Classes


The welfare of our staff, teachers, students, and artists is critical. To view all of our current updates and our face mask, hygiene. and other safety requirements, please visit our Facilities page here. UPDATED: 3/02/21

NEW: In the event of a mandated shut down due to COVID-19 during the Spring class session (April through June), 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 MEMBERSHIP OFFER THROUGH JUNE 20, 2021 FOR SPRING 2021 CLASSES ONLY

Find any class you're interested on our website, register at the non-member rate, and fill out the contact form here. At the end of the class, if you decide to become a member*, you'll receive a discount off the membership equal to the discount you would have received if you had been a member.

For example: A person takes our Color Film Developing class for $85 and at the end of the class they sign up for a membership*. The membership rate for that class was $65, providing a $20 discount. Instead of paying $60 for an individual membership, the new member would pay $40 for the year and take advantage of all member benefits and discounts throughout the year.

*This discount is available toward the Senior/Student and Individual membership levels for brand new members only.


Information on general tuition assistance for classes at Flower City Arts Center can be found here.



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Upcoming Classes


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Easy One Piece Molds!


Session 1: April 10th - April 17th, 2021
Session 2: June 19th - June 26th, 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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Vandercook Refresher Class


Session 1: June 19th - June 19th, 2021
Session 2: August 21st - August 21st, 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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Intro to Wheel II


Session 1: June 30th - August 18th, 2021
Session 2: July 1st - August 19th, 2021
Session 3: July 7th - August 25th, 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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Studio 678: Photography & Writing Program


Session 1: July 5th - July 30th, 2021
Session 2: July 5th - July 30th, 2021

Studio 678 is a FREE 20 session summer photography and writing program for 6th, 7th, and 8th graders who attend a Rochester City School District ... more

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Intro to the Wheel


Session 1: July 5th - August 23rd, 2021
Session 2: July 7th - August 25th, 2021
Session 3: July 8th - August 26th, 2021
Session 4: July 8th - August 26th, 2021
Session 5: July 9th - August 27th, 2021
Session 6: July 9th - August 27th, 2021
Session 7: July 12th - August 30th, 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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Handbuilding


Session 1: July 5th - August 23rd, 2021
Session 2: July 7th - August 25th, 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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A Taste of Landscape Drawing


July 6th - July 14th, 2021

Each class will meet at an outside location near FCAC. The class will cover necessary gear, techniques, and best practices for drawing outside. If it ... more

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Go Retro with Film: Introduction to Photography


Session 1: July 6th - August 17th, 2021
Session 2: July 8th - August 19th, 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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Figure Sculpture


July 6th - August 24th, 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


July 6th - August 24th, 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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Take Better Pictures


July 6th - August 24th, 2021

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

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Alternative Process: Cyanotype


July 6th - August 3rd, 2021

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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Intro to Photoshop: Online


July 7th - August 25th, 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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Make it! Simple Hardcover Notebook


Session 1: July 7th - July 7th, 2021
Session 2: August 4th - August 4th, 2021

Drop into the Bookbinding Studio for this one day workshop where you will learn how to create a basic hardcover notebook from start to finish. ... more

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Screen Printing Basics


Session 1: July 7th - July 14th, 2021
Session 2: August 11th - August 18th, 2021

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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Intermediate Wheel


Session 1: July 7th - August 25th, 2021
Session 2: July 9th - August 27th, 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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How to Use Your Flash


July 7th - July 14th, 2021

Many of us have a flash accessory but are not quite sure how to use it. In this class you will find out how to ... more

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Intro to Digital Photography


July 7th - August 18th, 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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Color Film Photography


July 7th - August 25th, 2021

Take your film photography to another level with this extensive hands-on color film photography class. Have fun and learn about color film choices, get tips ... more

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Smush and Smash! Clayplay for toddlers for kids


July 8th - July 29th, 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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Chia Pet Time!


