The Art School Classes

Classes and workshops at the Center are presented in a non-competitive, social and supportive environment. All members of the community are invited to explore creativity, to develop a craft, and to create a new artistic skillset.  Classes at The Art School are taught by a core faculty of professional working artists. We offer classes in visual art, music, dance, theatre, and writing for people of all ages and abilities.

 

 

For more information about The Art School and our core faculty, please visit our teacher bios page.

Applications now being accepted for our 2nd Annual Artist-in-Residence program beginning June 1, 2017!

 

Open Life Drawing/Painting

with Jackie Reeves
ongoing - Tuesdays, 6:45 PM in the Art Studio

These sessions provide an opportunity to work in a studio environment from a live model in the artists preferred medium. Artist Jackie Reeves will structure and time the model as well as be available for some basic instruction and coaching (optional for those who would like it). The sessions begin with about 25 minutes of warm up gesture poses and increase in time toward longer studies. Easels are provided and supplies for warm up gestures are available (charcoal and newsprint). Bring your own materials for longer poses. 

Cape Cod Drum Circle

with Sam Holmstock of Entrain
1st Sunday of each month

Cape Cod Drum Circle     

A Drum Circle is a group of people, from just a few to say 50, sitting in a circle experiencing the spontaneous creation of music on a variety of drums and World percussion. It evokes the universal rhythm inside of us all. Anyone can participate. No experience necessary.

Drumming through Trauma

with Sam Holmstock of Entrain
Ongoing: Tuesdays at 5:30pm

Cotuit Center for the Arts is offering Drumming through Trauma, designed for veterans with Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). It is also open to anyone struggling with trauma of any kind:  brain injury, stroke, dementia, and PTSD.

Drumming through Trauma is comprised of weekly 60-minute classes using Conga drums and hand instruments. The classes focuses on drumming as a group, and each week begins with a warm up and ends with open jamming, also known as a drum circle.

Arts and Movement Lunch Bunch

with Miss Lori
Begins September 13- Drop-Ins Welcome!

A first introduction to the arts and movement where students will dance to music, make arts and crafts, take nature walks, do drama and much more. Class begins with lunch, and each class will be different. For ages preschool-elementary. Homeschoolers welcome! Children should bring a peanut-free lunch and a water bottle.

Drawing People-Parts to Whole, November 2016

with Jackie Reeves
Begins October 27

Each week, we will focus on different parts of the human form; hands, feet and portrait. Beginning with drawing from handouts and plaster casts, we will develop skills in seeing shapes, perspective, proportion and creating volume with shading. There will be a live model for the last two sessions with instruction on the use of drawing tools and strategies for drawing from life in a loose and flowing manner. Beginners are welcome as well as seasoned drawers who can take advantage of focused drawing time.

Portrait Sculpture-November 2016

with Neil Grant
Begins October 27-- 10 week class

If you’ve ever wondered how sculptors produce realistic heads in clay, this is the course to explain how and to teach you to do it.  Over the 10 week period you’ll learn how sculpting is really about simplifying complex forms into basic shapes and how by following some simple rules you can produce a likeness.  With demonstrations, some basic anatomy and instruction in the planes of the face, you’ll be walked step by step through producing your own piece from a live model.  This course is for beginners and those seeking to put their sculpting on a strong foundation.  Clay and sculpting tools will be provided, but students are welcome to bring their own tools if they have them.

What’s Your Story, Morning Glory? A Writing Gym for Women- October 2016

with Christine Ernst
Begins October 29- Drop-Ins Welcome!

Have you always wanted to write but worry that your story's not that interesting? Do you own a collection of blank journals that you never write in because your story's not important enough? What are you waiting for? Join our class and discover a world of story in your day to day. Each class is structured around simple and fun writing exercises, experience mining, exploration of the personal narrative, and optional weekly take-home assignments. No judgment, no critique, just lots of writing -- also sharing through reading aloud, if you choose.

Winter Landscapes in Watercolor-November 2016

with Rosalie McCarthy
Begins November 2

Contrary to popular belief, watercolor is very forgiving.  It  has a fluidity and transparency unlike any other medium.  Prior to beginning a beautiful painting, you'll  be guided in sketching the subject (no prior drawing experience necessary). You'll learn glazing, brush loading, color mixing, paint lifting and control techniques as you gradually developing your painting allowing for adjustments along the way. There will be ongoing individual guidance, instruction and demonstrations in a supportive, non-intimidating and fun atmosphere. Various papers, brushes and equipment will be discussed together with helpful handouts to assist you on your painting journey.  Beginners to advanced skill levels welcome.
 

