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 weather cancellation policies - if school is canceled due to weather, Music & Movement will also be canceled.

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

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 Facilitators: Katie Mathison-Regan & Erubey Lopez

Special thanks to Price Chopper's Golub Foundation 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)

On Break for the Holidays - Resuming Sessions on Tuesday, January 15th

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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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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Beginner Old Time Banjo with Dana Robinson

$100

Pre-Registration Required

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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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Nature in Stained Glass One-Day Workshop

$85 includes all materials

Pre-registration Required

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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 learned stained glass in Berkeley, CA when she was hired to work at the Stained Glass Garden. She was drawn not just to the beauty of the glass but to the craftsmanship and skills. She takes pride in her ability to cut glass into precise shapes and build pictures one piece at a time. Eventually she went freelance selling her one-of-a-kind pieces at craft shows and stores, creating commissions, working in restoration with Starbow Studios out of Concord, CA, and building for the amazing commission artist Sabina Frank. She also took on hours as studio assistant and store manager at Institute of Mosaic Artin Oakland, CA, surrounded by incredible mosaic artists such as then owner Laurel True of TrueMosaics.

When she moved back to the East Coast, she ended up in Vermont where she was reacquainted with her love of seasons and antiquity, farmscapes and gardening, delicate floral teacups and lace curtains. She settled in Vermont, married and became a mother. Currently she works with her husband and family restoring an old building and recently purchased some fairly untouched land. Her artworks have softened and combine her technical skills with materials such as broken teacups and dishes.

Currently she is creating one of a kind works of art, taking commissions, and occasionally teaching workshops. Find her online here and on FaceBook.

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Spring Break Camp! What’s Cookin’?

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 Kate Halladay 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.

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Mixed Media Collage Workshop

$45

Pre-registation Required

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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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iPhone Visual Storytelling

$65

Pre-registration Required

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Visual Story Telling with your iPhone

Advance your ability to tell compelling stories with your iPhone camera! Your iPhone is an excellent companion for capturing the moment as well as stepping back and planning what you want your images to say. Your stories can be about an event, a person, a place or the possible emergence of spring! It’s your story to tell in your own way!

During this series of workshops we will focus on elements of story telling through photography. There will also be discussions on composition and editing to get the best images for the story you want to tell. In between sessions you will have time to experiment and play with your story. During class time you will receive feedback and support for your story and style.

Topics of discussion will include:

Elements of Story Telling Through iPhone Photography

Composition and Style

Reflections

Movement

Easy editing apps for exploring your own style

Participants should bring their iPhone to each session. All levels of photographers are welcomed.

NB: Smart Phones other than iPhones are welcomed but the expertise of the instructor is for iPhones.

    Nan Carle Beauregard

Instructor Bio: I am an iPhone Photographer. My iPhone X is the one camera that is always with me and it means I can be in the moment with my experience of the world. I want my photography to be spontaneous in capturing the spirit of time and place. In particular, I want to share the beauty of life as I see it. I am too well aware that there is an ugliness that swirls around us but my quest is to see and share the beauty that weaves the tapestry of our life experience. My journey takes me to cities, streams and towns across the globe. Join me on my journey!

www.nancarlebeauregard.com
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Painting in Black & White with Gabriel Tempesta

$85

3 Session Class

Pre-registration Required

Register Here or call 888-1261

Experience the simplicity and ease of painting in black and white. It’s great as a stand alone method or for practice in establishing contrast relationships in your full color paintings without the distraction of pigment. We will be using a variety of mediums including charcoal, acrylic, and oil.

Bio: Gabriel Tempesta has been painting and drawing professionally for 20 years and primarily painting in black and white for the last 8 years. www.gabrieltempesta.com
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Bookbinding Art Journals with Nancy VanWinkle

$65

One-Day Workshop

Pre-registration Required

Register Here or call 888-1261

Come learn how to hand-bind an art journal! Participants will learn the whole process, starting by selecting beautiful handmade papers to sewing the open-spine binding using traditional techniques, resulting in a high-quality journal for writing, drawing, doodling ... or whatever your heart desires! We will also learn how to make a button closure for our books. Promises to be a full-immersion experience in book-binding; participants will leave with a handmade book and a wealth of knowledge.

Bio: Nancy spent nearly a decade teaching adolescents in a land-based Montessori program; it was here that she started teaching visual journaling as a form of self-expression. Over time, her love of books grew and Nancy learned everything she knows about bookbinding from Asheville-based artist, Erin Keane, dynamic book-binder and encaustic innovator. Nancy has been honored to join Erin as her teaching assistant at both John C. Campbell Folk School and Penland School for the Arts in western North Carolina. A new transplant to Vermont, Nancy teaches classes and creates books through her home-based business, Nomadic Roots Studio, in Craftsbury VT.
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T’ai Chi

Upstairs at River Arts

$65 - 6 session series

T'ai Chi Chu’an is a sequence of precise body movements done slowly and without effort that balance the flow of energy within the body. Developed in China where it has been practiced regularly by millions for a millenia, T'ai Chi requires no special clothes or equipment, keeps you on your feet, takes only a few minutes a day, can be learned at any age, and builds internal health.

If you find it difficult to concentrate, can't find time for sports or regular exercise, or feel that your life is wearing you out and making you tense, then perhaps you should discover T'ai Chi Ch'uan. It can improve your balance, and introduce you to the basics of selfdefense, while coordinating your mind and body. T’ai Chi is ideal for individuals with sedentary or repetitive jobs. It frees the body of tension rewarding its practitioners with energy and focus.

Intro classes to T'ai Chi last an hour and run for 6 weeks, each building on the one before. T'ai Chi is a sequence of precise movements, 108 in all, divided into 3 sets. The intro class teaches the first of the 3 sets. Students who find T'ai Chi appealing usually take the intro class 1-4 times. From 1-2pm will follow a more advanced class immediately after the intro class, tailoring it to the specific needs of the group.

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Instructor Bio: Alan Erdossy began studying this moving yoga of China in 1970 and has taught at businesses, movement studios, and art centers throughout the Northeast. Mr. Erdossy earned an MFA from California Institute of the Arts in 1972 and while in LA studied T'ai Chi with master Marshall Ho'o. Marshall is a member of Black Belt magazine's Hall of Fame, was chairman of the National T'ai Chi Ch'uan Association, and founder of the Aspen Academy of Martial Arts. Alan also runs fly fishing schools in Northern NH.and Vermont, and has taught T’ai Chi locally at GMCR, River Arts, One Studio, and Ballet Woilcott

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