Skip to content

About One River

One River is built to be the most fun place to teach art. A school that doesn’t feel like “school”. A place where our students love to spend time and tap into their creative potential. An opportunity for artists to have a great job. As One River School of Art + Design grows from coast to coast, we are on the frontier of transforming art education.

One River started in 2011 when Founder Matt Ross, after years as the executive building School of Rock into the largest music educator in America, refected on the state of visual art education. His research showed that Art Education was broken, with limited art centers and diminishing programs in schools. Motivated to develop inspiring art education for his community, Ross launched a pilot location in Englewood, NJ. Its massive success made clear that we needed to extend our reach… we are now opening with passionate partners who share our drive to make our communities better and more creative.


  • This field is for validation purposes and should be left unchanged.


Walk into any One River School, and you’ll be immediately welcomed by our friendly staff and engage with a gallery that showcases the most compelling emerging artists on the local and national level. You’ll instantly feel an experience that’s uniquely ours. We take pride in selecting the most compelling art educators who deliver our proprietary method of art and digital programs to students of all ages. We have purpose-built a state of the art facility and each specialized studio enhances our program that celebrates living artists and what is current in today’s world of art and digital education. From the frst step inside to a journey through our projects and camps, students and visitors get to celebrate the creativity of others and themselves, while developing new friendships and art skills along the way

As Featured In

Screen Shot 2018-01-16 at 3.56.58 PM
Screen Shot 2018-01-16 at 3.57.25 PM
Screen Shot 2018-01-16 at 3.59.45 PM
Franchise Times