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].
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
Mud City Kids, MorrisvilleTo complete survey, please click HERE
River Arts Review: Voices from Northern Vermont Volume 3 – Our third collection of poetry – take a look, or purchase online!
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Join artist Robert Brunelle Jr. and learn the basics of painting with acrylics. Topics covered will include: differences between acrylics and other types of paints, mixing colors, creating various effects with brushstrokes, composing a painting, creating tints and washes, and using additives for acrylic paints. For beginners and those with experience in painting.
Artist’s bio: Robert Waldo Brunelle Jr. is a 7th generation Vermonter. He is a painter, kinetic sculptor, book illustrator, art educator, and political cartoonist. He was the art teacher at the Browns River Middle School in Underhill, VT for 31 years, and served as president of the Northern Vermont Artist Association from 1995 to 2011. His cartoon strip, Mr. Brunelle Explains It All, appears weekly in Seven Days Vermont.Pre-registration required click link above or call 802-888-1261 to sign up!
Photographers have found the need to supplement natural light since the dawn of the
photographic era. Options abound in our generation, but electronic flash remains one
of the best solutions, from brightening scenes on the go to sculpting light in the studio.
This series will concentrate on hands-on, creative use of the portable accessory flash
(indoors and outdoors, both on and off camera). We will include a history of flash
technology, flash use in close-up work, and a demonstration of high powered strobes in
the studio. Examples will be shown, assignments given, and student photos shared
with the class.
It is recommended that students be familiar with the basics of digital photography and
their own equipment, and have an interest in the applied use of electronic flashes. They
will be required to bring their own digital camera with a “hot shoe” or other flash
connection, a battery-operated flash, and a tripod. The instructor can make
recommendations for the purchase of an inexpensive flash in case the student does not
PAUL ROGERS is a native of Stowe and a full time photographer. He earned an
Associate of Science in Photographic Illustration and a Bachelor of Fine Arts in
Photography as a Fine Art from the School of Photographic Arts and Sciences at
Rochester Institute of Technology. He specializes in commercial, documentary, travel,
and fine art photography, photography for artists, and photographic education. He is
best known for his photography of entertainer Rusty DeWees and for his Vermont
documentary project, Stick Season. www.paulrogersphotography.com
FANTASTIC FLOAT - ART ON WHEELS! AGES 5-12 / $275, JUNE 24-28, 9AM-3PM (early drop-off at 8:30AM available) Campers of all ages, experience the joy of creativity as you design and build an extraordinary work of art on wheels for the Morristown 4th of July celebration. Then, ride on your masterpiece during the event in the parade on July 4th. Instructor Bonnie Kolber will introduce a variety of art media in this fantastic five day camp.
JULY 2-6 No Camps This Week
GET STEAMED! AGES 5-8 / $275 JULY 8-12, 9AM-3PM (early drop-off at 8:30AM available) Inventors and explorers jump in and build a wind=powered vehicle or try your hand at making it rain. Each day encourages collaborative problem-solving, criticial thinking and loads of FUN in this project-based learning camp. We'll explore science, technology, art and math through hands-on experiments, art projects and games. Instructor: Danielle Peveril
LET'S GET COOKIN' AGES 9 AND UP / $275 JULY 8-12, 9AM-3PM (early drop-off at 8:30AM available) Tween chefs will be immersed in the art of culinary creativity and discovery. In addition to developing cooking skills, this camp incorporates elements necessary for budding chefs such as : kitchen safety, presentation, proper food handling and preparation, table setting and more. The week will also give campers a unique opportunity to have their own farmer's market, creating a stand to share their creations. The final day there will be a farmer's market and festival of food for family. Instructor: Kate Halladay
ART VENTURES CAMP IS FULL, PLEASE CALL 888-1261 to get on a waiting list AGES 5-8 / $275 JULY 15-19, 9AM-3PM (early drop-off at 8:30AM available) Each day campers will make new discoveries through a series of awesome creative mixes. Mural Monday and play in the clay, Puppetry Tuesday and more! Spark creative expression by exploring a variety of media including plein air drawing and see nature as an open canvas. This is a two-week camp but young artists may take one week if preferred. Instructor: Bonnie Kolber
MURAL PROJECT 2019!<>/p> Ages 8-up / $275 JULY 15-19, 9AM-3PM (early drop-off 8:30AM available) Get your brushes out for an amazing week of mural making! Artist Jess Graham and Instructor Jake Harnish will assist campers in sparking their artistic skills to create a vibrant piece of public art for the community. Each day artists will dive into the creative process and explore illustration, composition and painting. This includes time to be outdoors to explore other public art in Morrisville. Instructor: Jake Harnish
