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

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

Intro to Ukulele - Spring

with Steve Gregory
March 15-May 3

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!

Young Sculptors

with Jessie Arnone
ages 8-12
March 13-April 17

Discover the wide range of sculpture from kinetic sculpture that moves, plaster casting and clay statues. We will use materials like wire, paper, clay and even recycled bottles. Explore sculpture; put your creative skills to the test.

Intermediate Ukulele - Spring

with Steve Gregory
March 15-May 3

Intermediate Ukulele covers finger picking, single note melody playing, advanced and novelty strumming patterns, tablature, jazz chords and other fun approaches to the instrument. We change up the repertoire to suit the taste and ability of those taking the class.

Explore World Drumming -Spring

with Sam Holmstock
March 18-April 29

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. This will be a very hands on class. Students will have an opportunity to learn the traditional rhythms individually and play them in the traditional ensemble setting. We will trace the evolution of world rhythms from their tribal roots to present day musical contexts of Hip-Hop and International Pop styles. We will also explore the aspects and guidelines for the modern day Drum Circle for fun and relaxation. No experience is necessary. This will be an opportunity for beginners to get their feet wet and for experienced players to hone their skills and for everyone to have fun. Drums will be provided for those that don’t already have them. 

The Power of Pastel - Spring

with Ed Chesnovitch
March 17-May 5

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. A materials list will be provided by the instructor.

Clay Tiles and More

with Lois Hirshberg
March 19-April 30

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, glazing and installation. In this workshop, participants will experience working with clay through hand building individual tiles. Participants will experiment with using coils or slabs to create forms. We’ll also explore various techniques for decorating tiles, including painting with underglazes, using slips or stains, carving designs and making imprints. You will leave the class with unique ready-to-hang tiles!  All levels are welcome.

Hand Built Pottery for Kids

with Lois Hirshberg
ages 8-12
March 19-April 30

Kids will learn to pinch, coil and roll slabs to make fun and quirky plates, bowls and tiles.  We will learn the tools and techniques for making all sorts of functional and non-functional objects.  Materials fee includes clay, glazes and firing.

Make Time to Write - Spring

with Christine Rathbun Ernst
March 20-May 8

Led by Christine Rathbun Ernst,  poet-playwright-loudmouth. Make Time to Write is an 8-week class designed to get your pen moving. Finally. You know you've been talking about it for years. We'll even give you the paper and pen. No critique, no judgment, all abilities. Guaranteed painless. Also fun. It's plain old writing practice for people who love to write but never do. Each 2-hour class is structured around a single theme explored through idea composting, free writes, optional take-home assignments, and reading aloud (if you choose).  Lined yellow pads and cheap ballpoints provided. Or bring your laptop or that beautiful fancy very expensive and completely blank journal you've been saving for your stories all these years. C'mon, you big writer -- do it. At Cotuit.

Acrylic Still Life

with Rosalie McCarthy
March 28-April 18

Join us, have fun & explore the medium of acrylics as Rosalie guides you through the process with individual instruction; beginning with the initial sketching to layering the paint in stages (glazing & under painting) to the final details. You may bring in your own still life objects or photograph to work from or objects & photos will be available from the instructor.  

Explore Art * Journals

with Lenore Lyons
ages 11-15
March 31-May 12

Experiment with the process of keeping an art journal with a variety of 2D projects. Art journalling is a way to play with paints, markers, pencils, ink and other interesting art supplies. Just a word or one sentence can make a powerful statement when it’s added to a visual. It’s easy and fun. 

Mixed Media Adventure.

with Lenore Lyons
April 7-May 5

Join together with others and explore your creativity. We will start by creating a simple 3D house with many mixed media details.  We will be 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. 

Write Your Own Solo Show - Level One

with Bronwen Prosser
April 17-May 8

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? Instructor Bronwen Prosser has extensive experience in developing written material for performance and is a veteran performer and solo-show expert. The class is designed to be a joyful and honest exploration of our selves and help us over-come 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; all levels welcome!

Music Theater Dance Workshop: April Vacation

with Michele Colley, Anna Botsford, and Kris Hill
ages 6-8 and 9-12
April School Vacation: Monday-Friday April 21-25

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 has become one of the most popular classes on Cape Cod.

LEGO Fun - April Vacation

with Jane Altshuler
for ages 6-12
April School Vacation: Tuesday - Friday Apr 22-25

Use your imagination to build your own unique LEGO creations using exploration, unconventional thinking and innovation. Learn building techniques, project planning, and how to use of all types of Lego pieces. Your creations will be photographed and you will make a LEGO book.

iPad as a Canvas

with Lori Cooney
April 28

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. You will need to purchase the recommended app for approximately $5 after registration.  A stylus would be helpful as well. 

