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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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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Sunday Afternoon Bookbinding Workshop


Session 1: May 2nd - May 2nd, 2021
Session 2: June 13th - June 13th, 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

Carved Candlesticks: Online image

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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Ebru Paper Marbling


May 16th - May 16th, 2021

Discover the joy of paper marbling in this hands-on workshop where you will explore color, learn basic marbling techniques and patterns using rakes and combs, ... 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

Sculpture: Artistic Expression in Wire & Plaster image

Sculpture: Artistic Expression in Wire & Plaster


May 18th - June 8th, 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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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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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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Learning to Draw What You See!


May 21st - June 11th, 2021

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

Digital Ink: 21st Century Letterpress image

Digital Ink: 21st Century Letterpress


May 26th - June 16th, 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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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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Experimental Monoprinting


May 28th - June 18th, 2021

Are you looking to try new ways to express yourself through printmaking? In this class take the basics of monoprinting to the next level using ... more

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Advanced Screen Printing


June 3rd - June 10th, 2021

Are you looking to improve your Screen printing skills? Our advanced screen printing class will continue to build your screen printing skills by making multi-layered ... more

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Shooting 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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Photogravure


June 5th - June 6th, 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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Turning Candlesticks!


June 5th - June 5th, 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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Victorian Hair Wreath History and Craft


June 6th - June 6th, 2021

The art of making jewelry and wreaths out of human hair flourished in the Victorian time period. Hair is one of the most unique and ... more

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Outdoor Portraiture


June 9th - June 12th, 2021

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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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


June 19th - June 19th, 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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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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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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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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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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Paper Marbling


Session 1: July 10th - July 10th, 2021
Session 2: August 8th - August 8th, 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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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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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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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

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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

Active Classes


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Studio 678: Photography & Writing Program for kids


April 7th - June 10th, 2021

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

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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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Intro to Wheel II


Session 1: April 12th - May 31st, 2021
Session 2: April 14th - June 2nd, 2021
Session 3: April 14th - June 2nd, 2021
Session 4: 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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Handbuilding


April 12th - May 31st, 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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Go Retro with Film: Introduction to Photography


Session 1: April 12th - May 24th, 2021
Session 2: April 14th - May 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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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 22nd - June 10th, 2021
Session 7: 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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Lovin’ Letterpress


April 12th - June 7th, 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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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

Drawing II: Take Your Drawing Further!: Online image

Drawing II: Take Your Drawing Further!: Online


April 13th - June 1st, 2021

For those who have taken Fundamentals of Drawing or have previous drawing experience. In this class we will take your drawing skills to the next ... more

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Landscape Photography: Online


April 13th - May 18th, 2021

Landscape photography sounds either like the simplest or the most complex of the photographic genres. Simple, because possibly everyone has already photographed a landscape; complex, ... 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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Figure Sculpture


April 13th - June 1st, 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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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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Introduction to Oil Painting


April 14th - June 2nd, 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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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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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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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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Intro to InDesign: Online


April 15th - May 20th, 2021

Learn InDesign at home! Throughout this 6 week virtual class, Resident artist Evan Bobrow will guide you through using inDesign starting from the very basics. ... more

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Colored Pencil Landscape Drawing: Online Class


April 16th - June 18th, 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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Go Retro for Teens: Intro to Film Photography for kids


April 16th - June 4th, 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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RISO: DIY Zine Publishing


April 16th - May 21st, 2021

Create your own zine using Photoshop and our in-house Risograph printer! Resident artist Evan Bobrow will teach Photoshop techniques for digital collage and walk you ... 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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Mudslingers (ages 6 - 9) for kids


April 18th - May 30th, 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


April 18th - May 30th, 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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Printmaking and Book Arts for Teens


April 20th - June 8th, 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

Observation to Abstraction: Online image

Observation to Abstraction: Online


April 22nd - May 27th, 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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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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Our Vision, Our Voice for kids


April 30th - June 11th, 2021

Our Vision, Our Voice is a FREE program for girls ages 13-17 who attend schools within the Rochester City School District. Participants with focus on ... more

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Photo Field Trips: Abandoned Spaces


May 1st - June 5th, 2021

In this photo field trips class instructor Chris Cilento will guide photographers to some fascinating abandoned places around the Rochester area. Photograph with the group ... more

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Sunday Afternoon Bookbinding Workshop


Session 1: May 2nd - May 2nd, 2021
Session 2: June 13th - June 13th, 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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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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Experimental Screen Printing


May 3rd - June 14th, 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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VIVA! Short Course on Handbuilding (Ages 55+)


May 3rd - May 31st, 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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Intro to Digital Photography: Online Class


May 4th - June 8th, 2021

Make your digital camera work for you! Learn all the functions of your camera, including manually adjusting aperture, shutter speed, and ISO, exposure modes, lenses, ... more

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Smush and Smash! Clayplay for toddlers for kids


May 6th - May 27th, 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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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


Session 1: May 6th - May 20th, 2021
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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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Intaglio I


May 7th - June 11th, 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

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Flora & Photo: Experimental Darkroom Workshop


May 14th - June 4th, 2021

This workshop is an introduction to Lumen Printing and Phytograms, two contact printing processes that use light and common plant material to create imagery! It ... more