Open Gym Playgroup

Free

River Arts is partnering with the Lamoille Family Center to bring Open Gym drop-in classes to the community. These classes combine our Open Gym concept with the Lamoille Family Center's Playgroups.

Playgroups are a great way for children to have fun and meet new friends while you socialize and learn about resources that support the healthy development of your child and family. Playgroups are FREE and follow the public pre-school academic calendar, running through the end of May. All children are welcome to attend along with their parents, guardians or family, friend or neighbor caregivers. Come on out and play!

Held in the Robert C. Folley Performance Hall on the second floor of the River Arts Center

When: Mondays, from 9:30-11:00am

*Classes follow the Lamoille South Supervisory Union schedule. Cancelled if there is a Morrisville School cancellation due to weather conditions.
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River Arts Writing Lab

$5 suggested donation

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].

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BIG & Messy – ART Space!

$5 suggested donation

Imagine the delight of your child as he/she walks into a room with canvas covered walls and tables of paint, rollers, brushes and spray bottles … or spinning child size pottery wheels ready to shape and squash clay. Around the corner? Another space set with large and tiny architecture components to build and take down.

Our BIG & Messy ART Space is a facilitated space for parent-and-child creative exploration with a focus on process, rather than product. All art stations are open-ended, and child led. It’s always drop-in, no reservations required! You may join in anytime within the scheduled window, but please try to arrive at least a half-hour before the end time.

All materials, as well as smocks for kids and adults, are provided. Please remember to wear clothes that you don’t mind getting dirty, painted, or wet. The best part?….We clean-up the mess!

Note for messy arts space: “NO SHOES in the studio PLEASE! This is to prevent our paint and clay from leaving the studio on the bottom of shoes.”

Art Facilitator: Makayla Jones
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Music and Movement – All Ages

Free

Sing and swing to the beat of the music in this very special FREE drop-in program for infants to preschoolers and their parents!  Join us on every 1st & 3rd Wednesday each month from 10:30-11:30am  for music, movement and FUN!  Children’s music educator and local musician, Lesley Grant, will play fun musical favorites and classics while participants dance, move, sing, explore instruments and learn basic musical elements such as rhythm and vocal dynamics.

Instructor: Lesley Grant

**Music & Movement follows the local school district weather cancellation policies - if school is canceled due to weather, Music & Movement will also be canceled.

Last date of Spring Session before Summer Break is May 30

Thank you to our Sustainer Level Sponsor Stowe Family Dentistry for supporting the program!

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In-School Kinder Arts Program

The River Arts’ Kinder Arts Program offers an innovative exploratory arts program for children ages 3-5. Bringing creative experimentation to preschool classrooms in our community, the program features art making through mixed media, painting, drawing, printmaking, sculpture photography and music.  The mission of the program is to build self-esteem and skills in young artists through the process of creativity. The program’s unique focus on experimentation gives young artists an opportunity to explore the materials and build on tactile experiences.

Children experience action painting, create artwork to the rhythm of music, build sculptures, create murals, and enjoy a variety of monthly art themes. Students get a first taste of art history as we study famous artists, and discover art from distant lands.  Weekly expression through sketchbook exercises/free-drawing, and group sharing builds social and emotional connections with our young students.

Watch our Kinder Arts program in action here!


Instructor: Lesley Grant

 

Participating Schools:

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


  To complete the Kinder Arts feedback form, click here.
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Pilates with Mary Regele

$5

Classes on 5/3, 5/7, and 5/10 cancelled Class on Thursday, May 24 will be held at the Civic/Sr Center

Pilates-a class that focuses on core (abdominals, waist, back and hips).  The class incorporates many different body weight exercises...pushups, planks, squats...Any level of fitness may attend, but as it can be an aggressive class, many modifications are offered for beginning level participants. Please bring a mat and water.  The class does not require shoes.

