At Rumriver Art Center, we believe in the power of the arts and the important role they play in the lives of our students. The arts are valuable for not only the social and psychological benefits but also for health benefits

Art programming – both formal and more informal – is available at the Rumriver Art Center. The Rumriver Art Center was awarded an arts grant from Aroha Philanthropies and its new statewide initiative, Seeding Vitality Arts MN. Aroha Philanthropies is devoted to the transformative power of the arts and creativity, inspiring vitality in those over 55.

The Vitality Arts programs are designed to improve the health, well-being, and renewed sense of purpose for older adults. 

Vitality Arts: Mixed Media Collage
In this 8 week course, participants will explore, experiment, and play with a variety of art materials in a community setting. Participants will discover new ideas, build skills and confidence and reignite energy and involvement in art. This class is great for creativity and risk taking. Each class will build upon the next as new materials and ways to use them are introduced.
Dates: Mondays April 2 through May 21
Time: 9:30am to 12pm
Cost: $75 (includes all materials)

Instuctor: Mary Leah Marshall
Ages: 55+

Vitality Arts: Painting with Expression - Acrylic Painting
Participants will paint in an environment that encourages experimentation and social interaction. Acrylic paint is a very forgiving medium. Through the eight week course students will learn the tools and techniques to be able to grow as artists. Students will learn the fundamentals of fine art painting on a variety of painting surfaces.  Each session will allow the individual to work at their own pace and develop the skills needed to have fun and continue to paint and connect with other artists. 

Instructor: Paul T Boecher
Dates: Wednesdays April 4 through May 30 (skip April 25)
Time: 9:30am to 12pm
Cost: $75 (includes all Materials)
Ages: 55+

Vitality Arts: Creating with Clay Hand-Built Pottery

Click the link above to register.

A perfect class for beginners! Clay is a wonderful material to create with as it allows many ways to express oneself. In this 8 week clay class the participants will learn the basic hand-building techniques with clay. Each week they will be introduced to a new technique to build on what they learned the week before,

Instructor: Angie Renee

Dates: Tuesdays June 26 through August 21 (skip July 3)

Time: 9:30am to 12pm
Cost: $75 (includes all Materials)
Ages: 55+

Vitality Arts: Beginning Pottery Wheel Class

In this class students will learn the basic wheel throwing techniques. Each class meets once a week for 2½ hours to teach the basics of wheel thrown pottery: wedging, centering, pulling, trimming, glazing, and basic studio etiquette. Included in the cost is everything you need while you are in class: basic pottery tools, buckets and towels, 25 lbs of clay. You will be responsible for your clay and if necessary you can purchase an additional 25lbs of clay and clay tools.

Dates: Thursdays 7/12, 7/19, 7/26, 8/2  CLICK HERE TO REGISTER
Time: 9:30am - 12pm
4 week session cost: $125
Ages: 55+

Vitality Arts: 6 Week Sampler - Pottery, Painting & Mixed Media/Collage

The Vitality Arts 6 week sampler has 2 weeks each of Hand-Built Pottery, Acrylic painting and Mixed Media. This a perfect camp to try three great classes taught by working all in one session. Angie Renee will teaching hand built pottery skills, where your items will be fired in the kiln and ready during the session. Paul Boecher will be teaching acrylic painting on canvas. Mary Leah Marshall will be teaching Mixed Media/Collage.

Date: Tuesday's 6/12, 6/19, 6/26, 7/10, 7/17, 7/24 (skip 7/3)  CLICK HERE TO REGISTER
Time: 6pm to 8pm
Cost; $125
Age: 55+

6/12 & 6/19: Acrylic Painting
6/26 & 7/10: Hand-Built Pottery
7/17 & 7/24: Mixed Media/Collage

Instructors: Paul Boecher, Angie Renee, Mary Leah Marshall

Vitality Arts Exhibition and Reception
Please join us to honor members of the Vitality Arts “Creating with Clay, Painting w/Expression and Mixed Media Collage” classes as they exhibit their work!
Date: Saturday, June 9th
Time: 4-7 PM
Comments by the artists at 5 p.m.
Location: Rumriver Art Center - 2665 4th Ave, Ste 108, Anoka, MN 55303
Light refreshments will be served
Free and open to the public
“Creating with Clay, Painting with Expression and Mixed Media Collage” are eight-week classes taught by Teaching Artists for older adults offered through a grant from Aroha Philanthropies.
The Art Work will be on display at Rumriver Art Center Gallery through July 15th.