Where are you located?
RPAC is located at 424R Main Street in Downtown Ridgefield, Connecticut. We occupy about 3,600 square feet on the 2nd Floor above 850 Degrees Wood Fired Restaurant. Any questions, contact us at 475-215-5740 or email us at info@RPACartcenter.com
Can I visit and tour the art center?
Absolutely! We welcome you to contact us at (475) 215-5740 to schedule a tour or email us at info@RPACartcenter.com.
What do you do at RPAC Art Center and Academy?
RPAC Art Center and Academy’s mission is to create, promote, and exhibit the working artist, emerging artist, and student while providing a supportive and creative environment. RPAC offers a fun and creative environment that allows artists and students alike a place to express their creativity. Students learn from talented instructors with years of real-world experience while working in a space surrounded by professional artists. This kind of learning environment gives students quality guidance and instruction that helps them grow immensely as future artists and designers.
The Art Center offers:
- Studio Workspace – private and semi-private spaces available which include 24/7 access, security, storage, easels, disposal and utility sink, state-of-the-art computer room, Wi-Fi, and use of common areas and kitchenette
- Memberships – an open studio membership gives you access to the open studio space during normal studio hours, which includes use of common areas, kitchenette, disposal and utility sink, state-of-the-art computer room, and Wi-Fi. There are other membership options to choose from depending on your need and schedule
The Academy offers a comprehensive preparatory program for both higher art education and career readiness. Our qualified instructors are helping students become studio artists, illustrators, and graphic designers. Learn more about the academy, digital design, studio art, as well as a large offering of classes and workshops. We offer in-person and online (virtual) classes and workshop available.
If you need to know more, we would love to hear from you email us.
What does RPAC stand for?
Become part of “R PAC” (sounds like “Our Pack”) community of artists and students where we can create together and do what we love to do and even get paid for it.
Why choose RPAC?
RPAC Art Center and Academy is here to provide all artists and students alike the support and resources to promote success. We offer an intensive, real-world applicable training in Digital and Studio Arts. RPAC strives to create professionals in the arts that can make a living doing what they love!
Who are the instructors?
Within the academy, instructors who either hold a Master in Fine Arts degree and/or have collectively over 30+ years of hands-on industry experience teach all digital design and studio art courses.
What is the difference between your programs?
Digital Design – learn using the Adobe Creative Cloud suite including Photoshop, Illustrator, and InDesign. The program is offered for all skill levels from the beginner who has never used these programs to advanced skills who is looking to continue their education and keep up with the latest and greatest, you can learn how to successfully navigate through each of the programs and help you excel in a digital career.
Studio Art – do you love to draw or paint? Should you use oils or acrylic paints? Do you want to learn more about the use of color or what techniques are use to help improve your brush stroke? These are only a few of the skills you can learn through this program. Let RPAC help you develop and fine-tune your skills. We can help you create, develop, and expand your portfolio for college applications and/or career readiness. Not sure what medium you want to tap into? Our independent study sessions are built to fit your needs providing on-on-one guidance to help you magnify your talents.
Classes and Workshops – RPAC Art Center & Academy offers numerous introductory classes in a wide variety of topics! Learn from topics like creating Pop Art in Photoshop to understanding Composition in Painting. If you’re looking for some general instruction or guidance while you work in whatever medium you enjoy, the Independent Study option is perfect for you! Our instructors will be there for you to give guidance and answer any questions you may have as you work independently.
How much does it cost to take a class or workshop at RPAC?
With the different programs offered as noted above, you can check them out here.
How do I join RPAC?
You can contact us to discuss your needs and schedule. Or you can sign up online for a class, workshop, or courses in digital design and/or studio art of your choose.
If I’m a current student or artist, can I bring a friend to work in the studio space with me?
You can bring a friend as a visitor to work in the studio space or in the common areas only if you are present. All COVID protocols should be followed.
How much does it cost to be part of RPAC?
There are different options to choose from. You can contact us to discuss your needs and schedule.
What is your workshop schedule?
You can find our list of available workshops and schedules here.
You have up to 24 hours prior to your scheduled time to cancel for any reason without penalty. For any cancellation made less than 24 hours, RPAC allows for one make-up session with each new registration and renewal. Afterwards, any missed scheduled time will not be eligible for make-up.
Can I rent the studio space for working on my art project for a day?
Short answer is YES, but on a case-by-case basis – depends on how busy the studio is with our current artists and students. Email us and let us know about your project needs.
Is there a drop-in rate for the open studio and/or computer lab?
Short answer is YES, but it depends on how busy the studio and/or computer lab is with our current artists and students. Email us and let us know about your project needs.
Can I have my own private event?
We only do culturally based events here and on a case-by-case basis. We typically do not do weddings, bar and bat mitzvahs, etc. If you have an art event, are a non-profit or have an event that is culturally based please email info@RPACartcenter.com to tell us your needs and we’ll get back to you.
Do you accept proposals for art exhibits, non-profit or cultural events?
Yes we do! Contact us and let us know about your proposal.
Can I have my band play at RPAC?
No, we are not a venue. Some of our events or fundraisers might have a band as a part of the evening, but we do not have bands play unconnected to an event.
Can I rent the space for a photo-shoot?
Short answer is YES, but we do not have a large separate enclosed space for shooting studio photography. If there were a private studio that is open, that would be available for use for a small fee. Contact us to discuss your specific requirements and we are glad to assist if possible