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.
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.
What’s Your Story, Morning Glory? Spring Session
with Christine Rathbun Ernst
Begins March 21
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?
The Power of Pastel Spring Session
with Ed Chesnovitch
Begins March 23
Fire up your imagination and explore the emotional side of landscape pastel painting. This soft pastel class will focus on creating 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.
Artful Thursdays - Pyramids the Mystery and History
with Dennis Colligan
Begins April 2
Pyramids are interesting and often mysterious constructions found all over the planet and have been constructed from ancient to modern times. Participants will construct and paint their own 7” high cardboard pyramids using a simple construction techniques. Prior to making the pyramids there will be a short presentation on the history and mystery of pyramids around the world and a brief discussion. Everyone will go home with at least one pyramid of their own construction and a greater knowledge of pyramids.
Spring Watercolor Florals
with Rosalie McCarthy
Begins April 3
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.
with Alfie Glover
Begins April 4
Repurpose old wooden chairs into beautiful pieces of art. Bring chairs and other interesting items to class, the instructor will help you to transform them into functional or non-functional sculptural pieces. Add flair to your piece with hand crafted or found materials to make unique and fun furniture. Bring scrap wood or pieces you would like to finally put to use. We will have some parts to share. Learn easy ways to attach dissimilar materials to embellish your work. Instructor will demonstrate the use of tools and techniques. No experience is necessary. Just learn and have fun creating anything you can imagine!
Get Ready for Kindergarten Spring Session 2015
with Barbara Bennett
For children entering Kindergarten in 2015 and a loved one.
Begins April 10
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.
Soulful Pet Portraits
with Deb Hope Colligan
Begins April 11
Capture the soulful character of beloved animals on canvas. Use vibrant acrylic colors with a selection of mediums to create textures that will bring expressive and imaginative animals personalities to life on canvas. Bring several photographs of your favorite animal to work from along with optional photographs of seascapes/ landscapes for the background. This class will introduce you to the artistic historical significance of pet portraiture. Each class adds new elements, challenges, and accomplishments. Open to all.
Artful Thursdays - Step by Step Acrylic Painting
with Karen Maker
Begins April 16
Enjoy a fun evening painting with acrylic paints. Whether you've taken art classes before or never held a brush, you will be shown everything you need to know and take home a beautiful Cape Cod seascape.You will learn the basics and a few special techniques for creating your own masterpiece.
Musical Theater Dance Workshop April School Vacation
with Michele Colley and Kris Hill
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
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.
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.
Saturday Yoga - Riding the Waves Within
with Michele Colley
year-round, ongoing Saturdays 8:00am-9:30am in the Annex
Saturday morning Yoga class will not be held this week, 3/28. Class will resume in April.
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.