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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MUSIC AND MOVEMENT – ALL AGES

  $5 suggested donation

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 Friday each month from 11am-12pm 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 and weather cancellation policies - if school is closed or canceled due to weather, Music & Movement will also be canceled.

Upcoming Music & Movement dates: Fridays,  February 8 (no school Feb. 1), March 1, April 5 Thank you to our Sustainer Level Sponsor Stowe Family Dentistry for supporting the program!

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BIG & Messy – ART Space!

$5 suggested donation

Big & Messy Art Space dates: Sundays, February 17, March 3 (PIE BREAKFAST & Community Sing!), March 17, April 7

Imagine the delight of your child as they walk into a room with walls ready to decorate with tables of paint, rollers, and brushes … or a spinning pottery wheel ready to shape and squash clay. Around the corner? Another space set with large architecture Build It Discs to build a tower,  a fort or your own unique creation!

Our BIG & Messy ART Space is a facilitated space for families and children to explore 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, Katie Mathison-Regan

Special thanks to Price Chopper's Golub Foundation for their support!

And thank you to Ben and Jerrys for their support!
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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: Haleigh West

 

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

Mud City Kids, Morrisville

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Open Studio Figure Drawing

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

Open Studio Figure Drawing meets every 1st & 3rd Tuesday 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 3:00-5:30 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. Easels and tables available.
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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 be on break for the months of July and August.
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Kinder Arts drop-in class at River Arts, Winter Series

River Arts

Donations Welcome!

The River Arts’ Kinder Arts Program offers an innovative exploratory arts drop-in program for children ages 3-5. Celebrating its sixth year, the mission of the program continues to build self-esteem and skills in young artists through the process of creativity. Each session focuses on experimentation - giving young artists an opportunity to explore materials and build on tactile experiences. Children have the opportunity to learn about artists through books, and explore many art mediums. Sculpture, clay, photography, painting, drawing and sketchbook exercises are all a part of the adventure!

Instructor: Haleigh West

* Participating children must be “bathroom savvy”.

Kinder Arts will be held on the following dates: 2019 - January 8, 22,  February 5, 19,  March 12, 26,  April 9, 23.

 Cancelled if there is a Morrisville School cancellation due to weather conditions.
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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

  River Arts Review: Voices from Northern Vermont Volume 2 – Our second collection of poetry – take a look, or purchase  online! River Arts Review: Voices from Northern Vermont Volume 2byRiver Arts Poetry Participants | Make Your Own Book River Arts Review: Voices from Northern Vermont – Our first collection of poetry – take a look, or purchase  online!

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Voices from Northern Vermont

Volume 1 By River Arts Poetry Clinic Participants

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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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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  
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Summer Camps 2019

River Arts is ready for a Summer filled with creative, inspiring, inventive camps! It's going to be a ton of FUN!

Click Here to Register

"My daughter was excited about the hands-on of painting and loved camp. The environment at River Arts, the artistic energy, was great for her. She loved meeting new friends and connecting with the old ones." - Parent of a camper

* Financial assistance available.

Offering a healthy lunch for on site camps at River Arts.


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 end with a feast and festival of food for family. Instructor: Kate Halladay


ART VENTURES

AGES 5-8 / $275

JULY 15-19, 9AM-3PM (early drop-off at 8:30AM available)<>/p>

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. Instructors: Bonnie Kolber, & Guest Artist July 25 & 26


MURAL PROJECT 2019!

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.


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.</.p>

Instructor: Bonnie Kolber, Guest Artist July 25 & 26
POTTERY PROJECTS - GARDEN WORKS IN CLAY

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

It's not a River Arts summer without SK* 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. Desing 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, Nick Meerburg


ART IN THE BARN HORSE CAMP

AGES 8-12 / $325<M/p>

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

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 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.

  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.

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“Oldtime” Beginner Banjo with Dana Robinson

$100

Pre-Registration Required

REGISTER HERE

  Introduction to Oldtime Banjo with Dana Robinson

In this class we’ll learn the basics of Southern oldtime-style banjo. We’ll get started on clawhammer frailing, basic chords in the key of G and D, and teach a handful of tunes and songs. We’ll reference chord charts and videos to help you become self guided. We’ll also cover jam session etiquette and how the banjo fits into the setting of an oldtime string band.