My Dance Class- November 2016

with Michele Colley  -Drop-Ins Welcome!
Begins November 2

This six-session cardio-dance class is for every level of dancer and exercise enthusiast. Students will learn original choreography combining Hip-hop, Funk, Broadway, Jazz, Latin, Modern, and whatever style fits the music. We will address the five components of fitness: cardiovascular, flexibility, muscular strength, muscular endurance, and body fat, in a fun and funky way. It is a non-stop, 60 minute workout that will melt away fat while boosting your dance skills. My Dance Class gives dancers of all ages the ability to attain their fitness goals.

Beginning Adult Tap-November 2016

with Susan Friedman
Begins November 3

Cape Cod master teacher Susan Mendoza Friedman will introduce basic tap technique with her usual energy and creative style. For those who have no previous tap experience but who want to become the next Ginger Rogers or Fred Astaire! Great music…great exercise…great fun!  You are guaranteed to leave the class with a smile.

Winter Acrylic Landscapes-November 2016

with Rosalie McCarthy
Begins November 4

Discover the versatility of acrylics. Dries quickly, easy application and clean up.  We'll begin with basic drawing lines to follow as you begin glazing  up of your painting, which is layering one thin layer of paint over another as each under-painting shines through.  Experience the many surprising colors applied to create snow and a free flowing application of the surrounding landscape. These will be guided painting classes with ongoing demonstration and individual attention with the freedom to develop your own painting style. Beginners/intermediate/advanced.

 

The Power of Pastels- November 2016

with Ed Chesnovitch
Begins November 7- Drop-Ins Welcome!

Turn on the light! Fire up your imagination and explore the expressive side of pastel painting. This soft pastel class will focus on creating strong simplified starts using big shapes of beautiful color.  We will experiment and explore various under-painting techniques using pastel, mark making, and significant color choices to push a painting further. Students will develop their own style while learning about composition, value, and technique. Discussion, mini-demos, exercises, critiques, individual coaching and more painting! Go beyond your comfort zone, create a more dynamic sense of atmosphere and have confidence with pastel.

Mixed Media Drawing- January, 2017

with Jackie Reeves
Begins January 5

This class is for those who are comfortable with the basics of drawing and feel ready to explore unique expressive mixed media techniques. Working with still life, students will receive demos and instruction on creating with a variety of dry and wet media and collage on paper and art boards. The goal in this class is to push through simply drawing what you see by learning how to build up surface and then self edit through collage and paint application. Examples of expressive drawing in contemporary art practices will be shared to further spark ideas and new possibilities. 

Intermediate Adult Tap-January 2017

with Susan Friedman
Begins January 5


Cape Cod master teacher Susan Mendoza Friedman brings her tap energy and creative style to every class. This is a continuation of the Beginner Tap class or for those who are  familiar with the  basic knowledge of tap terminology. More advanced  technique will be introduced building on the curriculum from Beginner Tap.  By the end of the session, students will complete a full length choreographed tap dance and may have performance opportunities. A fabulously fun class and a great cardio workout…not to mention the sing-along possibilities with music we all love! 

Beginning Adult Tap-January, 2017

with Susan Friedman
Begins January 5

Cape Cod master teacher Susan Mendoza Friedman will introduce basic tap technique with her usual energy and creative style. For those who have no previous tap experience but who want to become the next Ginger Rogers or Fred Astaire! Great music…great exercise…great fun!  You are guaranteed to leave the class with a smile.

Intermediate Ukulele, January 2017

with Steve Gregory
Begins January 7th

Intermediate Ukulele covers finger picking, single note melody playing, advanced and novelty strumming patterns, tablature, jazz chords and other fun approaches to the instrument. Arrangements are new and fresh for each new session. We'll be covering songs by artists such as The Beatles, Van Morrison, as well as Motown classics and tunes from the Great American Songbook. Join us for some playing and singing. Performance opportunities are available as well! 8 sessions.

Beginner Ukulele-January 2017

with Steve Gregory
Begins January 7th

Everyone is musical. Explore the music in you with the Ukulele! The Ukulele has enjoyed a comeback in recent years with popular artists, such as Train, IZ, and Jake Shimabukuro leading the charge. Students will learn basic chords and strumming patterns to classic songs. Singing along is encouraged but not required. Once you’ve learned a few basic techniques, you’ll be on your way to playing pretty much any song you’d like to. Performance opportunities are available as well! Please bring your own ukulele.

The Power of Pastels- January 2017

 with Ed Chesnovitch
Begins January 9th- Drop-Ins Welcome!

