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 River Arts  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.


Gouache Painting with Julie Babb –

6 Tuesdays  starting in March   13      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, i.e., botanicals, birds, fur, feathers, etc. with a goal of accurate representational painting and attention to detail.  Instructor will bring some basic supplies to the first class. Ask for supplies list.


 Paper Tulips with Alcohol Inks with Amity Bean —April 21  $60     10-3

Paper Tulips with Alcohol Inks

Join Dixfield paper artist Amity Beane in this four-hour workshop making paper tulips with paper foliage. You will learn:

How to batch cut fourteen tulips.

How to mix alcohol inks.

How to properly wash and blend the inks on your petals.

How to form the petals after dying.

How to make tulip centers.

How to glue the petals.

How to finish the petals with paper foliage.

How to arrange the flowers.

You will need to bring your own hot glue gun, glue sticks, extra-sharp scissors,  used watercolor brushes, a roll of paper towels  a bottle of rubbing alcohol and a cookie sheet.  In addition bring a narrow-necked vase to arrange your flowers at the end.  Supplies fee $15.  Bring lunch.

Amity is the owner of Florabeane, a creative floral design studio in Maine specializing in paper flowers and field-grown flowers. She has a Master of Science in education and a BA in interdisciplinary fine arts. She is also an administrator for the group The Paper Florists on Facebook.


Workshop with Linda Packard

Workshop: Building the Abstracted Landscape:   Saturday/Sunday, May 5/6  10-4 $180
This workshop is for painters with some experience and with interest in loosening up and moving away from recording detail. Through demonstration and individual guidance, emphasis will be on simplifying the landscape to its essence, dancing on the edge of abstraction. A variety of paint-handling techniques and tools that encourage simplification will be demonstrated. We will work from sketches made en plein air or made from photos. Come prepared to stretch yourself beyond your comfort zone and let go of perfection. 
Note: Packard’s expertise is in oil. The demo and its techniques and tools will be in oil and may not yield the same results in acrylic.
Solvents will be used. Materials/supply list with registration.


Give Clay A Try

Tuesday June 5, 12  – pick up work on the 19th

1PM until 3PM

Cost $70.00 includes materials and firing fees.

In this two day workshop you will be shown how to make a functional box from clay that will be decorative and functional. Day one we will create the pot and on day two you will learn how to glaze the pot.


Workshop with Linda Packard

Making Dynamic, Expressive Paintings from Reference Photos – Linda Packard

-June 9 & 10     10-4      $18o

For most of us painting from life is the most stimulating experience and leads to the most exciting compositions. But sometimes, like during our long Maine winters, working from photos is a good alternative. But translating life force and energy from a flat photo is often challenging. The tendency toward literal translation in composition and color is hard to resist.

Through demos and one-on-one guidance, this workshop will show you ways to find the most compelling elements in your photos and work them into a dynamic composition; simplifying the reference image to its essence using color, shape, line; moving to expression rather than description. This is for painters with some experience with his or her chosen medium. Focus is completely on composition, not painting technique. Daily demos will be in oil but all mediums are welcome.

Solvents will be used. Materials/supply list with registration.

Packard holds a BA in Studio Art from Smith College with a concentration in drawing and printmaking. She later turned to painting and studied with the late Jon Imber of Boston and Stonington, Maine. Her work, from life or from memory, is a response to the mystery and beauty found in observing ordinary, seemingly unremarkable elements in the landscape. She approaches art-making organically, yielding to the nature of the medium. Packard’s work is represented by Courthouse Gallery Fine Art in Ellsworth, Maine.

Website: lindapackard.com

Instagram: @linda_packard

Facebook: Linda Packard, Visual Artist


Assemblage Workshop with Mae Billington

June 16, Saturday

1 to 4 pm


Make Art: Will Travel
Come join Mae and discover the diverse world of assemblage art. Each participant will have the opportunity to create a piece of travel art. An assemblage within a jar, tin, box or container of your choice. There will be discussions of the assemblage art process, sourcing materials, construction and finishes. Techniques will include the use of hand tools, adhesives, epoxies, decoupage and painting. All skill levels welcome. Some tools and materials provided by instructor but students are encouraged to bring in treasures of their own.
Students will need to bring in tools.
*Pliers *tweezers *Scissors
Class is $20
Material cost $5

Workshop with Kris Engman

$180  – class sized limited to 10


   Shibori Silk Scarves with Sandi Cirillo – June 17   $45       10-1

In this class you’ll learn about shibori, the Japanese resist method of creating designs on silk scarves using a PVC pipe. You will also be given the opportunity to paint directly on your scarves as well. Each person will leave class with two finished scarves that can be worn with pride or given as gifts. Please wear old clothes and bring an old towel with you.

