The River Arts Writing Lab is designed to support a range of writing experience, goals, and genres. The emphasis is on providing a means for the participants to share their work, and to give and receive constructive, well-thought-out feedback.
A webpage is provided for those writers who are ready to have their work critiqued (the work can be at any stage of development). Posting manuscripts prior to the meetings will allow more time for careful consideration and productive discussion. Together we’ll develop guidelines for providing respectful and useful feedback.
A period of less structured time for reading, writing, or sharing will also be a part of the meetings.
The aim of the Writing Lab is to support each other by giving and receiving helpful commentary. It’s a cooperative effort. The group welcomes ideas for other activities that encourage and expand our writing skills.
If you are interested in joining this group, send us an email at [email protected].
Instructor: Lesley Grant
Apple Tree Learning Centers, Stowe
Green Mountain Kids, Morrisville
Lamoille South Early Education, Morrisville
Puffer Child Care Center, Morrisville
Wee Explorers Preschool, Morrisville
Creative Connections, Morrisville
Clubhouse Kids, Morrisville
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ART IN THE BARN HORSE CAMP *THIS CAMP IS FULL AGES 8-12 YRS / $275 JUNE 25-29, 9AM-3PM (early drop-off at 8:30AM available) If you LOVE horses then Art in the Barn is the camp for you! River Arts is teaming up with Hope Grows Horse Farm, in Hyde Park, to offer a unique experience for campers. Each morning, cowgirls and cowboys will create amazing horse-themed crafts while learning some songs to sing during an afternoon “on the trail” with horses. Art in the Barn provides a great opportunity for horse lovers to spend time outdoors with these amazing equines. Previous experience with horses not required. Wear closed-toe shoes (no sandals). DROP OFF & PICK UP AT HOPE GROWS, RTE. 15, Hyde Park. Register soon on River Arts website - limited space available! Instructors: Local musician, Lesley Grant (River Arts), Amber Bennett (Hope Grows)
FAIRY HOUSES & FORTS AGES 5-8 YRS / $275 June 25-29, 9AM-3PM (early drop-off at 8:30AM available) Calling all fairies to come and join us for a week of magical adventure! We will be building fairy houses while exploring the pixie forest and building forts in the woods. We'll be sharing special fairy secrets and stories and play together in the true fairy kind of way. Instructor Makayla Jones
FLOWERS AND FIREWORKS! AGES 5-12 / $125 JULY 2, 3, 9AM-3PM (early drop-off at 8:30AM available) with Morristown parade July 4th! In this special 2 day camp, we'll celebrate Morrisville’s 4th of July theme, Flower & Fireworks, by making art to march in the Town parade! Instructor: Bonnie Kolber
DANCE WITH US- FLASH MOB CAMP AGES 8 AND UP / $275 JULY 9-13, 9AM-3PM (early drop-off at 8:30AM available) Movers of all levels will have a blast exploring different dance styles including hip hop, jazz, and lyrical.We'll choreograph a dance for a surprise flash mob at the "Wednesday Night Live" concert series at the Oxbow Park. Dancewear and shoes not required- wear sneakers and comfortable clothing. Instructor: Acadia Lague
COOK N' CLAY *THIS CAMP IS FULL AGES 5-8 YRS/ $275 JULY 9-13, 9AM-3PM (early drop-off at 8:30AM available) This hands-on camp is a great experience for any budding chef! Whip up batches of fun while focusing on how to make delicious dishes then turn over your creativity to play in clay. Campers will explore many ways to create works of art with clay, using pottery wheels and handbuilding techniques. Instructors: Debbie Burritt, Angela Iannuzzi
CARTOON STUDIO AGES 9 and up/ $275 JULY 16-20, 9AM-3PM (early drop-off at 8:30AM available) We’ll explore different characters and bring them to life, dream up story plots, explore expressive lettering and how to set up a comic page. From there we’ll ink and finally...create our comic book! Ever been to a comic jam? The week ends with one, with an entertaining celebration of cartoons. Instructor: Stephanie Zuppo
SPOTLIGHT THEATER STAGECRAFT CAMP AGES 5-8 YRS/ $275 JULY 16-20, 9AM-3PM (early drop-off at 8:30AM available) Come experience the thrill of the stage in this creative camp. Find your inner actor, play games and create cool crafts everyday! Instructor: Danielle Davis
