Photography Open Studio

Photography Open Studio

Please note: The City of Irvine has taken several precautionary safety measures to help mitigate the spread of COVID-19 in our community. By emergency order, community centers, playgrounds, indoor facilities, athletic fields and courts, and stadiums may be closed or have modified access until further notice. This includes the Irvine Fine Arts Center and open studio hours. The City of Irvine apologizes for this inconvenience.

Irvine outdoor park spaces remain open for passive use, and tennis and pickleball courts have been reopened. Modified fall recreational programming will be available to the community, and is available for registration at Learn more at the City Facility Updates webpage


The Photography Lab is equipped with group and individual darkrooms, complete black and white tray setups and enlargers that accommodate 35mm, 120mm and 4x5 inch negatives.  The lab also features a film processing finishing room with film dryer, print washer, print dryer and dry mount press.

A UV exposure unit for alternative photo and printmaking processes is also available. Reservation required.

Previous studio experience and closed toe shoes are required. Participants must be 18 years or older. Please note: the Photography Studio is operated by volunteers. For more information and to ensure the studio is open, please call the Irvine Fine Arts Center front desk: 949-724-6880.

Photography Open Studio Hours
Tuesdays:  10 a.m.–9 p.m.
Thursdays:  10 a.m.–7 p.m.
Saturdays:  9 a.m.–4:30 p.m.

Irvine Residents & Non-Residents
$15 for 1-use pass
$60 for 5-use pass
$110 for 10-use pass

Effective July 1, 2017.

Please note:
Open Studio sessions are subject to change and are supervised by studio technicians and volunteers.

Register for classes online at

Check out these resources for additional fall activities.

Read fall Inside Irvine

Visit Virtual Community Center

Watch Studio Art Series Video Tutorials