Materials fee: $10.00               __________________________________________________________

Hand Building with Clay

Tuesday or Thursday 10:00 am -12 noon

July 2, 2018 through August 13, 2018

Cost $150 (any session attended over six will be an extra $25.00). Material and firing fee will be $25.00

Pick your days up to six sessions. This is designed to give students maximum flexibility to fit classes into busy schedules.

The three basic methods of hand building with clay are pinch, slab and coil. We will explore all of these, both alone and in combination, to create both functional and decorative items. You will also learn basic glazing techniques.


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.”


I Phone Photography with Roberta Bauman

July  11th       11am-3pm       $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”


  Beginning Drawing with Sandi Cirillo -July 29    $45   10-2

If you have ever wanted to learn how to draw, then this class is for you. We’ll work with all sorts of drawing materials as you learn how to draw landscapes and still lifes….and maybe even a little figure drawing. Spring is coming and what better way to get outdoors and visually represent what you see through drawing. All supplies will be provided. Just bring yourself!

Materials fee: $7.00                   Time: 10-2 pm


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!


Drawing with Julie Babb – September tba

The course would cover gesture, contour, shading, perspective, values, composition, layout and general principles of drawing with graphite. Julie will provide some basic materials for the first classes


 Painting with Cold Wax and Oil  September 22 & 23  10-4        $180

Instructor: Anne Hebebrand


“I benefited greatly using a new medium and stretching its versatility. My painting has stepped up into a more thoughtful and challenging realm.”

Be seduced by the richness and colors you can create using cold wax. Create small paintings with cold wax and oil paints by using this ancient medium and discover how to build up a textured and vibrant paint surface. Using tools such as squeegee, brayers, palette knives and other tools learn how to work in the moment and in layers. You will be able to incorporate this technique at home without needing any special equipment.  This is a very direct and immediate way of painting and the focus of the class will be on discovery of various techniques and experimentation.

In this two-day workshop you will:

  • Work in layers using cold wax and oil paint
  • Experiment with wet on wet paint, texture, mark making and stenciling
  • Focus on composition and the fundamentals of art: value, color, line, shape, form, and texture.
  • Watch demonstrations on various techniques
  • Work in a supportive environment.


   Anne Hebebrand splits her time between Bath and Todos Santos, Mexico. She works in a variety of media ranging from oil, acrylics, watercolor and mixed media, exploring painting through experimentation. Her richly layered textured paintings slowly evolve through tactile manipulation with vibrant color radiating from within.

Anne’s pieces are in many private collections in the United States, Germany and Mexico. Her paintings are on display at the Galeria de Todos Santos in the Historic area of Todos Santos and at Pez Gordo in Cabos San Lucas.  She is scheduled for a one person show at the Frank Brockman Gallery in Brunswick in June 2019.  Anne has been featured in several publications including the New York Times and Art New England.

An accomplished teacher of art, Anne was named the Connecticut Art Education Association’s Outstanding Secondary Arts Educator in 2012. As a teacher, she loves to share her artistic passion and is likewise inspired by her students’ creative explorations. She has taught painting, drawing and art history at the college and high school level and has been offering classes in her studio in Bath and in Todos Santos for the past four years. www.annehebebrand.com


Plant Imprinting on Fabric with Sandi Cirillo  – Sunday, September 30       $45

This workshop will teach you how to imprint a design on a canvas tote using a variety of natural plant materials. Students are encouraged to bring favorite flowers from their garden to use but make sure they are kept in water until the workshop. You’ll be surprised the colors you will get working with many different types of flowers and leaves.

Materials fee: $7.00                         Time: 10-12:30


   Beginning Feltmaking with Sandi Cirllo   October 14     $45    10-1

Students will learn how to create a beautiful piece of fiber art using the ancient fiber process known as feltmaking. You’d be surprised what you can create using a little soap/water, wool and some agitation. We’ll use wet and needle felting techniques to further embellish our piece. Bring an old towel to class as well as scissors.

Materials fee: $8.00

Silk Paper Fusion  with Sandi Cirillo   Sunday, October 28  $45    10-12:30


Students will learn about silk paper fusion, the process of creating silk paper using a variety of silk fibers. We’ll create several sheets of silk paper which can then be used in a variety of mixed media art projects such as books or note cards. Silk paper can also be used in the creation of three dimensional work or embellish your silk paper with stamping. How cool is that!

Materials fee: $10.00


Birch Bark Ornaments/Holiday Trees       Sunday, December 2   10-1     $45

We’ll learn all about the properties of birch bark supplied by the instructor. This plant material is very versatile and we’ll be making birch bark ornaments/trees to use in your home or to give as gifts.

Materials fee: $ 7.00


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 www.riverartsme.org For more information email: info@riverartsme.org 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

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