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Ever wondered about the giant trout? | With Love… Issue 7

Civic Center Art Tour | These classes have space for YOU | See and Make Art | Art Boost!

Ever wondered…

Video by Francisco Rojas-Meraz

Civic Center Public Art Tour

Ever wondered about the public art around Richmond’s Civic Center? Take this new video tour and learn about some of the amazing works on and around our facility. Video features works by AGANA, Lukaza Branfman-Verissmo, Marion Coleman, Daniel Galvez, Ross Holzman, RYSE Youth Center, and Andree Singer Thompson.

Take the Tour

These classes have space for YOU

Click HERE to browse all our Fall 2020 Classes

Curiosidades de México I : Calaveras y Papel Picado

Esta clase será en español. Construiremos una calavera de papel y cortaremos nuestro propio papel picado, perfecto para decorar nuestra casa para el Día de los Muertos.

Edades 10-16 | 11:00 am – 1:00 pm, 24 Oct – 25 Oct

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Tile Making and Cuerda Seca Decoration

Two-day workshop: learn to make tiles and Cuerda Seca decoration. In Spanish Cuerda Seca literally means “dry cord” and refers to a ceramic technique using dry lines to delineate pools of glaze.

Adult Class (Ages 16+) | Saturday, 10/24 and Sunday, 10/25, 10am-12pm

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The Comics Lab: Comics & Visual Storytelling

Dive into the process, tools and technique for creating your own comics stories and characters.

Teen Class | Mondays, 4-5:30pm, 10/26 – 12/14

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Planting Creativity

Using techniques such as illustration, collage and watercolor, we will explore some of the uses of safe, gentle plant medicines that can be found in our neighborhoods, gardens and kitchens.

Teen Class | Wednesdays, 3:30-5:30pm, 11/4 – 12/2

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Drawing Workshop Series

Experiment and play with drawing techniques using pencil, charcoal, chalk pastel, ink, tempera, watercolor and mixed media!

Adult Class (Ages 16+) | Saturdays, 11am-1pm, 11/7 – 12/5

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See and Make Art

Worksheet by Teaching Artist Lauren Ari

Circle Hunt

Round and round I go, I have no straight lines and one closed curve, from the center all points are the same, if you can guess my name…

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Art Boost!

Scholarships for Online Art Classes

Making art accessible to everyone is at the heart of Richmond Art Center’s mission. If you need a reduced rate for your class sign up for an ART BOOST! We offer need-based scholarships for eligible children, teens and adults.

Art Boost! Request Form

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Richmond Standard: What’s up with the fish?

Did you know that the big fish artwork displayed prominently on the Richmond Art Center is named “Guillermo — The Golden Trout?”

The 50-foot-long, 800-pound work by artist Andree Singer Thompson may be named Guillermo, a typical male name, but this fish is actually a she. And she is “pregnant with hope.”

It’s just one of many fun factoids provided in a new video by the Richmond Art Center that takes viewers on a virtual tour of public art at the Richmond Civic Center.

Watch and enjoy! And make certain to visit the Richmond Art Center’s website for updates here.

Story by Mike Aldax

SFBT’s Richmond Supplement features Local Arts Leaders

Did you see the San Francisco Business Times’ Richmond Supplement – “Richmond Leaders, Innovators & Change Makers”?

This magazine includes an article on Richmond arts leaders Amanda Eicher (Executive Director of NIAD), Stephen Bruce (artist and local organizer), and RAC’s very own Executive Director José Rivera!! See pages 22 and 23.

Click here to view the supplement Richmond Leaders, Innovators & Change Makers

A Whale of An Art Talk: Jos Sances and Elizabeth Schultz LIVE

September 25 @ 5:00 pm cst (3:00 pm pst) | FREE

Did you see Jos Sances’ lifesize drawing of a whale at Richmond Art Center last year? ‘Or, the Whale’ is now on view in Kansas and we’re excited to share that this Friday, 9/25 at 3pm pst the Lawrence Art Center (in partnership with Richmond Art Center and Vessel Gallery) is hosting a live virtual conversation between Sances and Moby-Dick scholar Elizabeth Schultz! 

In this very special virtual event, Sances will be joined by internationally acclaimed Herman Melville scholar/ KU Professor Emeritas Elizabeth Schultz for a conversation exploring the themes represented in the artwork as well as its connections to the literary masterpiece, Moby-Dick.

More info and to view the event:



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Fall Class Registration Now Open! | With Love… Issue 6

Fall 2020 Session    |    New Classes We Want You to Know About    |   Art Boost!

