Youth Art Instructors
Beth Yeager, RAM’s Adult and Youth Art Educator, has taught elementary school in Riverside for over a decade. She is a University of California, Riverside (UCR) graduate with both Multiple Subjects and Special Education Teaching Credentials. She has a longstanding involvement with many Riverside arts organizations, a love for community, and a strong desire to bring art and art education to the entire community. “I love being in a classroom full of youth who are exploring, discovering, and creating!” Beth brings her love of teaching and her passion for art to RAM’s summer program!
Maureen Alsop is the author of one full-length poetry collection, Apparition Wren, and several chapbook collections. She values the intersection of image and language, where the known transforms into indefinable vibrancy. Maureen will be sharing her love for poetry with our students.
Connie Lynn Pico is an artist, artisan, instructor, and designer. As a muralist of 24 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 from the profession of Muralist, her medium of choice is Acrylic and Watercolors. Connie Lynn is an Artist-Member of Riverside Art Museum and the Corona Art Association. She teaches privately in her home studio and is an instructor of Acrylic and Watercolor adult art classes for RAM. She also teaches many of the summer children’s art camps at RAM, creating wonderful curriculums as she goes. Connie Lynn is an instructor for RAM's Art-to-Go program, bringing fine art to children in our public schools. “The children are such a joy. I meet a new group many times a week. I couldn’t ask for more blessings." Her background is in Interior Design. Connie Lynn was awarded “Outstanding Interior Designer” Chaffey College Graduating class of 1980. “I have always been interested in painting subjects that could be a moment of beauty in anyone’s home & life, anywhere in the world." You can observe her love of the juxtaposition of light and dark value, elegant yet rustic, and always sweetly romantic. Her work been accepted in the Dos Lagos juried show. The Riverside Y.W.C.A. has presented a one-woman show in her honor.
Kelly Rider, teaching artist, 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. Kelly feels that art can encompass so many diverse ways of thinking. “I am continually inspired in my own art by the originality with which children approach their art making.” Kelly is excited to be a part of the RAM staff!
Alison Thierbach has a BA in Anthropology from UCR. She grew up doing theater and has a love for photography, music, movies, and all forms of art. She loves being in nature whether it’s the mountains or the beach and draws much of her photographic inspiration from being outdoors. Alison is multi-talented and is looking forward to sharing her love of all things “art” with our students.