River Tree Arts

Kids Art Classes



 2017/2018 After School Programs

River Tree Arts offers a wide range of Art classes for children in a variety of media and disciplines designed to inspire and develop an artistic vision and creative confidence. RTA’s kids programs inspire a lifelong connection to the visual arts by sparking the imagination, promoting creative problem-solving and building respect for the expression of other students.

Did you know that students can take the RSU21 buses right to RTA?

KES / SeaRoad School Bus #32
Consolidated Bus #19

WINTER Session 1
01/02/2018 – 02/16/2018




Grades K-5
Monday, 3:30-5:30pm
Instructor: Brigid Rankowski
5 weeks (1/08-2/12)
Creative Kids is an enriching after-school program grounded in the belief that children are inherently curious and learn by doing. This class will introduce the world of the arts to students in a nurturing and inspiring way that will boost fluency, comprehension, and confidence.

Materials and techniques taught will be geared towards students age level. A great art class for all abilities, experiencing all the different mediums available. 10 student maximum.
$130 (RTA member $118)
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Grades 2-5
Monday, 3:30-4:30pm
Instructor: Sam Smithwick
5 weeks (1/08-2/12)
This class is designed to rock and roll! Songs selected will range from The Beatles, Blur, Nirvana, and beyond. Students will work as a band as they focus on their favorite tunes in a productive setting. All instruments are welcome and encouraged. 8 student maximum. 8 student maximum. $70 (RTA member $65)
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Grades 4+
Tuesday, 3:30-5:30
Instructor: Alice Carroll
7 weeks (1/02-2/13)
7 weeks (01/02-02/13)
Learn to make earrings, pendants, rings and more with metals. Work with metalsmithing tools to form, shape & create your own designs. Polishing, hammering, and soldering will be the main focus of the class. Each student will learn techniques to make their very own bracelets, rings, pendants and more. * Students who have previously taken this class are encouraged to register again as projects vary with each session. 8 student maximum.
$182 (RTA members $165) + $20 materials fee
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Grades 1-5
Wednesday, 3:30-5:30
Instructor: Megan Bliss
7 weeks (1/03-2/14)
Back by popular demand, Clay Club offers young artists the opportunity to explore their creativity while experiencing everything clay! Students will experiment with a variety of hand building techniques as well as a chance on the pottery wheel. All projects will be fired in River Tree Arts kiln and students will learn basic glaze application to finish the work that they will cherish for years. 8 student maximum.
$182 (RTA members $165) + $20 materials fee
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Grades K+
Wednesday, 12:30-3:30
Join us for early release Wednesdays, the first Wednesday of every month. Students will explore a variety of different art mediums. Instructors vary. 10 student maximum per workshop.
$30 (RTA member $25)

January 10 – Creating Coloring Books
Instructor: Abbeth Russell
As a class, we will choose a theme, make our own line drawings based on this theme, and copy these drawings to make books that each student will be able to color and take home!
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February 7 – Gift making: Personalized Pins and Magnets
Instructor: Abbeth Russell
We will start off by making mini works of art on watercolor paper using a fun technique called wax resist. These works of art will be personalized based on who they are being made for. We will then turn these mini paintings into embellished magnets and wearable pins.
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February 7 – Make Your own accessories
Instructor: Abbeth Russell
Do you love to accessorize? Join us and learn to make your own personalized accessories…hair scrunches, headbands, ribbons, phone cases, bags…the list goes on. This class is designed to let the creative juices flow and students will learn how to operate a sewing machine by the end of class. Boys & Girls welcome! 8 student maximum.
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March 7 – Mural Mania
Instructor: Abbeth Russell
As a group, we will come up with our own concept through discussion and sketches, then bring it to life as a large-scale mural!
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April 4 – Collage
Instructor: Abbeth Russell
We will rip, cut, glue, and layer our way through the exciting world of collage.
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Grades K-5
Thursday, 3:30-5:30
Instructor: Meredith Radford
7 weeks (1/04-2/15)

Back by popular demand! Art Adventures is the perfect class for anyone who loves art and exploring new things! There are many different mediums that students will explore – from painting to drawing, mixed media and clay, join us for an art adventure each week and leave with new skills and a creative desire to explore more at every class. 10 student maximum.
$182 (RTA member $165)
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  • All classes are age specific and have a minimum of 4 students in order to run.
  • Registration closes 5 days prior to each class starting.
  • Classes subject to cancellation if we do not meet the 4 student minimum.

Is there a class or workshop that you wished we offered that we don’t? Are you interested in teaching a workshop at RTA? Please let us know what YOU would like to see us offer. Our mission to bring the joy and benefit to our community only works if we are meeting your needs.

Email your ideas to: info@rivertreearts.org

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