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CAA Visual Arts Classes

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The Community Arts Academy (CAA), is a division of the Buffalo State School of Arts and Humanities.

Our mission is to nurture student creativity, critical thinking, and applied skills through joyful cultural experiences in the arts and humanities.

Designed by Buffalo State faculty, CAA classes and workshops are researched-based and provide students with engaging hands-on experiences rooted in the most contemporary pedagogical approaches. Exceptional instruction is provided by Buffalo State faculty, graduates, and advanced student interns teaching under faculty supervision.

CAA offers courses in visual and digital arts, music, dance and creative writing for children, birth through grade 12. We can tailor programming for homeschool groups and organizations off-site. Reach out to us to pursue other instructional options by contacting Anthony Chase, Assistant Dean of the School of Arts and Humanities via e-mail ( or telephone (716-878-6326).

We are grateful for the opportunity to work with your child and hope you will share this Buffalo State cultural resource with a friend.

Collaborative Photography Workshop

Course description: Students work collaboratively to explore camera function, and then film and printing processes in a studio environment. Students will learn aspects of camera use, photography history and print applications in this two-day, eight-hour workshop.

Grade Level: 8-12th

Schedule: Saturdays, March 18 and March 25 only 10AM-2PM (4hrs)

Instructor: Jonathan Stockton - 

Class Location: Upton Hall 112 Campus Map

Class fee: $120 - two days - includes lab and course materials

Registration Closed

Additional Information: Students who have a digital SLR or film camera are encouraged to bring their own. Some cameras will be provided to share. Please bring a packed lunch.

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Magic of Photography

Course description: Discover the wonder of how photography works through its basic tools and materials, from optical to darkroom. 

Grade Level: K*-8th

Schedule: Saturday, April 8 only 9:30AM-Noon (2.5hrs)

Instructor: Yola Monakhov Stockton -

Class Location: Upton Hall 112 Campus Map

Class fee: $45 - 1 day workshop - includes lab materials

Registration Closed

Additional Information: 

*Guardians of younger children are encouraged to attend and work alongside their student. Please bring a snack.

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Metal Casting Sculptures

Course description: Learn how to complete a cast metal relief sculpture from start to finish.  Using drawing and clay to establish a concept, see an idea come to completion, and make a cast metal relief sculpture that you will have forever. The class includes four classroom sessions and the fifth in the outdoor casting yard to watch the faculty pour your sculpture!

Grade Level: 6-12th


     Session A: Iron Casting Sculptures - Saturdays, March 4-April 1 - 10-11:30AM (1.5hrs)
     Session B: Aluminum Casting Sculptures - Saturdays, April 8-May 13 (except April 15) - 10-11:30AM (1.5hrs)

Instructor: Justin Dahl - 

Class Location: Upton Hall 301 Campus Map

Class fee: $95/session - 5 classes each session - includes course materials 

Registration Closed for Session A - Iron

Registration Closed for Session B - Aluminum

Additional Information: All metal pouring is done by faculty and supervision to ensure safe practices is provided.

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Modern Art Expression in Mural Design

Course description:

Students will develop and deepen their personal exploration of artistic expression and understanding of the artistic process while creating a collaborative multi-panel mural.  This original work of art will be influenced by the styles and methods of foreign and modern artists and will be displayed at the school after completion.  Following the exhibition, students may take their mural panels home.  (12 maximum enrollment)

Grade Level: K-8th (K-4 & 5-8th are separate groups and times as noted below)


     Session A - K-4th: Saturdays, March 4-April 1 - 9:00AM-10:30AM (1.5hrs)
     Session A - 5-8th: Saturdays, March 4-April 1 - 10:30AM-12:00PM (1.5hrs)

     Session B - K-4th: Saturdays, April 8-May 13 (except April 15) 9:00AM-10:30AM (1.5hrs)
     Session B - 5-8th: Saturdays, April 8-May 13 (except April 15) - 10:30AM-12:00PM (1.5hrs)

Instructor: Katie Bethge - 

Class Location: Upton Hall 404   Campus Map

Class fee: $79/session - 5 classes each session - includes course materials

Registration Closed for Session A K-4th

Registration Closed for Session A 5-8th


Registration Closed for Session B K-4th

Registration Closed for Session B 5-8th

Additional Information: Please bring an art smock or wear "old clothes".

In the five-week follow-up session (B), development of individual expression will continue through the addition of multiple panels to the collaborative mural.  This session is not a repeat, but is a continuation of study and practice in the development of personal skill, technique and process. (12 maximum enrollment)

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Seeing With a Camera

Course description: Learn to see like a photographer, using 35 mm cameras, black-and-white film, and darkroom printing.

Grade Level: 8-12th

Schedule: Saturdays, April 22-May 13 - 9:30AM-Noon (2.5hrs)

Instructors: Rachel Parker -

Class Location: Upton Hall 112 Campus Map

Class fee: $155 - 4 classes - includes lab materials


Additional Information: Please bring a snack. If you have a 35mm film camera please bring it. Otherwise, cameras and all other materials will be provided.

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School of Arts and Humanities

Buffalo State •  1300 Elmwood Ave  •  Rockwell Hall 222
Buffalo, NY 14222  •  Phone: (716) 878-6326 •  Fax: (716) 878-6914