All creative classes and workshops available for registration can be found on this page. You can either use the quick links below to jump to the category that interests you, or explore the other pages under our “Classes & Workshops” tab in the main menu.

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Summer Camps for Kids
Summer Classes for Adults
Workshops for Adults
Workshops at the Nonantum Resort


SUMMER CAMPS FOR KIDS

JULY 16-18

Dance Camp

9:00-11:00AM
TUESDAY-THURSDAY, JULY 16-18 (3 days)
Grades K-2

Instructor: Abby Nolette

In this camp, we’ll have fun exploring different styles of dance. We’ll have a different themed class every day that includes arts, crafts, games, and lots of dance fun!

Max attendees:8


REGISTER HERE

Members: $100 | Non-Members: $110 (all supplies included)

JULY 24

Creative movement

9:00-9:45AM
WEDNESDAY JULY 24 (one-day)
Ages 2-4

Instructor: Miss Abby

Creative Movement is a fun way for little ones to explore movement through music, dance, and storytelling. During a creative movement workshop, children can simultaneously develop motor skills, rhythmic awareness, coordination, and balance in a fun and safe environment.

Max attendees:6


REGISTER HERE

Members: $18 | Non-Members: $20 (all supplies included)

JULY 22-26

SUMMER PAINTING 

9:00AM-12:00PM
MONDAY-FRIDAY, JULY 22-26 (5 days)
Grades K-2

Instructor: Leah Payne 

In this camp, children will learn painting techniques to help them feel successful with a brush in their hands. Artists will explore color and shape to help them discover their individual artistic styles. Explore color mixing, creating texture, as well as choosing materials. Students will work on various surfaces including canvases, rocks, and traditional paper. Please wear clothes that look good with paint on them.

Max attendees: 8


REGISTER HERE

Members: $235 | Non-Members: $260 (all supplies included)


EXPLORE THE ARTS Camp 

9:00AM-3:00PM—FULL DAY
MONDAY-FRIDAY, JULY 22-26 (5 days)
Grades 2-5

Instructors: Satsi Schimelpfenig, Leah Payne, and Abby Nolette

Want to try different kinds of art? Join us for “Explore the Arts camp” where students will experience a variety of art in an all-in-one camp. From ceramics, to painting and drawing as well as dancing and fun movement games, students will get to experience a wide variety of different art mediums in a fun, engaging and creative way!

 

This is a full-day, week-long camp:

  • 9:00-11:30AM: Ceramics w/ Satsi (includes snack break)
  • 11:30AM-12:30PM Dance/Movement w/ Abby
  • 12:30-1:00PM Lunch Break
  • 1:00-3:00PM Art w/Leah

Students provide their own snacks AND lunch (RTA is a NUT-FREE facility)

Students will not spend time outside / off premises. 

Max attendees: 10

 


REGISTER HERE

Members: $525 | Non-Members: $580 (all supplies included)


WORLD OF WONDER

10:00AM-12:00PM
MONDAY-FRIDAY, JULY 22-26 (5 days)
Grades PreK – 2 (ages 4-7)

Instructor: Barbara Fraser 

Around the continents we go- with music/movement, art, and theater- all rolled into one literacy-based, fun, creative whirlwind. From the magic of Celtic music, harp, recorders, unicorns and dragons, fairies and sorcerers, to the wild animal fables and drums of Africa, to the bells, yoga, and origami of Asia, the class will decide how long to stay, and where we want to dive into next.

Max attendees: 8


REGISTER HERE

Members: $165 | Non-Members: $180 (all supplies included)

JULY 29-AUGUST 2

Character Creation and Worldbuilding

9:00AM-12:00PM
MONDAY-FRIDAY, JULY 29-AUGUST 2 (5 days)
Grades 6+

Instructor: Leah Payne

In this drawing camp, students will learn the fundamentals of character design, such as: drawing faces and figures, how to stretch proportions to create compelling characters, expressions, and poses, and how to put their original characters into a scene for story telling. Students will get to create their own characters and settings, and put the two together into a final illustration that tells a compelling story!

