Classes

Classes and workshops at the Center are presented in a warm and inviting place in which all members of the community are invited to explore creativity, socialize with others and try something new.  We offer classes under the supervision of skilled and credentialed teachers in the visual arts, music, theater, film and writing.  We strive to offer classes for people of all ages and abilities.

For more information about our faculty, please visit our teacher bios page.

 

Cape Cod Drum Circle

with Sam Holmstock of Entrain
Ongoing: 1st Tuesday of every 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.

Open Life Drawing/Painting

with Jackie Reeves
ongoing Wednesdays - ongoing  7:00-9:30  in the Annex

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. 

Drumming through Trauma

with Sam Holmstock of Entrain
Ongoing: Every Tuesday at 5:30pm beginning March 17

Cotuit Center for the Arts is offering a new class called Drumming through Trauma, designed for veterans with Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).

Drumming through Trauma is made up of weekly 90-minute classes using wooden 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.

Yoga for Actors

with Anna Botsford
Begins May 6

This series is created with actors in mind, but is useful for anyone looking to develop flexibility, strength and breath awareness. Find a deeper sense of focus, balance, relaxation and fluidity that will enhance your acting. Through breathing and movement practices, you will be open and ready to connect to the emotions and physicality required for acting.

Young Artists Summer 2015

with Karen Maker
YOUTH ages 6-9
Begins July 6

Summer on Cape Cod and what could be more fun than a week filled with creative adventures in drawing and painting! Children interested in making art will enjoy five days of different lessons in drawing and painting using a variety of mediums and quality materials.

Summer Art 2015 - Opposites Session 1

with David Sigel and Hilary Hutchison
YOUTH ages 11-16  
Begins July 6

A unique studio based program for enthusiastic young artists, ages 11 – 16. Painting, drawing, printmaking, and sculpture will be taught in each two week session: every student will acquire new skills, produce a portfolio of artwork, and will benefit from the experience of working with peers in a fun, motivating, and creative studio setting.  Enrollment is limited to 18 students per session.  Sign up today!

Contrasting concepts will inspire the projects created during this session.  Students will create negative space drawings, hand-dyed paper collages, positive-negative shape cement sculptures, surrealistic landscapes, and much more. 

Adult Tap Dance Beginner/Intermediate July-August 2015

with Susan Friedman
Begins July 9

A great class for those beginning or dusting off the old shoes. Cape Cod master teacher Susan Mendoza Friedman brings her tap energy and creative style to every class. Great music…great exercise…great fun!  You are guaranteed to leave the class with a smile. A continuation of our winter tap class and welcoming new dancers also.

America’s Next Top Model and Actor: Tools of the Trade

with Nancy August
Begins July 8

Have you ever wondered what it takes to break into the world of acting and modeling? Learn everything you need to know to get started, including how to find legitimate representation, how to break into and manage the business, how to put together a headshot, resume and portfolio, how to avoid scams and pitfalls, and much more!

Artful Thursdays - Watercolor Seascape Cards

with Rosalie McCarthy
Begins July 9        

Paint one or more watercolor note cards; the quantity is up to you.  After class, bring your painted note cards to a copy center where they will reproduced on appropriate card stock- as many as you choose for a reasonable fee. Instructor will have pictures to choose from and several samples. Watercolor is a very forgiving, fun and beautiful medium.

Explore Art - Vacation

with Lenore Lyons
YOUTH ages 8-12
Begins July 13

Have fun as you experiment with all sorts of interesting art materials including inks, sprays, paints, water crayons, water graphite and more. Working with the Summer Vacation theme, we will have fun with drawing, painting and printmaking. You put it all together in your personal art journal with extra pages for future use.

Summer Art 2015 - Elements

with David Sigel and Hilary Hutchison
YOUTH ages 8-10
Begins July 13

This two-week studio-based program will  introduce students to a wide range of art materials and ways of making art.  Using the “elements” earth, wind, and fire, students will incorporate these themes into art projects, while sharing creative experiences with a class of their peers.   An introduction to printmaking, drawing, painting, and sculpture, using a variety of materials will be taught.

