Thank you to everyone social distancing in order to look out for the most vulnerable around us. Doing so is a much appreciated sacrifice, but that doesn’t mean your life should have less art and wonder in it!
So we've created a list of fun, free art-related and non-art-related resources for children and adults that we will update on the regular.
And be sure to check out our new online exhibitions (a new one debuts every Saturday) and our Google Arts & Culture profile, too.
If this list was helpful, please consider a small donation by texting ARTFUL to 44321 or clicking here.
We are a non-profit museum and we wouldn't exist without donors like you. We'll get through this, but not without your support.
Thank you, and until we re-open, take care of yourselves and each other.
While First Sundays @ RAM is cancelled for April, First Sundays @ Home is not! We partnered with Inlandia Institute to bring you a video done by our beloved regular storyteller Karen Rae Kraut and puppeteer Nicole Cloeren, which will be posted on our Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter on Sunday, April 5, at 2 p.m.
Karen will tell “Be Careful with Promises,” adapted from a Pueblo Indian story featuring Yellow Corn Girl and Grasshopper. Nicole will show the audience how groups can work effectively to use large numbers of puppets.
You can still make art at home as you normally would when at the museum by downloading and printing out this art activity sheet.
First Sunday programming at RAM is brought to you in part by the generosity of Edison International, Bank of America, Wells Fargo, and Macy's.
Karen Rae Kraut and Nicole Cloeren's story time with puppets is made possible by a City of Riverside City Sponsorship Grant, the E. Rhodes and Leona B. Carpenter Foundation, and the California Arts Council.
And we have a few other online classes in the works, like a Gregory Adamson Art d'Vine, so stay tuned!
RAM offers diversified studio art classes and workshops for both children and adults. We maintain a balance of traditional and innovative instruction in small-class settings to accommodate individual interests and needs. The museum's frequently changing exhibits and fine art atmosphere add an inspirational quality to each student's learning experience.
Be inspired. Make art. Go home instilled with a lifelong love of the arts.
Caryn Marsella: Director of Art Education and Community Engagement
Caryn has worked at the museum since 2012. First as a preschool and children with autism teacher, then as an Art-to-Go instructor. She also coordinated First Sundays, Arts Walk, and birthday parties. Caryn then took the position of Art Education Director in 2014, where she oversees all youth and adult education programming, including Creative Horizons projects for at-risk youth and detainees at juvenile hall. She also coordinates the Middle School Art Show, The Press-EnterpriseArt Show, the Moreno Valley Art Shows, as well as the California Art Education Association Southern California Art Show. Today, she continues in that role, as well as being the Director of Community Engagement, where she oversees the Artist-in-Residence programming, as well as community events. Caryn manages a team of 19 employees. She is happily married and a mother of three beautiful teenage daughters.
“My teaching philosophy is to give all people the opportunity to experience art and to gain appreciation of their own artistic talents, regardless of age and/or perceived ability.”
Bethany (Volker) Molyneaux: Art Education Coordinator
Bethany has worked at the museum since 2012. First as an intern, then as a contracted art instructor, and then as an Art-to-Go Coordinator. She is now full time at the museum as Art Education Coordinator and an youth education art instructor. Bethany began taking art classes at a young age and continued in college getting her Bachelors in Visual Arts with a concentration in sculpture. She keeps her own home studio creating welded metal sculptures and as a muralist. Bethany is married and pet mom to three adorable rescue dogs.
Bethany loves teaching students art! She writes curriculum and also teaches RAM's homeschool programs, afterschool classes, and summer classes. She works with at-risk teens for RAM's Creative Horizons program and schedules Walk and Wonder tours. She also oversees RAM's Art-to-Go program and its contracted instructors to bring Art-to-Go to elementary schools and middle schools.
Katie Hernandez: Interpretation Coordinator
Katie Hernandez has worked at the museum since 2012. Initially as a volunteer, then collections intern, and then as the visitor services coordinator. Currently, she is fulltime at the museum as the Interpretation Coordinator bridging exhibitions and education to enhance visitor experience, create programming, and train museum guides.
