Our  ArtsAlive! Education Center at 200 High Street in Chestertown hosts  a variety of  classes throughout the year, plus Life Drawing Sessions and the RiverArts Photography Club.

  • Ceramics classes are held in the Clay Studio, 204 High Street.
  • Need studio space? Guild membership is now available in the ArtsAlive! Education Center. Click here for more info
  • RiverArts  members enjoy a discount for all of our classes. If you would like to become a Chestertown RiverArts member please click here.
  • Depending on instructor availability, we also offer private classes, please call 410 778 6300 or email

Adult Classes and Workshops

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Clay Studio Private Classes- Adult

August 24, 2018 - December 31, 2019

RiverArts Clay Studio now offers a flexible custom pottery class for those who wish to learn a basic technique with the help of our talented pottery instructors. We are happy to accommodate your small group of friends or family,  providing a fun activity for a party of 1-4 people. Perhaps you are looking for private instruction outside of our usual offering of classes. Your workshop can be custom designed to enjoy one of the following: - learn throwing on the…

Clay Studio Private Class- Youth One on One

December 12, 2018 @ 8:00 am - December 31, 2019 @ 5:00 pm

This course is designed to give one youngster (ages 10-15,)  individual attention from one of our accomplished instructors. The child may choose between the wheel or hand building. The course will be up to 2 hours long and the student will be able to keep ONE piece to be completed (trimmed & glazed) by the instructor and fired in the kiln. Please note, this is not a group class. Each additional child will be another $125. Age Restrictions:  10-15  

Bill van Gilder Workshop: The Functional Pot: Tips, Tools & Techniques

May 17 - May 19

Every potter has a list of WHAT they want to make. HOW to make it, is often the question. Friday evening video, 6 - 8 pm We will be having a pot luck dinner on Friday evening. Please bring a small dish or dessert to share. Sat and Sun you should bring a bagged lunch and snack for 2 short breaks. One in the morning and one in the afternoon. Water and soft drinks will be provided. Saturday & Sunday,…

Monday Afternoon Life Drawing

May 20 @ 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
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The drawing of the human figure requires the highest level of artistic ability and when mastered, these same skills apply to the still life, landscape, and all fields of art. RiverArts offers opportunities to practice your skills by hiring a live model for Life Drawing, Every  Monday Afternoon 2 to 5 pm.****No Life Drawing Monday, December 24 or 31*** There are tables, chairs, and easels in the space for your use. Acceptable to arrive late or depart early. Bring a snack…

Photo Club – Every 4th Thursday – Free!

May 23 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
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NEXT PHOTO CLUB MEETING IS THURSDAY, JANUARY 24, 2019 Beginning, enthusiast and professional photographers meet at 7 pm on the 4th Thursday of every month at the RiverArts Education Center to show our latest images for each other to comment on, praise and offer suggestions for improvement. If you are fairly new to photography we know it might be kind of scary to have others evaluate your work for the first time. But we find it is a very good way to…

Loopy Hoops Earrings Workshop

June 8 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

Let’s face it, you can never have too many pairs of earrings. In this fun workshop you will make two gorgeous pairs of mixed metal hoop earrings. Students will be introduced to cold connections, forming, wrapping and texturing wire. They will also learn how to safely use a butane torch to make balled headpins for crystal wrapped drops and earwires. Packed with lots of tool technique tidbits, this class will teach budding jewelry artists as well as more seasoned jewelry…

Quilting Class: Around the World In A Day!

June 20 @ 9:00 am - 4:00 pm

Create a machine-sewn baby or lap quilt in a single day using speed cutting and sewing techniques.  This traditional pattern is known Trip Around the World, or the Amish Sunshine and Shadow design when done in solid colors. A follow up session to share projects and discuss various finishing options: tying, hand quilting, machine quilting and binding will provide time to wrap up this quilt. No previous quilting experience is necessary but this class requires a sewing machine and a basic working…

TGIF with Cindy Fulton: A Funky Kitchen Painting

June 21 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Come join us at TGIF and party and create a kitchen work of art!!  Along the way you will learn about shape, color, and balance. Choose between working like Mondrian and playing with primary and secondary colors, or expanding your horizons into balancing different values within a certain color range. You will end up with a funky kitchen painting that will be flammable and remind you of the fun you had at TGIF  with your friends and Cindy Fulton! BYOB…

Hand Building with Marilee Schumann

July 9 @ 6:00 am - 8:30 pm

A 4-week course focusing on hand building techniques for functional and sculptural objects. We will use coiling and slabs to make large vessels, asymmetrical forms, and sculptures. Large pieces may be fired in a reduction kiln. The class will take place at Marilee’s studio, which will be available on Saturdays and two other days during the week for open studio time. There will be ample time and space for finishing big projects. The course fee includes your first 25# of…

Intensive Intermediate Wheel

July 9 @ 10:00 am - 12:30 pm

A four-week intensive course for intermediate wheel-throwing with a focus on non-functional purposes. We will be making objects with a non-utilitarian perspective as a way of re-thinking the functional. Each week we will address a new theme of tableware: cups, bowls, plates—objects of the commonplace within our homes. We will explore an array of throwing techniques such as trimming, handles, lids, spouts, knobs, throwing off the hump, composite-building, altering, throwing in sections, and more. We will discuss aspects and approaches…

Travel Photography Basics

July 9 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Whether you plan to travel locally or internationally, this photography class is designed to help you take beautiful photos of places, people, and events. A trip is a journey of the mind and heart. Your photos can reflect how you felt, what you discovered and what you wish to show others. This class can help you be ready to do just that. Sessions will include planning a photo trip, compositional techniques, and tips for shooting both natural and urban landscapes.…

Cats, Big and Small with Lynne Lockhart

July 11 @ 9:00 am - 4:00 pm

In this class, we will be studying the cat. Students will learn about basic anatomy, gesture, fur patterns, how to get a good photo reference, form and function, and so on. The aim is to get painters confident whether they are adding a cat to a landscape or still life or doing a portrait. Topics included in the course will be: Photographing the uncooperative animal Selecting the right references Basic anatomy and where to begin your drawing or painting Expression…

Beginner Pottery Wheel, Evenings – 4 Week Course, Summer

July 11 @ 6:00 pm - 8:30 pm

  This is your opportunity to learn how to create functional bowls, cups, and vases on the potter’s wheel. In our four-week introductory class with Marilee Schumann, you will learn the basics of clay preparation, steps for throwing a pot on the wheel, finishing techniques, and glaze application in addition to aesthetic theory and a smattering of history.  This course is designed for people with a healthy curiosity, those who dabbled in school, and those who wish to go back…

Introduction to Kiln Art Glass

August 14 @ 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm

This workshop will provide a good foundation of kiln-formed art glass concepts.  On the first day, students will be introduced to central concepts like compatibility, cutting, and firing by viewing samples and creating a series of experimental tiles. On the second day, students will create a finished 8”x8” plate of their own design. PAYMENT BUTTON

Go Big with Rick Bisgyer

October 29 @ 10:00 am - 12:30 pm

This course offers students an 8-week intensive in which they will learn techniques to double, triple, and even quadruple the size of the pieces they can throw on the wheel. If you think you are not strong enough, think again: It is mostly about technique, not strength! This class will focus on bowl and vase forms. Instruction will include centering, throwing, drying, trimming, and glazing of larger vessels. Advanced Beginner, Intermediate, and Advanced Students are all welcome to expand their skills and…

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