Drop-in, $5. For more information please contact Mary Regele: [email protected]
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Poetry Clinic

$5 Suggested donation

For those of you who use writing classes as a way to set aside special time for your writing practice: Here is an irresistible gift … a clinic to keep your pen and mind in motion. The first hour of the clinic will be devoted to generative poetry writing exercises; the second hour will be devoted to respectful critiques of work you bring to or make in class.   River Arts hosts workshops, readings, and clinics devoted to supporting the myriad voices living within the community and surrounding areas. Read on to see what’s been going on, about to happen, and join us!   POETRY WALL - Samples of poetry from our Tuesday night Poetry "Clinic"! Rebecca in 1809

Deep in her night, visions unfold

Picking up rough goat hair swept by a broom,

Catching whiffs of lye in the bucket,

She dances out the door, toe tips just grazing the deep powdery snow

Scent of crisp autumn leaves released from the folds of her dress as she

Whirls into the woodshed clearing.

Commanding the firewood to follow,

She fluently feeds the brilliant warmth of the hearth fire

Combing her baby’s hair while she is nursing close to the heat

Gradually unstuck from time, flooded by a cascade of descendant sensation

Who tastes the mid-winter soup on a carved maple wood spoon?

Who hears the musket fire just outside the open window?

Who’s hand on the doorknob with a brisk winter air blast on the face?

Who is quieted with awe inspired by reflections of Milky Way Stars in a washbowl positioned just so?

Who’s knife in her hand as she rides along the currents of moist air above the Winooski River?

Peter Clark – 19-Jan-2016

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River Arts Photo Co-op

$5 Suggested donation

The River Arts Photo Co-op provides photography enthusiasts with a way to gather, promote and share their experience and knowledge of photography in an atmosphere of camaraderie and fun. No experience necessary – just a love of photography and a desire for discovery, building skills, and connecting with others with a similar passion!  Our goal is to promote the sharing of ideas, techniques and creativity through membership participation in workshops, competitions and monthly social gatherings.

  image4 Tentative upcoming presentation schedule:

Meeting reminder: Thursday July 19, 6:00 – 8:00. $5.00 suggested donation for River Arts

Presentation: Photographing Fairs, Parades, and Celebrations by Paul Rogers

Photo sharing theme: Faces (or recent photos), please try to limit the number of photos to three

   
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Open Studio Figure Drawing

$10/session; punchcards available - $90/10 classes (save $10)

New Summer Schedule:

The Open Studio for Figure Drawing meets every second and forth Wednesday of the month in the beautiful Robert C. Folley Performance Hall, located on the second floor of the River Arts Center. The group, which gathers from 6:00-8:00 p.m. invites and accommodates all levels of drawing/painting/sculpture backgrounds and expertise. The sessions feature a variety of approaches to working from the figure. The open studio is open to the public for a fee of $10 per session, and we encourage anyone interested in working from the figure to join us for a fun and creative evening.

Special Costumed Sessions throughout Summer! Feature creatively costumed model + cash wine bar

Every 2nd Wednesday will be costumed

Every 4th Wednesday will be traditional nude poses
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M.E. Art Group

Free to adults 60 and up

Want to talk art, get project ideas, share techniques and tips on media or participate in special workshops in a variety of disciplines?

Join our drop-in M.E. (Morrisville Elder) Art Group every Thursday, 10-12p.m. and get creative with others! Bring your art supplies and work on your own piece, or use some of our supplies to start something new. Open to all levels of skill and experience!

The Art Group will meet at the Morrisville Sr. Center for the months of July and August. The Sr. Center is located at 24 Main St, Morrisville.

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Summer Camps 2018

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River Arts camps are innovative and FUN! Join us for an exciting summer and register today by clicking the green button above, or by calling 802-888-1261. * Financial assistance available New this summer- most camps will offer healthy lunch from River Arts, thanks to Hannaford Grocery Store!
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.
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Inner Path Nutrition Cooking Classes

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Clark Art Day Trip – for Seniors 60+

$25 sliding scale

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River Arts invites seniors (60+) to join a special day trip. The comfortable bus will depart from River Arts in Morrisville before heading to the Clark Art museum located in Williamstown, Massachusetts. Our docent-led tour will feature their extensive collections of sculpture, decorative arts, Impressionist and Old Masters paintings, photography and more.

