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.

 

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. 

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.

Drumming through Trauma

with Sam Holmstock of Entrain
Ongoing: 2nd and 4th 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.

Open-Creative Movement for Toddlers

with Miss Lori Dutra
YOUTH
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: misslori_klubkidz@comcast.net

Acrylic Painting-Surf’s Up Seascape, April 2016

with Rosalie McCarthy
Begins April 15

Ever wonder how to paint a huge wave cresting or wind-driven foam? Join us and have fun in a supportive and non-intimidating atmosphere to create bold waves bursting with energy.

There will be ongoing, individual guidance and instruction to demystify the painting process. Students will learn initial sketching, to layering one light layer of paint over another (glazing), as their paintings slowly emerge. Adjustments along the way will enable students to develop their own styles. Final details will create energy and life to their paintings.

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

with Christine Ernst
Begins April 30th
NEW TIME AND LOCATION!: 9:00 A.M. at 17 Savinelli Road


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.

Introduction to Ukulele, May 2016

with Steve Gregory
Begins May 7
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, May 2016

with Steve Gregory
Begins May 7

Intermediate Ukulele students will practice and hone finger picking skills, 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.

Ballet Barre, May 2016

with Susan Friedman
Begins May 9

This ongoing 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! 

Beginning Adult Tap, May 2016 Morning Session

with Susan Friedman
Begins May 2

Cape Cod master teacher Susan Mendoza Friedman will introduce basic tap technique with her usual energy and creative style. This is the same as the evening class, just a different daytime offering. 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.

Rising Stars Show Choir

with Norma Atwood
begins May 9
YOUTH

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.  

Intermediate Adult Tap, May 2016

with Susan Friedman
Begins May 12

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 with basic knowledge of tap technique. Performance opportunities may be available for those interested. A fabulously fun class and a great cardio workout…not to mention the sing-along possibilities to great music!

Beginning Adult Tap, May 2016

with Susan Friedman
Begins May 12

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.

The Expressive Landscape in Pastel

with Ed Chesnovitch
Begins May 16th

Turn on the light! Fire up your imagination and explore the expressive side of landscape 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.

Drawing Essentials- May 2016

 with Jackie Reeves
Begins May 17

This class explores the basics of drawing for beginners.
At a very young age, many of us are discouraged to draw or think we have no “talent” for art. In fact, if you can hold a pencil and sign your name- then you can draw! This class demystifies the notion that artists have a special gift that others don’t. It is designed to make students feel not judged and comfortable enough to overcome their fears around drawing. Understanding how our brains work as we draw helps us shift over to using the “right side of the brain” and makes drawing what you see achievable. Through various exercises we will explore the art basics: line, shape, volume, spatial relationships, perspective, shading and composition.

Expressive Live Model Figure Drawing- May 2016

with Jackie Reeves
Begins May 18

This class is for those who are comfortable with the basics of figure drawing and feel ready to explore unique expressive drawing techniques. Working from a live model, students will receive demos and be able to work with charcoal, ink, and mixed media collage on a variety of surfaces to bring their drawings to life. The goals in this class are to push through simply drawing what you see. Examples of expressive figure drawing in contemporary art practices will be shared each week to help spark ideas and new possibilities. Some basic drawing materials will be provided, but a materials list will be available upon registration.

Watercolor Rowboats, June 2016

with Rosalie McCarthy
Begins June 1

Rowboats can be a challenge to draw and paint with their difficult angles.  This class will simplify the angles and the painting with a limited palette.  A suggestive landscape completes the serene scene. After the initial sketching, layers of glazes will be applied as the painting slowly emerges to the final details.  Students will learn color mixing, lifting and control techniques and receive individual guidance. A brief overview of materials will be discussed with helpful and encouraging handouts. For Beginner/Intermediate/Advanced Skill Levels.

Glowing Acrylics

with Rosalie McCarthy
Begins June 3

Vibrant colors highlight this garden and country cottage landscape.  From the initial composition sketch to the final details, there will be be ongoing, individual instruction in a non-intimidating atmosphere of enjoyment and creativity. Students will learn proper brush loading, glazing and color mixing their paintings slowly emerge.  Final detailing will create energy to the paintings. Helpful encouraging handouts together with an overview of materials will be presented at the beginning of the first class to help students on their painting journeys. Beginner/Intermediate/Advanced Skill Levels.

Plein Air Painting: Adventure in Watercolor, June 2016

with Doris Rice
Begins June 8

This is a chance to learn the skills of painting while soaking in the beautiful surroundings of Cape Cod. Doris Rice, experienced plein air (outdoor) watercolorist, will guide students to a full painting experience. Students will learn the steps to success! We'll meet and have a basic introduction, and then move along to the painting location. Students will learn how to select a subject, which will be followed by a step-by-step painting demonstration. We will be working outside on location for the day. Materials available on loan for $10/day, if you don't have your own watercolor supplies. A lunch break will be in tehre somewhere...and finally, a review around 2:30 p.m. of the day's efforts with constructive critique. Bring lunch, water, and a hat.

Musical Theater Dance Workshop Summer 2016

with Michele Colley and Kris Hill
Begins July 5
YOUTH
Ages 7-16

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 an exciting final performance. This program is for actors of reading age and older who have a true interest in theater.  

