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Upcoming Classes


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Stay Retro


Session 1: September 13th - October 18th, 2021
Session 2: October 25th - November 29th, 2021

If you have already taken "Go Retro"or you've had some experience in the darkroom but are looking for more, this class is for you! "Stay ... more

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Intro to Risograph Workshop


Session 1: September 14th - September 14th, 2021
Session 2: October 26th - October 26th, 2021
Session 3: November 20th - November 20th, 2021

Learn what all the hype is about! Students will print an edition of 10, 3-color 8.5”x11” prints of their own design created during this workshop. ... more

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Photography and the Bicycle


Session 1: September 22nd - September 29th, 2021
Session 2: October 27th - November 3rd, 2021

Both have changed the world, yet few realize photography and the bicycle have a history that is intertwined. These classes will explore the history of ... more

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Paper Marbling (Teens & Adults)


Session 1: September 25th - September 25th, 2021
Session 2: October 24th - October 24th, 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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Afternoon Arts for kids


September 29th - November 3rd, 2021

Afternoon Arts is an afterschool program for children ages 9 - 11, focusing on 2D and 3D work. Projects include working with clay to make ... more

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Studio 678: Photography & Writing Program


Session 1: September 29th - March 30th, 2022
Session 2: September 30th - March 30th, 2022

Studio 678 is a FREE 24 session after-school photography and writing program for 6th, 7th, and 8th graders who attend a Rochester City School District ... more

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Digital Arts for Teens


October 1st - October 23rd, 2021

Students will learn principles of graphic design, typography, layout, and digital prototyping. In this They will learn to use professional standard collaborative tools like Figma ... more

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Portrait Photograms


October 1st - October 8th, 2021

Come and create unique, one of a kind hand painted portraits using a variety of unique darkroom techniques! We will be learning how to utilize ... more

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Lumen Printing


Session 1: October 2nd - October 9th, 2021
Session 2: November 6th - November 13th, 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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Paper Marbling II: Suminagashi


October 2nd - October 2nd, 2021

In this one-day 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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Linoleum Block Reduction Printing (Teens & Adults)


October 4th - November 1st, 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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Affinity Designer: Software Demo ONLINE


Session 1: October 5th - October 5th, 2021
Session 2: November 9th - November 9th, 2021

Affinity Designer software is a one time purchase that gives the user a majority of the tools similar to Adobe Indesign and Adobe Photoshop. Affinity ... more

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Screen Printing Basics (Teens & Adults)


Session 1: October 6th - October 13th, 2021
Session 2: October 20th - October 27th, 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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Print 101: Survey of Printmaking (Teens & Adults)


October 7th - October 28th, 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 Bookbinding (Teens & Adults)


October 7th - October 28th, 2021

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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Intermediate Bookbinding Intensive


October 9th - October 10th, 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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Intaglio


October 12th - November 2nd, 2021

Join the ranks of artists like Picasso and Rembrandt in exploring intaglio printing! This class will cover basic studio practices and printing on various materials, ... more

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Intermediate Bookbinding II: Non-Traditional Structures


October 12th - November 2nd, 2021

In this four-session class students will explore the vast possibilities of the book structure. Through demonstrations and guided projects, students will learn a variety of ... more

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Understanding of Self Through Understanding of Family: Looking Candidly at How Our Families Have Shaped Us


October 13th - November 17th, 2021

Whether in opposition to or inspired by, our families have played an enormous role in shaping our personalities and perspectives. Making art about our families ... more

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Learning to Draw What You See!


