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.

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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.

NOTE regarding home school programs: If you sign up for any class with the expectation that your home school program or charter school will pay for the class and your home school program or charter school will not pay, you will be held liable for full payment unless a written request one week prior to start of class is submitted to cancel your registration (you will still be charged and held liable for a 15% fee). If you do not cancel or do not show up for your class, you will be charged and held liable for full payment.

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

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.


Family Masterpiece Workshop, All Ages

Work alongside your child to create a work of art inspired by the current exhibits at RAM. Weekly, you will take a gallery tour and learn about an artist, their methods, and techniques. Enjoy using various mixed media to create “masterpiece” projects in this summer series. Children, please bring one adult (mom, dad, grandparent) so you can experience these fun afternoons together!

Saturdays: June 27 – August 1 (No class July 4) | 12 noon – 2 p.m.

$95 (RAM Family members and above $85.50)


The Magic of Pottery, All Ages

In this workshop you will be introduced to hand-built pottery. You will learn how to make pots, bowls with feet and lids, animals, and so much more. You will also learn how to attach pieces and decorate and experiment with clay tools to create patterns. Each week the work will be placed in a kiln off-site. You will then paint your kiln-fired creations using an array of colored glazes.

Wednesdays: July 1 – July 29 | 4 p.m. – 6 p.m.

$150 (RAM Family members and above $135)

Ages 3 – 6 | 10 a.m. – 11 a.m.

$52 (RAM Family Members and above $44.20)

This creative, fun-filled class is designed for children who want to make art and learn about paint, color, paper, and clay. There will be a few surprises and a chance to meet new friends and enjoy the museum.

Tuesdays:

Session 1: June 23 – July 14

Session 2: July 21 – August 11

Saturday:

Session 1: June 27 – August 1 (No class July 4)

Morning classes: 10 a.m. – 12 noon | $150 (RAM Family members and above $135)

Afternoon classes: 1 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. | $175 (RAM Family members and above $157.50)

Add pre-camp to morning classes: $25 | 9 a.m. – 10 a.m.

Add lunch-time supervision: $25 | 12 noon – 1 p.m. (Student must bring own sack lunch.)


June 22 – 26

Morning: Sculpture, Ages 5 – 8

Young artists will explore, experiment, and create sculptures using different materials, including: clay, papier-mâché, wood, and wire. Each student will learn techniques and basic skills in this class to construct beautiful artworks in response to the Lois Sloan exhibit.

Morning: Sci-Fi, Ages 9 – 12

From the gates of Hogwarts to the far off galaxy of Star Wars, come and create your favorite sci-fi/fantasy movies and TV shows using different mediums.

Afternoon: Art & Music Appreciation, Ages 5 – 12

Students and teacher will come together and listen to the melodies that make the world come alive. Music will be used as the muse as students learn to express themselves by channeling the tunes into beautiful works of art!


June 29 – July 3

Morning: Learning to Draw, Ages 5 – 8

This class focuses on starting aspiring artists off right! Join us in exploring the fundamentals of drawing as we work together to lay the foundations of creation. All aspects of beginning drawing technique will be covered.

Morning: The Art of Tinkering, Ages 9 – 12

Students will have fun taking things apart, exploring tools and materials, and using motors to build wondrous, wild art that’s part science and technology.

Afternoon: Polymer Clay, Ages 5 – 12

Polymer clay is a type of material that is used to model and make a lot of really cool crafts.  When baked in the oven, it hardens to a solid state. To create even cooler polymer clay crafts, other basic tools may be needed, such as a pasta machine, shape cutter, stamps, and bead rollers. In this class, we will be creating a lot of different projects, including jewelry, animal sculptures, flower pots and much more!


July 6 – 10

Morning: Underwater Ocean Adventure, Ages 5 – 8

Take an artistic adventure into the wonders of the world that starts where the sand ends! Students will create various underwater creations using watercolor techniques, white oil pastel-resist, spray bottle salt, and more. The marvels of the big blue are waiting.

Morning: Sculpture, Ages 9 – 12

Young artists will explore, experiment, and create sculptures using different materials, including: clay, papier-mâché, wood, and wire. Each student will learn techniques and basic skills in this class to construct beautiful artworks in response to the Lois Sloan exhibit.

Afternoon: Wacky Tiny Creatures, Ages 5 – 12

This class is dedicated to the creepy, crawling, scurrying, dazzling residents of the insect world! If your child loves bugs, then this is the class for them. Students will learn about and create different kinds of bugs using various mediums. We will also visit the Metropolitan Museum on Wednesday at 2 p.m. Where we will tour their nature lab.


July 13 – 17

Morning: Forts and Secret Hideaways, Ages 5 – 8

Let your creativity expand beyond the canvas as you design a secret hideaway with your imagination. Work on your own or work as a team to combine elements, such as architecture, painting, and sculpture to create a one-of-a-kind experience for all those who enter.

Morning: Odd Art, Ages 9 – 12

Spend a week where every day you will learn about a new “lesser known” art form, e.g., tie-dye t-shirts, monotype/printmaking, Chinese water brush techniques, creating work with scratch-away wax, creating marks with string, rice, apples, coffee, tea, sugar, sand, etc., and more!

Afternoon: Masks, Ages 5 – 12

Students will create masks from around the world. They will be using different mediums like wire, clay, and paint, in response to the Tlahualiles exhibit.


July 20 – 24

Morning: The Art of Tinkering, Ages 5 – 8

Students will have fun taking things apart, exploring tools and materials, and using motors to build wondrous, wild art that’s part science and technology.

