Summer Camps 2019

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

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"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.


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


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


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


AGES 5-8 / $275

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

Each day campers will make new discoveries through a series of awesome creative mixes. Mural Monday and play in the clay, Puppetry Tuesday and more! Spark creative expression by exploring a variety of media including plein air drawing and see nature as an open canvas. This is a two-week camp but young artists may take one week if preferred. Instructors: Bonnie Kolber, & Guest Artist July 25 & 26


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.


AGES 5-8 / $275

JULY 22-26, 9AM-3PM (early drop-off at 8:30AM available)

Each day campers will make new discoveries through a series of awesome creative mixes. Mural Monday and play in the clay, Puppetry Tuesday and more! Spark creative expression by exploring a variety of media including plein air drawing and see nature as an open canvas. This is the 2nd of this two-week camp but young artists can register for one or both weeks.</.p>

Instructor: Bonnie Kolber, Guest Artist July 25 & 26

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


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.


AGES 9 YRS AND UP / $275


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.


AGES 6-14 / $275


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, Nick Meerburg


CAMP IS FULL, PLEASE CALL 888-1261 to get on a waiting list

AGES 8-12 / $325


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


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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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”.

The final Kinder Arts will be held on Tuesday, April 23.

 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. 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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BIG & Messy – ART Space – See you Fall, 2019!

$5 suggested donation

Big & Messy Art Space dates: Finished for the year.  We'll be back in October,  2019!

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

Our BIG & Messy ART Space is a facilitated space for families and children to explore with a focus on process, rather than product. All art stations are open-ended, and child-led. It’s always drop-in, no reservations required! You may join in anytime within the scheduled window, but please try to arrive at least a half-hour before the end time.

All materials, as well as smocks for kids and adults, are provided. Please remember to wear clothes that you don’t mind getting dirty, painted, or wet. The best part?….We clean-up the mess!

Note for messy arts space: NO SHOES in the studio PLEASE! This is to prevent our paint and clay from leaving the studio on the bottom of shoes.

Art Facilitator, Katie Mathison-Regan

Special thanks to Price Chopper's Golub Foundation for their support! And thank you to Ben and Jerrys for their support!
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  FINAL MUSIC & MOVEMENT IS MAY 3rd, We'll be back in the Fall, 2019!

$5 suggested donation

Sing and swing to the beat of the music in this very special FREE drop-in program for infants to preschoolers and their parents!  Join us on every 1st Friday each month from 11am-12pm for music, movement and FUN!  Children’s music educator and local musician, Lesley Grant, will play fun musical favorites and classics while participants dance, move, sing, explore instruments and learn basic musical elements such as rhythm and vocal dynamics.

Instructor: Lesley Grant

**Music & Movement follows the local school district and weather cancellation policies - if school is closed or canceled due to weather, Music & Movement will also be canceled.

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

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Open Gym Playgroup


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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