October 14th - November 4th, 2021

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

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Monoprinting


October 16th - October 16th, 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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Printing Cards on the Tabletop Press


October 16th - October 16th, 2021

In this one-day workshop, students will create an edition of notecards using our C & P Pilot Platen Presses. Learn how to set your design ... more

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Sunday Afternoon Bookbinding: Accordion Books


October 17th - October 17th, 2021

On Sunday afternoons in the Bookbinding Workshop we will work on a variety of binding techniques. Each week we will highlight a new project as ... more

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Abandoned Spaces: Graffiti


October 23rd - November 20th, 2021

In this photo field trips class instructor Chris Cilento will guide photographers to some fascinating abandoned places around the Rochester area where graffiti is prevalent. ... more

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Vandercook Refresher Class


Session 1: October 23rd - October 23rd, 2021
Session 2: November 20th - November 20th, 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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Papermaking 101: Deckle, Pellon & Pulp (Teens & Adults)


October 23rd - October 23rd, 2021

In this introductory workshop, students will learn the basics of hand papermaking, including pulp preparation, sheet forming, couching, pressing, and drying. Included: $10 materials fee. ... more

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ONLINE: Botanical Drawing with Colored Pencil


October 25th - December 6th, 2021

This course is a primer on drawing flowers in a botanical manner. So much “drawing” done now is representational and doesn’t teach true drawing skills. ... more

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Lovin’ Letterpress II


October 25th - November 15th, 2021

This class is a continuation of Letterpress I with greater emphasis on more complicated typography and press problems. Participants will learn the use of ink ... more

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Electrocuted Portraits


October 25th - November 8th, 2021

Come and learn how to electrocute ortho litho film in the darkroom to achieve surreal lichtenberg figures on your film emulsion! Together we will set ... more

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ONLINE: Colored Pencil Landscape Drawing


October 29th - December 3rd, 2021

This course will help you draw a landscape. We will define the landscape into shapes and then explain how to simplify what you are drawing ... more

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Urban Sketching


November 1st - November 29th, 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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Intro to Linoleum Block Printing


November 3rd - November 24th, 2021

Learn the basics of linoleum block printing to create cards, fine art prints, or add new imagery to your letterpress work. Students will learn techniques ... more

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Intro to Monoline Lettering


November 4th - November 18th, 2021

What can be done with a pencil? Beautiful lettering that was influenced by the Art Nouveau and Art Deco movements in the late 1800’s and ... more

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Cameraless Landscapes


November 5th - November 12th, 2021

Join us in creating abstract landscapes without a camera! Using darkroom chemistry and various painting techniques, create a unique one-of-a-kind landscape without the use of ... more

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Sunday Afternoon Bookbinding: Long Stitch Binding


November 7th - November 7th, 2021

On Sunday afternoons in the Bookbinding Workshop we will work on a variety of binding techniques. Each week we will highlight a new project as ... more

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Intro to Woodcut Relief Printing


November 9th - November 30th, 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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Make it! Letterpress Zine


November 13th - November 14th, 2021

Interested in small press publishing? Make your own zines on our Vandercook proofing presses! Students will utilize our large selection of cuts and type to ... more

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Print 110: Block Printing on Fabric


November 16th - November 18th, 2021

Introducing Print 110, monoprint and relief block printing on fabric! Using introductory skills in relief (such as for linoleum, stamps, or woodcut), we'll create simple ... more

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How to Use Your Flash


December 2nd - December 9th, 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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Macro Photography with Focus Stacking


December 3rd - December 3rd, 2021

Learn the art of macro photography with focus stacking. Have you ever wanted to create photos with perfect focus? Have you ever wanted to photograph ... more

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Sunday Afternoon Bookbinding: Sewing onto Tapes


December 5th - December 5th, 2021

On Sunday afternoons in the Bookbinding Workshop we will work on a variety of binding techniques. Each week we will highlight a new project as ... more

Active Classes


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VIVA! Short Course on Handbuilding (Ages 55+)


September 13th - October 11th, 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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Stay Retro


Session 1: September 13th - October 18th, 2021
Session 2: October 25th - November 29th, 2021

If you have already taken "Go Retro"or you've had some experience in the darkroom but are looking for more, this class is for you! "Stay ... more

