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Upcoming Classes


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Scanning Negatives & Slides


Session 1: January 16th - January 16th, 2024
Session 2: March 26th - March 26th, 2024

Choose session 1 or session 2 of this one-day workshop. This quick and informative class will get you started on digitizing your analog negatives and ... more

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Letterpress I


Session 1: January 16th - February 20th, 2024
Session 2: March 5th - April 9th, 2024

Immerse yourself in letterpress printing! Browse our vast collection of vintage metal and wood type, image cuts, and ornaments to create a variety of projects ... more

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Flower City Painters


Session 1: January 21st - January 21st, 2024
Session 2: February 18th - February 18th, 2024
Session 3: March 17th - March 17th, 2024
Session 4: April 14th - April 14th, 2024
Session 5: May 19th - May 19th, 2024

Join us for Flower City Painters, a monthly open studio session at Flower City Arts Center—an exciting opportunity to paint alongside friends and colleagues. Running ... more

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Mudslingers One-and-Done! (ages 8 - 12) for kids


Session 1: January 21st - January 21st, 2024
Session 2: February 4th - February 4th, 2024
Session 3: March 3rd - March 3rd, 2024
Session 4: March 17th - March 17th, 2024

Caitlin will help young artists explore their creativity with these project-based workshops. The fee covers all instruction and materials, and the work will be final-fired ... more

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Color Film Developing Workshop


Session 1: January 27th - January 27th, 2024
Session 2: February 24th - February 24th, 2024

Join our one-day color film processing workshop to learn the entire C-41 process, covering solution preparation, the three-step process (Developer, Blix, Stabilizer), processing times, equipment, ... more

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Take Better Pictures


Session 1: February 2nd - March 1st, 2024
Session 2: February 28th - March 27th, 2024

Do you know how to use your camera but would like your resulting photographs to have more impact? Learn how to take better pictures by ... more

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Letterpress Zines


February 24th - February 24th, 2024

Interested in letterpress? Want to make a zine but not sure where to start? In this one-day workshop, you will design your own 8-page zine ... more

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Intro to Paste Paper


Session 1: February 27th - February 27th, 2024
Session 2: March 23rd - March 23rd, 2024

Paste paper is one of the oldest forms of decorative paper used by bookbinders and can be found in centuries-old books. The distinctive qualities of ... more

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Stay Retro


February 27th - March 26th, 2024

If you love photographing with film and working in the darkroom but need more time to practice and solidify your skills Stay Retro is right ... more

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Drypoint Etching


February 29th - February 29th, 2024

Dry-point etching explores an alternative to the traditional etching process. Without the acid or metal plates, dry-point techniques leave you with an impression you can ... more

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Alternative Process: Kallitype


March 2nd - March 23rd, 2024

The course is geared toward those with no prior exposure (pun intended) to the kallitype process, but experience in a darkroom is very helpful. The ... more

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RISO Greeting Cards


March 2nd - March 2nd, 2024

Participants will use any combination of drawing, hand-lettering, stamping, collage, etc. to create a two-layer design for a greeting card or postcard, which will then ... more

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Trace Monotype Accordions


March 3rd - March 10th, 2024

Trace Monoprinting is a simple, low-tech process that can be done without a printing press. It has a fuzzy line quality and can be quick ... more

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Learning to Draw What You See!


March 4th - March 25th, 2024

Translate visual scenes into drawings. Learn how to see shapes, lines, and colors and render them as drawings on paper. Let go of drawing fears ... more

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Intermediate Pastel Painting


March 7th - March 28th, 2024

Designed for artists with a foundational understanding of pastel techniques, this course delves deeper into the art of pastel painting, offering a dynamic exploration of ... more

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Video Workshop: Practical Effects


March 9th - March 16th, 2024

Embark on a journey into the captivating realm of practical effects in this two-part workshop and learn what it takes to bring effects to life ... more

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Hardcover Coptic Binding


March 13th - March 13th, 2024

Make your own journal or sketchbook in this afternoon bookbinding workshop! Coptic binding has been a durable and beautiful binding technique for almost two thousand ... more

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Digital Ink: 21st Century Letterpress


March 13th - April 3rd, 2024

Bring your digital design project to life in letterpress! In this class, you will learn how to translate your vision from pixels to print using ... more

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A Healing Path to a More Creative Life


March 13th - March 27th, 2024

As artists travel their “crooked path” to creative fulfillment, many have suffered disappointments and difficulties —both small and large— that leave them with the need ... more

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Gelli Plate Printing


March 16th - March 16th, 2024

Printing with gelatin plates is fun, easy, and contagious! In this three-hour workshop, you will play with found and organic shapes and objects to produce ... more

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Monoprinting


March 18th - March 25th, 2024

A monoprint is an individual, one-of-a-kind print that can be made from a variety of traditional plates (metal, wood, cardboard, plexiglass, or other nontraditional surfaces). ... more

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Intro to Lighting Studio


March 19th - April 9th, 2024

This class is designed to equip students with the skills and knowledge needed to begin their professional lighting journey and confidently operate a lighting studio ... more

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Say YES to the PRESS!