  Instructor Bio:

Dana Robinson has been a professional musician for more than 30 years. As a multi-instrumentalist (Fiddle, Guitar, Mandolin and Banjo) and singer-songwriter, Dana has released 12 CD’s and toured over a million miles across the United States, Canada, and Europe. His original compositions have been featured on a half-dozen films including two Ken Burns’ documentaries, "The National Parks, America’s Best Idea" and "The Dust Bowl.” Dana resides in Cabot, VT and is currently the Executive Director of Summit School of Traditional Music and Culture. www.robinsongs.com
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CLASS FULL: Nature in Stained Glass One-Day Workshop

$85 includes all materials

  Spend the day moving through the Stained Glass techniques of pattern selection, choosing and cutting glass and decorative soldering. Instructor will provide a large variety of patterns featuring flowers, garden herbs, feathers and birds, as well as a selection of glorious colorful glass. Each student will make 1-2 pieces to bring home and leave with the basic knowledge of the stained glass process. Your finished pieces will make a lovely gift or look beautiful in your window all year long. This is a beginner level project, but all levels are welcome!

We will have an hour break for lunch between noon-1pm. Bring your own lunch or check out one of the local restaurants in the area.

Instructor Bio: Dayna Sabatino studied stained glass in the Bay Area of California where she worked in all aspects of the industry. Building artworks one piece of beautiful glass at a time was a natural fit for her. Over the years there, she taught courses in many techniques of stained glass and mosaic art, built commissioned works on her own and for other artists, and performed restorations, from small lampshades to large church windows.

After returning to the East Coast, she landed in Vermont where she married her husband and became a mother. Currently, when not busy working on their homestead, Dayna is creating one of a kind works of glass art, taking commissions, and teaching workshops around New England. Find her online here and on FaceBook.
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FULL – Afterschool Class: Meditating on Form; Intro to Throwing

$120

Ages 8-18

5 Sessions

Currently on waitlist

  Developing skill in throwing takes patience and dedication. This beginning ceramics class will focus on gaining skill on the wheel and attempting to make multiples of a single form. With time devoted to using pattern and surface design to unite pieces, students will both develop their muscle memory of throwing and working with clay. Looking at ceramic works throughout history, students will leave with a better understanding of functional wheel-thrown ceramics.

Out-of-class work time will be available through private lesson or during RiverArt’s All Ages Thursday Evening class. Students can expect help with managing their work in between classes, as the Instructor will assist in wrapping, misting or unwrapping wet pieces for success in the studio. Students will be able to draw from communal clay supply during scheduled classes, though bags of clay will be available for purchase for independent studio projects.

Instructor Bio: Lisa Wolfgang is an interdisciplinary artist who has been living and working in Vermont since 2016. Since graduating from Alfred University with her BFA in Sculpture and Expanded Media, Lisa has worked in wide variety of fields attempting to understand better what it means to live and make in a time of environmental crisis. In her work, Lisa calls for a solution to these pressing dilemmas through interactive, tactile, and often emotional installations which set the scene to examined our connections between one another and our lives in this world. Her experience as an educator ranges in subject matter and setting as she has frequently found herself interfacing with people through education as a means to build positive connection. Her background includes work as an instructor of sculpture and ceramics at the Helen Day Arts Center, as a instructor of ceramics and as a studio technician at the Interlochen Center for the Arts, as an outdoor educator at the Battle Creek Outdoor Education Center, and as the kid’s tent coordinator for four seasons at HollerFest, a three day music festival. Lisa joined the clay studio this past fall and is looking forward to making more connections at RiverArts as she begins teaching beginning and intermediate ceramics classes.
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Spring Break Camp! What’s Cookin’ – Culinary & Clay.

River Arts

$275

What's Cookin' - Clay and Culinary Camp! April 15-19, 9 am- 3 pm. All ages Join us for a one week hands on adventure! Budding chefs will cook delicious meals in the kitchen with Chef Alice Perron and join artist Lisa Wolfgang in the clay studio to let their imagination flow as they hand build and glaze functional pieces to take home. Call to register 888-1261 or register online. Scholarships available. Click Here to register:
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Sculpture and the Wheel

$130

Adult Class, Ages 18+

5 Sessions

Click here to register! 

Breaking free from the expectations of tradition and function, clay enthusiasts will be encouraged to explore making shapes and forms on the wheel that are either sculptural or only functional in spaces beyond the kitchen table. Combining precision and discipline on the wheel with the whimsy and freedom of hand-building, students will explore the wall as a venue for thrown pieces. Looking at ceramics throughout history and in galleries today, makers will expand their vision of what the wheel can be used for; from hanging planter pots and incense burners to abstract shapes and wall sculptures.