Max attendees: 10


REGISTER HERE

Members: $235 | Non-Members: $260 (all supplies included)


SUMMER PAINTING 

1:00-4:00PM
MONDAY-FRIDAY, JULY 29-AUGUST 2 (5 days)
Grades 2-5

Instructor: Leah Payne

In this camp, children will learn painting techniques to help them feel successful with a brush in their hands. Artists will explore color and shape to help them discover their individual artistic styles. Explore color mixing, creating texture, as well as choosing materials. Students will work on various surfaces including canvases, rocks, and traditional paper. Please wear clothes that look good with paint on them!

Max attendees: 10


REGISTER HERE

Members: $235 | Non-Members: $260 (all supplies included)

JULY 30-AUGUST 1

DANCE CAMP

9:00-11:00AM
TUESDAY-THURSDAY, JULY 30-AUGUST 1 (3 days)
Grades 3-5

Instructor: Abby Nolette

In this camp, we’ll have fun exploring different styles of dance. We’ll have a different themed class every day that includes arts, crafts, games, and lots of dance fun!

Max attendees: 8


REGISTER HERE

Members: $100 | Non-Members: $110 (all supplies included)

AUGUST 5-9

DRAWING CLUB

9:00AM-12:00PM
MONDAY-FRIDAY, AUGUST 5-9 (5 days)
Grades 6-8

Instructor: Leah Payne

In this camp, junior illustrators will bring their skills to the next level. We will experiment with many fun drawing games and exercises to spark creativity. Scribble drawing, sketching, character drawing, still life and more! Students will use what they learn from these activities to create their own collection of work. The instructor will guide students to make works of art to be proud of using a variety of techniques and media.

Max attendees: 10


REGISTER HERE

Members: $235 | Non-Members: $260 (all supplies included)


EXPLORE THE ARTS Camp 

9:00AM-3:00PM—FULL DAY
MONDAY-FRIDAY, AUGUST 5-9 (5 days)
Grades 2-5

Instructors: Satsi Schimelpfenig, Leah Payne, and Abby Nolette

Want to try different kinds of art? Join us for “Explore the Arts camp” where students will experience a variety of art in an all-in-one camp. From ceramics, to painting and drawing as well as dancing and fun movement games, students will get to experience a wide variety of different art mediums in a fun, engaging and creative way!

 

This is a full-day, week-long camp:

  • 9:00-11:30AM: Ceramics w/ Satsi (includes snack break)
  • 11:30AM-12:30PM Dance/Movement w/ Abby
  • 12:30-1:00PM Lunch Break
  • 1:00-3:00PM Art w/Leah

Students provide their own snacks AND lunch (RTA is a NUT-FREE facility)

Students will not spend time outside / off premises. 

Max attendees: 10

 


REGISTER HERE

Members: $525 | Non-Members: $580 (all supplies included)


Music Movement Magic

10:00AM-12:00PM
MONDAY-FRIDAY, AUGUST 5-9 (5 days)
Ages 4-7 (PreK-2)

Instructor: Barbara Fraser

A whirlwind of fun! Introducing young people to the world of music through storytelling, with all the different families of instruments; learning the basic core concepts of music with the power of creative games, improvisation, movement, and stories.  Great preparation for further study in hand drums, winds, strings, percussion, conducting, voice, and keyboard.

Max attendees: 8

 


REGISTER HERE

Members: $165 | Non-Members: $180 (all supplies included)

AUGUST 7

Creative movement

9:00-9:45AM
WEDNESDAY AUGUST 7 (one-day)
Ages 2-4

Instructor: Miss Abby

Creative Movement is a fun way for little ones to explore movement through music, dance, and storytelling. During a creative movement workshop, children can simultaneously develop motor skills, rhythmic awareness, coordination, and balance in a fun and safe environment.

Max attendees:6


REGISTER HERE

Members: $18 | Non-Members: $20 (all supplies included)

AUGUST 12-16

Drawing club

9:00AM-12:00PM
AUGUST 12-16 (5 days)
Grades 2-5

Instructor: Leah Payne

In this camp, junior illustrators will bring their skills to the next level. We will experiment with many fun drawing games and exercises to spark creativity. Scribble drawing, sketching, character drawing, still life and more! Students will use what they learn from these activities to create their own collection of work. The instructor will guide students to make works of art to be proud of using a variety of techniques and media.

