Classes and Open Studios – 2019

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Japanese Shibori Silk Scarves

Instructor: Sandi Cirillo

July 20  ~  Saturday  ~  9:00-noon

Members:  $ 40 / Non-members:  $ 45 

An additional $10.00 materials fee is payable to instructor  

In this workshop, students 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 a PVC pipe and watch as our creativity takes over, spilling silk dye onto the pipe in layer after layer of color. You will also be given the opportunity to paint directly on your scarves. Each student will complete two scarves in this class.

Class is open to ages 15 and above. Bring an old towel to class and wear old clothes.

Plein Air Oil Painting Workshop – “Painting the Cove”

Instructor: Bruce Habowski

July 13  ~  Saturday  ~  9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Location: Schooner Landing (public boat launch), Damariscotta, Maine

Members:  $ 60 / Non-members:  $ 65 

This class is designed for intermediate level artists that are looking to broaden their painting skills. The workshop will offer solid instruction in the mechanics of painting plein air. Topics covered will include composition, brushwork, palette knife use, color mixing, equipment selection, gear setup, and more. Don’t worry about creating a masterpiece. The goal is to come with an open mind and explore the options that Bruce will make available to you for expressing yourself.

Bruce has been painting in oil for more than 20 years. His inspiration comes from many sources such as music, media, and books. Being a self-directed artist, Bruce’s education has consisted of reading about and studying the work of artists he admires. The styles range from Richard Diebenkorn to Robert Bechtle. By far, the most influential has been Edward Hopper.

Bruce’s award-winning work has been exhibited in many shows across the country and has been included in juried exhibitions at the Butler Institute of American Art in Youngstown, Ohio, Portland Museum of Art in Maine and at the Center for Maine Contemporary Art in Rockland. In addition, Bruce has taught several oil painting workshops and currently provides instructional painting videos on his YouTube channel, habowskistudio.

Supplies List:

Suggested Palette 

Oil Paint ( 37 ml tubes ) : Note: NO BOB ROSS OIL PAINTS— they do not mix with regular oils.

Intermediate students may bring their own selection of colors

  Titanium White                              Cadmium Red Light                                     Cadmium Yellow Medium   

   Ivory Black                         Ultramarine Blue                                                         Alizarin Crimson             

   Cobalt Blue                                    Lemon Yellow or Cadmium Yellow Light                         Burnt Sienna


Brushes :    Brush makers do not use an industry standard when sizing their brushes ( thus one company’s size 2 is different in size to another’s size 2 ). For this reason, when going into a store to buy brushes , use the actual size  width ( of the brush hairs ) listed below to get the right one.    

 Rounds                                          Flats                                                   Filberts

1/16” width                              1/4” width                                           3/8” width

1/8” width                                1/2”  width and 1″ width                   1/2” width


Palette to Paint on : 12 x 16 piece of picture glass used for framing    or….12 x 16 disposable palette paper pad   or…..any non-absorbent surface would work ( such as an old flat plate ) Note: Bring a container to transport your palette with paint on it. I use the “Masterson” sealed palette

Palette Scraper ( for people using a glass palette ) :   Called “Glass Window Scraper” at any hardware store

Palette Knife :  For mixing paint. The plastic or metal style is fine.

Brush Cleaning and  Paint Thinning : Weber Turpenoid  8 -12 oz. size and a jar with a lid to put it in         

Painting Support :   Pre – Primed Canvas Panels, Masonite, or canvas —  no larger than 11 x 14

Miscellaneous : 

Painting Easel to support canvas or panel

Bag or Box to carry all of your gear                       

Absorbent Paper Towels ( I like Bounty

Shopping bag for used paper towels                     

Old Shirt or Smock to protect your clothing

Pencils and Eraser          

Plastic Ruler                

Sketch pad                              

Trash Bags

3ft long and 1/2 inch diam. wooden dowel

A box to carry your wet painting to and from class       

Painting with Watercolor

Instructor: Erica Qualey

July 30 – Aug 2   (Tuesday  thru  Friday)

Members  $200  /  Non Members  $220

Painting with watercolor can be such a fun experience with the right tools and understanding of its nature. During this class we will focus on painting from observation and learning to embrace its qualities to help express mood and the overall feeling you want to portray. We will practice designing strong compositions, choosing good reference photos, building and layering dynamic washes, and how to bring a painting to completion. Our time will be packed full of demonstrations showing multiple approaches and techniques that can help you loosen up and have fun with your art.