March 24th - March 24th, 2024

Explore the fascinating history of printing technology in this interactive workshop. Led by Mitch Cohen, the founding director of the Printmaking & Book Arts division, ... more

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Paper Marbling II: Suminagashi


March 30th - March 30th, 2024

In this three-hour workshop, students of all skill levels can explore the ancient art of Japanese paper marbling. Students will walk away with 10+ sheets ... more

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Collagraph Printmaking


March 30th - March 30th, 2024

Learn to make a printing block that is just as much a work of art as the resulting print. Collography is a process in which ... more

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Mindfulness Techniques for Creative Practice


April 3rd - April 17th, 2024

Neuroscience and Mysticism confirm there is an optimum state of mind for all stages of the creative process, whether you are harnessing inspiration, analyzing opportunities, ... more

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Writing with Light (Ages 12 - 14)


Session 1: August 5th - August 9th, 2024
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Click Here To RegisterThe word photography means “writing with light.” Using a 35mm film camera (provided) and a pen and notebook, we will explore the ... more

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Poetry, Pottery, & Paper (Age 8 – 11) for kids


Session 1: August 5th - August 9th, 2024
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Click Here to RegisterThis collaboration between Writers & Books and the Flower City Arts Center provides a unique opportunity to merge visual arts with creative ... more

Active Classes


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Intro to Video Editing


Session 1: January 8th - March 18th, 2024
Session 2: January 8th - March 18th, 2024

Unlock the world of video and unleash your creative potential with this introductory course in video editing. This class will teach you how to import ... more

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Intro to the Wheel


Session 1: January 9th - February 27th, 2024
Session 2: January 10th - February 28th, 2024
Session 3: January 12th - March 1st, 2024
Session 4: January 20th - March 9th, 2024
Session 5: January 21st - March 10th, 2024
Session 6: January 22nd - March 11th, 2024

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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Video Production For Teens


January 9th - March 19th, 2024

Explore the exciting world of video production! This comprehensive class offers a unique opportunity for anyone passionate or curious about filmmaking to dive deep and ... more

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Advanced Wheel


January 9th - February 27th, 2024

For the accomplished potter, Kyle will provide individualized attention, with the focus on refining your craft, and enhancing your own personal style work. Included: 20 ... more

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Intro to Adobe Photoshop


Session 1: January 10th - February 7th, 2024
Session 2: February 9th - March 8th, 2024

Learn the basics of Adobe Photoshop, such as tools including move, crop, marquee, rubber stamp, paint bucket, etc.; functions including exposure, brightness/contrast, and color balance; ... more

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Animals at Home


January 10th - February 28th, 2024

Use handbuilding methods to produce animal sculptures for the home! We will spend the first class introducing handbuilding and having a conversation about how we'll ... more

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Intermediate Wheel


Session 1: January 10th - February 28th, 2024
Session 2: January 22nd - March 11th, 2024

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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Intro to Hand Papermaking


Session 1: January 10th - January 31st, 2024
Session 2: February 6th - February 27th, 2024

In this introductory workshop, students will learn the basics of hand papermaking, including pulp preparation, sheet forming, couching, pressing, and drying. Experiment with different methods, ... more

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Intro to Digital Photography


Session 1: January 10th - February 21st, 2024
Session 2: February 15th - March 28th, 2024

Make your digital camera work for you and learn all of its important functions at a steady pace. In this class, we will cover manually ... more

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Bits & Baubles


January 11th - February 29th, 2024

With basic handbuilding skills, we will try to capture the magic of a perfect pebble from the beach or a strange figurine from the thrift ... more

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Fundamentals of Drawing


Session 1: January 11th - February 15th, 2024
Session 2: January 23rd - February 27th, 2024

In this class, students focus on developing observational skills and drawing techniques using various drawing media. No prior experience with drawing is required or expected. ... more

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Intro to Wheel II


Session 1: January 12th - March 1st, 2024
Session 2: January 13th - March 2nd, 2024

This class is for those who have taken a wheel class previously and want to build on their skills. You will work on skill-building exercises ... more

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Letterpress I


Session 1: January 16th - February 20th, 2024
Session 2: March 5th - April 9th, 2024

Immerse yourself in letterpress printing! Browse our vast collection of vintage metal and wood type, image cuts, and ornaments to create a variety of projects ... more

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Scanning Negatives & Slides


Session 1: January 16th - January 16th, 2024
Session 2: March 26th - March 26th, 2024

Choose session 1 or session 2 of this one-day workshop. This quick and informative class will get you started on digitizing your analog negatives and ... more