Max attendees: 10


REGISTER HERE

Members: $235 | Non-Members: $260 (all supplies included)


SUMMER PAINTING

1:00-4:00PM
AUGUST 12-16 (5 days)
Grades 6+

Instructor: Leah Payne

In this camp, children will learn painting techniques to help them feel successful with a brush in their hands. Artists will explore color and shape to help them discover their individual artistic styles. Explore color mixing, creating texture, as well as choosing materials. Students will work on various surfaces including canvases, rocks, and traditional paper. Please wear clothes that look good with paint on them!

Max attendees: 10


REGISTER HERE

Members: $235 | Non-Members: $260 (all supplies included)

AUGUST 12-14

DANCE CAMP

9:00AM-11:00AM
AUGUST 12-14 (3 days)
Grades K-2

Instructor: Abby Nolette

In this camp, we’ll have fun exploring different styles of dance. We’ll have a different themed class every day that includes arts, crafts, games, and lots of dance fun!

Max attendees: 8


REGISTER HERE

Members: $100 | Non-Members: $110 (all supplies included)

AUGUST 16

Metalsmithing Workshop: Learn to make a ring

9:00AM-12:00PM
AUGUST 16th (one-day workshop)
Grades 7+

Instructor: Marrick Auger

This is a beginner workshop where we will be making rings. We will learn the basic techniques by using most of the tools in the studio. We will learn how to add texture to a piece, we will use the torch to solder pieces and we will learn how to clean and polish a piece. Each participant will go home with a finished product.

Max attendees: 6


REGISTER HERE

Members: $95 | Non-Members: $105 (all supplies included)

AUGUST 19-23

SUMMER PAINTING

9:00AM-12:00PM
MONDAY-FRIDAY, AUGUST 19-23 (5 days)
Grades K-2

Instructor: Leah Payne

In this camp, children will learn painting techniques to help them feel successful with a brush in their hands. Artists will explore color and shape to help them discover their individual artistic styles. Explore color mixing, creating texture, as well as choosing materials. Students will work on various surfaces including canvases, rocks, and traditional paper. Please wear clothes that look good with paint on them!

Max attendees: 8


REGISTER HERE

Members: $235 | Non-Members: $260 (all supplies included)


Act Out Theater Camp

10:00AM-12:00PM
MONDAY-FRIDAY, AUGUST 19-23 (5 days)
Grades 3-8

Instructor: Barbara Fraser

In this camp, children will design their own (make believe) comedy improv weekly one-hour TV show. This would involve theme music, designing the set, improvisation games, planning segments for the show, regular guests and characters, music, and dance acts. All kinds of talent are welcome.

Max attendees: 8


REGISTER HERE

Members: $165 | Non-Members: $180 (all supplies included)


SUMMER PAINTING

1:00-4:00PM
MONDAY-FRIDAY, AUGUST 19-23 (5 days)
Grades 2-5

Instructor: Leah Payne

In this camp, children will learn painting techniques to help them feel successful with a brush in their hands. Artists will explore color and shape to help them discover their individual artistic styles. Explore color mixing, creating texture, as well as choosing materials. Students will work on various surfaces including canvases, rocks, and traditional paper. Please wear clothes that look good with paint on them!

Max attendees: 10


REGISTER HERE

Members: $235 | Non-Members: $260 (all supplies included)

AUGUST 26-30

Fantasy, Myths and Magic Worlds

9:00AM-3:00PM

MONDAY-FRIDAY, AUGUST 26-30 (5 days)
Grades 2-5

Instructors:

  • Leah Payne (Art) ; morning session 9-11:30am ; Monday-Friday
  • Emily Bider (Art/Accessories) ; afternoon session 12-3pm ; Tuesday & Thursday
  • Barbara Fraser (Theater/Music) ; afternoon session 12-3pm ; Monday, Wednesday, Friday 

Embark on a fantastical journey into the realms of imagination with our Fantasy, Mythical and Magical Camp. Throughout the week, campers will unleash their creativity with paintings of imaginary worlds, drawings of fantasy characters, and sculptures of magical creatures. Participants will also make their own theatrical jewelry and accessories inspired by the enchanting elements of fantasy. The group will work together on a Mythical Gods & Goddess fable incorporating the set, accessories, music, and costumes designed throughout the week. Don’t miss this opportunity to unleash your child’s imagination and creativity in a world of fantasy, myths and magic and join us for an unforgettable week of exploration, creation, and theatrical adventure!


