Richmond Art Center
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The Richmond Art Center has Saturday art classes for children. I have friends whose children have taken the preschool art class and loved it. I took some great classes there as a child. Your question reminded me to check out their schedule! They seem to have a nice program of classes for kids and adults. http://www.therac.org/schedule/html/classes.html Art loving mom
The hidden gem in the Bay Area is the Richmond Art Center located at 2540 Barrett Avenue in Richmond near the new city center offices. Check out their website at www.therac.org and their phone number is 510-620-6772. They have a variety of classes available and the teachers are all wonderful, with very good training and experience themselves. I have found the teachers to be very understanding of children's abilities in art and very encouraging of helping them to develop their gifts in art. My child has taken classes at the RAC for four years, since age four, and we couldn't be more pleased. Prices for classes are very reasonable. The RAC is a goldmine with wonderful classes for all ages. Please check them out!! A RAC supporter spreading the word!
Re: Full day art camp for elementary aged child
I don't know what dates they are running but my kids really enjoyed Richmond Art Center's camp last year. They are actually just 3 hour sessions but some kids did am and pm sessions making it into a more full day. only downside there would be different kids in am and pm with a handful doing both and probably not so many of their friends to eat lunch with. But the teachers are really great, they are in spacious real art studios with excellent materials, and each 3 hour session is split between visual arts projects/ teacher and ceramics studio/ teacher. anon
Re: Adult jewelry-making classes
The Richmond Art Center has a very large selection of beginning through advanced jewelry classes for adults. You can learn all the basics like sawing, soldering, forming & finishing and more. You can also take classes that focus on more specific techniques like metalsmithing, stone setting & lapidary, casting and enamelling. This spring session has already started, so you will have to wait until this summer or fall to sign up for classes. There are a couple of workshops this month that may still have space: ''Knitted Wired Jewelry'' and '' A Primer on Enameling: 3-D forms''.
The Richmond Art Center is a great place that deserves more attention and support. I've taken drawing and painting classes there. They also offer classes in ceramics, textiles and screen printing. And they have lots of classes for kids too. There is a 6,000 sq foot gallery space with on-going art exhibitions featuring emerging and mid-career Bay Area artists. http://www.therichmondartcenter.org/ It's a great place! I highly recommend checking it out! Laurey
Re: Art classes for 9-year-old
Definitely worth checking out the offerings at the Richmond Art Center. http://www.therac.org (then click on education) They offer quarterly classes aimed at different ages . We've loved them and given it is a fine art community-based center with a gallery, it feels very ''alive.'' I think you'll like it Berkeley Mom
Re: Art classes for a 3 year old
I would like to highly recommend the classes offered at The Richmond Art Center. My son has been taking the ''I Love Art'' class with Lisa Di Prima, a teacher he adores, since he was three and asks to sign up at every new session. We took a break and tried dance, soccer and t-ball, but it's the art classes he always comes back to. I think it's because of Lisa as much as the activity of making art. She's very engaging for the little ones. And, in fact, offers classes FOR ALL AGES.
It's not a long drive if you live in Oakland, Berkeley, Albany, El Cerrito (or Richmond, of course) and so worth it. http://www.therichmondartcenter.org (Click on education). Classes are quarterly Happy Art Kid's Mama
Re: Collage class for an adult
I would like to highly recommend the much over-looked Richmond Art Center. Not only do they have a wonderful variety of classes for adults (I have seen mixed media classes offered before), but they also have a bunch of art classes for kids. I have never seen this place mentioned or advertised through UC Parents Network. They also have a very nice art gallery that focuses on local Bay Area artists. It is a wonderful resource and it shouldn't be ignored. Sadly some of the kids classes and adult classes have often been cancelled due to low enrollment. Please help prevent this by supporting this wonderful program and enroll in their classes. You can also support them by becomming a member (discount on classes). You can check out their website at http:www.therichmondartcenter.org/ or call them at (510) 620-6772 Laurey
The Richmond Arts Center (at the Richmond Civic Center between Barrett and McDonald Avenue--around 27th street, I think) offers a wide variety of well-known, well-respected classes. My daughter has taken art classes there. The son of a friend of mine took singing classes and then performed in a musical production.
The orientation is definitely beyond arts and crafts, but I obviously don't know if it's serious enough for your daughter. The instructors appear to be serious artists themselves, using teaching to supplement income. You might check them out. Norma