WINTER 2015 - Youth and Teen Art Education Classes & Workshops

Please check the website for any necessary materials for each class, as well as additional info. New classes and sessions are frequently added, so check back regularly.

We require a minimum number of students to hold a class so please enroll (preferably with a friend!) ASAP. Payment-in-full must be received one week prior to first day of class. A written request one week prior to start of class is required for cancellation (15% fee will be retained by RAM). No full or prorated refunds will be issued. No exceptions. For youth and teen classes, a parent or guardian must sign the student in and out daily; please give us your phone number when enrolling in case we need to cancel/postpone a class or in case of emergency.

Scholarships are available through the Evie Littleworth Scholarship Fund, the Dottie Smith Memorial Scholarship Fund, and the Art Alliance. If you are interested in applying, contact Art Education Director Caryn Marsella at 951.684.7111x308 or

To sign up, please:

  1. Click the "CLICK HERE TO REGISTER" link that corresponds to the class you wish to take.
  2. Fill out the registration form.
  3. Click the "Submit" button at the bottom of the registration form.
  4. You will then be redirected to a payment page where you can pay via PayPal or with your credit card. If you wish to pay with an American Express card, please call 951.684.7111. Thank you.

Ages 6 – 12 | 4 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.

5-class session: $75 (RAM Family Members and above $67.50

Beyond Van Gogh

Everyone has heard of Vincent Van Gogh, but the wonderful world of art includes many less well-known, amazing artists. This class will introduce artists such as Wassily Kandinsky, Pieter Brueghel, and Keith Haring. We’ll let the work of these artists inspire us and they just might become new favorites!

Wednesdays, January 7 – February 4

This class is full. Thank you.

Meet Riverside’s Notable Artists*

From graffiti artists to classically trained artists, Riverside has fostered a diverse array of notable artists. Each week students will work with a different artist (Chick Curtis, Laura Ryan, Cosme Cordova, Martin Tobias, and others) who will teach them about their style, technique, and share stories of their career years.

Wednesdays, February 11 – March 11

*This class will run 4 p.m. – 6 p.m. and the cost is $90 (RAM Family Members and above $81)

Drawing Out the Elements of Art

What are the elements of art exactly? They are the building blocks that make up every piece of art: line, shape, form, space, texture, and color. This exciting drawing class will cover all of the elements of art, through a range of drawing approaches, techniques, and materials. Students will be introduced to the works of well-known artists and explore each art element by creating their own unique drawings.

Thursdays, January 8 – February 5

This class is full. Thank you.


Learn basic watercolor for kids. Learn how watercolors work and create watercolor masterpieces to take home. 

Thursdays, February 12 – March 12

Ages 3 – 6 | 10 a.m. – 11 a.m.

5-class session: $65 (RAM Family Members and above $58.50)

This could be your child’s very first art class! Boys and girls will learn about color, shape, line, and pattern as they use a variety of different mediums to create beautiful works of art. They are certain to enjoy this independent time having fun making art!


Session 1: January 6 – February 3. This class is full. Thank you.

Session 2: February 10 – March 10


Session 1: January 10 – February 7. This class is full. Thank you.

Session 2: February 14 – March 14

(RAM is happy to be a vendor for Dehesa Charter, Mt View Charter, River Springs Charter, and Excel College Prep Academy)

Ages 6 – 15 | 10 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. OR 12:00 noon – 1:30 p.m.

5-class session: $75 (RAM Family Members and above $67.50)

From Sea to Shining Sea

Drawing on the vast American landscape, this class will highlight places that have inspired generations of artists. We will follow in their footsteps through the art we make! Students will learn about California’s own Yosemite National Park, the Grand Canyon, the great Rocky Mountains, and other national treasures and create a series of landscape-based artworks. A variety of art media and tools will be introduced.

Instructor: Kelly Rider

Wednesdays, January 7 – February 4. Both morning and afternoon sessions are full. Thank you.

