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Functional Pottery with Nathan Willever

Monday Evenings 5-7pm – 4 week sessions

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This class will focus on making functional pottery for everyday use on the wheel. We will start developing our skills with the cup form and move onto more challenging forms such as the bowl, pitcher and plate. We will be working with cone 5 white stoneware to make durable, food safe pots. The class is open to all experience levels. $120 members – $135 non-members

Nathan Willever makes functional pottery on a slow turning, treadle style wheel in Damariscotta, Maine. He holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Ceramics from Maine College of Art and has assisted multiple workshops at Haystack Mountain School of Crafts.


Felted Bowls (We are thinking…Christmas presents)

December 7  10-1pm       $25 member, $30 non-member


Bowls come in all sorts of sizes and shapes. In this class, we will learn how to create felted bowls using soap, water , wool and some agitation. Starting with a small bowl, we will work our way up to creation of larger bowl forms. Embellishments will then be added to decorate our newly formed bowls. You may bring any fiber scraps you might have at home to this class to use for embellishment. Such things would be beads, scraps of yarn, buttons, natural materials, etc. In addition, please bring an old towel to class and some scissors.

Materials fee: $5.00


Learning  Linocut -for  Holiday Cards,  Gift Tags, Wall Art – With Erica Qualey

Sunday, Dec. 7   1:30-4:30


This class will be exploring a technique of printmaking called a linocut. It is an ideal method for making holiday cards, gift tags, or an edition of prints to be used as wall art. It is a fun and easy process that requires minimal drawing skills and no prior experience with printmaking. Participants are welcome to bring ideas, photos, or drawings to the class and the instructor will help adapt them to a print-ready design.
Linocut is a variant of woodcut in which a sheet of linoleum is used for the relief surface. A design is drawn onto a linoleum block and then the negative space is removed to reveal the printing surface, similar to a rubber stamp. The linoleum sheet is inked with a roller called a brayer and then impressed onto paper. Several examples of linocut blocks and their prints will be provided during the class for a visual reference and to help them better understand the process.
All supplies will be provided during the class. Participants may bring their own specialty papers to use, if they wish. However, it must have a fairly smooth surface and not be so thin that the ink will bleed through. Class fee $20 members, $25 non-members  Materials fee $10

Life sculpture

Life Sculpture Studio – 4 weeks –

10am – 1 pm $80

A new 4-week session in life sculpture is starting ______ 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


Learn to paint in the language of COLOR THEORY-

Instructor – Kris Engman

8 Sessions – Saturdays 9 to 1

February 28 – April 18  2015





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

$250 members/ $275 non-members

Figure Drawing and Anatomy with Kris Engman

Tuesdays – May 5 – June 9 2015    10-4

$250 members $275  non-members



River Arts Open Studio Schedule

Open Studio Ceramics: monitors Nate and Tessa

Tues 5-7, Wed 4-6 Thurs. & 4-6

$10/hour at the Route 1 Studio

Open Studio Life Drawing: monitor Roberta Goschke

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

Life Sculpture: monitor Rachel Oakes

Thursday mornings – 4 week sessions10am – 1 pm* Good idea to call ahead – 563-1507