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 Please…

Drypoint Etching with Ben Dize

July 24 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm

Learn and practice one of the oldest forms of printmaking, invented in the 15th century by German author Housebrook Master. Make one of a kind original prints from your own drawings with this acid-free technique. Drypoint etching is the simplest and most direct of printmaking methods. An etching needle is used to dig into the surface of the zinc plate much like a plow creates a furrow. Hatching and crosshatching lines are used to create tonal areas. Greater pressure results…

Photo Club – Every 4th Thursday – Free!

July 25 @ 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…

TGIF: Blue Moon on the Chester River

July 26 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Few things are better than a tranquil, moonlit night on the river. This 2-hour class will provide painters of all skill levels (beginner to advanced) the chance to create a piece inspired by the Chester River. Instruction will include techniques for blending paint to create a beautiful night sky, using brushes to create silhouettes and textures, and painting water with reflections. Canvas, paints, and brushes are provided, so students need only bring themselves, an apron if they wish, and any…

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

Pattern, Rhythm, and Repetition In Your Art

August 22 @ 9:00 am - 4:00 pm

As humans we are naturally drawn to pattern, repetition and rhythm. They occur in nature and in man made environments. They occur in art, music and dance. They move us, they point us to movement, they capture our imagination. Pattern, repetition and rhythm draw us in to their world and hold our attention. In this two day workshop we will explore this dynamic aspect to design and composition. The instructor will be teaching in oils, but acrylic, pastel and watercolor…

Intermediate Pottery Wheel

September 3 @ 6:00 pm

So you have taken a beginner pottery class and you've been throwing some pots but want to up your game. This intermediate throwing class will help improve your forms and take your work in new directions. Be warned there will be critiques involved… your work can't get better doing the exact same thing over and over again. In each class the group will decide what to form or process to work on in the next class. Every week, after a…

Beginner Pottery Wheel

September 5 @ 6:00 pm - 8:30 pm

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 be…

First Friday Ice Cream Bowls

September 6 @ 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm

We will be serving a scoop of local ice cream in a pretty little dessert bowl of your choice. All bowls will be provided by clay studio members for your enjoyment. Ice cream provided by Lockbriar Farms. Ages 1 - 105. Children under 12 must chaperone their own adult. Bowls are breakable and parents are responsible for any injuries that may occur.

Hand Building with Marilee Schumann

September 7 @ 10:00 am - 1:00 pm

An 8 week course focusing on hand building techniques for functional and sculptural objects. The course will be held at Schumann studio. We will use coiling and slabs to make vessels, asymmetrical forms and sculptures. The studio will be available on Saturday afternoon and one other day during the week for open studio time. There will be ample time and space for finishing your projects. The course fee includes your first 25 lbs. of clay (Std. 308) and 8 free…

Dog School with Lynne Lockhart

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

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. Included will be: Photographing the uncooperative animal Selecting the right references Basic anatomy and where to begin your drawing/painting Expression and gestures Fur patterns and color Getting a likeness Demos will be in oil and sharpie. Students should bring iPhones or iPads or digital cameras, their painting gear, and a sketch book. Well behaved…

Monday Afternoon Life Drawing

September 16 @ 2:00 pm - December 31 @ 5:00 pm

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: Resuming September 16, 2019 There are tables, chairs, and easels in the space for your use. Acceptable to arrive late or depart early. Bring a snack and a drink.…

iPhoneography 2.0

September 21 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

Are you ready to take your iPhoneography to the next level? In iPhoneography 2.0, we will explore techniques to give our photos a painterly or textured look. Painterly techniques and textures draw our attention to the details that we often overlook in straightforward photography. These effects can create different levels of feelings, moods, and impressions in our images. At the beginning of class, we will briefly review how to perform a few basic edits to enhance the general quality of…

A Fall Watercolor Warmup

October 12 @ 9:00 am - 4:00 pm

Warm up to the season along with award winning water-colorist and popular RiverArts instructor Steve Bleinberger. Learn personalized painting tips and technique on painting the picturesque boatyards of the Eastern Shore. There's never been a better time to capture the rustic charm of old boatyards than in the fall. Steve will supply ample boatyard reference material as well as offering up a painting demo along with instruction on simplified drawing, "composition," and light/shadow theory. Painting old boatyards is fun. Working…

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…

Decorate A Holiday Pie Plate

October 29 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Enjoy a relaxing evening, sipping some wine, munching on light refreshments and hand painting your very own clay pie-dish for the holidays. Learn how to use underglazes to personalize your very own creation. In a single class you will learn the techniques and decorate your pre-made piece. After you have decorated your pie-dish, they will be glazed and ready for you to pick up in time for the holidays (about 1 week). Please bring your own wine or beverage. We…

Bottomless Mugs

November 1 @ 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm

We will be selling hand made mugs provided by our very own studio potters. You will be able to come in and fill your mug with: hot coffee, tea, cider, or chocolate, as much as you want all day long. Ages: 1 - 105. Children under 12 must chaperone their own adult. Mugs are breakable and parents are responsible for any injuries that may occur.

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