Morning: Young Rembrandts – Fashion Runway, Ages 9 – 12

This stylish Young Rembrandts workshop is tailored for the aspiring fashionista. Join us for five days of runway chic as we illustrate the various aspects of fashion design. Step into the shoes of a fashion magazine editor as you design and draw an eye-catching fashion magazine cover (which will be exhibited). And let’s not forget about the purses! Design the perfect purse to go along with the outfit of your dreams. Finally, draw your model stepping out onto the runway in your fashion originals. If you love fashion, then this class is the perfect fit.

Afternoon: Art Around the World, Ages 5 – 12

Come discover the joy of being creative! Young artists will explore their creative thinking skills through the arts. What makes this unique is that it allows students to come together in a diverse world through art and music. Students will discover cultures while exploring mixed media, including watercolors, tempera, and acrylic paint, oil and chalk pastels, pencil, ink, and collage. Learn to recognize the countries geographically as well as to appreciate the world as one.


July 27 – 31

Morning: Blast Off!!!, Ages 5 – 8

5-4-3-2-1-blast-off! Enjoy space-inspired art, including galaxy slime and a rocket.

Morning: Learning to Draw, Ages 9 – 12

This class focuses on nurturing the creative genius in us all! Join us in exploring the fundamentals of drawing as we work together to the lay the foundations of creation. All aspects of beginning drawing technique will be covered.

Afternoon: Aviation Art, Ages 5 – 12

Pre-board for a non-stop adventure from RAM to Flabob. Flight-inspired art at the art museum will help build interest and appreciation for aircraft and air travel, wrapping up with a field trip to Flabob Airport in Riverside.


August 3 – 7

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Morning: Dr. Seuss Comes Alive Through Art, Ages 5 – 8

Everyone loves Dr. Seuss and in this class students will hear beloved stories and create art projects using clay, tempera, and other mediums.

Morning: Surf’s Up, Ages 9 – 12

Surfing, sand castles, sea shells, and more; art inspired by our glorious oceans.

Afternoon: The Art of Nature, Ages 5 – 12

Artists will create original artwork in a variety of mediums. The earth, sea, and stars will be our inspiration! We will be exploring the plants and insects in our urban surroundings, learning about dinosaurs, and inviting live animals into the classroom.


August 10 – 14

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Morning: Creative Arts, Ages 5 – 12

Your child will be designing and creating a wide range of art projects from distressed art, sculpture, weaving, collage, printmaking, plus so much more. 

Afternoon: We Love Riverside, Ages 5 – 12

Students will visit the Mission Inn Museum to learn about the history of oranges. Back at RAM, student will then make papier-mâché oranges, design orange packing labels, create oil pastels landscapes, and sample a variety of different citrus.

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

$52 (RAM Family Members and above $44.20)

Come share in a world of wonders where students will work together to created imaginative and wondrous works of art using watercolor, oil pastels, chalk, tempera paint, and clay.

Thursdays:

            Session 1: June 25 – July 16

            Session 2: July 23 – August 13

 1 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. 


Boy Scout Art Merit Badge

Gallery visit and watercolor, pastel, acrylic, and colored pencil creation!

OPEN – Call 951.684.7111 to schedule

$25 material fee


Girl Scout Art in 3-D Badge

Explore origami, wire and clay sculpture, mobiles, and more!

OPEN – Call 951.684.7111 to schedule

$25 material fee

Open Studio

Try your hand at a variety of different mediums during this open studio time!

Saturday, June 6, 1 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.

$30 (RAM Family Members and above $27)


Teen Acrylic Painting

Acrylic painting is a modern, water-based medium adopted by many artists in all painting genres. It is fast drying, permanent, very forgiving, and extremely versatile. Examples of acrylic techniques taught are: dry brush, layering, highlight, shadow, blending, and textures.

Thursdays: June 25 – July 30 | 2:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.

$175 (RAM Family members and above $157.50)


Mixed Media

Beyond drawing, paint, and printmaking, lies mixed media, a wide-open combination of art forms that encompasses multiple art tools and materials. Come ready to experiment!

Tuesday – Thursday: June 30 – July 2 | 10 a.m. – 12 noon

$90 (RAM Family members and above $81)


Painting

Class for aspiring painters! Students 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.

Tuesday – Thursday: July 14 – 17 | 10 a.m. – 12 noon

$90 (RAM Family members and above $81)


Drawing

In this class, different approaches to drawing will be introduced, including working with still life objects, learning from the “Masters”, and drawing from photographs. Explore working with pencil, charcoal, and pen & ink, while covering various aspects of working with line, tone, texture, and composition.

Tuesday – Thursday: July 21 – 23 | 10 a.m. – 12 noon

$90 (RAM Family members and above $81)

 


Sculpture

Explore forms in 3-D using a variety of mediums, including wire, papier-mâché, mixed media, wood, and clay. Moving away from a 2-D plan, students will create both abstract and representational sculptures that are meant to be viewed in the round. This class is an introduction to basic elements of 3-D design, including form, line, texture, and color.

Tuesday – Thursday: July 28 – 30 | 10 a.m. – 12 noon

$90 (RAM Family members and above $81)


Polymer Clay

Polymer clay is a type of material that is used to model and make a lot of really cool crafts.  When baked in the oven, it hardens to a solid state. To create even cooler polymer clay crafts, other basic tools may be needed, such as a pasta machine, shape cutter, stamps, and bead rollers. In this class, we will be creating a lot of different projects, including jewelry, animal sculptures, flower pots and much more!

Tuesday – Thursday: August 11 – 13 | 10 a.m. – 12 noon

$90 (RAM Family members and above $81)

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