Class FAQs

Do I need prior experience to take classes at the Creative Workshop?

No! We welcome students with all levels of experience from first-timers, to beginners to advanced! Each session we offer a range of classes for all experience levels. Not sure which class is for you? Contact our Curriculum Coordinator, Rachael Baldanza at (585) 276-8956 for advice on which class (or classes!) would be good fit for you.

How do I register for classes?

Browse the classes available on our Classes listing, and then register online by clicking the registration links. If you find that a course is SOLD OUT, please don’t hesitate to contact us at (585) 276-8959 or about being placed on a wait list.

When registering online, MAG Members must be SIGNED IN in order for discount to automatically apply!

Do I need to be a MAG Member to sign up?

No, you do not have to be a member of the MAG to register for classes. However, MAG Members that register for Creative Workshop classes do receive special benefits.

What benefits do MAG Members receive?

Creative Workshop students save when then they join the MAG (or renew their membership)! When you register for any class at the Creative Workshop, you can save $15 off the cost of an Individual or Family/Grandparent Membership. Please note: that Individual member benefits only apply to the membership holder and cannot be used to sign up others or children for classes or camps.

Active MAG Members receive:

  • 10% off the cost of classes and camps
  • A full week of early, priority registration for classes
  • Family/Grandparent Membership levels and above have access to our exclusive Birthday Parties for Kids

Reminder: that when registering online, MAG Members must be SIGNED IN to their account in order for the 10% discount to automatically apply.

What is your refund and cancellation policy?

All registrations are non-refundable with the exception of classes that have been canceled. We cannot prorate class fees for any student not attending all class meetings.

The Creative Workshop reserves the right to make teacher changes or cancel any class. Classes with inadequate enrollment are cancelled one week before the first meeting of the class. All fees are refunded when the Workshop cancels a class if an alternative class is not available.

Do you offer scholarships or financial aid?

The Creative Workshop has long strived to offer our classes at the lowest rates possible. If the price of a class is what is keeping you from considering it, please don’t hesitate to inquire about a need-based scholarship. Each year we offer scholarships to numerous students (adults and youth) through the support of many generous endowment funds.

For scholarship inquires, contact Allison Shultes, Creative Workshop Director at (585)276-8957 ( All scholarships are need-based and awarded on a first come, first served basis.

Where is the Creative Workshop located? Where do I park?

The Creative Workshop is located in the lower level of the MAG’s Cutler Union building (the big old building that looks like a church) and has its own handicap accessible entrance located on the North East corner of the building closest to parking lots B and D. You are welcome to park in any lot. For a map of parking lots and the MAG Campus, click here.

Do you provide materials?

YOUTH classes and camps: all materials are provided.

ADULT classes: Unless otherwise noted on the class listing, materials are NOT provided for adult classes. Material lists can be found on the class listing page—we encourage all adult students to review this list prior to the start of class and to call our office with any questions about what materials to purchase or recommendations for supplies. Adult student in ceramics classes will need to purchase clay for their own use during class. Clay in different varieties is available for purchase at the Creative Workshop at a cost of $18.00 for a 25lb bag.

Do you offer private lessons?

Yes, by request! Private lesson requests can be made by emailing Private lessons are coordinated on a case-by-case basis and are scheduled around instructor availability. Private lessons begin at $35.00/hour.

Will my class go into the gallery?

Depending on the class and medium being studied, instructors will build class visits to the gallery into their class curriculum. Some classes (i.e. Drawing in the Galleries) use the gallery weekly and others do not visit at all. If you’re interested in a class that uses the gallery more frequently, contact our Curriculum Coordinator, Rachael Baldanza at (585) 276-8956.

Camp FAQs

How do I register for camps?

Browse the classes available on our Camps listing, and then register online by clicking the registration links. You can also download and complete the PDF registration form.

All registrants must read, complete, and sign the Camp Permissions Form and return it to the Creative Workshop at least ONE WEEK prior to the start of camp.

When registering online, MAG Members must be SIGNED IN in order for discount to automatically apply!

How are camps divided?

Camps are split up into two groups based on age and class dynamics.

  • For Art Day Camps the Junior group is for ages 6-8 and the Senior group 9-13 and both age groups (JUNIORS & SENIORS) in Art Day Camp will learn each subject listed. (Teachers make age-appropriate adjustments to projects. For example juniors work more with imaginative drawing while seniors draw more from observation.)
  • For Clay Camps, the Junior group is for ages 7-9 and the Senior group is for ages 10-15. Only campers ages 10 and up can work safely on a potter’s wheel during the Clay Camp.
Can I sign up my child for just the morning or afternoon?

No. All camps in the Creative Workshop are full day camps. During Break Weeks, registration for Art Day Camps can be either by the day or for the Full Week. All Clay Camp registrations are for the full week due to the time clay projects need to be created, dried, fired to bisque, glazed or painted, and if glazed, fired again!  All summer camps are for the full week.

When does the day begin and end?

Instruction begins at 9am and ends at 4:30pm, but you may drop off your child as early as 8:30 am and pick up as late as 5 pm. There is no extra charge for this supervised before-care and after-care.

What do campers do during the day?

Our curriculum emphasizes artistic skill-building (especially drawing, painting, and sculpture) through creative projects. Instructors plan flexible lessons, give thorough demonstrations, and work individually with students to help them realize their own artistic strengths. Children make confident, exciting and increasingly ambitious art projects. Check out this 2021 article in 585 Kids magazine for a sense of how and why our Camps encourage building drawing and painting skills while encouraging creativity.

Do you provide lunch or snacks

No. Campers must bring a lunch, two snacks (to eat during breaks if they want) and a drink (in a non-glass container, please) from home. We recommend that snacks be packed separately from lunches so your child is not tempted to eat lunch at snack time. No refrigeration or silverware is provided.

Labeling your camper’s lunch and leak-proof beverage container helps us avoid confusion and helps your camper locate their meal. NOTE ON FOOD:  In an attempt to accommodate kids with allergies, we ask that you avoid sending foods containing nuts or nut products.

Do campers get breaks?

Yes! Twice a day (morning and afternoon), campers get breaks to walk, stretch, relax and enjoy a snack brought from home. During the supervised hour-long recreation break, children may choose to relax and read or draw or be actively involved in games or other physical activities (indoor or outdoor, depending on the weather).

How do your Camps use the Museum?

We bring campers into the museum or onto the MAG grounds to explore the Sculpture Park at least once a week, often more. Using strategies designed to teach kids to look more carefully, our instructors help them learn to make creative decisions based on other artists’ work and realize some of the many things we all have in common.

What should my camper bring or wear?

We are an active art-studio, so NO OPEN-TOE SHOES are allowed (no flip flops or jelly shoes, please). During the mid-day recreation break you camper may be outside (weather dependent) and during that time campers are permitted to read books, use tablets or phones to play games. (The CW is not responsible for lost or broken items brought in from home).  It is recommended that campers in Clay Camps wear clothing that can get messy—the clay we use is red earthenware which can stain clothing. Closed toe shoes are required in the clay studio.

Will I receive a registration confirmation?

Online registrations automatically generate an email acknowledgment. If you did not receive this confirmation or need another copy, a confirmation/receipt with tax ID# can be requested by emailing

Who do I contact for more information?

Rachael Baldanza
Curriculum Director/Camp Coordinator
(585) 276- 8956

When Camps are in session, the Creative Workshop can be reached at: (585) 276-8959 or at