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  

Photo Club – Every 4th Thursday – Free!

April 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…

Introduction to Metalsmithing

April 26 @ 10:00 am - 1:00 pm

Join experienced RiverArts instructor and jeweler  Joan Strand for a 3 hour workshop on basic metalsmithing techniques used to make jewelry. Students will learn to cut, shape, saw, file, hammer texture, and stamp metal, and after some practice, design and make a pair of earrings or a pendant using copper. All materials included. For an additional $15 fee, payable to instructor, students may opt for sterling silver.  PAYMENT BUTTON

Monday Afternoon Life Drawing

April 29 @ 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…

Watercolor Journaling

May 3 - May 4

This workshop with Jim will focus on how to develop a watercolor journal for traveling or simply sketching paintings “en Plein Air”. You will begin with some studio time learning various Watercolor techniques and then move out into Chestertown’s picturesque surroundings to work on location. He will show you, step by step, through the pen and ink stages and on to laying in transparent watercolor washes in local colors or those of your imagination. Students will see how Jim, and…

TGIF! Stitch & Bitch with Jen Friedman

May 10 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

You know her from her unforgettable star turns at the Garfield and the Church Hill Theatre, but did you know that one of Kent County’s favorite performers is also an accomplished needleworker? Spend a night out in Chestertown stitching and bitching with the inimitable Jen Friedman!  Complete a quick and easy Eastern Shore-themed needlepoint project. Using provided materials and Jen’s guidance, choose from an anchor, a sailboat, or a star and make a 4” x 4” square suitable for framing,…

Introduction to Smartphoneography

May 11 @ 10:00 am - 1:00 pm

The best camera for taking photos is the one you always have with you. Photographing with a mobile device adds a level of convenience, flexibility, and spontaneity to the photography process. This class will provide a solid introduction to using your smartphone as a creative tool for editing photos. We will edit both existing photos on your camera, as well as photos you capture around town during class. No previous photography experience is necessary, but participants should have a basic…

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.…

St. Petersburg Stitch Beaded Bracelet

May 18 @ 10:00 am - 4:00 pm

This class will introduce participants to beadweaving with a needle and thread. Class will begin with an introduction to the St. Petersburg stitch and the basics of beadweaving.  After mastering the stitch, participants will create a lovely bracelet. If time permits, participants may make earrings. The St. Petersburg stitch provides many design options which participants may explore by browsing the gallery of samples and photos provided by the instructor. The instructor will provide student workstations including beadmats, bobbins, and necessary…

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.…

Beginner Pottery Wheel, Evenings – 8 Week Course, Summer

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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