Classes


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NEW: In the event of a mandated shut down due to COVID-19 during the Winter class session (January through March), full or prorated refunds will be issued in the form of a FCAC gift certificate, as appropriate. In the event of a pandemic lockdown, the Flower City Arts Center reserves the right to change open studio times and walk-in hours at our discretion. Thank you for your continued support of the Flower City Arts Center during these uncertain times.


NEW: From August 1, 2020 through March 31, 2021, or until fully exhausted, we are currently offering scholarship and tuition assistance to workers who were deemed essential during the COVID-19 pandemic situation. Essential workers include workers at: hospitals, nursing homes and other health care entities; fire stations; U.S. Post Offices; delivery companies; grocery and convenience stores; restaurant that remained open for carry-out or delivery; and the like. For more information and to fill out our essential worker tuition assistance form, please CLICK HERE. Thank you to all who donated to our Spring Donation Appeal to help make this happen!

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Upcoming Classes


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Color Film Developing Workshop


Session 1: January 12th - January 12th, 2021
Session 2: March 16th - March 16th, 2021

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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Screen Printing


Session 1: January 20th - January 27th, 2021
Session 2: February 9th - February 16th, 2021
Session 3: March 17th - March 24th, 2021

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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Sunday Afternoon Bookbinding II


February 28th - February 28th, 2021

February: For our second 2021 Bookbinding Workshop we will work with pamphlet stitch skills and leather cover books. Tools and paper supplies will be provided ... more

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Intro to InDesign


March 1st - March 22nd, 2021

Create professional layouts for business cards, newsletters, posters, or books. Learn basic tools and commands, methods of combining text, graphics and images, and how to ... more

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Sculpture: Artistic Expression in Wire & Plaster


March 2nd - March 23rd, 2021

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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Collagraph Printmaking


March 2nd - March 23rd, 2021

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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Alternative Process: Caffenol


March 6th - March 7th, 2021

WEEKEND WORKSHOP! Develop an understanding of processing black and white film and prints using Caffenol, an amazing non-toxic and eco-friendly process in which film and ... more

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Shot Glass Workshop


March 6th - March 6th, 2021

This fun one time class will take students through basic hand building techniques such as pinching, carving and sgraffito to create their own personal shot ... more

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Drawing with Walnut Ink: Online Class


March 7th - March 14th, 2021

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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Stacking the Deck


March 7th - April 4th, 2021

Poker, Tarot, Go Fish.... or a game of your own making ...it’s your choice! In this five week class students will make their own deck ... more

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Papermaking: Handmade Stationery


March 13th - March 14th, 2021

Create your own handmade paper and matching envelopes to use for correspondence or gift giving. The unique deckle edges from handmade paper on both card ... more

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Lightroom Revealed


March 15th - March 19th, 2021

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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Squarespace Website Workshop for Artists - Online Class


March 16th - March 17th, 2021

An artist needs a website to be found and show what you do, but the technology, process, and costs can seem overwhelming. Enjoy a low-tech, ... more

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Monoprinting I


March 20th - March 20th, 2021

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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Photogravure


March 27th - March 28th, 2021

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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Vandercook Refresher Class


March 27th - March 27th, 2021

Still lovin' letterpress but haven't been into the studio in a while? Brush up on your cylinder press skills while diving a bit deeper into ... more

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Sunday Afternoon Bookbinding III


March 28th - March 28th, 2021

March: In our third bookbinding Workshop we will work on Japanese Stab Binding patterns as well as reviewing our previous skills with the accordion fold, ... more

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Screen Printing


Session 1: April 7th - April 14th, 2021
Session 2: -

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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Easy One Piece Molds!


Session 1: April 10th - April 17th, 2021
Session 2: June 12th - June 19th, 2021

Try out mold making in this fun two-part workshop! We will start at the wheel (experience helpful but not required) to create a solid form ... more

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Intro to the Wheel


Session 1: April 12th - May 31st, 2021
Session 2: April 14th - June 2nd, 2021
Session 3: April 16th - June 4th, 2021
Session 4: April 19th - June 7th, 2021
Session 5: April 20th - June 8th, 2021
Session 6: April 23rd - June 11th, 2021

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


April 12th - May 24th, 2021

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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Text and Images


April 12th - May 17th, 2021

Words and pictures are seen together everywhere - online, on billboards, on menus, in artwork. In this class, we will see examples and learn how ... more

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Intro to Digital Photography


Session 1: April 13th - June 1st, 2021
Session 2: April 13th - May 25th, 2021

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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Advanced Wheel


April 13th - June 1st, 2021

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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Landscape Photography : Online


April 13th - May 18th, 2021

Look at historical and contemporary landscape photography and review technical aspects and tools involved. Weekly photography assignments will be given to solidify material. Students will ... more

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Intro to Wheel II


Session 1: April 14th - June 2nd, 2021
Session 2: April 14th - June 2nd, 2021
Session 3: April 15th - June 3rd, 2021

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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Intermediate Wheel


Session 1: April 14th - June 2nd, 2021
Session 2: April 16th - June 4th, 2021

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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Intermediate Film Photography


