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…

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.…

Photo Club – Every 4th Thursday – Free!

September 26 @ 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…

Chest-A-Wizards Friday, October 4

October 4 @ 5:00 pm

Come to our Wizards Workshop to learn how to mix magic spells and potions to take home! Each participant will receive a handmade pottery spell jar to fill with an assortment of secret ingredients. The lead Wizard will then add his/her own Top Secret Surprise ingredient to complete the magic for your souvenir spell jar. You can purchase a potion jar ($15) or a mug ($25). PAYMENT BUTTON

Chest-A-Wizards, Saturday, October 5

October 5 @ 10:00 am

Come to our Wizards Workshop to learn how to mix magic spells and potions to take home! Each participant will receive a handmade pottery spell jar to fill with an assortment of secret ingredients. The lead Wizard will then add his/her own Top Secret Surprise ingredient to complete the magic for your souvenir spell jar. You can purchase a potion jar ($15) or a mug ($25). PAYMENT BUTTON

Painting the Figure with Diane Rappisi

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

Join Diane Rappisi for a fresh perspective on the ever-challenging, always beautiful, human figure. Working from the live (nude) model, participants will manage the critical components of composition, gesture, shape, structure, and color. Students begin monochromatically in either charcoal or oil grisaille, and proceed to full color work in pastel or oil. Diane Rappisi is an American contemporary realist painter whose work fuses the light and chroma of the Impressionist colorists with the form and structure of the traditional Italian…

TGIF: Fall Leaf Compositions

October 11 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Get ready for fall and do a no-fail project. We will be printing with leaves to make a fall composition. If you have some favorite photos of fall projects or fall items, bring them along and we can push your painting to another level and make it into a collage. This is a great project to do with your children or grandchildren during those boring Christmas holidays. BYOB and snacks for a fun Friday night! Our friends at Chester River…

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.

Decorate & Glaze

November 5 @ 6:00 pm - November 26 @ 9:00 pm

This 4-week 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 or you can get it the first night of class. Please bring a minimum of one piece of bisqueware, preferably one with and one without texture, or a combination of both on one piece…

Mobile Raku Workshop

November 9 @ 9:00 am - 4:30 pm

  Have kiln, will travel! Ceramic artist and educator Brett Thomas will visit Chestertown with his Mobile Raku studio and kiln: a ceramics studio on wheels with full teaching facilities right on the Clay Studio's doorstep. Brett will conduct a full one day Raku workshop on Court Road, just down the block from the Clay Studio. Class will meet in the Clay Studio in the morning to discuss glazes, under glazes, and glaze application and then head outside where his kilns will…

Autumn Leaf Platters

November 10 @ 2:00 pm

Please join us at RiverArts Clay Studio for an afternoon of Clay-tivity—no experience necessary! You will be hand building an oval or rectangular serving plate of approximately 8" x 14". A slab of clay will be provided as well as a form and many items with which to imprint texture. We are suggesting an autumn leaf theme but please feel free to bring anything of special interest that could be used to personalize your plate. What's your style? What makes…

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