Carrousel Painting Workshop This Summer!

May 21, 2021

Richland Academy of the Arts is working in collaboration this summer with Richland Carrousel Park to offer a new Carrousel Painting Workshop with instructor Ken Barnett.

The Carrousel Painting Workshop will run for 8 weeks on Mondays from 10:00-11:30 am beginning June 14th. This class is for students ages 9-16. This workshop will explore the art of painting carousel horses. Students will study the history, art types, carving, and styles of carousel horses and other carousel animals. Each student will paint their own cut-out animal from the wooden figure to completion. If time permits, the whole group will finish a wooden cut-out carousel horse that will remain on permanent display at the Academy.

“Richland Academy opened its doors in the same year as Richland Carrousel Park in 1991, so this collaboration is something we have been desiring for a long time,” says Marianne Cooper, Executive Director at Richland Academy. “In the spirit of celebrating our 30th year of being open, we couldn't be more thrilled and excited to see what comes out of this new class opportunity.” 

About the Instructor: Ken Barnett is a former teacher, theatrical director, performer, and now craft artist. He worked for three years as a carrousel horse and artifact painter. Ken owns The Wooden Toolbox, an online and in-person craft company. Ken’s specialties include decorative craft artistry and woodworking.

Richland Academy of the Arts will continue offering scholarships and tuition assistance to those who qualify. Financial aid applications are due May 27th and can be picked up at Richland Academy or found on their website.

For more information on registering for a Richland Academy class or on financial assistance options, call Richland Academy at (419) 522-8224 or visit“Richland Academy… where anyone can explore the artist within,” located at the corner of 4th and Walnut St. was founded in 1991 and is supported by the Ohio Arts Council.

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