Session 1: July 8th - July 8th, 2021
Session 2: July 15th - July 15th, 2021
Session 3: July 22nd - July 22nd, 2021

In this short workshop you can build your own, personal, fantastic chia pet! Kate will walk through handbuilding techniques to help you create your own ... more

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Print 101: Survey of Printmaking


July 8th - July 29th, 2021

In this introductory course students will learn the history, science, and possibilities of printmaking through demonstrations and hands-on projects. Participants will experience a variety of ... more

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Intro to Risograph Printing (Digital Screen Printing)


July 8th - July 29th, 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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Landscape & Botanical Drawing in Highland Park


Session 1: July 9th - July 30th, 2021
Session 2: August 6th - August 20th, 2021

In this class students will be instructed in various drawing techniques while finding inspiration in the landscapes and botanical intricacies of Highland Park. A suggested ... more

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Intermediate Bookbinding


July 9th - July 30th, 2021

Build on your binding skills while exploring hardcover book structures in this intermediate-level class. Students will learn to create the Flatback Case Binding (the classic ... more

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The Art of Fine Printing, etc.


July 9th - August 13th, 2021

We’ll learn whatever students want to learn. The goal is to come away knowing something that can help you enjoy your own photography. We’ll talk ... more

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Waterfalls


July 10th - August 28th, 2021

Waterfalls present themselves as a wonderful and challenging subject matter to photographers. We are fortunate to live in an area that abounds with these glorious ... more

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Paper Marbling


July 10th - July 10th, 2021

Discover the joy of paper marbling in this hands-on workshop! Learn traditional marbling techniques with combs and rakes and be guided through the process of ... more

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Papermaking from Recycled Materials


July 11th - July 11th, 2021

Give new life to your waste paper! Bring in your old letters, junk mail, science tests, journals, etc. and learn how to recycle them into ... more

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Mudslingers (ages 6 - 9) for kids


July 11th - August 15th, 2021

Mudslingers will give young artists an understanding of the handbuilding process, from working the clay, to creating and glazing their own unique visions! Included in ... more

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Mudslingers (ages 10 - 13) for kids


July 11th - August 15th, 2021

Mudslingers will give young artists an understanding of the handbuilding process, from working the clay, to creating and glazing their own unique visions! Included in ... more

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Teen Week of Wheel! (ages 12 - 19)


July 12th - July 16th, 2021

Spend a week in the studio throwing on the wheel with Josi. She will also teach you to use handbuilt elements to decorate and enhance ... more

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VIVA! Short Course on Handbuilding (Ages 55+)


July 12th - August 9th, 2021

VIVA classes are open to adults 55+ who are interested in exploring the arts. In this five-week class you will learn different methods of working ... more

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Lovin’ Letterpress


Session 1: July 12th - August 2nd, 2021
Session 2: August 9th - August 30th, 2021

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

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Night Photography


July 12th - August 9th, 2021

Explore various aspects of photographing (using film or digital) at twilight and at night. Students will practice night photography outdoors as a group at various ... more

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Ceramic Jewelry


July 17th - July 31st, 2021

With simple handbuilding techniques you will create personalized ceramic jewelry. Expect to make two pairs of earrings, two pendants, and two brooches. In the first ... more

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Lumen Printing


July 17th - July 24th, 2021

Try the art of camera-less photography in this Lumen Printing class. By placing objects onto light sensitive photo paper and exposing it to UV light, ... more

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Freedom of the Press


July 17th - July 31st, 2021

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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Lightroom Revealed: ONLINE


July 19th - July 23rd, 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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A Taste of Plein Air Painting


July 20th - July 28th, 2021

Painting outside has its own challenges and opportunities! During each session we will discuss the gear, paints, palettes, brushes etc. that you need for painting ... more

Digital Ink: 21st Century Letterpress image

Digital Ink: 21st Century Letterpress


July 21st - August 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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Beginner Watercolor Painting


August 2nd - August 6th, 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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Landscape Photography: Tryon Park


August 3rd - August 24th, 2021

Join us as we explore and photograph the beautiful and varied landscapes of Tryon Park. Tryon is located just off of North Winton Road between ... more

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Urban Sketching


August 3rd - August 31st, 2021

Learn to make ink and watercolor drawings in a sketchbook. During the class students will learn the basic skills of ink and watercolor drawing. By ... more

