9-Sept, Oct, November, Dec Classes 2011

Beginning Acrylics with Irene Plummer – mondays in October

Susan Bartlett Rice – 1 day workshop – Sept 23

Stone Carving weeklong workshop – Oct 2-7  dates changed

Ceramics with Liz Proffetty on Mondays – Starting Sept 12

Ceramics with Alexsondra Tomasulo on Wed. –Starting Sept 14

Altered books workshop – Oct 1 – cancelled

Tina Ingraham – 2 classes: oil painting and drawing Tuesdays –  starting October 18

Ceramics – Christmas Gifts and Ornaments

OCTOBER 13, 20, 27, & November 3

Open Studios

Susan Bartlett Rice


“An Exploration in Painting”: Open to all levels.  Beginners are encouraged to enroll

Sept 23  – One day workshop  10-4      $90 for members $125 for non-members

If you would like to learn more about painting techniques and want to develop your painting skills in oils or acrylics, this course is for you. Acrylics can also be used to establish a quick-drying underpainting for oils. There will be an emphasis in the class on investigating color and compositional strategies. Instruction will include demonstration, group exercises, individual instruction and critiques. Students will work at their own pace on their own individualized projects. All subject matter is welcomed.

INSTRUCTOR BIO: Susan Bartlett Rice paints in both oil and acrylic.  Her work has been exhibited and collected widely and she maintains a working studio in Walpole that is open to the public.  Susan holds a BA in Art History and Studio Art from the University of Vermont and has completed further studies at the Rhode Island School of Design.  Her past employers include the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, the Museum of Art at RISD as well as several galleries.

SUPPLY LIST: A supply list will be provided by the instructor

Irene Plummer


Acrylic Painting for Beginners and Intermediates

Mondays  Oct 3, 17, 24, 31      10am -1pm  $180 members $200 non-mem

Have you always wanted to paint but don’t know where to start, or think only “real artists” can? Or have you started the painting process but find yourself frustrated and could use some support to get to a more sophisticated level? This course starts at the beginning. Absolutely no drawing or painting experience is required. All that is needed is enthusiasm, curiosity and the willingness to be open to the experience of painting. Through various exercises, students will learn the basics of painting in a non-competitive atmosphere. Various techniques of using the acrylic medium will be explored as well as composition and color theory. We will work primarily from the observed world, including still-life and landscape. If you are a “true blue” beginner, this class is for you. If you are not a beginner but want to learn more, this class is for you. Students will be expected to provide their own supplies. A list will be provided and explained in the first class.

Ceramics with Liz Proffetty



Exploring Clay: Plates, Mugs Bowls 

Mondays 9am-12pm. 4 week sessions $180 members $200 nonmembers beginning Sept 12

Mondays 6-8 4 week sessions $120 members $145 non-members

We will be learning wheel -throwing and hand-building techniques to create functional and decorative ceramic items.  This class will be open to all levels of abilities from the very beginner to experienced potter.  All work can be fired with dinner-ware safe glazes.  PROFFETTY   Price of class includes 25 lbs. clay

LIZ  PROFFETTY holds a degree in ceramics from Maine College of Art and Certification for Education from Norwich University.  She has worked as a professional potter for Damariscotta Pottery for 18 years and has taught art and ceramics at Lincoln Academy, Litchfield Schools and lessons from her home studio based in Newcastle, ME.   She is passionate about clay and teaching and enjoys combining her years of experiences working with clay with helping her students find personal success in their art-making.  Her work has sold in various stores and galleries throughout Maine.


Ceramics with Alexsondra Tomasulo

of Mud of the Ages


4 Wednesday mornings  11:00-1:00 beginning Sept 14 – with ong0ing 4 week sessions  $120 members $145 for non-members *times & cost changed

4 Wednesday evenings beginning Sept 14th   6-8 with ongoing 4 week sessions   $120 members $145 for non-members  *times & cost changed

Finding Your Way With Clay

If you enjoy process work, while learning a new medium, this is just right for you. I will take you through the various hand building techniques as well as wheel throwing procedures. You are free to choose the method that most speaks to you.

If you like letting an experience unfold and allowing it to take you on its own journey, then sign up for an introductory class. Wednesday evenings 6-9:00 First class, September 14 and every Wednesday thereafter. One time only intro class: $25.

Christmas Gifts and Ornaments

                                              OCTOBER 13, 20, 27, & November 3

Why not give a keepsake in clay?

Whether to be hung on the tree,or placed on the mantle,

it will certainly be treasured in someone’s heart.

