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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


Saturday Morning Italian Classes

Free! Advanced Italian from 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.

Oscar Wilde
Wild about Wilde!
Wednesdays 3-5pm
July 8, 15, 22, 29, August 5, 12, 19, 26
He was more than just a successful Irish playwright – Oscar Wilde wrote fairy tales for children; witty entertaining short stories for adults; a popular, yet shocking novel; a collection of poems and essays, some with themes of tragedy and suffering. He was a master at his craft, trying to balance his fascination for both art and decadent life. Join instructor Mary Ann Eaton for an 8-week study, through film and text, into the brilliant works and fascinating life of Oscar Wilde. A reading list and syllabus will be emailed when registered. 508-394-7100. $85.


Two Music Appreciation Courses with David Cohen
After receiving a Master’s degree in composition, composer David M. Cohen worked and composed in New York City where his work was performed at various universities and at Lincoln Center. He then attended UCLA's film scoring program under the direction of CBS music supervisor Don Ray and studied "Hollywood" orchestration from the preeminent orchestrator, Dr. Albert Harris. David subsequently composed music for documentary features and written songs for film. In 2011, he was commissioned by the Cape Symphony to compose an original work, Cape Cod Impressions, to celebrate the orchestra's 50th anniversary. He also wrote arrangements for Siobhan Magnus' performance with the symphony in celebration of Barnstable's 375th anniversary and for the CSO's 2014 holiday concert. He will teach the following classes.

BroadwayBeloved Broadway Musicals!
Discover what makes the greatest Broadway musicals so special.  We will watch video excerpts from some of the top musicals of all time and discuss why these shows have captured the hearts and imagination of audiences for generations.  Each class will focus on one show with emphasis on understanding and more fully experiencing the music, lyrics, characters and plot lines.  Shows to be discussed in this course will be some of the longest running Broadway musicals, including: The Phantom of the Opera, Cabaret, Cats, West Side Story, The Producers and Fiddler on the Roof. Participants will learn some of the underlying literary, musical and lyrical innovations used as well as gain insight into the characters and plot lines of these great musicals. Classes are Thursdays, from 3:00 - 4:30 p.m., August 27th through October 1, 2015. $125, $100 for members.

The Magic of the Symphony
Start the season off right by enriching your understanding of the Music of the Masters.

SymphonyThis class will be a magical journey through Symphonic Masterpieces:

  • The language of music and its unique ability to non-verbally communicate emotional, historical, spiritual and intellectual ideas.
  • The evolution of Symphonic form and hear examples from orchestral repertoire.
  • We will contrast "great" and "not-so-great" works and learn why some have risen to the top of the charts.
  • We'll explore works by the greatest masters of orchestration and innovations that forever changed the orchestral landscape.
  • We'll compare symphonic interpretations by renowned conductors and hear how they influence their orchestra's performances.

Classes are Tuesdays, from 3:00 - 4:30 p.m., September 1st  through October 6, 2015. $125, $100 for members


A Quartet of Salsa Dance Classes

Four weeks, September 8-29, from 7-8pm. 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 and get some great exercise. 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.


Sumi-E - The Breath of the BrushSumi-E -- The Breath of the Brush
A Chinese Brush Painting Class with Roberta Silbret
Four Mondays, 10am-noon
September 14-October 5
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. Cultural Center of Cape Cod, 307 Old Main St., South Yarmouth.


Art Appreciation for Travelers to France, with Elizabeth Mumford
Six Thursdays, September 10-October 15, 3-5pm
Perfect for art lovers planning to travel to France ... or for those who’ve already been or just love to learn about the art of France! A painter of seaside life, Elizabeth Mumford paints in a whimsical style with a nautical theme that reminds us of the simple pleasures and traditions of our American heritage.  Her style is influenced by American Folk Art as well as Flemish painters of the 16th Century, primarily Breughel. Liz’s “signature” is a black painted border with bronze stenciled corners and red lettered text. Elizabeth also gives lectures and teaches on various topics. In this class, she will cover the following topics:

Liz MumfordClass 1: Prehistory, Roman period, Middle Ages 400-1000 (Merovingians, Charlemagne, Ottonians, Viking.
Class 2: Romanesque, Gothic, International Gothic.
Class 3: Renaissance, Francois I, Chateau of the Loire Valley
Class 4: Baroque 16th Century Louis IV, Rococo Louis XV and Louis XVI. Neoclassicism and the Enlightenment
Class 5: Revolution and Imperialism; Romanticism, Orientalism, and Classical Trends
Class 6: Avant-Garde and Realism; Impressionism and fin de siecle art; early 20th Century.