Register online at RiverArtsVt.org, or by calling (802) 888-1261. $25 (sliding scale) includes packed lunch, bussing, and museum admission. For accessibility requests, please contact Heidi Bielenberg at (802) 888-1261 or [email protected] The River Arts Elder Art Program provides workshops and events to community members aged 60 and up for free or reduced cost through the generous support of the Copley Fund and private donations.
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Learn to Yodel! with Ari Erlbaum

$18

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In this one-session workshop following Intro to Harmonica series, Ari will give history and examples of yodeling from around the world. Participants will learn to identify their own voice break, learn a simple yodel, discover which keys works best for their personal yodeling range, and put it all together into songs. Along with Swiss and country western music, yodeling has been used in music as diverse as traditional singers from the Republic of Georgia, Hawaiian music, and hip-hop. It is nearly impossible to be unhappy while yodeling!

Bio: Ari Erlbaum runs Pocket Music out of Montpelier, teaching private lessons, group workshops, and festivals in Harmonica, Guitar, Mchakamchaka, Yodeling, Spoons, and Rhythm Bones. Pocket Music refers to the simple, yet powerful act of carrying an instrument in your pocket. It is the ability to make music wherever you go. With Pocket Music, there is no need to carve out times to practice - just play on your way to work, while you’re waiting for your bread to toast, or at the bus stop. Ideally, music should never feel like a responsibility. The most fun way to experience music (and the best way to get better at it) is to treat it playfully, experimenting and exploring, trying to make music with anything you can get your hands on, taking joy when you discover or master something new. This way you will end up playing more, simply because it is enjoyable. In my lessons, my mission is to keep this joy and excitement alive.

All Ages Welcome!
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Northeast Region Teaching Artist Training Series

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Free

Are you a teaching artist who is interested in deepening your practice and connecting with others in the arts community? This Northeast Region training series of professional development workshops taught by VSA Vermont teaching artist Alexandra Turner, is designed to provide introductory information on inclusive teaching methods focusing on accessible practices, social and emotional learning, arts integration, and universal design for learning (UDL). All workshops will include hands-on arts exploration as well as time to connect with other teaching artists, community arts leaders, and the instructor. Each 2-hour workshop will be preceded by a half hour of light refreshments and networking. The workshops can be taken independently or as the full series of four trainings.

This series is a partnership between River Arts, VSA Vermont, Catamount Arts, WonderArts, and the Vermont Arts Council. Thanks to Vermont Arts Council support, there is no fee to participate in the workshops. Registration is required, through Catamount Arts by clicking here, or by calling their box office at 888-757-5559. Interested persons can visit link or call 802-871- 5002 for more information. Individuals may make accessibility requests by contacting VSA Vermont at 802-871-5002 or by emailing [email protected]

  The four workshops include:

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
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Intro to Harmonica

$65

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Always wanted to pick up the harmonica, but never known where to start? In this workshop we will get acquainted with the instrument, learning how to hold it, what to do with your mouth, how to breathe, the foundation from which to play single notes, and eventually a few simple vamps that can be used in jam sessions. We will build skills such as rhythmic vamps, blues progressions, single note playing, bending, and vibrato.

Following the final session, Ari will give history and examples of yodeling from around the world. Participants will learn to identify their own voice break, learn a simple yodel, discover which keys works best for their personal yodeling range, and put it all together into songs. Along with Swiss and country western music, yodeling has been used in music as diverse as traditional singers from the Republic of Georgia, Hawaiian music, and hip-hop. It is nearly impossible to be unhappy while yodeling!

Bio: Ari Erlbaum runs Pocket Music out of Montpelier, teaching private lessons, group workshops, and festivals in Harmonica, Guitar, Mchakamchaka, Yodeling, Spoons, and Rhythm Bones. Pocket Music refers to the simple, yet powerful act of carrying an instrument in your pocket. It is the ability to make music wherever you go. With Pocket Music, there is no need to carve out times to practice - just play on your way to work, while you’re waiting for your bread to toast, or at the bus stop. Ideally, music should never feel like a responsibility. The most fun way to experience music (and the best way to get better at it) is to treat it playfully, experimenting and exploring, trying to make music with anything you can get your hands on, taking joy when you discover or master something new. This way you will end up playing more, simply because it is enjoyable. In my lessons, my mission is to keep this joy and excitement alive.

