Art Classes for all: A new semester begins


BRATTLEBORO — Forty-two years ago, River Gallery School opened its doors for the first time to a small group of children interested in making art. Today, the school operates year-round and offers a full spectrum of art classes and workshops for people of all ages, kids to seniors, absolute beginners to working artists. RGS begins its January and winter/spring semesters of art making in 2019 and is enrolling now.

Children's After-School Studio Art classes run Monday, Thursday, and Friday and Teen Studio/Portfolio class is held on Wednesday. Students choose one afternoon a week to explore their innate creativity through painting, drawing, printmaking, and/or sculpting in a nurturing atmosphere. Instruction is one-on-one, as in all RGS classes, and a wide range of materials are available for inspiration.

Adult Studio Art class offers a studio atmosphere with dialogue-based instruction from working artists. Student/artists develop their own projects with individual process, skill building, creativity, and expression as the focus. Teachers include Lydia Thomson, Lauren Watrous, and Helen Schmidt; they employ a variety of media and techniques as appropriate to each student. The Sequencing approach to painting, developed at RGS, is often used with new students as an introduction to the class. Adult Studio meets weekly for 12 weeks, with morning, afternoon, and evening options, and is appropriate for all levels, from beginners on.

Beyond studio, there are various classes and workshops in printmaking techniques, drawing, watercolor and gouache, encaustics, sculpture, and abstract painting.

Workshops offer an invitation to explore all manner of art making possibilities: Chinese brush painting, contemporary embroidery, mosaics, sequencing, drawing, classical portraiture, gourd lamps, folk figures and houses, Xerox transfers, screen printing, and glass beadmaking.

Through a grant from the Thomas Thompson Trust, there will be monthly art workshops offered at no charge to caregivers, those who spend so much time and energy caring for those in need. More information on all classes and workshops is available at and is updated often as offerings are subject to change.

River Gallery School, a non-profit educational organization, is located at 32-36 Main St. It offers an in-depth visual arts program for young people and adults, and is based on the belief that each person has artistic and creative capacities which, when nurtured, will find valuable expression. Make this the year to explore your own innate creativity in a fun, supportive and accessible atmosphere. Scholarship aid is available; call or email to inquire. 802-257-1577



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