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Non-Toxic Oil Painting


August 4th - August 25th, 2021

For this course, students will learn about the fundamentals of oil painting through an exploration of techniques and concepts to advance their understanding. Students will ... more

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Linoleum Block Reduction Printing


August 4th - August 25th, 2021

Students will print an edition using one block for several layers of color. Instruction covers tips for creating a strong print, planning the colors and ... more

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Intro to Woodcut Relief Printing


August 6th - August 27th, 2021

Woodcut block printing is the forerunner of linoleum printing. Learn to use the grain of the wood to create texture and mood in this exciting ... more

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Sunday Afternoon Bookbinding Workshop


August 8th - August 8th, 2021

On Sunday afternoons in the Bookbinding Workshop we will work on a variety of binding styles including the accordion fold, matchbook, perfect bound, pamphlet stitch, ... more

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Summer Camp: Poetry, Pottery, & Paper (ages 8-11) for kids


August 9th - August 13th, 2021

NOTE: This camp is a hybrid camp. Students will spend the mornings, 9 am-12 pm, in-person at the Flower City Arts Center, 713 Monroe Avenue ... more

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Summer Camp: Teen Zine


August 9th - August 13th, 2021

Create your own zine in this exciting new collaboration between Flower City Arts Center and Writers & Books. Short for magazines, zines are small circulations ... more

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Screen to Screen: Screen Printing & Illustration


August 9th - August 30th, 2021

For this course, students will learn about the fundamentals of silk screen printing by transforming their illustrations through digital methods into screenprints. Over the course ... more

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Photographing Ceramics


August 10th - August 24th, 2021

Learn to photograph your ceramic works in our lighting studio with Jon Merritt. In this class Jon will give you some easy formulas, tips and ... more

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Affinity Photo: Software Demo ONLINE


Session 1: August 10th - August 10th, 2021
Session 2: August 24th - August 24th, 2021

Looking for a full featured photo editing software that doesn't cost an arm or a leg or tie you into monthly payments? Affinity Photo may ... more

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Print 201: Inky Business


August 14th - August 14th, 2021

In this one-day workshop students will be introduced to new skills in ink application for oil-based printing processes. Instruction will include selective inking for intaglio, ... more

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Color Film Developing Workshop


August 14th - August 14th, 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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Intro to Digital Photography: Intensive


August 23rd - August 27th, 2021

In this one-week intensive class you will learn all the functions of your digital camera, including manually adjusting aperture, shutter speed, and ISO, exposure modes, ... more

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Monoprinting


August 28th - August 28th, 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

Active Classes


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Easy One Piece Molds!


Session 1: April 10th - April 17th, 2021
Session 2: June 19th - June 26th, 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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Teen Wheel (ages 13 - 19)


April 18th - June 20th, 2021

This is a basic introduction to throwing pots on the wheel. In this 8 week class, Caitlin will teach you to center, pull a cylinder, ... more

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Botanical Drawing II: Online


May 17th - June 21st, 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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Print to Pages: Gelli Plate Printing


May 17th - June 21st, 2021

Gelli plate printing can be a simple surprise or a planned composition. We will use many different types of papers, paints and tools too. The ... more

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When Words Meet Pictures


May 18th - June 22nd, 2021

Words can add impact and change the meaning of images. In this photography class we will view examples and learn how many different artists have ... more

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Intro to Lighting Studio Photography


May 25th - June 22nd, 2021

Come and play with Coca Rae in Flower City Arts Center's lighting studio! This introductory class will give beginners the technical skills they need to ... more

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Night Photography


May 26th - June 23rd, 2021

Explore various aspects of photographing (using film or digital) at twilight and at night. Students will practice night photography outdoors as a group at various ... more

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Shoot Like a Pro


June 4th - June 25th, 2021

This class will take you through and teach you the workflow for a professional studio photo shoot. From concept, lighting and exposure, to post processing ... 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

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Halo-Chrome Toning


June 10th - June 24th, 2021

Halo-Chrome is a unique toner that can be used in the darkroom to transform black and white prints into pure metallic silver. In this workshop, ... more

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Vandercook Refresher Class


Session 1: June 19th - June 19th, 2021
Session 2: August 21st - August 21st, 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