Adults are encouraged to get a punch card for out-of-class work time to manage their work and extend their studio involvement. Students will be able to draw from communal clay supply during scheduled classes, though bags of clay will be available for purchase for independent studio projects.

Instructor Bio Lisa Wolfgang is an interdisciplinary artist who has been living and working in Vermont since 2016. Since graduating from Alfred University with her BFA in Sculpture and Expanded Media, Lisa has worked in wide variety of fields attempting to understand better what it means to live and make in a time of environmental crisis. In her work, Lisa calls for a solution to these pressing dilemmas through interactive, tactile, and often emotional installations which set the scene to examined our connections between one another and our lives in this world. Her experience as an educator ranges in subject matter and setting as she has frequently found herself interfacing with people through education as a means to build positive connection. Her background includes work as an instructor of sculpture and ceramics at the Helen Day Arts Center, as a instructor of ceramics and as a studio technician at the Interlochen Center for the Arts, as an outdoor educator at the Battle Creek Outdoor Education Center, and as the kid’s tent coordinator for four seasons at HollerFest, a three day music festival. Lisa joined the clay studio this past fall and is looking forward to making more connections at RiverArts as she begins teaching beginning and intermediate ceramics classes.
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Mixed Media Collage Workshop

$45

Pre-registation Required

REGISTER HERE

Constructing a mixed media collage is a fun and creative project that anyone can do! The process is simple. A variety of papers are glued down and layered onto a substrate in a visually interesting way. The piece is further embellished using paints, pens, etc. Collage pieces can be completely abstract or reflect a scene, object, or chosen theme.

The paper used can be from magazines, junk mail, old catalogues, wrapping paper, tissue paper, old cards, sheet music, old books, etc. The more variety, the more interest it adds.

In addition to paper, mixed media collage uses other medium such as paints, stamps, pens, markers, ink, watercolors and even small objects such as buttons, string, bottle caps and lace – all are layered and adhered with either glue and/or a gel medium. The possibilities are endless!

A host of collage techniques can take your works even further such as tinting to create a vintage look, adding a splattered layer of paint with a toothbrush, using sandpaper for a distressed effect, and more! Display your finished piece on the wall, with or without a frame, as a journal cover, or a decorative box top. There are no rules!

All materials provided, however, please bring any special materials you want to include such as personal photos and mementos.

Instructor Bio: Toni Flynn is a self-taught artist with a deep interest in fabric, paper, and mixed media collage. With roots in the Boston area, her passion for creating art began at a young age with drawing, woodworking, painting and mixed media. Focusing most recently on mixed media and paper collage, her works range from abstract to everyday scenes of rural life. Recycled fabrics are used for fabric/mixed media collages and her paper collages often include hand-printed paper, which incorporates more intentional patterns and colors.
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Zen of Watercolor

$125

Pre-Registration Required. Register Here!

Anyone who wants the joy and challenges of watercolor painting will enjoy and benefit from ‘no-fail’ watercolor painting lessons that lead to self-expression, confidence and the ‘zen’ that painting has to offer.

Lessons on painting wet-into-wet, simple landscapes, and the importance of learning to see and paint negative spaces are a few examples of the way the student artists will engage with pigment, shape and composition.

Instructors Rosalie desGroseilliers and Patti Warren are sisters. Both are former art educators, school administrators and cancer survivors who paint and teach together often. Rosalie and Patti believe that painting with watercolors is an opportunity to have fun, be creative and learn to ‘go with the flow’.

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Art Marketing 101: Social Media and Beyond

$10 suggested donation

Presentation with Corrina Thurston

Pre-registration required - register here!

Marketing is essential for any business, but it can be especially difficult for artists and creatives to market ourselves because we’re not just selling a product, we’re selling something we’ve made, we’re selling a part of ourselves. Artists, crafters, writers, musicians, and other creatives, like every other type of business, need to market ourselves like any other entrepreneur. No one can buy from you or use your services if they don’t know you exist. That’s what marketing does: it lets people know you exist and shows them why they need what you do/create.

Social media is a great marketing tool for artists and creatives. It’s inherently visual and easy for people to share, which is the easiest form of word-of-mouth marketing. The problem is, as much as people are familiar with social media, most don’t know how to use it specifically for marketing without coming off as “salesy.”

This presentation goes into detail about how to write and talk about yourself and your work, the best techniques for marketing your work, and how to best use social media to help market and build your creative business.

Corrina Thurston is a professional artist, entrepreneur, speaker, author, business consultant, and wildlife conservationist. Learn more at www.corrinathurston.com.  
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