75 North Walnut Street
Mansfield, Ohio 44902

Phone: (419) 522-8224

for Adults

You’re Never Too Old to Create

Richland Academy welcomes people of all ages and experience levels to discover
new ways to learn and grow!

Program Offerings

We offer classes and programs for both adults 16+ and adults 60+. Explore class options below and click through for more information.

All Adults


  • For both beginner and experienced adults 16+, experience all the benefits of yoga in a class taught by a knowledgeable,  supportive instructor.

Adult Ballet

  • No experience necessary! Experience the magic and beauty of this discipline while you learn ballet basics and experience its benefits.

Salsa Drop-In

  • Get moving and have fun at the same time as you learn salsa basics and make new friends! No experience required.

Adult Tap

  • Whether you have years or experience or are just starting out, our adult tap classes emphasize proper technique, clarity of sound, and having fun!

Tap Master Class

  • For those with prior training, this class will take your tap skills to the next level.

Hip Hop Master Class 

  • Designed for adults 16+ with previous Hip Hop dance experience, this class will allow you to continue hone your skills in this vibrant, exciting style.

Pilates with Erin Ekin

  • Pilates is a great low back impact workout for anyone looking to improve strength, posture, and flexibility. The mat exercises are central to the method created by Joseph Pilates and are performed by lying on your back, side or stomach. Get ready to work hard, and leave feeling taller and energized!

Private Lessons

  • Work with a seasoned instructor at your own pace as you learn dance basics or push your skills to the next level.

Introduction to Music Theory

  • With Instructor Joann Rudd. This course is geared towards individuals who want to learn the basics of note reading, chords identification, and an overall understanding of music theory. This course will support students who plan to be studying music as college freshman to prepare for placement tests.

A Journey Through Musical Time

  • With Instructor Joann Rudd. This class will travel through time revisiting the music and instruments that made each era unique in its musical style and sound. Open to anyone with a love for music!

Private Lessons

  • Our private music lessons give beginners and experts alike the opportunity to learn at your own pace through individual attention.

Private Lessons

  • Hone your stagecraft at your own pace through our private theatre lessons.

Adult Leaf Printing

  • With instructor Autumn Cadle, students will use leaves that will be provided or they collect to create a one of a kind print. Students will use water soluble ink to cover their leaves and use as a stamp to create unique fall themed compositions.


Adult Ceramics: Leaf Bowls

  • With instructor Autumn Cadle, students age 18+ will learn how to wedge clay, evenly roll out the clay, and learn from experimentation how to cut and carve the clay. They will then take leaves of their choosing to use as a stamp to replicate the leaf texture. They will then cut out their leaf shape and then mold their leaf shape into a “bowl” form. The final class will consist of painting their finished leaf bowl.

Kick Boxing

  • This class will be geared up towards fitness as well as moving towards physical awareness along with combative skill sets. This class focuses on the traditional westernized “kickboxing” movements or techniques, our focus will also be combined with eastern philosophies.

    Ages 16+

    Class is offered every 2nd and 4th Thursday of each month

Private Lessons

  • Explore your creativity and work within your preferred media through private visual art lessons.
Modern Arnis
  • This Filipino fighting art is great for staying fit and achieving unique mental benefits for both beginners and advanced practitioners.

Kenpo for Adults
  • American Kenpo Karate is considered one of the most comprehensive martial arts systems in the world today. Adult Kenpo classes are designed for students from beginner to advanced level martial arts. 

Private Lessons
  • Learn Modern Arnis, Kenpo, or self-defense at your own pace from an expert instructor.

60 + Classes at RAA

Are you looking to try something new or make new friends in a supportive, creative environment? Start with one of our classes! As an additional incentive, we are privileged to offer free classes for students 60 and over! These classes are sponsored by grants provided to us by the Area Agency on Aging and the Ohio Arts Council. Donations are welcome to help cover the cost of materials for these classes.

Seniors 60+


  • Learn spatial and body awareness, rhythm, coordination, and socialization skills while expressing yourself creativity in a fun, supportive atmosphere.

Senior Stretch with Sarah Horrigan-Ramos

  • Thursdays, 11:00-11:45 AM, Oct. 5 – Oct. 26
    A stretching class using the concepts Yoga developed to improve the physical and mental health of participants. Stretching has shown to be effective in reducing anxiety, protecting joints, building balance, mood boosting, lowering blood pressure, and strengthening bones.

