TLP is back – now on Wednesday!

Rochester Art Center’s Teen Art Group

MEETS EVERY WEDNESDAY, during the school year, September – June  |  3:30 – 5 pm

Call for Young Artists
Tastes Like Paint (TLP) is Rochester Art Center’s teen art group, open to all Rochester-area teenagers ages 13 – 18. TLP is an Open Studio experience; teens are welcomed to create using any supplies in our classroom with other teens. While an RAC adult staff member is present the class is not instructed, allowing teens to follow the artistic path they see most fit. The mission of TLP is to foster a community of young artists, championing the importance of contemporary art to inspire and engage people. The group creates a welcoming and inclusive environment for teens to feel confident in creative expression.

Want to learn more? For any questions, or to be added to the Tastes Like Paint group email list to stay updated on all things TLP, please email Abby Gilmore, Curatorial and Program Associate, at There is no charge to attend TLP; all TLP meetings are at Rochester Art Center unless otherwise noted.


The finished Exquisite Mile art work!

The finished Exquisite Mile art work!

The Exquisite Mile: Pollination As Pathway
In partnership with Rochester Downtown Alliance (RDA), and local artist Sarah Beadle, TLP completed a community art-making event inspired by ideas of pollination and artistic research within a one-mile radius of downtown Rochester.

Visit to C4 for Cassandra Buck’s solo show
TLP got to hear from directly from the artist about the concept of her show, Her “Self”: A Series About Identity, which was at local Rochester creative space, C4 this summer.

Dogs Downtown: Pet Portraits
We were invited to collaborate with Rochester Downtown Alliance’s Dogs Downtown event, and created caricature-style portraits of Rochester’s beloved canine companions.

Graphic Design Workshop
Local graphic designer Marnie Habberstad shared her creative vision, and some of the basics of graphic design, through a ‘design your own logo’ workshop based on fictional businesses. We also watched a brainstorming tutorial by a designer Marnie admires, Aaron Draplin, of Draplin Design Co., and Field Notes fame.

Lanesboro Arts and St. Mane Theatre visit
We took a field trip to nearby Lanesboro, MN where we enjoyed a tour of Lanesboro Arts with Sara Baskett, Program and Marketing Director, and a fiber arts demonstration by artist Ian Baldry there. We also stopped by the St. Mane Theatre’s lobby, designed by artist Karl Unnasch (who’s sculpture Burnt Matchstick is currently installed in RAC’s Jack and Mary Ann Remick Sculpture Garden).

Rochester Towers Mural
TLP was contacted by residents at Rochester Towers to create a Lake Pepin-inspired mural for their indoor pool area. TLP was thrilled for the chance to collaborate with our community in this way, and we spent the summer painting an 8” by 34” mural! After nearly 45 hours of painting, we finished the mural at the end of August.

Studio and garden visit with artist Judy Onofrio
Internationally renowned local artist (and RAC friend and frequent collaborator!) Judy Onofrio opened up her home and studio for us for a look into her creative process and her own art collection. 

Virtual tour of @Large: Ai Wei Wei on Alcatraz
As part of TLP’s engagement with contemporary art, we took a look at a virtual tour (made by 3-D imaging cameras of the exhibition while it was still installed) of the recent site-specific exhibition on Alcatraz, @Large: Ai Wei Wei on Alcatraz. We talked about exhibition themes such as the freedom of expression, and brainstormed historical sites in Rochester and beyond that could be similarly activated.

Open Studio: Photography and Photo Book Workshop
Join us for an open studio day browsing various photography books on technique, artist books, exhibitions catalogs, etc. We’ll also experiment with a Holga camera (a plastic camera with plastic lens that takes 2 ¼” film).

RCTC Gallery visit for the exhibition Brian Steele: Fatherhood Diaries
The opportunity to view RCTC faculty member, Brian Steele’s photography exhibition as well as tour RCTC’s art studios and facilities lead by RCTC’s Crist Dahl.

Identity Canvas Project
Inspired by our visit to see Cassandra Buck’s show at C4, we’ll start this project by interviewing each other to learn more about our own constructions of identity. Canvas, found materials, and supplies will be on hand to begin the process of visually interpreting these conversations. 


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Have an idea for a community collaboration with Tastes Like Paint? Get in touch!
TLP is free and open to all area teenagers. If you are an area teenager who enjoys making art and exploring new ideas, we encourage you to join us! For additional information, please contact Abigail Gilmore, Curatorial and Program Associate, at 507-424-3303 or

Tastes Like Paint is supported by the Amadio Family Fund for the Arts.