After Graduation: Lifelong Creative Learning

By Matt Ross / May 20, 2019

Every time I logged into Facebook this weekend, I saw countless friends and acquaintances celebrating college graduations with their children. It is a special time and a moment to honor these kids who have grown into adulthood and this rite of passage finally puts the books behind them and brings “real life” challenges to the…

Welcome to One River Middletown, NJ

By Matt Ross / May 13, 2019

This past weekend was so amazing…we are now open in central New Jersey and the communities all around Middletown came out to celebrate One River School. This school is near and dear to me…it is our first franchise location within the greater New York / Tri State area and it is in great hands. Our…

One River Team

By Matt Ross / May 6, 2019

When I visit our schools, the most common thing I hear is: “we love coming here because we are having fun and really learning”. That is always followed up by: “you have the nicest people working here”. What more can I say? I am so grateful to have such a committed team and I sincerely…

Mindfulness and Artmaking

By Matt Ross / April 29, 2019

There is such a strong movement today to focus on methods to calm our brains and reset ourselves amidst a world that is constantly moving at a frenetic pace. And, it is my strong belief that making art and viewing art offer meditative components that allow one to rebalance and slow themself down. Last year…

Summer Camps

By Matt Ross / April 22, 2019

When I started One River, I was hoping to build a fun art school that provided compelling experiences. Having said that, I also thought we could create really special summer camps that would give Teens and Kids unique experiences that allowed parents to invest in their growth and development. But, never in my wildest dreams…

The Tree of Influence

By Matt Ross / April 15, 2019

For much of my life, rock music was the dominant artform and I studied every aspect of it. One of the things that always interested me was “which artists influenced the artists that I was listening to?” So much of classic rock was built on the backs of blues artists and you can hear this…

The Fool in All of Us

By Matt Ross / April 1, 2019

About two years ago, I started to paint a new substantial body of art work and the craziest thing happened. Next month, I have a solo show at the Whitney Museum and I have catapulted into the fine art world and at 57 as a dynamic emerging artist! April Fools!! OK, now that I have…

Cameron Welch: Winner of the One River Emerging Art Award

By Matt Ross / March 25, 2019
Cameron Welch Art Award

I am thrilled to announce that One River has taken another step towards supporting emerging artists by presenting the first annual One River Emerging Art Award to Cameron Welch. We have been hard at work for the last seven years teaching art and presenting exhibitions in our schools. Now we are accelerating our ability to…

The Queen of Abstraction: Hilma af Klint

By Matt Ross / March 18, 2019

For the last few months, every artist that I follow on Instagram posted photos of their experience viewing the Hilma af Klint exhibition at the Guggenheim Museum and last week was my chance to see what it was all about. I was stunned…I knew nothing about her and the show was breathtaking. This is the…

Teaching Through the Lens of Living Artists

By Matt Ross / March 11, 2019

A few weeks ago, I sat for an interview with Steve Adubato. Steve has a program titled Caucus on NJ TV and it airs throughout the state of New Jersey on PBS stations. I had a chance to talk a little bit about why we do what we do and thought that he asked me…