You can find all the art and design offerings for adults, some including young adults ages 15/16+, on this page.

River Tree Arts offers a variety of art classes and workshops for adults throughout the year. Gain fresh perspectives through a wide range of programs and resources for the novice as well as the expert.

Our instructors are marvelous and very talented. If you are interested in learning more about the faculty, please see our faculty page. By becoming a member of River Tree Arts, you will gain access to special events and also save money on each class. Read more about membership here.

Let your creativity thrive at River Tree Arts! 

SPRING CLASSES SESSION 2 begins April 2024.

For workshops click here. (Click here for all summer workshops to be held at the Nonantum Resort.)

To explore art classes and workshops just for children click here.

MONDAYS (SPRING SESSION 2)

MONDAYS, 9:00AM-11:00AM
5 weeks; April 22 – May 20, 2024 (makeup if RTA cancels a class: 6/3)

Instructor: Leah Payne

Gouache paint is an art medium that most haven’t heard of, but it’s perfect for bold, illustrative, and stylish work! This class will explore gouache painting techniques and materials to help you create works with your own artistic voice. Learn from a professional gouache illustrator all the tricks of this wonderful medium! In-class projects will help you develop the skills and confidence to continue painting after the class is over. This class is tailored towards beginner artists, but any experience (or not!) in painting is welcome.


REGISTER HERE

Members: $190 | Non-Members: $215

MONDAYS 6:00-8:00PM
5 weeks: April 22 – May 20 (makeup if RTA cancels class: 6/3) 

Instructor: Leah Payne


Join Marrick for an adult metal smiting class, “Intro to Stone Setting”. Students will learn the basics of metal smithing, torch work and stone setting in a fun group environment.  All participants will learn how to design contract and finish a piece in sterling silver or brass. No previous experience needed. Class is limited to 6 per session.

 


REGISTER HERE

Members: $190 | Non-Members: $215

TUESDAYS (spring SESSION 2)

TUESDAYS, 9:00AM-11:00AM
6 weeks; April 23 – May 28 2024 (makeup if RTA cancels a class: 6/4)

Instructor: Leah Payne


In this course, students will learn the fundamentals of sketching and drawing, providing them with a solid foundation to take their artwork to the next level. Students will focus on honing their technical skills, and will learn how to transform three dimensional objects and scenes into a two dimensional image on the page. From still lives to landscapes to portraits, this course will provide beginner artists with the knowledge they need to improve their drawing skills and continue drawing well into the future!


REGISTER HERE

Members: $225 | Non-Members: $255

WEDNESDAYS (spring SESSION 2)

WEDNESDAYS, 10:00AM-12:00PM
6 weeks; April 24 – May 29 (makeup if RTA cancels a class: 6/5)
Adults 18+

Instructor: Satsi Schimelpfenig


This sewing class will focus on introducing beginner-level techniques used to operate a sewing machine in order to create functional and also decorative products. We will go through this process to make various home decor items and/or accessories.

 


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Members: $225 | Non-Members: $255

WEDNESDAYS, 12:00-3:00PM
6 weeks; April 24 – May 29 (makeup if RTA cancels a class: 6/5)
Adults 18+

Instructor: Russel Whitten


Join Russel Whitten for a 6-week exploratory watercolor class. This class will be held outdoors if weather permits, or indoors at River Tree Arts. Most classes aim to be outside when possible. This is a great class for experienced beginners or intermediate to advanced artists looking to fine-tune their skills. Students provide their own materials. Click here for supply list. Max attendees 10.

 


REGISTER HERE

Members: $300 | Non-Members: $330

ADULT Ceramics

WEDNESDAYS, 1:00-3:00PM OR 6:00-8:00PM
6 weeks; April 24 – May 29 (makeup if RTA cancels a class: 6/5)
Adults 18+

Instructor: Hannah Medovnikov


Join ceramic artist Hannah Medovnikov for a fun and informative, hands-in-clay experience. In this class, students will be introduced to a variety of hand-building techniques to create beautiful and functional works of art inspired by everyday life. Students are encouraged to research work that inspires them in order to achieve their creative goals alongside instruction and guidance. Students will also have the chance to work on the wheel to create mugs and bowls. The last week of class will be focused on basic glaze application and all work will be fired in RTA’s kiln which will make pottery durable and functional. Max attendees 8 per session.


