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.…

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…

Photo Club – Every 4th Thursday – Free!

November 28 @ 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…

Dickens Ornaments

December 7 @ 10:00 am - 4:00 pm

Get ready for the holidays on Dickens Weekend in Chestertown!  Paint 2 ceramic ornaments of your choosing from our prepared stock of handmade bisque ornaments. Decorate them in class, and we will fire them afterwards. You can pick them up 1-2 days later. Or, we can mail them for an additional fee of $6 (as many as can fit in a flat rate box). Fun for kids and grownups alike. Ages: 2 - 102 Register in advance, or drop in…

Introduction to Pastels

January 8, 2020 @ 9:00 am - 4:00 pm

This classroom–based workshop is for beginners and others who want to explore this flexible and forgiving medium.  Students will be introduced to a variety of pastels, painting surfaces and pastel techniques. Students will use three different surfaces and learn a cost-effective way to make their own pastel surfaces.  Demonstrations and critiques are part of this lively workshop. Students will work from still life set ups and photographs. The workshop will cover techniques for using photos and improving compositions, while helping…

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