Education

Education

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 info@chestertownriverarts.org

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

January 22 @ 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
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An event every month that begins at 2:00pm on day Fourth of the month, repeating indefinitely

Life Drawing Sessions are on hiatus until 2018. Next afternoon session will be Monday, January 23. 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 4th Monday Afternoon 2 to 5 pm. There are tables, chairs, and easels in the space for your use.…

Monday Evening Life Drawing

January 22 @ 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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An event every week that begins at 5:00pm on Monday, repeating indefinitely

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 Evening 5 - 8pm Every 4th   Monday Afternoon 2 to 5 pm. There are tables, chairs, and easels in the space for your use. Acceptable to arrive late or depart early. Bring a snack…

Chinese Painting and Calligraphy- Follow Up

January 24 @ 6:00 pm - 8:30 pm

This course is a follow up to the previous introduction to simple Asian- style painting of grass, orchid, wisteria, shrimp and crab images as well as characters using brushes.  Instructor Xidan Zang will demonstrate  how to use color and paint more complicated images, such as roses and wisteria. For new students, she will continue to teach basic skills. There will be examples for students to study and copy, as well as technique demonstrations.  Ink supplied with class. Students will need…

Photo Club – Every 4th Thursday – Free!

January 25 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
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An event every month that begins at 7:00pm on day Fourth of the month, repeating indefinitely

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…

Warm Up to Cool Caribbean Watercolors

February 3 @ 10:00 am - 4:00 pm

Come in from February’s cold, have fun, and learn hot watercolor tips on painting the beautiful Caribbean: Bright blue skies, sparkling turquoise water, white sand beaches and swaying palms beckon! Let award winning artist Steve Bleinberger share with you his personalized tips and technique on how to capture the unique beauty of Caribbean water and beaches ( Chesapeake Bay it’s not)! All levels welcome. Bring your own gear though some art supplies will be provided. Sunscreen NOT included.  

Try It! Discover the Magic of Clay February

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

Always thought it looked like fun to throw clay on the potter’s wheel? Here’s your chance to try it at a one-time 2½ hour session. You’ll get basic instruction from a great teacher and hands-on help from friendly assistants. You’ll get a feel for the clay and discover how magic is made on the potter’s wheel. This is a great class for the curious, a friend’s night out, or a date. No experience needed. Just wear clothes that you don’t…

Charming Silver Clay Earrings

February 10 @ 10:00 am - 2:00 pm

Have you always wanted to sink your fingers into precious metal clay but didn’t know where to begin? This is your chance to learn the ropes. In this workshop, students will learn how to create unique fine silver charms for earrings out of pure silver clay. Every aspect of charm making will be covered including handling clay, texturing, stamping, sanding, firing and finishing the silver charms. Students will also learn metalsmith techniques including, how to create torch fired headpins, beaded wrapped loops and drops,…

Balloon Bowls

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

Learn how to make a pottery bowl using a paper mache technique over a balloon in this two day workshop. Prepare to get your hands dirty and have a great time with your kids! This unique-but- simple method is used to create a precious piece your family will cherish. Every finished masterpiece will be different! This workshop is suitable for children of all ages, including those young at heart. The second week, participants will paint their own design over the…

Pastel Bootcamp

March 14 @ 9:00 am - 4:00 pm

This 3-day workshop provides an in-depth and hands-on view of the pastel process from start to finish: from making pastel painting surfaces to photography of the finished pastel and frame selection. Through focused demonstrations, critiques and lots of individual instruction, students will learn a variety of pastel techniques as well as ways to strengthen their composition skills. In addition to analyzing different framing styles, students will frame one pastel with a simple plein air system they can do at home with limited equipment. Appropriate for…

Beginning Knitting

March 17 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

Learn the basics of knitting. Students will practice knitting, purling, casting on and decreasing stitches plus basic seaming and then use those skills to knit a winter cap. $25 Supply Fee payable to instructor at time of class.

Basic Socks

March 17 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Students will learn to knit in the round using double pointed needles, to turn a heel using short-rows, and finish the toe using Kitchener stitch. Prerequisite: students must know how to knit and purl. $25 supply fee payable to instructor at time of class.  

Beginner’s Pottery Wheel Spring

April 17 @ 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 Mike Pugh, 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…

Intermediate Pottery on the Wheel

April 19 @ 6:00 pm - 8:30 pm

More advanced techniques on the potter's wheel, including closed forms, lids, and altered forms, taught by potter Marilee Schumann. 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

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