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.


Drum Circle 2014

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 Live Model Session 2014

with Jackie Reeves
ongoing Wednesdays - ongoing  7:00-9:30  in the Annex
(Please note: no class on on Wednesday, Sept. 10)

Work in a studio environment from a live model in your preferred medium with both short poses and longer studies. For more info, contact Jackie at

Artful Thursdays - Handmade Soap

with Joan McDonald
Dec 4

Learn to make handcrafted glycerin based soaps. Experiment with scents, botanicals, seeds, color, and shapes to add your own sparkle. Make some to keep and some to give away, start to finish in this three hour workshop. For more info, please contact Joan at

Ballroom Dancing 2015

with Doug McHugh of Ballroom Bliss
Begins January 4

Come and learn the basics of ballroom for several great dances in this four evening workshop series.   Each class will be an hour and a half and will cover classics such as the Foxtrot, Waltz, Salsa and more.  Couples and singles of all abilities are welcome.  

Drawing People - Parts to Whole

with Jackie Reeves
Ages 14- adults
Begins January 7

Each week, we will focus on different parts of the human form; hands, feet, portrait and then the whole figure. Drawing from plaster casts we will develop skills in seeing perspective, proportion and creating volume with shading. There will be a live clothed model for two of the sessions 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. This 4 week course is a continuation of the Drawing People class offered this Fall, although it is not a prerequisite to join this class. It is also a good option for those who normally come to Open Life Drawing since that will not be offered the month of January.

Advanced Acting: Choices

with Jim Pettibone
Begins January 10

If you’ve done some acting (or taken an acting class at CCftA) this class will help you solidify your approach to perhaps the most central issue that actors deal with. This is the process of making all the various decisions regarding the character and the lines that taken together create your portrayal and make it distinct. Actors refer to these as your “choices.” To this end, we’ll look at methods for generating options and ideas, and then for exploring and testing them. We’ll also look at techniques for developing a broader range of expressiveness in your voice and movements.

What’s Your Story, Morning Glory? Winter Session

with Christine Rathbun Ernst
Begins January 10

Hey, busy women! Think you don't have anything to write about? That your story's not that interesting? Boring, even? Join our class and discover a world of story in your day to day. Led by poet/playwright/loudmouth, Christine Rathbun Ernst, 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, no spellcheck, just lots of writing, also reading aloud if you choose. And it's early on a Saturday so your weekend doesn't get screwed up. C'mon, Morning Glory -- grab your coffee, pad, and pen (laptop if you want) --  what's your story?

Intro to Ukulele Winter Session 2015

with Steve Gregory
Begins January 10

Everyone is musical. Explore the music in you with the Ukulele! The Ukulele has enjoyed a come back in recent years with popular artists such as Train, IZ, and Jake Shimabukuro leading the charge. Students of Intro to Ukulele will learn basic chords and strumming patterns to classic songs such as “Somewhere Over the Rainbow”, " Sea Of Love" “Three Little Birds” and “Sweet Caroline”. We’ll also take song suggestions from the group. 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!  We have some loaner ukuleles available. A tenor size is suggested for adult men as it is a larger more comfortable size.  * Please no baritone or bass ukuleles.  

Intermediate Ukulele Winter Session 2015

with Steve Gregory
Begins January 10

Intermediate Ukulele covers finger picking, single note melody playing, advanced and novelty strumming patterns, tablature, jazz chords and other fun approaches to the instrument. Material covered in the class is constantly changing and ever evolving. We change up the repertoire to suit the taste and ability of those taking the class. We'll be covering songs by artists such as The Beatles, Van Morrison, and Leonard Cohen as well as Motown classics and tunes from the Great American Songbook. Join us for some playing and singing!  Guitarists, beginner, intermediate, advanced ukulele players and Intro to Ukulele alumni, are all encouraged to join Intermediate Ukulele with Steve Gregory. Even if you've taken our class before, we want you! Several of our groups members have taken the class two or three times.  

Adult Tap Dance 2015

with Susan Friedman
Begins January 12

A Great class for those beginning or dusting off the ‘ole 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! 

