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Upcoming 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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Watercolor Painting


January 13th - February 24th, 2020

Take your watercolor paintings to the next level or learn the basics. We'll cover how to plan your painting no matter the subject. We will ... more

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Intro to the Wheel I


Session 1: January 14th - March 3rd, 2020
Session 2: January 15th - March 4th, 2020
Session 3: January 16th - March 5th, 2020
Session 4: January 22nd - March 11th, 2020
Session 5: January 27th - March 16th, 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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Go Retro with Film: Introduction to Photography


Session 1: January 14th - March 3rd, 2020
Session 2: January 16th - February 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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TRAC: Exploring Photography (Ages 14-17) for kids


January 14th - March 10th, 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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Fundamentals of Drawing


January 14th - March 10th, 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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Alternative Techniques in Collage


January 14th - March 3rd, 2020

Learn approaches to making collages through analog and digital processes. You will create collages and explore different approaches to manipulate and reproduce them through various ... more

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Handbuilding


January 14th - March 3rd, 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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Advanced Wheel


January 14th - March 3rd, 2020

For the accomplished potter, Chea 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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TRAC: Ceramics (Ages 14-17) for kids


January 15th - March 4th, 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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Intro to the Wheel II


Session 1: January 15th - March 4th, 2020
Session 2: January 23rd - March 12th, 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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Viva! Short Course on Handbuilding (Ages 55+)


January 16th - February 13th, 2020

Perfect for beginners or those with more experience, this class focuses on the handbuilding process through unique projects. Make a wine cooler, sushi tray, and ... more

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


January 16th - March 5th, 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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Intro to Risograph Printing


Session 1: January 16th - January 16th, 2020
Session 2: February 1st - February 1st, 2020

Learn what all the hype is about! Students will print an edition of 10, 3-color 8.5”x11” prints of their own design created during this workshop. ... more

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Intro to Digital Photography


Session 1: January 16th - March 5th, 2020
Session 2: January 27th - March 16th, 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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Master Class on Teapots


January 17th - February 21st, 2020

Kyle says “If you can design a teapot, you can make anything!” This 6-week class will focus on each component in succession: body, spout, lid, ... more

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Friday Fling! Riso Posters!


January 17th - January 17th, 2020

Join us for an evening of Riso fun! We will be printing 11”x17” posters from your own collage creations. Posters will have a preprinted base ... more

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Advanced Handbuilding: focus on Alternative Techniques


January 17th - March 6th, 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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Matting & Framing


January 18th - January 18th, 2020

Learn how to cut precision mats and finish your work in an exhibition quality frame. Bring a selection of prints, color or black and white, ... more

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Introduction to Oil Painting


January 19th - March 15th, 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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Paper Marbling


January 19th - January 19th, 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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Winter Light


January 22nd - January 29th, 2020

A (frozen) river runs through it. We will photographically explore sections of the Genesee River and gorge as it winds through the Rochester Region. Photograph ... more

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Youth/Family Wheel (ages 10+) for kids


January 26th - March 8th, 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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Mud Slingers I (Ages 6-9) for kids


January 26th - March 15th, 2020

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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Intermediate Wheel Throwing


January 26th - March 15th, 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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Mud Slingers II (10-13) for kids


January 26th - March 15th, 2020

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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Figurative Sculpture: the maquette and the vessel


January 27th - March 16th, 2020

This class will take a look at modern and historical representations of the figure in art. Students will spend the first four weeks of the ... more

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Intermediate B&W Film Photography


January 27th - March 16th, 2020

Take your 35mm FILM photography skills to the next level! Learn new darkroom techniques and how to think critically about the photographs you take. Topics ... more

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Photoshop for Photographers


January 27th - March 2nd, 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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Guided Black and White Printing


Session 1: January 31st - January 31st, 2020
Session 2: February 21st - February 21st, 2020
Session 3: March 20th - March 20th, 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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Mini Journal Fling


February 2nd - February 2nd, 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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Screen Printing


Session 1: February 4th - February 11th, 2020
Session 2: March 3rd - March 10th, 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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Basic Studio Lighting


February 4th - March 10th, 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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Smush & Smash (Ages 3-5) for kids