$150, $125 for members. Call 508-394-7100 to register.

Pastel Painting Class – beginner & intermediate levels –  with Betsy Payne Cook
Six Classes, September 30-November 4
Two different times: 2:30-4:30pm or 5:30-7:30pm
This is an ideal class for artists who paint with pastels and would like to expand their use of this versatile medium.  It is also suitable for beginners as lessons can accommodate artists who would like to explore painting with pastels.

Betsy Payne CookPastel paint provides so are so many possibilities: using it dry, altering it to a wet medium, combining it with other mediums. And the choices of pastel sticks and surfaces just keeps growing! Each class will begin with an introductory lesson and allow for plenty of easel time with individual feedback. Instruction will include pastel techniques with hard and soft pastels, underpaintings techniques and the principles of composition & color. We will use different surfaces for painting; pastel papers,  sanded papers and sanded boards.  Some class favorites such as Canson pastel paper and sanded boards such as Sennelier LaCarte, Art Spectrum, UArt and Pastelmat. We will work from photos, still life set-ups and enjoy some time outdoors if the weather permits! Join this class and have some fun painting with pastels! If you have any questions please contact Betsy at betsy@betsypaynecook.com.

Tuition is $150, $125 for members. Call 508-394-7100 to register.


19th & 20th Century Irish Plays with Mary Ann Eaton
8 Wednesdays, September 30-November 11, 3-5pm
Samuel BeckettThrough text and film we will study some of Ireland's notable plays and playwrights: John Millington Synge, Samuel Beckett, Oscar Wilde, Brian Friel, Eugene McCabe. Mary Ann Eaton has a BA in English and has studied at University College Cork, Cork City, Ireland, where she concentrated her studies in Irish and Celtic literature.

Tuition is $85. Handouts cost approx. $15, payable to instructor. Call 508-394-7100 to register.


“En Plein Air With a Focus on Color and Light” A Workshop with John Clayton
Saturday and Sunday, October 3 & 4, 9am-4pm
This workshop will be a chance to learn about Clayton’s techniques for working outdoors (“en plain air”) to capture the color, light and shade in landscape elements. John will demonstrate during each session and go over all the possibilities of learning to see color. This class is open to all levels. We will work primarily in oils and use a knife to keep color expression simple.

West End Roof TopsAbout the Instructor: John Clayton left the Art Student's League of New York to join the Cape School in Provincetown to embrace the "Art of Seeing Color" as taught by the late Henry Hensche, and Charles W. Hawthorne. He now continues the Tradition of Cape School Painting, working outdoors whenever he can, a truly devoted plein air painter.

"Color is the vehicle I use to express my own sense of nature. I am inspired by nature and light; its ever changing conditions are challenging to me,” he says. “My work is about the light key, and expressing it through paint.” While attending the National Academy in New York, John was the recipient of the Arthur and Melville Philips Scholarship and the Mrs. Roberts Forbes Scholarship. He also received an honorable mention in the Academy's annual student show. Clayton was one of eight in the Provincetown Art Association's "Emerging Artists Exhibition” in 1999. In 2006 he received a grant from the MA Cultural Council. Tuition is $200. To register, call 508-394-7100 or stop by the Cultural Center.


Salsa DancingA Trio of Salsa Dance Classes
Three weeks, October 6, 20, 27, from 7-8pm
Come learn the dance that makes everyone want to get up and shake those hips. Instructor Doug McHugh of Ballroom Bliss has been teaching professionally now for over 14 years, so come and learn from an instructor who makes it easy for you to get out on the dance floor as quickly as possible. $60 per couple and $36 per single. Call to register. 508-394-7100. Cultural Center of Cape Cod, 307 Old Main St., South Yarmouth.