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Open Studio is an opportunity for individuals to independently pursue their art projects using the Irvine Fine Arts Center facilities and equipment. Open Studio passes are available to purchase for a fee by the general public. Open Studio sessions are available for ceramics, jewelry, photography, and printmaking. Studios are supervised by IFAC technicians & volunteers who will introduce new participants to the equipment and facilities. Participants who are interested in ceramics or photography open studio that are 16-17 years of age must have permission from IFAC studio technicians or Staff to participate in open studio and a permission slip (available at IFAC) signed by a parent or legal guardian. Call 949-724-6880 for more information.
The Photography Lab features communal and individual darkrooms with complete black and white set-up. Enlargers accommodate 35mm, 120 and 4x5 inch negatives. The lab also features a film processing/print finishing room with film dryer, print washer, RC print dryer and mount press (16x20). Standard B/W chemistry is provided. Quiz required before using.
* Please note: the darkroom is run on a volunteer basis and it's recommended to call to make sure the darkroom is open before coming in. For more information call 949-724-6880.

Tue  10 a.m.-9 p.m.
Thur  10 a.m.-7 p.m.
Sat  9 a.m.-4:30 p.m.


The Ceramics Studio is equipped with wheels, kilns, slab roller, wet storage and a complete glaze room. Staff technicians schedule regular firings. Stoneware clay is available for purchase.

Mon  1-6 p.m.
Wed  10 a.m.-3 p.m.; 6:30-9:30 p.m.
Fri  10 a.m.-3 p.m.
Sat  9 a.m.-4:30 p.m.

The Studio is equipped with jewelry casting and fabricating equipment including casting centrifuge, burnout oven, torches, and sandblaster. There is also a trim saw and grinding/polishing machine. Also various hand tools. Hours may vary due to class schedule.

Mon  1-6 p.m.
Wed  2-6 p.m.
Fri  10 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
Sat  9 a.m.-4:30 p.m.


The Studio is a fully equipped and ventilated studio suited for both traditional print and letterpress techniques. Two Vandercook proofing presses and various etching presses including a 36’x72’ manual Ettan press, outfit our 800 sq. ft. studio space allowing for various print techniques and processes such as intaglio, relief, collograph, monoprint, traditional letterpress and more. Open Studio users must make a reservation with the Studio Technician and demonstrate previous printmaking experience in either a classroom or equivalent studio environment. All patrons interested in renting the studio are required to provide their own paper and relief materials needed for printing. New patrons must complete an orientation before using studio. Hours may vary due to class schedule. Please call for open studio hours at 949-724-6881.