Richmond Art Center

AIC Classes

 

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Architecture
Upper Elementary School (3rd-6th grade) • Middle school (7th-8th grade) • High school students • Adults • Families/ Intergenerational groups

Learn hands-on about the ways architects solve problems and create spaces for us to live, learn, work and play. Individual and group projects allow students to imagine and design new structures, while learning about historical and present day forms.

Book and Paper Arts
Upper Elementary School (3rd-6th grade) • Middle school (7th-8th grade) • High school students • Adults • Families/ Intergenerational groups

Learn about a variety of book forms, from single page structures to hand-bound journals, using recycled and upcycled materials to create a book of personalized art. Students will explore many ways to customize their pages using printmaking techniques, collage, stencils, adding pocket pages, illustrations, creative writing and more.

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Ceramics
All Ages

Explore the magic of clay through basic handbuilding techniques such as coiling, pinching, building with slabs and sculpting. Students will make ceramic objects they can use as well as sculptural pieces. Clay works are fired at the Richmond Art Center and taken back to your school or site.

Nisha

Graphic Novels
Upper Elementary School (3rd-6th grade) • Middle school (7th-8th grade) • High school students • Adults • Families/ Intergenerational groups

Use your art to tell a story. Explore character development, storyboarding, drawing and inking techniques to make your own comic or zine. Students will learn graphic novel vocabulary, history, and some of the career pathways in animation and illustration.

Nisha

Digital Animation/Stop Motion
Upper Elementary School (5th-6th grade) • Middle school (7th-8th grade) • High school students • Adults • Families/ Intergenerational groups

Bring your art to life with stop motion animation! Using drawings, and small sculptures, students will explore storyboarding, sound effects and video editing. This class will also explore a variety of camera techniques including frame-by-frame capturing video editing and more.

Dominique

Digital Photography
Upper Elementary School (3rd-6th grade) • Middle school (7th-8th grade) • High school students • Adults • Families/ Intergenerational groups

This beginning level class is designed to introduce students to the fundamental techniques and vocabulary of digital photography while helping students develop their vision as young photographers. Through photographic assignments students will have the opportunity to practice their techniques and skills. By the end of the course, students will be comfortable using the various controls of their specific cameras and will gain confidence in the way they approach different subjects photographically.

Fiber Arts: Weaving and Natural Dyes
Upper Elementary School (3rd-6th grade) • Middle school (7th-8th grade) • High school students • Adults • Families/ Intergenerational groups

Learn about the ancient and global practice of weaving and natural dyes. Natural colors and handmade textiles play important roles in many cultures and help to tell the stories of communities. By harvesting color using natural dyes and learning the art of weaving students will explore history, botany, and chemistry and learn to preserve a rich tradition.

Installation Art
Upper Elementary School (5th-6th grade) • Middle school (7th-8th grade) • High school students • Adults • Families/ Intergenerational groups

During this course students will construct large scale 3D mixed-media sculptures inspired and designed according to a specific theme. Students will generate the themes themselves through communal discussion, writing and drawing exercises. The sculptures will be temporarily installed in a specific location to transform the space into an artistic representation of the theme.

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Metal Arts
Upper Elementary School (5th-6th grade) • Middle school (7th-8th grade) • High school students • Adults • Families/ Intergenerational groups

Students learn to safely use saws, files, hammers and torches as they make jewelry, wall art and sculpture. They explore metal stamping techniques with words and images, practice hammer forming to shape metal, connect materials with a solder and a torch, fuse colorful glass to metal and more in this class which combines functional design, construction skills and the creative process.

Mixed Media 2D and 3D
All Ages

Students explore visual arts concepts such as pattern, texture, color, and composition through a range of art-making experiences including printmaking, sculpture, watercolor, drawing, collage and more. Through this exploration of materials students will build their visual vocabulary and develop their ability to articulate what they have learned in an ongoing journal of ideas, drawing, and research.

Mosaic
All Ages

Students recycle and reuse donated, found and rescued pieces as they design and create mosaics, transforming ordinary surfaces (i.e., trashcans, columns, walls, planters, etc.) into public art. Through collaborative brainstorming and sketching students create a design based on a group identified theme. Using safe, non-toxic materials they install their finished designs using on designated surfaces. Murals may be installed at locations throughout your site.

Mural Painting
Upper Elementary School (3rd-6th grade) • Middle school (7th-8th grade) • High school students • Adults • Families/ Intergenerational groups

Students learn how to design and create a portable or permanent mural painting. They begin by learning the fundamentals of how to use acrylic paint through color mixing and application techniques. Through a process of collaborative brainstorming and design students will translate their thoughts and ideas into an organized composition integrating concepts such as pattern, rhythm, texture and line.

Sculpture
All Ages

During this course students will have the opportunity to create 3D sculptures using a range of materials from clay, paper, and recycled and found objects. Drawing from their imaginations students will use their sketches and informative experimentation with materials as a springboard for their creations.They will learn about the process of design and use basic engineering principles to modify and improve their structures.

Painting
All Ages

Let’s learn about painting! Explore color, texture and surface with a range of techniques and materials. Students will learn the fundamentals of color mixing, painting from real life objects and integrate concepts such as pattern, rhythm, texture and line. This class will give students the chance to paint what interests them. Students will come away with a portfolio of their own paintings and have fun in the process.

Printmaking (without a press)
All Ages

During this course students will experiment with different tools and ordinary objects (bubble wrap, corks, bamboo skewers, sponges, etc) to explore the process of printmaking. Using a range of surfaces as a printing plate they will learn about cutting, etching, carving, drawing or assemblage to design a printing plate. Students will get exposure to several printmaking techniques such as relief, monotype, and collograph and will have a chance to create a portfolio of work representing the techniques they explored.

Screenprinting
Upper Elementary School (3rd-6th grade) • Middle school (7th-8th grade) • High school students • Adults • Families/ Intergenerational groups

Students create unique, personalized designs as they learn basic screen printing techniques and applications to produce quality images and wearable art. Students will explore the historical significance of screenprinting as a means to reproduce and share messages.

 

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Richmond Art Center
2540 Barrett Avenue
Richmond, California 94804
510.620.6772

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Tue – Sat, 10 am – 5 pm
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