Fall 2020 Session

Image: Chandna Agarwal, @chandna_argarwal
Fall 2020 Class Registration is NOW OPEN  

The Fall 2020 session brings over forty classes, including old favorites and beloved teachers, as well as new offerings for kids, adults and families!!

Browse the Class Listings

New Classes We Want You to Know About

Inward Spiral: Guided Drawing for the Fun of It

Drawing is a tool for play, relaxation and exploration. Infinite possibilities lay before you…  with artist Lauren Ari!

All Ages Class  |  Fridays, 12-1pm, 10/9 – 12/18  | Sign up for one or all classes! 

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Hoop Making and Basics

Be creative using your whole body! The class starts by making a custom hoop, then instructor Tania Pulido will teach you the basic movements of hoop dancing.

All Ages Class  |  Wednesdays, 7-8:30pm, 10/21 – 12/2

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(Not Your) Old Fashioned Stitch Circle

Recreating the traditions of a stitch circle online with teaching artist Jocelyn Jones, students will meet over zoom and receive beginner embroidery instruction while experiencing a social setting.

Adult Class (Ages 16+)  |  Fridays, 5:30-7:30pm, 10/9 – 12/18

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Planting Creativity

Mixed media class that is also an introduction to herbalism. Using illustration, collage and watercolor, students will explore some of the uses of safe, gentle plant medicines. Instructor: Jade Fair

Teens (Ages 12-7)  |  Wednesdays, 3:30-5:30pm, 10/7 – 12/2

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XENOGENESIS: Black Sci-Fi Making Space

Artist Charlyn Griffith-Oro wants to explore science fiction and multimedia making with YOU! This class incorporates guided meditation, prompted sketch journaling, collage and sculpture based making.

Adults  |  Thursdays, 3-5pm, 10/22 – 11/19

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Books and Art

Read along each week with teaching artist Tatiana Ortiz, then create art related to the story! 

Kids (Ages 5-11)  |  Thursdays, 2-3pm, 10/8 – 12/17

More info…

Art Boost!

Scholarships for Online Art Classes

Making art accessible to everyone is at the heart of Richmond Art Center’s mission. If you need a reduced rate for your class sign up for an ART BOOST! We offer need-based scholarships for eligible children, teens and adults.

Art Boost! Request Form

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Press Release: Fall 2020 Class Registration Opens

Richmond Art Center Expands its Online Offerings

RICHMOND, CA: Richmond Art Center opens its Fall 2020 class registration with expanded online art class listings. The Fall 2020 session offers over forty classes by nearly thirty different teaching artists, including old favorites and beloved teachers, as well as new offerings for kids, adults and families.

Oil painting, figure drawing, ceramics and watercolor classes are back. Listed alongside media chosen especially for online at-home learning and offering students new means for expression; journaling, digital art, Zoom games, and embroidery.

“We have something for everyone!” says José Rivera, RAC’s Executive Director. “Including new intergenerational classes where people of all ages can learn together and from each other. These are difficult times, and I’m continually amazed by the ingenuity of our teaching artists in adapting and innovating to find ways for people to stay creative and move forward through art.”

The Fall 2020 Session features classes for adults, kids, teens and mixed/all ages groups. New classes include Jade Fair’s Planting Creativity (herbalism and mixed media), Lauren Ari’s Inward Spiral (guided drawing for play and relaxation), Charlyn Griffith-oro’s XENOGENESIS (Black sci-fi making space), Leah Yael Levy’s Comics Lab (comics and visual storytelling), and Feral Fabric’s Backpatch, Banner and Flag Workshop (sharing messages through fabric).

And… Date Night returns! Date Night is a monthly night of socializing and art-making. On October 2, 7:30-9pm the event will be hosted by artist Dawline-Jane Oni-Eseleh who will teach participants to make their own zines. (BYOB, sliding scale to participate.)

Search class offerings and register online:

Art Boost!: Making art accessible to everyone is at the heart of the Richmond Art Center’s mission. Needs-based Art Boost scholarships are available for eligible children, teens and adults. The Scholarship Request Form is available on RAC’s website under the ‘Classes’ tab on the topbar menu.

About Richmond Art Center: Richmond Art Center has been sharing art and creating experiences for making together in Richmond since 1936. We offer art classes and workshops for over 5,000 adults and youth per year to create, experience and share art at our facility and in local schools and community spaces. We also present rotating exhibitions of work by Bay Area artists, attracting over 18,000 visitors to our four galleries annually.

