The Richmond Art Center offers a comprehensive range of on-site classes, docent-led tours, community events and off-site programs at schools, community centers, and the library for adults, teens and children. At the Center alone, 160 beginning to advanced classes and workshops are taught every year across a wide range of media by experts in their fields.
Our Studio Art Classes & Workshops provide hands-on learning in ceramics, metals, enameling, encaustics, weaving, screen-printing, drawing, painting, fiber arts and jewelry for children, teens and adults. The Center has some of the best-equipped art studios in the greater Bay Area and was named Best of 2011 for art classes in Contra Costa County by Parent’s Press. Our professional and experienced teachers cover a variety of techniques from beginning to advanced levels.
Scholarships Keep Art Affordable. The Richmond Art Center wants to keep art an accessible and affordable experience for all. Thanks to the generous support of California Oils and the Regello fund, we are able to offer need-based scholarships to youth and adults.
Youth Scholarship: Apply online | Download a PDF
Adult Scholarship: Apply online | Download a PDF
Art Tour Program encourages students to look, think and engage in the art-making process. A teaching artist leads a tour through our exhibitions and studios that concludes with an art-making experience. Tours are designed for grades K-12. Tours run during the school year. To make a reservation or for more information, call the education office at 510.620.6773.
The Art in Our Schools & Community Program brings free afterschool art programs to West Contra Costa Unified School District schools and community centers. The Richmond Art Center’s teaching artists provide hands-on learning activities like charcoal and pencil drawing, painting, collage, clay, sculpture, screen-printing, jewelry design and mosaics. This program is up and running at Helms Middle School, Lincoln Elementary School, the Richmond Main Library and Shields-Reid and Nevin Community Centers. Each spring, an exhibition at the Richmond Art Center showcases works created by these students.