Classes and Open Studios – 2016

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

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Everything Clay – with Alexsondra Tomasulo

4 sessions – new time  Tuesdays  starting  Nov 8     1:30 – 4 pm  $145

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This class offers a self directed approach to understanding forms in clay.  Wheel thrown instruction or hand building techniques…the choice is yours.  Feeling adventurous? Learn to combine the two.  so whether you are looking for utilitarian or the sculptural…this class is for you.  The common thread is fun and discovery. $10 materials fee.




Felted Landscapes –  with Sandi Cirillo

Sunday, November 13    3 hours   10-1 pm  $35

Beginning Feltmaking

Sandi won’t “pull the wool over your eyes” in this art workshop. Participants will learn how to create a beautiful piece of artwork(suitable for framing) using an ancient craft process known as feltmaking. Imagine what you can create using wool, soap and water and a little agitation! This is a “hands on” workshop so come prepared for lots of felted fun. We will learn about wet and needle felting techniques in this class. Materials fee  $8


Wheel Throwing For The Absolute Beginner

Sunday, November 13,  1:00-4:00  Cost: $50. and  $10. materials fee

Class Limit 5

 This is a one day workshop. It offers an opportunity to get muddy while learning the basics of wheel throwing. There will be a brief lecture and handouts. You will learn wedging, centering and shaping. There will be demonstrations for the mug, bowl, and plate. Although final trimming will not be included. I will be happy to fire your favorite piece/pieces, with a clear glaze. making it food safe. Think positive, you may just accomplish a plate for Santa’s cookies, a mug for the seasonal hot cider, or a bowl for your hot porridge. 


Shibori silk Scarves with Sandi Cirillo

Sunday November 20 (in time for Christmas giving)

3 hours………10-1pm   $30


In this hands on workshop, participants will learn about “shibori”, the Japanese resist method of creating designs on silk using a PVC pipe. This is a unique process as we wrap our scarves around the PVC pipe and watch as our creativity takes over, spilling onto the pipe in layer after layer of color. You will also be given the opportunity to paint directly on your scarves. Each person will complete two finished scarves in this class. The science of art and the creativity of the individual unite in this workshop to produce a finished product that can be worn with pride or given as a gift. Materials fee $10

This class is a 3 hour class( from 9-noon) but participants can also stay for an additional 3 hour session(from 1- 4pm) in the afternoon which will give you more time to explore this wonderful medium of dyeing on silk fabric. If you stay for the afternoon session, the cost will be an additional $30.00……total cost for BOTH the morning and afternoon workshops will be $60.00 plus $20.00 in materials fees


Gift Giving –  Clay Ornaments    Sunday, November 20,   1 –

Cost $30.  and $10 materials fee.   Class limit 8

 Tis the season. Consider making your own keepsake ornament. Who knows, you just may want it hanging all year round. We will go over a basic method for executing ornaments as well as bells.

You will have time to explore surface design using a variety of carving techniques .

Life sculpture

Life Sculpture Studio – 4 weeks –

10am – 1 pm $80

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

Thursdays – 6 PM- 8 PM  Rachel Hamlin

Sunday  – 10-2 Rachel Hamlin

$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