Richmond Art Center
Richmond Art Center

Take a Metal Art Class this Spring

Take a Metal Art Class this Spring

Recently at Richmond Art Center instructor Maxon McCarter and students got creative with copper in the metals studio (see photos below by Elaine Moreno).

Do you like sculptural art and jewelry? Want to learn how to shape metal to create something amazing? Check out these classes starting soon at RAC…

Intermediate Jewelry

Practice and refine your skills using a jewelers saw, shaping techniques, textures and finishing with patina and polishing.

Saturdays, 1pm-3pm, March 18 – May 13

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The Silver Dream

Do you dream of making your own silver creations? Then join us in this exploration of silversmithing and get started making your silver dreams come true.

Wednesdays, 6pm-8pm, Apr 26 – May 17

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Learn to form and forge wire into your own pair of hoop earrings! All tools and materials for students are provided. Ages 14+ welcome.

Wednesday, April 12, 6pm-8pm

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Beginning Blacksmithing

Learn the foundations of blacksmithing and forging with fire! This class will cover how to create a decorative and functional wall hanger.

Wednesdays, 3pm-5pm, Mar 22 – May 3

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Precious Metal Clay Jewelry Making

An introduction to working with bronze and silver metal clay. Projects will include pendants, rings, stone setting and mold making with a focus on different methods for creating, firing and finishing designs.

Thursdays, 6pm-8pm, Mar 30 – May 18

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Spring Catalog and a Message from RAC’s Executive Director

The Spring Catalog is Here!

Check out the Spring Catalog for information about upcoming classes, exhibitions and special events. CLICK HERE to see the catalog online, or pick up a copy at Richmond Art Center.

A Message from RAC’s Executive Director

Hello Friends,

Sunny weather is coming and we have a couple of “not to be missed” events at Richmond Art Center this season. First, it’s Spring Family Day. This time, this free event will celebrate advocacy for environmental justice through art-making. And then in April, it’s the West Contra Costa Unified School District Student Art Show. It always astonishes me to see the incredible artistic talent of local middle and high school students. And this year marks the 57th year of the exhibition.

Meanwhile, a new and exciting class is launching: blacksmithing! It will be held in the courtyard to keep everyone safe (and no need to carry your own anvil!)

Finally, a few weeks ago we were happy to welcome to Richmond Art Center Tony Tamayo, Chief of Staff to Richmond’s Mayor and B.K. White, Public Policy Director in the Office of the Mayor. Tony and BK toured our facilities and we talked about upcoming events and how the Office of the Mayor can assist RAC in its efforts. We are so appreciative that the Mayor’s Office visited us during their busy transition time. We look forward to a great relationship with them.

Stay warm and I hope to welcome you at RAC soon.

José Rivera

A Big Day at RAC – THIS Saturday 3/18!

A Big Day at RAC – THIS Saturday 3/18!

Join us at Richmond Art Center to celebrate one last time our winter exhibitions! We’ll also be having a free photo session with ENOUGH Considered and hosting a visioning session for the establishment of an Arts Council and an Arts & Culture Strategic Plan for our county.

What’s Happening:

Visioning Session for Arts & Culture in Contra Costa County, 10am-11:30am | More info…

Art of the African Diaspora Closing Party, 2pm-4pm | More info…

Connected Always and Remembrance Project Closing Reception, 2pm-4pm | More info…

ENOUGH: Photo Portrait Session, 2pm-4pm | More info…

Welcome Kimberly! Richmond Art Center’s new Public Programs Coordinator

Meet Kimberly Ross, Public Programs Coordinator

Kimberly Ross joins Richmond Art Center’s staff team with extensive experience in the fashion industry, as well as entrepreneurial endeavors in event production and image consulting. As Public Programs Coordinator Kimberly will coordinate the volunteer program and special events, as well as support front desk activities. Kimberly is a Richmond native, with roots in Oakland and San Francisco. 

Say hello to Kimberly at the front desk next time you are at RAC!

Or connect with her at

Show Your RAC Pride! T-Shirts and Totes Now Available

Artist Designed T-Shirts and Totes

Our custom t-shirts and totes are only available for purchase at Richmond Art Center. Swing by the front desk and pick yours up while stocks last!