This class is open to artists at all different levels of abilities and experience, however some basic painting experience would be helpful.    Participants should bring a selection of reference photos to use as inspiration during class.

Erica Qualey lives in mid-coast Maine and works as a watercolor artist and illustrator. She received her BFA from Rochester Institute of Technology. She has exhibited in Maine and New Hampshire and is represented in private collections throughout the United States and Canada. Recently, one of her paintings has been selected to be published in Splash 19, a yearly publication of watercolor paintings from North America. She has lead workshops for adults at Farnsworth Art Museum in Rockland, Haystack Mountain School of Crafts in Deere Isle, and other art associations. She has participated in visiting artist programs in public schools and runs after school art programs for K-8 kids at Skidompha Public Library in Damariscotta. See examples of her work at http://ericaqualey.weebly.com/ 


Plein Air Painting with Watercolor

Instructor: Erica Qualey

Sept 7 – 8

9am – 4pm (noon to 1pm lunch break)

Member $150 / Non Member $165

This will be an enjoyable two day workshop painting in the best studio space ever… the great outdoors!

Each day starts with a morning demonstration focusing key tips on the challenges and joys of painting on location. Students will spend the remainder of the class painting and receiving one-on-one instruction. We will end the day with an informal and voluntary critique to provide feedback and learn from each other’s successes.  

All students should have a basic familiarity with the painting medium.

Give Clay a Try

Instructor: Annette Stormont

July 16 and July 23    

Tuesdays from 1 to 3 pm

Members:  $ 100  / Non-members:  $ 110

In this two class workshop you will be shown how to make a functional vessel from clay.  It could be a box, a vase or a cup.  In the first week, we will construct the vessel. In the second week, we will glaze it.  Your ceramic piece will then be fired in an electric kiln and be ready for pick up about a week later.

This is an entry level class and will use hand building techniques only. Clay, glazes, and necessary tools will be provided by the instructor.

Annette discovered clay over 25 years ago, when she began taking pottery classes at a small art school in Minnesota. She was instantly hooked on this medium.  The many directions that clay can take the artist never cease to amaze her.  Each day provides the opportunity to try new techniques and improve existing ones.  Annette’s art work includes both functional and decorative pieces. 


Group Critique

Instructor: John Lorence

Beginning Sept 16

  • Mondays for 6 bi- weekly sessions until Nov 25

  • 1:30 to 4 pm

Members $150  /  Non-members $165

Back by popular demand!

This is an every other week forum allowing individuals to have their work reviewed constructively.  We will be considering composition, color, structure and technique.  Bring paintings, prints, drawings and / or sculpture – up to one or two pieces maximum for each meeting.

John will provide a list of words we will often use to help us navigate an individual’s work.

“We will only make references to the object you present before the group.  This is not an analysis of the individual maker.  This must be understood. The maker can agree or disagree with what is said about the maker’s work.  There can only be constructive references!!!  There can be no malice.  We all gain from what is speculated upon: we all gain from what we will participate in.  Activity neutral.  A safe place.”

Participants should bring two pieces to the first session for critique.

John Lorence is well known to the members of River Arts for his own works of painting and sculpture.  He has a broad experience of teaching, creating and exhibiting art in Maine and abroad in Europe, the Middle East and Africa.  He has had extensive studies in design, sculpture, painting and archeology at Case Western, Parsons School of Design, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge School of Design, Cranbrook Academy of Art, and Oxford University.  His broad knowledge of art, his years of instructing college level courses, as well as his own excursion into multiple mediums have given him a unique ability to conduct insightful and thought provoking critiques so that students working at all levels may benefit from participating.

DROP IN and PAINT!  Mondays!

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.

Ceramic Studio Monthly 

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

A two-hour class is 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 by the instructor.  Kiln firing may require additional nominal charges.

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

For more information, call 563-1507

or email info@riverartsme.org









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