AFTERNOON (1:00-3:00) SESSION REGISTER HERE
EVENING (6:00-8:00) SESSION REGISTER HERE

Members: $225 | Non-Members: $255

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WORKSHOPS

 

Derby Chic: Fascinator Creation Workshop

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

Adults 18+

Instructor: Emily Bider

Step into a world of glamour and creativity at our Derby Chic Workshop, where fashion meets fun in the art of making exquisite Kentucky Derby fascinator hats! Perfect for both seasoned attendees of the iconic Churchill Downs races and those celebrating the spirit of the Derby from afar, this workshop is your gateway to making a stunning statement.

As the Kentucky Derby stands as a pinnacle of fashion as much as it does of horse racing, your attire speaks volumes. And what better way to crown your outfit than with a handcrafted fascinator, the quintessential accessory for any Derby ensemble? In this workshop, you’ll dive into the delightful process of creating your very own fascinator, under the guidance of our skilled instructor who brings both passion and expertise to the table.

We provide an array of high-quality materials and embellishments, from feathers and flowers to beads and ribbons, ensuring you have a treasure trove at your fingertips to bring your vision to life. Whether you’re drawn to the classic elegance of Derby fashion or want to push the boundaries with avant-garde designs, our workshop is the perfect playground to explore your creativity.

Here’s what our Derby Chic Workshop offers:

  • Expert Guidance: Learn step-by-step from a seasoned instructor who will support you in the creation of your masterpiece.
  • All Materials Included: Access a wide selection of materials to customize your fascinator to your heart’s content.
  • A Touch of Derby Glamour: Get inspired by the rich history and flamboyance of Kentucky Derby fashion traditions.
  • Fashion & Fun: Enjoy a lively, friendly atmosphere where creativity and style go hand in hand.

Whether you’re gearing up for a day at the races, planning a Derby-themed party, or simply looking for a unique way to express your personal style, our workshop promises an unforgettable experience. Don your creation with pride and revel in the joy of having made it yourself. Join us at the Derby Chic Workshop and let your creativity run as wild as the horses on the track!

 

REGISTER HERE

Members: $68 | Non-Members: $75

Paint nighT: Mini Landscapes in Acrylics

TUESDAY, 5:30-7:30PM
2 dates to choose from (see below)

Instructor: Instructor: Piper Castles

Come enjoy an evening of painting a mini local landscape with acrylic paint. You will learn techniques of painting with acrylics including tonal ground, under painting, glazing and color mixing. Demonstrations will be projected onto a large screen as well as students receiving personal instruction. All supplies are provided. Come relax and create! Please bring a water bottle with your beverage of choice.

Tuesday April 23: REGISTER HERE
Tuesday May 21: REGISTER HERE
Tuesday June 18: REGISTER HERE

Members: $37 | Non-Members: $42

Paint night: Botanical Watercolor Painting

TUESDAY, 5:30-7:30PM
3 dates to choose from (see below)

Instructor: Instructor: Piper Castles

We will create fresh, loose watercolor paintings inspired by nature. You will learn brush strokes and basic watercolor techniques to create beautiful art without needing to draw. Demonstrations will be projected onto a large screen 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.

Tuesday May 7: REGISTER HERE
Tuesday June 4: REGISTER HERE

Members: $37 | Non-Members: $42

NEW: 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

NEW: Wire tree workshop

SATURDAY, JUNE 29, 10:00AM-12:00PM

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 an adult closed fist sized rock 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!)

NEW: 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

NEW: 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!)

NEW: 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

 

 


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.

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


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