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Workshops are a highly valuable tool for our collaborative space here at The Yards, and a great avenue for community engagement. Low cost workshops and classes provide accessibility to our community and allow more people to participate in making, sharing, talking about, and even buying, art. Affordable workshops are an easy investment in your career, your personal life and your community. After all, sharing resources lifts all ships. Discover and collaborate with people of shared interests!

Weekly & Monthly Programs

Photos by  Lisa Rickman

Photos by Lisa Rickman

Gentle Yoga

Every Monday 6:30-8:00pm


Please join Joanna McNelis, E-RYT, Monday evenings and treat yourself to a relaxing Gentle Yoga Class. Class is a gentle form of Hatha Yoga practiced during the sunset, to help you unwind from your day and bring balance to your busy life.

This 90 minute class is a soothing blend of deep & slow moving postures, gentle stretching, deepening assists, breathing exercises and supported restorative work. This class is designed to help ease and calm the body and mind, decompress from daily stressors, melt away tension and increase a sense of peacefulness. ♡ All levels welcomed. No previous yoga experience is necessary. ॐ Bring a mat if you have one, or use one of our eco-friendly yoga mats. We also have straps, blocks & mexican blankets available for use. 

◈ Organic herbal teas & filtered water are offered during Class 
◈ Regularly scheduled classes are donation-based $5-$10

Figure Drawing Nights

Third Wednesday of the Month

Please join us for an evening of drawing! Yards studio member Rachel DeVona, will be hosting a figure drawing session from 7PM - 9 PM. First time drawing from life? Have no fear! This event is open to artists of all experience levels and is a great opportunity to practice and grow your observational drawing skills and learn from your peers. Please RSVP below, the cost is $7 to attend (Cash or Card accepted at the door). Due to the nature of this class the recommended age is 18 and over!

Important- This event is not structured as a class.


This hour and a half session will provide a variety of timed poses from our model, from quick gestural "looseners" to a longer 40 minute sit, to be followed by an optional friendly peer critique. Please bring your own drawing materials and paper! Charcoal, rags and 18"x24" drawing paper or newsprint pads recommended. Some additional supplies will be provided along with tea. We look forward to seeing you!

RSVP for figure drawing below!

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Let’s generate ideas and creativity together!

There will be time to discuss a few more works. You can bring in past or current work, discuss ideas in progress, or even bring in work by another artist to talk about. This event is designed to have a safe space to get feedback or just chat about art. On a first come, first serve basis, each person will be allotted 10 to 15 minutes to ask questions and receive feedback about the art they’ve brought. We can typically accommodate about 10 feedback sessions depending on the size of the group. If you’re planning to attend and want feedback, please send us an email to or RSVP below. This ensures we plan enough time for everyone. We suggest a $5 donation to the space to help with consumable items.

Art Talk!

Last Sunday of the Month

Join us on the last Sunday of the month from 6:30 - 8:30 pm, for an intimate roundtable discussion among artists, hosted by Yards studio renter and mixed media artist, Christie Nesbit. The discussion is based on specific pieces of art brought it by the artists in attendance.

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An exciting partnership!

Since February, The Yards began its 540 at The Yards collaboration with 540WMain Communiversity. 540 WMain is a grassroots, non-profit community school and event space with a mission to connect Rochesterians through classes and programs rooted in historic preservation, sustainability, workforce development, and anti-racism. The Yards is the first satellite location for 540’s low-cost, single-session classes based in the arts and wellness.

Classes range from Hip Hop Cardio and All Abilities Yoga to Intro to Watercolor Painting and DIY Kombucha Making. In addition to classes, 540 at The Yards will feature the gluten free chef’s Vegan/GF Pop Up Bakery during 540 at The Yards hours. Classes will be every Sunday from 10:30 am to 3:30 pm.