REGISTER HERE

Members: $525 | Non-Members: $580 (all supplies included)

 


SUMMER CLASSES FOR ADULTS

 


WORKSHOPS FOR ADULTS

Paint night: Botanical Acrylic Painting

TUESDAY, JULY 23 5:30-7:30pm

 

Instructor: Marguerite Genest

We will create fresh,floral paintings inspired by nature. You will learn brush strokes and basic acrylic techniques to create beautiful art without needing to draw. Demonstrations will be in progress as well as students receiving personal instruction. This class is for beginners. All materials are provided. Come relax and create! Please bring a water bottle with your beverage of choice.

REGISTER HERE

Members: $37 | Non-Members: $42

Paint AND SIP

THURSDAY, JUNE 20 6:00-8:00PM

Instructor: Marguerite Genest

Enjoy an evening of painting and socializing with friends, while sipping wine and savoring the long awaited Summer season in the Kennebunks!

Channel your inner Picasso as we paint a lovely scene from one of our breathtaking beaches. Local artist Marguerite Genest will guide you through the step by step process of developing your composition, colors and technique, using acrylic paints on a stretched 9 x 12” canvas which will be a keepsake as you create memories of your Summer in the Kennebunks.

Glasses of wine and mini snacks available for donation. Thank you to our Paint & Sip Sponsors.

REGISTER HERE

Members: $36 | Non-Members: $40

PLEIN AIR PAINTING WORKSHOP AT FRINKLEPOD FARM

THURSDAY, August 1, 4:00-6:00PM

Location: Frinklepod Farm, 244 Log Cabin Road, Arundel, ME

Adults 15+

Instructor: Marguerite Genest

Join in for a captivating plein painting workshop at the picturesque Frinklepod Farm in Arundel, led by the talented Marguerite Genest from River Tree Arts. This workshop offers a unique opportunity to immerse yourself in the natural beauty of an organic farm, capturing the essence of the landscape through your own artistic lens.


Painting materials provided, please bring a comfortable outdoor chair, beach towel, Sun protection (hat, sunscreen, etc.) and Water Bottle. Layers of clothing for varying weather conditions.

Organic Refreshments Available for Purchase: Enjoy the fresh flavors of Frinklepod Farm with organic snacks and beverages in their farm store.

 

Thursday, August 1 (rain date August 2): REGISTER HERE

Members: $40 | Non-Members: $45 

Paint AND SIP

FRIDAY, JULY 19 6:00-8:00PM

Instructor: Marguerite Genest

Enjoy an evening of painting and socializing with friends, while sipping wine and savoring the long awaited Summer season in the Kennebunks!

Channel your inner Picasso as we paint a lovely scene from one of our breathtaking beaches. Local artist Marguerite Genest will guide you through the step by step process of developing your composition, colors and technique, using acrylic paints on a stretched 9 x 12” canvas which will be a keepsake as you create memories of your Summer in the Kennebunks.

Glasses of wine and mini snacks available for donation. Thank you to our Paint & Sip Sponsors.

REGISTER HERE

Members: $36 | Non-Members: $40

KOKEDAMA MOSS BALL

FRIDAY, JULY 26 6:00-8:00PM

Adults 15+

Instructor: Marrick Auger

Learn the art of creating a Japanese-style Moss Ball. Hands-on, messy, and absolutely beautiful! We’ll create these living works of art together and go over care instructions. Afterward, you’ll have your own beautiful kokedama you can hang or keep in a container.

 

REGISTER HERE

Members: $72 | Non-Members: $80 ( (Includes all materials including plant for your Kokedama)

Wire tree workshop

SATURDAY, JULY 27, 4:00-6:00PM

Instructor: Ryan Kelly

Join award winning wire artist Ryan Kelly for a wire tree workshop at River Tree Arts. Ryan will teach you how to create a wire tree in any style you want on a rock, similar in size to the closed fist of an adult, you provide during this two hour class!

