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. 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 also working to develop a series of week-long summer youth camps. The camps will be for ages 5-7 and 8-11. They will be small groups (no more than 6) in order to maintain social distancing, and will be a mix of indoor and outdoor art activities. If you are interested in enrolling your child in one of our camps and would like to be added to our list, please send an email to director@rochesterarts.org.

Although we will have staff at times in the building, 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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MudBooks Project: The Class


June 4th - July 2nd, 2020

RESCHEDULING!Be a part of the MudBooks project. You can not only write the book, but make it as well! In this innovative 5 week class ... more

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VIVA! Photographing Plants and Flowers


June 5th - June 26th, 2020

In this zoom class we will spend time learning tips and tricks for photographing plants and flowers. Take time to get out and enjoy nature, ... more

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Photography: Light and White Balance


June 5th - June 5th, 2020

The word photography means “writing with light”. In this class you will learn how to see light and take advantage of a range of light ... more

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Bookbinding: Hardcover Long and Link - Online Class


June 6th - June 20th, 2020

Learn how to create a book structure that is a combination of the hardcover with the Long and Link. A unique part of this binding ... more

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June: Sunday Afternoon Artist Talks


Session 1: June 7th - June 7th, 2020
Session 2: June 14th - June 14th, 2020
Session 3: June 21st - June 21st, 2020
Session 4: June 28th - June 28th, 2020

Join us on Zoom for Sunday Afternoon Artist Talks. Each artist will give a presentation about their work and answer questions. The talks are free ... more

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Candid Street Photography


June 9th - July 28th, 2020

Get a crash course on what makes Street Photography such an exciting photographic genre. In this online class, we will explore and study the works ... 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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Personal Documentary Photography


June 11th - July 30th, 2020

Given the challenges we face today during a pandemic, making photos can be a healthy way to equally escape and embrace the world in which ... 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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Beer + Film: Experimental Film Processing Workshop (21+)


June 13th - June 13th, 2020

RESCHEDULED!! Join us for a refreshing cerveza or two during an evening of experimental film processing! Process up to two rolls of black & white ... 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 Large Format Photography Intensive


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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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


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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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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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 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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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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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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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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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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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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Writing with Light (Ages 12–14) for kids


August 10th - August 14th, 2020

The word “photography” means, "writing with light". Combine the magic of photography with the power of your words. Using your own digital camera or cell ... 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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Intro to Risograph Printing (Digital Screen Printing)


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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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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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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Intro to Digital Photography Online


Session 1: April 14th - May 26th, 2020
Session 2: April 20th - June 8th, 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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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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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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DIY Camp ONLINE for Youth (age 11-17) for kids


April 20th - June 10th, 2020

FREE Online class! During this fun class Ms. Liz will meet with you on Monday to show you a DIY project that you can do ... 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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Building a Photobook


May 19th - June 23rd, 2020

CANCELLED. This production class is designed for photographers and artists who would like to build a publishable book. Students will learn the techniques of image ... more

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Photoshop for Photographers


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

CANCELLED. This course covers techniques used in making and editing photographs to gain efficiencies and quality improvements. Students will learn the appropriate skills and techniques ... more

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Linoleum Block Printing for Beginners: Online Class


May 21st - June 11th, 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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Anthotypes: Printing with Spices and Plants


May 23rd - June 13th, 2020

Learn how to easily create beautiful photographic prints from spices, fruits and vegetables, with the amazing anthotype process. In each class, Kylie will share simple ... more

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Landscape Photography: Definition, Tools and Practice


May 25th - June 15th, 2020

The definitions and representations of “landscape” in the fine arts have greatly evolved since the early inception of the genre (in painting and drawing then) ... 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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Learning to See (for beginners) - Online Class


June 2nd - June 9th, 2020

Translating visual scenes into drawings! Learn how to see shapes, lines, color and translate them into drawings on paper. Let go of drawing fears and ... 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