Art and Music Week Monday Afternoon August 4 - Sunday August 10
This intergenerational camp, now in its 25th year, provides the opportunity to explore your creative side through expert leadership in a variety of mediums: pottery, watercolor and mixed media, creative writing, music and drama for youth (8 years and up) Younger children will be introduced to nature-based crafts and have the opportunity of two afternoon sessions at the pottery studio and/or watercolor. In addition there will be opportunities for adults to receive guidance in the writing of poetry and memoir, make music and/or glaze a pot. Evenings will be given over to campfires, group singing, brown bag dramatics, star-gazing. Program begins Monday afternoon, ends Sunday lunch. 5% discount on all for reservations by June 4. 5% Discount on one guest cost if guests bring new friends! 5% Discount on whole reservation for first time guests! 5% discount for second adult in family unit
“Raku Pottery”Joel Bennett, assisted by Michael Hofmann
Joel has been a ceramic artist for over 38 years. A faculty member at Santa Rosa Junior College, he is active in the community as artist-in-residence, art and workshop instructor. An award-winning ceramist, Bennett’s work has been exhibited internationally and represented by galleries throughout California, the Southwest and Midwest.
We will begin with clay from the river, blended with other materials to create this year's Raku clay body. The "Vessel", in all its forms will be the focus of the workshop. Methods of handbuilding, such as pinching, coiling, slab construction, as well as wheel-throwing will be introduced. Textured surfaces and Raku glazing will be demonstrated. The workshop will culminate in an exciting evening of Raku firing!
Painting: Plein Aire and Landscape Kathleen Thompson
Kathleen received an MFA at the San Francisco Art Institute and is currently teaching at UCB-Extension in
San Francisco. She has exhibited her work widely and is the recipient of numerous awards including the Richard Diebenkorn painting award. She is a working artist living in Sebastopol.
Explore watercolor and mixed media in a beautiful, natural setting. Meadows, forested mountains, the Navarro river and old growth redwoods are a few of the landscapes we will be painting this summer at Riverʼs Bend. In these morning sessions, the basics of landscape painting will be discussed and demonstrated. We’ll paint on location or in the shade garden. Students are encouraged to experiment and develop their personal vision in response to the landscape. Open to all skill levels. Materials fee: 45.00
Drama and Theatre Arts for Youth Elana Isaacs is a multi-disciplinary performer, director, teacher, and
founder of Improvalicious, a Bay Area community of creative play and
theater improv for all ages. A graduate of Tamalpa Institute for
Expressive Arts Education, she designs fun opportunities for embodied
self-expression and connection. She brings 20 years of experience
building community and sparking personal and social transformation
through improv and theater for children of all ages, abilities, and
backgrounds through programs such as Let's Sing and Learn, Kaiser
Permanente, Glenview Elementary School, Sankofa Elementary, Destiny Arts
Center, Marin Country Day School, Outside In, Tehiyah Day School, and
many elementary schools and nonprofits throughout the West Coast. She is
delighted to join the creative staff and community of River's Bend
Family Camp. Writing Workshop Alison Luterman is the author of three books of poetry, the Largest Possible Life, See How We Almost Fly, and Desire Zoo, as well as many personal essays and several plays. She's a regular contributor to The Sun Magazine, longtime Interplayer and member of Wing It!, an improvisational Oakland-based dance-theater troupe, and has taught creative writing in the Bay Area and nationally, including The Sun's annual "Into the Fire" Writing Workshops at Esalen and Rowe Retreat Centers. She loves to create safe spaces for people to dive deep and uncover the layers of their stories.
Additional Progam Staff: Maggie Owens, 1st grade teacher and environmental educator,Laurie Adams River's Bend Director and eco-spiritual guide and Achi Ben Shalom, musician.
Cost: includes 18 meals, dbl. occupancy lodging, and program. Adults - per person: Lodge or Vintage Cabin $690 Rustic cabin. $590 Tent Cabin $450 Camping $390 Private room, add $120 (availability limited). Youth 10 – 16: Lodge, Vintage/ Rustic Cabin $450/$400 Tent Cabin $375 Camping $290. Kids 9 and Under (under 2 and not sleeping in own bed - no charge): Lodges, Vintage and Rustic Cabins: $325/$300 Tent Cabin $250 Camping $200 Commuters: $300 Adults/$150 all kids
Register early for best choice of lodging and discount. Mail your registration and fee of $100 to River’s Bend, P.O. Box 332, Philo, CA 95466 or call (707) 895-3990 to use a charge card. EMAIL firstname.lastname@example.org for further information.