STRUT Your Stuff with Erin Wolford: Senior Tap

  • Thursdays, 2:30-3:30 PM, Oct. 5 – Dec. 14
    A class designed to introduce the art of tap dance to beginning and intermediate students. Tap dance has proven to have benefits for the mind and body, including spatial relations, memory, rhythm, and physicality. *No Class 11/23

Chair Ballet with Eric Ekin

  • Tuesdays, 12:30-1:15 PM, Oct. 3 – Nov. 7 Come Dance with Miss Erin Ekin! This class is for dance lovers with restricted mobility! Structured like a regular ballet class, you will learn the exercises and perform them to music.

Keyboarding/Piano with Diego Santamaria

  • Tuesdays, 11:00 AM-12:00 PM, Sept. 12 – Dec. 5 An informal class designed for students interested in practicing the basics of rhythm and melody of piano playing. Students will continue to learn keyboard skills, popular music styles, and sequencing in this class. *No Class 11/21

Keyboarding/Piano II with Susan Peters

  • Thursdays, 1:00-2:00 PM, Oct. 5 – Dec.
    14 An informal class designed for students interested in practicing the basics of rhythm and melody of piano playing. Students will continue to learn keyboard skills, popular music styles, and sequencing in this class. *No Class 11/23

Guitar/Ukulele with Diego Santamaria

  • Tuesdays, 12:30-1:15 PM, Oct. 3 – Nov. 7 Come Dance
    with Miss Erin Ekin! This class is for dance lovers with restricted mobility! Structured like a regular ballet class, you will learn the exercises and perform them to music.

Drumming with Olivia Rayburn

  • Thursdays, 1:00-2:00 PM, Oct. 5 – Nov. 2 In this course, students will engage in drumming and rhythmic exercises to upbeat, recorded music while increasing their range of motion, coordination, and muscle tone.

Alternate Mediums with Ryan Failor

  • Fridays, 11:00 AM-1:00 PM, Sep. 15 – Dec. 15 This class is designed to focus on the visual mediums of pastels, drawing, painting, and other medium explorations. Students will learn how to apply skills while exploring their creative side! Field Trip will be on Friday, Oct. 20, Cleveland Art Museum. *No Class 9/22 and 11/24

Studio Art with Jacy Warrick

  • Saturdays, 9:00 AM-12:00 PM, Sept. 9 – Dec. 2 *Class
    dates: 9/9, 9/23, 10/14, 10/21, 11/4, 11/18, 12/2 For the beginner to the advanced student, this course is set up as a free, expressive studio format allowing students to explore different media at their own pace and engage in individual projects. This class is designed for the individual seeking a lower structured environment with on-staff artist available to assist in media or technique application.

Ceramics with Autumn Cadle

  • Mondays, 2:00-3:30 PM, Oct. 2 – Nov. 13 This class focuses on exploring and experimenting with ceramic techniques, like pinching, coil building, and slab building. They will also learn how to use various hand tools to cut, smooth, and add texture to the clay. Projects will be finished by painting or sealing.

Technology & Computers with Kari Westfield Wednesdays, 1:00-2:00 PM, Oct. 4 – Nov. 1 Beginner computer training class that teaches to navigate different web browsers, set up devices to address accessibility, send emails, social media, and other basic tasks. This course covers specific computer skills that can help you stay in touch with friends or connect with your doctor! One-on-one time is available with the instructor after each class.

Financial Aid & Scholarships

We’re committed to ensuring that every member of the community, no matter their financial situation, has the ability to learn and grow as an artistic human being.

Meet Your Instructor

Our team of instructors brings teaching experience and a passion for their art to every interaction. Click below to meet your faculty member.

Take the next step in your artistic journey!

What Others are Saying

From the moment I enter Richland Academy the joy begins. The girls at the front desk are so welcoming and helpful. They ensure all my questions regarding the class schedules for all of the sessions that are offered for the "senior citizens." I truly love learning piano, it was always a childhood dream for me. Now, it has finally become a reality. I will begin my 5th year at the Academy in the "senior citizens" program and am looking forward to another rewarding year of learning and exploring all that is offered in my journey as a pianist and artist.

Sylvia Keith 60+ Student

Thank you, Richland Academy, for having a place for us seniors where we can have such a good time!

Shirley Fearn 60+ Student

Richland Academy of the Arts is an amazing asset for Mansfield and Ohio in general. Everyone who works at Richland Academy of the Arts is so passionate about the arts, and wants to see their students succeed. RAA certainly is a place like no other, and I’m so thankful to be a part of the RAA Family.

Audrey Lee-Strohm Music Instructor

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