Adult Art Classes and Workshops

Welcome to the Riverside Art Museum (RAM) and to our Adult Art Classes and Workshops. The classes are designed for you to experience the arts and are taught by an amazing group of accomplished and talented artists and teachers who are ready to help you become the artist you want to be. Find your inner artist in our beautiful art museum, conveniently located in downtown Riverside. Our historic 1929 building designed by AIA Gold Medal-winning architect Julia Morgan, who also designed Hearst Castle, is the perfect environment to join friends, have fun, and get creative.

Parking in the museum's back lot or any place downtown is free in the evenings. We require a minimum number of students to hold the class so be sure to register early.

Payment-in-full must be received prior to the first day of the earliest-starting class registered for or student will be dropped. 15% fee retained for cancellation by enrollee. Must be in writing and received one week prior to start of class. Once a class begins, no full or prorated refunds will be issued. No exceptions.


The Studios

RAM's open studio concept offers classes in drawing, watercolor, and acrylics with individualized instruction to meet you wherever you are artistically. You may join the class at the start of any session listed below.

Sessions are six weeks in length.

6-class session: $175.00 (RAM Members $157.50)



Drawing Studio with Kelly Rider

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All skill levels welcome! RAM’s Drawing Studio is set up to provide a relaxed introduction to drawing skills for beginners, while allowing for more advanced artists to develop drawing techniques and visual awareness at their own level. Each week, different approaches to drawing from observation will be introduced, including working with still life objects, learning from the “Masters,” and drawing from photographs. Participants will have the opportunity to explore a variety of drawing tools and materials, such as pencil, charcoal, and pen & ink, while covering various aspects of working with line, tone, texture, and composition. Come draw with us!

Tuesdays | 5:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

Session 2: April 1 – May 6

Session 3: May 27 – July 1

Drawing Session 3

Session 4: July 22 – August 26

Drawing Session 4


The instructor will provide a basic materials list on the first day; all other materials provided.


Watercolor Studio with Connie Lynn Pico

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Paint and water will become your friends once you know basic watercolor techniques. RAM’s Watercolor Studio is designed for beginners to experienced artists who want to add to their knowledge of painting.  Examples of watercolor techniques taught are: preserving the white, wet-on-wet wash, controlled wash, glazing, wet into dry, and textures.  Additional techniques will be added on an ongoing basis.

Wednesdays | 5:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

Session 2: April 2 – May 7

Session 3: May 28 – July 2

Watercolor Session 3

Session 4: July 23 – August 27

Watercolor Session 4


Necessary materials:

  • Watercolor Paints
    • Grumbacher, Cotman or Royal Langnickel
    • Colors: Cadmium red (medium), Cadmium yellow (medium), Ultramarine blue, Paynes grey, Sap green, Purple, Alizarine crimson, Cerulean blue, Cadmium orange, Burnt umber, and Burnt sienna.
  • Supplies:
    • 12”x16” covered Watercolor Palette
    • 2 plastic water cups
    • Gum eraser
    • #2 pencil
    • Watercolor paper (11”x14” 140# cold press-pad or block)
    • Portable drafting board or Masonite board size 18”x20”
    • White paper towels
  • Watercolor Brushes:
    • Natural bristles, short or long handle.
    • #12 Cotman round, 1 ½” flat, 1” flat, ½" angle, #6 or #8 round, #0 or #1 script or liner brush.


Acrylic Studio with Connie Lynn Pico

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Art Instructor Connie Lynn Pico has over 30 years of experience creating fine art with acrylic paint. Acrylic paint is a modern, water-based medium adopted by many artists in all painting genres. It is fast drying, permanent, very forgiving, and extremely versatile. RAM’s Acrylic Studio is designed for beginners to experienced artists who want to add to their knowledge of painting. Examples of acrylic techniques taught are: dry brush, layering, highlight, shadow, blending, and textures. Additional techniques will be added on an ongoing basis. 

Thursdays | 5:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

Session 2:  April 3 – May 8

Session 3:  May 29 – July 3

Acrylic Session 3

Session 4:  July 24 – August 28

Acrylic Session 4


Necessary materials:

  • Acrylic Paints:
    • Only Liquitex Basics or Grumbacher Acadamy or Golden Acrylics.
    • Colors: Cadmium red (medium), Cadmium yellow (medium), Ultramarine blue, Titanium white, Paynes grey, Hookers green, Prism violet OR Dioxazine purple, Alizarine crimson, Cerulean blue, Burnt umber, and Burnt sienna.
  • Supplies:
    • Pad of Strathmore canvas paper
    • Two 9”x12” or 11”x14” artist canvas
    • White plastic plate
    • 2 plastic water cups
    • White paper towels
  • Brushes:
    • Golden or White Tacklon bristles, short or long handle
    • 1” flat, ½“ flat, ¼” angle, #10 round, #8 round and #0 or #1 liner/script brush.


Private Art Lessons at RAM!


Whether you are a novice or an accomplished artist, our private lessons will help you bring your artwork to the next level. RAM art instructor and artist, Connie Lynn Pico, will work with you on technique and color theory to help you achieve fantastic results in your work. Mediums include watercolor, acrylic, and pastel. All classes are held at the beautiful Riverside Art Museum. Connie will email you a suggested supply list prior to your class.

Instructor: Connie Lynn Pico
$50 per hour of private instruction. Please enter the medium you wish instruction in. You will be contacted by Connice to discuss dates/times after payment is received.

Private Art Lessons

Creating Journaling Books

Details forthcoming.