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RAM Education



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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!


Register for the RAM Art To-Go Box



Our Art To-Go Box comes complete with all the supplies and instructions you’ll need for a fun and exciting art project at home. Pick one up for FREE every month for a continuing adventure into new mediums ranging from photo-transferring to bookbinding. Available while supplies last. Ages 10 and up. Register to reserve your free box now!

Following Pickup dates are exclusively on the
2nd Saturday of the month from 11 am – 6 pm                                         Dec. 11.





The UAFS Student Art Exhibition combines the artwork of students at different levels of their studio degrees. Whether they were painting figures or focusing on a culminating body of work, each student faced the difficulties of creating in a hybrid or distance learning environment. Despite this, the resulting artwork captures formal qualities and conceptual depth, some touching on themes of identity and meditation.

Lo que Fluya (Whatever Flows) by Julio Gonzalez

I find myself in a place of uncertainty where I am trying to understand what art is, what good art is, and how I can make something interesting and unique. As I wander and seek answers, I realize I live in a world where I am capable of obtaining so much information/inspiration through the internet. This has caused me to be where I am: simultaneously uncertain and inspired. I am uncertain of what the outcome of these paintings will be but inspired by all the artists that I’ve come across through the internet and social media.

These works of art are an expression of where I am as an artist. They prove exploration of what I am driven to or what I find attractive. Also, they are spontaneous. I find that there is a beauty in creating something in the moment, where I just create what comes from the heart, soul, and spirit. Most of the process consists of seeing a subject as shapes, lines, values, and color relationships.

The subjects of these paintings are my mom, dad, and sister. I chose them as my subject because I am at a moment of my life where I’ll be graduating college due to their hard work and support. I do what I love because of them and there is no better way than to honor them with these paintings.

Figure Painting

The figure painting class takes students through a series of exercises to strengthen their sense of mass and form, color and modulation, and gesture. Using live models, we focus on the intricacies of the human form. This semester’s class looked at how the human figure has been utilized in art movements throughout time. Each painting focused on different aspects such as: the figure as abstraction, the figure as prop, the figure as construct, the figure as academic study, etc.

The Figure Painting class in the Spring of 2021 was a wonderful change from many of the hybrid Covid-19 courses I taught. Utilizing the generous space of the painting studio in the Windgate Art and Design building, I was able to have the students with their own workstations and separated six-feet apart. We were the only class that utilized that room, meaning we did not have to share it with any other students. Since each student had their own materials and easel, we were able to meet twice a week, just like during a normal semester. I believe that this helped to focus the students to be able to produce the paintings shown.



Works by John Hass


Student Gallery Sponsored by                   

Arvest Foundation

On View                                                           

December 23, 2021 though January 23, 2022


What did art mean to John? We have contemplated this a lot since his death. From the time John was born I set out to show him the beauty in everything, we explored every rock, roadside flower, and cloud. At first, his art was reflective of my sensibilities but over the last couple of years he took on art that became distinctly his. Unbounded by rules and conceptions, John’s art became 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. 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.

Ageena, John’s mom

Deadline Extended: Wednesday, December 15, 2021

RAM In Studio Classes


Impressionist paintings are categorized by bright colors and loose brushstrokes meant to represent the impression a viewer has on a moment. The effects of light on a scene are also a characteristic of many Impressionist paintings. John Bell, Jr.’s Lady in the Lace, gives the viewer an impression of a vivid summer day in the Natural State. Learn how to create a painting in one sitting and how to savor interesting brushwork. You will also learn the invaluable concepts of drawing, value, color, and edges. Use these methods and knowledge to start your painting off right. If you’re a total beginner, or to take your painting style to the next level for those more experienced. In this lesson, students will become inspired by Impressionism and create their own technique and styled landscape painting.

John Bell, Jr. Lady in the Lace

Wednesdays, January 5, 12 & 19 – 2022

 3 Classes – 1 – 3 pm

$65 for Members – $75 for Not-Yet Members

In-Person/RAM Studio – Registration Required

Supplies Provided

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

December 7, 2021

#14 Sketching with Markers: Demos of 2 different types of markers (alcohol and water-based), showing the benefits of each plus swatching, layering, and blending techniques. Then we will create something with markers together.

December 14, 2021

Sketching with Brush Pens: Demos of sketching loosely with a black brush pen to draw animals, buildings, and people. Then we will use a brush pen to sketch an animal that can later be colorized.

December 28, 2021

What to Draw When You Can’t Think of Anything to Draw: Fun ideas to make sketchbook pages interesting and that inspire you to draw. Laura will show you at least 10 different ideas to energize your sketchbook habit.

An Art Historical Survey of 500 years

7 part Series – Free! Registration Required

Still Life Painting in the Dutch Republic Dec. 9

“Still life painting as a genre originated in the Dutch Republic, as historical scenes were waning in popularity with the newly established art market and the economic boom surrounding the working class. What we, as viewers, interpret as heightened reality stemming from still life paintings is more often constructed reality. Although small details like the veins in rose petals or the nearly translucent wings of a fly encourage a realistic interpretation, these fictitious scenes are wrought with ambiguity and anxiety, mirroring the economic and cultural expansion in which they were made. Please join us to learn more about the fascinating history of still life painting.”

 A Vase with Flowers, Jacob Vosmaer, 1613

 Still Life with a Skull and a Writing Quill, Pieter Claesz, 1628

Free Zoom Lecture

December 9, 2021

7 pm

Registration Required

 Vanitas Still Life, Jacques de Gheyn II, 1603

Global Relations in Islamic Painting Dec. 16

“Amidst our technologically advanced age, there is an assumption that cultures throughout history have been impossibly separated from one another, this assumption, however, is not true. The sixteenth and seventeenth centuries saw exponential trade routes established, particularly between the Dutch Republic and the Middle East. The international presence of trade routes brought its tragedies and hardships, but it also allowed a type of cultural flourishing in the arts. Islamic painters were inspired by European art prints, and European artists were often included Eastern elements in their work. There was global communication, and it spread to the Americas, India, China, and across Europe. Please join us as we consider art in the time of global trade.”

The Nativity of the Virgin Mary, 17th century

The Burial of Christ, 17th century

Free Zoom Lecture

December 16, 2021

7 pm

Registration Required

Four Mullahs Seated, Rembrandt van Rijn, c. 1656