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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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.

Instructor- Sarah Hewitt

Watch our Kinder Arts program in action here!

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

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MUSIC AND MOVEMENT – ALL AGES

  MUSIC & MOVEMENT, 2nd Friday of the Month, October- May

$5 suggested donation

Sing and swing to the beat of the music in this FREE drop-in program for infants to preschoolers and their caregivers!  Join us on the 2nd Friday each month from 11am-12pm for music, movement and FUN!   Sing along with musical favorites and classics, play instruments and learn basic musical elements such as rhythm and vocal dynamics.

Instructor: Judith Mathison

**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.

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

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Kinder Arts drop-in at River Arts

River Arts

Donations Welcome!

The River Arts’ Kinder Arts Program offers an innovative exploratory arts drop-in program for children ages 3-5.  The mission of the program is 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 famous artists through colorful storybooks and explore many art mediums. Sculpture, clay, photography, painting,  and drawing are all part of the art adventure!

Kinder Arts drop in runs the 1st Tuesday of the month, 9:00-9:50 a.m.

* Participating children must be “bathroom savvy”.

 Cancelled if there is a Morrisville School cancellation due to weather conditions.
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BIG & Messy – ART Space!

$5 suggested donation

Runs October 2019 - April 2020

Paint the walls, weave on a giant loom, spin clay on the pottery wheel or explore "light collages" and shadows! There is so much to discover in this child-led, process- based program.  Materials are provided and the best part? We clean up the mess!

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! All materials, including smocks, are provided. Please remember to wear clothes that you don’t mind getting dirty, painted, or wet. 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.

Special thank you to Price Chopper's Golub Foundation and Ben & Jerry's for their support!
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Afterschool Clay Class: Intro to Throwing

$120

Class full - contact [email protected] to be put on the waitlist

Ages 8-18

5 Sessions

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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Summer Camps 2019, June 24- August 12

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

Refund Policy - A cancellation must be made at least 2 weeks prior to the start date for either a 75% refund or to have the amount applied toward another class, good for one year. A full refund will be given if River Arts has to cancel a camp.

Financial Assistance Policy - The mission at River Arts is “Arts for Everyone”. Financial Assistance funds come from donations to River Arts through individuals, businesses and grants. These funds are limited, and we encourage families to pay what they can afford. If possible, we ask that tuition payments cover at least 50% of the class fee.


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 also give campers a unique opportunity to have their own farmer's market, creating a stand to share their creations. The final day there will be a farmer's market and festival of food for family. Instructor: Kate Halladay
ART VENTURES CAMP IS FULL, PLEASE CALL 888-1261 to get on a waiting list AGES 5-8 / $275 JULY 15-19, 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 a two-week camp but young artists may take one week if preferred. Instructor: Bonnie Kolber
MURAL PROJECT 2019!<>/p> 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. Instructor: Jake Harnish
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. Instructor: Bonnie Kolber, Guest Artist July 25 & 26
POTTERY PROJECTS - GARDEN WORKS IN CLAY CAMP IS FULL, PLEASE CALL 888-1261 to get on a waiting list   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 Please note - campers need a helmet, skateboard and there no open-toed shoes (no sandals) allowed. Knee and elbow pads desirable but not a must. It's not a River Arts summer without SK8 the Arts! We combine action with creativity in this uber-popular camp for skaters of all levels. Join friends with our experienced staff for a week of skill-building, tricks and creating rad street and skate art. Design 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, Chad Miller


ART IN THE BARN HORSE CAMP CAMP IS FULL, PLEASE CALL 888-1261 to get on a waiting list   AGES 8-12 / $325 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 CAMP IS FULL, PLEASE CALL 888-1261 to get on a waiting list 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 the menu, 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. Kate Halladay owns her own catering business Sustainable Kitchen and has been a chef in several local restaurants. Kate connects local artisans and farmers with the community and believes in farm to table philosophy. Using fresh, local organic, seasonally prepared foods, Kate puts her unique twist on everything she creates. She has worked with youth in several capacities - as nanny and camp instructor. 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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Spring Break Camp! What’s Cookin’ – Culinary & Clay.

River Arts

$275

What's Cookin' - Clay and Culinary Camp!

FULL, call 888-1261 to be put on our wait list!

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.

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Design the Next River Arts T-shirt!

River Arts welcomes all youth ages 5-16 to let your imagination roam! We are collecting designs for our 2019 Summer Camp shirt that incorporate any of our amazing camp themes and/or the theme "be creative".

