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Each year, Rochester Art Center offers a large variety of youth and adult education programs. These exceptional offerings include classes, workshops, film screenings, lectures, and gallery tours for all ages. Programs are designed to encourage an understanding and appreciation of the visual arts. Youth programs, such as Total Arts Day Camp, provide valuable hands-on art experiences under the direction of professional Art Center Educators and also through guest artists. For more information about tour and workshop opportunities, or to schedule a private group tour or workshop, see below. 

The Rochester Art Center is an accessible facility and participation by all people is encouraged. Individuals needing physical, visual, audio or other accommodations are encouraged to notify in advance at or by calling 507-722-2552.

Drop In Tours

Saturdays & Sundays | 1:00 PM

Enjoy an in-person, guided tour of the Rochester Art Center and find out about the museum’s local history, stunning architectural design, and current exhibitions.


Open Studio

Fridays & Saturdays | 11:00 AM - 2:00 PM

Drop in for an entrée of creative projects or bring your own supplies and projects to the Rochester Art Center!


Figure Drawing

Select Wednesdays 6:00-8:00PM

Open to all artists and art enthusiasts, from beginner to expert, this session includes a live, semi-clothed model, starting with short gestural poses and moving into longer holds.


Virtual workshop with Neuroscience Phd Student Morgan Fitzgerald

Sunday, January 28 | 10:00 AM

In this virtual workshop, neuroscience PhD student and host of the The Chronic Connection Podcast Morgan Fitzgerald will lead participants to explore the relationship between chronic pain and visual art, and to find a creative outlet to express and cope with their pain.


Virtual Panel: Delaney Liskey & May Ling Kopecky

February 24, 2024 | 11:00 AM

Join us for a panel with Ph.D student Delaney Liskey and artist May Ling Kopecky. Moderator: Zoe Cinel.


Artist Spotlight Tour with Drew Maude-Griffin

Sunday, March 3, 2024 | 1:00 PM

We are pleased to welcome interdisciplinary artist Drew Maude-Griffin to lead a tour of their artwork as part of the current exhibition "Chronicles of the Chronic."


Artist Spotlight Tour with Jennifer Bastian

Sunday, March 17, 2024 | 1:00 PM

Join us to learn more about artist Jennifer Bastian and her artwork featured in "Chronicles of the Chronic."


Each summer, the Art Center is proud to offer Total Arts Day Camp (TADC), where youth engage in creating their own artworks, learning from professional artists, and thinking about the world around them. Through a one week-long session, students build artist’s skills and confidence in the visual arts. Several sessions are offered each summer and provide flexible enrollment options for families with students going into grades 1-6. The final day of each session concludes with a showcase presented by the students for their families. TADC was initiated in 1971 by artist Judy Onofrio, and we are pleased to continue her legacy of learning and creativity for youth. 

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