 

REGISTER HERE

Members: $70 | Non-Members: $75 (Prices includes all of the tools and materials needed for you to create your own wire tree sculpture!)

FLARED TEXTURED RING

MONDAY, AUGUST 5, 6:00-8:00PM

Adults 15+

Instructor: Marrick Auger

Have you ever wanted to make your own jewelry? Learn the different techniques of texturing metal, how to size a ring, solder with a touch and polishing. Everyone will make their very own unique ring out of sterling or brass and take home a finished piece of jewelry.

 

 

 

REGISTER HERE

Members: $77 | Non-Members: $85 ( (Includes all materials)

CUTTING GARDEN FLOWER ARRANGEMENTS WITH FLORA FROM FRINKLEPOD FARM

FRIDAY, AUGUST 9, 6:00-8:00PM

Adults 15+

Instructor: Flora Brown

Join Flora Brown, co-owner and farmer-florist of Frinklepod Farm, for an immersive, hands-on guide to creating stunning floral arrangements from the comfort of your home. In this engaging workshop, Flora will share her extensive knowledge and passion for gardening to help you transform your cutting garden flowers into beautiful, professional-quality arrangements.


Materials included: Vase and flowers from Frinklepod Farm. We invite you to also bring flowers and your own vase if you would like to experiment further!

 

REGISTER HERE

Members: $85 | Non-Members: $95 

Paint AND SIP

SATURDAY, AUGUST 10 3:00-5:00PM

Instructor: Marguerite Genest

Enjoy an evening of painting and socializing with friends, while sipping wine and savoring the long awaited Summer season in the Kennebunks!

Channel your inner Picasso as we paint a lovely scene from one of our breathtaking beaches. Local artist Marguerite Genest will guide you through the step by step process of developing your composition, colors and technique, using acrylic paints on a stretched 9 x 12” canvas which will be a keepsake as you create memories of your Summer in the Kennebunks.

Glasses of wine and mini snacks available for donation. Thank you to our Paint & Sip Sponsors.

REGISTER HERE

Members: $36 | Non-Members: $40

Nonantum Resort Workshop Info:

  • River Tree Arts Instructor: Castine Mathews

  • 6 workshop days between June – August

  • KIDS workshops = $30.00 per person ; ADULT workshops $45.00 per person (all supplies included)

  • All workshops held on TUESDAYS

 

WATERCOLOR EXPLORATIONS (KIDS and teens)

TUESDAY JULY 23, 2:30-3:30PM

Ages 5-16

Location: The Nonantum Resort, 95 Ocean Ave, Kennebunkport, Maine 

Located at the beautiful Nonantum Resort, this fun workshop is a great way for kids to stay creative this summer! Children will explore watercolor painting and learn simple techniques to create their own pieces of art. Led by local artist Castine Mathews, this outdoor workshop is great for all levels of experience. In the event of rain, the workshop will be held indoors.

 

REGISTER HERE

WATERCOLOR EXPLORATIONS (ADULTS)

TUESDAY JULY 23, 4:00-6:00PM

Adults ages 18+

Location: The Nonantum Resort, 95 Ocean Ave, Kennebunkport, Maine 

Located at the beautiful Nonantum Resort, this fun workshop is a great way to relax and stay creative this summer! Participants will explore watercolor painting and learn simple techniques to create their own pieces of art. Led by local artist Castine Mathews, this outdoor workshop is great for all levels of experience. In the event of rain, the workshop will be held indoors.

 

REGISTER HERE

LIGHTHOUSE PRINTMAKING (KIDS and teens)

TUESDAY JULY 30, 2:30-3:30PM

Ages 5-16

Location: The Nonantum Resort, 95 Ocean Ave, Kennebunkport, Maine 

Located at the beautiful Nonantum Resort, this fun summer workshop is a great way to keep kids creative this summer! Children will learn a new printmaking technique in order to create their own unique prints of one of Maine’s iconic symbols – lighthouses! Led by local artist Castine Mathews, this outdoor workshop is great for all levels of experience. In the event of rain, the workshop will be held indoors.

