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.
Caryn Marsella - Art Education Director and Instructor
Caryn Marsella joined RAM in 2013. She has an Associate Degree from Rhode Island College, and a Master Gardener’s Certificate from UCR. Prior to becoming Art Education Director, Ms. Marsella taught 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 oversees all youth and adult art education programming, including CREATIVE HORIZONS and ArtREACH projects for at-risk youth at detention centers and transitional housing facilities, as well as teaching our special needs and preschool art classes.
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 Teaching Artist/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.
Kelly Rider – Contracted Teaching Artist
Kelly Rider has a BFA in Painting from the Pratt Institute, New York, and an MFA from Columbia College, Chicago in Book and Paper Arts. Her artwork includes printmaking, collage, papermaking, bookbinding, and painting. Before moving to Riverside, Kelly taught art to children and adults at the Hyde Park Art Center in Chicago. At RAM, she teaches homeschool programs, Art-to-Go, Adult and Youth art education classes. Kelly feels that art can encompass many diverse ways of thinking, and says she is “continually inspired in her own art by the originality with which children approach their art making.”
Toni Kitchaixankul – Contracted Teaching Artist
Toni Kitchaixankul grew up in Thailand and lived in Tokyo for over ten years. Leaving a successful career as a corporate recruiter for international banks, Toni journeyed to the US to start an art career. After completing art studies at the San Francisco Art Institute and Riverside Community College, Toni has taught art classes for youth and teens, including youth at the Riverside Juvenile Detention Center. As the assistant artist-teacher involved with CREATIVE HORIZONS, Ms. Kitchaixankul works hand-in-hand with Ms. Pico to instruct and mentor youth during classes/mural projects, and also assists during Digital Art classes.