To check out summer camp themes Click here

Guidelines:

1. Must be an original design

2. Only one color should be used in design

3. One entry/person

4. All designs must be submitted no later than May 1st

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

Scan and email or mail to

River Arts

PO Box 829

Morrisville, VT 05661

[email protected]

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

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

3rd Place: Gift certificate for Hoagies Ice Cream and a free t-shirt.

     
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Design our Next T-shirt Contest 2019!

River Arts

River Arts welcomes all youth ages 5-16 to let your imagination roam! We are collecting designs for our 2019 Summer Camp shirt that incorporate any of our amazing camp themes and/or the theme "be creative". To check out summer camp themes Click here

  • Guidelines:

    1. Must be an original design

    2. Only one color should be used in design

    3. One entry/person

    4. All designs must be submitted no later than May 1st

    5. Design should be saved as a high resolution image in jpeg format
  • Scan and email entry or mail to:

    River Arts

    PO Box 829

    Morrisville, VT 05661

    [email protected]
  • PRIZES

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

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

    3rd Place: Gift certificate for Hoagies Ice Cream and a free t-shirt.

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Creative Costume & Culinary – Spooktacular!

River Arts

$150 (scholarships available)

Register

Cook up amazing Autumn treats (that are so delicious, it's scary!) with Chef Kate Halliday, and join Artist/Instructor, Haleigh West, to create outlandish, imaginative costumes for Halloween (what do YOU want to be?). Each day, campers spend half of the day in the River Arts kitchen and fashion studio as they stretch their imaginations, build new skills, and experiment in this fun, hands-on camp!
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Summer Camps 2018

