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


April 6th - April 10th, 2020

CANCELLED 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 ... more

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Viva! Short Course on Handbuilding (Ages 55+)


April 13th - May 18th, 2020

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

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Handbuilding


April 13th - June 1st, 2020

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

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Jewelry Making: Broach Making


April 13th - June 1st, 2020

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

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Landscape Photography


April 13th - May 18th, 2020

RESCHEDULE IN PROCESS. DATE TBD. Look at historical and contemporary landscape photography and review technical aspects and tools involved. Weekly photography assignments will be given ... 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

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

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Basic Studio Lighting


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

RESCHEDULE IN PROCESS. DATE TBD. Instruction will include various techniques in the use of the studio's White Lightning strobes in multiple lighting configurations, as well ... more

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Intro to Digital Photography


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

THIS CLASS WILL RUN AS SCHEDULED AS AN ONLINE CLASS VIA ZOOM. Make your digital camera work for you! Learn all the functions of your ... more

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TRAC: Exploring Photography- Online Class (Ages 14-17)


April 14th - June 2nd, 2020

THIS CLASS WILL RUN ONLINE AS SCHEDULED VIA ZOOM. In this 8 week online course we will look at how photographers have dealt with concepts ... more

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Figurative Sculpture


April 14th - June 2nd, 2020

RESCHEDULE IN PROCESS In this course we will focus on learning the basics of sculpting the human head from life, mirror and photographs. We will ... more

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Point and Shoot with Film


April 14th - May 5th, 2020

RESCHEDULE IN PROCESS. DATE TBD. Artist-in-Residence Fernando Muller will teach you to forget about all the technical stuff and all the gear your think you ... more

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The Artists Intent


April 14th - May 12th, 2020

RESCHEDULE IN PROCESS. DATE TBD. Learn the fundamental elements of how to present your photographs with intention with our Artist-in-Residence. Work with your photos to ... more

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Advanced Wheel


April 14th - June 2nd, 2020

RESCHEDULE IN PROCESS For the accomplished potter, Kyle will provide individualized attention, with the focus on refining your craft, and enhancing your own personal style ... more

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Intro to 3D Animation


April 15th - June 24th, 2020

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

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TRAC: Ceramics (Ages 14-17) for kids


April 15th - June 3rd, 2020

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

RESCHEDULE IN PROCESS This class is for those who have taken a wheel class previously, and want to build on their skills. You will work ... more

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Pottery Wheel: Focus on Slip and Underglaze Decoration


April 15th - June 3rd, 2020

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

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Push or Pull: Understanding Film


April 15th - May 20th, 2020

RESCHEDULE IN PROCESS. DATE TBD. What does it mean to have a good negative? In this class we’ll explore different exposure methods using interactive objects ... more

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Street Photography and Personal Documentary- Online Class


April 16th - May 21st, 2020

THIS CLASS WILL RUN ONLINE VIA ZOOM. Given the challenges we face today during a pandemic, making candid street photos in public is not only ... more

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


April 17th - June 27th, 2020

RESCHEDULE IN PROCESS. DATE TBD. "Our Vision, Our Voice" is a free program for teen girls enrolled in the Rochester City School District who are ... more

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Digital Black and White: From Vision to Print


April 17th - May 22nd, 2020

RESCHEDULE IN PROCESS. DATE TBD. Black and white is the essence of photography: it is about texture, contrast, and above all, light. Seeing light, understanding ... more

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Studio Lighting With Gels


April 18th - April 18th, 2020

RESCHEDULE IN PROCESS. DATE TBD. Try something new and experiment with using color gels in your studio lighting with Artist - in- Residence Cocoa Rae ... more

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Advanced Handbuilding: Focus on Alternative Techniques


April 19th - June 14th, 2020

RESCHEDULE IN PROCESS For those with some handbuilding experience, this class will focus on more complex projects and individual explorations are encouraged. Special consideration will ... more

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Intermediate Wheel Throwing


April 19th - June 7th, 2020

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

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Intro to Inkjet Printing


April 21st - May 5th, 2020

RESCHEDULE IN PROCESS. DATE TBD. Learn the basics of inkjet digital printing in this introductory class. We will cover preparing files in Photoshop, types of ... 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