Katie received her Bachelors of Art in Art History with two minors in Studio Art and Gender and Sexuality Studies from California State University San Bernardino. Prior to joining the museum, she has worked at other art non-profits and museums on education, curation, and collection management.
In her down time, you can find her enjoying a good book and watering her Monstera.
Raven Johnson: Museum Associate
Raven Johnson began working at the museum in 2012. She has a bachelor’s degree in Art History from California State University San Bernardino and an associate degree in Arts and Humanities from RCC. First starting as a volunteer at the Riverside Art Museum, she then became an intern in the Art Education Department. In 2014, Raven was hired as an Art Instructor and is now a full-time employee at the museum where she teaches youth, teen, and special-needs classes. She is also the Youth Birthday Party Coordinator, Senior Event Staff Leader, and Visitor Services Associate for the museum.
Fernanda Arellano: Mark Twain, Castleview, Additional as assigned
I’m Fern like the plant. :) I love art and inspiring others. I’ve recently come to learn how much I love to teach and will pursue a career in teaching. Although collaging is my medium, I’m a designer at heart. I collage because sometimes the image I see doesn’t fit my reality, but I paint sometimes, too. I like plants and the color yellow.
Christine Chavez: Beatty, Madison
Artistic and creative by nature, I love to teach both children and adults. I have a unique worldview, acquired through five years of missionary work that took me to Southeast Asia, Australia, and Israel, where I taught art, English, and other basic skills. I have held a variety of paid and volunteer positions involving helping others.
Leslie Escudero: Jackson, Additional as assigned
Leslie is a Graphic Designer with a background in photography and a surreal-illustration artist. She graduated from La Sierra University with dual degrees in Graphic Design and Fine Art. In 2017, she was awarded Graphic Designer of the year from La Sierra and as a first-time submission won a Silver at The ADDY’s, American Advertising Awards. Leslie has a unique style of combining multiple mediums. Overlapping her visual art with photography and creating a mixed palate of dark and light contrasts, she creates mysterious and energetic pieces. Leslie is currently a freelance photographer and designer in the Inland Empire and is an Adjunct Professor at La Sierra University teaching students. In her spare time, she works on personal projects and is always looking for new ideas, collaborations, and challenges along the way.
Andrea Fry: Lake Matthews, Hawthorne
I’ve lived in Riverside for most of my life; my parents moved here from Denver Colorado when I was two. I’ve been married 20 years. I have two beautiful daughters, Bailey, 18, and Megan, 14. I have always enjoyed art. I’ve been teaching Art-to-Go for five years now. I enjoy teaching children new ways to explore and think about art!
Diane Frymire: Additional as assigned
I’ve loved art since I was very young. My mom ordered me a craft of the month and I always did a lot of paint by numbers then. As an adult, I started taking oil painting and drawing lessons to build my skills. At the Riverside Art Museum, I’ve taken many classes and joined The 52 Project in 2019. I taught public school for 20 years and loved to integrate art in every subject. I’ve learned to see that I can create beauty and find joy in all mediums of art, including digital. Being part of Art-to-Go gives me the opportunity to share that joy with wonderful kids. I’m honored to teach with this program.
Sarah German: Additional as assigned
I’m Sarah and I have a passion for both art and teaching. I began teaching when I was 19 at a Montessori Preschool and from there I moved on to teach K–6 summer- and after-school learning. I graduated from UC Irvine in 2019 with a Bachelor's Degree in Education Sciences and a specialization in Children's Learning and Development. In my last year of undergrad, I discovered my love for art as I started painting with acrylics as a fun hobby. As I continued, my love for art began to blossom and I started receiving requests for custom paintings from friends and family. I now sell my art at local community art and music events. I love the fact that I get to combine my two passions on a daily basis and teach children the beauty and excitement that art can bring into their lives. Expressing yourself creatively through any art form is one of the truest and purest forms of your soul's expression in my opinion.