PROJECT FASHION! FASHION & JEWELRY DESIGN AGES 9 YRS AND UP / $275 JULY 23-27, 9AM-3PM (early drop-off at 8:30AM available) Make a SPLASH in fashion design - (9-up) Fashionistas will dive into design as an art form and assemble their own unique fashion portfolio. They’ll use their bright sense of style and flair to design jewelry and accessories too! This creative week of all things fashion includes taking a look at artists whose designs have influenced the runway, creating mood boards and basic sketching. The workshop ends with a distinct Fashion Week Designer presentation for family and friends. Instructor: Haleigh West
MAKIN' MUSIC AGES 5-8 YRS / $275 JULY 23-27, 9AM-3PM (early drop-off at 8:30AM available) Explore, create and share the joy of making art, music and new friends! Play music in the morning, make musical instruments and art in the afternoon. Campers will immerse themselves in world percussion, drums and making instruments as art. Instructors: Lesley Grant, Michaela Dube
ROCK CAMP AGES 9 YRS AND UP / $275 JULY 30-AUGUST 3, 9AM-3PM AMP it up with River Arts' Rock Camp when campers come together as a band, learn a new instrument or enhance music skills. Create something exciting, write songs and jam with friends. Instructor: Dov Schiller
MOVE OUT LOUD AGES 5-8 YRS/ $275 JULY 30-AUGUST 3, 9AM-3PM (early drop-off at 8:30AM available) Come discover and play this week with creative dance, improvisation and theater games. This lively camp is the perfect introduction to the dramatic arts. The week will wrap up with a performance for family and friends. Instructor: Vanessa Cousins
THE MURAL PROJECT 2018 AGES 9 YRS AND UP / $275 AUGUST 6-10, 9AM-3PM (early drop-off at 8:30AM available) The Mural Project is back for another summer adventure in public art! Roll up your sleeves, grab your bucket of paint, join the team, and make paint come alive! We will work mostly outdoors on a group mural, and surprise our fans on where it might turn up this year. As always, the vision of the group takes us on an exciting, exploration of unknown territories. Wear your messiest paint clothes and come prepared to have fun! Instructor: Jess Graham
CLAY STUDIO AGES 5-8 YRS / $275 AUGUST 6-10, 9AM-3PM (early drop-off at 8:30AM available) Join us for a fun-filled week using our imaginations to explore the many ways to create wonderful works of art with clay . Campers will use pottery wheels and handbuilding techniques to become masters of their craft. Ready to dive into clay? Instructor: Bonnie Kolber
SK8 THE ARTS! AGES 7-14 YRS / $275 AUGUST 13-17, 9AM-3PM Location: Johnson Skatepark, Johnson It’s not a River Arts Summer without Sk8 the Arts! We combine action with creativity in this uber-popular camp for skaters of all levels. Join our experienced staff and friends for a week of skill-building, tricks, and creating rad street and skate art. Design and paint your own skate decks, design t-shirts, and enjoy new features in the park. This camp has a big fan base - register early, and don’t miss out! Instructors: Kate Crouse, Bonnie Kolber
TOY TINKERING-MAKER CAMP AGES 5-8 YRS/ $275 AUGUST 13-17, 9AM-3PM (early drop-off at 8:30AM available) Do you ever wonder what’s inside your toys? Make some incredible discoveries about their inner parts when you put on some safety goggles and start dissecting your old stuffed animal, remote controlled car, or talking Care Bear. Tinkering with toys is fun, whimsical and full of surprise! Instructor: Makayla Jones _____________________________________________________________________________________________________________ INSTRUCTOR BIOS- SUMMER Debbie Burritt- is a graduate of Newbury College of Culinary Arts in Brookline, MA. She has been a chef in fine dining restaurants in Massachusetts, Virginia, NH and Vermont, starting her own Sweet Crunch Bakeshop and Catering in 2002. Debbie has worked as chef chair and participated in The Vermont March of Dimes Signature Chef fundraiser for 6 years. In 2016, she won Vermont's Small Business Woman of the year award. Debbie has also taught cooking in private schools in Stowe, VT and in Virginia and coached the Lamoille Iron Chef Team 3 years in a row. She taught cooking and baking at Hyde Park Elementary school for 6 years and enjoys working with kids. Vanessa Cousins studied at Circle in the Square in New York City and majored in Performing Arts. She currently teaches dance and theater in Manhattan. Danielle Davis holds a Bachelor's Degree in Theater Arts from Brandeis University, a Master of Science in Education from Walden University with a focus on visual and differentiated mathematics, and teaches strategic mathematics at Stowe Middle School. She has been featured in Literary Mama, Allegory Magazine, Errant Parent, and The Journal of Compressed Creative Arts. Her poetry won