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Begin your year creatively in our warm art classes at the Creative Workshop!

By Rachael Baldanza, Creative Workshop Managing Director


Quick before registration closes, we have a special gift for you—we want to help you decide to enroll in a class by giving a special discount of $5 off of any regular class (excluding Art Day School) in the Fall/Winter brochure. Simply call us before January 15 at 585-276-8959 and mention the code CREATIVE RESOLUTION and we will discount your registration (on top of the members discount, should that apply.) See our full brochure here. This is a special incentive for Memorial Art Gallery Buzz blog and Memorial Art Gallery eblast readers. This incentive cannot be used beyond January 15, 2010. To sign up for the Memorial Art Gallery eblast, click here.

image007Kids who came to our Winter Open House on December 12 had a lot of fun playing with clay. Our ceramics classes for kids teach craftsmanship and how clay works, while reinforcing a collaborative, creative atmosphere.


We have a whole bunch of wonderful children’s classes set to start on January 9th (some start later) and including clay for all ages, painting, drawing, Manga for teens and cartooning. See the full list of classes here and call us if you’d like to register your child.

image009These charming houses were made by kids aged 4-6 in the last version of Clay Play class (see 31509), each session the projects are different and small children LOVE clay. We also offer classes for parents and small children (see Art Together 31505 or Preschool Workshops).

image011A visitor from our last open house enjoys drawing in color. What would you make if you had the time, materials and coaching? Amaze yourself this year.


Every New Year is a moment for resolutions and new starts, but also a good time to re-visit those things you used to do. If you ever wanted to draw, we have really good news—it can be taught! We see students of all ages, but especially adults become absorbed in the process of learning to draw. Really, it’s about learning to see and to do what you didn’t think you could. There are still places in Beginning Drawing, and in Beginning Acrylic and Beginning Oil Painting.

We are very pleased to add Angela Amato to our roster of teachers with Beginning Acrylic Painting offered Monday evenings or Wednesday mornings. We also have some spots left in a daytime painting classes offered by Dick Kane (back from hiatus), Jeanne Lindsay, Fred Lipp, ga sheller and others! See all the options here.


We have dozens of adult students who regularly get their hands dirty and learn to make ever more impressive ceramic objects. Whether it is stepping into the clay studio for the first time or returning after years, we have a class for you. We are very pleased to welcome Sean O’Connell to our roster of instructors; Sean will teach Pottery Making on Tuesday mornings. We still have spaces in classes taught by Shelly Green Stoler and Sue Barnes, too!

image013Peter Minchak’s graceful bowl is one of the objects in the current Color and Form student show.

image018Faruk Kaiyum watches as a Beginning Jewelry student learns to solder metal. Our jewelry classes are open to students (at least 13 years old) interested in learning the art and craft of fine jewelry. All students leave with projects of their own design and manufacture.


Our Jewelry and Fibers teachers are simply wonderful artists in their own right, but they also are great teachers. We have spaces in jewelry classes with Lori Cooley, Faruk Kaiyum, Yvonne Cupolo, and Alicia Fink. Or maybe you love your fibers in the winter, we still have some places in Knitting (31626) on Tuesday nights (really, you can learn to make a Fair Isle sweater!) or Weaving (31627) on Thursday nights (all looms and yarns provided for this class).

Creative Workshop
of the Memorial Art Gallery
500 University Avenue
Rochester, NY 14607

All photos by Larry Merrill.


Comment from Claypot
Time: November 19, 2010, 9:43 pm

Pottery is my passion! This is great also for kids, its a way where they could explore more their talents and skills.

Comment from
Time: December 25, 2010, 1:17 pm

It’s fun how we can discover and show-off the artistry in us..such a lovely stuff to be indulge to.^^

Comment from cricut cards
Time: December 26, 2010, 6:09 pm

That is a great activity for children and adults. My son really enjoy scrap booking so I know he will enjoy pottery.

Comment from jewelry personalized
Time: January 2, 2011, 6:43 pm

Fun and learning. I am sure that all kids will love it

Comment from contemporary gemstone jewellery
Time: April 2, 2011, 2:01 pm

Jewelry making is a fun creative process. This is a brilliant course to have our kids take part in.

Comment from how to become a dental hygienist
Time: May 27, 2011, 9:01 am

really nice article, thanks a lot for sharing

Comment from become a dental hygienist
Time: August 3, 2011, 9:15 am

When I was a kid art appreciation classes were mandatory. These days kids unfortunately spend a huge amount of their free time on their computers or sitting in front of the TV. Its nice to see that in some communities kids creativity is being stimulated through exposure to the arts.

Comment from blee
Time: December 30, 2011, 11:38 pm

Its important to educate children about art, however its just as important to let them go hands on with it. I cant recommend enough looking for studios and galleries that will let kids work with clay, papers, and paints.

Comment from Handmade Handcrafted Jewelry
Time: April 28, 2012, 6:57 pm

It wonderful seeing kids using their creative minds, it be wonderful to see all kids have this opportunity

Comment from best jewelry online stores
Time: July 28, 2013, 11:40 pm

I love that kids can express their creativity, I just wish schools would fund these crafting courses.

Comment from kristen
Time: October 25, 2013, 12:51 pm

What an amazing creative service for children and their parents. I agree with one of the comments posted here that it should be funded by schools. I’ll be sure to tell my friends and family!

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