Get Ready for Kindergarten

with Patti Gill
May 2-June 7

For children entering Kindergarten in 2014 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 2014 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.

Rustic Animals and Sculpture

with Alfie Glover
May 3-24

Rustic animals...lions and tigers and bears-oh my!  Dogs and horses of courses!  A hippopotamus  Why not-o-mus! Turn your otherwise fire wood into wonderful imaginative four legged creatures.  No previous experience necessary. Just bring your imagination and some of your own materials.  A log approximately 4-5 in wide and 3 to 4 feet long for the body. You will need 4 legs, 2 to 4 inches wide and 2 to 3 ft long. The same material can be used for the neck and tail. If you have something that might work as a head, bring it... think about old bicycle seats, pots and pans. You may want to use old shoes or boots. Why not fill them with cement and make horse boots.  Now that you have the idea, let your imaginations run wild.   Cast your worries to the wind and start your animal park today. If you would like to make a rustic fence, to keep your animals from wandering, we can do that too. Sounds like fun?  You bet it is!!!

Whats Your Story, Morning Glory?

with Christine Rathbun Ernst
May 3-June 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?

Pushing Color Boundaries in Pastel- Mondays

with Ed Chesnovitch
May 12 - June 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  ecart@comcast.net

Adult Tap Dance Beginner/Intermediate

 with Susan Friedman
May 6-June 10

A continuation of our winter tap class and welcoming new dancers also. For ladies and gents.  A great class for those beginning or dusting off the old 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.

Plein Air Landscape Painting

with Diana Lee
May 7-28

Paint on location the land and water views of Mashpee and Cotuit. The landscape composition will be approached through the process of working with a limited palette to develop a basic understanding of mixing colors and how to begin a painting using a value study, then progress to the finished painting concentrating on light, space and form to create your plein air painting. Bring a selection of small canvases or boards and a drawing pad for tonal and composition sketches. Students will paint a painting each class on locations to be announced.

Making Clay Tiles and Flat Forms

 with Lois Hirshberg
May 7-June 25

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 ready-to-hang tiles!  Students will be encouraged to expand on what they have learned and take projects in their own direction during class.

Portrait Drawing

with Rosalie McCarthy
May 8-29

This class will demystify the idea and challenges of drawing portraits. Learn simple effective steps to a complete portrait with line and simple shading techniques to add tonal dimensions and depth. A short demo on proper handling of pencil, positioning of paper and other effective tips will be presented.  We will use a before and after approach so you will see what you can accomplish in just the first two hours.  This will be a fun, relaxing and non-intimidating journey to portrait drawing.

Pen and Ink

with Andrea Favret
for adults and teens
May 8-22

Learn the techniques of pen and ink in this relaxed environment. This popular medium is for every level of artist who wants to practice the fine art of drawing with ink. Every week a new technique or subject will be covered. Start with the basics of line, learning how to see an object’s contour. Progress to observe shape versus negative space. Create the illusion of volume with the application of value by learning techniques of hatching and stippling. Practice different exercises that help students progress at their own pace. Learn to see and think like an artist. You will be amazed as your skill level rapidly improves.

Photography 1: Creativity with Your Digital Camera

with Jon Moore
May 9-June 6

Learn about digital photography through a creative and experimental approach to contemporary picture taking. The course will have a fairly objective start by examining light, color, motion as well as menus and modes available with most digital cameras in use today. These issues may seem challenging to some, but we will make it fun through experimentation in a creative way, simply to see the result and learn from it. Students will be given assignments to examine specific techniques and learn how they can enhance creative photography.

Multimaterial Sculpture

with Phyllis Hartley
May 11-18

In this class we will repurpose a variety of objects into a small sculpture or wall relief.  Use things of interest to you, including plastic, glass, cloth, bits of rusted metal, paper, crushed can tops and more. These are all great raw materials for sculptures. Use all kinds of found objects, any color or shape that catches your imagination. We will talk about training your eye to see things in a different way. Then we will explore methods of joining different types of materials into a piece of art, including glues, nails, screws, pegs, wiring and others. Tools will be demonstrated. Many materials will be provided; bring your own unique found objects to include in your artwork.

Solo Show Workshop

with Bronwen Prosser
May 12-June 16

In this five week intensive we will tackle the task of how to tell an engaging and performance worthy story. In this class we will write our own material which we will workshop together into dynamic individual performances.  Together we will explore how to create character through written storytelling and physical dramatization. You will be guided through the process of building your own solo performance. Each student will present their material during the final class to an invited audience. Warning! Homework!

