I recently spoke with Teri Gardiner about the terrific community art programs available at the Richmond Art Center.
Who is your art center for?
The Richmond Art Center is for kids of all ages who want to make art and new friends. Our creative and nurturing atmosphere and small classes are perfect for preschoolers on up to teenagers (and adults!). Our team of experienced artists teach beginning to advanced classes in ceramics, collage, jewelry-making, clay, mural painting, screen-printing, drawing, painting, sculpture and weaving. Art-making is a wonderful way for kids to explore and express their inner artist. There’s nothing quite as rewarding as seeing a smiling child proudly holding her artwork at the end of class!
What is the format and pricing of classes and/or drop-in times?
The Richmond Art Center has a wide range of affordably priced summer classes for kids and teens, such as, 4-week summer camps ($335-$385), classes that meet once-a-week for 4-8 weeks ($60-$190) and 1-day workshops ($80+). Our summer art camps, kids classes and adult classes all kick-off in June and July. Classes are divided by age and change each quarter—call the Art Center to request a catalog at 510-620-6772. We keep art-making affordable by offering discounts to our Art Center members as well as need-based scholarships.
Anything else we should know?
Not many places in the Bay Area can claim ample free parking, but the Richmond Art Center can! In addition to our studio classes, the Art Center has four galleries and a sculpture courtyard that host exhibitions of Bay Area and national artists year round. On June 15, 2013 we’ll celebrate the opening of our Summer exhibitions which feature our Annual Members’ Show, abstract paintings by Oakland artist Bill A. Dallas, and paintings and photography in ‘Race for the Cup’ a tribute to the America’s Cup Race on San Francisco Bay. Plan a day and visit the Art Center, it’s easy and fun for the whole family. Our galleries are open Tue-Sat,11am-5pm and are always free.
[All Photos provided by richmondartcenter.org and Teri Gardiner]