Classes & Workshops
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!
For more information, please visit www.newhorizonscapecod.org.
Color & Composition Classes with Suzanne M. Packer
Six Wednesdays, 9:30am-12:30pm, April 24-May 29. Suzanne will use a still life set-up as the starting point to create paintings which lead the viewerʼs eye across and around the canvas. She will focus on creating movement through composition, color harmonies, color temperatures and textures. Oil paints will be the material of choice. All levels are acceptable as there will be much individual instruction. $160 / $130 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.
Collage and Mixed-Media Classes with Doris Mee
Four Tuesdays, June 4, 11, 18, and 25 from 9:30-12:30. $130, $100 for members. Beginner to advanced. Students may choose to use either water-based media; watercolor or acrylic. Also, enhancements to a work can incorporate 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 using a variety of papers. The emphasis is on good design, strong value contrast, and visual movement. In-progress critiques are used to encourage experimentation. Call to register and for a supplies list.
Fairy Collections Jewelry Workshop.
June 13, 2013, 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. with Jessie Arone, wrapped wire jewelry artist. Imagine a fairy is living in your walls or floorboards. You may have noticed things missing, a ring or a key. This fairy has collected bits of your life, a broken necklace, a charm, as well as anything else that tickles its fancy--ribbons, chains, shiny coins, or gems. In this class we will take that fairy stash and turn it into a collection necklace of memorabilia, single earrings, brooches, buttons, etc. We will start by examining what you have and designing the layout of the necklace. Then I will teach you basic wire findings, pendants, cages, and clasps to turn broken pieces into new beads. Come and make a fabulous necklace or charm bracelet from things you like that are just collecting dust or waiting to be lost. This is a fun class for all ages and range of experience. Take away a beautiful, memorable piece of art and some new tricks for your own jewelry making!
Instructor will provide tools and can provide a materials package for $10 per student (including wire, chain, and embroidery floss). Bring your own “fairy collection!”
One-day 4-hour workshop. $60 per person.
The Letters: Healing and Dealing with Grief. A Creative Writing Workshop with Cheryl Kain
Wednesday, June 19 – 6:30 PM to 8:00 PM. Published author and teacher Cheryl Kain invites you to a workshop on grief and healing. The day her mother passed, Cheryl began to write letters to her as a way out of the devastation. To her surprise, her mother wrote her back which became her book, Letters to My Mama. The letters remind her that her mother’s love and attention continue on, and the growth of the mother/ daughter relationship is no longer limited to the physical world. Whether you have experienced the loss of a loved person, beloved pet, loss of income, loss of health or a cherished dream, you will benefit from this creative workshop. Please join us for a brief book reading, relaxing meditation, guided creative writing, and a place where you'll meet kindred spirits for sharing and healing. All are welcome, and no writing experience is necessary. Please contact Cheryl with any questions at www.cherylkainwrites.com. Books available for purchase at the workshop. $15 members/$20 non-members. Call 508-394-7100 to register.
Wire Wrapped Jewelry Class.
June 27 and 28, 2013. 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. with Jessie Arone, wrapped wire jewelry artist. Students will learn several basic wire working techniques, from twist and wrap to weaving, and use these skills to create three pieces of jewelry. We will start by learning a simple twist and wrap ring. This will introduce students to wire, basic wrapping, and include one item or bead. The next project, also to be completed on the first day, will involve more advanced wrapping techniques. Students will make a bracelet band that progresses from single weaving to single wrap through decorative wrap and back. They will have the option of making a funky style band with beads stuck off the sides or straight band with inset beads. On the second day we will use the skills practiced to make a complex sculpted piece (either a corsage bracelet, collar necklace, or flower pendant). These art works will largely be up to the student's design with guidance and advice from the instructor. These pieces can include items if desired, but the focus will be on wrapping technique and sculpted form. This course will require at least two spools of wire per student (one 20g and one 26g), needle nose pliers, flat nose pliers, and possibly a bag of assorted beads. Instructor will provide pliers; students should bring their own materials or a package can be provided for an additional $20 per student (including wire and some assorted beads and stones)
Two-day course, 4 hours each day. Cost: $100 per student
Wild about Wilde! Another Great Irish Literature Class with Mary Ann Eaton
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 us for an 8-week study, through film and text, into the brilliant works and fascinating life of Oscar Wilde. (Text: Collected Works of Oscar Wilde). Eight Wednesdays from 3-5pm. July 10, 17, 24, 31 and August 7, 14, 21, 28. $75 per person. Call to register. 508-394-7100.