Virginia Godoy: Jefferson, Woodcrest
Virginia Godoy retired from her career as a Wastewater Chemist for the City of Riverside in 2015 after 30 years of service. During her last year in service at the City of Riverside, she discovered a love for mixed media art after taking a class at RAM. Ms. Godoy has done fiber art since 2008 and has judged several art competitions.
She is currently an Art Instructor for RAM’s Art-to-Go program and occasionally teaches youth and adult art classes at RAM.
Jalisa Jackson: Additional as assigned
Jalisa Jackson is a 2019 MFA graduate from the University of California, Riverside, where she studied playwriting. In 2017, her play Comb Your Hair (Or You'll Look Like a Slave) was honored and performed at the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival national competition as a finalist and, in 2019, her full length minstrel piece The Shit Show: An American Allegory was a national finalist at the Austin Film Festival where it received a stage reading.
Cecilia Marez: Mark Twain, Rivera
Cecilia loves several things in life, such as nature, animals, healing elements, and beautiful artistic expression. Currently her artistic interests are in sculpture, film, and illustration. Her art has been displayed in various galleries throughout Southern California. After graduating from the University of Riverside with a BA in Studio Art and a minor in Education, she now exercises both passions as part of RAM’s Art-to-Go program and teaches Art Club and special needs on Saturdays. She also studied Early Childhood Education at RCC, worked with children on the autism spectrum for over three years, and is a part-time substitute teacher. Aspiring to get her masters in art education and having spent her life creating art since she was a child, guiding children to gain their creative freedom and educating them on a variety of topics with different art mediums is her greatest inspiration yet.
Alicia Mosley: Magnolia, Alcott, Highland
Alicia is a former elementary school teacher and is a poet, fiction writer, mixed-media artist, and educator. She holds an MEd and MFA from the University of California at Riverside. Alicia considers teaching an art and continues her work as an educator in creative writing, visual art, and yoga. What she loves most about teaching is supporting the healthy and essential act of creative expression in children and adults. She has work published in The Sun Magazine and LARB and her current obsession is painting on fabric.
Monica Preciado: Mt. View, Monroe
Monica’s love for art started in elementary school and she excelled while taking multiple art classes at California Baptist University. During her undergraduate education, four of her art pieces were recognized in the Honors Exhibit. Additionally, she was a part of two temporary art installations at CBU and outside of the Riverside Art Museum. Along her journey of completing her Early Childhood Studies Degree, she also had the privilege to observe and teach in multiple classrooms. Uniting her experience of art and teaching, she has been an Art-to-Go Instructor since December 2017. Integrating art within the classroom while teaching students History, Science, Math, or Fine Arts, she enjoys observing the excitement the students have creating their own masterpiece as they learn in a fun artistic way.
Crystal Rodriguez: Highland, Emerson
Crystal Rodriguez is a visual artist based in Riverside, CA, the city where she was born and raised. She developed an interest for creating at an early age. Following her passion for the visual arts, she received her BFA in Drawing and Painting from California State University, Fullerton. In 2017, Crystal began volunteering for RAM as a Museum Guide. In 2018, she was hired as an Art Instructor for RAM’s Art-to-Go program, and since, has had the opportunity to teach Preschool for RAM’s Youth Education classes. In addition to teaching, Crystal has participated in activities such as RAM’s The 52 Project and Art Bark in the Park. Her artwork has been shown in group exhibitions within the Inland Empire and Orange County.
Adriana Salazar: Castleview, Kennedy
After 17 years of teaching Kindergarten, Adriana is continuing her love of sharing Art with children and adults. She has started a new career as an Art Instructor for the Riverside Art Museum’s Art-to-Go program. She is currently teaching Art through History and Science as well as through Fine Arts and Math to K thru 6th graders in the Riverside Unified School District. Adriana also occasionally teaches youth art classes and mixed media pendant classes to adults at RAM. She resides in Winchester California with her husband, Mark, and their cat Marley.
