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.
Digital Photography Workflow - from camera to computer and beyond with Adobe Lightroom 5 - with Peter Phun
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)
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 1: February 4 – March 11
Session 2: April 1 – May 6
Session 3: May 27 – July 1
Session 4: July 22 – August 26
The instructor will provide a basic materials list on the first day; all other materials provided.
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 1: February 5 – March 12
Session 2: April 2 – May 7
Session 3: May 28 – July 2
Session 4: July 23 – August 27
- 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.
- 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.
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 1: February 6 – March 13
Session 2: April 3 – May 8
Session 3: May 29 – July 3
Session 4: July 24 – August 28
- 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.
- Pad of Strathmore canvas paper
- Two 9”x12” or 11”x14” artist canvas
- White plastic plate
- 2 plastic water cups
- White paper towels
- 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.
with Bob Adams
You have this nice DSLR camera and you know it can do so much more than what you have been doing in Auto Mode. In this six-week course you will learn: how your digital camera works; the difference between Auto, Priority, and Manual Modes; how aperture, shutter speed, and ISO relate to each other; metering; white balance; what all those buttons and menus do; composition and techniques to shoot really interesting images; and so much more. You’ve taken the shot, now what? Learn how to import, catalog, process, and store your images. You don’t want to have all these great images just sitting on your computer though, right? Learn how to easily share your images. We will be shooting in the downtown Riverside area.
Tuesdays, February 4 – March 11 | 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
6-day class: $150.00 (RAM Members $135.00)
Digital Art – with Greg Adamson
Treat yourself to an enjoyable afternoon of sipping wine and learning how to create digital ‘paintings' on your iPad in this three-hour introductory workshop. Artist Gregory Adamson will do a demonstration in which he will introduce participants to the various tools and features on the iPad using the app Sketchbook Pro. He will then guide participants through the steps of creating their own digital painting. He will be working on his iPad, which will be projected on a large screen. Participants should bring their own iPads preloaded with Sketchbook Pro. Of course, participants will also enjoy plenty of wine and snacks. Once you learn some basics, you will be ready to create your own digital masterpieces virtually anywhere, anytime. Check out his Facebook page where he posts a series called the Daily Digital.
Saturday, February 15 | 2:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
1-day workshop: $40.00
Beyond drawing, painting, and printmaking, there is Mixed Media, an art form that invites the artist to explore the creative process and freely combine art-making techniques and materials. Join us for an afternoon of artistic experimentation with a variety of media: drawing, painting, and printing materials; collage papers; found objects; paper ephemera; and whatever you might bring to include! Each participant will create unique, personal artworks on paper and wooden panels. All levels of experience welcome!
Sunday, March 9, 2014 | 1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
1-day workshop: $40.00 (RAM Members $36.00)
This class is full. Thank you.
computer and beyond with Adobe Lightroom 5 –
with Peter Phun
A very common problem today because of the sheer number of images we make is finding the pictures we want once it’s on our computer. Learn to organize and manage your images for easy retrieval with Adobe Lightroom. Learn how to edit them non-destructively. We will be shooting some fresh images with our cameras to learn real-world workflow. Important: students will need access to a laptop and are encouraged to buy and install this software before the 1st class meeting. Those not ready to make the commitment can download and install a 30-day free trial of this software from Adobe.
Tuesday – Thursday, March 25 – 27 | 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
3-day workshop: $75.00 (RAM Members $67.50)
with Peter Phun
Hands-on learning is now even easier with the instant feedback of digital photography. By tackling three specially selected projects: Silhouettes, Still Lifes, and Motion, students will learn why and how to set exposure manually instead of relying on the Program or Automatic modes. There will be at least one field trip for this class. There will also be a discussion on software choices and other post-production techniques. No previous photography experience necessary. Students must have a Digital SLR (digital camera with interchangeable lenses).
Saturdays, March 29 – April 12 | 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
3-day workshop: $150.00 (RAM Member $135.00)
Join us at the Riverside Art Museum for an afternoon of art, free-flowing wine, and great music with Modigliani as the theme. Artist Greg Adamson is back to guide you through the process of creating a finished acrylic painting. Light snacks, drinks, and all art supplies are included. So wear some paint-friendly clothes, bring your friends and sense of humor, and enjoy a perfect afternoon at the art museum!
Saturday, March 29 April 12 | 1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. 2:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.*
We apologise for any inconvenience. The date has been changed to April 12 from 2:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. Everyone who has already signed up will be noticed via phone/email. Thank you.
1-day workshop: $50.00
– Adults Only
Join us for three-day Life Drawing Workshop using pencil, charcoal pastel, and/or paint. This workshop will be beneficial to all artists who want to hone their drawing skills and will be especially helpful to painters wanting to incorporate figures into their paintings or to artists wanting to focus solely on portraiture. Participants will work with proportion, perspective, composition, and value structures – the foundations for successful drawing and paintings. Working with nude models, participants will use the principles covered earlier to work toward finished tonal drawings. Emphasis will also include positioning and lighting the model for contrast.
Saturdays, April 5 – 19 | 10:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
3-day workshop: $120.00 (RAM Members $108.00)
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.
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