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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

Saturday Morning Italian Classes
The Cultural Center's free Saturday Morning Italian Classes will start again in September with Advanced Italian 9-10:30am and Beginning Italian from 10:30am-noon. Students must be members of the Center and purchase "Learning Italian With or Without a Teacher" (written by instructor Guido Farina) from our gift shop or from Amazon for $19.95. If you have questions, you can call Guido at 508-398-0675.


Introduction to Color, with Craig Caldwell
Six Tuesdays: September 9, 16, 23, 30, October 7, 14. 1-3pm
This class will build on the basic fundamentals of drawing with a focus not only on drawing, gesture, and surface but on the interaction of colors with one another and on creating a new visual language with basic color mixtures. Emphasis will be on creating tones and gradations and color changes as well as mixing colors to create a personal palette with which to become comfortable. Continued emphasis will be on the treatment of edges and tones to create a personal visual language while working on abstract images as well as still lifes, floral studies, and basic landscapes. We will start with dry pastels and work with simple oil mediums to mix colors. Craig CaldwellMaterials list will be provided at sign up or at first class meeting. $150, $125 for members. Call to register.


Fundamentals of Drawing, with Craig Caldwell

Six Tuesdays: September 9, 16, 23, 30, October 7, 14. 10am-noon
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, $125 for members. Call to register.

The Early Religion of Ireland: From Pagan to Christian
An 8-week course. Wednesdays, 3pm-5pm, from Oct. 15, 2014 – Dec. 17, 2014. (No Class Nov. 12 or 26). The ancient Irish worshipped their divine through the unique practice of Druidism until Christianity began to be preached in the 5th century. In this course, we will look at Druidism in the life of the ancients; the uniqueness of the early Christian Church in Ireland along with some of its saints (Patrick, Brigid, Brendan); why monastic life at Clon MacNois, Michael Skellig, and Iona flourished and contributed much to society; and we will end the study with a glimpse into the beauty and uniqueness of Celtic spirituality. Instructor: Mary Ann Eaton. Cost $85 - Course readings are a combination of handouts (small charge payable to instructor) and books ordered by student from online sources. The book list will be emailed to registered students. Classes fill quickly. Register early! Call 508-394-7100 to register.

Suzanne Packer
Color and Composition with Suzanne M. Packer
Six Wednesdays, October 22 - November 26
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.


Exploring Watercolor, with Jean Tucker
Four Wednesdays
November 26-December 16, from 9am-noon
Exploring Watercolor with Jean TuckerThis class will show how to work quickly, capture an impression and enjoy the fresh and exciting use of watercolor. We will work from individual objects and concentrate on composition, value and color. We will gradually move on to creating simple still life subject matter and landscapes. Different techniques will be discussed and demonstrated. Learning to be comfortable and experimenting is the only way to discover the beautiful luminous quality of this medium. Painting fruit, vegetables, cups, pitchers, jars and other things from the kitchen can be fun and challenging. (just think, you can practice at home) These everyday items can make very charming paintings. We can also add flowers to the mix. Photographs too, it is necessary to have some reference I do however strongly encourage referencing the MASTERS. Please bring your special objects to add to the painting session. Jean Tucker graduated from Massachusetts College of Art with a BFA degree. For over 30 years she has exhibited widely across New England as well as nationally and has received numerous awards for her paintings.In addition to creating her Fine Art work, she owns her own print business and frequently works as a free lance design contractor. Jean also has a wealth of experience teaching at different venues across Cape Cod. See more at: www.jean-tucker.com. $125, $100 for members. Call 508-394-7100 to register.


Sumi-e by Roberta Silbret Sumi-E -- The Breath of the Brush

A Chinese Brush Painting Class with Roberta Silbret. Four Mondays, 10am-noon
December 1, 8, 15, 22
Roberta Silbret, art therapist, has 30 years of experience as an art educator. In this class, students will explore their creativity and achieve tranquility through this light, airy, freeing method of the Chinese brush stroke. Students will learn linear brush style known as Mo Ku, painting bamboo, places, people and things in a serene atmosphere to relaxing music. All materials will be supplied by the instructor. $140 / $120 for members. Call 508-394-7100 to register.