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
1st Monday of each month, beginning January 4th

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.

Creative Movement for Toddlers

with Miss Lori Dutra
Ages 2-6
Ongoing Friday mornings at 9:00am in the Art Studio

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. For more information email:

Open Life Drawing/Painting

with Jackie Reeves
ongoing - Tuesdays, 7:15pm 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. 

Drumming through Trauma

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

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.

Ballet Barre March 2016

with Susan Friedman
begins March 8

This class is for those looking for a moderate fitness workout and much more!  Students will tone the entire body with a variety of stretching and strengthening barre exercises as well as center work on the mat.   Treat yourself to an hour where you can lose yourself in beautiful music and explore your “Inner Ballerina”. Yoga mat and set of light weights are suggested. Ballet or other soft dance shoes required. Tutus optional! For more info, contact Susan at

Musical Theater Dance Workshop School Vacation 2016

with Meghan McMahon and Katie Koglin
Ages 7-12

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.  

Winter Pastels 1

with Ed Chesnovitch
Begins February 22

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! 

Drawing One

with Jackie Reeves
begins February 23

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.

Acrylic Spring Gardens

with Rosalie McCarthy
begins February 24

Leave winter's chill behind in this class as we create vibrant spring paintings bursting with color. Discover how versatile and forgiving acrylics are as we being the under painting process referred to as glazing and have fun developing the painting to the final details.  Ongoing demonstrations, lots of helpful handouts, individual attention to guide you on your painting journey as you develop or enhance your own painting style. All skill levels welcome. 

Drawing People, Parts to Whole

with Jackie Reeves
Begins February 24

Each week, we will focus on different parts of the human form; hands, feet and a breakdown of the head (eyes, ears, nose, mouth). Drawing from plaster casts we will develop skills in seeing perspective, proportion and creating volume with shading. We will also use numerous hand outs to draw from. There will be a live model for the last  2 session with instruction on the use of drawing tools and strategies for drawing from life. Beginners are welcome as well as seasoned drawers who can take advantage of focused drawing time.

Come Paint!

with Joe Diggs
Begins February 24

All levels welcome.

This class will focus on contemporary concepts and techniques to push your artwork to new levels. Students will be encouraged to explore their art freely and intuitively while having fun and enjoying the process. Some of the techniques include using sandpaper, stenciling, transfers, staining, and brushwork. Learn to see your art in a new light from a fresh perspective.

Imaginative & Creative Self-Portraits with Animals

with Debra Hope Colligan
Begins February 25

All levels welcome.

Create luminous portraits exploring a variety of materials using acrylics, watercolor pencils/crayons, pencils, and charcoal we'll capture expressive and imaginative self-portraits with beloved pets or favorite animals in a mixed media format. Learning the elements of line, shape, and composition to create the illusion of three-dimensional portraits of people and animals, in a realistic setting. Bring pictures of you and your pet or an animal to create your exciting and unique mixed media portraits. A colorful fun art class for the whole family.

Spring Watercolor Gardens

with Rosalie McCarthy
begins February 26

Join us and discover how forgiving, fluid and fun watercolor is.  You'll forget the outside chill in this class as we explore this beautiful medium as we create a dazzling painting. We'll discuss application, values, composition, how to fix, alter or sponge off any happy mistakes or when to simply accept them as creative additions.  A detailed overview of paints, papers and brushes will be presented with lots of handouts, individual attention and ongoing demonstrations. For all skill levels.

Contact Rosalie at for a list of necessary supplies if you are bringing your own.

Intermediate Adult Tap

with Susan Friedman
begins March 3

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

with Susan Friedman
begins March 3

Cape Cod master teacher Susan Mendoza Friedman will introduce basic tap technique with her usual energy and creative style. For those who have minimal to no previous tap experience but hoping  to become the next Ginger Rogers or Fred Astaire! Great music…great exercise…great fun!  If  learning how to tap is on your ‘bucket list’…now is the time to take that first (tap) step!  

My Dance Class Spring 2016

with Michele Colley
begins March 8

A cardio-dance class for every level of dancer and exercise enthusiast which uses original choreography combining Hip-hop, Funk, Broadway, Jazz, Latin, Modern, whatever style fits the music. 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.

Dance Performance Class

with Pam Wills
begins March 9

Ready to get onstage at CCftA and show off your dancing skills? Let Professional Choreographer Pam Wills teach you how to strut your stuff, Fosse style! Students of this class will learn a dance exclusively choreographed for several performance opportunities in 2016. The dance is an adaptation of "Steam Heat" from the 1957 Broadway hit musical, "The Pajama Game" originally choreographed by Bob Fosse. Choreographed content is based on Fosse's characteristic moves and unique dancing style and designed to be learned by ALL LEVELS.

Introduction to Ukulele 2

with Steve Gregory
Begins March 12
Adults & Teens

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 2

with Steve Gregory
Begins March 12

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. 

Brazen Belle Burlesque

with "Pepper Grinds"
begins March 14

Learn to shimmy, shake, strip and twirl as we go from Beauties to Burlesque Cuties! In six sessions, students will learn the basics of burlesque history, character development and movement. Prepare to discover your own inner tease!  No experience necessary. Please bring a comfortable pair of heels and clothes to dance in.

Three Steps to Stronger Paintings

with Mary L. Moquin
Begins March 19

This highly-structured, 8-week class will focus on what it takes to find your voice as an artist and learn ways to express it. The class is broken into 3 topics. The first two weeks will focus on composition and how it can be used to get your message across. The second two weeks are focused on value patterns and how color relates to value. The third two weeks focus on color mixing and color palettes. The final two weeks will be used to complete the paintings. This is a great class for all levels and all mediums, lots of handouts and discussion.

Acting with Clarity and Power

with Jim Pettibone
Begins April 2
(Ages 15 and up)

In this class, we’ll work with the concepts and methods that make a performance effective and memorable. The topics will include scene structure, developing stage sense, the actor’s homework, building range, and making strong choices among others.

Winter Pastels 2

with Ed Chesnovitch
Begins April 4

This class is a continuation of Winter Pastels 1. All welcome.

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! 

Rising Stars Show Choir

with Norma Atwood
begins May 9

Ages 8-16 (flexible)

In this class, students will rehearse how to sing, dance and act as part of a performance choir. Students will rehearse once a week for eleven weeks, sometimes more depending on upcoming performances. Rehearsals will emphasize vocal technique, stage presence, choreography, and musical harmony. Students will perform at our Entertainment Tonight gala in July and also in a CCftA recital. There will be opportunities for solos, duets, group numbers and individual acts! No experience necessary.  

Saturday Yoga - Riding the Waves Within

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

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.