Musical Theater Dance Workshop

with Michele Colley and Kris Hill
for all ages
Begins July 13

In this four-week intensive, students practice and hone their singing, dancing and acting skills in a fun and supportive environment. They will learn basic voice, dance, improv and acting techniques as well as the technical execution of sets, costumes and props, integrating these into two exciting final performances. This program is for actors of reading age who have a true interest in theater.

Summer Art: Adults

with David Sigel and Hilary Hutchison
Begins July 14

Guided by experienced instructors and practicing artists, you will learn about a wide variety of media and techniques. Observational drawing will be the key to exploring painting, sculpture and printmaking. Each three-hour class will give you the opportunity to practice skills in two mediums and by the end of this three class series you will have created finished works of art in each discipline. 

Introduction to the Ukulele July-August 2015

with Vanessa Gregory
6 week session for adults and teens
Begins July 18

The ukulele has been called “The World's Friendliest Instrument”. Students will learn basic chords and strumming patterns to classic songs such as “Somewhere Over the Rainbow” and “Sweet Caroline”.  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 like. Especially welcome are folks with little or no musical instrument experience. Bring your own ukulele or some loaners will be available.

Intermediate Ukulele July-August 2015

with Vanessa Gregory
6 week session
Begins July 18

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. 

Advanced Acting: Characterization

with Jim Pettibone
ages 15 and up
Begins July 18

Some characters you play are close to who you are as a person and some are quite different. In this class we’ll examine how an actor molds him or herself to suit the part. In addition, we’ll work on how to convey distinct personality traits and techniques for developing a broader range of expressiveness in your voice and movements. 

Mosaics

with Valerie Theberge
Ages 12 -adult
Begins July 18

Students will learn the fundamentals of mosaic in this beginners class. Using colorful glass tiles, students will learn to design, cut, mortar and grout their own mosaic frame for a mirror. Class takes place over two days.

Summer Art 2015 - Water Session 2

with David Sigel and Hilary Hutchison 
YOUTH ages 11-16
Begins July 20

Two unique studio based programs for enthusiastic young artists, ages 11 – 16. Painting, drawing, printmaking, and sculpture will be taught in each two week session: every student will acquire new skills, produce a portfolio of artwork, and will benefit from the experience of working with peers in a fun, motivating, and creative studio setting.  Enrollment is limited to 18 students per session.  Sign up today!

For this session, projects will use the concept of water as a theme: water color painting, plein-air sea-scape painting, sea creature sculpture and monotype printmaking. 

Cartoon Crazy

with Terry Kole
YOUTH ages 8-12
Begins July 20

Come get your crazies out by cartooning your morning away! Learn to draw your favorite cartoon characters and then turn yourself, your friends and your siblings into these characters! You choose the characters. Terry Kole will teach you how to draw them. Terry cartoon strip "Clem's Classics" ran in five different midwestern newspapers.

Artful Thursdays - Acrylic Hydrangeas

with Karen Maker
Begins July 23

We are so fortunate to live on Cape Cod where the beautifully lush hydrangeas flourish. During the summer months, they are in full bloom and calling us to paint them. Join in on this night as we paint these naturally cheerful flowers.

Create Your Own Cartoon Character

with Terry Kole
YOUTH ages 8-12
Begins July 27

Learn how to create your own cartoon character based on your own story and your own world. We will have fun with facial expressions, body language and different drawing techniques. Whether you attended Cartoon Crazy or this is your first time cartooning, this class is for you! Bring your imagination and sense of humor; we supply the materials!

Powerful Pastels 2

with Ed Chesnovitch
Begins July 27

Leave your comfort zone, and enter a world of exciting and expressive pastel application.  This soft pastel class will focus on painting pastel landscapes that have light, color and attitude!  Learn how to create strong simplified starts using big shapes of bold color, and explore various underpainting techniques, mark making, and significant color choices to push a painting further. Plenty of individual help at the easel. Get creative and have some pastel FUN! 

Artful Thursdays - Mermaid Sculpture

with Lenore Lyons
Begins August 6

Join us for a fun mixed media sculpture class and create a unique mermaid with easy to use materials. We will start by making a wire armature, then we’ll build up the body and tail.  We will cover the construction with fabric soaked in a polymer stiffener. Plan to decorate and personalize your mermaid to create a one of a kind reminder of summer fun on Cape Cod.   No experience necessary just be willing to experiment with a wide variety of interesting materials and have some fun.