ART VENTURES AGES 5-8 / $275 JULY 22-26, 9AM-3PM (early drop-off at 8:30AM available) < Each day campers will make new discoveries through a series of awesome creative mixes. Mural Monday and play in the clay, Puppetry Tuesday and more! Spark creative expression by exploring a variety of media including plein air drawing and see nature as an open canvas. This is the 2nd of this two-week camp but young artists can register for one or both weeks. Instructor: Bonnie Kolber, Guest Artist July 25 & 26
POTTERY PROJECTS - GARDEN WORKS IN CLAY CAMP IS FULL, PLEASE CALL 888-1261 to get on a waiting list AGES 9 and up/ $275 JULY 22-26, 9AM-3PM (early drop-off at 8:30AM available) Tiles, pots and planters, oh my! Dip your hands in the clay to play and experiment using various handbuilding techniques. Using carving and layering, potters will adorn tiles and planters that will spruce up any garden. This includes spinning on the wheel while learning the art of all things clay. Instructor: Angela Iannuzzi and Jake Harnish
MAGICAL BEASTS AND CREATURES IN CLAY AGES 5-8 / $275 JULY 29-August 2, 9AM-3PM (early drop-off at 8:30AM available) Imagination reigns as you create wild and crazy creatures with clay! Give magical beasts and dragons personality with your own sketchbook of creations then experience hands-on hand building and glazing techniques. This is sure to be a magical week of clay and games! Instructor Jake Harnish.
RIVER ARTS ROCK CAMP </. AGES 9 YRS AND UP / $275 JULY 29-AUGUST 2, 9AM-3PM Get ready to ROCK when you learn to play an instrument or expand your music skills with instructor Dov Schiller. Musicians will form a band, write music and play a concert for family and friends. No musical experience needed and at the end of the week, you'll be a rock star.
SK8 THE ARTS AGES 6-14 / $275 August 5-9, 9AM-3PM, JOHNSON SKATE PARK Please note - campers need a helmet, skateboard and there no open-toed shoes (no sandals) allowed. Knee and elbow pads desirable but not a must. 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 friends with our experienced staff for a week of skill-building, tricks and creating rad street and skate art. Design and paint your own skate decks and enjoy new features in the park. New this year -create a graffiti art mural for the skate park. Wrap up the week with an awesome field trip to Burlington skatepark. This camp has a BIG fan base so register early and don't miss out! Instructors: Bonnie Kolber, Kate Crouse, Ian Hutchins, Chad Miller
ART IN THE BARN HORSE CAMP CAMP IS FULL, PLEASE CALL 888-1261 to get on a waiting list AGES 8-12 / $325 AUGUST 5-9, 9AM-3PM at HOPE GROWS HORSE FARM 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 2nd year of this unique experience for campers. Each morning, our camper, ranch hands 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- limited space available! Instructors: Lesley Grant, Amber Bennett
POP UP CAFE', CULINARY CAMP IS FULL, PLEASE CALL 888-1261 to get on a waiting list AUGUST 12-16, 9AM-3PM (early drop-off at 8:30AM available) AGES 5-12, $275 Budding chefs will not only dive into all things culinary but will create their own cafe'! From naming & designing the menu, to serving delicious creations in their own space, campers will get a real taste of having a cafe'! Pop Up will be open for business on the final day of camp, for family and friends. Outdoor and games will be included in this flavorful week. Instructor Kate Halladay ___________________________________________________________________________________________________________ INSTRUCTOR BIOS- SUMMER Danielle Peveril 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. 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. Kate Halladay owns her own catering business Sustainable Kitchen and has been a chef in several local restaurants. Kate connects local artisans and farmers with the community and believes in farm to table philosophy. Using fresh, local organic, seasonally prepared foods, Kate puts her unique twist on everything she creates. She has worked with youth in several capacities - as nanny and camp instructor. Jake Harnish is a local potter and works in many art mediums. He recently assisted artist Sarah Rutherford in completing the murals on the giant silos in Jeffersonville, VT. He has worked at various summer camps at the Boys and Girls Club in Brattleboro. 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. 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. Dov Schiller is a professional freelance Drummer, Percussionist & Timpanist. Dov attended the New England Conservatory of Music, travelled Europe with various Broadway Musical Theater tours, performed as the Principal Timpanist with the Handel Society Orchestra, worked with Clearlakes Chorale and remains an active member of the Rhode Island Philharmonic, and Cosa Buena Nueva, a 5 piece Jazz/Latin/World Band.