Maria Sanchez: Washington, Alcott
I am going on my second year as an Art-to-Go instructor with RAM. I am currently a student at Mt San Antonio College with a Major in Liberal Studies and a minor in Fine Art. Before working with Art-to-Go, I was leading painting classes in English and Spanish for homeschool students through a company in Corona. My work has been shown at the Maloof House, Amoca, CCMA (Chaffey Community Museum of Art) and Mt. San Antonio's student art exhibition. Ever since I could remember, I've always loved making art. It didn't matter what medium, from digital, photography, and sculpture, as long as I got to be creative. Now I get the joy of teaching young students, so maybe one day they can share their love for art with others, too.
Natasha Shrank: Pachappa, Highgrove
Art means so many things, but to me, it is how I understand the world around me and how I understand myself. Art is part of how we communicate. Art helps us to see the beauty in everyday life and in places often unseen. I have experience in drawing, painting, jewelry design, metalworking, graphic design, and working with found objects.
I’m excited to be a part of Art-to-Go and share my knowledge and passion for art with you.
Gloriana Sandoval: Liberty, Harrison
I am a mixed-media painter. I was born and raised in Riverside, California, and art has been my passion ever since I was a child. I studied visual arts at California Baptist University and graduated with my Bachelor’s in Visual Arts. Not only have I had a passion for art, but I have always had a passion for teaching children. Growing up I would help teach Sunday school and through my college years I helped teach workshops to kids through some of my art classes. My Junior year of college, I interned through the Riverside Art Museum, assisting the teacher and working with children on a variety of projects. I have been teaching Art-to-Go since January of 2019 and it has been such a great experience. I am extremely grateful that I get to teach kids about my passion and hopefully inspire them through art.
Jennifer Valle: Taft, Victoria
Jennifer began teaching art in 2015 as a volunteer art docent for an art program with an elementary school. She has spent many hours volunteering in the classroom and working with children. She received a Liberal Arts degree from Eastern Washington University. She also received a business degree from California State University, Los Angeles. She is very passionate about art as a way of personal expression and enjoys sharing this with others.
Alexa Vazquez: Fremont, Longfellow
I am a photographer, filmmaker, and all around artist! I am a self-taught artist who started with studio art and found love in other forms of media arts as well. I currently go to RCC and live in the Artist-in-Residence home, a.k.a "The Branch", in Eastside Riverside. I have worked as a tour guide and art instructor for the museum for two years. I fell in love with the Art-to-Go program and have learned so much from my time at the museum. I love to inspire students with the freedom that art brings. Hope to see you soon!
Kathryn Villareal: Additional as assignedKathryn Villareal is an illustrator with a love for many types of art from children’s books to animation. She received her degree at Cal State University Fullerton, where she focused on a variety of media. Wanting to be a part of her community, she is now an Art-to-Go instructor with the Riverside Art Museum. She has grown up in Riverside, California, and here she found her love of art through its amazing art and culture.
Gregory Adamson is a renowned Southern California artist who has gained domestic and international acclaim for his mesmerizing, fast-paced art performances, where he paints to music with bare hands or brushes, creating huge masterpieces in just minutes. His subject matter includes historical leaders, sports legends, music icons, and other pop culture celebrities. He has performed coast-to-coast and abroad, at concerts with major recording artists, and at regional and national events. Beyond his performances, Greg creates privately commissioned studio paintings—including portraits and other subjects, and devotes time whenever possible to his “personal” works which are more abstract in nature.
Joe A. Oakes
As an artist, I strive to create an alternative version to what people think they see in nature. Although nature is great inspiration, everyone has seen it. Therefore I strive to create something unique by using color as the catalyst between what you think you know and what it can be.
As an instructor, I want my students to know that there are some basic principles they should follow and include in their work. And I work to make sure they understand those principles. But there will come a day when they won’t need to think about those things as much. At that point, if they haven’t already been working on finding and expressing their unique vision, they will be lost. Learning principles and techniques should go hand-in-hand with expression. Each person’s unique expression can be found through thoughtful analysis, experimentation, and play! Because above all else, creating should be enjoyable and fun.
As a non-profit art museum, we know how to stretch a dollar and pinch pennies to make things happen, but sometimes the things we need to take it to the next level are just beyond our reach. We've made a list of some of the pressing things we need.