Classes and Open Studios – 2018

(this is a work in progress….more classes will be added)

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DROP IN and PAINT!  Mondays

Starting on January 8th. Through February 12th. , River Arts Gallery will be offering an Open Studio morning for painters.  Each Monday this drop in group will begin at 10:00 and end around 12:30.  We are asking for a $5.00 donation for the gallery. The fee will be paid at the time of your arrival.  All levels of ability are invited.  You will work on your own painting projects. Bring your own supplies.


Jerri Whitman to teach “Marketing Your Art” class.

Date: January 13, 2018   Time: 9:30am to 4pm

Cost: 95.00 (members) 105.00 ( non-member)

Location: River Arts Gallery,  Rt. 1 Damariscotta, ME

This is a one day class to help artists promote their art and increase their sales. The class will cover the following.

Artist portfolio.
Artist resume.
Artist bio.
Social Media.
News releases.
Continuing studies though classes and workshops.
How to find a gallery that is a good fit for you and your art.
How to create and manage your website.

Jerri  Whitman was born in West Tennessee, she now resides in Dresden , Maine. After taking a break to raise her children she returned to painting in 2009. In 2013 she was introduced to soft pastels, and fell in love with that medium. The past 6 years she has taught classes and workshops in the mid-south states and New England. Jerri was juried in to the Pastel Society of America in March 2014.


Facebook: Jerri Anne Brooks Whitman

Instagram: Jerri Whitman


Gouache Painting with Julie Babb –

6 Tuesdays  starting in March      10-12  $175

Babb - Egret

Class will focus on gouache, its properties, pros and cons. Some basic color theory, mixing neutrals, shading, dry brush technique will be included. Subject matter usually relates to the natural world, ie., botanicals, birds, fur, feathers, etc. with a goal of accurate representational painting and attention to detail.  Instructor wiil bring some basic supplies to the first class.  $120 members $130 non-members. Ask for supplies list.


Philip Frey – Plein Air


Plein Air Painting Essentials with Philip Frey

July 21 & 22       9am – 4pm   $195


Join artist Philip Frey for a unique plein air workshop designed to teach the essentials of plein air painting. We will begin early, painting on location each day. Emphasis will be placed on perceptual painting, finding a good location, setting up for ease of use, and learning the elements of good design through specific lessons and limited palettes.


As this will be an intensive workshop, basic drawing skills are strongly suggested. Come prepared for unpredictable Maine weather (wind, sun, bugs and rain). In the case of rain, we will paint indoors or under cover outside. Philip will be painting in oil but has experience with acrylic and watercolor.

About the Instructor

Philip is known for his vibrant, loose and accomplished plein air and studio paintings. Having taught in many venues, Philip is celebrated for his engaging, illuminating and positive teaching. He is skilled at addressing his student’s abilities and confidence to help them move to the next level.

Artist and student, Vcevy Strekalovsky of Hingham, MA writes, “Philip is a delight to work with, giving freedom yet challenges to students of all levels, based in a deep knowledge of expressionistic landscape painting.” Read more testimonials here.


July        11-3       $95 members  $105 non-members

I teach to inspire creativity while sharing my in depth knowledge of iPhone’s in general and specializing in iPhone photography. Do you have an iPhone and want to learn more about it’s camera, settings, and applications?  Do you have questions about choosing and using photographic apps to create awe inspiring effects and beautiful photographs?

Roberta Baumann, a resident of Rockland, is a fine art photographer, teacher, and Gallery Director at Landing Gallery in Rockland.  She fuels her creative spirit by exploring the process of capturing and editing photos with her iPhone.  Roberta has taught iPhone photography at the Maine Media Workshops, 26 Split Rock Cove, Georges River Land Trust, and in private classes.  This is your opportunity to discover the power, fun, and stunning output that’s possible from your iPhone!

I’m a professional photographer who shoots with both an SLR and iPhone in my fine art business.  I’ll show you how to take and edit images that will please you and have you saying “wow”.  Air Drop, Control Center, Siri, Voice Memos, Face Time are some of the 46 built in apps on a newer iPhone’s that we will discuss and I’ll demonstrate how to use them to their full potential.  We’ll edit images with the app list I will provide to workshop participants so they may be downloaded in advance.

The best camera for taking photos is the one that you always have with you. Lurking inside your iPhone is one of the most inspiring, capable, and fun imaging systems in all of photography.  More than just a snapshot device, your iPhone is a powerful creative tool for making art, right in the palm of your hand. You now have both camera and darkroom in your pocket.  Photographing with a mobile device adds a level of convenience, flexibility, and spontaneity to the photographic process. This class will provide a solid introduction to using the iPhone as a creative tool for editing photos.

Image shot with and processed with an iPhone.

“Garden Wall”



Stonecarving with Andy Seferlis

stone carving3
Monday-Friday, 10-2pm.

Two  1 week sessions in last week of July  &  1st week of Aug
$300/week All experience levels welcome

Bring your own stone or let us know if you need one. Limestone and/or marble can be provided at cost. Sizes and shapes will vary. If you have tools, bring them. Tools will be provided if you don’t own them: chisels, hammers, power tools, angle grinders, extension cords, small compressors. Bring a pencil, notebook, charcoal, gloves, safety glasses, dust masks, all available at your local hardware. Addictive, tiring and satisfying. Relaxed and comfortable environment. You will
enjoy it!






Life sculpture

Life Sculpture Studio – 4 weeks –

10am – 1 pm $80—–Please email if you are interested

A new 4-week session in life sculpture is start every 4 weeks at River Arts Studio, 241 US Route 1 in Damariscotta. The sessions will run from 10 am to 1 pm, on Thursdays. The cost is $80. Participants will work, without instruction, from a long-term pose over a six week period. There are no formal critiques, but participants are free to ask other members or the monitor for help or advice whenever needed.

Everyone is encouraged to bring their own tools, armatures, and their preferred sculpting medium. Most participants use water based clay (self hardening or firing), or oil based clay (plasticine, plastilina), and some prefer wax. There are some tools and supplies available to borrow until you can get your own, but the selection is limited.

River Arts also offers open studios in life drawing and ceramics – times are listed on the website For more information email: or call 563-1507

River Arts Open Studio Schedule

Open Studio Ceramics by arrangement


$8/hour at the River Arts Studio

Private Classes: We are happy to create a class to fit your needs (throwing classes limited to four people). One-on-one instruction for most topics can be scheduled at your convenience. The cost is $45 per hour including materials and firing fee.


Open Studio  – Life Drawing: monitor Roberta Goschke

Ongoing Wednesday evenings 6 – 9 pm$15 m/$20 n/m Studio at 241 US Route 1