Turn on the light! Fire up your imagination and explore the expressive side of pastel painting. This soft pastel class will focus on creating strong simplified starts using big shapes of beautiful color.  We will experiment and explore various under-painting techniques using pastel, mark making, and significant color choices to push a painting further. Students will develop their own style while learning about composition, value, and technique. Discussion, mini-demos, exercises, critiques, individual coaching and more painting! Go beyond your comfort zone, create a more dynamic sense of atmosphere and have confidence with pastel.

Watercolor Painting, January 2017

with Rosalie McCarthy
Begins January 18

Contrary to popular belief, watercolor is very forgiving.  It  has a fluidity and transparency unlike any other medium.  Prior to beginning a beautiful painting, you'll  be guided in sketching the subject (no prior drawing experience necessary). You'll learn glazing, brush loading, color mixing, paint lifting and control techniques as you gradually developing your painting allowing for adjustments along the way.

What’s Your Story, Morning Glory? January 2017 (Thursdays)

A Writing Gym for Women
with Christine Ernst
Begins January 12th- Drop-Ins Welcome!

Have you always wanted to write but worry that your story's not that interesting? Do you own a collection of blank journals that you never write in because your story's not important enough? What are you waiting for? Join our class and discover a world of story in your day to day. Each class is structured around simple and fun writing exercises, experience mining, exploration of the personal narrative, and optional weekly take-home assignments. No judgment, no critique, just lots of writing -- also sharing through reading aloud, if you choose.

Acrylic Painting, January 2017

with Rosalie McCarthy
Begins January 13th

Discover the versatility of acrylics. Dries quickly, easy application and clean up.  We'll begin with basic drawing lines to follow as you begin glazing  up of your painting, which is layering one thin layer of paint over another as each under-painting shines through.  Experience the many surprising colors applied to create snow and a free flowing application of the surrounding landscape. These will be guided painting classes with ongoing demonstration and individual attention with the freedom to develop your own painting style. Beginners/intermediate/advanced.

 

What’s Your Story, Morning Glory? January 2017 (Saturdays)

A Writing Gym for Women
with Christine Ernst
Begins January 14th- Drop-Ins Welcome!

Have you always wanted to write but worry that your story's not that interesting? Do you own a collection of blank journals that you never write in because your story's not important enough? What are you waiting for? Join our class and discover a world of story in your day to day. Each class is structured around simple and fun writing exercises, experience mining, exploration of the personal narrative, and optional weekly take-home assignments. No judgment, no critique, just lots of writing -- also sharing through reading aloud, if you choose.

Portrait Sculpture Studio-January 2017

with Neil Grant
Begins January 19
 
Portrait sculpture allows you to make realistic representations of studio models, loved ones, celebrities and even figures of your imagination.  If you’d like to learn this art form, or you’re someone who just wants to build on their existing skills and experience, then this is the class for you.  Each session provides the opportunity to work on portrait sculpture in a studio environment from a live model. Sculptor Neil Grant will be available to tutor both beginner and intermediate students as they use the model and other reference materials to learn sculpting techniques and produce work.  Each of two models will be used over a five week period to allow students to create a finished piece of work. Stands are provided and some tools are available. 

Musical Theatre Dance Workshop- Feb School Vacation 2017

with Michele Colley and Kris Hill
Begins February 20
Ages 6-12
Five Days Only!

Experience the world of musical theater in a five-day performance-based workshop were students learn the basics of singing, dancing, acting and the visual arts associated with a  performance. At the end of the week, these disciplines come together in a fun creative production for family and friends.  Musical Theater Dance Workshop has become one of the most popular classes on Cape Cod.

Saturday Yoga - Riding the Waves Within

with Michele Colley
year-round, ongoing Saturdays 8:00am-9:30am
No class November 12.

This class is yoga instruction designed to the individual needs of the students. The practice centers on watching the postures from with in, to deepen the practitioners understanding of the work and their body. Michele is a certified Massage Therapist who has been practicing and teaching yoga for over 30 years. She brings a deep knowledge of traditional yoga and the human body to her classes, Her instruction focuses on the individual needs of her students and their bodies providing each with challenging and rewarding work. She will often incorporate her training in dance, Pilates and Feldenkrais into the instruction. 

Sunday Morning Yoga

with Virginia Ryan
ongoing, Sunday mornings 8:30-9:45 am

SUNday morning Yoga – This  pure and simple 75-minute Hatha-based yoga class is for all levels.

We will move to the rhythm of our breath, creating inner space to promote health, healing, strength and confidence. The class will begin with deep stretching then move into a gently-paced Vinyassa flow centered around sun salutations.