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Tiny Treasures - Ceramic Jewelry Intensive


January 19th - February 23rd, 2024

In this 6-week course, you will create personalized ceramic jewelry using simple handbuilding techniques. You'll learn to make designs out of clay, some different surface ... more

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Flower City Painters


Session 1: January 21st - January 21st, 2024
Session 2: February 18th - February 18th, 2024
Session 3: March 17th - March 17th, 2024
Session 4: April 14th - April 14th, 2024
Session 5: May 19th - May 19th, 2024

Join us for Flower City Painters, a monthly open studio session at Flower City Arts Center—an exciting opportunity to paint alongside friends and colleagues. Running ... more

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Mudslingers One-and-Done! (ages 8 - 12) for kids


Session 1: January 21st - January 21st, 2024
Session 2: February 4th - February 4th, 2024
Session 3: March 3rd - March 3rd, 2024
Session 4: March 17th - March 17th, 2024

Caitlin will help young artists explore their creativity with these project-based workshops. The fee covers all instruction and materials, and the work will be final-fired ... more

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Teen Wheel (ages 13 - 19)


January 21st - March 10th, 2024

This is a basic introduction to throwing pots on the wheel. In this 8-week class, you'll learn to center, pull a cylinder, and turn clay ... more

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Intro to Watercolor Painting


January 22nd - February 26th, 2024

Beginner watercolor art classes are the perfect way to explore and express your inner artist. If you have never painted before or are looking for ... more

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VIVA! Short Course on Handbuilding (Ages 55+)


January 22nd - February 26th, 2024

VIVA (Vitality in the Visual Arts) classes are open to adults 55+ who are interested in exploring the arts. In this six-week class, you will ... more

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Handbuilding


January 22nd - March 11th, 2024

Learn traditional methods like pinching, coil, and slab to build functional and/or sculptural work. Handbuilding is very versatile, and the techniques can be used to ... more

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Figure Sculpture


January 23rd - March 12th, 2024

This class will examine modern and historical representations of the figure in art. Students will spend the first four weeks of the class sculpting small-scale ... more

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Color Film Developing Workshop


Session 1: January 27th - January 27th, 2024
Session 2: February 24th - February 24th, 2024

Join our one-day color film processing workshop to learn the entire C-41 process, covering solution preparation, the three-step process (Developer, Blix, Stabilizer), processing times, equipment, ... more

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Winter Waterfalls


January 27th - March 2nd, 2024

Join us in this awe-inspiring adventure experience as we photograph the ice-bound gorges of western New York. Visit places like Akron Falls, the Ludlowville/ Ithaca ... more

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Digital Photography for Teens for kids


January 29th - March 25th, 2024

Digital Photography for Teens gives young students an opportunity to learn the fundamentals of operating a professional digital camera. Learn about aperture, shutter speed, ISO, ... more

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Intro to Bookbinding


January 29th - March 4th, 2024

Have you ever looked at beautiful hand-made books and wondered how they were created but didn't know where to start? If so, this is the ... more

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Adobe Lightroom


January 30th - February 27th, 2024

Adobe Lightroom is a powerful tool that offers more than basic photo editing. Learn Lightroom with this practical class, and go beyond basic photo editing. ... more

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Concert & Event Photography


January 31st - March 9th, 2024

Capturing images at a concert or event can be challenging. Managing lighting, stage setups, venues, and musicians presents a unique set of difficulties. In this ... more

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Take Better Pictures


Session 1: February 2nd - March 1st, 2024
Session 2: February 28th - March 27th, 2024

Do you know how to use your camera but would like your resulting photographs to have more impact? Learn how to take better pictures by ... more

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Intro to Screen Printing


February 13th - February 27th, 2024

This workshop will cover the basics of the screen printing process from start to finish. Creating imagery, transferring the image to the screen, printing, and ... more

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Advanced Watercolor & Mixed-Media


February 16th - March 22nd, 2024

This class is for artists interested in learning advanced watercolor techniques while exploring collage and mixed media. Develop a strong conceptual foundation for new artworks ... more

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Video Workshop: Interviews


February 17th - February 24th, 2024

Learn essential skills to utilize the most common video production format in your own videos. From documentary filmmakers, all the way to YouTube commentators, people ... more

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Go Retro for Teens: Intro to Film Photography for kids


February 19th - February 23rd, 2024

During this week-long class, teens will have an amazing opportunity to learn photography fundamentals, from the camera to the darkroom to printing! Students will learn ... more

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Large Format: Studio Portrait


February 20th - March 19th, 2024

Larger negatives yield stunning prints with intricate details, surpassing the capabilities of 35mm format. Throughout this course, participants will get plenty of hands-on experience working ... more

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Letterpress II


February 22nd - March 28th, 2024

This class is a continuation of Letterpress I with greater emphasis on more complicated typography and press troubleshooting. Participants will leave this class with the ... more