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River Arts camps are innovative and FUN! Join us for an exciting summer and register today by clicking the green button above, or by calling 802-888-1261. * Financial assistance available New this summer- most camps will offer healthy lunch from River Arts, thanks to Hannaford Grocery Store!
ART IN THE BARN HORSE CAMP *THIS CAMP IS FULL AGES 8-12 YRS / $275 JUNE 25-29, 9AM-3PM (early drop-off at 8:30AM available) If you LOVE horses then Art in the Barn is the camp for you! River Arts is teaming up with Hope Grows Horse Farm, in Hyde Park, to offer a unique experience for campers. Each morning,  cowgirls and cowboys will create amazing horse-themed crafts while learning some songs to sing during an afternoon “on the trail” with horses.  Art in the Barn provides a great opportunity for horse lovers to spend time outdoors with these amazing equines.  Previous experience with horses not required. Wear closed-toe shoes (no sandals).  DROP OFF & PICK UP AT HOPE GROWS, RTE. 15, Hyde Park. Register soon on River Arts website - limited space available! Instructors: Local musician, Lesley Grant (River Arts), Amber Bennett (Hope Grows)
FAIRY HOUSES & FORTS AGES 5-8 YRS / $275 June 25-29, 9AM-3PM (early drop-off at 8:30AM available) Calling all fairies to come and join us for a week of magical adventure! We will be building fairy houses while exploring the pixie forest and building forts in the woods. We'll be sharing special fairy secrets and stories and play together in the true fairy kind of way.  Instructor Makayla Jones
FLOWERS AND FIREWORKS! AGES 5-12 / $125 JULY 2, 3,  9AM-3PM (early drop-off at 8:30AM available) with Morristown parade July 4th! In this special 2 day camp, we'll celebrate Morrisville’s 4th of July theme, Flower & Fireworks, by making art to march in the Town parade!  Instructor: Bonnie Kolber
DANCE WITH US- FLASH MOB CAMP  AGES 8 AND UP / $275 JULY 9-13, 9AM-3PM (early drop-off at 8:30AM available) Movers of all levels will have a blast exploring different dance styles including hip hop, jazz, and lyrical.We'll choreograph a dance for a surprise flash mob at the "Wednesday Night Live" concert series at the Oxbow Park. Dancewear and shoes not required- wear sneakers and comfortable clothing. Instructor: Acadia Lague
COOK N' CLAY *THIS CAMP IS FULL AGES 5-8 YRS/ $275 JULY 9-13, 9AM-3PM (early drop-off at 8:30AM available) This hands-on camp is a great experience for any budding chef! Whip up batches of fun while focusing on how to make delicious dishes then turn over your creativity to play in clay. Campers will explore many ways to create works of art with clay, using pottery wheels and handbuilding techniques. Instructors: Debbie Burritt, Angela Iannuzzi
CARTOON STUDIO AGES 9 and up/ $275 JULY 16-20, 9AM-3PM (early drop-off at 8:30AM available) We’ll explore different characters and bring them to life, dream up story plots, explore expressive lettering and how to set up a comic page. From there we’ll ink and finally...create our comic book!  Ever been to a comic jam? The week ends with one, with an entertaining celebration of cartoons. Instructor: Stephanie Zuppo
SPOTLIGHT THEATER STAGECRAFT CAMP AGES 5-8 YRS/ $275 JULY 16-20, 9AM-3PM (early drop-off at 8:30AM available) Come experience the thrill of the stage in this creative camp. Find your inner actor, play games and create cool crafts everyday! Instructor: Danielle Davis
PROJECT FASHION! FASHION & JEWELRY DESIGN AGES 9 YRS AND UP / $275 JULY 23-27, 9AM-3PM (early drop-off at 8:30AM available) Make a SPLASH in fashion design - (9-up) Fashionistas will dive into design as an art form and assemble their own unique fashion portfolio.  They’ll use their bright sense of style and flair to design jewelry and accessories too! This creative week of all things fashion includes taking a look at artists whose designs have influenced the runway, creating mood boards and basic sketching. The workshop ends with a distinct Fashion Week Designer presentation for family and friends. Instructor: Haleigh West
MAKIN' MUSIC AGES 5-8 YRS / $275 JULY 23-27, 9AM-3PM (early drop-off at 8:30AM available)  Explore, create and share the joy of making art, music and new friends!  Play music in the morning, make musical instruments and art in the afternoon. Campers will immerse themselves in world percussion, drums and making instruments as art. Instructors: Lesley Grant, Michaela Dube
ROCK CAMP AGES 9 YRS AND UP / $275 JULY 30-AUGUST 3, 9AM-3PM AMP it up with River Arts' Rock Camp when campers come together as a band, learn a new instrument or enhance music skills. Create something exciting, write songs and jam with friends. Instructor: Dov Schiller
MOVE OUT LOUD AGES 5-8 YRS/ $275 JULY 30-AUGUST 3, 9AM-3PM (early drop-off at 8:30AM available) Come discover and play this week with creative dance, improvisation and theater games. This lively camp is the perfect introduction to the dramatic arts. The week will wrap up with a performance for family and friends. Instructor: Vanessa Cousins
THE MURAL PROJECT 2018 *THIS CAMP IS FULL AGES 9 YRS AND UP / $275 AUGUST 6-10, 9AM-3PM (early drop-off at 8:30AM available) The Mural Project is back for another summer adventure in public art! Roll up your sleeves, grab your bucket of paint, join the team, and make paint come alive! We will work mostly outdoors on a group mural, and surprise our fans on where it might turn up this year. As always, the vision of the group takes us on an exciting, exploration of unknown territories. Wear your messiest paint clothes and come prepared to have fun! Instructor: Makayla Jones, Artist Consultant: Jess Graham
CLAY STUDIO  AGES 5-8 YRS / $275 AUGUST 6-10, 9AM-3PM (early drop-off at 8:30AM available) Join us for a fun-filled week using our imaginations to explore the many ways to create wonderful works of art with clay . Campers will use pottery wheels and handbuilding techniques to become masters of their craft.  Ready to dive into clay? Instructor: Bonnie Kolber
SK8 THE ARTS! AGES 7-14 YRS / $275 AUGUST 13-17, 9AM-3PM Location: Johnson Skatepark, Johnson It’s not a River Arts Summer without Sk8 the Arts! We combine action with creativity in this uber-popular camp for skaters of all levels. Join our experienced staff and friends for a week of skill-building, tricks, and creating rad street and skate art. Design and paint your own skate decks, design t-shirts, and enjoy new features in the park. This camp has a big fan base - register early, and don’t miss out! Instructors: Kate Crouse, Bonnie Kolber