April 14th - June 2nd, 2021

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

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Basic Studio Lighting


April 14th - May 19th, 2021

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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Intro to Photoshop


Session 1: April 15th - June 3rd, 2021
Session 2: April 15th - June 3rd, 2021

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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The Situational Portrait


April 15th - April 29th, 2021

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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Shooting Like a Pro


April 16th - May 7th, 2021

This class will take you through the entire shoot, from concept to lighting and exposure to post processing in Lightroom and Photoshop. Learn how to ... more

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Pinch Pots & Seed Papers (ages 8 - 12) for kids


Session 1: April 19th - April 19th, 2021
Session 2: April 26th - April 26th, 2021

In this one-day kid's workshop, young artists spend the first half of class making small pinch pots inn the Ceramics Studio; the second half of ... more

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Emotional Containers: Creating Vessels to Hold Emotional Expressions


April 26th - June 14th, 2021

This workshop explores how we contain our emotions as individuals. Participants will utilize small vessel making as a means of creating containers for each of ... more

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Intro to Risograph Printing (Digital Screen Printing)


Session 1: April 28th - May 19th, 2021
Session 2: May 28th - June 18th, 2021

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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VIVA! Photographing Plants and Flowers


May 3rd - May 24th, 2021

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

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Beer + Film: Experimental Film Processing Workshop (21+)


May 5th - May 5th, 2021

Join us for an evening of experimental film processing! Process up to two rolls of Black & White 35mm or 120 film using Tecate beer. ... more

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Carved Candlesticks: Online


Session 1: May 6th - May 6th, 2021
Session 2: May 27th - May 27th, 2021

In this virtual workshop we will explore the Japanese, Kurinuki style carving technique to make one of a kind candle sticks. Participants will be able ... more

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Surface Design: Slip Decoration


May 6th - May 27th, 2021

This four-week course covers different methods of application and techniques, including sgraffitto, inlay (also known as sangam or Mishima), and trailing. The use of underglazes ... more

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Looking at Photographs


May 6th - May 20th, 2021

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

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Mom and Me on the Wheel! (ages 10+) for kids


May 15th - May 15th, 2021

Celebrate Mother's Day in the studio! In this short workshop Caitlin will help moms and kids (10 and above) experience the fun of throwing on ... more

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Hanging Planters


May 18th - June 8th, 2021

Using a variety of wheel-thrown and handbuilt techniques, you will create planters or ceramic vessels that are designed to be suspended. Artist-in-Residence Josh DiFabio will ... more

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Turning Candlesticks!


May 29th - May 29th, 2021

Caitlin will guide you in creating a candlestick on the wheel, using a plastic template. You'll be working with malleable clay to create a beautiful ... more

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Salt Printing


June 4th - June 25th, 2021

Introduced in 1839 by Henry Fox Talbot, salt printing is one of the earliest photographic processes and continues to be a viable option for artists ... more

Active Classes


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Intro to the Wheel


Session 1: January 8th - February 26th, 2021
Session 2: January 11th - March 1st, 2021
Session 3: January 15th - March 5th, 2021
Session 4: January 18th - March 8th, 2021
Session 5: January 19th -
Session 6: January 19th - March 9th, 2021
Session 7: January 20th - March 10th, 2021

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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Lovin’ Letterpress


January 11th - March 15th, 2021

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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Go Retro with Film: Introduction to Photography


Session 1: January 11th - February 22nd, 2021
Session 2: January 13th - February 24th, 2021
Session 3: February 4th - March 18th, 2021

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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Handbuilding


January 11th - March 1st, 2021

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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Fundamentals of Drawing: Online


January 12th - March 2nd, 2021

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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Photo Manipulation and Digital Compositing: Online


Session 1: January 12th - February 2nd, 2021
Session 2: February 16th - March 9th, 2021

Manifest your ideas into reality through photo manipulation and digital compositing with Photoshop! Learn how to digitally engage with photography in an experimental way. Through ... more

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Color Film Developing Workshop


Session 1: January 12th - January 12th, 2021
Session 2: March 16th - March 16th, 2021

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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Figure Sculpture


January 12th - March 2nd, 2021

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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Advanced Wheel


January 12th - March 2nd, 2021

For the accomplished potter, Kyle will provide individualized attention, with the focus on refining your craft, and enhancing your own personal style work. Included: 25 ... more

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Intro to Wheel II


Session 1: January 13th - March 3rd, 2021
Session 2: January 14th - March 4th, 2021
Session 3: January 15th - March 5th, 2021

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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Printmaking and Book Arts for Teens


January 13th - March 3rd, 2021

Come and explore different aspects of printmaking and the book arts! Students will experience a variety of printmaking techniques including relief printing and monoprints. A ... more

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Intermediate Wheel


January 13th - March 3rd, 2021

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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Introduction to Oil Painting: Online


January 14th - March 4th, 2021

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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Colored Pencil Landscape Drawing: Online Class


January 15th - March 19th, 2021

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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Experimental Darkroom Techniques