Acrylic Seascapes

with Rosalie McCarthy
Begins August 7

Explore and discover the versatility of the medium of acrylic in painting sand, water and sunny beaches. These are guided painting classes with individual attention from sketching to the final details to easily direct you on your painting journey as you discover and develop your own creative style.  Join us and enjoy this supportive and non-intimidating atmosphere for beginning and intermediate skill levels.

Fairy Houses Summer 2015

with Lenore Lyons
YOUTH ages 6-10
Begins August 11

NOTE: Class is full - to be added to a waiting list, email alexandra@cotuitcenterforthearts.org

Children will use natural and “magical” materials to create their own miniature home for indoor fairies.  With reeds and grapevine they will construct walls, then finish them by weaving and attaching fibers, raffia and silk flowers. They will stretch their imaginations when they use an amazing variety of materials to make fairy furniture, gardens and finally they will make the fairies to enjoy their Fairy House. This class typically sells out.  Please register early.

Runway Fashion Designer Summer 2015

with Bunky Hurter
YOUTH ages 10-16
Begins August 17

Dream of being a Fashion Designer? Find out what it's all about in this workshop that covers everything from fashion illustration to designing and dressing a Barbie model for the " Runway Fashion Designer Show"! Draw the fashion figure, create inspirational "mood boards" of your design concepts and make your ideas a reality by creating a head to toe look for your Barbie model. All levels of experience are invited and no sewing experience is necessary.

Artful Thursdays - Acrylic Sea Shells

with Terry Kole
Begins August 20

Join Terry Kole for a lovely evening of painting. She will teach you a stippling technique that will help you achieve a nice sandy beach effect, guide you as you draw and paint a seashell of your choice and help you paint a believable foamy wave washing over your shell. You will complete an 8x10 acrylic painting ready for framing. Bring a friend.

Music Appreciation: The Best of Broadway

with David Cohen
Begins September 2

Discover what makes Broadway's “best” so special.  We'll review scenes from some of the top musicals of all time and discuss why these shows have captured the hearts and imagination of audiences for generations.  Each class will focus on one show with emphasis on understanding and more fully experiencing the music, lyrics, characters and plot lines.  Shows to be discussed will be some of the longest running Broadway musicals, including: The Phantom of the Opera, Cabaret, Cats, West Side Story, and The Producers.

The Writer’s Craft: Creative Triggers That Spark the Stories in You

with Ted Murphy
Begins September 8

Cape Cod Author and Boston College professor T.M. Murphy shares the tricks that have provided him with material for several books and a 20-year writing career. Classroom time will be devoted to various writing prompts including, music, objects, and characters in your life. Students will share their writing in a positive environment and obtain constructive criticism to help them thrive. Aspiring writers wanted.

Shekere

with Sam Holmstock
Begins September 8

In this 10-session class, learn to build and play an Afro-Cuban shekere.  Pronunciation: SHAY-kuh-ray. The Shekere is a percussion instrument of West African origin consisting of a hollow gourd covered with loose netting on which beads, shells, or seeds are strung.  It can be played by shaking, tapping, rubbing or pulling on the net with the hands, and the effect is sonically similar to maracas or other shaker instruments. The shekere is found in various forms in a wide variety of West African and Caribbean musical genres, both traditional and contemporary, and is also a mainstay in certain genres of Afro-Cuban and music. Because the shekere is made of natural materials, including (usually) a real gourd, each individual instrument can vary substantially from the next in shape and size, which also affects the tone of the instrument. The class will focus on the construction of the beaded skirt and playing the instrument after the skirt is finished. All materials will be provided including the gourd, beads, string and top rope.

Pencil Portraits

with Rosalie McCarthy
Begins September 9

This six session class will demystify the ideas and challenges of drawing portraits.  Learn simple, effective steps to a complete portrait with line and simple shading techniques to add tonal dimension and depth. We will use a before-and-after approach so you can see what you can accomplish in just the first three hours. “It’s like magic,” said a student.  This is a fun, non-intimidating journey to portrait drawing for beginners and intermediates.

Creative Movement for Toddlers

with Miss Lori Dutra
Ages 2-6
Begins September 11

Children under 6 years of age are invited to join this movement class directed by Miss Lori Dutra.

