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.

PLEASE NOTE:  Online registration for classes closes one week prior to the class start.  If you wish to register for any class within seven days of its start date and time, please call (508) 428-0669.  A member of our box office staff would be happy to assist you.

 

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.

Musical Theater Dance Workshop April School Vacation

with Michele Colley and Kris Hill
YOUTH
Ages 7-12
Begins April 20

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 is one of the most popular classes on Cape Cod.

April Art Vacation

with Karen Maker  
YOUTH
ages 7-10
Begins April 20

Imagine Spring vacation with a full week of dynamic art classes! Join this creative adventure of different lessons in drawing and painting. We will be using a variety of mediums, including watercolor, acrylic, pastels and markers. Creativity is highly encouraged with fun and unique lessons each day. 

iPhoneography

with Lori Cooney
Begins April 30

Lori Cooney is an award winning iPhoneographer and will share her expertise with participants in this workshop. Learn how to compose, crop, edit and publish your photos using iPhoto and other apps to be announced prior to class.

Writing Picture Books

with Jim Hill
Begins May 4

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

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.

Drawing People - Parts to Whole Summer 2015

with Jackie Reeves
Begins May 6

Each week we will focus on different parts of the human form; hands, feet and portrait. Drawing from still life and plaster casts we will develop skills in seeing perspective, proportion and creating volume with shading. There will be a live clothed model for the last 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. 

Impressionistic Acrylic Landscapes

with Rosalie McCarthy
Begins May 8

Impressionism is a loose, suggestive style of painting.  With colorful, vibrant, short strokes and dabs we'll create, as the name implies, simply an impression of a subject. No details, no fuss, no sweat. Join us and explore this vibrant simplified style of painting. For beginning and intermediate skill levels.

Introduction to the Ukulele

with Steve Gregory
for adults and teens
Begins May 9

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 Summer 2015

with Steve Gregory
Begins May 9

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.

Adult Tap Dance Beginner/Intermediate Summer 2015

with Susan Friedman
Begins May 11

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.

Salsa Dancing

with Doug McHugh of Ballroom Bliss
Begins May 17

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.

Pen and Ink Summer 2015

with Andrea Favret
May 19

Learn the techniques of pen and ink in this relaxed environment. This popular medium is for every level of artist who wants to practice the fine art of drawing with ink. Start with the basics of line, learning how to see an object’s contour. Progress to observe shape versus negative space. Create the illusion of volume with the application of value with hatching and stippling. Bring a fine point pen, black ink, mechanical pencil and a sketch book, 16 x 20 or larger.

What’s Your Story, Morning Glory? Summer 2015

with Christine Rathbun
Begins May 23

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.

Sumi e

with Andrea Favret
May 26

Sumi-e is a style of painting that is characteristically Asian, and has been practiced for well over a thousand years. It is an art form that strives to distill the essence of an object or scene in the fewest possible strokes. Sumi-e literally means spilled ink.  Learn about the four friends and the four gentlemen in this ancient form of art. Enjoy relaxing music and step-by-step demonstrations as well as a little history as you create your own works of art.

Artful Thursdays - Beginning Drawing Summer 2015

with Jackie Reeves
Begins May 28

Are you intimidated by the idea of drawing? Has it been years since you even tried? Take a leap of faith and come learn some basic strategies to drawing that you most likely never learned in your youth. Drawing is not a gift- it’s a skill that anyone can develop. In this introductory workshop you will rediscover the joy of drawing and will learn some techniques that will give you confidence to continue on your own or enroll in a future class.

Improv Summer 2015

with Jim Pettibone
ages 15-adult
Begins May 30

In this class, we’ll examine and apply the key concepts that make up this lively and imaginative type of performing. Through a wide assortment of improv games and scenes you’ll be able to play different characters and create one-of-a-kind types of stories.

Powerful Pastels 1

with Ed Chesnovitch
Begins June 1

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. Plenty of individual help at the easel. Get creative and have some pastel FUN! 

Drawing People - Focus on Face

with Jackie Reeves
Begins June 3

Students will receive instruction in approaches to drawing with charcoal, pencils, erasers, pen and ink wash.  Each week we will have a live clothed model holding one pose for the duration of the class. For the beginner, we will cover basics such as proportion, composition and shading while more experienced drawers can develop their personal style in creating dynamic expressions of their subjects.  This class is a continuation of Drawing People Parts to Whole, however, Part 1 is not a prerequisite.

The Key Idea Host Class

with Lenore Lyons
Begins June 4

Do you have a family event happening soon?  Consider an art activity for your group. The Key Idea™ is an easy and satisfying project for all ages. In this class, you will learn how to lead this activity with your friends.  Tips include easy ways to draw a key and guidelines to encourage descriptive writing.  Include your people of all ages in this community art project.  You will leave with a list of supplies and enough keys to make your event a success. Return your group’s finished art to be considered for the exhibit.  Kits will be available to purchase. 

Watercolor Landscapes

with Rosalie McCarthy
Begins June 5

Watercolor is a very fluid and forgiving medium so fussy details are unnecessary. There will be individual attention and guidance from the initial drawing to the final details as you explore the versatility of watercolor and enjoy your painting journey. Join us and enjoy this supportive and non-intimidating atmosphere for beginning and intermediate skill levels. 

Mixed Media Animal Portraits

Portraits with Deb Hope Colligan
Begins June 9

Create a work of art using favorite photos of your beloved pet or favorite animal in a mixed media format. Combining paints, charcoal, ink, scrap paper, photos and found objects to create exciting and unique works of art capturing expressive and imaginative animal portraits. Learn the elements of line, shape, and composition to create the illusion of three-dimensional animals, in a realistic setting in this class for all skill levels.

Artful Thursdays - Polymer Jewelry

with Marcia Simpson
Begins June 11

In this three hour class, we will explore how to use polymer clay to create some beads, You will learn different techniques, imitation, texture, and caning, along with sanding and polishing. You will be able to take these finished beads home that night. This will be a fun night for all experience levels. Bring your friends and enjoy the creativity.

A Painting Adventure in Watercolor Summer 2015

with Doris Rice
Begins June 24

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 you to a full painting experience. Learn the steps to success!  We’ll meet and have a basic introduction then move along to the painting location. You 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 if you don’t have watercolor supplies.  Lunch break in there somewhere… and finally, a review starting at 2:30 or 3 of the day’s efforts with constructive critique. Bring lunch, water and a hat.

Artful Thursdays - Art Journaling Summer 2015

with Lenore Lyons
Begins June 25

Making an art journal is fun. It’s a creative way to think and reflect on life. It’s not about creating a masterpiece; it a book to play with colors, images and words to make pages that are pleasing to you. Explore Art! with a ridiculous amount of supplies. Add background colors and textures, no drawing needed! Document your thoughts with simple and fun art techniques. Make some sample pages in this evening workshop. Give it a try. All supplies provided.

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 8

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.

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 - Teens 14-17

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

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.

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.