 

REGISTER HERE

POSTCARD PRINTMAKING (ADULTS)

TUESDAY JULY 30, 4:00-6:00PM

Adults ages 18+

Location: The Nonantum Resort, 95 Ocean Ave, Kennebunkport, Maine 

Located at the beautiful Nonantum Resort, this fun workshop is a great way to relax and stay creative this summer! Participants will learn linocut printmaking techniques to create their own piece of art that can be replicated and sent as postcards. We will be learning alongside one another, appreciating our beautiful surroundings, and making memories. Led by local artist Castine Mathews, this outdoor workshop is great for all levels of experience. In the event of rain, the workshop will be held indoors.

 

REGISTER HERE

SEAGLASS ART (KIDS and teens)

TUESDAY AUGUST 6, 2:30-3:30PM

Ages 5-16

Location: The Nonantum Resort, 95 Ocean Ave, Kennebunkport, Maine 

Located at the beautiful Nonantum Resort, this fun summer workshop is a great way to keep kids creative this summer! Children will use sea glass to create unique and framable pieces of art. They will choose from various animals and shapes and make a creation of their own. Led by local artist Castine Mathews, this outdoor workshop is great for all levels of experience. In the event of rain, the workshop will be held indoors.

 

REGISTER HERE

SEAGLASS WINDCHIMES (ADULTS)

TUESDAY AUGUST 6, 4:00-6:00PM

Adults ages 18+

Location: The Nonantum Resort, 95 Ocean Ave, Kennebunkport, Maine 

Located at the beautiful Nonantum Resort, this workshop is a great way to relax and stay creative this summer! Participants will use driftwood and sea glass to create a whimsical beach-inspired mobile. Led by local artist Castine Mathews, this outdoor workshop is great for all levels of experience. In the event of rain, the workshop will be held indoors.

 

REGISTER HERE

WATERCOLOR EXPLORATIONS (KIDS and teens)

TUESDAY AUGUST 13, 2:30-3:30PM

Ages 5-16

Location: The Nonantum Resort, 95 Ocean Ave, Kennebunkport, Maine 

Located at the beautiful Nonantum Resort, this fun workshop is a great way for kids to stay creative this summer! Children will explore watercolor painting and learn simple techniques to create their own pieces of art. Led by local artist Castine Mathews, this outdoor workshop is great for all levels of experience. In the event of rain, the workshop will be held indoors.

 

REGISTER HERE

WATERCOLOR EXPLORATIONS (ADULTS)

TUESDAY AUGUST 13, 4:00-6:00PM

Adults ages 18+

Location: The Nonantum Resort, 95 Ocean Ave, Kennebunkport, Maine 

Located at the beautiful Nonantum Resort, this fun workshop is a great way to relax and stay creative this summer! Participants will explore watercolor painting and learn simple techniques to create their own pieces of art. Led by local artist Castine Mathews, this outdoor workshop is great for all levels of experience. In the event of rain, the workshop will be held indoors.

 

REGISTER HERE


In the event of rain during a scheduled outdoor workshop the session will be held indoors.

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PLEASE BE ADVISED:

  • Don’t dress in your best attire for art classes; art can get messy!
  • Please read all of River Tree Arts’ Policies and Procedures before registering for any event.
  • In the case that a class is canceled due to weather and a student cannot attend the rain-date, refunds will not be issued.
  • Pre-registration is required for all kids camps. 
  • Kids camps must have a minimum of 4 attendees in order to run. Camps are subject to cancellation due to low enrollment so don’t delay and register today! 
  • All campers need to have a completed consent form online before the first day of camp: RTA Consent Form
  • If there are any allergies or serious medical information that we need to be aware of before your child attends art camp, kindly ensure that you provide this information as early as possible so that we can make the necessary arrangements.  
  • No early drop off or late picks up can be accommodated. Students are asked to stick to camp times.
  • Doors for morning kids camps will open no earlier than 8:55am. 
  • Be sure to pack a snack and drink for each day of camp. Creativity makes campers hungry! PLEASE BE ADVISED RTA is a NUT-FREE facility. 
  • If your child is enrolled in back to back camps, they must be picked up after the first camp and then dropped off for the afternoon session. RTA is not able to provide care between camps. 

PROGRAMS ARE SUBJECT TO CANCELATION DUE TO LOW NUMBERS, SO DON’T DELAY; REGISTER TODAY!