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Upcoming Classes


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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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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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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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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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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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Youth Mixed-Media (Ages 8 - 12) for kids


August 9th - August 30th, 2021

In this class, students will explore a variety of artistic processes - drawing, painting, printmaking, collage, bookbinding, and more! This class is perfect for young ... 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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The Heidelberg Platen Press


August 17th - August 19th, 2021

Learn the ins and outs of one of printing history’s most versatile presses, the Heidelberg “windmill” platen press. In this class we’ll go over basic ... 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

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Drawing Horses from Life


September 7th - September 16th, 2021

After a short classroom session where horse anatomy and horse safety will be covered, artists will draw horses from life at Huntington Meadow Stables. Strategies ... more

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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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Lovin’ Letterpress I


September 13th - October 4th, 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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Stay Retro


September 13th - October 18th, 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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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 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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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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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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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

Digital Ink: 21st Century Letterpress image

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


September 15th - November 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Paper Marbling


September 25th - September 25th, 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

Sunday Afternoon Bookbinding: 365 Day Journal + Calendar image

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

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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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Intermediate Bookbinding II: Non-Traditional Structures


October 5th - October 26th, 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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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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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


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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Lovin’ Letterpress II


October 11th - November 1st, 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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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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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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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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Papermaking: Handmade Stationary


October 23rd - October 24th, 2021

Create your own handmade paper and matching envelopes to use for personal correspondence or gift giving. The unique deckled edges from handmade paper on both ... 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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Experimental Screen Printing


October 26th - November 23rd, 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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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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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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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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Advanced Screen Printing


November 15th - November 22nd, 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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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

Active Classes


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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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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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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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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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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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Take Better Pictures


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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Black and White: Darkroom Printing Workshop


July 9th - August 13th, 2021

It’s no harder to make a finely crafted black and white print than it is to make a sloppy one. This workshop will cover intermediate ... more

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Waterfalls


July 10th - August 21st, 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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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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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

Night Photography image

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

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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Painting with Acrylics


August 2nd - August 30th, 2021

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