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Intro to the Wheel


Session 1: September 13th - November 1st, 2021
Session 2: September 14th - November 2nd, 2021
Session 3: September 15th - November 3rd, 2021
Session 4: September 16th - November 4th, 2021
Session 5: September 17th - November 5th, 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


September 13th - November 1st, 2021

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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Intro to Risograph Workshop


Session 1: September 14th - September 14th, 2021
Session 2: October 26th - October 26th, 2021
Session 3: November 20th - November 20th, 2021

Learn what all the hype is about! Students will print an edition of 10, 3-color 8.5”x11” prints of their own design created during this workshop. ... more

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Advanced Wheel


September 14th - November 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: 20 ... more

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Figure Sculpture


September 14th - November 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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Night Photography


September 14th - October 12th, 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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Digital Ink: 21st Century Letterpress


September 15th - October 6th, 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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Intermediate Wheel


Session 1: September 15th - November 3rd, 2021
Session 2: September 21st - November 9th, 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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Intro to Digital Photography


September 15th - October 27th, 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 Handbuilding


September 15th - November 3rd, 2021

If you're a proficient handbuilder, and want to take your work to the next level, this class is for you. Zara will focus on new ... more

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Smush and Smash! Clayplay for toddlers for kids


September 16th - October 7th, 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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Go Retro with Film: Introduction to Photography


September 16th - October 28th, 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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Intermediate Watercolor Painting


September 17th - October 15th, 2021

Take your watercolor painting to the next level! In this class, students with prior experience will learn new techniques, improve and refresh existing skills and ... more

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Intro to Wheel II


Session 1: September 17th - November 5th, 2021
Session 2: September 22nd - November 10th, 2021
Session 3: September 23rd - November 11th, 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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Advanced Black and White Photography


September 17th - October 22nd, 2021

This workshop will cover intermediate to advanced darkroom printing methods using principles of the zone system. The workshop will help students to understand photo paper ... more

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Fall Waterfalls


September 18th - October 16th, 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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Mudslingers (ages 6 - 9) for kids


September 19th - October 24th, 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


September 19th - October 24th, 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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Lovin’ Letterpress I


September 20th - October 18th, 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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Snapshot to Series


September 20th - October 25th, 2021

Take your photography beyond the single image and develop a long-term project into a coherent body of work in this advanced class. Study the work ... more

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The Stranger: Creating Unexpected, Creative Experiences for Strangers (Social Practice)


September 21st - October 26th, 2021

How we interact with strangers is the bedrock of our society. Social cohesion is based on a certain level of trust in the stranger, that ... more

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Alternative Process: Cyanotype


September 21st - October 19th, 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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Photography and the Bicycle


Session 1: September 22nd - September 29th, 2021
Session 2: October 27th - November 3rd, 2021

Both have changed the world, yet few realize photography and the bicycle have a history that is intertwined. These classes will explore the history of ... more

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One Step Beyond with your DSLR


September 23rd - October 28th, 2021

Expand your knowledge of your camera through an in-depth analysis of what your camera can and cannot do, shooting assignments, critiques, and examples from famous ... more

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Basic Studio Lighting


September 23rd - October 28th, 2021

Create pleasing portraiture with our White Lightning strobe system. Learn to use an exposure meter, soft boxes, umbrellas, and various attachments for multiple lighting set ... more

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Family Wheel Time!


September 25th - October 30th, 2021

Explore the potter's wheel as a family, and make your own fantastic dishes! In this 6-week class, parents (or caregivers) and kids over 10 years ... more

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Paper Marbling (Teens & Adults)


Session 1: September 25th - September 25th, 2021
Session 2: October 24th - October 24th, 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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Sunday Afternoon Bookbinding: 365 Day Journal + Calendar


September 26th - October 3rd, 2021

In this two-session introductory course, you will learn how to make a journal with a 2022 calendar signature included from start to finish with assistance ... more