Education

Education

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.

RiverArts is currently in search of an Education Manager. This is a full time position. Interested, or know someone who may be? CLICK HERE for position information..

  • 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 info@chestertownriverarts.org

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  

Monday Afternoon Life Drawing

February 25 @ 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…

Dog Portraits & Beyond

February 27 - February 28

Looking for a truly enjoyable way to improve your painting skills? Whether you want to try your hand at portraiture or include these pets in the landscape or even still life, this class will add some skills to your toolbox. Lynne is known for dramatic use of light and shadow, color and expressive brushwork. Skills learned in this class may be applied to a variety of painting subjects:  figures, animals, landscapes... Specific topics Included will be: photographing the uncooperative animal…

Photo Club – Every 4th Thursday – Free!

February 28 @ 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…

Let it Snow! Watercolor Workshop

March 2 @ 9:00 am - 4:00 pm

Come in from the cold and warm up with a fun, instructive watercolor workshop on painting snow scenes. All levels welcome. Bring your own gear - Steve will gladly share his ample supply of brushes and paints. May your next watercolor be snowy and bright! P.S. Never too early to start working on holiday cards.  

Pencil Holder Workshop

March 3 @ 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Here is an ideal introduction to basket weaving! It is a  wonderful family activity - perfect for beginners and/or children ages 8 years and up. Master basket weaver Heidi Wetzel will show you how to weave a pencil holder in this 3 hour workshop. All materials and tools will be supplied to complete one basket.    

Zentangle ™ Drawing II

March 6 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

  Zentangle™ is an easy-to-learn, relaxing, and fun way to create beautiful images by drawing structured patterns. In Zentangle™ you focus on process, not outcome – there are no mistakes! It is an art form, a life skill, a tool, a perspective, and an approach to mindfulness. This class is geared toward those with some previous Zentangle experience, and in creating more complex designs, but beginners are welcome! In this 2 week workshop, each student will be provided with all…

Decorate and Glaze

March 12 - April 2

This course is intended to show different techniques in decorating and glazing your pottery. Each week you are expected to have at least one piece ready to decorate and/or glaze. More than one is recommended. A syllabus containing piece requirements can be obtained in advance (see below) or you may get it the first night of class. Please bring a minimum of one piece of bisqueware. Preferably, one with & one without texture or a combination of both on one…

Basket Weaving Workshop

March 13 @ 10:00 am - 4:00 pm

Join master fiber artist Heidi Wetzel for this one day basket workshop/.  Participants will create one round basket approximately 6 to 8 inches in diameter. All materials and tools are supplied. Some weaving experience helpful.

Beginner Pottery Wheel – Day Class, Spring 2019

March 14 @ 10:00 am

  Have you ever been transfixed when you saw a potter at the wheel creating a wonderful form from a lump of clay?  In this 8 week course, students will explore the basics of how to successfully make a pot on the potter’s wheel.  They will gain experience in centering clay, and lifting and shaping it into cylinders and bowls.  Students will also learn standard decorating and glazing techniques.  All finished pots will be microwave/dishwasher safe and can of course…

Nuno Felt Scarf Workshop

March 16 @ 10:00 am - 1:00 pm

Create your very own, one of a kind, nuno **felt scarf. We will start with a hand dyed silk chiffon scarf and layer on various wool, fibers, embellishments to make a unique scarf. Learn the art of wet felting, rubbing, rolling, and rocking. You can wear it home! A materials fee of $35 is payable to the instructor. **Nuno felting is a fabric felting technique developed by Polly Stirling, a fiber artist from New South Wales, Australia, around 1992. The name is derived from…

Lambscape: Painting with Wool Workshop

March 16 @ 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Create a piece of artwork! This class will teach you about needle felting. Students  will make a small landscape out of wool, learning how to 'paint' with wool. Using a palette of color, dyed wool, yarn, silk and embellishments, you will layer texture until your painting comes alive. Take home a piece of art, ready to frame. Instructor Dalis Davidson will provide photos for inspiration, either a mountain scape or a beach scene.  Or feel free to bring your own…

Introduction to Lithography – Spring

March 19

In the tradition of fine printmaking, here is a way to utilize your drawing skills.  Use an image you are proud of and create multiple original hand pulled prints. Lithography was one of the latest art media to be invented and like many inventions, totally by accident. The chemistry of lithography is based upon the principle that water and grease do not mix.   The drawing is done on the surface of the stone with a specialized grease pencil. The finished drawing…

Travel Photography

March 21 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

  Love to travel?  Here is a 4 week course on best practices in travel photography with Bob Miller. It will include sessions on getting ready to go, compositional techniques, and tips on everything from shooting landscapes and festivals to architecture and people. Students as well as the instructor will be given the opportunity to share photos and travel stories from places they have already traveled to. Instructional info will include DSLR cameras as well as smaller compact cameras This…

Explore Contemporary Watercolor Workshop

March 29 - March 30

Enjoy this two day workshop introduction to a variety of traditional and experimental watercolor techniques. The first day will be spent learning how to use watercolor paint in a traditional manner. My teaching practice uses several sets of fun exercises to get students managing the ratio of paint to water and then complete a small simple still life painting. The second day of the workshop will be spent learning about a variety of experimental methods you can use when using…

Porcelain (or not)- Day Class, Spring 2019

April 2 @ 10:00 am - 12:30 pm

  Would you like to explore the silky, seductive, and sensuous quality of working with porcelain on the wheel? Ceramic master Rick Bisgyer will share his strategies and process from clay preparation to successful completion of your quality ceramic vessel over six weeks. He will work to demystify porcelain and alleviate the fear and apprehension many have working with it. Rick will help you improve your best practices to work toward better finished pieces. If you choose not to work…

Intermediate Pottery Wheel – Spring Evening class

April 9 @ 6:00 pm - May 28 @ 8:30 pm

More advanced techniques on the potter’s wheel, including closed forms, lids and altered forms, taught by Marilee Schumann. In addition to improving your skills on the wheel, we will work on decorating and glazing techniques. An emphasis will be made on individual expression. Included in cost of class is your first 25 pounds of clay and 8 Open Studio tickets , a $102 value. Ages 16 & older.    

Beginner Pottery Wheel, Evenings – Spring 2019

April 11 @ 6:00 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 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

April 17 @ 1:00 pm - April 18 @ 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

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 Saturday & Sunday, 9:30 am - 4:30 pm   Lunch break 30-45 minutes, plus a 10 minute break in am & pm During this two day, information-loaded, demo-workshop some 50+ making techniques will be demonstrated in answer to these ‘how-to’ questions; techniques participants will want to use and adjust to fit their own future work.…

Intermediate Pottery Wheel – Summer Evening class

July 9 @ 6:00 pm

More advanced techniques on the potter’s wheel, including closed forms, lids and altered forms, taught by Marilee Schumann. In addition to improving your skills on the wheel, we will work on decorating and glazing techniques. An emphasis will be made on individual expression. Included in cost of class is your first 25 pounds of clay and 8 Open Studio tickets , a $102 value. Ages 16 & older. PAYMENT BUTTON  

Beginner Pottery Wheel, Evenings – Summer 2019

July 11 @ 6:00 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 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…

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