Explore World Drumming

with Sam Holmstock
May 13-24

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. This will be a very hands on class. Students will have an opportunity to learn the traditional rhythms individually and play them in the traditional ensemble setting. We will trace the evolution of world rhythms from their tribal roots to present day musical contexts of Hip-Hop and International Pop styles. We will also explore the aspects and guidelines for the modern day Drum Circle for fun and relaxation. No experience is necessary. This will be an opportunity for beginners to get their feet wet and for experienced players to hone their skills and for everyone to have fun. Drums will be provided for those that don’t already have them.

Life Drawing Instruction

with Jackie Reeves
May 14-June 18

Working from a live nude model, participants will learn to draw the figure using a variety of drawing media and ink.  Students will improve their drawing skills through loose and free flowing approaches to drawing. Many quick gesture drawings contrasted by long observational studies help train the hand to draw what the eye sees. Develop your confidence and abi lity with proportion, spatial relationships, volume and line. This class is for adults and teens, beginners and those wanting to reconnect with drawing.

Further Adventures in Acting for the Fun of It

with Jim Pettibone
ages 15 and up
May 31-June 28

In this class, we’ll continue to explore how you get into the character the author created, what methods you can use to take the words on the page and bring them to life and how actors work off of each other. Folks brand new to acting are welcome as well.

Digital Photo Album

with Lori Cooney
June 2

In this workshop you have fun creating a digital scrapbook using your iPad and your photos. Participants must bring their iPad and they should have their photos on the iPad in order to successfully complete the workshop. A list of apps will be emailed out to the registrants prior to class. Please note: a fee is associated with the scrapbooking app.

Creating Miniature Paintings

with Debra Hope Colligan
June 2-23

Color and value will be discussed as we bring drawings to life and turn them into paintings that are expressive and imaginative . Techniques for mixing media with palette knives and brushes to create textures and vivid colors in acrylics will be demonstrated. Discussion of artists throughout history will be used as a resource. Each class will revolve around a different subject matter; students will complete several miniature paintings. Using two-dimensional references, students will bring their favorite photographs of land/seascapes, people, pets and other subjects from everyday life that will be applied. Emphasis will be on the beauty, flexibility and special properties of acrylics. Instruction and materials will be tailored to interests and need.

Playwriting Workshop

with Bronwen Prosser and Danny Mitarotondo
June 14-28

Writing a play is an intriguing endeavor. Bronwen Prosser and special guest Danny Mitarotondo will be offering a unique opportunity to come and write a play in a supportive and playful environment focused on leading you through the beginning stages of writing a play. Danny Mitarotondo is an Edward Albee Fellow and graduate of Columbia University's MFA playwriting program. His work is currently being developed and shown all over the country. Bronwen and Danny previously collaborated in New York and are excited to jump into the imaginative and ridiculous world of playwriting with you. Whatever your level, come write with us!

A Painting Adventure in Watercolor

 with Doris Rice
June 18-20

This is a chance to learn the skills of painting while soaking in the beautiful surroundings of Cape Cod.Doris Rice, experienced plein air (outdoor) watercolorist, will guide you to a full painting experience. Learn the steps to success!  We’ll meet and have a basic introduction then move along to the painting location.   We will be working outside on location for the day.  Location is selected by the weather of the day, be it very sunny, a bit windy, overcast…..we’ll plan accordingly.

How does the day go?   Start with a review of set up and materials for outdoor painting, we’ll compare tools. Materials available on loan if you don’t have watercolor supplies. Demonstration on how to select a subject and a painting demonstration…how to, step by step.

Summer Watercolor Florals

with Rosalie McCarthy
June 26-July 10

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.

Mystery Build 2014 Getting Started

with Lenore Lyons
June 27

Discuss ways to approach the Mystery Build challenge. You have purchased a box, thought about it for a while and now what?  Join with others to learn about the supplies, try them out and brainstorm options for their use.  Please come with questions, ideas and pictures to share or just come to learn about what others are thinking.  We had a great time with this last year, but we don’t want to wait until September to begin. Be part of this art challenge, it’s tricky to be sure but we want to help you to get started...so many folks have asked how to begin. We will schedule more classes as needed.

Explore Art •Vacation

with Lenore Lyons
June 30-July 3
ages 8-12

Have fun as you experiment with all sorts of interesting art materials including inks, sprays, paints, water crayons, water graphite and more. Working with the Summer Vacation theme, we will have fun with drawing, painting with masking and textures, stencils, collages and print making with Gelli plates. You will also learn about borders, Zentangles and easy ways to add lettering for big and small messages.  We’ll use lots of paper in this class as you try new materials and discover what you like. Finally, you will create a very personal art book with the work you created with extra pages for future use.

