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Classes & Workshops

The New Horizons Band Wants You!
The New Horizons Band program has chapters all over the country, for people who are 50ish and older and want to make new friends and share their love of music. The band is for those who have never before played an instrument and would like to learn in a group setting or who used to play but haven't in some time. The band rehearses at the Cultural Center every Monday at 3:30. If you're interested in joining or would just like to learn more about the band, stop by on a Monday afternoon or call for more information. New members are always welcome! Learn more

A Quartet of Salsa Dance Classes

April 1, 15, 29, and May 6. 7-8pm
Continuing from the very successful trio of March classes, these sessions will focus on the Salsa, a dance that makes everyone want to get up and shake those hips. We’ll heat up the dance floor, shake off those cabin fever blues, and get some great exercise as well. Instructor Doug McHugh of Ballroom Bliss has been teaching professionally now for over 14 years. $80 per couple and $48 per single. Call to register. 508-394-7100.

Painting with Watercolors, with Jean Tucker
6 Mondays, April 7-May 12
9:30-12:30. In this class we will work from individual objects and concentrate on creating a strong light source. We will gradually move on to simple still life subject matter, landscapes, and perhaps to abstraction, depending on the interests of the participants. I love painting fruit, vegetables, cups, pitchers and other things from the kitchen. These everyday items can make charming paintings. If you want to bring flowers, we will be painting them one at a time and then in groupings. Please bring your special objects to add to the painting session. Suitable for all levels of painters. Cost: $165, $135 members. Call to register.

Jean TuckerA Six-Week Acrylic Painting Class with Jean Tucker
Six Thursdays, April 10-May 15, 9:30am-12:30pm
In addition to using acrylic in the traditional manner, like oils, students will embrace the inventiveness of today’s most versatile medium. Whether you paint landscape, still life, or choose to develop your own creative imagery, acrylics will bring you to a new level of exploration. Thinned with water, straight from the tube or thickened with a medium, acrylics allow us to play with water media effects, texturing, subtractive technique, glazing and collage. Because these paints are compatible with a wide range of materials, we can create mixed media art with endless possibilities. $165 / $135 for members. Call to register and for a supplies list.

Words and/as Art: A Workshop with Poet/Artists Elizabeth Bradfield and Melanie Braverman
April 26, 10 am – 4 pm (break for lunch) $90 pp
From Keats’ “Ode to a Grecian Urn” to Barbara Kruger’s words in neon, writers and artists have long engaged in the interplay between images and words. In this day-long workshop we will play with various modes of artful words—both collaboratively and independently. We will lead forays into using words as design, ekphrastic poetry (poems inspired by or descriptive of visual art), erasure poetry, and broadsides. Time will be set aside for sharing and also for independent exploration. Bring a poem of your own and one that you admire by someone else to use. Participants are encouraged to bring with them whatever seems ripe with potential for making: notebooks, magazines, pens, pencils, watercolors, glue sticks, fabric, laptops, cameras, photographs or other visual images. It’s our hope that the experience of playing together will open new avenues when we return to our solitary work of creation. All levels of writers and artists welcome.

ECB1Elizabeth Bradfield is the author of two poetry collections: Approaching Ice and Interpretive Work. Her poems have appeared in The New Yorker, The Atlantic, Orion, The Believer, Poetry and elsewhere. Founder and editor-in-chief of Broadsided Press (www.broadsidedpress.org), she lives on Cape Cod, works as a naturalist locally as well as on expedition ships, and is the current Poet-in-Residence at Brandeis University and on the faculty of the low-residency MFA program at University of Alaska Anchorage.

Melanie Braverman is the author a novel East Justice (Permanent Press, 1996) and the poetry collection Red (Perugia Press, 2002), winner of the Publishers Triangle Audre Lorde Poetry Award. Her writing has appeared in The New York Times Sunday Magazine, Poetry, American Poetry Review, and other journals; visual work is currently in exhibitions at the Leslie+Lohman Museum in New York and the Provincetown Art Association and Museum. Call to register.

Fundamentals of Drawing with Craig Caldwell
Six Tuesdays, April 29-June 3, from 10am-12:30pm
This class is designed for the beginning drawer who appreciates art and has always wanted to learn to draw as well as for those looking for a refresher course. Instruction will cover the fundamentals of free-hand drawing: line, perspective, composition, understanding light and form, as well as creating illusions of depth, contrast, and texture. Different drawing material, techniques, and methods will be explored. Open to all levels of experience. A list of supplies will be provided. $150 / $120 members. Call 508-394-7100 to register. Cultural Center of Cape Cod, 307 Old Main St., South Yarmouth

Digital Submissions for Art Exhibitions and the WebBeginner French for Adults

Instructor: Jeni Landers
For students with little to no knowledge of the language
6 weeks starting Thursday, May 1 (no class on May 15). 5:30-7pm. $120, $100 for members. call to register.

How to Prepare Digital Submissions for Art Exhibitions and the Web
Sunday, May 4, 2-4:30pm.  A workshop for all levels. Margaret Farrell Bruno, instructor. Learn the best and simplest way to convert jpeg photos of your artwork into high quality digital submissions for art exhibitions and juried shows. The workshop starts with helpful hints for photographing your artwork followed by a step-by-step process of adjusting your photos using Photoshop Elements and other types of software to make digital files that truly represent the beauty of your original art. You will also learn how to convert, resize, and save your files onto a CD, for your website, Facebook page, blog, and for print. All students will receive an easy-to-follow guide for future reference.  $65, $55 for members. Call to register. 508-394-7100.