Kids enjoy open play with balls, hoops, parachutes, gymnastics wedges, soccer nets, and more. Parents are asked to stay with their children. A great way to meet parents and other kids if you’re new in town! You’ll find some babies, lots of toddlers, and a few older kids (5+) at Creative Movement.

What’s Your Story, Morning Glory? Fall 2015

with Christine Rathbun
Begins September 12

Have you always wanted to write but worry that your story's not that interesting? 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 and sharing through reading aloud if you choose.

Finding Your Inner Fashionista

with Kathy Sullivan

Visit with Fashion Adviser Kathleen Sullivan for two fashion seminars. In the first one-hour class, learn up-to-date scarf tying techniques and the best jewelry for you to wear. In the second class, discover the most expressive colors for your wardrobe, as well as some basic essentials for your closet. Bring your favorite scarf!                           

Advanced Acting: Tools of the Trade

with Jim Pettibone
Begins September 12

This class we’ll explore a number of specific concepts and techniques – such as subtext, the inner monologue, transitions and personal imagery – that actors use to get more fully into their characters.  For more information contact: jpettibone@hotmail.com

Introduction to Acting

with Karen Santos
YOUTH Ages 10-15
Begins September 12

Have a blast in this six week session consisting of theatre games and exercises, improvisation, story building and enactment, and basic acting techniques. The class focus is on participation and experience and will culminate in a final performance showcasing what students have learned. It’s a fun class designed for your imagination and creativity!

Young Adult Fiction Writing

with Jim Hill
Begins September 14

Turn your great idea into a young adult novel! In six weeks you’ll learn about plot, character, pacing, and other important elements in creating a good story. You’ll examine other YA books to discover what makes them successful and join your classmates in writing your own stories, learning to make them stronger via supportive critique.

Fall Pastels with a Punch! Session 1

with Ed Chesnovitch

Leave your comfort zone, and enter a world of exciting and expressive pastel application.  This soft pastel class will focus on painting pastel landscapes that have light, color and attitude!  The focus will be on how to create strong simplified starts using big shapes of bold color, and explore various underpainting techniques, mark making, and significant color choices to push a painting further. We explore composition, value, and color, and we will learn about how to simplify our approaches to achieve exciting pastel paintings. Plenty of individual help at the easel. Get creative and have some pastel FUN! 

From the Page to the Stage: Stagecraft

with Richard Neal
Begins September 14

This class will explore the process of developing visual ideas to bring dramatic three-dimensional theater concepts to life. The method of enlargement using a scale ruler to achieve a specific ratio relative to actual size will be introduced. After selecting from several short play synopses, participants will utilize mat board and other materials to construct unique and intriguing scaled models for theater production.

Drawing for Beginners

with Jackie Reeves
Begins September 15

Has it been years since you tried to draw, and are you intimidated by the idea of taking a drawing class? Very few people realize that drawing is not a gift- it’s a skill that anyone can develop, including you. Take a leap of faith and come learn strategies to drawing that you were likely never taught as a child. In this introductory class, you will rediscover the joy of drawing and learn techniques that will give you confidence in rendering. We will cover the basics, including contour, negative and positive space, perspective, shading and portrait drawing. 

Intermediate Adult Tape Dance Fall 2015

with Susan Friedman
Begins September 15

Cape Cod master teacher Susan Mendoza Friedman brings her tap energy and creative style to every class. Great music…great exercise…great fun!  You are guaranteed to leave the class with a smile. For more info, contact Susan at smf318@me.com

Drawing Explorations Fall 2015

with Jackie Reeves
Begins September 16

In this six week class, you will be given a series of drawing exercises that develop skills in design, composition, shading and freeing up your line expression. We will work from a combination of still life set ups, a live clothed model, and your imagination. You will learn skills in perspective, proportion and shading, but the ultimate goal is to loosen up your drawing by working on large scale paper and to experience freedom using a variety of dry and wet materials. All levels are welcome. Materials are included.

Beginning Adult Tap Dance

with Susan Friedman
Begins September 17

Cape Cod master teacher Susan Mendoza Friedman brings her tap energy and creative style to every class. Great music…great exercise…great fun!  You are guaranteed to leave the class with a smile.

