The Richmond Art Center is the largest visual arts center in the East Bay, dedicated to bringing art to young and old alike who reflect the diverse richness of our community. Every year, we serve more than 1,800 students through classes, workshops and programs taught by professional artists, both onsite at the Center and offsite at local schools, studios and community centers.
Search our full listing of day, evening + weekend classes for kids, teens and adults (takes you to our class registration website)
Our multi-week art classes & weekend workshops give you hands-on learning in ceramics, metals + jewelry, enameling, encaustics, print making weaving, screen-printing>, drawing + painting, fiber arts + quilting for kids, teens and adults. The Center has some of the best-equipped art studios in the 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 for the beginning or advanced student.
Scholarships Keep Art Affordable. Thank you to the generous support of the Regello Fund, California Oils Corporation and individual contributors we are able to offer need-based scholarships to kids, teens and adults.
Youth Scholarship: Apply online | Download a PDF
Adult Scholarship: Apply online | Download a PDF
Take your class or group on a field trip to the Richmond Art Center The Art Center offers art tours which give K-12 students the opportunity to look at, think about and engage with art. These artist-led tours explore our exhibitions, get an insider’s view of our working art studios and end with a fun art-making experience. Call 510.620.6773 or download our flyer for more information or to schedule your tour.
Our Traveling Art in the Community Program brings free after school art programs to middle and elementary schools, community centers and the Richmond Public library. The Richmond Art Center’s teaching artists provide hands-on learning activities like drawing, painting, collage, clay, sculpture, screen-printing, jewelry design and mosaics. Each spring, an exhibition at the Art Center showcases the diverse works created by these students. For more information on bringing an Art in the Community Program to your group or school, contact Rebeca García-González at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 510.620.6772.
Funding for our Art in the Community Programs is provided by: Art4Moore Fund of Tides Foundation, Kaiser Permanente Foundation, Kinder Morgan Foundation, Thomas Long Foundation and Veolia Mitigation Fund. Our STEAM Spring 2014 program is supported by a grant from the East Bay Community Foundation and Andrea Biren and Richard Beal.