Classes at the Center

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 Center 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 classes and our core faculty, please visit our teacher bios page.



Open Life Drawing/Painting

with Jackie Reeves
ongoing - Tuesdays, 6:45 PM 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
Ongoing: 1st Sunday of each month (*due to the Superbowl, the nest session will meet on February 19th)

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 Formerly of Entrain
Ongoing: 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 class focuses on drumming as a group, and each week begins with a warm up and runs through a series of rhythms designed to balance brain waves and body rhythms, increase neuroplasticity and stimulate the brain’s production of neurotransmitters that produce focus, attention and relaxation.

Intermediate Adult Tap with Susan Friedman

with Susan Friedman
next 12-week session Apr 6 - Jun 22 (no class May 25)

Cape Cod master teacher Susan Mendoza Friedman brings her tap energy and creative style to every class. This is a continuation of the Beginner Tap class or for those who are  familiar with the  basic knowledge of tap terminology. More advanced  technique will be introduced building on the curriculum from Beginner Tap. By the end of the session, students will complete a full-length choreographed tap dance and may have performance opportunities. A fabulously fun class and a great cardio workout…not to mention the sing-along possibilities with music we all love! 

Beginning Adult Tap with Susan Friedman

with Susan Friedman
next 12-week session Apr 6 - Jun 22 (no class May 25)

Cape Cod master teacher Susan Mendoza Friedman will introduce basic tap technique with her usual energy and creative style. For those who have no previous tap experience but who want to become the next Ginger Rogers or Fred Astaire, this class is suitable for beginning tappers of every level! Great music…great exercise…great fun! You are guaranteed to leave the class with a smile. Please note that many of the tappers have been enrolled in this class for several sesssions, so some will be polishing skills already learned and some will be starting from scratch!

Pigments with a Punch!

with Ed Chesnovitch

Current session Jan 9 - Feb 13
Next 6-week session begins March 2

Drop-Ins Welcome!

Leave your comfort zone, and enter a world of exciting and expressive painting application.  This class, for Pastels, Oils and Acrylics will focus on painting landscapes that have light, color and 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!

Watercolor Painting with Rosalie McCarthy

with Rosalie McCarthy
next 6-week session March 8 - April 12

Contrary to popular belief, watercolor is very forgiving.  It  has a fluidity and transparency unlike any other medium.  Prior to beginning a beautiful painting, you'll  be guided in sketching the subject (no prior drawing experience necessary). You'll learn glazing, brush loading, color mixing, paint lifting and control techniques as you gradually developing your painting allowing for adjustments along the way.

What’s Your Story, Morning Glory? (Saturdays)

A Writing Gym for Women
with Christine Ernst
current session Jan 14 - Feb 25

Next 6-week session Mar 11 - Apr 15

Drop-ins Welcome!

Have you always wanted to write but worry that your story's not that interesting? Do you own a collection of blank journals that you never write in because your story's not important enough? What are you waiting for? Join our class and discover a world of story in your day to day. 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, just lots of writing -- also sharing through reading aloud, if you choose.

Musical Theater Dance Workshop- Feb School Vacation 2017

with Michele Colley and Katie Koglin
Begins February 20
Ages 6-12
Five Days Only!

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.

My Dance Class, March 2017

with Michele Colley
Drop-Ins Welcome!
Begins March 1, with a FREE see-if-you-like-it class on Wed, Feb 22, 5:15-6:15!  

This eight-session cardio-dance class is for every level of dancer and exercise enthusiast. Students will learn original choreography combining Hip-hop, Funk, Broadway, Jazz, Latin, Modern, and whatever style fits the music. We will 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. Try out the FREE class on February 22! 

Silver Clay Pendant Workshop with Kim Rumberger

Saturday, March 4, 1:00-5:00 pm
in the Art Studio

Learn to handle, shape, texture, refine, fire and finish fine silver clay in this workshop. You will complete a pure silver pendant (higher grade than sterling silver) that is imprinted using fresh leaves from plants and herbs.

Irish Set and Ceili Dance Class

with Sean Murphy
Adults and Teens
Begins March 7

Celebrate the month of March and learn some Irish folk dance! This course will introduce students to some easy and popular Irish Set and Ceili dances. Each week, students will learn basic steps and figures for dances. Dances that will be taught can be found on YouTube and other web sites should you choose to practice between classes. This class is open to beginners and dancers of all genres and ability levels. Contra and ballroom dancers welcome. Couples and singles welcome. No previous experience necessary.

Lecture Series: A History of St. Patrick

with Sean Murphy
March 7, 14, 21, 28 

St. Patrick is the most recognized person around the world who is connected with Ireland. He is the saint who is most associated with the transformation of Pagan Ireland to Christian Ireland. Each year he is the most celebrated person of Irish heritage among the Irish community throughout the world.
There are, perhaps, only a few events in the history of Ireland that are more significant  than the contribution of St. Patrick and his followers. The history of Saint Patrick and the period in which he lived provides us with insights into the events that changed Ireland — and indeed the world — forever.

Intermediate Ukulele with Steve Gregory

Next 8-week session Mar 11 - Apr 29

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. Performance opportunities are available as well! 8 sessions.

Beginner Ukulele with Steve Gregory

Next 8-week session Mar 11 - Apr 29

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 will learn basic chords and strumming patterns to classic songs. 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! Please bring your own ukulele.

Metal Clay Studio Series with Kim Rumberger

Saturdays, March 18 - April 8 (4 classes) 

This series of workshops is for the beginners who want to get more serious about creating with metal clay, and the experienced metal clay artists who love to work in a group. Kim will help the beginners learn to handle and refine the clay, and continue on with more advanced projects and techniques. Experienced artists can bring their own tools and work on projects of their choice, or join in with the lessons provided. All participants will be able to use the many design tools and supplies that Kim brings along with her "mobile studio." 

Fantastic Furniture Painting

with Nancy Frary
Tuesdays, May 2 - June 20

Transform old, unwanted or unused pieces of furniture into works of art! If you can hold a paintbrush you can master the techniques taught in this class. You will use acrylic paints to learn a number of basic painting techniques that will turn your piece into a unique expression of your creativity.
Please join us to have some fun creating your own piece of fantastic furniture!

Portrait Drawing Workshop with Rosalie McCarthy

Tuesday, May 16         One day only! 

This fun and non-intimidating workshop will demystify the challenges and misconceptions of drawing portraits. You'll learn simple, uncomplicated steps in completing an effective portrait. Rosalie uses a before and after approach -- you will be amazed at what you can accomplish in just the first two hours! The third hour will be devoted to refining and making any adjustment or alterations you wish to make to your portrait. After lunch, the afternoon will be devoted to leaning shading techniques to add tonal dimension and depth to your portrait. 

Plein Air Painting: Adventure in Watercolor

with Doris Rice
June 28-30      3 days only!

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, returns to the Center for her popular annual summer class and will guide students to a full painting experience. Students will learn the steps to success! We'll meet and have a basic introduction, and then move along to the painting location. Students will learn how to select a subject, which will be followed by a step-by-step painting demonstration. We will be working outside on location for the day. Materials available on loan for $10/day, if you don't have your own watercolor supplies. A lunch break will be in there somewhere...and finally, a review around 2:30 p.m. of the day's efforts with constructive critique. Bring lunch, water, and a hat.

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.