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.

 

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 1jreeves@comcast.net

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 rosemac1310@gmail.com for more information or a materials list.

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 lenore@cotuitcenterforthearts.org

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.

What’s Your Story, Morning Glory? - Fall 2014

with Christine Rathbun Ernst
Begins Sept 6

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? For more info, contact Christine at christineernstwriter@gmail.com

Intro to Ukelele - Fall Session

with Steve Gregory
Begins Sept 6

Everyone is musical. Explore the music in you with the Ukulele! The Ukulele has enjoyed a comeback 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!  For more info, contact Steve at stephenpgregory@yahoo.com

Intermediate Ukulele - Fall Session

with Steve Gregory
Begins Sept 6

Intro to Ukulele Alumni, guitarists, beginner, intermediate and advanced Ukulele players are all encouraged to join Intermediate Ukulele with Steve 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. We change up the repertoire 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 Leonard Cohen as well as Motown classics and tunes from the Great American Songbook. Join us for some playing and singing For more info, contact Steve at stephenpgregory@yahoo.com

Explore World Drumming - Fall 2014

with Sam Holmstock
Begins Sept 9

This multicultural survey course will focus on the theory and practice in the use of percussion as ritual, communication, and recreation from around the world. Students will learn from lecture and practice, rhythms and hand drumming technique from the drum cultures of Africa, Cuba, Brazil, Haiti and the Middle East in a very hands on class. Learn the traditional rhythms individually and play them in an ensemble setting. Trace the evolution of world rhythms from their tribal roots to present day musical contexts of Hip-Hop and International Pop styles and explore aspects of the modern day Drum Circle. No experience is necessary; an opportunity for beginners to get their feet wet and for experienced players to hone their skills. Drums will be provided for those that don’t already have them.  For more info, contact Sam at samholmstock@gmail.com

Studio Painting

with Jackie Reeves
Begins Sept 10

This class is for artists working in any medium, who are looking for guidance and feedback with their artwork. If you create in isolation, this structured art group will provide an opportunity to connect with other artists who are also committed to their studio practice. This six-week class will help you develop the discipline necessary to create a body of work with the goal of bringing your studio practice to the next level of your development as an artist. Plan to bring five examples of your work to the first class to introduce yourself.  Be prepared to work independently during class.  The instructor will meet with each person individually to discuss personal art goals and provide feedback and direction. Demonstrations and instruction in techniques relating to drawing and painting will be given as needed.  For more info, contact Jackie at 1jreeves@comcast.net

Advanced Acting

with Jim Pettibone
ages 15 and up
Begins Sept 13

Delve into a variety of concepts such as script analysis, transitions and subtext along with other topics such as scene structure and taking risks. We’ll also work with both comedy and drama and explore the differences between them. You will gain a greater understanding of your options as an actor and increase your skill level as a performer. Contact Jim for more information jpettibone@hotmail.com

Pastels with a Punch - Fall Session

with Ed Chesnovitch
Begins Sept 15

Leave your comfort zone and enter a world of exciting and expressive pastel application.  This soft pastel class will focus on painting landscapes that have some attitude. Working on various grounds, we will explore underpainting techniques, mark making, and significant color choices to push a painting further. Learn to simplify your approach, get creative and have some fun!  For more info, contact Ed at  ecart@comcast.net

My Dance Class

with Michele Colley
Begins Sept 16

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 while getting their dancing Ya-Ya's out!  It's an exciting and fun, full-body workout you won't want to miss. For more info, please contact Michele at macmoves@comcast.net

Acrylic Painting - Fall 2014

with Karen Maker
YOUTH ages 10-15
Begins Sept 17

Discover the joy of painting! Students will explore the wide and varied use of acrylics beginning with painting their own color wheel, giving them the invaluable experience of mixing color. From there, we will experiment with different brushes and the endless ways to manipulate the paint. We will be working on paper and canvas throughout the course, exploring still life, landscape and monochromatic painting. In the end, each artist's paintings will be unique extension of themselves.  For more info, contact Karen at karenmaker@gmail.com

Theater Workshop

with Karen Santos
YOUTH ages 9-12
Begins Sept 18

Become part of the creative world of theater!  Develop characters, improvise scenes and learn actor warm-up exercises.  Invent your own scenarios and act them out.  Discover basic acting techniques and theater language. Stretch your imagination in this class designed to expand your creative thinking. For more info, contact Karen at kasantos@comcast.net.

Fall Watercolor Florals

with Rosalie McCarthy 
Begins Sept 19

Pick your favorite flowers to paint from a variety of beautiful visual aids, supplied by the instructor and create your garden on canvas. Watercolor is a very fluid and forgiving medium so fussy details are unnecessary.  Join us and enjoy this supportive and non-intimidating atmosphere for beginning and intermediate skill levels.  Please contact Rosalie at rosemac1310@gmail.com for more information or a materials list.

