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Richmond Art Center Drawing, Painting & Mixed-Media Classes

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The Richmond Art Center offers classes and workshops with renowned faculty in a spacious, light-filled studio equipped with skylights, color corrected daylight bulbs, and spotlights for dramatic lighting. A wide selection of courses include watercolor, acrylic, oil, encaustic painting, figure drawing, collage, mixed media and book arts.


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meet the press: monotype exploration
Deborah Sibony
Experience the magic of monotypes, in a professional printmaking studio with a top-notch 30” x 60” Takach press in the artist’s West Berkeley studio. Explore ways to manipulate the plate including brushwork, ghost images, rolling out a flat and using stencils and other tools to create unique prints. Registration and essential press techniques covered. Bring a lunch or explore nearby eateries. $25 materials fee to instructor. Materials list available online.
W2PMW • 2 classes • Sat & Sun, Mar 1 – 2 , 10 am – 4 pm
RAC Member $180 • Nonmember $200
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celebrate life and culture in oil pastel
Hilda Robinson
Bring life to personal stories of things seen, experienced and lived. Learn to use oil pastels, a direct medium that allows speed and freedom of color application. Hilda will share techniques to help students build compositions that use personal memories and resource materials. Bring photos and drawings to work from and a potluck item to share for lunch. Materials list available online.
W10PW • 1 class • Sat, Mar 1, 10 am – 3 pm **new date**
RAC Member $67 • Nonmember $75
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portrait painting NEW!
Rebeca García-González
Learn how to paint a portrait through a focus on proportions, bone structure and anatomy. Work from a live model with feedback from your instructor for four weeks. Learn how to use photo references and plan your portrait’s value and color in media such as pastel, watercolor, acrylic or oil for the other half of the class. Bring your materials on the first day! Materials list available online.
SP35P • 8 classes • Mon, Mar 24 – May 12, 9:30 am – 12:30 pm
RAC Member $194 • Nonmember $215
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watercolor – beginning & all levels
the basics and beyond
Annette Goldberg
Experience the brilliance of transparent watercolor! Work with traditional and experimental techniques and explore mixing color; glazing; wet into wet; textures; and crisp, soft and lost-and-found edges, with a focus on composition. Weekly demos, new projects, and individual instruction provided. Materials list provided at first class. Teens welcome.
SP1P • 9 classes • Tue, Mar 25 – May 20, 10 am – 1 pm
RAC Member $216 • Nonmember $240
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painting fundamentals – black ‘n’ white to full palette NEW!
Ned Axthelm
Learn traditional oil painting techniques for realistic still life painting; this is a great class for beginning and intermediate painters. Explore the versatility of oil paint and paint from a monochromatic, limited and finally a full palette. Students may work in acrylics if interested but oils will be the focus. Materials list available online. All levels and teens welcome.
SP46P • 8 classes • Tue, Mar 25 – May 13, 6:30 – 9:30 pm
RAC Member $194 • Nonmember $215
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figure painting – going deeper
Ruth Block
Become more authentic in your own unique artistic expression. Work from the human figure as a point of departure. Instruction includes demonstrations, positive and constructive critiques and encouragement to break through previous limitations and/or stuck places. Individual attention and technical assistance explored and provided as needed. All media—painting and/or drawing—are welcome. No oil solvents, please. Bring preferred materials to first class, where additional information will be provided. Models fee included.
SP37P • 6 classes • Wed, Apr 2 – May 7, 1:30 – 4:30 pm
RAC Member $180 • Nonmember $200
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color fundamentals – oil pastel
Alan Tarbell
Learn essential color relationships, mixing and theory in this class that explores oil pastels. The immediacy of the medium suits bold application with quick results. Bridge your understanding between dry and wet mediums, an essential step that leads into painting. We will work from a variety of reference materials including still life, the model and photographs. Materials list available online. Beginners welcome. Hay instrucción esta disponible en español.
SP40P • 9 classes • Fri, Apr 4 – May 30, 1:30 – 4:30 pm
RAC Member $216 • Nonmember $240
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painting process investigated NEW!
Esteban Longoria
Explore new directions in your painting practice. Redirect your focus on “the making” and working methods that are essential in the painting process. Relevance of materiality, mark making, material use and conceptual ideas will be discussed. Working in acrylics and the immediacy of collage, intuition, experimentation and spontaneity are encouraged to prepare you to begin to trust your painting instincts, strengthen your painting ideas and develop them into a new body of work. Materials list available online.
SP43P • 8 classes • Thu, Apr 3 – May 22, 6:30 – 9:30 pm
RAC Member $194 • Nonmember $215
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beginning/intermediate painting
Alan Tarbell
Explore painting techniques in either acrylics or oils. Painting basics presented with weekly demonstrations on color mixing, color relationships, palette management, composition and lighting effects. Individual and group critique will add to the discovery process. Safer paint practices followed. Materials discussed at first class. Bring what you have. Teens welcome. Hay instrucción esta disponible en español.
SP10P • 9 classes • Fri, Apr 4 – May 30, 9:30 am – 12:30 pm
RAC Member $216 • Nonmember $240
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pastel drawing
Robert Horning
Explore the world of color drawing using chalk pastels in combination with other media, including watercolor, gouache, ink and graphite. Learn different techniques and use traditional papers and other supports as well. Work from still life and incorporate other source materials. Historical and modern pastel use discussed. Materials list available online.
SP36P • 8 classes • Mon, Mar 31 – May 19, 1:30 – 4:30 pm
RAC Member $194 • Nonmember $215
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fundamentals of drawing
Ned Axthelm
Learn time-tested tools to realize your creative vision. Master drawing fundamentals in charcoal and learn skills to advance your artistic exploration. Beginning and intermediate students will hone their drawing techniques and develop expertise that is easily transferable to other media. $40 materials fee due to instructor. Teens welcome.
SP28P • 8 classes • Mon, Mar 31 – May 19, 6:30 – 9:30 pm
RAC Member $194 • Nonmember $215
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drawing circus event
Edward Stanton
Looking for a unique drawing experience? This is not your ordinary figure drawing event. Rendezvous with the unexpected and experience a continuous drawing “workout” in an experimental, everchanging environment. An active model in costume will be present and music, energy and theatrical lighting will fill the room. Bring materials to work with. Creativity encouraged. Model fee included.
SP9PW • 1 class • Fri, April 25, 6:30 – 9:30 pm
RAC Member $32 • Nonmember $35
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stop motion animation NEW!
Grace Rosario Perkins (ages 11 +)
Watch your artwork come to life! Work on collaborative and experimental class projects. View animations, discuss ideas and work with other students using magazine and paper cutouts, clay, original artwork and photos. Completed work will be included in a screening on the last day. Students receive a DVD of the project. Kids and adults welcome.
SP44P • 8 classes • Mon, Mar 31 – May 19, 4 – 6 pm
RAC Member $171 • Nonmember $190
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art escape – mail art & recycled materials
Annette Goldberg
Transform discarded and overlooked paper items into envelopes, cards, postcards and original works. Gather inspiration from the Mail Art movement, including Ray Johnson, Lenore Tawney, early Japanese postcard artists, contemporary altered postcards and Emily Dickinson’s written word on envelopes. Bring scissors, a 12” ruler and pencil to class.
SP5PW • 6 classes • Wed, Apr 2 – May 7, 11 am – 1 pm
RAC Member $108 • Nonmember $120
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mixed media unleashed NEW!
Lynn Zamarra
Experiment with exciting techniques to blend traditional and alternative art media. Merge these creations by layering, stitching, hammering, fusing and more to build expressive 2-D and 3-D works of art. Look at contemporary and historical artists for inspiration. Bring a sketchbook, pencil and scissors to the first meeting. $30 materials fee due to instructor. All levels welcome.
SP42P • 8 classes • Wed, Apr 2 – May 21, 6:30 – 9:30 pm
RAC Member $194 • Nonmember $215
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Ukranian Easter eggs
Natalie Serdiuk
Create pysanky, Ukranian Easter eggs! Traditionally, Pysanky were made at night, in secret. Patterns and color combinations were carefully guarded and handed down from generation to generation. Using wax-resist methods and colorful dyes, decorate eggs with traditional folk motifs. $20 materials fee due to instructor includes wax, dyes and one kitsky/stylus. Additional sizes of kitsky available for purchase. Bring your own raw or blown eggs.
SP24PW • 1 class • Sat, Apr 5, 10 am – 2 pm
RAC Member $54 • Nonmember $60
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make do with what we have: sculpture with recycled material NEW!

