Open Tues-Sat: 11am-6pm || Sun: 1pm-5pm | 1601 Rogers Ave, Fort Smith, AR


RAM Education


To access our programs, watch for eBlasts, Facebook, Instagram, and our webpage.

RAM has created a YouTube channel that will store the recorded videos you’ll want to view.

The channel: fortsmithregionalartmuseum

We hope you enjoy what we have available and will join the fun!

Masks and social distancing will be required for any in-house programs

Noel Chalk Party



Works by John Hass


Student Gallery Sponsored by

Arvest Foundation

On View

December 23, 2021, through May 22, 2022

Reception April 22, 2022, 5 – 7 pm

Colorful and abstract, John Hass’ artworks are an expression of freedom. “In his art, you will find colors and techniques played against each other in unique and joyful ways, and always there is light,” states John’s mother Ageena. “John’s smile lit up every room he entered and like him, every piece of his art has a light that brings joy to those who see it.” Although born with prune belly syndrome, a disability that gave him physical limitations similar to Cerebral Palsy, John Hass adapted ways to hold his paintbrushes and spray equipment to pursue his passion. Please join the Fort Smith Regional Art Museum as we hold this Memoriam exhibition of this talented young artist.

RAM In-Studio Classes

Drop-In and Draw! Every Thursday starting February 3, 2022
1-3 pm


Drop-In and Draw! Is a free course, every Thursday with a live model.  Due to classroom size restrictions, registration is required.


Paint ‘N Sip: After John Bell, Jr.

with artist Petra Radcliffe

February 19, 5 – 7 pm

Join us at the Fort Smith Regional Art Museum for a fun night of painting! We will explore a different side of John Bell, Jr.’s artwork while we paint from a section of fabric he designed. Titled “L’Ellery Gold,” this fabric work was created as a way to fill in the gaps between other art jobs. Artist Petra Radcliffe will guide participants step-by-step to recreate this fun floral design. Materials will be provided. All skill levels are welcome! Come 15-20 minutes early to get settled in. Beer and wine are welcome before/during the class.

No hard alcohol, please. Registration Required

L’Ellery Gold

Impressionism Workshop with

Marti Corff:

Inspiration by John Bell, Jr.

3 Class Workshop $65 for Members, $75 Non-Members

Impressionist paintings are categorized by bright colors and loose, gentle brushstrokes meant to represent the impression found in a single moment. John Bell, Jr.’s Lady in the Lace, gives the viewer an impression of a vivid summer day in the Natural State. This work will serve as the starting point to teach students the invaluable concepts of drawing, value, color, and creating hard and soft edges. Whether you are a total beginner or an experienced artist wanting to try different techniques, this class is for you. Become inspired by John Bell, Jr., and Impressionism to create your own styled landscape painting!

John Bell, Jr. Lady in the Lace

Three-Day Figure Painting in Oil with Katherine Strause

Brush off the cobwebs
Three days of fun! Eight hours in the studio.
Using a clothed model, we will create a strong composition using color theory along with other design principles.

Registration will be required to limit size.

COST: $65 for members
$75 for non-members

Friday, February 18, 2022 Lecture: A Quick Trip through Composition and Color Theory 6 – 8 pm.

February 19, 2022

Painting Workshop:
12-3 pm



Sunday, February 20, 2022 Painting Workshop: 12-3 pm  



RAM Zoom Classes


Laura Wattles

Always passionately in pursuit of art even from a young age, artist Laura Wattles graduated from Missouri State University with a major in Graphic Design with an emphasis in Illustration. Since then, Wattles has worked steadily as a graphic designer while also keeping in touch with her artistic practices such as dollmaking and watercolor painting. She has spent the last 10 years incorporating looseness, life, and even ‘play’ into her art through a sketchbook practice.

In RAM Sketch, Wattles will emphasize and encourage sketchbook drawing as a creative habit, with focus on these four ideas: DAILY (draw every day); EXPERIMENT (try different things); FEARLESS (don’t be afraid to mess up); and FUN (have fun doing it).

Students can either stick to the basics or for the more advanced sketcher, you can put your own creative spin into it. End-of-class show-and-tell will allow artists to engage, critique, and improve community fostering. So, grab your sketchbook and pencil and experience both the improved wellness and artist community of a consistent drawing practice!

This Free Zoom Class is Open to All Artists of

All Skill Levels. Ages 12+. 

Every Tuesday at 7 pm

Jan. 18

Drawing interiors in perspective. 

Using one of John Bell, Jr.’s paintings as an example (Dinner at Grandma’s), Laura will demonstrate how to use 2-point perspective when drawing an interior scene. The class will practice by drawing a simple room in 2-point perspective using a provided reference photo.

Jan. 25

Break the rules of perspective! 

Knowing the rules of perspective when drawing is essential, especially when going for a sense of realism. But many artists break the rules of perspective. In this class, Laura will show examples of arts who break the rules of perspective in their work. The class will practice by reinterpreting an interior scene with this sense of freedom in mind. Images: Henri Matisse, The Pink Studio.

Chuck Davis The Wheel
On View – February 26 through June 5, 2022

The Wheel is the name of a project in progress, honoring and observing lands once described as Indian Territory. Cultural narratives inform this project, situated in places of forced relocation – and especially areas near the terminus of the Trail of Tears. As a platform for respect and acknowledgment, The Wheel tells its story in portraits, places, and moments where relocation is relayed by a combination of oral tradition, historical record, and immersion.

Free! Registration Required

Join us for Lecture LIVE!
– with Chuck Davis
Thursdays, February 10, February 24 @ 7-8 pm
Thursdays, March 10, March 24, 2022 @ 7-8 pm