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.


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.

Ballet Barre

with Susan Friedman
Ongoing: Tuesday mornings at 11:00am

New to Cotuit Center for the Arts! This class is for those looking for a moderate fitness workout and much more!  The class is formatted to 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 when 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!

My Dance Class

with Michele Colley
Begins October 6

A cardio-dance class for every level of dancer and exercise enthusiast which uses original choreography combining Hip-hop, Funk, Broadway, Jazz, Latin, Modern, whatever style fits the music. Address the five components of fitness: cardiovascular, flexibility, muscular strength, muscular endurance, and body fat, in a fun and funky way. It is a non-stop, 60 minute workout that will melt away fat while boosting your dance skills. My Dance Class gives dancers of all ages the ability to attain their fitness goals.

Young Artists- Fall 2015

with Karen Maker
Ages 8-12
Begins October 21

In this eight week session, students will have fun with drawing and painting using a variety of mediums and quality materials. We will also make art for the winter holidays!

Intro to Ukulele Fall 2015

with Steve Gregory
Adults & Teens
Begins October 24

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 Fall 2015

with Steve Gregory
Begins October 24

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. 

Be the Belle of the Ball: Burlesque

with the Brazen Belles’ Pepper Grinds
Begins October 26

Learn to shimmy, shake, strip and twirl as we go from Beauties to Burlesque Cuties!!! In six sessions, you'll learn the basics of burlesque history, character development and movement as you explore and discover your own inner Tease.  No experience necessary.

Fall Pastels with a Punch! Session 2

with Ed Chesnovitch
Begins October 26

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. We explore composition, value, and color, and we will learn about how to simplify our approaches to achieve exciting pastel paintings. Plenty of individual help at the easel. Get creative and have some pastel FUN! 

How to Audition-Fall 2015

with Jim Pettibone
Ages 15 and up
Begins October 31

In this single session, we’ll practice techniques that will help you in making clear acting choices as well as connecting strongly to your partner. We'll also talk about what’s frequently involved in callbacks and typecasting.

Making Clay Tiles and Other Flat Forms

with Lois Hirshberg
Begins November 4

Learn the skills needed to create your own beautiful decorative tiles in this ceramics workshop! Class will cover rolling out clay tiles, carving and surface techniques, making stamps,  glazing and installation.   We’ll  explore various techniques for decorating  tiles, including painting with underglazes,  carving designs and making imprints. You will leave the class with unique tiles!  Students will be encouraged to expand on what they have learned and take projects in their own direction during class.  All levels are welcome. 

Artful Thursday: The Art of Living French Style

with Jamie Cat Callan
Begins November 5

Jamie Cat Callan, author of the best-selling French Women Don’t Sleep Alone, Bonjour Happiness, and Ooh la la, will bring her joie de vivre to Cotuit along with tips, including: living well with style, how French women enjoy more with less, and the art of dressing French. Bring in your favorite scarf and questions on how to bring a little more ooh la la into your life.  Jamie’s books have been translated into more than 35 languages and will be for sale after the event along with a free flute of champagne!

Acrylic Winter Landscapes

with Rosalie McCarthy
begins November 5
All levels welcome

Discover the versatility of acrylics. Dries quickly, easy application and clean up.  We'll begin with basic drawing lines to follow as you begin glazing  up of your painting, which is layering one thin layer of paint over another as each under-painting shines through.  Experience the many surprising colors applied to create snow and a free flowing application of the surrounding landscape. These will be guided painting classes with ongoing demonstration and individual attention with the freedom to develop your own painting style.

Think Outside the Watercolor Box

with Rosalie McCarthy
begins November 6

Watercolors, loose and free.  Wet-on-wet, splatter, scrape, etc.  Create movement and energy in your painting and leave the tendency of fussiness behind as you discover the many effects that can be created utilizing dripping washes, salt, fingers, sponges, etc.  This class will move you enjoyably out of your comfort zone as we explore, experiment  and feel the freedom of expressive painting. Several fun exercises will loosen you up and remove inhibition to guide you to a completed painting. These approaches are beneficial in all other mediums where you may struggle with fussiness and excessive detail, which can leave a painting looking stiff and without energy.

Artful Thursday-Navigating School Projects

with Lenore Lyons
November 12

Projects are coming....learn how to make them less stressful for both your child and you. Find out about clays, paints and posters in this hands-on workshop, discover what works best for which type of assignment. Your child will be set up for success with the right materials for the project.  Participants will try a variety art supplies and discover the unique properties of the different kinds of modeling materials and easy clean up tips. You will leave with a list of supplies to have on hand for those, "I forgot I have to make a project for tomorrow!" moments.  Join in for a fast paced evening of school art help from an experienced elementary school teacher.

Acting the Monologue

with Jim Pettibone
Ages 15 and up
Begins November 14

Monologues present a distinct challenge to the actor, especially since they come in a variety of forms. In this class we’ll look at methods for 1) analyzing their structure and 2) delivering them with impact.

Saturday mornings Nov 14, 21, Dec 5, 12  
10:30 to 12:00 in Art Studio
$75/$63.75 members

Improv with Jim Pettibone

with Jim Pettibone
Begins January 23
For ages 15 and up.

We’ll examine and apply the key principles 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.

Acting with Clarity and Power

with Jim Pettibone
Begins April 2
(Ages 15 and up)

In this class, we’ll work with the concepts and methods that make a performance effective and memorable. The topics will include scene structure, developing stage sense, the actor’s homework, building range, and making strong choices among others.

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.