Intermediate Oil Painting

with Joe Diggs
Begins September 17

In this class, learn to paint with color, emotion and rhythm. Explore how to package concept with technique to maximize your compositions and push your artwork to new levels. This workshop encourages participants to explore their art intuitively, by using the contemporary approach of having dialogue. See your art as it has never been seen before. Let's paint!  

Creating Artwork Together

with Deb Hope Colligan
Ages 2-5
Begins September 17

This class provides a nurturing environment where children and family members or caregivers can explore a variety of art materials, techniques and creative possibilities to do together. Children will develop their fine motor skills, and family members will learn ways to incorporate art at home. Children will create drawings, paintings, collages and more in a supportive environment.

Barre: Dance, Ballet, and Fitness

with Susan Friedman
Begins September 17

Join Cape Cod master teacher Susan Friedman as she guides you through her new barre class: a combination of ballet, dance, and fitness.

Salsa Dancing Fall 2015

with Doug McHugh of Ballroom Bliss
Begins September 20

The Salsa is a hot and spicy dance. Hot because of its current popularity on the modern dance scene. Spicy because of the sensual body movements that will make any heart skip a beat. Salsa features lots of turns and spins as well as some intricate footwork. In three weeks, you will master the basics and turns that make Salsa so much fun to learn.

Makeup and Hair for the Stage

with Tom Crutchfield
Begins October 2

This class is designed to give students a basic working knowledge of stage makeup and hair design, history, and application. Students will learn through demonstration and application. Have fun and be beautiful on stage and off!

Be the Belle of the Ball: Burlesque

with the Brazen Belles’ Pepper Grinds
Begins October 26

Learn to shimmy, shake, strip and twirl as we go from Beauties to Burlesque Cuties!!! In six sessions, you'll learn the basics of burlesque history, character development and movement as you explore and discover your own inner Tease.  No experience necessary.

Fall Pastels with a Punch! Session 2

with Ed Chesnovitch
Begins October 26

Leave your comfort zone, and enter a world of exciting and expressive pastel application.  This soft pastel class will focus on painting pastel landscapes that have light, color and attitude!  The focus will be on how to create strong simplified starts using big shapes of bold color, and explore various underpainting techniques, mark making, and significant color choices to push a painting further. We explore composition, value, and color, and we will learn about how to simplify our approaches to achieve exciting pastel paintings. Plenty of individual help at the easel. Get creative and have some pastel FUN! 

Fall Acrylic Florals

with Rosalie McCarthy
Begins October 30


Acrylics are a very forgiving and easily corrected medium to work in.  Join us and have fun in this relaxed, non-intimidating atmosphere  with lots of individual instruction from the initial sketching to the layering in of paint up to the final details  Rosalie will give a brief overview of the paints, proper brushes, loading and application, as well as individual demonstrations to demystify the process. All levels welcome.

How to Audition-Fall 2015

with Jim Pettibone
Ages 15 and up
Begins October 31

In this single session, we’ll practice techniques that will help you in making clear acting choices as well as connecting strongly to your partner. We'll also talk about what’s frequently involved in callbacks and typecasting.   jpettibone@hotmail.com

Artful Thursday: The Art of Living French Style

with Jamie Cat Callan
Begins November 5

Jamie Cat Callan, author of the best-selling French Women Don’t Sleep Alone, Bonjour Happiness, and Ooh la la, will bring her joie de vivre to Cotuit along with tips, including: living well with style, how French women enjoy more with less, and the art of dressing French. Bring in your favorite scarf and questions on how to bring a little more ooh la la into your life.  Jamie’s books have been translated into more than 35 languages and will be for sale after the event along with a free flute of champagne!

Acting the Monologue

with Jim Pettibone
Ages 15 and up
Begins November 14

Monologues present a distinct challenge to the actor, especially since they come in a variety of forms. In this class we’ll look at methods for 1) analyzing their structure and 2) delivering them with impact. jpettibone@hotmail.com

Saturday mornings Nov 14, 21, Dec 5, 12  
10:30 to 12:00 in Annex
$75/$63.75 members

Saturday Yoga - Riding the Waves Within

with Michele Colley
year-round, ongoing Saturdays 8:00am-9:30am in the Annex

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.