Richmond Art Center
Richmond Art Center

Shaping Identity: Youth Ceramics Workshop

Shaping Identity: Youth Ceramics Workshop

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
  • Price: Free!
  • Eligibility: For youth ages 13-17 in Richmond
  • This class is a gender inclusive space. Students of all gender identities are welcome to enroll.
  • Questions?

Summer Art Camp – Call for Youth Volunteers

Summer Art Camp – Call for Youth Volunteers

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.

Volunteer Requirements:

  • 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.

A Big Announcement from RAC’s Executive Director

A Big Announcement from RAC’s Executive Director

Hello Friends,

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.

Can we count on you? Visit to get your tickets.

See you at the party!

José Rivera

Executive Director, Richmond Art Center

Free Workshops for Families this Summer / Talleres gratuitos para familias este verano


Free Workshops for Families this Summer

Announcing these family workshops for kids and their grown-ups to make art together.

Ages 5+ welcome with an adult | Ages 12+ welcome solo

La instrucción en español estará disponible.

Registration required. Workshops are available until full. Registered students are responsible for communicating if they can no longer attend the workshop at least one week in advance of withdrawing.

Fabric Marbling

Saturday, June 10, 1pm-3pm

Craft swirling patterns using the ancient art of marbling to decorate a journal, pencil case, and ornament!


Mask Making

Saturday, July 29, 1pm-3pm

Learn paper mache techniques to create animal forms using cardboard, paint, and your imagination!



Talleres gratuitos para familias este verano

Estos talleres familiares son para que los niños y sus adultos hagan arte juntos.

Mayores de 5 años bienvenidos con un adulto | Mayores de 12 años bienvenidos solos

La instrucción en español estará disponible.

Se requiere registro. Las clases están disponibles hasta completar. Los estudiantes registrados son responsables de comunicar si ya no pueden asistir al taller al menos una semana antes de retirarse.

Marmoleado de Tela

Sábado, 10 de junio, 1pm-3pm

¡Crea patrones de remolinos utilizando el antiguo arte del marmoleado para decorar un diario, un estuche para lápices y un adorno!


Hacer Máscaras

Sábado, 29 de julio, 1pm-3pm

¡Aprende técnicas de papel maché para crear formas de animales usando cartón, pintura y tu imaginación!


Spring Family Day was a blast!

Spring Family Day was a blast!

We had big fun on Saturday!!

Thank you to all our collaborators, partners and supporters who made Spring Family Day possible: The Richmond Our Power Coalition, UC Master Gardener Program, Fencelines project team (Graham L.P., Princess Robinson, Gita Khandagle), Mueve, Nyabingha McDowell, Richmond Arts & Culture Commission, and our fabulous volunteers!!

And special thanks to our superstar teaching artists: Cristine Blanco, Vince de Jésus, Eli Africa, Alice Rice, and Rebeca García-González.

Summer Semester Registration Opens Wednesday, May 3, 10am

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).

New classes include:

Don’t forget, needs-based scholarships are available!

New students, use coupon code popsicle2023 for 20% off your first class

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.

Fencelines Public Art Installation on Earth Day

Fencelines Public Art Installation

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.

Add Your Voice: Community members are invited to paint fence slats to add to the installation at the Fencelines exhibition at Richmond Art Center, on view until June 3. 

Families can also participate at Spring Family Day, a free, art-making event at Richmond Art Center on Saturday, April 29, 12pm-3pm.

Images by Graham L.P.

Announcing S.P.O.T.S. – Summer Mural Program for Youth

S.P.O.T.S.: Summer Mural Program for Youth


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
  • ¿Preguntas?

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

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