The Art School Classes

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 Art School 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 The Art School 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
1st Sunday of each 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: 2nd and 4th 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 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? A Writing Gym for Women-September 2016

with Christine Ernst
Begins September 10

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.

Rising Stars Youth Show Choir, Fall 2016

with Norma Atwood
Begins September 19

Ages 8-16 (flexible)

In this class, students will rehearse how to sing, dance and act as part of a performance choir. Students will rehearse once a week for eight weeks. Rehearsals will emphasize vocal technique, stage presence, choreography, and musical harmony. Students will perform for live audiences at CCftA during the holiday season. There will be opportunities for solos, duets, group numbers and individual acts.

Expressive Pastels, September 2016

with Ed Chesnovitch
Begins September 12- Drop-Ins Welcome!

Turn on the light! Fire up your imagination and explore the expressive side of pastel painting. This soft pastel class will focus on creating strong simplified starts using big shapes of beautiful color.  We will experiment and explore various under-painting techniques using pastel, mark making, and significant color choices to push a painting further. Students will develop their own style while learning about composition, value, and technique. Discussion, mini-demos, exercises, critiques, individual coaching and more painting! Go beyond your comfort zone, create a more dynamic sense of atmosphere and have confidence with pastel.

Arts and Movement Lunch Bunch

with Miss Lori
Begins September 13- Drop-Ins Welcome!

A first introduction to the arts and movement where students will dance to music, make arts and crafts, take nature walks, do drama and much more. Class begins with lunch, and each class will be different. For ages preschool-elementary. Homeschoolers welcome! Children should bring a peanut-free lunch and a water bottle.

Irish Set and Ceili Dance Class

with Sean Murphy
Adults and Teens
Begins September 14

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.

My Dance Class, September 2016

with Michele Colley
Begins September 14- Drop-Ins Welcome!

This six-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.

Beginning Adult Tap, September 2016

with Susan Friedman
Begins September 15

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! Great music…great exercise…great fun!  You are guaranteed to leave the class with a smile.

Portrait Sculpture

with Neil Grant
Begins September 15
This class is for beginner and intermediate sculptors.  Learn how to create realistic and beautiful portrait sculptures in clay.  Initially you’ll learn the ‘golden rules’ for making a clay face look like a real face before moving on to tackle a live model.  Classes will include demonstrations of each stage of creating a portrait, with emphasis on the overall facial structure as well as a focus on individual features.  You’ll also learn how to hollow your piece for firing as well as finish it for display.  While leaving room for artistic expression, the goal of this course is to teach a simple, systematic approach to producing ceramic portraits that’s also fun.

Intermediate Adult Tap, September 2016

with Susan Friedman
Begins September 15

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!

CCftA All Beatles Ukulele Concert Prep Class: Beginners

 with Steve Gregory
Begins September 17
for Adults and Teens

In this class, students will rehearse and prepare for a performance here at Cotuit Center for the Arts on October 16th at the 2016 Ukulele Festival. Classes will cover finger picking, single note melody playing, advanced and novelty strumming patterns, tablature, jazz chords and other fun approaches to the instrument.


CCftA All Beatles Ukulele Concert Prep Class: Intermediate

CCftA All Beatles Ukulele Concert Prep Class: For Intermediate Levels with Steve Gregory
Adults and Teens

In this class, students will rehearse and prepare for a performance here at Cotuit Center for the Arts on October 16th at the 2016 Ukulele Festival. Classes will cover finger picking, single note melody playing, advanced and novelty strumming patterns, tablature, jazz chords and other fun approaches to the instrument.

Introduction to Guitar, September 2016

with Aaron Mayo
Begins September 12
Adults & Teens

In this 6-session introductory guitar class, you will learn the basics of playing guitar. Students will learn the chords and be able to play hundreds of songs! Don’t forget your guitar!

Fall Watercolor Painting, September 2016

with Rosalie McCarthy
Begins September 21

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.

There will be ongoing individual guidance, instruction and demonstrations in a supportive, non-intimidating and fun atmosphere. Various papers, brushes and equipment will be discussed together with helpful handouts to assist you on your painting journey.  Beginners to advanced skill levels welcome.

Fall Acrylic Painting, September 2016

with Rosalie McCarthy
Begins September 23

This class will guide you with individual attention  in completing a beautiful fall scene in glorious colors.  They'll be ongoing instruction and demonstrations which will demystify the painting process. Beginning with a simple sketch, continuous light  layers of paint are applied, allowing for adjustments along the way as your painting slowly emerges. Final details will create energy and life to your painting. An overview of supplies, techniques, brush loading and application along with helpful handouts will guide you on your painting journey.  

Magic Class-Abracadabra!, September 2016-YOUTH!

with Rich Archer
Ages 7-12
Begins September 29

Learn to amaze your family and friends with spectacular sleight of hand tricks taught by a real live Magician!  Magic is a Performance Art. Not only will you learn awesome Magic, but also the presentation, misdirection, and the confidence to stand in front of a group and perform your magic. Students will take home their own Magic Kit with a range of tricks personally selected by Instructor and Professional Magician Rich Archer. Class will end with a final performance at the Center!

Music Appreciation: The Symphony

with David Cohen
Begins October 5

This class will enrich your understanding of the Music of Orchestral Masters from Mozart, to Mahler, to modern day composers. On this magical journey through Orchestral Masterpieces we'll explore: the language of music and its unique ability to communicate emotional, historical, spiritual and intellectual ideas; the evolution of Symphonic form and hear examples from orchestral repertoire; and, the works of the greatest masters and innovators of orchestration that forever-changed the musical landscape. Lastly, students will examine and discuss the roles of conductors and hear how they influence their orchestras' performances.

Ukulele for Beginners, October 2016

with Steve Gregory
Begins October 22
Adults and Teens

Everyone is musical. Explore the music in you with the Ukulele! The Ukulele has enjoyed a come back 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. 8 sessions.

Intermediate Ukulele, October 2016

with Steve Gregory
Begins October 22

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.

Drawing People-Parts to Whole, November 2016

with Jackie Reeves
Begins October 27

Each week, we will focus on different parts of the human form; hands, feet and portrait. Beginning with drawing from handouts and plaster casts, we will develop skills in seeing shapes, perspective, proportion and creating volume with shading. There will be a live model for the last two sessions with instruction on the use of drawing tools and strategies for drawing from life in a loose and flowing manner. Beginners are welcome as well as seasoned drawers who can take advantage of focused drawing time.

Saturday Yoga - Riding the Waves Within NO CLASS SEPTEMBER 10

with Michele Colley
year-round, ongoing Saturdays 8:00am-9:30am (Class Cancelled September 10)

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.