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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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 4:00-6:30 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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Beginner Wheel – Adult

$135 includes materials and firing costs

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Adult Class

6 Sessions

Instructor: Lisa Wolfgang

This class is an introduction to wheel thrown pottery. Learn the basics of throwing, forming, handles, and finishing pieces trimming and glazing. Create several functional pieces. Beginners welcome! Tuition includes materials and firing costs, as well as open studio access during the weeks of your class. Additional clay is sold separately at $30/25lb bag.

  Instructor Bio: Lisa Wolfgang is an interdisciplinary artist who has been living and working in Vermont since 2016 since graduating from Alfred University with a BFA in Sculpture and Expanded Media. Her background includes work as an instructor of sculpture and ceramics at Helen Day Arts Center, a ceramics instructor and studio technician at Interlochen Center for the Arts, as an outdoor educator at the Battle Creek Outdoor Education Center. Lisa joined the clay studio this past fall and is looking forward to making more positive connections through teaching ceramics classes.
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Sip n’ Slurry – Pottery Friday Nights

$20 per session or $50 for series + cash bar

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Sign up for fun pottery nights! This fall River Arts will be hosting a Sip n' Slurry creative experience - the pottery twist on Paint n' Sip. Clay Studio instructors will walk you through a simple handbuilding project, all while enjoying a glass of wine or locally brewed beer. Handbuilidng is a great introductory method of working with clay, no prior experience is required (pottery wheel not used in this class as it requires more than one class to complete work).

Students will make 1 - 2 pieces during this 2 hour class, such as a bowl, plate, mug, or decorative piece. Couples and groups encourages, bring some friends and make it a party!

Includes materials, pieces will be available to pickup after glazing and firing approximately 3 weeks later.    
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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!  

River Arts Review: Voices from Northern Vermont Volume 3 – Our third collection of poetry – take a look, or purchase  online!    

Click here to view River Arts Review: Voices from Northern Vermont Volume 2  

Click here to view River Arts Review: Voices from Northern Vermont Volume 1
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Over 60’s: Acrylic Painting with Robert Brunelle Jr

Free to adults 60+

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Join artist Robert Brunelle Jr. and learn the basics of painting with acrylics. Topics covered will include: differences between acrylics and other types of paints, mixing colors, creating various effects with brushstrokes, composing a painting, creating tints and washes, and using additives for acrylic paints. For beginners and those with experience in painting.

 

Artist’s bio: Robert Waldo Brunelle Jr. is a 7th generation Vermonter. He is a painter, kinetic sculptor, book illustrator, art educator, and political cartoonist. He was the art teacher at the Browns River Middle School in Underhill, VT for 31 years, and served as president of the Northern Vermont Artist Association from 1995 to 2011. His cartoon strip, Mr. Brunelle Explains It All, appears weekly in Seven Days Vermont.

Pre-registration required  click link above or call 802-888-1261 to sign up!  
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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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Intro to Flash Photography

$110

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Photographers have found the need to supplement natural light since the dawn of the

photographic era. Options abound in our generation, but electronic flash remains one

of the best solutions, from brightening scenes on the go to sculpting light in the studio.

This series will concentrate on hands-on, creative use of the portable accessory flash

(indoors and outdoors, both on and off camera). We will include a history of flash

technology, flash use in close-up work, and a demonstration of high powered strobes in

the studio. Examples will be shown, assignments given, and student photos shared

with the class.

 

It is recommended that students be familiar with the basics of digital photography and

their own equipment, and have an interest in the applied use of electronic flashes. They

will be required to bring their own digital camera with a “hot shoe” or other flash

connection, a battery-operated flash, and a tripod. The instructor can make

recommendations for the purchase of an inexpensive flash in case the student does not

own one.

Bio

PAUL ROGERS is a native of Stowe and a full time photographer. He earned an

Associate of Science in Photographic Illustration and a Bachelor of Fine Arts in

Photography as a Fine Art from the School of Photographic Arts and Sciences at

Rochester Institute of Technology. He specializes in commercial, documentary, travel,

and fine art photography, photography for artists, and photographic education. He is

best known for his photography of entertainer Rusty DeWees and for his Vermont

documentary project, Stick Season. www.paulrogersphotography.com

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Nature in Stained Glass

$85 includes all materials

One-Day Workshop

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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 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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Beginner Wheel – Adult

$135 includes materials and firing costs

FULL - contact [email protected] to be put on the waitlist Adult Class 6 Sessions Instructor: Lisa Wolfgang This class is an introduction to wheel thrown pottery. Learn the basics of throwing, forming, handles, and finishing pieces trimming and glazing. Create several functional pieces. Beginners welcome! Tuition includes materials and firing costs, as well as open studio access during the weeks of your class. Additional clay is sold separately at $30/25lb bag.   Instructor Bio: Lisa Wolfgang is an interdisciplinary artist who has been living and working in Vermont since 2016 since graduating from Alfred University with a BFA in Sculpture and Expanded Media. Her background includes work as an instructor of sculpture and ceramics at Helen Day Arts Center, a ceramics instructor and studio technician at Interlochen Center for the Arts, as an outdoor educator at the Battle Creek Outdoor Education Center. Lisa joined the clay studio this past fall and is looking forward to making more positive connections through teaching ceramics classes.
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Beginner Wheel – Adult

$135

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Adult Class

6 Sessions

Instructor: Jake Harnish

This class is an introduction to wheel thrown pottery. Learn the basics of throwing, forming, handles, and finishing pieces trimming and glazing. Create several functional pieces, with special focus on 'the mug'. Beginners welcome! Tuition includes materials and firing costs, as well as open studio access during the weeks of your class. Additional clay is sold separately at $30/25lb bag.

    Instructor Bio: Jake moved to Johnson, VT where he studied Fine Arts in 2013. He is a multi-media artist focusing mostly in clay. His work includes thrown and sculpted forms, mixing traditional techniques and experimentation in his throwing. Beyond clay he also works with paint and is an avid gardener. Before graduating Jake hosted his thesis gallery show “From the Dirt”, which led to three more art shows in his recent career: at the Vermont Studio Center, “Intergalactic" & “Paintings that are Hard to Move”, as well as “Earth Like” at the White Water Gallery in Hardwick, VT.
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Oldtime Beginner Banjo with Dana Robinson

$100

Pre-Registration Required

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  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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Ongoing Mixed-Level Classes

Access through Punchcard System

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Adult (ages 18+)

Every Sunday, 10am-12noon

Instructor: Lisa Wolfgang

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All Ages

Every Thursday, 6-8pm

Instructor: Heidi Bielenberg

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Instructor will assist you in your learning from beginning throwing, honing your skills, trimming, hand building, and glazing. Classes do not have a set start and end date, come when able! Reserve a space in advance recommended, drop-ins welcome based on availability. Sign-up in the studio, by calling the office at (802) 888-1261, or emailing [email protected]
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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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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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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

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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

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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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