RAM offers diversified studio art classes and workshops for both children and adults. We maintain a balance of traditional and innovative instruction in small-class settings to accommodate individual interests and needs. The museum's frequently changing exhibits and fine art atmosphere add an inspirational quality to each student's learning experience.
Be inspired. Make art. Go home instilled with a lifelong love of the arts.
As a non-profit art museum, we know how to stretch a dollar and pinch pennies to make things happen, but sometimes the things we need to take it to the next level are just beyond our reach. We've made a list of some of the pressing things we need.
Caryn Marsella - Art Education Director and Art Instructor
Caryn Marsella joined RAM in 2011. Prior to becoming Art Education Director, Ms. Marsella taught on-site art classes for children with autism, preschoolers, and elementary school students. She also presented RAM’s free First Sunday and Artswalk programming for intergenerational audiences. As Art Education Director, she supervises all things educational, from on-site programs tailored for preschoolers, home schoolers, at-risk youth, persons with special needs, and theme-based programs for all ages to large off-site programs, such as Creative Horizons (bringing art education to families living in transitional housing facilities) and Art–to–Go (providing art education to students throughout the Riverside Unified School District and beyond). She also oversees all adult art education programming, as well as teaching our special needs and preschool art classes.
Gregory Adamson - Teaching Artist
Gregory Adamson is a renowned Southern California artist who has gained domestic and international acclaim for his mesmerizing, fast-paced art performances, where he paints to music with bare hands or brushes, creating huge masterpieces in just minutes. His subject matter includes historical leaders, sports legends, music icons, and other pop culture celebrities. He has performed coast-to-coast and abroad, at concerts with major recording artists, and at regional and national events. Beyond his performances, Greg creates privately commissioned studio paintings—including portraits and other subjects, and devotes time whenever possible to his “personal” works which are more abstract in nature.
Connie Lynn Pico – Contracted Teaching Artist
Connie Lynn Pico is an artist, artisan, instructor, and designer. As a muralist for over 20 years, she has created over 50 murals that grace many homes, restaurants, and schools in Orange, San Diego, and Riverside Counties. Now that she has retired as a Muralist, her medium of choice is acrylic and watercolor. Connie Lynn Pico is an Artist-Member of RAM and the Corona Art Association. She teaches privately in her home studio and is an instructor of acrylic and watercolor adult art classes at RAM. She teaches many of the summer classes at RAM, is an instructor for RAM's Art-to-Go, ArtREACH, and CREATIVE HORIZONS programs. Her background is in Interior Design, and she was awarded “Outstanding Interior Designer” Chaffey College Graduating class of 1980. Her paintings have been accepted in the Dos Lagos juried show and the Riverside Y.W.C.A. presented a one-woman show in her honor.
Dru (Bell Byers) Richardson – Contracted Curriculum Developer
Dru Richardson has spent over four decades in a versatile and extensive career of graphic and fine art, design, illustration, and international toy design. She has been the commissioned artist for many commercial and residential murals and her original watercolor, acrylic, and oil paintings have been exhibited and sold throughout the United States. Dru studied Graphic Art and Illustration at Riverside Community College and Woodbury University in Los Angeles and holds degrees in Education and Fine Arts. She is the former Art and Craft Merchandising and Corporate Designer for Ben Franklin Crafts Corporate Stores and an interior designer for Centex Homes. Dru has taught art to all ages since 1994. She is currently RAM's curriculum developer and designer of California Core Standards Art-To-Go Kindergarten thru Grade 6 lessons and has been an independent art instructor for youth classes and the Art-To-Go program.
Bethany (Volker) Molyneaux - Art Education Coordinator and Art Instructor
Bethany has worked at the museum since 2012. First as an intern, then as a contracted art instructor, and then Art-to-Go Coordinator. She is now full-time at the museum as Art Education Coordinator and an art instructor. Bethany began taking art classes at a young age and continued in college getting her Bachelors in visual arts with a concentration in sculpture. She keeps her own home studio creating welded metal sculptures and works on commissioned murals. Over the last year, she began working with at-risk teens for RAM's Creative Horizons program. She also still oversees RAM's Art-to-Go program and its 16 contracted instructors to bring Art-to-Go to elementary schools and middle schools. Along with these programs, Bethany continues to teach youth education classes at the museum.
Raven Johnson - Contracted Art Instructor
Raven Johnson began working at the museum in 2012. She has an Associate Degree in Arts and Humanities from RCC and is working towards her Bachelors Degree in Art History and minoring in Studio Art at California State University San Bernardino. First starting as a volunteer at the Riverside Art Museum, she worked her way to being an intern in the Art Education Department, where she assisted classes from Preschool to Adult. In 2014, Raven was hired as an Art Instructor and since then has taught Preschool, Special Needs, teen and other youth classes. In addition, she is the First Sundays Coordinator/Instructor, where she organizes and participates in helping children engage in activities. She is also the Birthday Party Coordinator and part of the Event Service Staff for the museum.