_____________________________________________________________________________________________________________ INSTRUCTOR BIOS- SUMMER Debbie Burritt- is a graduate of Newbury College of Culinary Arts in Brookline, MA.  She has been a chef in fine dining restaurants in Massachusetts, Virginia, NH and Vermont, starting her own Sweet Crunch Bakeshop and Catering in 2002. Debbie has worked as chef chair and participated in  The Vermont March of Dimes Signature Chef fundraiser for 6 years. In 2016, she won Vermont's Small Business Woman of the year award. Debbie has also taught cooking in private schools in Stowe, VT and in Virginia and coached the Lamoille Iron Chef Team 3 years in a row. She taught cooking and baking at Hyde Park Elementary school for 6 years and enjoys working with kids. Vanessa Cousins studied at Circle in the Square in New York City and majored in Performing Arts. She currently teaches dance and theater in Manhattan. Danielle Davis holds a Bachelor's Degree in Theater Arts from Brandeis University, a Master of Science in Education from Walden University with a focus on visual and differentiated mathematics, and teaches strategic mathematics at Stowe Middle School. She has been featured in Literary Mama, Allegory Magazine, Errant Parent, and The Journal of Compressed Creative Arts. Her poetry won the 2013 award from the Roald Dahl Literary Estate. She has taught production classes for the Children's Theater Workshop and Green Mountain Performing Arts and performed at the Hyde Park and Barre Opera Houses, and earned the Governor’s Yellow Rose of Texas volunteer award in 2006. Danielle trained in the Stanislavski method with Janet Morrison, studied set design/painting with Bob Moody, and received instruction in physical theater/clown theory from Peter Gould. When she’s not painting sets or searching for duct tape, Danielle enjoys dividing fractions, gardening, and being on the water with her family. Jess Graham describes her art as expressive, irreverent and textural. She has lived in Brooklyn, NY and travelled throughout the United States, Eastern Europe and the Cariibbean and is happy to end up where she began, in Vermont. In 2007, Jess opened her own studio, creating illustrations and selling paintings at art fairs. Jess now creates designs, murals and painitnings for her client base and is the in-house designer for the Alchemist Brewey in Stowe. Jess is an avid mountain biker, snowboarder and surfer and is infused with life in the outdoors, which influences the energy in her work. Lesley Grant is a mother of two and a licensed K-6th teacher, working with kids in a variety of settings. She fell in love with horses while working at a ranch camp for kids in Jackson Hole, Wyoming and led horse pack trips in the Wyoming wilderness (complete with cowboys, campfires and sage!). Lesley worked at outdoor education schools, leading astronomy night hikes in the California mountains and on Oahu, Hawaii where she taught beach ecology and surfed. Lesley has taught music in many venues to kids and tackled Shakespeare for kids at River Arts. She ran the KinderArts program to local schools. Lesley enjoys teaching guitar, ukulele, and voice lessons to kids and professionally enjoys writing her material and performing. She has performed at the Spruce Peak Performing Arts Center, Vergennes Opera House and the Grand Points North Festival stage. Passionate about the arts, Lesley continually searches for ways to make learning fun, accessible and engaging for all ages. Angela Iannuzzi is a local visual artist, art educator, and art education advocate.  Over the past ten years she has inspired budding artists of all ages ranging from preschool to adult. She is currently the art educator at a local elementary school and has been a teaching artist for the Helen Day Art Center and Burlington City Arts.  She has  volunteered for local arts events creating large scale art with the community.  Angela studied at Johnson State College and was honored a departmental award in art education, graduated Magna Cum Laude, and focused on printmaking and ceramics. Currently her favorite mediums to teach are ceramics, printmaking, and media arts. Her favorite part of teaching is inspiring others to be creative no matter what their experience. Angela's current personal artwork consists of printmaking and photography and is constantly changing as she is inspired by her students and the beauty in the world. She has shown her artwork locally at the Vermont Studio Center, Vermont International Contemporary Art Museum, and Johnson State College. Makyala Jones is a sophomore at Northern Vermont University, working towards earning her BFA in Studio Arts. She has four years' experience working with youth at the Vermont Studio Center Summer Program and River Arts. She is the instructor for River Arts' drop-in program, Big and Messy ArtSpace.Her goals include progressing in her art studies and inspiring youth to explore art and nature. Bonnie Kolber is a lover of the arts, gardening and the mountains. Growing up in Miami, she attended the New World School of the Arts and earned her BS in Performance Studies from Northwestern University. Bonnie also has a Masters Degree in Elementary Education. She moved to Vermont in 1997 and became a member of the Bread & Puppet Theater as well as a freelance puppeteer in New England. Bonnie and her partner have a gardening business and farm with goats, chicks, honeybees and dogs. She teaches snowboarding and trains instructors all over the east coast. Bonnie feels that making art with kids, encouraging imagination and unique expression is some of the most rewarding and inspiring work in the world. Acadia LaGue is majoring in Dance Education at Northern Vermont University. An alumni of the Varsity Dance Team at her alma mater, Lamoille Union High School, she currently coaches their Middle-school dance team. She is a member of the Johnson State Dance Club and has choreographed and performed in their famous Danceland event. Dov Schiller, is an Alumni of the New England Conservatory of Music, studied with Boston Symphony Orchestra members and has worked with Jazz, Third Stream & Klezmer luminaries. He has worked in Europe and the States with various Broadway Musical Theater tours. Dov has many musical projects throughout the Northeast, New York, Los Angeles and abroad. He is the Principal Timpanist with the Great Waters Music Festival Orchestra, Clearlakes Chorale and a member of the Rhode Island Philharmonic. He is also Principal Timpanist and Percussionist with the Vermont Chamber Artists. Recently Dov worked on re-orchestrating and performing in the resurgence of "The Visit" with Chita Rivera at the Williamstown Theater Festival. He is co-founder with Lydia Lowery Busler, of the Tradewinds Improv Ensemble. Dov has been providing creative, exciting workshops and camps for River Arts and is very excited to be instructing several music camps this summer. Haleigh West is a local designer with a background in fashion, art, human rights and environmentalism. Her work is a reflection of all four when creating original earth-friendly works of art. Haleigh is inspired by travel and has spent time in Tanzania and Ecuador. When not creating, she explores other forms of art: culinary, fiber art and architecture. Stephanie Zuppo is a cartoonist, graphic designer, and educator. She received her BFA in Illustration and Design at Moore College of Art and Design in Philadelphia and an MFA in Comics at The Center for Cartoon Studies in Vermont. She is an adjunct professor in the Game Arts and Animation major at Champlain College. Stephanie is currently focusing on teaching, making comics, and developing ways to make the comics industry a better place. She is the editor of The Ladybroad Ledger, VT's only free femme comics newspaper and is also the co-creator of Conosaurus, a tool which helps creators and fans plan their convention season. Besides printing and distributing her own work and the work of others, she has appeared in several comic anthologies and publications.
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Young Artist Mentoring Program

