Classes and Open Studios – 2018


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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.


Hand Building with Clay & Ceramic Studio Time at River Arts


The studio will be open from 12:00 until 4:30 pm Monday thru Friday.   Join in the ongoing  group!

A two-hour class will be offered every Wednesday from 1PM until 3PM. 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. Use of the studio at other times must be done with the approval of the River Arts Director.

The fee for use of the studio will be $150.00 per month. This will include use of wheels, slab rollers, hand tools and glazes in buckets and 4 classes. Class attendance will be optional, but is included in the fee.

Firing will be done on as needed basis, but may only be done the instructor/ studio monitor. An additional firing fee may be charged for oversized work at the discretion of the instructor.

Clay will be available for purchase at a cost reflection the current market price.

For more information, call 563-1507 or email      info@riverartsme.org





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


3 Classes with Julie Babb in October
Basic Drawing Thursday, Oct.4th for Basic Drawing, 10-12, for six weeks  $180
This six-week course will cover contour, gesture, values, shading, perspective, composition and basic drawing techniques using graphite drawing pencils. Students should have a set of good drawing pencils (ranging from2B to 6B or better), a vinyl eraser, a kneaded eraser, and the drawing paper of their choice. The final class will be a student-led critique of each other’s works.
Gouache Painting- starting Friday Oct.5th, 10-12 for six weeks   $180
This six-week course is designed for all levels – from beginner to advanced. Beginners will learn the properties of gouache paint, its uses and applications, The course will cover brush technique, blending, and basic color theory .Gouache is the ideal medium for botanical and natural subject matter, as it lends itself well to detail. The instructor will bring basic supplies for the first class, and a suggested materials list will be provided.
Scratchboard- One day workshop for Tuesday Oct. 23rd 10-12, lunch, 2-4   $60
This one-day workshop will cover the basics of this fascinating medium. Scratchboard is essentially “drawing with light”, as the artist removes the black-ink covering on the board to reveal the white bisque underlayer. This is not the same medium that you might remember from elementary school art! Materials will be provided for a nominal fee to cover costs. Students are encouraged to bring any photographs of subjects they feel would translate well into black-and-white drawings. Please limit the photographs to roughly a 9’X 12’”format as we will be working from actual size. The instructor will provide suitable pictures as well for the students’ choice.
For more information, call 563-1507 or email info@riverartsme.org

   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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