2 Day Painting Workshop Color & Composition with Suzanne Packer
Sat, July 13: 9:30 am - 3:30 pm
Sun, July 14: noon - 3:30
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. The two 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 two days or to work on two paintings. The still life set-ups will give different challenges.
Each day will start with a quick demo by the teacher and a review of topics that have been discussed, reenforcing what the student is learning. 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.
$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.
Summer Arts Camp for Kids, ages 8-12
A great series of week-long arts workshops are on tap for the kids of Cape Cod this summer. They provide a great opportunity for youngsters to unleash their creativity, make new friends, and develop some new skills. Participants will go home with multiple products created in the workshops. The camps include: arts and crafts with Katie O'Connor, July 8-12; jewelry making with Linda Lord, July 15-19 or July 29-August 2; photography with Don Curns, July 22-26.
Drawing Workshop With Suzanne Packer
Tues., Wed., Thurs., July 23, 24, 25. 1:00 – 4:00 p.m.
Marks, marks, marks. Come with paper, charcoal, pencils, ink, chalk, and any other materials you have to make marks. Three afternoons of experimenting with new ways to draw. There will be objects to draw with lots of instruction on how to see, how to draw, and how to put all into a good composition. This will be a fun workshop for beginners to advanced students as there will be much individual instruction and encouragement to try new ideas and new ways to draw.
$100/$75 for members
Call 508-394-7100 to register
Exploring Wet-into-Wet Watercolor
August 6-8 (Tues.-Thurs) 2013, 9: 00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Gail Speckmann, Instructor (www.gailspeckmann.com)
Gail Speckmann is an international award-winning watercolor artist, instructor, and art judge from Plymouth, MN. She has a B.A. in Fine Art from Gustavus Adolphus College. Her book Wet-into-Wet Watercolor, a Watson-Guptill Publication, is considered one of the most definitive instructions in this technique. Gail has had particular success in helping her students loosen up and enjoy the painting experience. Listed in Who’s Who in America, her classes have been conducted throughout the U.S. and Canada. She has also led nine European tours.
In the workshop, we will explore the two basic approaches in painting wet-into-wet: (1) working on the fully saturated paper, or (2) working paint into wet sections or brush marks. The variables that we will explore for each process are the degree of paper surface wetness, the consistency of the paint, and how different brushes affect the process. This type of learning is very experiential and “playful”, but guided by thoughtfully designed explorative ideas. The process itself helps to open up your creativity. I will take you through the stages of development, from the beginnings to the finishing touches. We will explore painting landscape and images from nature. You may create finished paintings, but the real emphasis will be on the learning process. Free of the pressures to create specific images or an end “product”, you are likely to go much further in developing your skills of paint handling. Bring your lunch to the workshop. A materials list will be provide upon registration. Fees: $250 (member/non-member)
Silk Scarf and Shawl Painting Workshops with Sharon DiGennaro
Friday, September 20, 9:30 a.m. to noon to make a long silk scarf, and Friday, September 20, 1 p.m. to 3:30 p. m. to make a larger silk shawl. Learn how to create a piece of gorgeous wearable art! Sharon teaches techniques and supplies high-quality silk scarves or shawls and splendid French dyes so each student goes home with a vibrant creation and a wonderful new skill. No experience necessary. The tuition includes all materials. $45 for the silk scarf workshop, $65 for the silk shawl. Register at the Cultural Center or by calling 508-394-7100.