World Rhythms Winter Session 2015

with Sam Holmstock
Begins January 13

It's time for more rhythm in your life!  Have you always been attracted to rhythm and drums but don't know how to get started?  In this hands on class, students will have an opportunity to learn the traditional rhythms and play them in the time-honored ensemble setting. Students will learn rhythms and hand drumming technique from the drum cultures of Africa, Cuba, Brazil, Haiti and the Middle-East. We will trace the evolution of world rhythms from their tribal roots to present day musical contexts of Hip-Hop and International Pop styles. This class will explore the theory and practice in the use of percussion as ritual, communication, and recreation from around the world. We will also explore the aspects and guidelines for the modern day Drum Circle for fun and relaxation. No experience is necessary. This will be an opportunity for beginners to get their feet wet and for experienced players to hone their skills and for everyone to have fun. Drums will be provided for those that don’t already have them.

Tap for Two

with Susan Friedman
ages 7+ with an adult partner
Begins January 22

Grab your partner and tap with instructor Susan Mendoza Friedman. Youngsters and their adult tapper will learn basic technique and choreography. Geared for beginners or those with basic skills who want to enjoy a fun hour with their ‘favorite dance buddy’.  For Boys/Girls/Ladies/Gents.

Acrylic Winter Landscape

with Rosalie McCarthy 
Begins January 23

Join us and have fun while discovering the versatility of acrylics.  These will be guided painting classes for beginning and intermediate students with individual attention to guide you on your painting journey as you develop or enhance your own style. Learn selection of the proper brush, brush loading and paint application. We'll begin with a simple approach, applying paint in layers (glazes) and finishing with the details.   Bring a picture of a landscape or you may select from several the instructor will have on hand. 

Painting from Observation

with Mary L. Moquin
Begins January 24

This class is great for both beginners and intermediate painters looking to hone their skills in oil or acrylic. The focus will be on learning to see and translate what we see onto the two dimensional surface, with emphasis on on color mixing and understanding the building blocks of the underlying value structures. We will begin with palette knife application to achieve clean color and an appreciation for the surface of the painting. There will be demonstrations and individual guidance. Contact Mary with questions

Saturday mornings  January 24, 31 Feb 7, 14, 21, 28 
9:30-12:00 in the Art Studio
$180./$153. members
Materials fee $15. or bring your own
List available from the instructor.

Teen Acting

with Holly Erin McCarthy and Anthony Teixeira
Ages 13-18
Begins January 26

Do you love performing? Have you been looking for an opportunity to improve your skills and confidence as an actor? Have you always wanted to be on stage but you just aren't sure where to start? Teen Acting will give you the boost you need whether you've been performing all your life, are just getting started, consider acting a hobby or are interested in pursuing a career in theater arts. These experienced and enthusiastic teachers will give you the tools you need to land any role and steal every scene.
Topics covered in this class will include audition techniques, choosing a monologue, scene study, committing to a role and giving a sincere performance, intro to acting methods (Meisner, Alexander, etc.) 
and additional topics tailored around YOUR interests in theater!

The Power of Pastel Winter Session

with Ed Chesnovitch
Begins January 26

Fire up your imagination and explore the emotional side of landscape pastel painting. This soft pastel class will focus on creating strong simplified starts by using big shapes of bold color. Working on various grounds we will explore underpainting techniques, mark making, and significant color choices to push a painting further. Go beyond your comfort zone, create a more expressive sense of atmosphere and have confidence with pastel. 

Drumming for Fun

with Sam Holmstock
kids ages 9-16
Begins January 27

Got rhythm? We do! By playing drums together within a circle, students will learn basic rhythm patterns, different percussion instruments, drum culture and history. Drumming has many positive benefits for children, including enhanced academic performance, social skills, mental and emotional health. The hands-on interaction the children get with drums and percussion instruments is something students will never forget.

Getting to Know Your New iPad Winter 2015

with Lori Cooney
Begins January 29

If you are brand new to the iPad or the iPad mini, then this class is for you. Learn all about the basic iPad settings and the pre-installed apps that Apple included on the device. You will even setup an iTunes account, discuss the iCloud and surf the internet. It's a class you can't afford to miss! 

Opposites Attack!

with Michelle Law
ages 8-12
Begins February 9

View the Arts Foundation annual exhibit for children, Opposites Attract and create art work in this hands-on match-up of artistic terms and mediums.  Each week an assortment of "opposites of the art world" will be featured such as pencil vs. paint, symmetry vs. asymmetry, abstraction vs. realism. Participants will choose their favorites and make creations using a variety of art supplies. 

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.