While most of the classes typically meet once a week for a few months, an equally varied gamut of workshops are more often one-day affairs.And when it comes to creative indulgences for children and families, the RAC delivers in that realm as well, with a roster of youth art classes ranging from temptations for toddlers to comic-book courses for teens. For families on a budget—and what family isn’t?—there are also occasionally free family programs that parents and kids alike can partake in. This reporter vastly enjoyed one of these complimentary programs earlier this year, a lively mix of storytelling and rubber-stamp/pattern-making that was a huge hit with my four-year-old son. For the many of us who consider art more of a “spectator sport” than hands-on-hobby, the RAC is still worth exploring for its impressive and eclectic exhibitions on display in a sprawling gallery open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday, plus Sunday noon to 5 p.m. The current showcase at the free gallery is a unique affair showing off innovative works in a number of mediums—from both well-established local artists and up-and-coming rising stars they have personally mentored. Dubbed Making Our Mark, the exhibit runs through Saturday, November 12, capped by a 5 to 7 p.m. closing reception that evening. Richmond residents should also mark their calendars for Sunday, October 23, when the RAC’s Free Fall Family Day—also known as Skeletonfest—will provide an art-making, DJ music and other fun from Noon to 3 p.m. The RAC is located at 2540 Barrett Avenue in downtown Richmond. Visit its website here.