Media Contact: Amy Spencer,

Image: Drawing by Vero d. Orozco, @verodorozco


Artists Caring for Community | With Love… Issue 5

Art Lives Here: New Artworks Unveiled | Classes for At-Home Creativity | See and Make Art: Let’s Get Mucky | And Other News

Art Lives Here

Image: Lukaza Branfman-Verissimo’s banner and Agana’s mural now adorn RAC’s facade
Photo by Francisco Roja @pac_pops

Two New Artworks Reflect Community on RAC’s Facade

Art Lives Here is a series of RAC commissioned projects designed to support artists and build community connection during shelter-in-place. Two new projects from the series were unveiled this month…

For This is life long work (2020), a 13 foot high banner by Lukaza Branfman-Verissimo, the artist collaborated with RAC staff and teaching artists through a discussion on community care. The resulting conversation shaped Branfman-Verissimo’s work.

Richmond-artist Agana spent two days creating her site-specific mural that now adorns the columns flanking RAC’s Barrett Street entrance. After five months of RAC’s facility being closed to the public, it was so exciting to have an artist working onsite again!!

Learn More About the Projects

Classes for At-Home Creativity

Design by Vida Vazquez

Rag Lab

Remake your clothes!! This is a great online class for sheltering-in-place creativity! Rag Lab online workshops explore ways to create interesting garments using pre-worn clothing and found materials. Get yourself a new wardrobe without even leaving the house! Instructor: Vida Vazquez

Adult Class | Tuesdays, 6:30-8:30pm, Aug 25 – Sep 8 | Sign up for one or all classes!

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Wild at Art:
Mixed Media Animals 

Learn to render animals using techniques with media including pen and ink, watercolor brush markers, acrylic markers, colored pencils, wax pastels, and paint. Great for students wanting to try new media! Instructor: Jennifer Linderman

Adult Class  |  Thursdays, 1-3pm, Aug 27 – Sep 24  |  Sign up for one or all classes!

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Collage Club

Play with paper and color, and discover collage with artist Erin McCluskey Wheeler!

Adult Class  |  Wednesdays, 4:30-6:30pm, Aug 26 – Sep 16  | Sign up for one or all classes! 

More info…

Family MAKE (free)

Family MAKE is a family-friendly online space for exploration and creativity. This week teaching artist Lauren Ari will lead participants through a short drawing activity. Bring plain paper and a pen or pencil.

Drop-In Family Event | Thursdays, 4-5pm

More info…

See and Make Art

Illustration by Chandna Agarwal

Let’s Get Mucky!

Make muck that magically turns liquid into solid and back again!

Make Muck (Plus Other Art Instructables)

And Other News

Happenings at RAC and around Richmond

  • Save the Date! Registration for Online Fall Art Classes will open September 14.
  • Free Arts Kits are Coming… Staff are working hard developing youth arts kits that will be distributed for free at a community event. More info soon!
  • We cleaned. The month RAC’s entire 24,000 square foot facility was professionally fogged and cleaned. We’re ready to open as soon as it’s safe to do so.
  • *Staff Pick* In the community… Bridge the Ballot is an hybrid live/virtual exhibition on view Bridge ArtSpace (Sep-Nov). Join curator Jenny Balisle, Claudia Jiménez and the artists for a virtual reception and panel discussion on September 25 at 7pm.

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Morning Cup

Please join us in this casual creative space where we will get to visit with each other virtually and participate in a short facilitated art activity led by teaching artist Lauren Ari. Bring drawing materials (pencils, pens, crayons… whatever you like!), paper and your curiosity!

This free event is open to all but geared towards adult students.

Event Details

Join Zoom Meeting

Meeting ID: 949 7062 5785
Password: Morning

Family MAKE

An Online Space to Make Art at Home Together!

Family MAKE is a free family-friendly online space for exploration and creativity. This week teaching artist Lauren Ari will lead participants through a short drawing activity. No experience necessary – just bring your curiosity, drawing materials (pencils, pens, crayons… whatever you like!) and paper.

All ages and all families welcome! This is a drop-in activity, no registration needed.

Need more art? See our Distance Learning Video Library here!

Join Zoom Meeting

Meeting ID: 924 2193 6959
Password: Family

Fundamental Drawing (adult class)

A class for absolute beginners where you will learn how to plan a drawing, how to figure out a composition and the proportions of objects. We will draw still lives with objects found at home, hold online discussions of our work, and you will get individual feedback. La maestra habla español. This class runs for 4 sessions.

Instructor: Rebeca García-González


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