Creative Workshop

Summer Classes:

Registration for summer classes will start for MAG members at 10 am on Monday, June 6. We will start general registration at 10 am on Monday, June 13.

Summer Kids Camps Registration:

Registration is open! Art Day Camp, Clay Camp and Writing & Art Camps are designed for maximum fun, coached creativity, art skills and making thrills for all. See more information on our Kids Camps page!

Summer Art Show Call For Art:

We are looking for artwork made in Creative Workshop classes or inspired by instruction at the CW. Adult and teen students are warmly encouraged to submit up to three pieces for the show, which must be ready to hang. These artworks will be proudly displayed in the Lucy Burne Gallery between June 24 and August 4. All physical artworks should be submitted by June 18th at 4pm. For more information and the submission form, please see the submission form!


Session Hours, April 25-June 18:
Monday-Thursday 9 am-9:30 pm
Friday & Saturday 9 am-4 pm
Closed Sundays

Our hands-on art classes for all ages are taught by artist-teachers, and frequently inspired by art on view in the museum. Since 1949 we have been teaching, inspiring, challenging, and encouraging. We love to help you make the artwork you never thought you could make.

You will find Spring Saturday classes and Summer half-day classes on this page here. For Camps, see this page.

Questions? Call 585.276.8959
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Kids Classes (students 4-9) | Teens & Tweens Classes (students 10-17) | Ceramic Classes (students 17+) | Drawing & Painting (students 17+) | Watercolor (students 17+) | Jewelry Classes (students 17+) | Art Appreciation Classes

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Online Registration: Ready to sign up?

MAG Members receive 10% off classes and special access to early registration. General registration is now open to anyone with course descriptions posted online in the CW Class Calendar or see the category of interest in colorful tiles above.

Register early to guarantee enrollment in the class(es) of your choice.

If you find that a course is SOLD OUT, please don’t hesitate to contact us about being placed on a wait list. Questions? Call 585.276.8959

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Programs for Kids

Kids Create Dates

Saturdays April 16 – June 18 (no class April 23 & May 28) | 1-3 pm | $15 per child | AGES 5–11

Kids Create Dates offer fun and flexible creative art projects you can make before, after, or while your family explores the museum. Projects vary but are often inspired by the museum. Preregistration required. All tools will be supplied for a play date with creativity!

Birthday Parties

We offer an artful birthday party program (designed for children and families.) Our parties are customized and planned in collaboration with each family and are held on weekends. In the recent past, we’ve had Robot Cartooning Birthday Party. How fun is that?

This is a perk for MAG members at the Family level and above. Please see these basic details and call Rachael B. at 585-276-8956 or email Rachael B. to get your party on the books.

Additional Information

We provide:

    • An art teacher/party hostess or host
    • All materials and a creative art project & (if requested) a visit to the museum. Activity is age appropriate for birthday child and always creative (and sometimes silly, too)
    • Passes for a day-of-party visit to the museum
    • A fully accessible setting within a friendly community

We can:

    • Plan parties 30 days out (we call it “booking” a party)
    • Offer a party for up to 12 children for $260 (more children cost a little more)
    • Provide a simple email-able invitation to the party family to email or print out as you wish
    • Provide food through our in-house restaurant and caterer, Brown Hound Downtown

We cannot:

  • Accept day-of cancellations
  • Plan parties without a deposit of $50 when the party is ‘booked’
  • Have children’s parties in our ceramics studio (sorry)

Lucy Burne Gallery Exhibitions

Lucy Burne Gallery at the Creative Workshop

This exhibition space is open when Creative Workshop classes are in session.

Creative Workshop students – adult, teen, or child; newcomer or “frequent flyer” – have a chance to show at least one piece of artwork in the Workshop’s Lucy Burne Gallery or in our new online art exhibition space. To learn more about how to show your art, contact Rachael Baldanza, Curriculum Supervisor, 585.276.8956.

Current Show:

ADULT STUDENT SHOW: SOMETHING DIFFERENT | Wednesday, May 18-Tuesday, May 31, 2022
This show features artworks made or submitted in response to our challenge: Make something different. Enjoy the show.

Coming Soon:

GROW & GLOW KIDS STUDENT ART SHOW: SPRING 2022 | Thursday, June 2–Saturday, June 18, 2022
Children and teens enrolled in Saturday classes can show up to 4 artworks in this exhibition. To see the show, be sure to visit before June 18 as the kids will take their artwork home that day.

SUMMER ADULT & TEEN SHOW 2022 | Thursday, June 23-Thursday, August 4, 2022
This show is open to any artwork made in Creative Workshop classes in our previous session. Students can submit up to 3 original works of art. See call for art here!

FACULTY SHOW | Wednesday, August 17-Thursday, October 6, 2022
Our talented teachers present their latest work. From paintings, drawings, and prints to jewelry, ceramics and weaving, these faculty members will share a bit of their work in the studio. In some cases, even, bringing us artwork inspired by the museum and the CW.

Past Exhibitions

ADULT STUDENT SHOW: WARMING UP | March 16-April 21, 2022
ADULT STUDENT SHOW: WINTRY MIX | December 9, 2021-February 2, 2022
Fall Children’s Show | November 2021
Painted, Drawn, and Formed in Clay | July/August 2021
FUN OR FUNNY: Kids Student Show | May/June 2021
Handmade at the Creative Workshop | April 2021

Want to Volunteer at the Creative Workshop?

The Creative Workshop occasionally needs high school volunteers or college interns to assist teachers and students with their Saturday weekly classes and Summer programs. Following University of Rochester COVID-19 guidelines, all CW volunteers or interns must be vaccinated. If you are not fully vaccinated, we cannot use your help at this time. You are welcome to apply in the future.

High school volunteers must submit the application linked below. We can only consider youth ages 16 to 24 for these opportunities.

College students interested in museum work, art, art education and related fields may be interested in a Burne Gallery Internship. These non-credit bearing experiences are designed to supplement college coursework and provide career-related experiences. They are limited and competitive. Current college students should review the information and submit the application linked below by the deadlines listed on the application page.

Any questions can be addressed to Rachael Baldanza (585.276.8956).