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.

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-Abracadabra!

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 June 28th
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

Tap Workshop, Summer 2016

with Susan Friedman
Begins July 7
For ALL LEVELS
 

This is a six-week, multi-level tap class that focuses on basic tap technique in order to strengthen silks. A full length choreographed dance will be learned by the conclusion of the class. A fun cardio workout with lots of fun ‘summer’ music. Come join the tap fun!

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. 

Introduction to Guitar

with Aaron Mayo
Begins July 9
Adults & Teens

In this 8-session introductory guitar class, you will learn the basics of playing guitar. Students will learn the chords and be able to play hundreds of songs! Don’t forget your guitar! For more information, contact Aaron at aaronmayo@hotmail.com

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!

The Expressive Landscape in Pastel, Summer 2016

With Ed Chesnovitch
Begins July 11

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.

Nantucket Basket Bracelet Workshop: ONE DAY ONLY!

with Bonnie Sigel
July 14th Only

During the return of this popular three-hour workshop, students will weave a Nantucket Basket Bracelet. They will learn the basics of Nantucket basket weaving while creating a wonderful piece of jewelry to wear all summer. The instructor will take bracelets home to polyurethane and attach end caps, and then she will return the bracelets to the Cotuit Center for the Arts within a week for pick up by students. Feel free to bring a drink and a light snack.

Mermaid Paint Night Party—Sirens of the Deep—ONE NIGHT ONLY!

with Terry Kole
July 15th 

Whet your whistle for a whimsical, watery paint date! Local illustrator, Terry Kole, will guide you in painting this delightful Mermaid.This art experience is for art novices as well as the more experienced artist. In this one evening, students will create a unique 11x14, acrylic painting to grace your home, cottage or to give as a gift. You can follow Terry's lead - or wander off into your own watery world.  Is your Mermaid slender and tall, or short and stout? A ginger or with deep, dark hair? It’s your undersea world! Terry will be bringing some home-baked goodies, ice tea and fruit-filled lemonade.

The Young Actor’s Workshop

with Hannah McLaughlin
Begins July 16
YOUTH
Ages 7-14


Kids will love this five week session consisting of theatre games and exercises, improvisation, basic acting techniques and theatre crafts. The class focus is on participation and experience and will culminate in a final performance for an invited audience! All levels welcome.

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.