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

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

Wednesday evenings - ongoing  7:00-9:30  in the Annex
6 class card $100.  Drop in rate $20.

Pushing Color Boundaries in Pastel - Saturdays

with Ed Chesnovitch
July 12 - August 30

Fire up your imagination and explore the emotional side of landscape pastel painting. This soft pastel class will focus on creating a series of 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. For more info, contact Ed at

Introduction to Ukulele

with Vanessa Gregory
for adults and teens
July 12-August 16 NOTE: Class is full - to be added to a waiting list, email

The ukulele has been called “The World's Friendliest Instrument”. Explore music, singing and playing the ukulele!  Musician, singer and author Vanessa Gregory will get you playing and singing in just a couple of classes. Especially welcome are folks with little or no musical instrument experience. 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 like. Performance opportunities are available as well. The ukulele is a blast, and perfect for the summertime.  Please join us- bring your own ukulele or loaners for class will be available.

Intermediate Ukulele

with Vanessa Gregory
July 12-August 16

Intro to Ukulele alumni, guitarists, beginner, intermediate and advanced ukulele players are all encouraged to join Intermediate Ukulele with Vanessa Gregory. Even if you've taken our class before, we want you; several folks have taken the class two or three times! Material covered in the class is constantly changing and ever evolving to suit the taste and ability of those taking the class. Intermediate Ukulele also 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, and The Lumineers as well as Motown classics and tunes from the Great American Songbook. Join us for some playing and singing.

Musical Theater Dance Workshop

with Michele Colley and Kris Hill
for all ages
July 14 - August 10

Musical Theater Dance Workshop teaches essential principles of performing musical theater. During 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. Within the experience, we foster mentorship; we strive to create an exciting, non-competitive atmosphere where the veterans support and encourage newcomers. Our staff of interns are chosen from the many students we have had in the past. They set a high standard of performing while guiding and supporting their charges through the rigors of the workshop.  This program is for actors of reading age who have a true interest in theater. 

Adult Tap Dance - Summer

with Susan Friedman
July 15-August 19
NOTE: Class is full - to be added to a waiting list, email

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!


with Jim Pettibone
ages 15-22
July 19-August 23

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.

Summer Art 2: Forms in Motion

with David Sigel and Hilary Hutchison
ages 11-16  
July 21 - August 1

This studio-based two week program will introduce students to a wide range of art materials and methods of making art.  Each session will give students the opportunity to explore projects in a creative and innovative environment. Painting, drawing, printmaking, sculpture, and photography 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!

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

Walking Birds

with Alfie Glover
ages 6 and up - family class
July 21-25 NOTE: Class is full - to be added to a waiting list, email

Students will imagine and draw fanciful birds and transfer several designs to wood.   They will add legs, tails and 3D wings.  Young artists will learn how to work with wood as a medium for sculpture including color mixing and painting.  They will create several different birds and paint their creations to make them full of personality. Their whimsical birds will be mounted on a wooden base for display.  They will select and add one of their birds to a trellis to be part of a group project that will live outside the Art Studio at Cotuit Center for the Arts.

Imaginative and Fantasy Drawing

with Debra Hope Colligan
ages 6-9
August 4-8

Put on your thinking cap and prepare for a trip to the land of imagination and make-believe. We will focus on dragons, aliens, and other imaginative fantasy creatures as we develop our drawing skills, organize our thoughts and express our ideas. Create fantastical landscapes and inven ted creatures and characters while experimenting with drawing and painting with lots of colors using watercolors, acrylics and more. Learn a range of illustration skills as we explore the fantastic side of drawing. Lessons are designed to meet the individual needs of each student as you develop your own illustration style.

Acrylic Cape Cod Scenes

with Rosalie McCarthy
August 7-28

Choose your favorite Cape Cod scene: a cottage, beach, marsh, or a doorway and window box adorned with flowers.  Bring in a picture or select from a variety supplied by instructor and discover the versatility and fun of painting with acrylics. These are guided painting classes with individual attention to easily direct you on your painting journey as you discover and develop your own creative style.  Beginners and intermediates welcome. Please contact Rosalie at for more information or a materials list.

Artful Thursdays • Wire Jewelry

with Jessie Arnone
August 7

In this three hour workshop we will make a wrapped wire pendant using a large stone, bead, or piece of sea glass. Whether you have used wire before or are a beginner this will be a fun class for all experience levels. Bring your friends and have a blast!

Fairy Houses

with Lenore Lyons
ages 6-10
August 12-14

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 may add a roof or second level  or loft.  They will stretch their imaginations when they use an amazing variety of materials to make fairy furniture, gardens or other comforts and accessories. On the last day, they will make the fairies to enjoy their Fairy House that is inviting and fun to play with. This class typically sells out.  Please register early.

Artful Thursdays • Art Journaling

with Lenore Lyons
August 14

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.

Runway Fashion Designer

with Bunky Hurter
ages 10-16
August 18-22

Dream of being a Fashion Designer? Find out what it's all about in this 5 day workshop that covers everything from fashion illustration to designing and dressing a Barbie model for the " Runway Fashion Designer Show"!

Taught by a professional fashion designer and educator, you will learn how to draw the fashion figure, how to create inspirational "mood boards" of your design concepts and how to make your ideas a reality by creating an head to toe look for your Barbie model. At week's end, friends and family are invited to attend our  "Runway Fashion Designer Show", where your Barbie model will "walk" the runway in your original design! All levels of experience are invited and no sewing experience is necessary. All you need is your love for fashion and lots of imagination!

Artful Thursdays • Kitchen Cupboard Printmaking

with L. Michelle Law
August 21

Create frame worthy, hand pulled monoprints and etchings using materials found in any kitchen. No press required.

iPad as a Canvas

with Lori Cooney
August 25  NOTE: Class is full - to be added to a waiting list, email

iPad as a canvas - did you know that your iPad is an artistic medium just like any canvas? In this workshop, we will learn how to use an iPad for sketching, drawing, painting, and producing works of art.

Artful Thursdays • Watercolor Seascape Note Cards

with Rosalie McCarthy  
August 28     

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.

Saturday Yoga in the Gallery

with Michele Colley
year-round, ongoing Saturdays 8:15am-9:30am

Michele brings deep knowledge of traditional yoga to her classes, stressing proper form and posture. Her instruction focuses on the needs of her students and their bodies providing each individual with challenging and rewarding work.

SUNday Morning Yoga

with Virginia Ryan
ongoing, Sunday mornings 7:00 – 8:15am
at Loop Beach through Labor Day

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.