Join artist Colleen Garland in an exploration of ceramic artwork and techniques. Students will engage in discussion of pieces made by a variety of ceramic artists who identify as women. They will also receive a hands-on introduction to the practice of wheel throwing.
Schedule: Wednesdays, 2pm-4pm, June 28 – August 9, 2023
Location: Richmond Art Center, 2540 Barrett Avenue, Richmond, CA 94804
Eligibility: For youth ages 13-17 in Richmond
This class is a gender inclusive space. Students of all gender identities are welcome to enroll.
Richmond Art Center is looking for youth and young adult volunteers to assist with our Summer Art Camp. Volunteers will assist Teaching Artists in the classroom (morning and afternoon shifts available), as well as support with lunchtime and student pick up.
About Summer Art Camp: Summer Art Camp at Richmond Art Center gives kids (ages 5-12) an exciting immersion in visual arts practice. Daily projects include drawing, painting, printmaking, textile arts, and sculpture. This year camps will be held over 6 weeks between June 12 to July 28. (No camp July 3 to July 7). Weekly camps run Tuesday through Friday from 10am to 2pm.
Enjoy interacting with kids ages 5 to 12 years old
Can move around in the studio
No art experience necessary, but need to be able to follow instructions from the Teaching Artist
High schoolers and recent graduates welcome (we are specifically looking volunteers between the ages of 16 and 25)
Volunteers 18+ must complete a LiveScan background check before start date of volunteering
How to Apply: If you would like to become a Summer Art Camp volunteer then CLICK HERE to submit a volunteer application.
Save the date! On Saturday, August 5, 1pm-4pm, we’re having a community party to celebrate the 25th anniversary of Andrée Singer Thompson’s Guillermo, the Golden Trout (the large fish sculpture that adorns our building).
Go Fish! will be Richmond Art Center’s first in-person fundraiser since the pandemic. We’ll be honoring Andrée Singer Thompson and wishing Guillermo a happy birthday with art-making, games, live music, auction and cake. This event is free and open to all, but we’re also selling ‘Golden (Trout) Tickets’ to those who can show their support.
Please consider purchasing a ticket for yourself and a community member to enjoy the event. We are counting on those who can contribute to help us raise money to support class scholarships, free community programs, studio equipment, and teaching artist fees.
Summer Semester Registration Opens Wednesday, May 3, 10am
Browse art classes now and get ready for summer registration opening on May 3. Summer class listings are posted on our website (don’t worry if the class says ‘Fully Booked’ this will change once registration opens).
Image: New class – Gel Prints into Journals! Create beautiful gel prints and then incorporate them into hand-bound journals. This weekend workshop, July 22-23, is taught by Rebeca Garcia-Gonzalez and Anna Kingsley.
Richmond Parkway Bay Trail between Gertrude and Vernon Avenues
On Earth Day, Saturday, April 22, community members gathered at the Richmond Parkway Bay Trail to install the hundreds of painted wooden slats that make up the Fencelines public artwork. The site of the installation – an existing chain link fence – highlights the close proximity between the Chevron petroleum refinery and Richmond residential neighborhoods. For generations, the refinery has polluted the neighboring community’s air, water, land and people.
Fencelines represents the collective voice of hundreds of individuals and families who, over the past year, gathered at events to paint their stories and messages on the slats, responding to the questions: “What message do you have for the polluting industry here in Richmond?” and “What vision do you have for your community in the future?” The resulting public artwork documents the impact of the petroleum industry; As you travel along this fence you will see messages of hope, unity, and care woven together into a collective monument to the resistance and resilience of Richmond.
Fencelines project is created by Graham L.P., Princess Robinson, and Gita Khandagle, local artists and organizers; inviting participation from Richmond & North Richmond community members and working in partnership with the Richmond Our Power Coalition to envision a just and regenerative future.
Special thanks to Richmond LAND for hosting the Earth Day event on the parkway, and Richmond Mayor Eduardo Martinez for his participation and support.
S.P.O.T.S: Supporting Peoples Outlooks, Talents, and Speech
Tuesdays and Thursdays, 3pm to 6pm
The painting spot, the gathering spot, the spot light or epicenter of action.
Public art is a powerful tool for community building. This program will introduce young artists to the means to create vibrant community art works. A cohort of twelve young artists (ages 14-24) will learn about different models of community art projects, help to define how the program will local youth, and create a collaborative mural project. Students will learn basic color theory, composition, and painting methods.
CLICK HERE to view the mural created by youth participating in the program in 2021.
CLICK HERE to view the mural created by youth participating in the program in 2022.
Eligibility: This seven week class is for youth ages 14-24 who live, work or study in Richmond.
Stipend: Each student will receive a $250 stipend for their work at the completion of the program.
Schedule: Tuesdays and Thursdays, 3pm to 6pm from June 13 to August 3, 2023
Instructors: Fred Alvarado and Keena Azania Romano
This class welcomes Spanish speakers and is an inclusive bilingual space. El Artista Maestro habla Español.
S.P.O.T.S: Supporting Peoples Outlooks, Talents, and Speech
Aprenda cómo el arte público es una herramienta poderosa para crear comunidad. Una grupo de doce artistas jóvenes (de 14 a 24 años) creará un proyecto de mural colaborativo en el Centro de Arte de Richmond este verano con los artistas Fred Alvarado y Keena Azania Romano. Los estudiantes que completen el programa recibirán un estipendio de $250 por su trabajo.
Horario: Martes y jueves, de 15:00 a 18:00 horas del 13 de junio al 27 de julio de 2023
Ubicación: Richmond Art Center, 2540 Barrett Avenue, Richmond, CA 94804
Elegibilidad: para jóvenes de 14 a 24 años en Richmond
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.
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
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.