Ceramics T-Shirts

Design by teaching artist Shannon Abac

Unisex Style | Sizes S to 2XL | Cotton Heritage, Soft & Lightweight, 100% cotton 

Colors Available: Black shirt with red ink; grey shirt with white ink; and grey shirt with red ink

$35 each (includes sales tax)

Guillermo Tote Bags

Design by Fransisco Rojas

Heavy Cotton Tote | Union Made in the USA | Printed in the USA

$25 each (includes sales tax)

Top image: Photos by Elaine Moreno

Youth Art Tours – Book Now for Spring!

Youth Art Tours – Book Now for Spring!

Did you know we have a school tours program? Bring your class to Richmond Art Center and enjoy a guided tour of current exhibitions. Students also get to visit studio spaces and engage in an art-making activity.

(Psssst Richmond youth organizations, groups and schools can book a tour for FREE thanks to funding from California Arts Council)

More info and online bookings:

Image: A school group visiting our print studio this winter

Interested in teaching at Richmond Art Center?

Prospective Teaching Artist Information Sessions

In these informal online sessions RAC’s Education Team will share information about our hiring process and teaching opportunities.

Richmond Art Center offers visual arts education programs for the community year round, on-site at RAC, off-site in the community and online via Zoom. We work collaboratively with Teaching Artists to develop dynamic and inclusive arts education programs that cultivate, support and build our creative community here in Richmond. RAC currently offers visual arts programs and media under the following disciplines: Ceramic Arts & Sculpture, Digital Arts & Sculpture, Drawing & Painting, Glass Arts & Sculpture, Jewelry & Metal Arts, Printmaking Arts, Textiles & Fiber Arts, Mixed Media Arts & Sculpture. TEACHING ARTIST JOB DESCRIPTION

Session 1: Thursday, February 23, 5pm-6pm | REGISTER FOR THIS SESSION ON ZOOM

Session 2: Saturday, February 25, 9am-10am | REGISTER FOR THIS SESSION ON ZOOM

Spring Class Registration Opens Wednesday, February 15 (really soon!)

Spring Class Registration Opens Wednesday, February 15

Spring classes are now posted (don’t worry if the class says ‘Fully Booked’ this will change once registration opens). Browse listings and plan which class or workshop you’ll sign up for when classes open for registration on Wednesday, February 15 at 10am.

And don’t forget to get your scholarship applications in early!

Image: Stop-Motion Animation class with Eli Africa starts March 18

Three New Bookmaking Workshops

Three New Bookmaking Workshops

Starting Soon!

Workshop for Adults | Beginners Welcome

Coptic Sewn Book

Saturday, February 4, 10am-1pm


Learn to sew a hard covered book with an exposed spine. This book opens perfectly flat and is a fun structure to make!

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Workshop for Adults | Beginners Welcome

No Glue Watercolor Sketchbook

Saturday, March 4, 10am-1pm


This fun book form uses no glue whatsoever but still has a very sturdy body that will hold up to being tossed in a backpack or dropped on the floor. Learn to sew a multi section book using precut watercolor paper and create a wrap around cover to hold it all together.

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Workshop for Adults | Beginners Welcome

Mixed Media Sketchbook

Tuesday, March 7, 10am-1pm


Learn to use an unlikely material for the pages of a sketchbook: packing paper! This material is amazing for drawing, sketching, and painting with opaque media. Paint pens, acrylic paints, and gouache pop off the page in beautiful contrast and typically do not bleed or come through he opposite face of your page.

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Gratitude and News

It Was a Rollercoaster End to 2022

  • We are so grateful to our community! Despite the devastating loss of three major donors last year, we’re happy to announce that we reached our End-of-Year Appeal fundraising goal and raised over $80,000. Thank you to everyone who contributed!
  • On December 23, Rigo 23’s statue of Leonard Peltier—that was previously exhibited at Richmond Art Center—was stolen from a U-haul in Oakland. Thanks to alert community members – extra special thanks to Darby (pictured above) – most of the statue was recovered a few days later

Onwards 2023!

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2540 Barrett Avenue
Richmond, CA 94804-1600


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