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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!


Part One- Creating a Digital Presence as an Artist

June 12th 7-8:30pm

Join Molly Elizabeth, artist and creative mentor behind The Darling Rage, as she introduces the core concepts and practical strategies behind creating a digital presence as an artist. If you’re an artist who is struggling with how to navigate the world of social media/creating an online presence, or simply want to soak up some more strategies, this class is for you! Topics covered: - Using your voice strategically in a noisy online space - Creating a digital portfolio using Instagram - Building meaningful connections with humans who care about you and what you’re doing online and off. The class will be 90 minutes long, including teaching as well as real life application, so make sure you have your smart phone and a tablet or laptop handy!"

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Part Two- Creating a Digital Presence as an Artist  Workshop and Live Photo Demo

June 19th, 7-8:30pm 

Are you an artist using Instagram to promote your work and build connections?

Do you know the basics of the platform but feel a little lost when it comes to engaging with your audience and presenting your work in a clear and consistent way?

This will be an amazing opportunity to take your Instagram game to the next level, and gain valuable feedback specific to you and your artistic voice. Join us!


Join Molly Elizabeth of The Darling Rage in a completely hands on Instagram workshop!! Creating a Digital Presence as an Artist Part Two! in which you will:

  • Have an opportunity to work on your Instagram profile alongside other artists

  • Get one on one specific feedback and strategies for growing your following and making your voice more clear and consistent on Instagram

  • Learn about using scheduling apps and other tools for streamlining your efforts on social media

  • Get a live demonstration on taking beautiful product photos of your work

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Ugly Art & Bad Poetry: The Joy of Imperfection

May 29th, 6:30-8:30pm

Join us for another session of imperfection!

Is perfectionism stopping you from getting started? Is it getting in the way of your process? Come to this popular workshop, led by Molly Elizabeth AKA the Darling Rage, and Nancy J. Pigno, aka Muse-a-Palooza . Play with materials and learn strategies for putting perfectionism in its place. In the words of Elizabeth Gilbert, “...perfectionism is just fear in fancy shoes and a mink coat,” Perfectionism can roar to life before you even start something, preventing you from attempting something new, it can fill you with anxiety during the process and it can straight up beat you up for being a human being.

We will establish a perfectionism-free zone as we scribble, write, draw and literally talk back to our inner critic. If you missed our February class, now is your chance. If you attended our last workshop, come again, as we will be offering new experiences and activities. (Open to all, artists and non-artists alike.) ”

- Molly and Nancy.

Reoccurring Programming

Photos by  Lisa Rickman

Photos by Lisa Rickman

Gentle Yoga

We are taking a break for the summer. Classes will resume after Labor Day.

A special Full Moon Yoga Class will be held on July 15th from 6:30-8:30pm. More info to be announced soon!


Figure Drawing Nights

No Figure Drawing in June due to our Residency Program

(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!

Name *


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.

Name *

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Flour City Readings

A Bi-Monthly Program

Flour City Readings is a curated series. Readers for each event are selected based on specific pieces. If you'd like to read in our bimonthly series, we ask that you submit the piece(s) you plan to read. Your work should take 15 minutes to read. Please submit a PDF or Word Doc here based on the guidelines below.

Poets - Submit 7-10 poems

Prose writers - Submit 6-7 pages (double-spaced)


Please direct any inquiries concerning 540 at The Yards to

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.