The New Open Gym Playgroup

Free

Open Gym is coming back to River Arts for winter 2017!

River Arts is partnering with the Lamoille Family Center to bring Open Gym drop-in classes to the community. These new classes will combine our Open Gym concept with the Lamoille Family Center's Playgroups.

Playgroups are a great way for children to have fun and meet new friends while you socialize and learn about resources that support the healthy development of your child and family. Playgroups are FREE and follow the public pre-school academic calendar, running through the end of May. All children are welcome to attend along with their parents, guardians or family, friend or neighbor caregivers. Come on out and play!

Held in the Robert C. Folley Performance Hall on the second floor of the River Arts Center

When: Mondays, from 9:30-11:00am

*Classes follow the Lamoille South Supervisory Union schedule. Cancelled if there is a Morrisville School cancellation due to weather conditions.
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BIG & Messy – ART Space!

Free

Imagine the delight of your 2-5 year old as he/she walks into a room with canvas covered walls and tables of paint, rollers, brushes and spray bottles … or, on alternating weeks, spinning child size pottery wheels ready to shape and squash clay. Around the corner? Another space set with large and tiny architecture components to build and take down.

Our BIG & Messy ART Space is a facilitated space for parent-and-child creative exploration with a focus on process, rather than product. All art stations are open-ended, and child led. It’s always drop-in, no reservations required and FREE! You may join in anytime within the scheduled window, but please try to arrive at least a half-hour before the end time.

All materials, as well as smocks for kids and adults, are provided. Please remember to wear clothes that you don’t mind getting dirty, painted, or wet. The best part?….We clean-up the mess!

Note for messy arts space: “NO SHOES in the studio PLEASE! This is to prevent our paint and clay from leaving the studio on the bottom of shoes.”

Art Facilitator: Makayla Jones

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Music and Movement – Ages 0-6 yrs

Free

Sing and swing to the beat of the music in this very special FREE drop-in program for infants to preschoolers ages 0-6!  Join us on select Tuesdays each month from 10:30-11:30am  for music, movement and FUN!  Children’s music educator and local musician, Lesley Grant, will play fun musical favorites and classics while participants dance, move, sing, explore instruments and learn basic musical elements such as rhythm and vocal dynamics.

Tuesday Dates:
  • January 24th
  • February 14th
  • March 21st
  • April 4th
  • April 25th
  • May 2nd
  • May 9th
 

Instructor: Lesley Grant

Music & Movement follows the local school district cancellation policies - if school is canceled, Music & Movement will also be canceled.

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In-School Kinder Arts Program

The River Arts’ Kinder Arts Program offers an innovative exploratory arts program for children ages 3-5. Bringing creative experimentation to preschool classrooms in our community, the program features art making through mixed media, painting, drawing, printmaking, sculpture photography and music.  The mission of the program is to build self-esteem and skills in young artists through the process of creativity. The program’s unique focus on experimentation gives young artists an opportunity to explore the materials and build on tactile experiences.

Children experience action painting, create artwork to the rhythm of music, build sculptures, create murals, and enjoy a variety of monthly art themes. Students get a first taste of art history as we study famous artists, and discover art from distant lands.  Weekly expression through sketchbook exercises/free-drawing, and group sharing builds social and emotional connections with our young students.

Instructor: Lesley Grant



Participating Schools:

Apple Tree Learning Centers, Stowe

Green Mountain Kids, Morrisville

Lamoille South Early Education, Morrisville

Puffer Child Care Center, Morrisville

Wee Explorers Preschool, Morrisville



To complete the Kinder Arts feedback form, click here.
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The Mural Project 2016

River Arts Mural 1 River Arts Announces: The Mural Project 2016 Summertime On the Lamoille Valley Rail Trail in Morrisville, VT   River Arts’ summer youth camp, The Mural Project, celebrates a fourth year of public art in Morrisville.   Thirteen campers (ages 6-12) participated in River Arts’ The Mural Project summer camp to create another vibrant mural, which can be seen on the bridge parallel to Bridge Street Morrisville - adjacent to Oxbow Park. The group was led by artist/instructor Kelly Holt and assisted by musician and artist Lesley Grant.   The group of young artists worked with exterior house paint and heavy panels of plywood to create the murals, which depict the surface of a river flowing and splashing with movement. Campers explored graffiti art techniques - using spray paint and stencils to create shapes of fish. Campers also created two indoor murals for the River Arts building Cityscape - sunset and Cityscape - night mural. River Arts Mural Project 2 River Arts’ public art project was made possible by the following sponsors: Morrisville Lumber, Country Home Center Morrisville, Aubuchon Hardware Morrisville and Stowe Hardware. The project was also supported by Tricia Follert, Community Coordinator for the Town of Morristown, and Shane Prisby, Trails Manager for the Lamoille Valley Rail Trail.
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