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Be prepared to get creative! Each day during camp, students will explore a wide variety of projects in materials such as clay, fibers, collage, sculpture, paint, chalk, mosaics, and much, much, more! Kids are grouped into appropriate age levels and will be encouraged to think outside the box and be creative! Ages 5+

June 12 – August 18


[No camp week of July 3 – July 7]
All camps run from 8:00 – 4:30 pm

$400 First Child for Full Day Camp [non-member]
$380 Sibling Rate for Full Day Camp [non-member]

$200 First Child for Half Day Camp [non-member]
$180 Sibling Rate for Half Day Camp [non-member]

Must sign up for a full week (5 consecutive days) to get special pricing.

FIRST CHILD: $90/day [members]  /  $100/day [non-members]
SIBLINGS: $85/day [members]  /  $95/day [non-members]

Morning Session: 8:00-12:00,  Afternoon Session: 12:30-4:30
FIRST CHILD: $45/day [members]  /  $50/day [non-members]
SIBLINGS: $40/day [members]  /  $45/day [non-members]

Must have one child signed up at the First Child Rate in order to receive Sibling Rate.
Don’t forget to bring a snack & drink, and dress for the mess. Students attending full days will need to bring a lunch.

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Intermediate Open Studio – Theresa Paris

Offered exclusively during the summer, open studio provides a unique opportunity for young artists to strengthen skills in the 2D medium of their choice. Students will have access to a variety of materials and an instructor will be available to demonstrate techniques and discuss methods. Participants are encouraged to share ideas and have fun while learning. Summer drop-in schedule makes it easy to register for the specific dates you are able to attend.

Fridays, 1:00-3:00 pm
June 23
June 30
July 14
July 21
July 28
Aug 4
Aug 11
Aug 18

No class June 16 or July 7

$27 members / $30 non-members

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WORKSHOP with Natalie Jacobson

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Getting ready for a day in the studio or just wanting to build your portfolio? Come!  This workshop aims to get you warmed-up. Over two mornings we’ll work through various quick drawing exercises that build on intuitive problem solving, as well as slower experiments using negative space. With brief discussions about what works and what doesn’t, the workshop seeks to be a non-competitive yet fast-paced atmosphere. Various methods of mark making will be explored, without using a brush or even color at times. We will be playing with fabric scraps and looking at a textiles’ potential to become part of the mark making. We we’ll be looking at the color white, playing with clay, and thinking about stains.
Open to Ages 17+

August 26 & 27
9:30am – 12:30pm, Saturday & Sunday

$72 members / $80 non-members

Deadline to receive Membership Discount is August 5

Material List for students:
Day One:
2 white objects from home
Colored paper pack (can be purchased on Amazon)

Day Two:
Fabric scraps or old clothing
Vine charcoal-several pieces
White sheets of paper smooth 18×24 – 7 pieces (nothing fancy)
Acrylic Paint Set around $15 at art supply store
Construction paper-recycled paper or scrap paper is fine since it’s being used as a stencil.

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Seeing Art in the Ordinary: A Roving Photography Group – Heather Hug

The class will take short excursions around downtown Riverside looking for compositions to photograph in the every day, over-looked buildings and alleys. The creative focus of this class will be seeing and recognizing pattern, composition, and abstraction in every day objects. This class is a great opportunity for AP students developing a portfolio, or creating great images for social media posts. Each student will select 1 to 2 photos for printing and mounting on foam core for framing. Students will need a phone that takes decent digital images or a digital camera. Students must provide their own sunscreen, bug spray and umbrellas to deal with outdoor elements. Printing costs and foam core are included.
[3 weeks]
High school/college students

Sundays, 4:00-5:30 pm
June 25, July 9, July 16

$77 members / $85 non-members

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Mining The Cultural Database: Kevin Blake

This one day intensive workshop seeks to identify an approach to making paintings which utilizes collage as the springboard for parsing ephemeral knowledge and visual culture. Following a brief discussion regarding the precedent for this method, participants will spend the first half of the day working on collages. The second half of the day will be spent making drawings of the collages, with the intention that the drawings will later become paintings in the artist’s studios. This workshop aims to create a repeatable scenario in which the making process is given the necessary time to conceptually formulate as it is physically mutating through various iterations. Artists are encouraged to bring to the workshop any material that represents the visual culture in which they wish to engage, mash-up, sample, and redistribute into the world through collage, drawing, and painting–and in that order!
Ages 18+

Saturday, August 12
9:00am – 2:00pm

$63 members / $70 non-members

Deadline to receive Membership Discount is July 29

Material List for students:
*Any material from which you can make a collage…i.e magazines, textiles, newspaper,      printed images, old posters, etc…
*Scissors or exacto knife
*Something to adhere your material to a surface (I like to use matte medium and a    brush) glue sticks, decoupage are fine too
*drawing materials-something to translate your collage to another surface…colored pencil,  markers, oil pastel, chalk pastel, charcoal, etc…


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Figure Drawing Open Studio: The Scantily Clad Edition

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Artist Krista Varsbergs

Your August Summer evenings are about to get a bit more interesting, but only if you join Riverside Arts Center for its Tuesday Figure Drawing Open Studio.   We will be drawing a “scantily clothed” model in the beautiful outdoor space of our art center.  With a bit of cover up we can draw outside and have artists of different ages and abilities join in as we investigate movement in form and portraiture. These workshops are uninstructed.

