ArtsAlive!/Classes

ArtsAlive!/Classes

Our ArtsAlive! Community Education Center at 200 High Street in Chestertown hosts classes in a wide array of mediums, techniques, and forms, for all levels of skill and experience, Life Drawing sessions, Pop-Up Galleries and other events, and groups including the RiverArts Photography Club.

  • Do you need studio space? Guild membership is available in the ArtsAlive! Education Center. Click here for more information.
  • RiverArts members enjoy a discount for all of our classes. If you would like to become a Chestertown RiverArts member please click here.
  • Private classes are also offered, depending on instructor availability. Please call 410 778 6300 or email info@chestertownriverarts.org to inquire.

Adult Classes and Workshops

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Monday Afternoon Life Drawing (Ongoing)

January 6 @ 2:00 pm - May 18 @ 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 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…

Drawing Boot Camp (daytime)

February 4 @ 3:00 pm - February 25 @ 5:00 pm

Drawing is the basis of all visual arts. Learn basic drawing techniques and skills as you observe, translate, and interpret what you see and what you wish to portray. Whether you are a beginner or an artist looking to expand and elevate your drawing, this class will help you meet your goals. The instructor will introduce new concepts each week, but if you can't make all weeks, drop-ins are welcome and instructor will be able to give individual guidance. Please…

Drawing Boot Camp (evening)

February 5 @ 7:00 pm - February 26 @ 9:00 pm

Drawing is the basis of all visual arts. Learn basic drawing techniques and skills as you observe, translate, and interpret what you see and what you wish to portray. Whether you are a beginner or an artist looking to expand and elevate your drawing, this class will help you meet your goals. The instructor will introduce new concepts each week, but if you can't make all weeks, drop-ins are welcome and instructor will be able to give individual guidance. Please…

Hand Building with Marilee Schumann (4 weeks)

February 8 @ 10:00 am - 1:00 pm

A 4-week course focusing on hand building techniques for functional and sculptural objects. The course will be held at Schumann studio. We will use coiling and slabs to make vessels, asymmetrical forms and sculptures. The studio will be available on Saturday afternoon and one other day during the week for open studio time. There will be ample time and space for finishing your projects. The course fee includes your first 25 lbs. of clay (Std. 308) and 4 free open…

Cartooning!

February 8 @ 10:00 am - 2:00 pm

Come and join us in the world of cartooning! Spend a day learning basic drawing techniques, methods and approaches that will help channel your inner powers of imagination, creativity, and storytelling. Unbound by realistic expectations, find the cartoonist within and break the rules to make your own! Vanna Ramirez is an emerging artist who works in a variety of artistic mediums. A recent graduate of Skidmore College with a BS in Studio Art, she has participated in prestigious artist residencies…

Sailors’ Valentine

February 11 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm

Create a stunning Sailors’ Valentine as you learn to arrange seashells in an intricate pattern in a shadow box. You’ll design a beautiful shell mosaic and enjoy the meditative calm as you create this keepsake. Sailors’ Valentines evoke memories of seafaring days in the 1800s when sailors returned from the sea with this exquisite gift for their loved ones. Feel free to bring a drink of your choice & snacks to make the evening relaxing and fun! Candace Liccione is…

SKIES! SKIES! AND MORE SKIES IN WATERCOLOR: A Watercolor Sky Workshop Where the Sky Is Not the LImit!

February 15 @ 9:00 am - 4:00 pm

Look to the sky for better watercolors with award-winning artist and popular RiverArts instructor Steve Bleinberger. Join Steve for a student-friendly immersive workshop where “Skies Rule!” Learn personalized tips and techniques to make your next sky “bluer,” fog “foggier,” dramatic clouds “cloudier,” AND your next watercolor better. Bring your favorite gear though some supplies available. A quality watercolor paper (such as Arches or Fabriano) is preferred, but Steve will gladly share his favorite paper.   PAYMENT BUTTON

Magical Mosaic Pendants

February 20 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm

Enjoy the art of mosaic in miniature! Learn to make two necklaces in heart-shaped or rectangular designs, filling each with tiny treasures of your heart’s desire. All sorts of little baubles will be provided, but feel free to bring meaningful items of your own to include. Feel free to bring a drink of your choice & snacks to make the evening relaxing and fun! Candace Liccione is a life-long talented artistic visionary. As the first-born daughter of Aleene Jackson, America’s…

Photo Club – Every 4th Thursday – Free!

February 27 @ 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…

Try It!

March 6 @ 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm

This one hour workshop will introduce you to clay and the wheel. You will receive minimal instruction, so that you can get a sense of what is needed to produce a bowl. Then, you can take a Beginner Pottery Wheel class, starting later in the month. Participants can purchase their creation for an additional $10, paid during the workshop. The instructor will trim and glaze your piece for pick up in approximately 2 weeks. Each session is limited to 10…

Decorate and Glaze (4 weeks)

March 10 @ 6:00 pm - March 31 @ 9:00 pm

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…

Mobile Raku Workshop

March 28 @ 9:00 am - 4:30 pm

  Have kiln, will travel! Ceramic artist and educator Brett Thomas returns to Chestertown with his Mobile Raku studio and kiln: a ceramics studio on wheels with full teaching facilities right on the Clay Studio's doorstep. Following the success of his previous visit in November, Brett will again conduct a full 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…

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