Please bring: Ten Hole Harmonica in the key of C, recommended: Hohner Big River Harp, but any in the key of C will work! Ages 15+
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Poetry Month: The Husbandry of Poetry with Julia Shipley

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A rumination and discussion of some best practices for the care and feeding of poetry. Come with questions, qualms, curiosity. Leave with inspiration, tools and resources for making verse a vital, viable part of your crazy, over-full life.

Bio: Julia Shipley is the author of a debut collection, The Academy of Hay, winner of the Melissa Lanitis Gregory Poetry Prize and a finalist for the 2016 Vermont Book Award. Her poems have appeared in 32 Poems, The Collagist, Green Mountains Review, Harvard Review online, North American Review, Poetry, Verse Daily and elsewhere. An independent journalist and frequent contributor to Seven Days, Yankee Magazine, and Nieman Storyboard, she also raises animals, vegetables and poetry on her six-acre homestead in Craftsbury, VT.
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Design Our First Camp T-shirt!

River Arts

Calling all Artists from ages 5-16

River Arts is ready to jump start the summer fun! Help us design our first Summer Camp T-Shirt through a new design contest.

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The deadline for submission is April 25th, and the winner will be announced May 9th

GUIDELINES

Theme: Design must incorporate River Arts summer camp themes and/or the theme “imagination”. Summer camp themes may be found at: http://riverartsvt.org.

1. Must be an original design

3. Only one color should be used in design

4. One entry/person

5. All designs must be submitted no later than April 25th

6. Design should be saved as a high resolution image in jpeg format

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Scan and email entry or mail to

River Arts

PO Box 829

Morrisville, VT 05661

[email protected]

PRIZES

1st Place - $25, a free River Arts Summer Camp for you or someone of your choosing (value $275), a gift certificate to Hoagies Ice Cream, and a free t-shirt with YOUR winning design.

2nd Place- A 50% discount on any summer camp (value $137.50), a Hoagies Ice Cream certificate and a free t-shirt with winning design.

3rd Place- Gift certificate for Hoagies Ice Cream, and a free t-shirt with winning design.

GOOD LUCK ARTISTS!
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Young Artist Mentoring Program

River Arts

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This spring come hang out at River Arts when it turns into an open studio, for 6 Wednesdays, beginning April 25, 6-8pm.

Teen artists will have the opportunity to enhance their skills, as Artist Mentor Juliet O'Neil, collaborates with them in the medium of their choice to build a portfolio and explore new ideas. The program includes a Saturday field trip to an art museum, most likely in Massachusetts, and ends with a group exhibit in the River Arts galleries.

So, come explore your artistic creativity, get guidance from an experienced artist and instructor, and have FUN at no cost to you!

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Photoshop for Photographers

$85

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This intermediate level class will cover the Photoshop skills most used by photographers to refine and enhance their images. The topics that will be covered are effective use of layers and masks, making and refining selections, using adjustment layers, color correcting images, when and how to use blend modes, smart objects, actions, luminosity masks, and more. Students are encouraged to bring their laptops and work along with the instructor.

Software needed: The class will use the current version of Photoshop CC, however, earlier versions will be fine for the majority of the topics.

Prerequisites: Extensive experience with Photoshop is not required, but students should be familiar with the location of the toolbar, menus, and side panels. Students should also have familiarity with the host operating system (MacOS, Windows 7, 8, 10) and be able to download, save, locate, and open image files.

Instructor Bio: The workshop instructor, Kent Shaw, is both a photographer and a teacher. He began photography in 1980 and has been using digital cameras since 1998. His work has been exhibited at River Arts and the Helen Day Art Center and featured at several local restaurants and the Morrisville Post Office. In addition to the classes he has led at River Arts, he has taught middle and high school music, post high school technical classes, and worked for many years as an industrial trainer.
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