River Arts

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

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

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

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Design Our First Camp T-shirt!

River Arts

Calling all Artists from ages 5-16

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

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

GUIDELINES

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

1. Must be an original design

3. Only one color should be used in design

4. One entry/person

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

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

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Scan and email entry or mail to

River Arts

PO Box 829

Morrisville, VT 05661

[email protected]

PRIZES

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

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

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

GOOD LUCK ARTISTS!
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Spring into Baking

River Arts

$275.00

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Young chefs will whisk, knead and frost their way into baking delicious sweet and savory pastries and desserts. This hands-on camp is one of the tastiest around! Will include outdoor play, weather permitting. (For ages 5-8 years)  Camp instructor Kate Halliday.
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Rock Camp

River Arts

$275.00

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Come together as a band, write songs and create something exciting. Whether you're learning a new instrument or perfecting your music skills, you'll be amping it up with instructor Dov Schiller. (For ages 9-14).
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Fall Vacation Youth Camp Gingerbread Palooza – Ages 5-10 – WAITLIST ONLY

$95 - Financial Assistance Available!

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Gingerbread Palooza

Bring your young chef to enjoy gingerbread fun in our new fall kids camp. Campers will embellish freshly made, fragrant (and edible) gingerbread houses, working together to create their very own masterpiece. Enjoy cheerful spooky tunes while sipping on warm cider and munching on healthy snacks, then head out on fall outdoor excursions in the afternoon. Celebrate the season by inviting friends to join you for this creative camp! Costumes welcome.

Instructor: Kati Furs Waitlist only!
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River Works Teen Summer Design Project

River Arts

Free

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The River Works Project

River Arts and Johnson State College have partnered together to bring the River Works Project to our community. The River Works Project is designed to increase awareness about the Lamoille River and its social, economic and environmental impact on the Town of Morristown. The project will evolve over the course of 2017-2018, and culminate with permanent public art installations designed and created by Johnson State College and area middle and high school students at the Oxbow Riverfront Park in 2018. The final installations are intended to beautify the area, increase our community’s awareness of the surrounding natural environment, and provide opportunities for observation and contemplation.

High School Participation: The first phase of this project presents a unique opportunity for middle and high school students to work with professional Artist and Johnson State College Assistant Professor of Fine Art, Michael Zebrowski to design public art pieces at the Oxbow Park in Morrisville. Middle and high school students will spend one week exploring the park, brainstorming, learning to plaster cast, and designing prototype models.

The group will meet Monday-Friday July 31-August 4 at River Arts, 74 Pleasant St Morrisville, from 9am-3pm. Click Here to learn more
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Spring Youth Camp: The Puppeteer’s Bag of Tricks!

$175 Financial assistance available

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The Puppeteer's Bag of Tricks  

Monday - Wednesday, April 17 - 19, 9am-3pm  

8:30am drop off available!  

Ages 7 and up  

Join Justin Lander from Modern Times Theater and Vermont Vaudeville for an exciting three days of  the "Puppeteer's Bag of Tricks." This vacation camp will take campers on a journey of puppet show-making, storytelling, junk instruments, theater games, and puppet construction. Learn how to invent a puppet show to tell a story, then how to put together creative puppets to star in your show. Campers will also discover how to craft their own fun musical instruments with common household objects. Instructor: Justin Lander.      
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