Summer Art 1:  Bring Back the Machine

with David Sigel and Hilary Hutchison
ages 11-16  
July 7- July 18

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!

Machines of the past, present, and future will inspire the projects for this session: kinetic sculpture, machine inspired dry-point etching, pinhole photography, found object construction.

Just Dance!

with Susan Friedman
ages 7-11
July 7-11

Join us for a blend of Jazz, Hip Hop, and basic dance technique rolled up with great music into an hour of JUST DANCE fun.

Young Artists

with Karen Maker
July 7-11
ages 6-9

Summer on Cape Cod and what could be more fun than a week filled with creative adventures in drawing and painting! Children interested in making art will enjoy five days of different lessons in drawing and painting using a variety mediums and quality materials: pencils, markers, soft and oil pastels, watercolors and acrylics. Still life, seascapes and even a special "Cape Cod 2014" painting are in store for little artists. Each day will bring something new with each child's art being wholly their own!

Theater Talk

facilitated by Jim Pettibone
July 7

This is an invitation to members of the theater community to get together and chat about different areas of our shared interest. This night’s topic will be “What do directors want from actors and what do actors need from directors.” We’d like to hear your thoughts on how directors and actors can best work together in the creative process.

Drawing People

with Jackie Reeves
ages 14 and up
July 9-30

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!

Physical Theater Exploration for Teens

with Anna Botsford and Bronwen Prosser
July 12-13

In this two day workshop we will explore the creation of theater in a variety of different physical applications. We will devise theater through movement and voice work as well as playing with/responding to music and other stimuli. This is a chance to understand a whole body approach to acting. Investigating our own body as our most vast and resonant instrument we will delve into scene work from a completely fresh angle based on our deepest impulses. Bring lots of water and comfortable clothes and snacks! And beware: fun will happen!  For more information, please contact Anna at anna.botsford@gmail.com

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  ecart@comcast.net

Introduction to Ukulele

with Vanessa Gregory
for adults and teens
July 12-August 16

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.

Summer Art -  Elements

with David Sigel and Hilary Hutchison
ages 8-10
July 14-18

Join a fun and creative one week art experience for enthusiastic young artists. This studio-based program will introduce students to a wide range of art materials and ways of making art.  Using the “elements”, earth, wind, and fire, students will incorporate these themes into art projects, while sharing creative experiences with a class of their peers.   An introduction to printmaking, drawing and painting from life, paper and cardboard sculpture, and artist books will be taught. Enrollment is limited to 14 students.  Sign up today!

Phone Photography for Kids

with Jon Moore
ages 8-12
July 14 - 18

To kids today, photography means taking pictures with their cell phone. Given the inherent creativity in children, why not teach them about photography as an art form by using the one 'camera'  that they never part with? In this course, kids are given a selective series of photo assignments designed to stimulate their creativity and to have them share their results with the group in a fun, creative atmosphere. Students will need their mobile phone and ability to email their photos to the instructor so that we can share our photos with the class on a larger screen. We will be taking some photos outdoors on the Cotuit property so appropriate shoes and outdoor clothing are required.

Slam: A Workshop for Perfomance Poets

with Marney Rathbun
July 14 - August 18

This six-week course is designed to create a space where aspiring slam poets can work on creating and performing original work. Through consideration of poetry as a means of performance, we will work on poems on the page as well as on the stage. This six-week program will culminate in an open mic that will be open to the public, where students will have the opportunity to perform their work for an audience. All levels of experience are welcome; an interest in poetry is required.

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.  Visit the website www.MusicalTheaterDanceWorkshop.com  for more information about this year's program.

Adult Tap Dance - Summer

with Susan Friedman
July 15-August 19

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!

Polymer Jewelry • Treasures & Trinkets

with Marcia Simpson
for adults and teens
July 19-20

Learn how to make a variety of handmade beads using different techniques including caning, mokume gane, carving, imitation, polishing and finishing.  You will learn about color theory and mixing, history of polymer and jewelry design concepts. You will then design and use the techniques to make a pin, bracelet, and /or necklace.  Purchase at least one package of Premo brand polymer clay in the following colors: black, white, ecru, translucent, gold, pearl, red, yellow, blue and turquoise as well as others of your choice.

Improv

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

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 rosemac1310@gmail.com 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

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 Morning Yoga in the Gallery

with Michele Colley

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

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.