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.

Applications now being accepted for our 2nd Annual Artist-in-Residence program beginning June 1, 2017!

 

Open Life Drawing/Painting

with Jackie Reeves
ongoing - Tuesdays, 6:45 PM in the Art Studio
Note : No classes in January.  Class will resume February 7.

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 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.

Pigments with a Punch!

with Ed Chesnovitch
Begins January 9th- 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!

My Dance Class, Jan. 2017

with Michele Colley
Drop-Ins Welcome!
Begins January 11

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.

Watercolor Painting, January 2017

with Rosalie McCarthy
Begins January 18

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? January 2017 (Thursdays)

A Writing Gym for Women
with Christine Ernst
Begins January 12th- 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.

Acrylic Painting, January 2017

with Rosalie McCarthy
Begins January 13th

Discover the versatility of acrylics. Dries quickly, easy application and clean up.  We'll begin with basic drawing lines to follow as you begin glazing  up of your painting, which is layering one thin layer of paint over another as each under-painting shines through.  Experience the many surprising colors applied to create snow and a free flowing application of the surrounding landscape. These will be guided painting classes with ongoing demonstration and individual attention with the freedom to develop your own painting style. Beginners/intermediate/advanced.

 

What’s Your Story, Morning Glory? January 2017 (Saturdays)

A Writing Gym for Women
with Christine Ernst
Begins January 14th - 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.

Portrait Sculpture Studio-January 2017

with Neil Grant
Begins January 19
 
Portrait sculpture allows you to make realistic representations of studio models, loved ones, celebrities and even figures of your imagination.  If you’d like to learn this art form, or you’re someone who just wants to build on their existing skills and experience, then this is the class for you.  Each session provides the opportunity to work on portrait sculpture in a studio environment from a live model. Sculptor Neil Grant will be available to tutor both beginner and intermediate students as they use the model and other reference materials to learn sculpting techniques and produce work.  Each of two models will be used over a five week period to allow students to create a finished piece of work. Stands are provided and some tools are available. 

Musical Theatre Dance Workshop- Feb School Vacation 2017

with Michele Colley and Kris Hill
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

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.

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.