Youth Classes

Academic Year 2021-22

We are a Covid Compliant Business: California State guidelines apply


Session D: Jan. 24 – Feb. 18th

Module 4: “Texture” w/Vanessa Aiken 6-9 yrs

Learn to create actual texture with 3-dimensional art & implied texture with 2-dimensional art. We will be creating observational drawings.

Mondays: Jan. 24, 31 Feb. 7, 14. 4 x 2 hr classes Time: 10:00amnoon

Fee: $85 all supplies provided


Clay Trek w/ Lisa Mertins

We are welcoming local ceramic artist Lisa Mertins this session to the Youth Education team. She will be teaching hand building techniques and glazing

Mondays: Jan. 24, 31 Feb. 7, 14. 4 x 2 hr classes, 4 x 2 hr classes Time: 3:30 – 5:30pm

Fee: $85 all supplies provided

Please note: New time


Module 10: “Form & Texture” w/Michele Laughlin

Explore the principals of form and texture by using various mediums

Tuesdays: Jan.18, 25 Feb. 1, 8, 15. 5 x 1.5hr classes. Time: 10:00 – 11:30 am

Fee: $85 all supplies provided


Module 4: “Texture” w/ Lauren Jacob 6-9 yrs

Explore the concepts implied & actual texture. We will use varied mediums to created textures on varied surfaces.

Tuesdays: Jan.18, 25 Feb. 1, 8, 15. 5 x 1.5hr classes. Time: 3:30 – 5:00 pm

Fee: $85 all supplies provided


Module 9: “Form & Texture” w/Mrs. Mount ages 10+ yrs

Explore the principles of form & texture by creating pieces in varied mediums to create textures on varied surfaces.

Wednesdays: Jan.19, 26 Feb. 2, 9, 16. 5 x 1.5hrs classes. Time: 4:00 – 5:30 pm.

Fee: $85 all supplies provided


Cartooning & Anime w/ Darlene Douthit ages 6+ yrs

Discover interesting drawing and coloring styles to help celebrate the holidays. Learn cartooning & anime with the aid of drawing guides and demonstrations. Students learn inking, marker, and watercolor pencil techniques. 

Thursdays: Jan. 20, 27 Feb. 3, 10, 17. 5 x 1.5hrs classes. Time 3:30 – 5:00pm

Fee: $85 all supplies provided


“Fun Friday” w/ Rachel Vandehay 6+yrs

Drawing, painting and so much more…come and explore with the new art teacher.

Fridays: Jan. 21, 28 Feb.4, 11, 18. 5 x 1.5 hrs classes. Time 3:30 – 5pm

Fee: $85 all supplies provided



Valentine Holiday Workshop – Saturday February 12th

Time: 10am – noon 6 – 9 years

Time: 1:00 – 3:00pm 10+ years

Fee: $35


Spring Art Camps – March 2022 TBA

Painting, drawing and so much more art fun


CLASSES FILL FAST!! Register early by calling 1-909-792-8435 or stop by Redlands Art Association Gallery, 215 E. State Street, Redlands between 11am and 5pm Monday to Saturday. Our flier is on Peachjar, Facebook & Instagram

Charter Schools: parents need to sign up for classes with RAA & obtain a PO from their Charter School, otherwise they will be held responsible for class fees. Charter Schools do not book classes with us. We are vendors for:  Empire/River Springs, Gorman, Granite Mountain, Mission Vista, Sage Oak, Sky Mountain. If you would like RAA to become a vendor please ask your Charter School.

PLEASE NOTE: A 72 hour notice prior to the start of the class must be given to the RAA to receive a refund or transfer to a different class. If your child is unwell, please keep them at home and call the gallery.

There will not be a registration confirmation. Students will be notified if the class is cancelled. Please contact us if your child is unable to come to class or they are sick. Class fees will not be prorated/refunded for missed classes.

* Children must be 6 years old by December 1, 2021.

Scholarship application deadlines: for Classes: 1 week before classes begin; for Winter/ Spring/Summer Art Camps: 2 weeks before classes begin. Application forms must be picked up at the Redlands Art Association. Only 1 full scholarship per family, per year.


Youth Teacher Bios

Suzanne Burke

Suzanne Burke has been a teacher at RAA for 4 years and has coordinated all the Youth Education Classes for the last 2 years. Suzanne studied Art History at San Diego State University and graduated in 1987. She taught Elementary Education for 12 years in both public and private schools. Teaching Art was always a priority in her General Education classroom. Suzanne loves teaching at RAA and bringing Academic and Creative art lessons to the children of Redlands.

Darlene Douthit

Darlene Douthit is a professional caricaturist, portrait artist, cartoonist, demonstrator and teacher. Her formal art education was obtained from Univ. of Redlands, San Bernardino Valley College and Scottsdale Artist School. Darlene was personally instructed by such renowned artists as Robert Abbett, Sam Savitt and the famous cartoonist Charles Schulz. She has been a professional artist since 1978. Darlene was employed as an illustrator and Layout Artist for 10 years and has many commissioned portraits, humorous illustrations and caricatures to her credit worldwide. Her teaching workshops and demonstrations span a career of over 38 years.

Firouzei Flordelis

Firouzui enjoys sharing her passion for art and art history with the youth of our community. She loves to inspire young artist to be creative, expressive and imaginative. Firouzei earned a BA in Studio Arts and Art History from the College of Charleston and a MA from National University. She holds a California Teaching Credential and enjoys teaching Ceramics and AP Art History at Moreno Valley High School. Firouzei has been a RAA Youth Ed. Teacher since 2007.

Michele Laughlin


Michele Laughlin spent her childhood making objects and drawing with what ever materials could be found. She grew up surrounded by very talented and creative people who have greatly influenced her own artwork. Michele has a Masters Degree from Azusa Pacific University. She taught Art at the High School level for ten years. Currently she teaches at Riverside Community College. Michele loves the opportunity to teach at RAA and for the chance to give back to her community.

Programs & Workshops

1-25-22 PROGRAM The Critique

RAA hosts guest artists and lecturers on the 4th Tuesday of each month, September through May.

David Fairrington will be conducting critiques of the art brought in on January 25.

David Fairrington is highly qualified and has held many critiques in all media, encouraging artists to go further and reach their best. Named ‘Master Artist’ by International Artist magazine, he has won multiple awards and over a lifetime career has been commissioned by clients as diverse as the major film studios to the Pentagon.

Bring in a piece of art for his critique.

Join the group on Tuesday, January 25from 7 to 9 pm. No Charge. Public welcome.

2-22-22 PROGRAM ... Jeannine Savedra.

Jeannine will demonstrate/lecture on a painterly approach to landscape from start to finish, and the use of the palette knife.

Programs –

October 26 - Larry Dierdorff

Murals of Redlands

November 23 - Monica Foulston

Mark your calendar for the 4th Tuesday of the months: October through May, 7-9 pm. (Maybe not December. Too close to the holidays?)

Programs starting up

Redlands Art Association presents Programs on the 4th Tuesday of the months September through May, from 7-9 pm. These Programs may be a lecture, a painting demonstration, a power-point show, or a hands-on experience for the audience.

We decided against a September program due to the Redlands Cinema Classic dates. Come to see what we've planned ...

October 26 - Larry Dierdorff

November 23 - Monica Foulston

Mark your calendar for the 4th Tuesday of the months: October through May, 7-9 pm. (Maybe not December. Too close to the holidays?)