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.

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

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 – 13 | 4 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.

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


Young artists will learn the techniques and basic skills necessary to explore, experiment, and create sculptures using different materials, including clay, papier-mâché, wood, and wire.

Wednesdays, April 8 – May 6

Oil Pastels

Oil pastels may look like crayons, but they produce results that are much smoother, brighter, and easier to blend than crayons. Once you learn to overlay, interlace, and blend, you can begin to make dynamic art.

Thursday, April 9 – May 7


Drawing Out the Elements of Art

Learn about the building blocks that make up every piece of art: line, shape, form, space, texture, and color. We will cover 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, May 14 – June 11

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 who will teach them about their style, technique, and share stories of their career years.

* This is a 4-class session: Wednesdays, May 20 – June 10

**This class will run 4 p.m. – 6 p.m.


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.

Tuesdays, Session 1: April 7 – May 5

Tuesdays, Session 2: May 12 – June 9

Saturdays, Session 1: April 11 – May 16 (No class April 25)

Saturdays, Session 2:  May 23 – June 20


(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)

Remarkable Riverside, April 8 - May 6

This class will look to a number of Riverside’s fascinating landmarks – from historical buildings like the Riverside Art Museum to the green and bountiful citrus groves throughout the Inland Valley – as the focus of our art. Each week the class will explore a different part of the city’s history, creating unique artworks that reflect what we have learned. A variety of art materials and techniques will be introduced, including drawing, painting, collage, and more.

Portraits, and Still Lifes, and Landscapes, Oh My!, May 13 - June 10

Following in the footsteps of the “Masters,” this class will be a creative tour of many of the classic Fine Art traditions, including portraits, still lifes, and landscapes. Students will see examples of artworks from master artists in each of these genres and learn about how these themes have evolved throughout history. Young artists will produce individual drawings, paintings, and sculptures of their very own, keeping the traditions alive and well.

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.

Saturdays, April 18, May 2, 9, 16, and 30 (No class on April 25 and May 23)

 1 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. 

From Trash to Treasure, April 18

Are you a fan of recycling? Then you’ve come to the right place! You will learn how to create decorative objects from recycled bottles and have lots of fun doing it!

$30 (RAM Family Members and above $27)

Mother’s Day Present, May 9

Your child will love to come to the museum and create something special just for mom! Gift will be handmade with love and come wrapped and ready to present to mom on that special day! Hint: It will be something beautiful for your backyard.

$35 (RAM Family Members and above $32)

Use the (Art) Force, May 16

Ever wanted to create and make the world of Star Wars come to life? No further, look; for you, this class is. Have fun creating fun projects!

$35 (RAM Family Members and above $32)

Springtime Notecard Creations, May 30*

Create beautiful Georgia O’Keeffe-inspired notecards using oil pastels. Each child will create a set of 5 notecards, complete with envelopes.

*This class will run 1 p.m. – 3 p.m.

$35 (RAM Family Members and above $32)


Open Studio, June 6

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

$30 (RAM Family Members and above $27)


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

Mixed Media

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

Wednesdays, April 8 – May 6, 4 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.

$75 (RAM Family Members and above $67.50)

Elementary Photography

This class will cover the fundamentals of photography. Students will learn basic camera functions, photographic techniques, and basic manipulation in Photoshop. We will cover technical information, such as shutter speed and aperture, white balance, image quality, and compositional methods to help students develop their vision as budding photographers. Students will have the opportunity to practice their understanding of topics covered in class through photographic assignments both in class and at home. Yes, there will be homework. By the end, students will be comfortable using the various controls of a camera and have confidence in the way they approach different subjects photographically.

Saturdays, May 2 – June 6, 12 noon – 4 p.m., Ages 12+

$175 (RAM Family Members and above $157.50)

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)