Dance for the Broadway Kid!

with Susan Friedman
YOUTH ages 7-11
Begins Sept 22

Learn basic dance technique and choreography skills needed for musicals and other stage performances. Young dancers will love dancing to their favorite Broadway music. For more info, contact Susan at smf318@me.com

Adult Tap Dance

with Susan Friedman
Begins Sept 22

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!  For more info, contact Susan at smf318@me.com

Instagram & iPhoneography

with Lori Cooney
Sept 25

Post it now. In this workshop, you will learn how to take photos using your iPhone and post them to Instagram using #hashtags to increase your audience. Participants will learn tips and tricks to post photos online. All participants must bring a mobile device to this workshop. For more info, contact Lori at lcooney98@yahoo.com

Create your own Solo Show

with Bronwen Prosser
Begins Sept 29

Have you been dying to perform a piece for The Moth Radio? Do you have an idea you've been rolling around in your mind but need to actually put down on paper? In this introductory class we will explore different way to tell our own unique stories through performance and writing. Have you ever felt that you had a special story you wanted to share with an audience? Are you curious about what a solo show is and want to begin that exploration?  The class is designed to be a joyful and honest exploration of ourselves and to help us overcome some of the fear and anxiety related to performing in front of an audience- especially when telling our personal stories. No prior performance experience needed.  For more info, contact Bronwen at  bronwenprosser@gmail.com

Get Ready Kindergarten 2014

with Barbara Bennett
YOUTH
Begins Oct 3

For children entering Kindergarten in 2015 and a loved one.

The first day of kindergarten is hard for parents, who can’t believe their child is growing up so fast. For the child, however, it can be an exciting transition. We invite all parents with children who are entering Kindergarten in 2015 to join us with your child to participate in activities designed to prepare you and your child to have a smooth transition to Kindergarten and school success. Parents are welcome to bring siblings of the Pre-K child. The program includes snack.

Drawing & Painting for the Differently Abled

with Deb Hope Colligan
Begins Oct 3

Explore and showcase your creativity and be inspired to express yourself in this imaginative and enriching studio arts class. Have fun with artistic self-expression while learning new skills. Discover the meaning and magic of color while exploring color's powerful ability to interpret feelings, dreams and memories into creative and expressive drawings and paintings.  Open to all.  For more info, please contact Deb at debrahopec@gmail.com

Simplify your Pastel Landscape

with Ed Chesnovitch 
Begins Oct 4

“How do I simplify all those details I see in the landscape?"  This soft pastel class will cover some methods and techniques that will help you simplify your approach to landscape painting.  Learn strong block-in and underpainting techniques. Each session will explore various exercises and instruction, one-on-one easel time, critiques and lots of creative fun. For more info, contact Ed at  ecart@comcast.net

Facebook - Postings and Privacy

with Lori Cooney
Oct 8

If you would like to keep your photos and postings private - meaning, if you don't want the WORLD to see everything, or even certain "friends," then this is a workshop for you! We will go over the basics of setting up groups in Facebook, set privacy settings for photos, posts and more. Must have a working laptop to attend this workshop; no tech support or mobile devices please. For more info, contact Lori at lcooney98@yahoo.com

Alien Headgear

with Joan McDonald
Begins Oct 18

Are you wondering what to wear to the Center’s 14th Annual Arts and Souls Masquerade Ball this year? Looking for an original alien or outer-space costume idea to fit this year’s theme? Want to create cool headgear for the ball? Create an amazing piece of wearable art from cardboard, glue, spray-paint and other materials including found objects.  Brainstorm costume ideas to complete your alien persona. For more info, please contact Joan at jomc04@gmail.com.

Mixed Media Adventure - Fall 2014

with Lenore Lyons
Begins Oct 20

Join together with others and explore your creativity. Start by creating a bird and nest with many mixed media details inspired by projects in magazines like Cloth Paper Scissors and Somerset Studios.  Is there something you have seen that you would like to create? Participants will make suggestions for subsequent projects. Have fun making things with others.  For more info, contact Lenore at lenore@cotuitcenterforthearts.org

Artful Thursdays - Wooden Birds

with Alfie Glover
Oct 23

Create a whimsical wooden bird to hang on the wall or stand on a table. Draw your own bird or choose from several available styles.  Choose to make it functional with a decorative peg if you wish. Make a unique piece for yourself or as a gift - start to finish in this three hour workshop. For more info, contact Alfie at alfie.glover@gmail.com

How to Audition

with Jim Pettibone
Oct 25

Auditioning can be challenging even for professional actors. Learn and practice techniques that will help you in making clear acting choices as well as how to connect to your partner in an audition. We'll also talk about what’s frequently involved in callbacks and typecasting.  For more info, contact Jim at jpettibone@hotmail.com

Drawing People

with Jackie Reeves
YOUTH ages 14 and up
Begins Oct 29

Humans are made up of many complex parts that can seem overwhelming to draw. Many of us feel intimidated to draw people because of the pressure to capture a likeness. In this class students will learn techniques of drawing that will break down this process into manageable steps. We will have live clothed models but will also learn how to draw people in everyday situations. Learn gesture, contour, proportion, composition, shading and bring those human models to life!  For more info, contact Jackie at 1jreeves@comcast.net

