River Bluff Art Center
It is the vision of the River Bluff Art Center to provide a school for the revival and continuation of architectural ceramics, while at the same time preserving the natural splendor of the Missouri River bluffs and the multicultural heritage of this area. This vision includes the development of a walk through sculpture garden displaying works produced at the school as well as sculpture created by well known local artists.
The main focus of the school is the teaching of the dying art of architectural ceramics. Experts in related fields will be invited to teach not only technical subjects such as tile making, glaze theory, clay formulation and firing techniques, but also basic art theory which would include color theory, spatial relations and form. The school would be based on similar institutions such as Anderson Ranch in Snowmass, Colorado, Haystack Mountain School of Crafts in Deer Isle, New York and Penland School of Crafts in the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina. River Bluff School will provide studio apprenticeship programs from six months to a year for different age groups and offer workshops from two days up to one week.
The school's 400 acres of natural beauty provides a creative environment that is inspiring and fosters creative expression. The workshop participants will have access to all the recreation possibilities offered by the 200 mile MKT Hiking and Biking Trail that runs adjacent the property as well as those of the Missouri River itself which is nearby. The Sculpture Garden will be open to visitors in season, making it an asset to our local community.
A peak of the river through the autumn trees.