Merav Tzur
Check your drawers for inspiration and explore the appropriation of recycled materials! Produce new meaning from the chaotic mass of material that constitutes our daily life. Modify existing materials with intention to create new and original work. Through exercises and field trips, students will be introduced to a variety of sources from which they can glean material for several projects. Materials list available online. $20 materials fee due to instructor.
SP45P • 8 classes • Thu, Apr 3 – May 22, 1:30 – 4:30 pm
RAC Member $194 • Nonmember $215
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getting organized: for artists & nonlinear thinkers
Sydney Metrick
Creative people often say “yes” to too many things! Learn how to choose what to work on, when to work on it, when to decide the work is “good enough” and how and where to promote and sell work. Identify and block time for priorities, plan your life and get things done!
SP25PW • 3 classes • Sat, May 3 – 17, 10 am – noon
RAC Member $91 • Nonmember $95
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beginning/intermediate encaustics
Hylla Evans
Learn to use heated, pigmented beeswax and explore brushing, fusing, collage and Xerox transfer. Advanced students can pursue works in progress or new directions. Bring collage materials, photocopies to use and 3 – 5 unprimed wood panels 14” square or smaller. $65 materials fee due to instructor covers wax and tools/equipment use.
SP2PW • 1 class • Sun, Apr 27, 10 am – 4 pm
RAC Member $108 • Nonmember $120
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earth pigments
Judi Pettite
Explore techniques and uses of plant and earth pigments. An overview of paint making includes making your own paint medium using a slab and muller and trying new drawing and printmaking inks. Sample working with locally sourced indigo, oak galls, acorns, ochre and more. Bring a sketchbook & pencil. The historical uses of these colorants & efficacy of working with ecofocused materials will be discussed. $15 materials fee due to instructor. Participants will be able to take home a sample of ink.
SP3PW • 1 class • Sat, May 31, 11 am – 3 pm
RAC Member $67 • Nonmember $75
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painting, drawing, mixed media
open studio
Students enrolled in classes SP1P – SP46P are entitled to three additional hours of studio time each week. See classroom schedule for open studio hours.

monoprint: printing by hand with nontoxic inks
Annette Goldberg
Often called “the painterly print,” monotype offers a spontaneous approach in printmaking. Create an image by painting, drawing and applying ink or watercolor onto a printing plate and then transferring that image to paper. A variety of techniques and approaches will be demonstrated. Work with additive and subtractive approaches with a focus on form, color and composition. $15 materials fee due to instructor includes water-based, nontoxic inks and other supplies. Materials list provided at first class. Beginners welcome.
SP1PM • 8 classes • Thu, Mar 27 – May 15, 10 am – 1 pm
RAC Member $194 • Nonmember $215
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DROP-IN POLICY: Per day drop-ins are allowed in some adult classes with the consent of the instructor or where noted in the description. Students may drop-in ONLY 3 times before they are required to purchase a half or full class (no other fractional classes allowed), unless otherwise noted.