Youth Classes

Academic Year 2021-22

We are a Covid Compliant Business: California State guidelines apply


Session F: April 25th – May 23rd

Module 6: “Space 2” w/ Vanessa Aiken 6-9 yrs

Creating landscapes & cityscapes

Mondays: April 25 May 2, 9, 16, 23 – 5 x 1 1/2 hr classes Time: 10:00 – 11: 30 am

Fee: $85 all supplies provided


Clay Trek w/ Lisa MertinsCLASS FULL

Explore clay and what it can do. Create decorative & functional art through hand building.

Mondays: April 25 May 2, 9, 16, 23 – 5 x 1 1/2 hr classes Time: 3:30 – 5: 00 pm

Fee: $85 all supplies provided

CATCH UP CLASS: Saturday 21st May time: 10 am – 11:30 am


Module 12: “Space & value; light & darks; optical illusions” w/ Michele Laughlin 10 yrs+

Explore patterns and colors in a greater depth

Tuesdays: April 26 May 3, 10, 17, 24 – 5 x 1 1/2 hr classes Time: 10:00 – 11: 30 am

Fee: $85 all supplies provided


Module 6: “Space 2” w/ Lauren Jacob 6-9 yrs

Exploring positive & negative spaces & symmetry in art

Tuesdays: April 26 May 3, 10, 17, 24 – 5 x 1 1/2 hr classes Time: 3:30 – 5:00 pm

Fee: $85 all supplies provided


Module 12: “Space & value; light & darks; optical illusions” w/ Debbie Mount 10+ yrs

Wednesdays: April 27 May 4, 11, 18, 25 – 5 x 1 1/2 hr classes Time: 4:00 – 5:30 pm

Fee: $85 all supplies provided


Cartooning & Anime w/ Darlene Douthit ages 6+ yrsCLASS FULL

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

Thursdays: April 28 May 5, 19, 26 – 4 x 2 hr classes (No class May 12th) Time: 3:30 – 5:30 pm

Fee: $85 all supplies provided


“Fun Friday” w/ Rachel Vandehay 6+yrsCLASS FULL

Drawing, painting and so much more…come and explore with Miss Rachel.

Fridays: April 29 May 6, 20, 27 – 4 x 2 hr classes Time: 3:30 – 5:30 pm (no class Friday 13th May)

Fee: $85 all supplies provided



Summer Art Camps – Start week of June 13th

Now taking signups


June. Mon. 13th – Friday 24th w/ Amber Smith

1A: ages 6-9 years, 10am -12 noon / 10 x 2hr classes $185

1B: ages 10+ years, 1pm – 3pm       /10 x 2hr classes $185


June Mon. 27 – Friday July 8th (no class 4th July) w/ Katherine Garrin

2A: ages 6-9 years, 10am – 12 noon /8 x 2hr classes $ 167

2B: ages 10+ years, 1pm – 3pm /8 x 2hr classes $16


July Mon. 11th – Friday 22th w/Mrs. Mount

3A: ages 6-9 years, 10am -12 noon /10 x 2hr classes $ 185

3B: ages 10+ years, 1pm – 3pm /10 x 2hr classes $ 185


Weekly summer classes start week of June 13th


Fee: $85 for 5 x 1.5 hour classes

Monday: 4 – 5:30pm Clay Trek w/ Lisa Mertins FULL

Tuesday: 3:30 – 5pm – Painting & Drawing for 6-9 years w/Vanessa Aiken FULL

Wednesday: 3:30 – 5pm – Painting & Drawing for 9+ years w/ Suzanne Burke

Thursday: 3:30 – 5pm Cartooning w/Darlene Douthit 6+years FULL



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

PROGRAM 5-24-22. Nelda Stuck – quilter

    Redlands quilter Nelda Stuck will present the Redlands Art Association's program Tuesday, May 24, at 7 p.m. at the gallery at 215 East State Street. The public is invited. No charge.

