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   Oct 4 – 25     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.


Gouache Painting with Julie Babb – 4 Thursdays  Sept 22 – Oct 13   10-12

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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.



A THREE WEEK WORK SHOP FOR ADULTS  – Thursdays Oct 20, 23, Nov  3    10 am 12


This program is designed for adults who have never worked with clay, but would like to give it try.  We will use basic hand building techniques to demonstrate how functional and decorative objects may be formed from clay.


Pastel Weekend Workshop with Jacob Aguiar – October 22 & 23 – 9am – 4pm   $210

Workshop Title:  From Concept to Completion: Successful Landscape Painting in Pastels


Have you just started painting in pastels and want to expedite your learning, or are you an experienced pastelist looking to change things up in a friendly but challenging environment?  In this workshop, Jacob Aguiar will guide you through his process of creating pastel landscape paintings en plein air and in the studio.  Focusing on the foundations of successful representational art, including composition, values, color, and drawing; and including specific exercises such as creating notans, small color studies, and underpainting techniques, Jacob will take you through the process of producing landscape paintings in pastel.  Each day will include at least one demo, followed by ample time for students to paint with assistance from Jacob at their easels.

Jacob Aguiar is a nationally recognized pastel artist living in Scarborough, ME with his wife Laura and Bernese Mountain Dog Bernie.  He splits his time between painting inspiring landscapes and practicing naturopathic medicine in Portsmouth, NH.  He has won several pastel awards including two honorable mentions in both the 2015 and 2016 Pastel 100 competitions.  A signature member of the Pastel Society of America, he is currently teaching regular classes in Westbrook, ME and Jackson, NH, as well as workshops throughout the country. You can visit his website at or find him on Facebook for more information regarding classes and workshops and to view his artwork.”

Class size limited.  Ask for supplies list. (


Learn to paint in the language of COLOR THEORY-

with Kris Engman 8 Sessions –  for level I & II

Saturdays 9 to 1 (level I) 11-3 (Continuing Students)  Sept 24 – Nov 12

$250 members  $275 non-members





Instructor: Kris Engman. Kerstin Engman exhibits at the Arden Gallery, Boston, and the Courthouse Gallery, Ellsworth, among other venues. She received her MFA from University of Pennsylvania, where she studied with Neil Welliver, and her BFA from Maine College of Art, with additional study at Rhode Island School of Design. Engman brings a rich and broad career in painting, drawing, sculpture and digital media to the instructor’s role. In her work she explores varied visions, media, materials and genres. In 1997 she became founder and director of Project Kalocsa, a cultural exchange between Hungary and the USA. She has also worked in arts education in Maine schools and in several New England colleges, including Maine College of Art, and is presently on the faculty of University of Maine. >

All are Welcome


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


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



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