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The River Fine Arts


You can find our fall schedule on the "Schedule and Pricing" page, and you can register by below on "Register for our classes".

Questions? Send us an email at [email protected]

Hope to see you in class soon!

Developing God-Given Talents, One Child at a Time

At The River Fine Arts, we offer a full range of dance, music, theatre, and art classes for the entire family.

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Summer is just around the corner!

Our summer registration is now open!

We have a jam-packed schedule of camps and classes- 

come spend some time creating with us this summer!

Register for all camps and classes HERE.

Register for the Becoming Artists classes by Lauren Nelson HERE.

Becoming Artists Classes are Coming to The River!

We are so glad to have Lauren coming to The River to nurture artists here. She has a background in education and a love for inspiring creativity in kids- read on to meet Lauren and learn about her plans for classes!

 My name is Lauren Nelson! I’m a mom of 3 girls. 👩🏽👧🏼👶🏻 I’m a certified EC-6 teacher ( taught kinder and first), I own a shop where I sell/create art and I have my Bachelors of Science!!

My goal for my summer camps is for my students to know that they CAN and ARE artists! Creating what you feel and how you feel it, is amazing and something to be so proud of! I want to grow each of my students strengths and build their confidence in their art adventures!

I believe art is a place to express yourself and have FUN!!!!

🎨 Younger kids: classes will start with story time and then art to go with it! Art will be sensory based and developmentally appropriate for this age! I incorporate counting, colors etc. We will be using LOTS of imagination and making a mess 😉 we will use unconventional tools (sponges, cars, tongs, etc). * students must be fully potty trained *

🎨 Older kids: class will be more skills based. We will work on creating art pieces with different mediums ( often acrylic ) based on the kids and their interests!

STEM will include different activities with making hypotheses and testing theories. we will look at topics like constellations, plants, baking soda/ vinegar and so much more!!

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Summer Fine Arts Immersion

Students ages 2-12 can join us this summer to tell stories through dance, art, and theatre. 

Join us by the week or day for a creative immersion!


Weekly Themes:

June 13th: Around the World

* This special week will have Spanish instruction, create pinatas, and learn dances from Mexico, Spain, and Russia! Get your passport stamped as you learn about the greatest artists around the world!

June 27th: World of Wemmicks

* Journey to the world of wooden dolls who learn that their Creator made them special, and has plans just for them!

July 11th: The Fairy Tales of Hans Christian Anderson

* So many of our favorite stories came from this wonderful author- The Ugly Duckling, The Steadfast Tin Soldier, The Little Mermaid, and more. Join us as we bring these stories to life!

Aug 1st: When Dragons Were Good

* What if we could meet a dragon? Ride a Unicorn? Swim with Mermaids? Unleash your imagination as we dream about mythical creatures!

Production Camp

Looking to get a summer performance experience? This is your time! We have two weeks of Production Camp- come to one or both. Each week will include acting, dancing, prop building, costuming, set construction, choreography, and a chance to direct and set scenes. We will be working from some of the most loved scenes from the Wizard of Oz- so follow the yellow brick road to our summer production camp!

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Dance Ministry Camp

Curious about Dance Ministry? 

Looking for a way to combine faith and art? 

Join us for Dance Ministry camp this June!


Looking for a creative outlet for your family? Join us at The River and you will find:

                                 * Arts education from a Christian worldview where we integrate faith and art every day in every class.

                                 * A loving, supportive environment, with class options in dance, theatre, art, and music for the entire family.

                                 * Attentive, caring instructors who are focused on their student's artistic development as well as their physical, emotional, and                                                spiritual growth.

                                 * Economical pricing for families- our registration fees cap out at $50 per family no matter how many students you have and we                                              offer discounts for 2 or more classes. Recital fees are only $70 for dancers ages 2-5 and $80 for those 6 and up.

                                * Tuition-free dance ministry classes; a program for students ages 6 and up that includes bible study, dance, and service                                                           opportunities within a weekly class where we focus on connecting faith and dance.

                                * A wide variety of classes with options for Mommy & Me, Boys dance, Preschool art exploration, combined sibling classes, and                                            much more in addition to our standard technique classes.

If you are looking for a home for your creative family, we hope you will consider The River. 

We would love to talk to you anytime to answer questions and tell you more about the studio at 432-262-0298.

Come grow at The River!

Christian Fine Arts Studio in Midland, Texas

The River offers a joy-filled, Christ-centered environment for the entire family to explore their creative sides. We love artistic expression in all forms and want to provide a place where students can nurture those expressions while also growing in their faith.

We offer technique classes in dance, theatre, music, and art for all levels from beginner to advanced- and we can't wait to create with YOU!

Come gather at the River!

Every living thing that gathers where the river goes will live... Ezek 47:9

Meet Our Owner

Lauren Knowles

Owner and Creative Director

Lauren's love for dancing began in a Mommy and Me class at the age of 2 and was fostered over the years by many wonderful teachers and experiences. Music and theatre were loved and encouraged in her family and from grade school to college she was involved in various productions. Lauren chose to pursue dance as a career and studied dance education, theatre, and psychology at Hope College in Holland, Michigan. She graduated with a B.A. degree in Dance Education for grades K to 12 and Psychology Education for grades 7 to 12. It was here that she received the tremendous gift of dancing and working with the Sacred Dance group under the love and leadership of Maxine DeBruyn which greatly shaped her views on the intersection of faith and art. Following her graduation, Lauren moved to Midland, Texas to teach dance at Art and Soul. She stayed there and eventually directed for 6 wonderful years until moving to Ohio for her husband’s new job. In 2018, Lauren and her family returned to Midland, this time for her husband to step in as the director of Christmas in Action. Believing that art is not only a wonderful tool to develop children mentally, socially, and emotionally, but also a vehicle for ministry and spiritual growth, Lauren is excited and grateful to have the opportunity to be teaching and mentoring students again.

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