From ornaments to figurines, from santa’s to nativities-

This handbuilding class is designed for the beginner as well as the advanced.

Thursday mornings 10:00-12:00       Thursday evenings 6:00-8:00

members:$120            non-members: $145

Price includes 25 lbs. clay


OPEN STUDIO Thursday 12:00-2:00 / $20

                                Must call in advance to sign up /  380-1902

ALEXSONDRA TOMASULO holds a double major in fine arts, both in Ceramics and Life Drawing. Working in clay for over 25 years, she weaves her love of philosophy and spirituality into her varied sculptures and vessels. Her work is demonstrative of allowing the medium to gain understanding of self.  Her work has been in galleries in Michigan, New York, New Jersey and Maine.  She moved to Maine almost 16 years ago, where she opened her studio, Mud of the Ages.

Altered Books workshop

scheduled for Oct 1 has been cancelled




Stone Carving Workshop

October 2-6  10-2pm    $300
for:  beginners, or practiced hands.

This popular workshop has been passed down from master carver Constantine Seferlis to his son Andy, a stone carver who has been involved with ongoing exterior restoration work of the Smithsonian’s “Castle” in Washington, D.C. for over 15 years. Students will learn about different types of stones and what medium is best for them based on their intended design or sketch; bring your own tools or make use of those provided by the instructor. All skill levels are encouraged to register, from those who have never picked up a hammer and chisel to those with pieces already roughed out and ready for completion.  Power  tools and pneumatic tools will be employed as well.

It is recommended to bring safety glasses, a dust mask, gloves, and whatever tools you have: hammer, chisels, grinders, etc. This workshop has produced many beautiful works in limestone, marble, granite, and even alabaster.  Please specify if you will be bringing your own stone or if one needs to be provided.

Addictive, tiring and satisfying.
Relaxed and comfortable environment.  You will enjoy it!


Tina Ingraham


It’s On the Pallette -Oils – Oct 18-Dec 20

9:30am-12:30pm  – class limit 6 – $550 mem. $575  n/mem

This class progresses beyond It’s on the Palette ™ 2010 and is designed for
intermediate oil painters. While using various limited palettes of color,
students will learn how to mix desired tones to achieve goal-oriented
exercises and also be encouraged to resolve approximately one still life
painting per class. Composition, surface interest, and color harmony will be
stressed. Students will be encouraged to experiment with various surfaces.
Indirect painting will also be introduced.

Tina Ingraham, a Maine-based figurative painter, travels internationally while painting portrait commissions, exhibiting her paintings, and researching master works. Having taught in academic settings, including Maine College of Art, Bowdoin College, and International School of Painting Drawing and Sculpture, Tina Ingraham conducts workshops and mentors artists using color theory as a teaching premise. A fellowship from The John Simon Guggenheim Foundation and a grant from The Pollock-Krasner Foundation were awarded to Ms. Ingraham for her painting and research in Italy from 1999-2002. She exhibits at Somerville Manning Gallery  somervillemanning.com in Wilmington, DE, and Morpeth Contemporary  ruthmorpeth.com in Hopewell, NJ.   www.tinaingraham.com


Tina Ingraham


Working  from Drawing to Painting – Oct 18-Dec 20 1:30-4:30
$550 members $575 n/members

While working on paper with various mediums: pencil,
charcoal, brush and ink, students will be introduced to various
drawing exercises to learn the process of resolving a
composition on paper. The course is designed for artists of
various experience levels to hone their drawing skills.
Particular emphasis will be placed on pointing class
participants to seeing for painting. If you have never painted or
are just beginning, you will find this course a helpful
introduction to painting in water or oil-based mediums. If you
have been painting for a number of years, your observation
skills will be heightened. Various drawing approaches will be
reviewed: line, gestural, value, tangential and relational
drawing while working with still life and interior subject
matter. The figure may be introduced. Suggested level:
Beginner to Intermediate.



to register for classes print out registration form

or call River Arts 207-563-1507

Ongoing Open Studio Schedule

Open Studio Ceramics

Mondays 12-2  $20 at the Route 1 Studio

Open Studio Life Drawing: monitor Roberta Goschke

Ongoing Wednesday evening 6 – 9 pm

$15 m/$20 n/m Coffin House

Life Sculpture

Friday   mornings 9:30-12:30 $20m $25 n/m

River Arts Route 1 Studio

Life Sculpture

– Tuesday evenings 6-9pm

$20m/$25 n/m  River Arts Route 1 Studio

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