Our new 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

January 19 @ 6:00 pm - December 31 @ 8:30 pm

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, family, or even provide a fun activity for a party of 1-5 people in a 2-3 hour workshop at a flat rate of $250. If you are interested in having a group of 6-10 people, the rate would be $500.  This could be…

Monday Afternoon Life Drawing

June 18 @ 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
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Life Drawing Sessions will be on summer hiatus beginning June 18. We will resume on Monday, September 10. 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. Life Drawing Sessions will be on summer hiatus beginning June 18.…

TGIF Painting Session with Cindy

June 22 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Have a fun TGIF while painting with Cindy. No drawing necessary. Learn how to paint with Different Stroke marks and colors. You will come home with a flower painting to cheer up your summer decor. All materials will be provided. We will provide some snacks and water, it is BYOB. Our friends at Chester River Wine & Cheese are happy to provide a 20% discount on any of their wine to TGIF class registrants - just show them your registration…

Pinch Pots for Kids

June 24 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Learn how to make a bowl, cup and/or vase.  (Up to 2 pieces). Prepare to get your hands dirty and have a great time with your kids. Every finished masterpiece will Pinch Pot Vases be different! This workshop is suitable for children of all ages, including those young at heart. (Those under the age of 8 must be accompanied by an adult). The finished work can be picked up at the Clay Studio after July 7. Fee includes up to…

Photo Club – Every 4th Thursday – Free!

June 28 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
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The Photo Club will resume in 2018 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 quickly improve…

Intermediate Pottery on the Wheel, Summer

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

More advanced techniques on the potter's wheel, including closed forms, lids, and altered forms. In addition to improving your skills on the wheel, we will work on decoration and glazing techniques. An emphasis will be made on individual expression. Included in cost of class is your first 25 pounds of clay. Toolkits are available for purchase during the first class meeting for $25 Refund Policy: Students may request a refund if withdrawn at least one week before the class begins, less…

Painting Dramatic Light Workshop

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

This workshop will focus on choosing subject matter, simplifying elements, building a strong composition, the importance of values and design, color and atmospheric perspective. Covered also will be new ways to think about your paint application to put excitement into your painting. Demonstrations, a group critique and individual personal attention are included. This is an indoor workshop using reference photos or sketches.  Night scenes and sunrises or sunsets and other photos using high contrasts are good however; Sara will work with…

Beginner’s Pottery Wheel – Summer

July 12 @ 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 eight-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. This course is designed for people with a healthy curiosity, those who dabbled in school, and those who wish to go back to the basics to refine best practices for the pottery process…

TGIF Painting with Jim Mahla

July 27 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Have a fun TGIF while painting with RiverArts Artist Jim Mahla. Learn how to paint in a fun-filled atmosphere using Jim’s easy techniques.Students will be able to leave with a completed Koi painting plus a new found love in acrylic painting.  Bring a group of friends or make new friends there! No experience necessary. Materials are included in the cost of the class. We will provide some snacks and water, it is BYOB. Our friends at Chester River Wine &…

Mosaics – Small Project Workshop

July 28 @ 9:00 am - 12:30 pm

Learn the art of Stained Glass Mosaics! Design, Cutting, and Adhering are covered in this workshop. You determine what your design concept and Jen will help you the rest of the way. Optional 1hr grouting clinic the following day or let Jen do it for you! Projects are 7” x 9”. All materials provided. A $15.00 material fee is due to the instructor the day of the class.  

Take a Dip into Watercolors

July 29 @ 9:00 am - 4:00 pm

THIS SUMMER TAKE A DIP INTO WATERCOLOR! Come in from the heat and take the plunge into water-COLOR. From novice to seasoned artist, this immersive, hands on class promises to offer personalized tips, technique and instruction by award winning artist and popular instructor Steve Bleinberger. Bring your own gear though Steve will gladly share his ample art supplies.    

Introduction to Alcohol Inks

August 7 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Have you ever heard of alcohol ink? Learn about this new, wild, vivid, transparent, and forgiving medium with a founding contributor of the Alcohol Ink Community, Marilee Taussig.  In this 4 day workshop, you will be introduced to the wacky world of Alcohol Ink, which can take a minute to learn, but a lifetime to master!    

Stained Glass Mosaic Window Class

August 25 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm

Create an original Stained Glass Mosaic window! Choose your own design and learn the breaking, adhering and grouting techniques to create your own masterpiece. All materials provided including vintage window (or bring your own from home).    


September 8 @ 10:00 am - 1:00 pm

A 4 -week class focusing on handbuilding 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 Schumann’s studio on Saturday mornings. The studio will be available on Saturday afternoon and two other days during the week for Open Studio time. There will be ample time and space for finishing big projects. We will…

Knit a Cable Vest

September 29 @ 10:00 am - October 13 @ 12:00 pm

A perfect first garment. Learn shaping through the use of increases, decreases, binding-off and mid-row casting on. Buttonholes, cables, three-needle bind-off and seaming of garter stitch add to the new experiences that an advanced beginner will have knitting this garment.    

Create a Mosaic Memory Vessel

October 13 @ 9:00 am - 1:00 pm

Memory Vessels are created to remember a person, a moment or even a feeling. The process of creating one can be incredibly healing. Participants are encouraged to bring letters, ceramics (which can be broken for the project), glass, and images (copies, no originals please) as well as jewelry to create their personal piece.  Stained glass, Ceramics and jewelry will also be available for use.  

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