February 6th - February 27th, 2020

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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Meet the Flower City Arts Center


Session 1: February 6th - February 6th, 2020
Session 2: March 9th - March 9th, 2020

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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Creating Letterpress Plates with Adobe Illustrator


February 6th - February 27th, 2020

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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Image Transfers on Wood


February 8th - February 8th, 2020

A great handmade Valentine craft! Learn how to make stunning personalized and giftable objects by transferring your images on to wood with this fun and ... more

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Be My Valentine! Family Jewelry Class (Ages 4+) for kids


February 8th - February 8th, 2020

Create one-of-a-kind beads and pendants, using textured mats and handbuilding techniques. You'll be able to add color with underglaze. Ages 4 and up, accompanied by ... more

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Encaustic Painting


February 9th - March 1st, 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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The Skin I'm In


February 15th - February 15th, 2020

Learn the importance of lighting techniques and diversity in photography. Learn how multiple sources of light impacts many types of skin tones and images. Likewise, ... more

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Flash! Fiction and Photography (Ages 14-17) for kids


February 17th - February 21st, 2020

**Call Writers & Books, 585-473-2590 x107 for more information or to register.** In this collaborative experience with Writers & Books students will create their own ... more

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Sports Photography: Amerks


February 17th - March 2nd, 2020

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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Linoleum Block Printing


February 18th - March 10th, 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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One Step Beyond with your DSLR


February 18th - March 24th, 2020

Expand your knowledge of your camera through an in-depth analysis of what your camera can and cannot do, shooting assignments, critiques, and examples from famous ... more

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Intro to Medium Format Photography


February 18th - March 24th, 2020

Learn how to use a Medium Format camera with Artist in Residence Fernando! Use 120 film on field trips, photograph in the studio, and participate ... more

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Snapshot to Series


February 19th - March 25th, 2020

Take your photography beyond single images and develop a long-term project into a coherent body of work in this advanced class. Study the work of ... more

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Intro to Bookbinding


February 19th - March 11th, 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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VIVA! Archive to Album


February 22nd - February 23rd, 2020

Create or rebuild a photo album using the correct methods and materials to preserve precious memories for generations to come. Transfer a box full of ... more

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Alternative Process: Kallitype


February 25th - March 17th, 2020

The art of the wet print is revived in this fusion of digital printing and ancient photographic processes. You'll create highly detailed, specialized negatives using ... 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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Calligraphy: Engraver’s Script


March 3rd - March 24th, 2020

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

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Viva! Creating Personal Stationery


March 4th - March 25th, 2020

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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Looking at Photographs


March 5th - March 19th, 2020

Learn what makes a great photograph and why some images have a vibrant spirit about them, while others seem flat or boring. In this course ... more

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Ethiopian Book Structure


March 5th - March 19th, 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

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Photogravure


March 7th - March 8th, 2020

In this workshop students will learn how to print their photographic images on our etching presses in the Printmaking Studio! Learn how to create digital ... more

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Friday Fling: Book Arts


March 13th - March 13th, 2020

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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Pop-Ups


March 14th - March 14th, 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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Monoprinting


March 14th - March 14th, 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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Lightroom Revealed


March 16th - March 20th, 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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Papermaking for Artists


March 18th - March 19th, 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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Candid Street Photography


March 19th - March 26th, 2020

Get a crash course on what makes Street Photography such an exciting genre. Candid street photography is one of the oldest genres of photography. In ... more

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Friday Fling: Ceramics


March 20th - March 20th, 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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Color Film Developing Workshop


March 20th - March 20th, 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

Active Classes


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TRAC: Exploring Photography (Ages 14-17) for kids


October 1st - November 23rd, 2019

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: Ceramics (Ages 14-17) for kids


October 2nd - November 23rd, 2019

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) for kids


October 3rd - November 23rd, 2019

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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Encaustic Painting


November 3rd - November 24th, 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! Creating Personal Stationery (Ages 55+)


November 5th - November 26th, 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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Cyanotype & Toning Workshop


November 5th - December 3rd, 2019

The art of making wet prints is revived in this fusion of digital and historic photographic process. You’ll create highly detailed, specialized negatives for the ... more

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Calligraphy: Engraver’s Script


November 19th - December 10th, 2019

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