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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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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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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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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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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