Monthly art workshops are offered for free to caregivers; workshops start up

River Gallery School faculty Cameron Schmitz shows off some artwork.

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 at 32-36 Main Street, and offers a full spectrum of art classes and workshops for people of all ages, children 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 Mondays, Thursdays, and Fridays, and teen studio-portfolio class is held on Wednesdays.  Students choose one afternoon a week to explore their innate creativity through painting, drawing, printmaking 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 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 Scholarship aid is available.  Call or email to inquire at (802) 257-1577 or


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