Understanding Abstract Art

with Carl Lopes
Begins October 29

If you’ve ever been to a museum or a dinner party with art lovers, you’ve probably heard people discussing “abstract art”—but it seems like every time the topic comes up, it gets more convoluted.  Abstract art doesn’t have to be so unclear.  There is a way to “read” an abstract painting and a basic understanding can take you a long way! With a basic idea of the history of abstract art, you can apply a method to every painting you see—so when you’re faced with a “what the heck am I looking at” piece, you’ll know where to begin.  Join us for an interesting and interactive experience as we discuss the concepts and techniques behind abstract art.  For more info, please contact Carl at carllopes@comcast.com

Still Life in Watercolor or Acrylic

with Rosalie McCarthy
Begins Oct 31

Join us, have fun and explore watercolors or acrylics in this class.  Try a new medium or stay where you’re comfortable.  The instructor will guide you through the process individually from the initial sketching to layering paint in stages (glazing & under painting) to the final details. Choose from an array of photographs that will be available for all skill levels or choose to paint from a still life set up.  Suitable for beginner or intermediate skill levels.  Please contact Rosalie at rosemac1310@gmail.com for more information or a materials list.

What’s Your Story, Morning Glory? - Late Fall 2014

with Christine Rathbun Ernst
Begins Nov 1

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? For more info, contact Christine at christineernstwriter@gmail.com

Intro to Ukelele - Late Fall Session

with Steve Gregory

Everyone is musical. Explore the music in you with the Ukulele! The Ukulele has enjoyed a comeback 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!  For more info, contact Steve at stephenpgregory@yahoo.com

Intermediate Ukulele - Late Fall Session

with Steve Gregory
Begins Nov 1

Intro to Ukulele Alumni, guitarists, beginner, intermediate and advanced Ukulele players are all encouraged to join Intermediate Ukulele with Steve 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. We change up the repertoire 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 Leonard Cohen as well as Motown classics and tunes from the Great American Songbook. Join us for some playing and singing For more info, contact Steve at stephenpgregory@yahoo.com

Improv - Fall 2014

with Jim Pettibone
Ages 15 and up
Begins Nov 1

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 spontaneous stories. For more info, contact Jim at jpettibone@hotmail.com

Illustration Theater

with L. Michelle Law
YOUTH ages 7-10
Begins Nov 3

Create your own 3D portable paper stage complete with enough illustrated scenery, props and characters to recreate an original story. Each scene change from the show will be photographed, and then the printed images will be bound by the students to create a truly unique book of their completed show.  For more info, please contact Michelle at Michelle@cotuitcenterforthearts.org

Pastels with a Punch - Late Fall Session

with Ed Chesnovitch
Begins Nov 3

Leave your comfort zone and enter a world of exciting and expressive pastel application.  This soft pastel class will focus on painting landscapes that have some attitude. Working on various grounds, we will explore underpainting techniques, mark making, and significant color choices to push a painting further. Learn to simplify your approach, get creative and have some fun!  For more info, contact Ed at  ecart@comcast.net

Solo Show Workshop - Fall 2014

with Bronwen Prosser
Begins Nov 3

Want to actually make your story into a show!? A fun and fierce class designed to take your solo show to the next performance ready level. This class will focus on the performance aspect of your work helping you to develop your story to be ready for an audience. Dig in, go further, explore new territory as a storyteller. The final class is a performance in front of our invited audience. For more info, contact Bronwen at bronwenprosser@gmail.com

Artful Thursdays - Miniature Books

with Lenore Lyons
Nov 6

Make a variety of miniature art books including the clever star book, the double bound dos-a- dos and a pop up book that contains a short message. Use as special cards or small gifts in this three hour, start to finish workshop.  For more info, please contact Lenore at Lenore@cotuitcenterforthearts.org

Three Steps to Stronger Paintings

with Mary L. Moquin
Begins Nov 8

This highly structured class will focus on what it takes to find your voice as an artist and learn ways to express it. The class is broken into 3 topics. The first two weeks will focus on composition and how it can be used to get your message across. The second two weeks are focused on value patterns and how color relates to value. The last two weeks focus on color mixing and color palettes. This is a great class for all levels and all mediums, lots of handouts and discussion.  For more info, please contact Mary at marymoquin@comcast.net

Photo Books

with Lori Cooney
Nov 13

Use your digital photos to get started creating a photo book that can be shared or printed right from your iPad. It's an easy way to make photo albums just like you used to as a kid. In order to participate, you must bring your iPad and make sure your photos are on the iPad before you come to class. A list of apps will be emailed out to the registrants prior to class. Please note, there may be a small fee associated with the recommended apps. There will be a fee to order one or more finished books.  For more info, contact Lori at lcooney98@yahoo.com

Artful Thursdays - Fanciful Fish

with Sarah Edick
Nov 20

Make one or more fanciful wire fish using beads, sea glass, shells and other embellishments. Make smaller fish as ornaments or larger ones as wall or window deorations in this three hour, start to finish workshop.  For more info, please contact Sarah at Sarah@cotuitcenterforthearts.org

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 jomc04@gmail.com

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.