Magic Class-Abacadabra!

with Magician Rich Archer
Ages 7-12
YOUTH
Begins July 5

Learn to amaze your family and friends with spectacular sleight of hand tricks taught by a real live Magician!  Magic is a Performance art. Not only will you learn awesome Magic but the presentation, misdirection, and the confidence to stand in front of a group and perform your magic. Students will take home their own Magic Kit with a range of tricks personally selected by Instructor and Professional Magician Rich Archer. Hocus Pocus for ages 7-12. Make some Magic!

Summer Art 2016: Carbon, Session 1

with David Sigel and Hilary Hutchison
Begins July 5
YOUTH
Ages 11-16

Summer Art 2016 will offer two unique programs for enthusiastic young artists, ages 11 – 16.  This is a studio-based two-week program that will introduce students to a wide range of art materials and methods of making art.  Each session’s individualized theme will give students the opportunity to explore projects in a creative and innovative environment.  Classes will be offered daily, 8:30 am through 12:30 pm.   Painting, drawing, printmaking, and sculpture will be taught.  At the end of each session, every student will have acquired new skills, produced a portfolio of artwork, and benefited 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!

Carbon: Session 1

Create your Art Footprint! Graphite, charcoal, pit-fried clay pots, linoleum block printmaking and kinetci sculpture will inspire the projects for this session.

Miss Lori’s Creative Movement and Lunch Bunch!

with Miss Lori Dutra
Begins July 5
YOUTH
Ages 3-11

Children are invited to join this movement class to have open play with balls, hoops, parachutes, gymnastics wedges, soccer nets, and more. You’ll find some babies, lots of toddlers, and a few older kids at Creative Movement and lunch bunch. Kids bring a peanut-free lunch and water bottle to have in the Art Studio or Outside on the picnic table at 11:30! Preregistration or Drop-in rates available. For more information email: misslori_klubkidz@comcast.net

Cartoon Crazy

with Terry Kole
YOUTH 
Ages 8-12
Begins July 7

Create your own cartoons! Inspired by the masters of cartooning, students will create their own characters and learn the art of cartooning, from exaggerating emotions, and different pen techniques to creating their own worlds for their characters. 

Summer Art 2016: Elements

with David Sigel and Hilary Hutchison
Ages 8-10
YOUTH
Begins July 11

Summer Art 2016: Elements will offer a fun and creative two week art experience for enthusiastic young artists, ages 8 - 10.  This is a studio-based program that will introduce students to a wide range of art materials and ways of making art.  Using the elements of time and practice, students will create daily art projects while sharing creative studio experiences with a class of their peers. 
Using a variety of materials, an introduction to printmaking, drawing, painting, and sculpture, will be taught.  Sign up today!

Young Artists Summer 2016

with Karen Maker
YOUTH
Ages 7-12 (flexible)
Begins July 11

Meeting each morning for a week, this class will focus on specific mediums and themes. Children will explore portraiture, acrylic painting, and pastel still life. Students will leave with finished works, new artistic skill sets and new friends!

Summer Art 2016: Forms in Motion, Session 2

with David Sigel and Hilary Hutchison
Begins July 18
YOUTH
Ages 11-16

Summer Art 2016 will offer two unique programs for enthusiastic young artists, ages 11 – 16.  This is a studio-based two-week program that will introduce students to a wide range of art materials and methods of making art.  Each session’s individualized theme will give students the opportunity to explore projects in a creative and innovative environment.  Classes will be offered daily, 8:30 am through 12:30 pm.   Painting, drawing, printmaking, and sculpture will be taught.  At the end of each session, every student will have acquired new skills, produced a portfolio of artwork, and benefited 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!

Session 2: FORMS IN MOTION: For this session, projects will use the concept of movement as a theme: gesture drawing, whirly-gig sculpture, plein-air painting, collagraph paint and printmaking. 

Watercolor Landscape Painting, July 2016

with Rosalie McCarthy
Begins July 20

Join us, relax, have fun with this forgiving and non-fussy medium.  Ongoing demonstrations and individual attention will guide you on your painting journey.  If you've never drawn or painted before, or are returning to develop your skills further, this class will accommodate  all levels. Students will learn drawing, glazing, brush techniques and color mixing together with an initial overview of materials and helpful handouts. For beginner/intermediate/advanced levels.

Summer Art 2016: Adults

with David Sigel and Hilary Hutchison
Begins July 21

Three nights of instruction and three materials! Guided by experienced core faculty instructors and practicing artists, each class will introduce oil painting, sculpture, and printmaking. Observational drawing will serve as the foundation for each class and medium.  In a structured and motivated studio environment, students will be guided through the process of creating three finished works of art. All levels are encouraged and welcome!

Acrylic Landscape Painting, July 2016

with Rosalie McCarthy
Begins July 22

This is a non-intimidating, supportive atmosphere with ongoing individual instruction and guidance. Beginning with a simple sketch we'll lightly glaze each layer of paint, allowing for adjustments along the way to the final details.  They'll be a brief overview of paints, brushes, brush loading, color mixing and paint application to demystify the painting process as well as helpful handouts. Beginner/Intermediate/Advanced Levels.

Mixed Media Drawing- July 2016

with Jackie Reeves
Begins July 27

This class is for those who are comfortable with the basics of drawing and feel ready to explore unique expressive mixed media techniques. Working from still life and a live model, 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.  There will be a live model for the last class. 

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.