A Trio of Salsa Dance Classes
May 13, 20, 27. 7-8pmKathleen Sullivan
Picking up where the April sessions left off, these classes will focus on the Salsa, a dance that makes everyone want to get up and shake those hips. Those with some previous salsa experience are welcome to join the wonderful group that’s been learning, dancing, and having fun together since March. Instructor Doug McHugh of Ballroom Bliss has been teaching professionally now for over 14 years. $60 per couple and $36 per single. Call to register. 508-394-7100.

“A Springtime Color Bonanza”
May 14, 6:30-8pm
Join us for a fun workshop! Kathleen Sullivan, a fashion advisor with over twenty years of experience, will teach the latest trends in scarf tying, the best jewelry for you and the most beautiful colors to wear every day. The workshop is informative, inspiring as well as interactive. Kathleen has a real "flare for fashion", so let her "spark" the inner fashionista in you!  If you want to know how to wear one of your favorite scarves, feel free to bring it along.  $12 per person, $10 for members.  Limit: 25 people. Kathy’s last class sold out quickly, so call now to register

Color and Composition: A 3-Day Painting Workshop with Suzanne PackerSuzanne Packer
May 28, 29, 30. 9:30am—3pm
Still life paintings that have visual movement, paintings that have the viewer's eye move across and around the canvas, this is the focus of the workshop. This three-day workshop will use the still-life set up as the starting point to develop a composition that works within the plane of the canvas. The use of color harmonies, color temperatures, textures and composition will be taught as ways to make the still life painting create visual interest. There will be two still life set-ups, giving the students the chance to concentrate on one painting for the three days or to work on two paintings. Each still life set-up will give different challenges. A lot of individual instruction is given to each student during the workshop. The days end with a group critique, a beneficial way to learn by looking at what others are doing. Oil paints and the water-mixable oils are the materials of choice. $300 / $250 for members of the Cultural Center. A $40 yearly individual membership will pay for itself with registration for this workshop. Call 508 394-7100 to register. www.suzannempacker.com

Painting Demonstration by Doris Mee
May 27, 10am-noon
Doris will give us a preview of the strategies she will teach in her upcoming class entitled “Design with Mixed Media / Collage.” She will show us unusual methods to produce dramatic results. No charge, but please reserve a place in advance by visiting the Cultural Center or calling 508-394-7100.

Fall Bouquet
4 Tuesdays, June 3, 10, 17, 24. 9:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

Have fun with collage and mixed media.  Students may choose to use either water-based media; watercolor or acrylic.  Also, enhancements to a work can incorporate use of pastels, colored pencils or bits of fabric. Discover unusual methods to produce dramatic results. Doris uses a variety of rice papers from the Orient, along with found papers for her abstract and representational collages. Additions of torn-up “old” watercolor paintings are sometimes used to add a surprise element.  She generally uses 300 lb. watercolor paper as a support for the collage, but 140 lb paper or small canvases may also be used. Students work in an informal and supportive atmosphere.  The instructor uses brief demonstrations on a variety of papers.  The emphasis is on good design, strong value contrast, and visual movement.  In-progress critiques are used to encourage experimentation. The session ends with a review of each student’s work. student skill level:  beginner to advanced. $100 members, $120 non-members.

Color and Composition with Suzanne PackerRegister at the Cultural Center of Cape Cod, 307 Old Main Street, South Yarmouth, or call 508-394-7100.

Color and Composition with Suzanne M. Packer
Six Wednesdays, June 4-July 9. 9:30am-12:30pm
Create paintings that have visual movement, paintings that have the viewer's eye move across and around the canvas, this is the focus of the class. Learn to develop a composition that works within the plane of the canvas. Learn to use color harmonies, color temperatures, textures and composition to create visual interest.  All skill levels are acceptable as there will be much individual instruction and tutoring along with group discussions and critiques. $180/$150 for members of the Cultural Center. (Note: a $40 yearly individual membership will nearly pay for itself with registration for this class.) Call 508-394-7100 to register.

From Photo to Fine Art: Creating Fabulous Compositions that are Uniquely Yours, with Gail Speckmann
3 day workshop, August 19-21, 9:30-4. (Bring Your lunch). Advanced beginners on up. All painting media, but instructor will demonstrate in water color.

Gail SpeckmannYou will utilize your photography as a springboard for creating dynamic compositions and make your own unique choices within the framework of well-established design guidelines. We begin by going out with our digital cameras or phone cameras to take the best photos possible, shooting from several angles. (Cameras will be provided if you don't have one.) You will learn techniques that allow you to work through your design options in a stream-lined manner, using among other things a projector and/or computer to enhance your creativity. You will learn to create a significant pathway through your composition, enhance an area of greatest interest and contrast, harmonize supporting elements, shift from lesser to greater element such as color, size, etc), create energy and momentum, find a sense of balance within the piece, establish rhythmic elements by using alternation (i.e. light/dark/light/dark, etc), establish a dominant theme, style, coloration, etc. create variations of particular aspects, elements, or objects, and pull the elements all together into a finished painting. Gail is a great believer in befriending the tools and materials that are available to us, instead of thinking that we have to go it all alone.... they also help teach us how to be able to “ride our own bikes without the training wheels.” The more we are able to discover/ “try on” our choices, the greater becomes our own unique artistic expression.

Gail taught a very successful and popular watercolor workshop here last year. Don’t miss this opportunity to study with her!

$295. To register, call 508-394-7100.