We will start with 2 to 5 minute gesture drawings and then move into 10, 20, and 30 minute long poses.
You don’t have to stay inside to make art, let us meet in the garden.

Tuesdays, August 8, 15, 22, 29
5pm – 8pm
$68 members/ $75 non-members for all 4 weeks
$18 member / $20 non-member per 3-hour session

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Teen Scene Workshop – Jen Kryczka

Bring a reference of your favorite Person or Pokemon, Video game character or You Tuber and we will create a portrait using pencil, charcoal and pastels.
Then Tweet it out, send out on Instagram, or text it to your bff!
Listen to music and hang with like minds, enjoy some snacks and create some cool art!
Ages 13+
Wednesday, June 28
2-4 pm
$27 members / $30 non-members
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Summer Sewing Studio – Tami Gagne

In this intermediate/advanced machine sewing class, seasoned sewing students will learn how to sew from a pattern, including clothing! We will also explore installing zippers, buttons, snaps, patchwork, applique, and embroidery. A supply list will be provided the first day of class, or pay the materials fee and have everything provided.
Ages 10-17

Wednesdays, 4:30-6:00 pm
June 21 – July 19 [4 weeks]

$92 members / $102 non-members
Materials fee: $30

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Sewing: Hello Dolly Fashion Edition – Tami Gagne

Create fabulous fashions and accessories for you and your 18” doll (American Girl, Our Generation, etc) . Not only will students will learn the basics of machine and hand sewing, we will learn how to sew from a pattern, create simple, kid friendly projects that are fun and easy for beginners. We’ll focus on making skirts, aprons, and more. (Projects vary each session)  A supply list will be provided the first day of class, or pay the materials fee and have everything provided.
Ages 7+

Wednesdays, 2:00-3:15 pm
June 21 – July 19 [4 weeks]

$77 members / $85 non-members
Materials fee: $30

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AMERICA NEEDS ART: Creating Collage Posters to Promote the Arts – Heather Hug

Government funding for the arts is again being threatened. This class is an opportunity for students to create posters promoting the need for the arts in America.
Students will create 2 to 3 collage posters in the style and spirit of vintage WPA art posters. Each student will select one poster to have printed in an 11″ x 14″ format. All collages will also be digitally photographed and sent to students for personal use. This is a great project for art students building a portfolio.
[3 weeks]
High school/college students

Sundays, 4:00-6:00 pm
July 23, 30 and August 6

$99 members / $110 non-members

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2D/3D Magnetic Emoji Workshop – Mr. T

Everyone loves an Emoji. A true sign of the time. The modern day hieroglyphic. Design your own magnetic mood marker using foam and other materials to reflect your feelings or make a statement.  [3 weeks]
Ages 9-12

Thursdays, 5:00-6:30 pm
July 13 – July 27

$65 members / $72 non-members

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Independent Adult Clay Studio

Studio space is available for the experienced ceramic artist.

Enjoy the flexibility of coming in and working on your own schedule. Tools and wheels are here to enjoy, you need only purchase your clay and glazes. If you need some inspiration or help troubleshooting, you have the option of having instruction for an additional fee. Bring in your ideas and get busy creating your masterpieces!

$50/month shelf space rental
Clay is $1/pound

Please call the Riverside Arts Center for information. 


Create Your Own Class!

With this Do-It-Yourself option, you can bring your group to the arts center and exercise your creativity. You choose the time, day and medium you would like to work in and we do the rest. Classes and workshops can range from one day to eight weeks.

Contact the Riverside Arts Center for more information.

Next ToysDay – Mr. T


Next Toysday is a found object assemblage class with a focus on repurposing old toys and things. It’s fun and challenging in a way that fosters creativity and imagination.
Ages 9-12

Tuesdays, 5:00-7:00 pm
Session 1: June 13 – July 18  [5 weeks]  No class July 4
Session 2: July 25 – August 15  [4 weeks]

$144 members / $160 non-members  [5 weeks]
$116 members / $128 non-members  [4 weeks]

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MAKE – Mr. T


Make: is a free building found object ASSEMBLAGE class with guided instruction and aspects of STEAM PUNK. Have an idea? We can build it here. “Make” what you want to make.
Ages 10-13

Wednesdays, 5:00-7:00 pm
Session 1: June 14 – July 19  [5 weeks]   No class July 5
Session 2: July 26 – August 16  [4 weeks]

$144 members / $160 non-members  [5 weeks]
$116 members / $128 non-members  [4 weeks]

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