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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Monday Afternoon Life Drawing

October 22 @ 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. 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. All levels of artists…

Basic Iphoneography – Fall 2018

October 23

The best camera for taking photos is the one that you always have with you.  Photographing with an iPhone adds a level of convenience, flexibility, and spontaneity to the photographic process.  This 4 - week class will provide a solid introduction to using your iPhone or iPad as a tool for editing photos and creating interesting art through the use of a variety of phone apps.  A list of apps will be emailed to participants prior to the first class.…

Photo Club – Every 4th Thursday – Free!

October 25
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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…

Decorate a Holiday Pie Plate

October 30

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, fired and ready for you to pick up in time for the holidays. Please bring your own wine or beverage. We will…

Intermediate Wheel (Porcelain “or not”)

November 1

THIS CLASS IS CLOSED. WE WILL SCHEDULE ANOTHER IN 2019 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…

Introduction to Lithography

November 7

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…

FALL INTO WATERCOLOR with Trees, Trees and More Trees

November 10

There’s never been a better time to learn how or hone existing watercolor technique depicting trees and their fabulous fall foliage. Join award winning artist Steve Bleinberger in a personalized, instructive watercolor workshop loaded with demos. Beats raking leaves! All levels welcome. Bring your own gear. Steve will gladly share his ample supply of brushes and paints. Quality paper such as Arches or Fabriano preferred.  

Dog Portraits

November 14 - November 15

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. Well behaved dogs will be welcome to class and used as models.  

Modern Wall Hanging Workshop

December 1

Join Jenny Walton from Great Blue Fiber for a unique weaving class. In this two-part workshop, participants will learn how to warp, weave, and complete a modern and unique wall hanging using a lap loom. At the end of this workshop series, you will have created a complete 10" x 20″ wall hanging using seven basic stitches in your selection of yarns. Great Blue Fiber will provide the following materials for each participant: a wooden loom, a tapestry needle, warp…

Cookies & Milk for Santa Workshop

December 2 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Learn how to paint a holiday scene on a pottery cup and cookie plate! This workshop is suitable for children of all ages, including those young at heart.  Those under the age of 12 must be accompanied by an adult. Participants can paint their own design or trace one of the available designs on a provided plate and cup.   The finished work can be picked up at the Clay Studio after it is glaze plenty of time to be…

Modern Wall Hanging Course

January 9, 2019

Join Jenny Walton of Great Blue Fiber for an in depth weaving class exploring color, shapes, texture and personal style. All students will learn how to warp a lap loom, weave a contemporary wall hanging and hang their unique piece of art. This 6 week class will engage your mind and help you relax and meditate through the process of slowing down to create a personal piece of art. Students will design, and weave a wall hanging of their creation…

Explore Modern Watercolor Workshop

January 12, 2019 - January 13, 2019

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…

Intermediate Pottery Wheel – Winter 2019

January 15, 2019

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, a $22 value.  

Beginner Pottery Wheel – Winter 2019

January 17, 2019

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…

Stained Glass Mosaic Window Class

January 19, 2019

Create an original Stained Glass Mosaic window! In this six week class you will: choose your own design, learn the breaking, adhering and grouting techniques to create your own masterpiece. All materials provided including vintage window (or bring your own from home).    

Decorate and Glaze

March 12, 2019 - April 2, 2019

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…

Bill van Gilder Workshop: The Functional Pot: Tips, Tools & Techniques

May 17, 2019 - May 19, 2019

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.…

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