the 2013 award from the Roald Dahl Literary Estate. She has taught production classes for the Children's Theater Workshop and Green Mountain Performing Arts and performed at the Hyde Park and Barre Opera Houses, and earned the Governor’s Yellow Rose of Texas volunteer award in 2006. Danielle trained in the Stanislavski method with Janet Morrison, studied set design/painting with Bob Moody, and received instruction in physical theater/clown theory from Peter Gould. When she’s not painting sets or searching for duct tape, Danielle enjoys dividing fractions, gardening, and being on the water with her family. Jess Graham describes her art as expressive, irreverent and textural. She has lived in Brooklyn, NY and travelled throughout the United States, Eastern Europe and the Cariibbean and is happy to end up where she began, in Vermont. In 2007, Jess opened her own studio, creating illustrations and selling paintings at art fairs. Jess now creates designs, murals and painitnings for her client base and is the in-house designer for the Alchemist Brewey in Stowe. Jess is an avid mountain biker, snowboarder and surfer and is infused with life in the outdoors, which influences the energy in her work. Lesley Grant is a mother of two and a licensed K-6th teacher, working with kids in a variety of settings. She fell in love with horses while working at a ranch camp for kids in Jackson Hole, Wyoming and led horse pack trips in the Wyoming wilderness (complete with cowboys, campfires and sage!). Lesley worked at outdoor education schools, leading astronomy night hikes in the California mountains and on Oahu, Hawaii where she taught beach ecology and surfed. Lesley has taught music in many venues to kids and tackled Shakespeare for kids at River Arts. She ran the KinderArts program to local schools. Lesley enjoys teaching guitar, ukulele, and voice lessons to kids and professionally enjoys writing her material and performing. She has performed at the Spruce Peak Performing Arts Center, Vergennes Opera House and the Grand Points North Festival stage. Passionate about the arts, Lesley continually searches for ways to make learning fun, accessible and engaging for all ages. Angela Iannuzzi is a local visual artist, art educator, and art education advocate. Over the past ten years she has inspired budding artists of all ages ranging from preschool to adult. She is currently the art educator at a local elementary school and has been a teaching artist for the Helen Day Art Center and Burlington City Arts. She has volunteered for local arts events creating large scale art with the community. Angela studied at Johnson State College and was honored a departmental award in art education, graduated Magna Cum Laude, and focused on printmaking and ceramics. Currently her favorite mediums to teach are ceramics, printmaking, and media arts. Her favorite part of teaching is inspiring others to be creative no matter what their experience. Angela's current personal artwork consists of printmaking and photography and is constantly changing as she is inspired by her students and the beauty in the world. She has shown her artwork locally at the Vermont Studio Center, Vermont International Contemporary Art Museum, and Johnson State College. Makyala Jones is a sophomore at Northern Vermont University, working towards earning her BFA in Studio Arts. She has four years' experience working with youth at the Vermont Studio Center Summer Program and River Arts. She is the instructor for River Arts' drop-in program, Big and Messy ArtSpace.Her goals include progressing in her art studies and inspiring youth to explore art and nature. Bonnie Kolber is a lover of the arts, gardening and the mountains. Growing up in Miami, she attended the New World School of the Arts and earned her BS in Performance Studies from Northwestern University. Bonnie also has a Masters Degree in Elementary Education. She moved to Vermont in 1997 and became a member of the Bread & Puppet Theater as well as a freelance puppeteer in New England. Bonnie and her partner have a gardening business and farm with goats, chicks, honeybees and dogs. She teaches snowboarding and trains instructors all over the east coast. Bonnie feels that making art with kids, encouraging imagination and unique expression is some of the most rewarding and inspiring work in the world. Acadia LaGue is majoring in Dance Education at Northern Vermont University. An alumni of the Varsity Dance Team at her alma mater, Lamoille Union High School, she currently coaches their Middle-school dance team. She is a member of the Johnson