By Kathy Chouteau
Amid a pandemic rendering in-person classes unsafe, the Richmond Art Center (RAC) has expanded its online art class lineup to unveil a Fall 2020 session with ample offerings for kids, adults and families.
The newly launched session has more than 40 online classes led by teaching artists that include beloved instructors and class favorites like oil painting, figure drawing, ceramics and watercolor. Other exciting offerings this session will include journaling, digital art, Zoom games and embroidery.
Among the classes making their debut this session include: Jade Fair’s Planting Creativity (herbalism and mixed media); Lauren Ari’s Inward Spiral (guided drawing for play and relaxation); Charlyn Griffith-oro’s XENOGENESIS (Black sci-fi making space); Leah Yael Levy’s Comics Lab (comics and visual storytelling); and Feral Fabric’s Backpatch, Banner and Flag Workshop (sharing messages through fabric), per the RAC.
“We have something for everyone,” said RAC Executive Director José Rivera, “including new intergenerational classes where people of all ages can learn together and from each other. These are difficult times and I’m continually amazed by the ingenuity of our teaching artists in adapting and innovating to find ways for people to stay creative and move forward through art.”
Thinking you might not be able to afford an art class? Think again. According to the RAC, making art accessible to all is central to its mission, so needs-based “Art Boost” scholarships are available for people of all ages. To apply, locate the Scholarship Request Form on RAC’s website under the ‘Classes’ tab on the top page menu.
Yet another artsy option the RAC has up its proverbial sleeve is the ongoing, monthly online series “Date Night,” the next one of which is set for Oct. 2 from 7:30-9 p.m. This time around, artist Dawline-Jane Oni-Eseleh will teach participants how to make their own zines.