To expand upon River Oaks' educational mission, the Center also features high caliber demonstrations, lectures, and workshops. Considered an educational extension to the featured artist's exhibition, the Center has showcased Internationally and Nationally renowned artists through these ongoing series'. 



Pre-registration is required for all workshops. Please call the Art Center 318.473.2760 to register.


Eclectic Assemblages

Eclectic Assemblages with Instructor Penny Abraham

October 7, 2017 – 10:30 am – 4:30 pm

Skill Level: Beginner/Intermediate – Limited Availability
Enjoy an exclusive mixed media workshop with renowned local artist, Penny Holmes Abraham.  Create a mixed media assemblage on an old door or found wooden board.  The Instructor will use interesting lines within the found piece to embellish its character and charm.  Works will be decorated with a variety of additional wooden shape, layered with paint and adorned with small odds n ends such as broken jewelry, beads, wire, glass etc. Perfect setting for shabby-chic lovers or to commemorate treasured items into a masterpiece.
Students are required to provide the following: old door or wooden item (preferably cabinet door or equivalent in size), small metal findings, broken jewelry pieces, and anything unique for embellishing

Gourdage with Instructor Carole Steele

Gourdage with Instructor Carole Steele


Saturday, Sept 23rd- OR Saturday Sept 30th

(One-day class offered on two separate occasions)

10am- 4 pm – (Bring a bag lunch)

This seasonal hand-building class will allow students to focus on pumpkin and gourd forms, creating vessels of their choice ranging from teapots, bowls, cups jars and more.  Students can leave the class with a few intricate pieces or multiple pieces utilizing special forms coupled with hand-building techniques.  Ring in the Fall season with this one-day class (offered on two separate occasions). All supplies included along with bisque firing.
To enroll and info call River Oaks at 318.473.2670 

''Landscapes and Compositions in Watercolor''

"Landscapes and Compositions in Watercolor"
Sue Zimmerman Watercolor Workshop
"Landscapes and Compositions in Watercolor"
October 18 - 19, 2017. 10:30 AM -4:00 PM
Skill level: Basic experience with painting in watercolor helpful
Participants will create landscape using watercolor applied principles with a focus on design. Students will collaborate with each other and the instructor, on the same composition, applying the artist best techniques. Students are encouraged to bring reference photos or sketches for future paintings. Review of these portfolios/sketches will be part of the discussion so students can apply good design principles for upcoming compositions.

Linda T. Dautreuil Mixed Media Workshop

Linda T. Dautreuil Mixed Media Workshop

“Bewitched – From Storyline to Paint & Spaces in Between”

November 15 & 16 – 10:30 am – 4:00pm - $85

Skill Level Beginner to Advanced

When we tell stories, we engage in a process and painting is also a process.  Linda Dautreuil often references folk narratives in her art without illustrating the story.  Her interest lies in the non-linear story line that creates meaning in the visual context.
  Participants will work with 8x10 drawing paper for sketches and 16x20 canvas using acrylics, pencils, and charcoals with other mixed media.  Each participant will receive a synopsis of The Witch of Maurepas Swamp.
Sponsored in part by G.A.E.D.A and a grant from the N.E.A



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