State Dance Club and has choreographed and performed in their famous Danceland event. Dov Schiller, is an Alumni of the New England Conservatory of Music, studied with Boston Symphony Orchestra members and has worked with Jazz, Third Stream & Klezmer luminaries. He has worked in Europe and the States with various Broadway Musical Theater tours. Dov has many musical projects throughout the Northeast, New York, Los Angeles and abroad. He is the Principal Timpanist with the Great Waters Music Festival Orchestra, Clearlakes Chorale and a member of the Rhode Island Philharmonic. He is also Principal Timpanist and Percussionist with the Vermont Chamber Artists. Recently Dov worked on re-orchestrating and performing in the resurgence of "The Visit" with Chita Rivera at the Williamstown Theater Festival. He is co-founder with Lydia Lowery Busler, of the Tradewinds Improv Ensemble. Dov has been providing creative, exciting workshops and camps for River Arts and is very excited to be instructing several music camps this summer. Haleigh West is a local designer with a background in fashion, art, human rights and environmentalism. Her work is a reflection of all four when creating original earth-friendly works of art. Haleigh is inspired by travel and has spent time in Tanzania and Ecuador. When not creating, she explores other forms of art: culinary, fiber art and architecture. Stephanie Zuppo is a cartoonist, graphic designer, and educator. She received her BFA in Illustration and Design at Moore College of Art and Design in Philadelphia and an MFA in Comics at The Center for Cartoon Studies in Vermont. She is an adjunct professor in the Game Arts and Animation major at Champlain College. Stephanie is currently focusing on teaching, making comics, and developing ways to make the comics industry a better place. She is the editor of The Ladybroad Ledger, VT's only free femme comics newspaper and is also the co-creator of Conosaurus, a tool which helps creators and fans plan their convention season. Besides printing and distributing her own work and the work of others, she has appeared in several comic anthologies and publications.
- Social Emotional Learning for Teaching Artists Part I: Saturday, February 3, 9:30am-12:00pm at Catamount Arts, St. Johnsbury In this workshop, teaching artists will learn about inclusive teaching methods and be able to identify basic concepts in social emotional learning. Teaching artists will come away with a working knowledge of the role of social emotional learning in educational settings, and what they can do to boost engagement of the students with whom they work. This workshop will present information in multiple formats and include hands-on arts exploration of concepts presented. Join us at 9:30 for light refreshments and informal networking. Training begins at 10:00 am.
- Universal Design for Learning for Teaching Artists: POSTPONED! New Date: Wednesday, March 21, 5:30pm-8:00pm at River Arts, Morrisville In this workshop, teaching artists will learn about inclusive teaching methods and be able to identify basic concepts and methods in Universal Design for Learning. Teaching artists will learn new content material and apply that content to their own practice. This workshop will present information in multiple formats and include hands-on arts exploration of concepts presented. Join us at 5:30 for refreshments and networking. Training begins at 6:00 pm.
- Social Emotional Learning for Teaching Artists Part II: Monday, April 16, 5:30pm-8:00pm at WonderArts, Greensboro In this workshop, teaching artists will learn about inclusive teaching methods and social emotional learning. We will dive into the conflict cycle, the effects of stress and trauma on learning, and techniques teaching artists can use to engage reluctant learners. Teaching artists will come away with a working knowledge of the role of social emotional learning in educational settings, and what they can do to support each student they work with. Join us for refreshments and networking at 5:30. Training begins at 6:00pm.
- Arts Integration for Teaching Artists: Saturday, May 5, 9:30am-12:00pm at Catamount Arts, St. Johnsbury In this workshop, teaching artists will explore concepts, benefits, and technique of arts integration. Teaching artists will come away with increased understanding of how to create an arts-integrated lesson or unit plan. This workshop will present information in multiple formats and include hands-on arts exploration of concepts presented. Join us at 9:30 for light refreshments and networking. Workshop begins at 10:00 am.