Batik and Silk Painting with Jen Labie



Learn the fundamentals of batik and silk painting. In this workshop, we will apply wax as a resist to silk pieces, and then paint them to create beautiful elegant works of art. We will experiment with various techniques such as salt and sugaring and then design, and create a wall hanging or prayer flags. Each person leaves with at least 3 pieces.

Jen Labie received her B.A. in Studio Art from the University of Vermont. She studied pottery, batik, and silk painting in Florence, Italy and continued to focus on majolica painting in Faenza. Late she spent a summer in Steamboat Springs, Colorado, at the Laloba Ranch Clay Center assisting with workshops. Currently she has a studio in Ferrisburgh and teaches both batik and pottery. Her work in exhibited in galleries throughout Vermont.
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Expression in Clay: Handbuilding with Jude Prashaw

$105 tuition includes all materials


Express yourself making a variety of pottery forms with special attention to surface treatment and decoration! Hand building is an accessible, versatile method of working with clay off the wheel. This workshop will teach you the basics of building functional pottery with unique surface treatment - from trays, bowls, cups, dishes, lanterns, vases and more. Participants are invited to bring additional objects with them to create impressions (leaves, keys, stamps, whatever you can imagine!), resulting in one-of-a-kind personalized pieces. Each participant can expect to leave with at least 5 pieces, and a wealth of knowledge!

All materials, glazing and firing costs included. Students will have access to clay studio outside of class times for the duration of the course.

All levels welcome

Instructor Jude Prashaw's motto is "I Tried To Contain Myself But I Escaped." Together, let's escape into curiosity!
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Southern Old Time Fiddle with Dana Robinson

$100 tuition


This intermediate class in Southern Old Time Fiddle will focus on expanding your repertoire, bowing technique, and exploring ways to get the best possible tone out of your fiddle. Attention will be given on to how to learn a new tune during a jam session and sharing some exercises to practice chording on the fiddle. We will introduce one new tune each week which will be taught by ear, phrase by phrase.

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.
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Intro to Polymer Clay: Colorful Veneers for Jewelry and Mixed Media

$125 tuition

Rev up your wardrobe with jewelry made by using a simple surface coloring technique with polymer clay, a heat-cured modeling material! Crafting elements for jewelry, journaling and mixed-media uses or covering tiles, picture frames or other home decorating projects are just a few of this technique’s many uses. Beginning to advanced students from any discipline-- mixed media, journaling, painting or jewelry arts--can benefit from this class. Just bring your curiosity and a well-developed artist's or crafting skill-set.

On Day 1, we’ll use the instructor’s extensive collection of pastels, paints and colorants to make sheets of colorful veneer. We’ll also cover how to make your own texture molds using 2-part mold putty. Day 2 is devoted to creating jewelry shapes for earrings or pendants and other forms with these layers. Coaching with color choices will be provided and you’ll come away with the confidence and skills to tackle projects on your own.

Instructor Bio:

Christine Damm studied art at New York University and ceramics at The School for American Craftsmen at R.I.T. in Rochester, NY. Her art jewelry business—Stories They Tell—was founded in 2009. She was Featured Designer in Belle Armoire Jewelry Magazine - Fall 2011 and was the cover artist for BAJ’s recent issue in Spring 2018. She was one of 12 artists showcased in Polymer Clay: Global Perspectives by Cynthia Tinapple, whose website Polymer Clay Daily frequently features her work. Her work is seen in numerous books and magazines and on Facebook, Pinterest, Flickr and Instagram. She is a member of the International Polymer Clay Association. She has been teaching polymer clay classes at art retreats and craft schools since 2011 and gives “Art on the Farm” workshops at her home in Braintree, VT. Website:
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Open Studio Figure Drawing

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

The Open Studio for Figure Drawing meets every 2nd & 4th 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. In September, the sessions will move back to the fall/winter schedule of every 1st & 3rd Tuesday from 3-5:30pm. Summer Schedule: 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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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 August 16, 6-8pm

A social gathering at Lost Nation Brewery, 87B Old Creamery Road in Morrisville!    
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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!

River Arts Review:

Voices from Northern Vermont

Volume 1 By River Arts Poetry Clinic Participants

River Arts Review: Voices from Northern Vermont Volume 1 | Make Your Own Book
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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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