January 19th - March 2nd, 2021

In this workshop, we will explore different techniques to make contact prints, using 2D/ 3D objects on photo papers, painting with photo chemicals and household ... more

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Screen Printing


Session 1: January 20th - January 27th, 2021
Session 2: February 9th - February 16th, 2021
Session 3: March 17th - March 24th, 2021

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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Experimental Screen Printing


January 28th - March 18th, 2021

An intermediate/advanced course in silkscreen that explores the subtle and surprising forms that the process can take– from painterly to photographic to abstract! Students will ... more

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Observation to Abstraction: Online


February 1st - March 8th, 2021

Working in the media of your choice, students in this class will explore how to develop abstract themes based on observation, both of the world ... more

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Borders and Boundaries: Online


February 1st - March 8th, 2021

In this advanced photography class we will consider questions pertaining to borders and boundaries to develop a photo project around this theme. How do we ... more

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Beginner Watercolor Painting


February 2nd - March 2nd, 2021

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 a ... more

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Encaustic Art


February 2nd - March 9th, 2021

To begin the opportunity and discover unexpected results is a gift connected to Encaustics. The smell of heated wax is pleasant and the touch of ... more

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Applied 4x5: Large Format Photography


February 6th - March 27th, 2021

Further your knowledge of 4x5 photography by applying advanced techniques (film reciprocity and bellows extension factor) to gain more control over your exposures. This class ... more

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Family Wheel Time!


February 6th - March 13th, 2021

Explore the potter's wheel as a family, and make your own fantastic dishes! In this 6-week class, parents (or caregivers) and children will learn to ... more

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Intro to Fashion Photography


February 6th - March 27th, 2021

Intro to Fashion Photography; an opportunity to collaborate with fellow creatives while discovering, or rediscovering, oneself creatively. Additionally, it is a chance for photographers to ... more

VIVA! Photographing Winter Landscapes: Online image

VIVA! Photographing Winter Landscapes: Online


February 8th - March 1st, 2021

In this class we will take time to explore the work of photographers who focus on capturing the Winter Landscape. Students will gain an understanding ... more

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Handbuilding


February 8th - March 8th, 2021

Perfect for beginners or those with more experience, this 5 week class focuses on the handbuilding process through unique projects. Make a sushi tray, and ... more

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RISO: Introduction to Underground Comics


February 10th - March 10th, 2021

Students will learn different comic making strategies, including how to best manipulate principles such as composition, pacing, and scale to enhance their comic’s narrative. Technical ... more

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Botanical Drawing II: Online


February 15th - March 22nd, 2021

With this 5-week course you will learn color for botanical artists and how to properly blend and mix those colors using colored pencils. We will ... more

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Portrait Touch-Up


February 17th - March 10th, 2021

Learn the basics of touching-up & smoothing skin, enhancing eyes, subtle face & body sculpting and other techniques that will enhance your portraits. To achieve ... more

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Intro to Digital Photography


February 17th - March 24th, 2021

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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Digital Art for Teens for kids


February 18th - March 25th, 2021

Digital Art for Teens is the perfect introduction to both Photoshop and InDesign, in a fun, laid-back environment. Students will get the opportunity to design ... more

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Digital Ink: 21st Century Letterpress


February 18th - March 11th, 2021

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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Go Retro for Teens: Intro to Film Photography for kids


February 19th - March 26th, 2021

In this class teens will have an amazing opportunity to learn the fundamentals of photography from the camera to the darkroom! Learn how to use ... more

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Digital Photography for Teens (Youth Ages 13-17) for kids


February 23rd - March 23rd, 2021

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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RISO: DIY Zine Publishing


February 23rd - March 9th, 2021

Create your own underground zine using our in-house Risograph printer! Evan Bobrow will guide you through contemporary practices in small press as well as strategies ... more

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Push or Pull: Understanding Film


February 24th - March 31st, 2021

What does it mean to have a good negative? In this class we’ll explore different exposure methods using interactive objects to ensure optimal results. We’ll ... more

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Smush and Smash! Clayplay for toddlers for kids


February 25th - March 18th, 2021

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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Painting with Acrylics


February 25th - March 25th, 2021

Whether you'd like to paint with acrylics as a hobby or... show your work at the MET... I can help you to jump start your ... more

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Make Your own House Numbers!


February 25th - March 18th, 2021

Make your home even more unique by designing your own house numbers in clay, using our vintage wood type as a stamp! No experience is ... more

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Seeing in Black and White : Online


February 25th - March 18th, 2021

Black and white is the essence of photography: it is about texture, contrast, and above all, light. Seeing light, understanding it, and anticipating what the ... more

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Intaglio II


February 26th - April 2nd, 2021

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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Basic Studio Lighting


February 26th - April 2nd, 2021

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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Photography Lecture Series with Bruno Chalifour


February 26th - March 12th, 2021

This weekly photography lecture series will provide an opportunity for us to use this weird time to expand our knowledge and understanding of current issues ... more

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Intaglio I


February 26th - April 2nd, 2021

Join the ranks of artists like Picasso and Rembrandt in exploring intaglio printing! On the first night you will understand what an intaglio print consists ... more