APRIL AND MAY CLASSES POSTPONED. PLEASE REGISTER FOR THE JUNE CLASS. Create an edition of 10 prints of your own design using our RISO digital ... 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

RESCHEDULE IN PROCESS. DATE TBD. Join us for a refreshing cerveza or two during an evening of experimental film processing! Process up to two rolls ... more

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Intro to Photoshop Intensive- Online Class


May 4th - May 20th, 2020

Get appropriately social and learn some new skills! This online class is for those who are striving to begin a step by step process of ... more

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Intro to InDesign Intensive- Online Class


May 5th - May 21st, 2020

Take advantage of time at home and learn some new skills during this online class with Mark J. Watts! Do you want to learn how ... more

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Smush & Smash (Ages 3-5) for kids


May 7th - May 28th, 2020

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

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Mud, Moms, & Mimosas


May 9th - May 9th, 2020

RESCHEDULE IN PROCESS Bring your mom, your grandma, your aunt or your best friend for a morning spent sipping mimosas and playing in the mud. ... more

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Darkroom Toning Workshop


May 12th - June 2nd, 2020

RESCHEDULE IN PROCESS. DATE TBD. Transform your silver gelatin prints using toners! Explore Selenium, Sepia, Copper and Iron Blue to achieve rich burgundy, brown, peach, ... more

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Make Your Own House Numbers


May 16th - May 30th, 2020

RESCHEDULE IN PROGRESS Make your home even more unique by designing your own house numbers in clay, using our vintage wood type as a stamp! ... more

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Youth/Family Wheel for kids


May 17th - June 21st, 2020

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

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Mud Slingers I (Ages 6-9) for kids


May 17th - June 21st, 2020

RESCHEDULE IN PROCESS Mudslingers will give young artists an understanding of the handbuilding process, from working the clay, to creating and glazing their own unique ... more

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Mudslingers II (Ages 10-13) for kids


May 17th - June 21st, 2020

RESCHEDULE IN PROCESS Mudslingers will give young artists an understanding of the handbuilding process, from working the clay, to creating and glazing their own unique ... more

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Building a Photobook


May 19th - June 23rd, 2020

RESCHEDULE IN PROCESS. DATE TBD. This production class is designed for photographers and artists who would like to build a publishable book. Students will learn ... more

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Photoshop for Photographers


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

RESCHEDULE IN PROCESS. DATE TBD. This course covers techniques used in making and editing photographs to gain efficiencies and quality improvements. Students will learn the ... more

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Urban Sketching


May 31st - July 19th, 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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Lovin’ Letterpress - Spring 2020


June 1st - July 20th, 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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Intro to Photoshop - One Week Intensive


June 1st - June 5th, 2020

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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Fundamentals of Drawing


June 2nd - July 21st, 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: June 2nd - June 9th, 2020
Session 2: 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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Intaglio Printmaking II


June 3rd - July 8th, 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


June 3rd - July 8th, 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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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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Introduction to Oil Painting


June 4th - July 23rd, 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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MudBooks Project: The Class


June 4th - July 2nd, 2020

RESCHEDULE IN PROCESS Be a part of the MudBooks project. You can not only write the book, but make it as well! In this innovative ... 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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Paper Marbling


June 6th - June 6th, 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


June 7th - 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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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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Intro to Large Format Photography


June 15th - June 19th, 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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Learning to See: Translating Visual Scenes into Drawings


June 16th - June 30th, 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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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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Papermaking for Artists


June 17th - June 18th, 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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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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Intro to Pastel Painting


June 20th - July 18th, 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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Sculpture: Artistic Expression in Wire & Plaster


June 22nd - July 6th, 2020

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

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Go Retro with Film: Introduction to Photography Intensive


Session 1: June 22nd - June 26th, 2020
Session 2: June 22nd - June 26th, 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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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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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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Intro to Bookbinding


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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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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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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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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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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Paper Marbling


November 6th - November 7th, 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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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


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