Images from the community workshop….

Last weekend, over 50 community members from all over central Vermont attended our two community lantern-making workshops at Thatcher Brook Primary School in Waterbury. It was a beautiful, fun and convivial atmosphere – here are a few photos from the day…

Lantern Fever takes over Thatcher Brook Primary School

For the past few weeks, TBPS students from Pre-K to 4th grade have been working with excitement to complete their lanterns for this year’s River of Light in Waterbury. Pre-K to 2nd grade students have been working with MK Monley, art teacher at Thatcher Brook. 3rd and 4th graders worked with Gowri Savoor to make individual flower-pot lanterns which will be overflowing with wild vegetation and fantastical flora, come parade day.

River of Light in Waterbury 2016!

Hello and welcome to this year’s River of Light in Waterbury lantern parade! We are delighted to announce that this year’s parade will be taking place on Saturday December 3rd 2016! Workshop info. coming soon! In the meantime, please enjoy our poster – this year’s theme is ‘Everything Botanical: Wild Vegetation and Fantastical Flora!” We look forward to seeing your beautiful creations!

Community Workshops 2015

We have reached the end of our community workshop program for 2015 – it’s been a fantastic ride filled with creativity and excitement for this year’s parade.
We held workshops in 3 locations: Waterbury, Stowe and Bolton with close to 60 attendees. Images from the Waterbury, Stowe and Bolton workshops below!

Thatcher Brook Teachers get creative…

The teachers at Thatcher Brook Primary School were invited to an after-school lantern making session earlier this week; incredibly, 26 teachers showed up to create a luminary for this year’s River of Light – an all-time record!
But Mandy Couturier has to win the prize for the most inspired take on the theme of BUGS!, with her depiction of some beetles 🙂


Emerging artists at Thatcher Brook Primary School

A selection of 3rd and 4th grade artists  at Thatcher Brook Primary School had the opportunity to design and build some large-scale lanterns this week. They went through the entire creative process; brainstorming, drawing, designing, collaborating and finally building. Modifying lanterns built during previous workshops, our talented crew came up with a spider, a ladybird, a dragonfly and a butterfly.

Community Workshop Program 2015!

This year’s free Community Workshop Program! If you are interested in attending one of our workshops, please find details below…

1. Community Workshop 1: Waterbury
Saturday November 7th 2015
Thatcher Brook Primary School, Waterbury VT
10am -3pm to include an hour break for lunch

2. Community Workshop 2: Stowe
Date: Saturday November 14th 2015
Place: Helen Day Art Center, Stowe, VT

Time: 10am-3pm to include an hour break for lunch

3. Community Workshop 3: Bolton
Date: Saturday November 21st 2015
Place: Smilie Memorial School, 2712 Theodore Roosevelt Hwy, Bolton, VT
Time: 10am-3pm to include an hour break for lunch

Please note that for the above sessions:
– Workshops are free to attend
– All tools and materials will be provided. If you have a pair of hand-held
pruning shears, please bring them along, it will be useful to have a 
pair of your own
– Children under the age of 8 must be accompanied by an adult. This 
activity is not suitable for children under 6
– There will be a limit of 20 participants
– Donations will be welcome

For further information or to book your  place, please contact Gowri Savoor on
tel: 802 778 0334 email:

Kim and Jody, Burlington VT

Kim and Jody at the Burlington workshop, VT

Lantern-making in the Community

The last of our community workshops ended on Saturday. Over the course of 3 weeks, we created over 60 lantern structures in workshops taking place in Montpelier, Stowe and Waterbury VT. We had a great turnout at each of our community sessions, with participants ranging in age from 4 to 86. Some of the lanterns have simple forms, others are more complex and reflect the houses and buildings of Vermont – but each one is beautiful and quite unique. The Art + Architecture students at Norwich University are working steadily on their interpretation of St. Basil’s Cathedral – more will be revealed soon!

Lantern-Making Residency at TBPS, Waterbury 2014

The lantern-making residency at Thatcher Brook Primary School has just drawn to a close. 3rd and 4th graders worked with artist Gowri Savoor to make some beautiful lanterns based on a simple saltbox house, in keeping with the theme of Our Town. The students really enjoyed working with the willow–we realized that 4th graders have made a lantern and attended the lantern procession every year that they have been in school, since starting in Kindergarten. Here are a few images from the 2-week residency.

Artists’ Lantern-Making Workshop 2014

A couple of weeks ago, we had a fantastic artists’ lantern-making workshop. With close to 3o artists, art teachers and other creatives from all over Central Vermont and beyond, we worked for two days straight in the TBPS gym to make some incredible structures to reflect the theme of ‘Our Town’. By Sunday evening, we had a variety of lantern forms including a covered bridge, two lighthouses, a giant shuttlecock, maple trees, the Seminary Arts building, Union Elementary and the Chrysler Building.  Here are a few images from the weekend….