Fur, Feathers, & Fins

The animal kingdom offers excellent subject matter for artists of all ages. Each week this class will make art pieces with our furry, feathered, and finned friends in mind. A range of art techniques will be used, including drawing, painting, sculpture, and printmaking.

Instructor: Kelly Rider

Wednesdays, February 11 – March 11. Both morning and afternoon sessions are full. Thank you.

Ages 6+ | Mild to Moderate | 10 a.m. – 11 a.m.

5-class session: $65 (RAM Family Members and above $58.50)

In this class, special-needs children will be paired with “typical” students and work together to create works of art using watercolor, oil pastel, chalk, and acrylic paint. This class will provide a special experience for ALL the children involved.

Instructor: Caryn Marsella

Session 1: Saturdays, January 3 – January 31. This class is full. Thank you.

Session 2: Saturdays, February 7 – March 7

The Magic of Pottery

In this workshop you will be introduced to hand built pottery. You will learn how to make pots and bowls with feet and lids, as well as learn how to attach pieces, decorate, and experiment with clay tools to create patterns. The following week you will paint your kiln-fired creation using an array of colored glazes.

January 17 & 24, 10 a.m. – 11:30 a.m., Ages 8 – 11

2-day class: $35 (RAM Family Members and above $32)

This class is full. Thank you.

Ceramic Animal Art Project

We will construct animal figures with various levels of complexity. In this class the student will learn how to attach clay pieces onto their animal creation and learn how to structure the figure and use clay tools. The following week we will be focused on painting our kiln-fired sculpture with various types of colored glazes.

January 31 & February 7, 9 a.m. – 12 noon, Ages 12 – 17

2-day class: $70 (RAM Family Members and above $63)

Fun with Fashion

Fashion is an interesting subject to learn due to its infusion of creativity and individuality. In this class students will learn the basics of fashion design and develop their own style.

February 14, 21, & 28, 1 p.m. – 3:30 p.m., Ages 9 – 15

3-day class: $90 (RAM Family Members and above $81)

Welcome to Hogwarts

Go on an adventure in creating art that is influenced by the world of Harry Potter. Dip your muggle toes in the many mediums that will be used to make magical art pieces in this class.

March 7, 1 p.m. – 3:30 p.m., Ages 9+

1-day class: $35 (RAM Family Members and above $32)


Flower Power

Get in touch with nature by using different mediums to create beautiful flower masterpieces.

March 14, 1 p.m. – 3:30 p.m., Ages 6+

1-day class: $35 (RAM Family Members and above $32)



Aspiring painters will develop painting, color mixing, and compositional skills as they incorporate new techniques in their work. There will be projects including still life and landscapes. Each student will be able to bring home finished paintings and new painting skills.

March 21, 1 p.m. – 3:30 p.m., Ages 12+

1-day class: $35 (RAM Family Members and above $32)


Parents’ Night Out: Valentine’s Wonder Package

Saturday, February 14, 5 p.m. – 9 p.m.

Drop off children between 5 p.m. – 6 p.m. | Art d’Vine is 6 p.m. – 9 p.m. | Pick up is 9 p.m.

Bring your children to the art museum to enjoy a fun evening of art-making activities and dinner. The price is $40 ($30 if you register by January 15) and each additional child is $15 (must enroll at same time).

Since you’re already here, why not bring your sweetheart and join us for a wonderful evening of art, wine, and food at RAM's Valentine edition of Art d'Vine with Greg Adamson? While your children are learning art upstairs in the classroom, you’ll get to enjoy great food and wine downstairs as artist Greg Adamson guides you through the process of creating a finished acrylic painting to take home!

The Valentine's Wonder Package is $150 for two adults for Art d'Vine and one child learning art in a separate classroom upstairs (each additional child is $15 and must enroll at the same time).

If you already have something arranged for the kids or are child-free, but still want to do Art d’Vine, the price is $75 per adult ($60 if you register by January 15) for Art d'Vine only. Fun for everyone! See you on Valentine’s Day.