 1: September 14th - November 2nd, 2020
Session 2: September 15th - November 3rd, 2020
Session 3: September 16th - November 4th, 2020
Session 4: September 17th - November 12th, 2020
Session 5: September 18th - November 13th, 2020

RESCHEDULED! 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 ... more

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Handbuilding


September 14th - November 2nd, 2020

RESCHEDULED! 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 ... more

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Advanced Wheel


September 15th - November 3rd, 2020

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

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Figurative Sculpture


September 15th - November 3rd, 2020

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

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Intro to the Wheel II


Session 1: September 16th - November 4th, 2020
Session 2: September 17th - November 12th, 2020

RESCHEDULED! 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, ... more

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Smush & Smash (Ages 3-5) for kids


September 17th - October 8th, 2020

RESCHEDULED! 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 ... more

Active Classes


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A Taste of Landscape Painting


August 13th - August 21st, 2019

Painting outside has its own challenges and opportunities! Each session we will discuss the gear, paints, palettes, brushes etc. that you need for painting outside ... more

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Colored Pencil Landscape Drawing: Online Class


May 15th - July 24th, 2020

In this course the student will be able to draw a landscape of their choice using professional grade colored pencils. Each week we will cover ... more

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Lovin’ Letterpress - Spring 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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Pottery Wheel: Focus on Slip and Underglaze Decoration


June 3rd - July 22nd, 2020

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

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Flower Power Visual Art Camp (Ages 14-17 & Families) for kids


June 10th - July 29th, 2020

Summer is arriving, flowers are blooming, and it's a great time to get creative! Flower Power is an eight-week online class featuring flower-themed projects led ... more

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Viva! Short Course on Handbuilding (Ages 55+)


June 15th - July 13th, 2020

RESCHEDULED! 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 ... more

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Intro to Pastel Painting


June 27th - July 25th, 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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Urban Sketching


June 28th - July 26th, 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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Encaustic Painting


June 28th - July 26th, 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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Lightroom Revealed Intensive


June 29th - July 3rd, 2020

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

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DIY Camp! (age 8-11) for kids


July 1st - July 27th, 2020

During this fun class Ms. Liz will meet with you on Wednesdays to show you a DIY photography based project that you can do at ... more