    Stuck, co-founder of the Redlands Historical Museum Association, has specialized over the past 40 years in quilts depicting Redlands, and will be emphasizing artistic choices when designing quilts. All her quilts are hand-pieced and most are hand-quilted. Her two favorite quilts depict a bookcase with shelves filled with Redlands-titled books, and her "Those Who Made a Difference in Redlands" quilt of 218 signatures gathered in 1995 (historically important now that more than 90 of the signers are deceased) each having written how they wanted to be remembered in one hundred years. She says, “One quilt I made for my husband, Monte, showing his military career and medals (and they are colorful!)  Probably the most artistic of any of my quilts -- made completely of leftovers (and titled that). Turned out to be a challenge and fun, and based on Monte's layout-design.”

       She received her bachelor's degree in journalism in 1959 and her masters in radio and television news in 1969 from Michigan State University at East Lansing and worked 22 years as Community and the Arts editor for the Redlands Daily Facts, retiring in 2002. Nelda and Monte, RAA members for more than 40 years, recently published the Redlands photo book titled, "Redlands Movers and Shakers, Centennial to Millennium, 1980 to 2002," with proceeds going to the Museum of Redlands.

PROGRAM Tues 4-26-22 Cultural Arts Commission updates

PROGRAM  Tues, April 26.  7 – 9 pm. RAA Gallery at 215 E. State St, downtown. No charge, public welcome.

  Art in Public Places: "Interiorem Pulchritudinem" (Latin for Inner Beauty). Installed on the corner of Vine & Cajon Streets, Civic Center side.
 CONVERSATION WITH DENNIS CHRISTENSEN, one of the Commissioners of the City of Redlands Cultural Arts Commission.

Heard of Art In Public Places?  Redlands Art Association is presenting Dennis Christensen to address that question at their Program on Tuesday, April 26, 7 PM at their downtown Gallery & Art Center, 215 E. State St., downtown, Redlands. Public welcome – no charge.

Christensen will talk about the Art In Public Places placed throughout the city, how it’s chosen, and who pays for it. He’ll also tell us about the status of the city’s Art and Culture Master Plan, and the newly adopted City Strategic Plan. His program will include a question and answer session.

THIS IS IMPORTANT TO ALL THE ARTS IN REDLANDS

Tues, April 26, 2022.  7 – 9 pm  No charge, public welcome.
RAA Gallery at 215 E. State St, downtown, Redlands

PROGRAM Jeannine Sevedra, Oil painting demo Tues. 2-22-22

"A PAINTERLY APPROACH TO LANDSCAPE”

Tuesday, Feb. 22   7 PM   Gallery & Art Center, 215 E. State St., downtown, Redlands

Public welcome – no charge

Jeannine will demonstrate/lecture on a painterly approach to landscape  from start to finish, and the use of the palette knife. Says Jeannine, "I am a studio artist and plein air painter that loves to explore the outdoors as a way to connect with reality and express myself. Nature provides me with endless compositions to paint and countless color combinations to interpret. My passion is transforming the local terrain and habitat into expressive works of color, light and texture. I believe my expressive approach to painting and bold brushwork strives to bring new life and a fresh look to southern California landscape art."

I have been a painter and art educator for the past two decades teaching drawing and painting to children, adolescents and adults. I received formal art training at Otis Art Institute, Parsons School of Design and CSULA  where I received a Bachelor’s degree in Studio Art for Drawing & Painting and went on to earn a Master’s degree and Certification to teach Art.  In ‘95 I began teaching at the Visual Arts and Design Academy in Pasadena as the Studio Art Instructor and as an Art Teacher for the South Pasadena High School Summer Arts Program.  In 2003 I began working at Mount St. Mary’s University in Los Angeles as a member of the Adjunct Faculty through 2015.  Over the past 20 years I have also worked as a Restoration Artist in Pasadena assisting with the restoration of fine art for private art collectors, art dealers, artists estates, and museums. Currently I enjoy teaching in my studio as well as being part of the Art Faculty at the Creative Arts Group in Sierra Madre.